NPA undertook military operations at height of peace talks

12
RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

Including raid on Henry Sy’s Pico de Loro resort in Nasugbu
THE communist New People’s Army (NPA) undertook 18 armed attacks against government forces in February alone, or at the height of the peace talks, according to information in the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) publication Ang Bayan.

Advertisements

I don’t know if President Duterte was even aware of this, as he had not pointed to these attacks as the reason why he terminated the peace talks. Rather, it was the cold-blooded killing of three Army soldiers February 28 in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, and the communists’ demand to free 400 of their comrades, captured and presently in jail, which he said convinced him to end the peace talks.

Top communist negotiator Luis Jalandoni, scion of a Negros landlord clan who has been living in the Netherlands for the past 30 years, said the soldiers were killed by government assassins in order to derail the peace talks.

The CPP, however did boast of the 18 attacks against government forces, euphemistically calling these ” active defense” in its February 7 edition of Ang Bayan.

“Various units of the NPA launched more than 18 armed actions all over the country in compliance with the directive of its National Operations Command to undertake active defense to defend the welfare of the citizens and of the revolutionary forces,” the party publication said in Filipino (my translation).

‘BRING IT ON’: NPA’s Ho Chi Minh look-alike spokesman ordering Red fighters to attack the military, and even ‘warlord private armies’.

Only a fool, though, would call the following attacks as made only in “active defense” which I quote verbatim, translated from the Pilipino:

• “The NPA Eduardo Dagli Command in Batangas harassed a detachment of the Philippine Air Force February 1 at Sitio Buntog, Barangay Bulihan, Nasugbu.”

• “The NPA Celso Minguez Command in Quezon ambushed a patrol of the 31st Infantry Batallion in Trece Martires, Casiguran, February 6. Two soldiers were wounded.”

• “The NPA’s Napoleon Tumagtang Command in Southern Panay attacked troops of the 82nd Infantry battalion and the 3rd Infantry Battalion that were conducting operations in Baragnay Boloc, Tubungan, Ilioilo and Barangay Osorio III in San Remigio, Antique.”

• “Red fighters harassed troops of the 8th Infantry Battalion camped at Barangay Concepcion, Valencia City, Bukidnon.”

• “Red fighters February 2 captured and declared prisoners-of-war two soldiers of the 39th Infantry Battalion at Telefas, Columbio, Sultan Kudarat.

Quite obviously, the NPA acted as if there were no peace talks at all. There could be only two explanations for this.

First, the “peace talks” are merely a tactic for the communists to keep the Republic’s military cooped up in their camps, unable to undertake operations against the NPA, while the latter expands its recruitment and areas of operations. In past peace talks, the NPA recovered areas they had lost when there were no peace talks, and executed barangay officials who had cooperated with the government.

Second, the peace negotiators, mainly Jose Sison, Fidel Agcaoili, and Jalandoni who have lived in the Netherlands for over 30 years have no influence or control at all over the NPA, or the party leadership in the Philippines, which continue their programs for expanding their territory while their comrades abroad make fools of government negotiators. Without any role in the revolution, Sison et al’s existence and lives in that social-welfare advanced country, are justified only if they pretend to be undertaking the noble pursuit of peace.

Pico de Loro attack
The biggest incident that not only exposes the peace talks as a huge deception by the Communist Party, but the NPA as a threat to the country’s image as a safe place for tourists and investors was the NPA’s attack January 29 at the tycoon Henry Sy’s Pico de Loro resort, which is just two hours from Makati and a favorite weekend escape for the rich from the polluted metropolis. Strangely, the broadsheets did not report it.
Following is the communist newspaper Ang Bayan’s account (translated form Filipino) of this attack in its February 7 edition, which it described as intended to “punish Henry Sy”:

“The NPA confiscated forty-one arms, including 14 M-16s and 20 shotguns, thousands of bullets, magazines, and communications equipment in two raids to punish the Selective Security Agency and 3-I Security Agency on January 29, 6:30 to 7.45 in the evening at Barangay Papaya, Nasugbu (location of Pico de Loro, with these agencies those guarding the resort–RDT)

“The Red fighters of the NPA’s Eduardo Dagli Command of Batangas disarmed the guards and armed goons of Henry Sy at Hacienda Looc. The NPA, however, made sure that guards and employees of the security agencies were not harmed.

