PH military backs ‘liquidation squad’ against NPA

MANILA – The Philippine military on Wednesday backed President Rodrigo Duterte’s proposal to form a hit squad against the New People’s Army. 

But Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo, military spokesman, said they would prefer the name “Team counter-NPA liquidation squad” instead of “death squad.”

Members of the “liquidation squad” should be elite soldiers so they can match well with the communist rebels’ Special Partisan Unit, Arevalo said. 

The military official clarified that this is just a concept based on the President’s pronouncement and they have yet to receive any formal orders from Malacañang.

Duterte last week said he wants to match the NPA special unit’s “talent of assassinating people” with his own hit squad as state troops remained vulnerable to attacks from the rebels. 

The President’s statement came after he ordered additional troops to deployed in Bicol, Samar and Negros to quell supposed “lawless violence.”--report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News

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