Tuesday, 08 November 2011 11:25
A senior lawmaker warned that the recent spate of attacks by the New People's Army (NPAs) in Mindanao could undermine the ongoing peace negotiations with the communist group.
In House Resolution 1786, Deputy Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez urged the House committee on public order and security to investigate the alleged failure of the government's intelligence service to thwart such offensive operations of the left-wing armed group.
He also called on the government to conduct a nationwide threat assessment to identify vulnerable targets aside from assessing the relationship of the military field units with the communities.
In pushing for the congressional inquiry, Suarez noted that despite the on-going efforts of the government to pursue peace talks with the rebel groups, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has been staging acts of violence in many parts of the country.
He cited the recent incident involving a bus owned by the Holiday Bus Lines, which was torched by four gunmen believed to be NPA guerrillas in Davao-Cotabato National Highway, Barangay Astorga, Sta. Cruz.
The Quezon solon also cited the raid of a police outpost in Davao del Sur province.
"The attacks underscored the difficulty of negotiating with the rebels with a ceasefire," he said.
"We hope that we fulfill our dream for peace -- the everlasting peace that we‘re longing for more than a decade," he added.
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