The authorities’s peace negotiation with the Communist get together of the Philippines and National Democratic Front (CPP-NDF) will nonetheless proceed despite the New People’s Army’s (NPA) attack on a police station in Iloilo City, Malacañang mentioned.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Tuesday (June 20) mentioned there is no such thing as a instruction from President Rodrigo Duterte yet to name off the peace talks with the communists.

However, he appealed anew to the NDF, the NPA’s political wing, to hold out a “firmer response” to the attack.

“We have asked the NDF to call on their servant — on their armed comrades on the ground to, you know, to respond in kind and show genuine sincerity on the confidence- building measure initiated by both the government and their side,” Abella mentioned.

Malacañang earlier slammed the attack on the Maasin police station as “opportunistic” because it got here on the heels of the NDF’s promise of a ceasefire with the federal government in Mindanao.

According to a police report, round 50 suspected NPA members took an undetermined variety of firearms and a patrol car from the Maasin police station.

Iloilo City was positioned below “red alert” following the attack.