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Philippine Maoists Order Their Army to Intensify Attacks

Posted by D and I Consulting on September 7, 2010

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer

NPA Woman

NPA Woman

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has ordered its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), to step up offensives in Mindanao.

Jorge Madlos, spokesperson of the National Democratic Front (NDF), said in a statement that the NPA was told to attack “legitimate military targets” as a form of “resisting renewed [military] offensive activities.”

Madlos said the call for increased offensive action was meant “to meet head-on” increased military operations under the extended counter-insurgency campaign, Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL).

“[The CPP] is moving to thwart government’s goal of crushing the Maoist revolutionary movement in three years as laid out by the new administration of President Benigno Aquino III,” he said.

Madlos said a similar order was also relayed to NPA units in other parts of the country.

“It is very clear that the brisk military activities in Mindanao are a direct result of the extension of the OBL campaign,” he said.

The OBL campaign was originally set to end June 2010 but Aquino sought to extend its implementation until the end of this year, Madlos said.

He criticized Aquino for “consciously waging war early in his term of office,” because this would clearly diminish the opportunity for achieving peace.

In his State of the Nation Address, Aquino had declared the government’s willingness to restart the stalled talks with the communists, but challenged communist rebels to show goodwill.

Madlos said it was very clear that the Aquino administration was “preparing for war and not for creating an environment conducive to just peace.”

Madlos said the NPA was ready to reciprocate the government’s action, citing recent attacks by the rebel group.

He said during the past two months, the NPA has staged 50 offensives that resulted in 17 casualties on the government side.

The offensives, he said, were concentrated in the northeastern and southern Mindanao regions.

One Response to “Philippine Maoists Order Their Army to Intensify Attacks”

  1. Abram said

    Why not learn from Viet Nam and concentrate more international forces in at least two or three areas 1) India & 2) Philippines & 3) Perou or a better suited S. American Country ? Stalin had left the entire Asia for Mao to decide with the region’s CP’s therefore People’s Communist China acted more er less as a regional efficient Communist International, drawing even USSR’s help in Viet Nam ! There was a convergence of forces or help there for the communist revolutions ! This is why Viet Nam succeeded in ousting USA and allies from S. E. Asia !

    We cannot expect better results if we don’t implement the existence of a communist international ! If there isn’t one then it was urgent to start from there , and for us today, after the results obtained in Nepal, I don’t see any reason why we are not capable to draw the correct lessons and act according to the established principles of class-war which are very rich for the communists and cannot mislead the parties and much less an effective and practical revolutionary International for the communist movement in shambles and in a scattered and disoriented situation !
    Abram

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