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Don’t surrender to NPA extortion demand, DND chief tells private companies

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As the New People’s Army (NPA) intensify its extortion rackets and attacks against companies refusing to give in to their illegal demand, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on April 1 urged these businesses to continue resisting.

“I, therefore, call upon all peace-loving Filipinos to resist these thugs, these terrorists who have brought nothing but misery to the Filipino people in the past 48 years. Let us resist their extortions because giving in will make them strong and perpetuate their criminal acts,” he added.

The NPA extortion rackets and attacks against police and military units, going about their lawful business, came in wake of the announcement of the rebels’ political leadership that they are resuming peace talks and a unilateral ceasefire with the government this April.

By committing these atrocities, the NPAs have shown themselves to be anti-progress and anti-poor, Lorenzana stressed.

“We at the Department of National Defense share in the vision of President Rodrigo Duterte of building a nation worthy of Filipinos and Filipinos worthy of a nation. The path to real, lasting peace is indeed not without its struggles, thus it is important that we stay committed to this goal, and to let our actions reflect our intentions,” the DND chief added.