NPA sympathizers mount rally to mark anniversary

SUPPORTERS of the New People’s Army staged a lighting rally to celebrate the 48th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippine’s armed wing on Wednesday, March 29.

Nevertheless, the rallyists, wearing red shirts and a mask of slain rebel leader Leoncio Pitao  or Ka Parago, were allowed to protest and carry their banners without interference from the police.

Sr. Insp. Catherine Dela Rey, Davao City Police Office spokesperson, said they received reports about 100 rallyists joining the demonstration. But she maintained that they were only about 50 based on his observation.

The NPA in a statement asked the public to take part in rebellion, days before the planned talks between the GPH and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Utrecht, Netherlands.

The group expressed dismay at a lack of change promised by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“It’s almost one year since he won, but Duterte hasn’t delivered significant change on the lives of the Filipino people,” the statement said.

“Contrary to his promise, the Duterte administration remains beholden to the United States such as with Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement and other military agreements,” it added.

The rebel organization lamented the continued abuses in the countryside, as well as in sectors such as labor.

The NPA also denounced a statement of President Duterte to “flatten the hills” in bombing runs in pursuit of the NPA.

Communist guerillas also cited their attacks on Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental and in Barangay Malabog in Paquibato District as part of its anti-illegal drugs campaign.

As the rallies were held in the city, the Employees Compensation Commission, a GOCC attached to the Department of Labor and Employment, awarded EC benefits of around P20,000 to the families of the four slain policemen who were ambushed in Bansalan, Davao del Sur.

The ECC gave out P20,000 to each of the families of the fallen cops PO1 Rolly Benelayo, PO1 Joe Narvaza, PO1 Saro Mangutara, and PO3 Jayden May Rabor of the Scene of the Crime Operatives.

Meanwhile, the government-owned and controlled corporation provided surviving cop PO3 Allen Arnado with hospital benefits. The ceremony was held at the SEDA Abreeza Hotel, here.

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