Pre-Sona attack eyed by Reds, ‘Bato’ warns
PHILIPPINE National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said Monday they had received information that the New People’s Army was planning to attack Davao before the second State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“We have heard that the Left, the NPA, will make some pre-Sona attacks and harassment in Davao,” Dela Rosa said.
“We are preparing for that.”
In other developments:
• Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said Monday they will deliver a counter-State of the Nation Address after President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his in Congress.
“Let us wait for the Sona of our President. Let us wait what he will say regarding his achievements, in his promises during the campaign and shortly after he assumed the presidency,” Lagman said during the Samahang Plaridel Kapihan sa Manila Hotel.
“Second, let us look at his legislative agenda. He has reported priority measures, so let us see if the priority measures will be endorsed by the President to Congress during the second session of the 17th Congress.”
• The peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas on Monday said it is preparing for the worst under the second year of Duterte’s presidency.
“We have seen a preview of the worst things to come. We know what to do: We fight and defend our rights now and always,” Danilo Ramos, the newly elected KMP chairman, said in a statement.
“Things are taking a turn for the worst under Duterte. His first year is marked with unfulfilled promises, promotion of neo-liberal policies and militarism. His declaration of martial law in Mindanao is enough reason for people to mobilize and protest his State of the Nation Address on July 24.”
• Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Monday announced the suspension of all classes in all levels on July 24, 2017, during Duterte’s Sona.
Dela Rosa said they had not monitored any other threats from the NPA but they were not discounting the possibility.
He asked the public to cooperate with authorities in ensuring peace and order in their communities.
He said government efforts to reach a peace agreement with the rebel groups were continuing.
“Our quest for peace is never ending,” Dela Rosa said.