The Armed Force of the Philippine is prepared for any eventualities that may arise during the 46th NPA Anniversary on March 29. AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said that though a heightened alert was not declared, all government forces are ready for any situation.
The AFP expects the communist armed group to launch attacks on lightly defensed government and military installations. Lt. Col. Cabunoc said raising alerts is the prerogative of unit and ground commanders.
“Normally, when their anniversary comes, they conduct ambushes, harassment and torching of equipment but we are already prepared for those,” 10th Infantry Division (Compostela Valley Province) commander Maj. Gen. Eduardo M. Año said. “We’ll anticipate their movements and instead go on the offensive with the help of the people in the communities.”
As for the Holy Week, the Philippine National Police will play the lead role in securing the public while the military will be in a supporting role.