THE Cordillera People's Democratic Front warned that it will greet President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s presumed administration with a bigger and stronger force of the New People's Army (NPA) in the countryside.
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) armed units' statement came Wednesday as it called for new NPA recruits. It stressed that an armed revolution is the only way towards what it described as an "unimaginable presidency" of Bongbong Marcos, son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
"Head farther up north and deeper into the peasant communities to reaffirm that there never truly was a Solid North. Instead, what lies ahead is the people's determination to resist reactionary rule and govern themselves under a proletarian leadership," the CPP's armed unit said in a statement Wednesday.
"For progressive and revolutionary individuals and groups, it is literally a fight for life itself. The regime of Ferdinand Marcos Sr. is most known for its summary executions, torture incidents, arbitrary arrests and illegal detentions. Similarly, it is a literal fight for survival for the rest of the impoverished masses," it added.
It claimed that the "insatiable Marcoses" aggravated widespread poverty by emptying public coffers into their own secret accounts and using it to bankroll their immoral lifestyles where it alleged the national government accumulated such "tremendous debts" that the public is paying until today.
It also emphasized the spawn might take the presidency, where it argued that Marcos will never obtain the full confidence of the public.
"His supposed victory is mired with irregularities, from the dubious Commission on Elections allowing his candidacy up to the incredibly questionable ballot-counting," it said. "His family's history, his own complicity and a disreputable election overshadows any triumph. Thus, an uprising against their family will always be looming over his rule."
It also mentioned the lesson on what it described as "civil disobedience" of 1986 or the four-day uprising now known as the EDSA People Power Revolution on Feb. 22 to 25, 1986, which led to the collapse of the Marcos presidency.
"It must be recognized that FM's overlords in the US provided his getaway vehicle to Hawaii. Their family escaped unscathed, even taking with them wealth and assets that belong to the country. They are the biggest daylight robbers in history and the US government facilitated their breakout," it said.
It proved that Martial Law generals like former senator Juan Ponce Enrile and former president Fidel Ramos seemingly redeemed themselves when the Aquino camp compensated them with national positions in the new administration.
"This is their reward for turning against FM when the people's uprising already has him backed into a corner. Like their superior, Enrile and Ramos were not held accountable for their crimes," it said.
It also argued that Marcos' win is a result of both fraud and the campaign to revise history through systematic disinformation, which it described as something that has gone inadequately addressed over the years.
"It must be underscored that fact-checking becomes instinctive when the people are taught critical analysis," it said. "For starters, critical thought counters black propaganda vis-à-vis red-tagging and vilification. It goes hand in hand with the right to express opinions and to participate in an action or organization sharing that opinion."
"It teaches the vast masses about the superiority of revolutionary change over reforms and the role of armed revolution to weaken the most despotic regimes. It opens people's minds towards alternative politics, even to the ideals of the Communist Party of Philippines," it said.
It also stressed that a good and many things has become uncertain for the Filipino people with a Marcos presidency in sight.
"But what is unquestionable is that the fight is far from over. It is an uphill battle but the revolutionary forces and the Filipino people have at its disposal various lessons to continue asserting economic and human rights, civil liberties and social justice," it said.
The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Philippines.
The NDF has been formally designated as a terrorist organization by the anti terrorism council or ATC on June 23, 2021, citing it as "an integral and inseparable part" of the CPP-NPA created in April 1973 through the leadership of exiled communist leader Jose Maria "Joma" Sison.
Marcos imposed martial law on the nation from 1972 to 1981 to suppress increasing civil strife and the threat of a communist takeover following a series of bombings in Manila.