|New People’s Army (NPA)|
By Gilbert Bayoran
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (ID) has tightened security in Cebu and Bohol to prevent communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels from infiltrating the islands.
Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, 3rd ID commander, disclosed that the NPA and its allied groups plan to reestablish their presence in Cebu and Bohol that have been insurgency-free for more than a decade now.
Aying said that government forces are monitoring the guerrillas based in Panay and Negros that could infiltrate Cebu and Bohol.
He said the military received reports that the rebels are moving from one island to another in the Visayas.
The 3rd ID has jurisdiction over 10 provinces in Western and Central Visayas, as well as Negros Island Region.
“They (NPA) are struggling, but they are doing it. That is what we are trying to do also because we want Cebu and Bohol to be vigilant, to prevent the resurgence of the communist movement there,” Aying said.
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