Statement of the Secretary of National Defense on the NPA Anniversary
29 March 2021
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     In marking their anniversary this March 29, the New People’s Army, especially those in the higher echelons, should listen to the Filipino people: Enough is enough.

     For the last half century, the NPA took pride in burning properties, spreading lies, sowing violence and undermining the Republic, all in the name of their flawed ideology. Regarding themselves above the laws of the land, the NPA continuously and without remorse committed murder and other crimes. The blood of thousands are on their hands.

     Despite their public declarations, the NPA only perpetuates insurgency through deception and terrorism. This communist terrorist group should know that we are not going to leave any stone unturned to finally end the atrocities they commit against the Filipino people. We will not falter in our mission.

     If the people have not heeded their call for a so-called revolution after all these years, the members of the NPA should realize that it is high time for them to lay down their arms.

     Let us work together for healing and sincere reconciliation through the government's localized reintegration efforts.

     Tinatanggap natin ang ating mga kababayan na nais nang magbalik-loob. Nawa'y mas marami pa sa inyong hanay ang magpasya na talikuran na ang marahas na landas na tinatahak ng NPA.

     Indeed, we have much more to gain in seeking to build than to destroy. More than 50 years of terrorism and destruction is enough. A different road leading to peace and nation-building is already laid in front of us. This is what we all long for and the future generations of Filipinos deserve. 

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Delfin N. Lorenzana 
Secretary 
Department of National Defense