“We are saddened that instead of fulfilling their promise of releasing the victims, the NPA is now engaging in propaganda war by blaming the AFP of causing the suspension of the release of the policemen,” Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office Chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said.
The communist wants AFP to temporary pull out operatives in Barangays Sico-sico and Camam-onan, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte prior to release of three PNP men.
“Obviously, they wanted to drive a wedge between the AFP and the PNP which had shown an effective collaboration in addressing the social issues in the local communities that had been exploited by the (rebels) in the past,” Lt. Col. Cabunoc adds.
“If the CPP-NPA-NDF want to work with the government in resolving the issues peacefully, an example of a positive step towards peace is the unconditional release of the kidnap victims.”
Government imposed ceasefire against the New People’s Army is ending today.