Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte slammed the NPA for burning 10 heavy equipment in three different villages in Davao City on Saturday, March 31.
“The attacks were downright cowardly and indicate that the NPA is nothing but a terrorist group that deserves our collective rejection and condemnation,” the city mayor said.
She added that NPA’s revolution was designed to undermine democracy and development through its brand of egregious violence and extremism.
“The construction of roads in Barangay Callawa in Buhangin, Barangay Fatima in Paquibato, and Barangay Dalagdag in Calinan are now temporarily stalled because of the attacks,” she said.
“These road projects are being done by the City Government of Davao and the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to end the condition of chronic poverty in the said areas,” she added.
“The fresh atrocities reveal that the terrorist group only truly intends for people to continue living in a condition of poverty, which they could use as a capital in their propaganda against the government and to justify their presence in the communities where their influence and significance are waning,” she noted.
Mayor Sara said the attacks were carried out as a retaliatory action to the refusal of the construction companies involved in the projects to give in to the pressure of extortion by the NPAs.
“The military and the police have already been tasked to conduct appropriate actions regarding this,” she said. “Let me reiterate my previous appeal to the people of Davao and to our partners in the peace and development movement— let us support our soldiers and police and let us openly condemn NPA as a terrorist group.”