Lorenzana to degrade the NPA

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said finishing the communist insurgency problem within the year may be impossible.

“We have a plan to degrade (the NPA)… To finish the communist terrorist is far-fetched. It’s a tall order and we may not be able to do it,” said Lorenzana.

“What we are trying to do is to degrade their capability to conduct large-scale attacks. So our operations will be a combination of combat operations plus development in the countryside,” said Lorenzana.

On the possibility of resuming peace talks between the government and the communists, Lorenzana said “there is always a chance for peace talks… for as long as we will have an enabling environment.”

“If the environment is good and there is trust from both sides, and we’re not hiding information from one another and we’re not fooling one another, it’s still possible,” he said.

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