“The attack was part of the NPA’s step to punish Henry Sy and his guards for the violent grabbing of lands at Hacienda Looc. These guards have several times aimed their guns at farmers living in this land. The guards have also prevented fishermen from fishing in the waters of Hamilo Cove and driving farmers away from Henry Sy’s lands at Barangay Calayo and Barangay Papaya.”

The number of NPA attacks appears to be more than the 18 claimed in the Ang Bayan article. NPA spokesman “Ka Oris” says it is 30, in the following statement issued February 11 with which he announced—in a tone of intrepidity, I would say—the CPP’s declaration of all-out war on President Duterte’s administration:

“Starting today, the Unilateral Declaration of Interim Ceasefire is now completely terminated. All NPA commands and territorial units, as well as people’s militia and self-defense units, can now take the full initiative to defend the people and advance their interests, especially in the face of the declaration of all-out war of the Duterte regime.

“Since February 1, we eagerly waited for the GRP’s positive response to widespread clamor for it to implement its CARHRIHL obligations (primarily the release of all political prisoners) which could have preempted the termination of the CPP and NPA’s unilateral ceasefire. Contrary to the hopes of the people, however, GRP Pres. Duterte displayed intransigence and arbitrarily cancelled all peace negotiations, playing to the AFP line of an ‘all-out war’ against the CPP and NPA.

“Over the past ten days, responding to orders to carry out active defense, NPA units carried out almost 30 military actions to defend the rights and welfare of the people, primarily against AFP troops occupying barangays and conducting strike operations. In its active defense posture, NPA operations were launched exclusively against paramilitary groups and uniformed personnel conducting combat, intelligence and psywar operations within the territories of the revolutionary government. A case in point is the February 1 encounter between the NPA and troops of the 8th IB which had been occupying Barangays Kibalabag and Manalog, 36 kilometers from the center of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

“No longer restricted by the active defense policy, the NPA, from hereon, must frustrate the all-out war of suppression of the AFP by launching tactical offensives against any legitimate military target, including active troops of the AFP and PNP, paramilitary or AFP-supported armed vigilante groups, intelligence operatives, and warlord private armies in detachments, camps or operations within and beyond the NPA guerrilla zones.

“The NPA remains open to peace talks while fighting rages in the countryside. At the same time, the revolutionary masses welcome the call for tactical offensives that will strengthen the people’s army and advance the people’s war towards genuine and just peace.”

“Bring it on,” Ka Oris is defiantly telling Duterte.

E-mail: tiglao.manilatimes@gmail.com
FB: Bobi Tiglao and Rigoberto Tiglao
Archives: rigobertotiglao.com

Share.
loading...
Loading...

Please follow our commenting guidelines.

12 Comments

  1. Judith seguerra on

    You’re. right mr josifino. NPAs are merely goons who just want to collect money and goods from peace loving people!

  2. Unfortunately, Duterte is wavering as per the latest news. He is still open to peace talks with the CPP/NPA which is a foolish venture because peace talks with rebel groups in the Philppines are futile, whether they are communists or Muslims. What they really want is to grab power. Just wait when in the future, the Muslim rebels will once again push for an independent Islamic state inasmuch as the communists want the entire Philippines to be a communist state. The Philippines is hopeless and I predict that I will never see true progress in my lifetime. It will be one setback after another because we are not nationalistic, we have too many rebel groups, our economy is held hostage by the oligarchy, and our political system is controlled by political clans that are here to stay. Add the national disaster we get year after year and after year that we do not even train ourselves to be prepared for individually and as a nation.

