No red alert on NPA's anniversary – AFP

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 27 2012 12:45 PM | Updated as of Mar 27 2012 08:45 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will not raise its alert level to “red” ahead of the anniversary of the New People’s Army on March 29.

AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa, however, gave the unified commanders all over the country to use their discretion in raising alert levels depending on their respective security assessments.

“Even though there is no need to raise our security alert level, we will still maintain our security, and Intel monitoring operations to support the [Philippine National Police] in thwarting possible threats which may be initiated by lawless groups against our peace-loving citizens.”

He also encouraged the public to be vigilant and observant of suspicious activities.

"We are hopeful that our brothers and sisters who have gone the wrong path would still embrace peace and abandon the armed violence as a means to achieve their interests which continue to hamper our growth and development in our country," Dellosa said.

The military claimed NPA’s strength decreased by 7.8% in 2011 from 4,384 the previous year.

“Despite the fact that they are losing their mass base support and their strength which continue to dwindle, the NPAs would like to project that they are still a force to reckon with by attacking soft targets, capitalizing on private establishments and companies to extort money and harassing remote CAFGU detachments,” AFP said.