The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday said the five members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who were killed in a shootout in Tanay, Rizal last month were part of the group’s death squads deployed in Southern Luzon to assassinate top national and local government leaders and police and military officers over “blood debts.”
“We can now confirm that the five NPA members killed in Barangay San Juan, Baras, Rizal were part of a death squad that was supposed to carry out the directive of Joma Sison to assassinate government and civilian leaders,” said DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, who himself is one of targets of the NPA.
”It is thus a victory that we were able to stop this type of operation by the NPA, as this is a threat to the lives of the leaders of the government and civilians,” he said in Filipino.
Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison recently released an order from his self-imposed exile in the Netherlands to its armed wing, the NPA, to deploy so-called armed partisan units and special operations groups to cities, and major town centers “to carry out attacks against government forces and to mete out punishment against enemy units and officers who have committed bloody crimes against the people.”
This was confirmed by CPP Central Committee Information Officer alias Marcos Valduena who said that “there is a standing order for the NPA to form partisan teams to meet out punishment against enemy units and officers who have committed bloody crimes against the people.”
The DILG chief said that the deployment of the NPA death squads to urban areas intends to bring the communists’ reign of terror in the countryside to the cities.
“The PNP (Philippine National Police) and AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) will do its utmost to protect the people from these terrorists in sheep’s clothing. We will crush these urban terrorist cells before they can begin their reign of terror,” he added. SOVEREIGNPH