MISAMIS ORIENTAL (Mindanao Examiner / 28 Mar) – The communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels on Wednesday made fresh calls to topple the government as the outlawed group celebrated its 38th anniversary.
The rebels also accused the government as behind the spate of killings of political activists and members of progressive groups opposed to President Gloria Arroyo’s rule as part of the so-called “Oplan Bantay Laya.”
The Oplan Bantay Laya is the anti-insurgency campaign plan of the Philippine military.
“It is true that Oplan Bantay Laya II is more vicious compared to the previous one (Oplan Bantay Laya 1). Its vicious attacks against the NPA and the struggling people are implemented not only in the countryside, but also in key cities and towns,” Jorge Madlos, whose nom de guerre is Ka Oris, said in a statement sent to the Mindanao Examiner.
“Included in the OBL II are death squads that wantonly and extensively murder progressive activists, journalists, priests, lawyers, human rights workers and others who oppose this rotten regime,” he said.
The NPA has at least 130 fronts across the country. In Mindanao alone, the NPA is operating in 208 towns and cities and 19 provinces. (Mindanao Examiner)