AFP BACKS PRES. DUTERTE'S PLAN TO CLASSIFY NPA AS TERRORIST GROUP
Reaching his end of rope, President Rodrigo Duterte gave a pronouncement on Saturday that he would classify the New People’s Army as a terrorist group.
The Chief Executive said he will issue a proclamation that will remove the NPA from the category of a legal entity or semi-movement that would merit the government's attention.
After the state forces have had enough rest from the Marawi City battle, President Duterte said he is planning to order a fresh offensive against the NPA.
This decision by the President was meantime backed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
As per AFP Spokesperson Major General Restituto Padilla, the government has already done its part and negotiated with sincerity adding that it is clearly reflected in the numerous criminal/lawless/terrorist acts that they have been committing against defenseless and innocent civilians.
On February 4, peace negotiations between the communist rebels and the government were stalled after the NPA conducted a series of attacks killing unarmed soldiers and police personnel, and burned properties.