NPA TERRORIST, CRIMINAL -- PALACE

Malacanang, Jan. 27, 2003 (Official government news release) -- Statement by Presidential Spokesman Ignacio R. Bunye

In admitting to the assassination of Romulo Kintanar, the NPA really tags itself as a terrorist and criminal organization of the worst kind. This clearly justifies the government's policy of counter force against the CPP-NPA which has lost all legitimacy in its struggle.

The President calls upon our people to lend full support to the police and the military in a sustained offensive against the CPP-NPA in the countryside and in the urban areas where some of their militant cells are operating.

The President has ordered no letup in the campaign against criminals and terrorist insurgents who will be given no quarter in this fight.

The President has directed the AFP and the PNP to conduct intelligence saturation drives to flush out underground cells and to expose the front organizations that are according them political and material support and sanctuary.

Law enforcement and intelligence agencies have been directed to work closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs to bring before the eyes of the international community more evidence of the terrorist and criminal acts of the CPP-NPA and to file charges against terrorist leaders trying to escape justice in foreign lands by cloaking themselves as revolutionary figures.

This conflict shall be settled by resorting to all the means within the democratic arsenal, including the use of legitimate force and principled negotiation under our Constitution.

Negotiation shall be an option for those in the CPP-NPA who are being given the last chance to come back to the fold before they are finally defeated by the vigilance and unconquerable will of our people.


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