Davao attack highlights NPA terroristic inclinations – Lorenzana

MANILA--- The New People's Army (NPA)'s unprovoked attacks on various Lapanday Food Corp. (LFC) facilities in Davao City last April 29 emphasizes the group's terroristic inclinations.

This was stressed by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana even as he strongly condemns the NPAs for this latest atrocities.

"They just confirmed without a doubt their terrorist designation. They also confirmed my accusations that they are anti-progress, anti-development, and anti-people," he added.

Lorenzana also lamented the fact that the NPAs still continue with these heinous acts even while their companions at the National Democratic Front (NDF) and other legal front continue to negotiate for peace.

"They continue these heinous acts even while their comrades in the NDF and other legal fronts talk about peace. With each passing day, it is becoming clear to the Filipino people that what these communist terrorists want is to cow the entire nation into subservience by sowing fear and violence. Iyan lang ang alam nilang gawin," the defense chief added.

"The attacks in Davao and other crimes done by the NPA also make the Filipino people question the sincerity of the entire communist movement to push for peace, since it seems everything is just lip service and double talk. It also brings to light the disconnect and lack of communication between the NDF, the Communist Party of the Philippines, and its cadres on the ground," Lorenzana pointed out.

The unprovoked attack on LFC's box and plastic manufacturing plants in Barangay Mandug, Davao City last April 29 caused millions of pesos in damage worth of equipment and theft of other items.

"We cannot stress enough that for the peace talks to succeed, government must be talking to the real representatives of the communist movement. There must be an assurance that we are dealing with the actual leaders of their organization and not just some figureheads who are devoid of any control or influence," the defense head stressed.

Source: Philippines News Agency