By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Guihulngan City Police Station issued a statement yesterday blasting the rhetoric from the New People’s Army (NPA) following last month’s ambush by the rebel group, which claimed the lives of six police officers.
In a Facebook post by the police station, the public must be made aware the NPA in Negros are “masters of deception.”
The police station accused the rebels of swindling local farmers, fisherfolk, businessmen, and workers, explaining the rebel group extorts local businessmen on a monthly basis and liquidates them if they do not comply with their demands.
The police also said the NPA are committing crimes not just against human law, but also God’s law.
They went on to claim the rebels are committing human rights violations by forcing innocent people, even children, to join them, adding they should be charged in violation of human trafficking laws.
In terms of allegations of links with illegal drugs, the police said it was the rebel group protecting drug pushers and drug lords.
“How dare they?” the local police responded. “Don’t you know the PNP personnel you murdered had pending cases in court where they were prosecution witnesses and arresting officers, because all of them arrested drug pushers from Cebu, San Carlos City, and Guihulngan?”
Guihulngan City police called on NPA members to surrender, saying they are being blinded and deceived by false propaganda.
“We are always preserving law and order, and enforce the law without fear or favor,” said the law enforcement. “How about you, NPA? You have no right to boast, nor the privilege to publish falsehood, because all you have done since 1970 until today is bring trouble to a peaceful society.”
Earlier this month, the NPA claimed responsibility for the deadly July 21 ambush in Barangay Magsaysay, Guihulngan City.
The NPA responded by calling the police “legitimate military targets.”/WDJ