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Military, police operations against New People’s Army to intensify, Palace says May 1, 2013

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Military, police operations against New People’s Army to intensify, Palace says 
 May 1, 2013
Police and military operations against the communist rebels will heighten in a few weeks prior to May 13 elections following the latest attack in Compostela Valley where a policeman was abducted by the insurgents, Malacanang said.

“Tuluy-tuloy ang operation natin sa mga ganyang mga element, we will not cease our efforts to curb these activities,” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a telephone interview with Malacanang reporters on Wednesday.

“Nangyari ‘yan but we will continue. Nangyari na sa Bulacan meron tayong na-apprehend. Talagang pagtitibayin pa natin lalo itong last two weeks,” he said.

Lacierda said the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ leadership has ordered its units to intensify their operations following the Mindanao attacks.

Despite the current developments, Lacierda said the Aquino administration remains committed on achieving a peace deal with the rebels.
However, he said talks won’t materialize under the normal track of the discussions because of the rebels’ insistence for the release of their consultants before formal discussions begin.

“Walang nangyayari sa regular track dahil ang dami nilang preconditions. Ang dami nilang hinihingi, ang JASIG [Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees] list, ini-insist nila ilabas lahat, pakawalan ang mga under custody,” he stressed.

Although the regular and special tracks in the discussions aren’t moving, the government doesn’t close the door for the negotiations, Lacierda said.

He said the Aquino government is awaiting the statement from Presidential peace adviser Teresita Deles for the “new approach” that they are crafting for the peace negotiations.
“Kung ano ‘yung new approach na ‘yan, hintayin na lang natin. Again, we are committed to resolving all internal conflicts, armed conflicts, peacefully. ‘Yan naman talaga ang layunin natin,” Lacierda said.

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