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    Phl Army urges commies: Follow MILF

    THE Philippine Army on Friday urged the New People's Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), to follow the example of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) after the peace signing with the government.
    The MILF on Thursday signed a peace agreement with the government and coordinated in the conception of an autonomous Bangsamoro region.
    Maj. Ray Tiongson, spokesperson of the Army's Third Infantry Division (3ID) based in Capiz Province, said the agreement is a welcome development that promises lasting peace for a region torn apart by years of political strife.
    "The NPA should follow this kind of endeavor," Tiongson said, adding that resolution through dialogues with the government can help achieve the common goal of attaining a peaceful and progressive society.
    The army official extended the 3ID's congratulations to the Moro community and lauded the Muslims for their support to the agreement.
    He also urged the NPA to abandon its decades-long armed struggle, seeing that its organizational structure is beginning to dwindle after the arrest of its top leaders last week and its alleged low recruitment rate.
    The armed group must instead cooperate with the government "to ensure a good future for the next generation."
    Meanwhile, army units in Panay Island are on red alert status for the rebel group's 45th anniversary slated March 29.
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