MEMBERS OF the New People’s Army (NPA), who continue to carry out attacks in various parts of the country despite efforts of the communist leadership and government to pursue peace negotiations, are now being referred to by the military as “communist terrorists” (CT). “As per the new guidelines of the Department of National Defense, the NPA will now be labeled as communists terrorists,” Capt. Jo-ann D. Petinglay, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom), told BusinessWorld. WesMinCom reported several encounters in Zamboanga del Norte over the weekend that left at least three CTs and two soldiers dead. In one encounter where at least one NPA rebel died and six others wounded, WesMinCom said soldiers were able to recover various weapons, including improvised explosive devices. — Albert F. Arcilla