PNP braces for NPA retaliatory attack

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday braces for possible retaliatory attacks from communist rebels following the arrest of a ranking New People’s Army (NPA) commander in Quezon on Tuesday evening.

The PNP has issued a directive to all its ground units to intensify its security operation even as the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) demanded the immediate relase of Tirso Alcantara alias ‘Ka Bart’.

Alcantara, the head  of the CPP’s Regional Party Commitee in Southern Tagalog Region and military commission, was arrested by joint military and police operatives in Lucena City on late Tuesday night.

PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said that all of their police units and stations especially in Luzon have been ordered to be ready for possible attacks by NPA rebels in light of Alcantara’s arrest.

“Guidance have already been issued to all our ground commanders and that they were directed to intensify operation on vital installations and stations against possible attacks from the NPA,” Cruz said in  a press briefing in Camp Crame.

The CPP in a statement said that Alcantara is a consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF) peace-panel and his arrest was in violations of the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantee (JASIG).

The PNP spokesman said that the CPP’s demand will be studied, but maitained that Alcantara was arrested base on 21 warrants of arrest issued by the courts for criminal offenses such as arson, robbery and homicide. Anthony Vargas

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