CAMP DANGWA, Benguet: A leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) operating in the tri-borders of Abra, Mountain Province and Ilocos Sur also known as AMPIS area was killed during an encounter with government troops on April 2.
Cordillera Police Regional Office director Chief Supt. Isagani Nerez identified the fatality as Daniel Pinading Alunday alias Tikid, team leader of Squad 2, West Chico Line of the Kilu–sang Larangan Guerilla (KLG) Marco Command operating in Mount Province.
“The Philippine National Police Provincial Regional Office in Cordillera, in joint operations with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, is currently conducting offensive internal security operations in the AMPIS area to liberate the communities from the stronghold of armed groups, which harass, terrorize and commit atrocious acts against the people in the AMPIS area,” Nerez said.
He said that while PRO-Cordillera is offering an olive branch to the rebels, it is willing and ready to go to war against them.
“The people of Cordillera love peace, and we encourage our brothers in the mountains to help us attain peace by laying down their arms and return to the folds of the law. PRO-Cordillera wants peace, but we are also ready to go to war if our offer of peace is rejected,” Nerez said.
Nerez said the internal security operations against insurgents also aims to stop criminal activities of rebels such as illegal logging, mining and drug trade in the AMPIS area.
“Our operation against the insurgents will continue as long as it takes in order to protect the people. We will continue to enforce the laws and to ensure public safety and security in the whole region,” Nerez said.