The government is not planning an all-out-war against the New People’s Army (NPA), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo said Monday.
He made this pronouncement when sought for a comment on the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) claims that the planned June 28 resumption of peace negotiations was cancelled due to supposed AFP offensives against the NPA.
“Wala pong planong (There is no plans regarding an) all-out-war. What we want now is all-out peace sapagkat lahat po ng (because all) efforts ng ating pamahalaan ay sinusuportahan ng Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas upang ito ay matuloy (of our government are supported by the Armed Forces of the Philippines in order for these to push through),” Arevalo stressed.
The CPP earlier claimed that the cancellation of the talks has the goal of allowing the military to launch bigger offensives with hopes of crippling the NPA within the year.
Also, Arevalo denied claims that they are out to spoil the peace talks and that President Rodrigo Duterte is just complying blindly with AFP recommendations on the proposed negotiations.