By Ali G. Macabalang
AMAS, Kidapawan City
In pursuit of the Duterte government’s intensified campaign against communist insurgency, enlisted police personnel and officers in North Cotabato have staged a record-setting indignation rally here against atrocities by the New People’s Army and Communist Party of the Philippines (NPA/CPP).
North Cotabato Provincial Police Director Col. Henry Villar led his men in staging the protest rally here in conjunction with the NPA’s 52nd founding anniversary celebration on Dec. 26.
The rally here came simultaneously with corresponding versions in other police offices in Region XII, Col. Villar said.
Rally players performed a prayer for peace and were presented with an audio visual presentation depicting some of surrendered NPA members in their narratives about their past atrocities and propagandas in the leftist movement.
The video also showed “how (the) communist terrorist group has been threatening, deceiving, spreading lies and sowing fear and violence in the community for the 52 years but never succeeded,” a statement from Col. Villar’s office said.
“They (leftist rebels) have killed countless lives, mostly of the innocents. They bring nothing but destruction to private and government infrastructures,” the statement added.
NPA guerillas have been operating in some remote villages in North Cotabato and trying to infiltrate adjacent areas to include distant villages in Lanao del Sur, according to past police and military reports.
Sunday’s police rally here ended with the dramatic burning of NPS effigies, photos of which were emailed to media entities.
Residents described Sunday’s event as “unprecedented” in the government circle, saying the public has been used to hearing reports about left-leaning organization intermittently staging indignations against state forces and alleged lapses by authorities. AGM