THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) foresees the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).going back to the negotiating table to become relevant once again.
Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala, AFP spokesman, over the weekend said the communist group has been marginalized and its strength has significantly been cut down.
The AFP estimates that the NPA has fewer than 4,000 guerrillas from 25,000 during the Marcos era.
Kakilala attributed the group’s reduced strength to effective implementation of the military’s Internal Peace Security Plan-Bayanihan (IPSP-Bayanihan), which, he said, continues to gain ground.
“We also foresee that the CPP-NPA-NDF would also be back to the negotiating table as an alternative strategy to be relevant… that’s one of the objectives of IPSP-Bayanihan,” he said.
But, according to Kakilala, elimination of the armed guerrillas would not be realized by military action alone.
“As long as development will come in and we will have economic growth and prosperity for every Filipino, in the years to come the CPP-NPA will be [totally]irrelevant, that’s what we foresee in our IPSP-Bayanihan,” he said.
The AFP, Kakilala added, had identified critical infrastructure projects such as bridges for peace, farm to market roads and schools.