  3. The collect money and also collect share from the farmers harvest, even this poor farmers hardly earn from their respective distress.

    So this why they prefer to stay in the mountain and demand so much in the PEACE nego!

    Its no longer peoples’ army… they were make poor Filipino suffer.

  4. Frankly, I see now the President’s move to release these leaders of that movement as a calculated move.
    With all their leaders and brains abroad, they are like ants now in a panic and confusion. Easier target then.

  5. We’ve seen enough! Let’s corral these bad and evil two-legged beasts once and for all. Are they even humans? How can we have peace and progress if at least this backward bunch isn’t stopped? We, the whole Filipino nation, should all band together to get rid of them. We just can’t rely on the government to protect us. It’s our land and our future at stake. Communists is another word for terrorists, as they always believe in force, threats and violence to impose their will.
    There will always be rotten eggs in the government, but if all they can do is take arms and not use their brains, what choice do we have? Their ideology is against democracy, which we peace-loving people subscribe to. Yes, let’s bring it on! Let’s finish this once and for all. I don’t care if we have to ask help from other countries, just so they can be eliminated. They have no place in my envisioned world of peace and order. Satan and his demons are in their midst, make no mistake about it. Let’s even ask China. Who’s supporting these thugs? If we can cut off their support, they’ll fade in no time. We’re millions compared to their thousands. I’m sick of them. You can’t really negotiate with brutes. They listen to overwhelming physical force, for they’re mere humans—flesh and blood. They may be our brothers, but they’re lost and demon-possessed. They even use drugs.
    Killing soldiers and harassing people? Who do these lowlifes think they are! Yes, they are lowlifes—just like those drug pushers—and I’m not insulting them but calling them what they are. I could use some other words, but I’ll stop for now. Let’s start forming militias against them. They want to kill us, so what do we do? We fight back! But with overwhelming force. Let’s declare a national war against them and put bounties on their capture. And you corrupt people, whether in the private or public sector, please stop! You’re not helping out either!

  6. One sure way of telling CPP-NPA that people don’t take them as defenders but as asungot at garapatas could be by NOT VOTING into office -as congressmen, senators, gobs and mayors any of their candidates during election. It’s discouraging to see their candidates winning (mostly as party-list reps), thus enabled to siphon off govt money for NPA cause.

  7. aladin g. villacorte on

    Hey people this is the 21st century. China has undergone earthshaking changes over the years. China today is more capitalist oriented than most capitalist countries. Have been to Divisoria lately? The present-day insurgents now are no longer ideologues; they are not the same people who fought the government in the past. Instead, they are more concerned with getting money and giving “protection” to certain business establishments and wealthy politicians.

    Who’s orchestrating the show? I call these absentee leaders armchair guerrillas because that’s what they are – living safely and comfortably abroad while their “comrades” dodge bullets and bombs from the pursuing military forces. Worse, they are no longer Filipino citizens.

  8. JACINTO BAYBAY on

    Its just a matter of time. The CPP NPA will be erased from the face of the earth as the AFP maintains their momentum.

  9. How can we help the President?
    By nominating people in government who loves the country, can help flourish our democracy with no other ideological intentions.
    Urge the yellow dogs who have served their Feudal Masters and Political Dynasties to step aside in order for this country to stage a strong economic take off. Let us remind them that corruption, criminality, and drugs flourish
    in their term. We can see poverty all around in a country whose richness have been plundered from head to foot.

  10. Bobi, when you write again, please refer to those equipment burning thugs as the Sison Terrorist Group. They are no longer the army of the millenials or the call center guys and gals nor are those bullies the army of the peace-loving people of Ilocos, Metro Manila or the general population. In fact, they are so presumptuous with theur assumption that they represent us, the Filipino people. The soldiers are part of the people so why do they say they are the people’s army?

  11. What people are these NPAs yakking about, their own people? For alll I know, they have lost their credibility as protectors of the oppressed. People look at them now as mere bandits and goons.