MANILA— To spare troops from unnecessary casualties, all military units nationwide were placed on alert as the New People’s Army (NPA) marks its 48th founding anniversary Wednesday.
In the same vein, troops were also ordered to keep a tight watch on their surroundings to prevent the rebels from surprising them, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said.
“All of our troops are told to prepare for any act of violence that the rebel group might undertake during their 48th founding anniversary,” he added.
Likewise, civilian sympathizers of the NPAs, planning to conduct protest actions, are advised to coordinate with proper authorities so that their rallies will not cause inconvenience to the public.