The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Monday said they are ready for intensified attacks by the New People's Army in response to President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
"The readiness posture of our units out in the field has not changed. Handa naman po kami kung ano man po ang mangyayari diyan, lalo na kung manggagaling sa mga lugar na kinaroroonan ng mga armadong elemento ng NPA," AFP spokesman Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla told members of the Malacanang Press Corps Monday.
"Katunayan nitong mga nakaraang araw, may mga pangyayari na naganap. May mga panunubok ng pagsugod sa ilang kampo, may ilang attempted assassination ng ilang mga tauhan natin na bahagi naman 'nong mga dati pang nangyayari," he added.
The Philippine government has called off the latest round of peace talks with the rebels following the order by communist leaders to intensify their offensives against the military.
The order "betrays the absence of sincerity of the CPP in the negotiating table," Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, chairman of the government panel, said in a statement.