THE Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces leaderships are currently discussing the creation of a specialized unit that will go after New People’s Army assassins in the country, PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said yesterday.
In an interview with ANC’s Headstart, the PNP chief said in a discussion with Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana, he said it should be clear who would have control over the ‘specialized unit’ and not a ‘death squad.
“This will start with all intelligence work muna. We’re starting to talk with the Armed Forces of the Philippines so that when we have the go-signal then we can launch this,” he said.
Last month, President Duterte said that he would one day be forced to create his own Special Partisan Unit which will do nothing but track down NPA hitmen.
According to Gen. Albayalde, communist assassins have already killed 136 targets including soldiers and policemen since 2015 and still continue to pose a grave danger on the lives of security forces and others in the NPA list, thus the need to implement counter-measures to address the problem, including the creation of a special squad that will go after the NPA hitmen.
According to the PNP chief, when he said that an NPA death squad has long been gone, he was referring to the notorious NPA Alex Boncayao Brigade (ABB) of the Manila-Rizal Regional Party Committee organized by of Filemon Lagman, one of the members of the CPP/NPA/NDF rejectionist wing led by Arturo Tabara and Romulo Kindanar in the late 80s.
He said that the ABB was disbanded by the pro-Sison reaffirmist wing of the CPP/NPA/NDF in early 1990’s during its 2nd Rectification period.
“But since then, the pro-Sison reaffirmist wing also adopted its Sparrow-like operations against their perceived enemies reportedly including the assassinations of Lagman, Tabara and Kintanar in early 2000,” the PNP chief said.
Gen. Albayalde said that over the past 3 years, there had been 136 hits on soldiers, policemen, rebel returnees, local officials, and tribal leaders by the CPP/NPA/NDF attributed to its Special Partisan Unit/Special Operations Group (SPU/SOG) based in the “red areas” or areas in the country where there is a large presence of NPA guerrillas.