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WV authorities prepare vs NPA merger; Baka sa anniversary gawin

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Communist rebels in Panay in the Visayas could consolidate in time for the New People’s Army’s 50th anniversary on Dec. 26, police and military officials in the region said.

The Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army in Panay said they are monitoring such movements by the rebel groups as the date nears.

Western Visayas police head Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao said they remain on full alert to thwart any possible attack.

For his part, Lt. Col. Sisenando Magbalot Jr., 61st IB commander, said they expect such merged platoons to conduct harassment activities.

Bulalacao and Magbalot added the group that Army troops encountered in Janiuay, Iloilo last Dec. 9 could have been planning attacks in central Iloilo.

Bulalacao added the rebels may be planning attacks involving improvised explosive devices.

Col. olonel Alberto Desoyo, commander of the 301st Infantry Brigade, said subversive documents seized during the encounter could cripple the NPA’s tactical offensive plans.