infantry units in Negros Island were ordered to step up their defenses,
following the New People’s Army attack against soldiers engaging in
security patrol and COVID-19 information dissemination yesterday in
The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division condemned the rebel
attack that claimed the life of PFC Mark Nemis, one of the
Army soldiers on patrol.
What happened in Iloilo is a glaring example that
the NPA terrorist group will take advantage of the current
COVID-19 pandemic, Capt. Cenon Pancito, spokesman of the 3rd Infantry
Pancito said that they received reports from
civilians that NPA rebels went out of their lairs and engaged in
recruitment and extortion, worse, conducted tactical offensives against
government forces despite of their unilateral ceasefire declarations.
This we cannot allow as sabotaging our COVID-19
frontliners equates to non delivery of essential services to the
people, he added.
In a statement issued by 3ID, Maj. Gen. Eric Vinoya
also said yesterday that the CPP-NPA took advantage of the ceasefire by
staging the attack against government forces.
Instead of helping our people fight the COVID-19
pandemic, these communist-terrorists are taking advantage of the
situation to conduct atrocities distracting the efforts of our troops,
“Despite our loss, we will remain resolute in serving our people,
especially in a situation like this, where we are facing health crisis.
As we strengthen our COVID-19 efforts, we will also be intensifying our
defensive action to protect our people from the menace of these
terrorists, the true viruses of the society,” he added.*
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