AFP now more prepared to defeat NPA liquidation squads – defense chief

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is now more prepared in defeating NPA Special Partisan Operation also known as SPARU, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said as the CPP confirms the formation of urban SPARU squads.

“It is so easy for Mr. Sison to order from his safe and comfortable haven in the Netherlands the return of his city armed terrorists he calls “partisan units”. By “partisan units” Mr. Sison is actually referring to his “terrorist NPA assassins” targeting government officials and unarmed non-combatant civilians,” Secretary Lorenzana said in a statement.

The defense chief said that “Sison meant by Special Partisan Operation is simply murder by assassination. Also, a euphemism for Extrajudicial Killing.”

“But like the NPA sparus of old, these terrorists face certain death and their blood will be in the hands of Mr. Sison,” he added. “We dare Mr. Sison to bring on his terror threats. Unlike in the 80s, the AFP is more prepared to defeat his terrorist liquidation squads. The Filipino people will be on our side in this fight.”

“Having realized that you and your minions were exploiting them, NPA leaders were surrendering in droves— taking advantage of government incentives. The AFP and the PNP continue to neutralize your top cadres and dismantle your so-called “Guerrila Fronts”. No amount of “partisan units” can help your discredited and despised “revolution”,” Lorenzana said.

“Your pronouncement and action is a confirmation of the ATC’s (Anti-Terrorism Council) designation of the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization. The end of your destructive 52 years of misadventure that caused untold misery to our people is near, and it is inevitable and irreversible. It is time for you to face reality,” he noted.