To our fellow Filipinos, we now stand at the crossroads of change.
Under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte, we are closer than ever to bringing the much-needed reforms in governance and the attainment of a just and lasting peace in the country. However, there are still those who want to see us fail by sowing chaos and violence in the countryside.
At the top of the list are members of the New People’s Army (NPA), who extort people of their hard-earned money, burn property and equipment, and harass helpless civilians wherever they go. They rely on treachery and guile to trick the innocent into joining their misguided cause, and killing those who oppose them.
I am one with the President in condemning the atrocities committed by the NPA, and in rightfully labeling them as terrorists.
I call on the Filipino people to rise up against these criminals and terrorists. Yes, we must intensify our fight against all forms of oppression and exploitation but we must open our eyes wide to see who our real enemies are. We must frustrate them at every turn by denying them the foothold in our communities and by reporting all illegal and criminal activities to the proper authorities.
Your One Defense Team stands firm in its commitment to protect the state from internal and external threats. Your defenders remain resolute in defending your rights and welfare, especially against the NPA who occupies communities against the people’s wishes.
This fight our fight – the fight of every Filipino – and we will not stop until our country is free of those who want to rule through terror and oppression.