Kung tumira patalikod! Palace blasts NPA for ‘opportunistic’ attack in Iloilo

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Malacañang has slammed the New People’s Army after its members allegedly attacked a town in Iloilo province at the heels of the National Democratic Front’s promise of a ceasefire with the government in Mindanao.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella described the attack of a police station in Maasin town Sunday (June 18) as “unfortunate.”

“Although the attack was not in Mindanao, the act was opportunistic in nature and disregards the nature of the NDF declaration,” Abella said at a press briefing Monday (June 19).

According to a police report, around 50 suspected NPA members took an undetermined number of firearms and a patrol vehicle from the Maasin police station.

Iloilo City was placed under “red alert” following the attack.

Abella urged the NDF, the NPA’s political wing, to ensure that rebels on the ground will show sincerity in wanting to restart the peace talks.

Quoting Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, Abella said the attack has an impact “not just on the peace negotiations, it illustrates the tragedy of the insurgency.”