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DILG chief holds Sison responsible for NPA attack in Borongan

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DEPARTMENT OF Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año condemned the attack perpetrated by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Borongan City, Eastern Samar on Friday, which left a police officer and a civilian dead, and 24 others wounded. Mr. Año said Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison is directly responsible for this latest assault on police forces by the NPA, the CPP’s armed groups. “We hold all of them responsible for this treachery against the people, Joma (Sison) and his CPP for ordering this attack, its armed wing the NPA for carrying out this attack, and its political arm, the National Democratic Front for the intelligence, political, and logistical support that enabled the NPA to carry out this treacherous attack against the very people that they said they are fighting for” Mr. Año said. The chief of the DILG, which has supervision over the police, did not say whether the incident could derail the planned resumption of peace talks ordered by President Rodrigo R. Duterte. He did say, however, that the President is “angry.” “Galit siya sa ginawang pag ambush ng NPA sa pulis natin sa Borongan, Samar at nadamay pa ang mga inosenteng sibilyan (He’s angry about the NPA ambush on our police in Borongan, which also killed and injured innocent civilians,” Mr. Año said in a Viber message. Mr. Año urged the Commission on Human Rights to conduct a fair, thorough and independent probe. He also called on the CHR to denounce the NPA for the attack. — PHILSTAR/Emmanuel Tupas









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