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According to AFP, CPP is currently “gasping for air, without direction.” ’

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The neutralization of its high-ranking officials has caused a breakdown in communication within the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), which is causing it to “gasp for air,” according to the AFP spokesperson on Monday.

Col. Medel Agular claimed in a statement that the underground movement, which celebrates its 54th founding anniversary on December 26, has “no sense of purpose and direction” as a result of the passing of CPP chief Jose Maria Sison in the Netherlands.

“The channels of communication between the CPP Central Committee and its subsidiary organs and the armed group have broken down (NPA). This is partly because several of the CPP’s senior figures, including Julius Giron, Menandro Villanueva, Jorge Madlos, and others, have been neutralized. Additionally, its purported chairman Benito Tiamzon has been silent and absent for a long time “explained Aguilar.

Only 23 guerrilla fronts remain for the CPP, only five of which can carry out party policies, and the remaining 18 are “weak and gasping for life,” according to Aguilar.

“This allows the military to concentrate its greater capability against the five, while the civil government merely needs to put policies in place that will deal with the root of people’s anger to make the UGM’s AOM (agitate, organize and mobilize) efforts superfluous,” he said.

In 1968, Sison, who passed away last December 16, founded the CPP.

“To keep the organization afloat, the CPP can only come up with news releases and statements to send the party’s instruction and message to its lower organs and armed group, including its threat of tactical offensives,” Aguilar said. This is done through a digital person known as “Marco Valbuena.”

After Sison’s passing, the CPP declared that it would not ask for a ceasefire with state forces for the holiday period.

Aguilar claimed that the CPP’s order to its last New People’s Army (NPA) fighters to engage in “tactical offensives” against government forces was made in an effort to stop the “complete dissolution” of the group.

The order to execute tactical offensives was given in order to prevent disintegration and collapse since the CPP was now more likely to tighten its grip on the fighters and supporters that were still present.

Despite reaching its pinnacle in the middle of the 1980s with an estimated 28,000 members, the CPP has not succeeded in its objectives even after more than 50 years, according to Aguilar.

“54 years is definitely more than enough. The suffering of the nation must end right away, he continued, adding that 54 years after its founding, the underground movement had made little progress toward its objectives of the violent overthrow of the government, the conquest of political power, and a reformation of the political system.”

The government’s security operations and development projects are “decapitating” the UGM, according to Aguilar. “As the UGM fought to construct a guerilla front in every congressional district of the country, its commanders and members can only watch with frustration and helplessness,” he added.

decrease in NPA membership

According to Col. Jorry Baclor, head of the AFP public affairs office, the New People’s Army (NPA), the CPP’s armed wing, has 2,112 members as a result of the military’s campaign and the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict’s nationwide strategy.

Additionally, the number of its guerilla fronts fell from 89 to 22 from six years ago, which is a considerable decrease from the over 4,000 NPA members recorded in 2016.

The remaining five guerilla fronts are now the target of relentlessly targeted military operations and synergized efforts using the whole-of-nation approach, according to a media statement from Baclor. “Seventeen of them were previously classed as weakened,” the statement stated.

A number of other NPA leaders were also taken out, including Gina Belsa Granada, Secretary of the disbanded Guerilla Front BBC in Zamboanga del Norte, Rogelio Sapon Gerondio Jr., Secretary of the Sub-Regional Committee 3 in Agusan del Norte, and Helenita Pardales, Secretary of the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee.

Extortion-related revenue production for the NPA decreased as well.

“They could only extort PHP8.5 million in 2022, down from as much as PHP4.2 billion in 2017. In collaboration with reputable foreign advocacy financiers, plans to generate money through purported worldwide solidarity works were also abandoned “added Baclor.

Since the year 2010, 1,886 cases of human rights and humanitarian law violations have been brought against NPA individuals, totaling 156 instances for 2022.

According to Baclor, the figure “summarises the CTG’s continuous use of children in armed conflict, damage of civilian property, use of anti-personnel mines, deliberate executions, and other HR crimes.”


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