The New People’s Army (NPA), the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) armed wing, is celebrating its 53rd anniversary Tuesday (March 29).
CPP issued a statement of salutation for the group, and called for its strengthening, expansion, and advancement of the “people’s war” in the countryside.
According to the CPP, the oppression and exploitation of Filipinos are pushing people to support the revolution.
“The broad masses of the Filipino people are being subjected to worsening forms of oppression and exploitation due to domestic and global factors,” they said. “The sharp deterioration of the people’s conditions, rampant violations of their democratic rights and heightened campaign of psywar and disinformation are thoroughly exposing the rotten core of the ruling system.”
They added, “As the crisis of the ruling system worsen[s], the progressive and positive class forces are increasingly receptive to revolutionary propaganda and action.”
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana sought to diminish the NPA's anniversary, saying it means nothing but lives lost and suffering due to its meaningless cause.
"We are once again reminded of the lives lost and the suffering caused by the Communist Terrorists, particularly their armed wing, the NPA. Over the years, the NPA took pride in committing lawless activities such as extortion, destruction of civilian-owned properties, and undermining the government, all in the name of their so-called ideology," Lorenzana said in a statement.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) says that they are set to defeat the NPA by the time President Rodrigo Duterte leaves office.
“We have a very good strategy. It is really working, we see how effective it is. We have here a strategy that works,” AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Jose C. Faustino Jr. said in October 2021.
CPP says otherwise, however, and even claims that they have “frustrated Duterte” in their methods.
“The preservation and successes of the NPA in most guerrilla fronts, however, continue to prove the political superiority of the people’s war against the enemy’s war against the people,” CPP said.
But the rebel group remains adamant in continuing the armed struggle.
“Despite experiencing some setbacks, the NPA remains ever determined to advance the Filipino people’s revolutionary armed struggle,” CPP said. “The determination of the NPA Red fighters and the masses to resist is based on the correctness and justness of waging armed resistance.”
Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.
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