The Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Catholic Bishop Conference (CBCP), Bayan, Gabriela, and other rights groups condemns the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to use rockets and air strikes against the rebel group New people Army (NPA).

Calling the New People’s Army’s alleged killing of four policemen in Davao “ideological cannibalism,” President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday denounced the ambush and declared war against the communist rebels.

“Ideological cannibalism is what they are committing right now,” Duterte said in the local language during an impromptu press conference, adding that the NPA was “devouring their own kind only in the name of revolution.”

“You cannot do that malice,” said the chief executive, referring to the incident on Wednesday wherein the policemen, who were investigators from the Bansalan Municipal Police Station, were ambushed in Brgy. Sibayan.

Duterte said he would ask the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to wage war against the communist rebels and use all available assets against the NPA

As reported on GMA News TV several hours ago, the groups said that killing is not the answer, but decline to comment on ambush that killed three Davao police officers.

A Filipino-American war expert who is now in Philippines, retired US Army Colonel Martin Miller said the Armed Forces of the Philippines can totally annihilate the New People’s Army if the former decide to use air assets including rockets, and the newly acquired fighter jets from South Korea. /Mathy Redoblo/


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