BACOLOD City – Major Gen. Jon Aying, commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, said the 10 to 20 armed persons who were spotted in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental are not members of the Abu Sayyaf but the New People’s Army (NPA).
“They are NPAs” Aying said in a text message to the Daily Guardian on May 19, 2017.
Aying theorized that the alleged NPA rebels most likely came from the town of Santa Catalina in Negros Or.
“They may have chosen to travel by sea in pump boats in order to avoid army checkpoints and patrols in the area,” Aying said.
Aying said the group was seen by a local resident heading to the mountainous area of the city.
He said all army units in the province were immediately alerted to pre-empt any offensive action by the suspected NPA rebels.
Aying called on the local residents in the region to report sightings of suspicious looking persons in the area.