MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has yet to detect any threat coming from communist rebels for the celebration of Labor Day on Wednesday.
"The only monitored activity by leftist activists so far is the conduct of rallies to push their labor agenda which is already being addressed by the government and our lawmaking body," said Col. Noel Detoyato, AFP public affairs office chief, in a message to the Philippine News Agency on Monday when asked if there are threats from the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) in line with the May 1 activities.
Despite the absence of threats, Detoyato said that the AFP has instructed its Joint Task Force National Capital Region to coordinate with the police for possible contingency measures.
"For Metro Manila, JTF NCR is tasked to coordinate with the Philippine National Police and the local government units for the contingency measures to be undertaken including crowd control. Since it is still campaign period, we expect leftist groups and individuals running for public office to take advantage of the Labor Day activities," Detoyato said.
AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations, Major Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., meanwhile, hopes that mass actions on the occasion will be done in a peaceful manner.
"No (intelligence information) on Labor Day so far but who knows what they can do. We just hope they will protest peacefully and not violently because that's what democracy provides them. But people joining the rally should understand that this CPP front organization is being run by the underground mass organization called RCTU and KASAMA. They are underground because they do the illegal part, including sabotaging their own rally like they did with Plaza Miranda bombing, and many more," Parlade said in a message to reporters.
"Expect that Kamatayan Bloc will also join them but understand the nature of these organizations. They will be there for the votes, and they dont care about the Congressnl Inquiry here in Surigao cause this inquiry will only expose them. Again they are a no-show here," he added.
The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)