MANILA -- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Sunday condemned the attacks perpetrated by the New People's Army (NPA) against the Lapanday Foods Corporation in Davao City Saturday.
"Dito po natin makikita ang totoo nilang anyo," Lorenzana said in a statement.
"They just confirmed without a doubt their terrorist designation. They also confirmed my accusations that they are anti-progress, anti-development, and anti-people. They continue these heinous acts even while their comrades in the NDF and other legal fronts talk about peace. With each passing day, it is becoming clear to the Filipino people that what these communist terrorists want is to cow the entire nation into subservience by sowing fear and violence. Iyan lang ang alam nilang gawin," he added.
For Lorenzana, the attacks make the public "question the sincerity of the entire communist movement to push for peace," making their participation in the peace process as merely "lip service" and "double talk."
"It also brings to light the disconnect and lack of communication between the NDF, the CPP, and its cadres on the ground," he said.
"We cannot stress enough that for the peace talks to succeed, government must be talking to the real representatives of the communist movement. There must be an assurance that we are dealing with the actual leaders of their organization and not just some figureheads who are devoid of any control or influence," Lorenzana added.
Lorenzana, likewise, called on the public to continue resting and openly condemning the "communist terrorists."
"We call on the Filipino people to continue resisting and openly condemning these communist terrorists who have the gall to challenge President Rodrigo Duterte's resolve to bring peace and build a nation that is worthy of the Filipino people," he said.
He also called on NPA members to go back to the government side.
"Sa mga kapatid nating nalinlang at umanib na sa mga teroristang ito, hindi pa huli ang lahat. Ibaba na ninyo ang inyong mga armas at magbalik-loob na sa lipunan. Huwag na kayong magpagamit pa sa mga lider na ginagawang puhunan lamang ang inyong dugo at pawis upang yumaman," Lorenzana said.
A suspected NPA rebel was killed while three others were injured in separate attacks in Davao City on Saturday.
NPA justified their attack against the Lapanday Foods Corporation, saying it was "revolutionary justice" over alleged exploitation by the company.