TWIN TERRORIST THREATS inched closer to Iloilo City, a short 12-15 minute pump boat ride from Guimaras, the island province we call home. 40-50 armed rebels from the New People’s Army, NPA, a Communist insurgency group, raided the Maasin, Iloilo police station this past Sunday. On the same day a sister of the Maute brothers, a terrorist group, and two others were arrested near the Iloilo port. Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has placed Iloilo City on full Red Alert status.
IS the NPA behind armed thugs roaming Guimaras, the island province in Western Visayas, we call home? The NPA, New People’s Army, is one of the most active militant organizations in the Philippines and has waged the world’s longest Communist insurgency.