The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) revealed that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (CPP) are being urged to create armed urban partisan teams in response to widespread abuses by State security forces.
The NDFP International Information office said that in an online forum on the 52nd anniversary of the Communist Party in the Philippines (CPP) in Europe last December 26, participants renewed calls for “punitive justice” by NPA partisans against abusive policemen and government soldiers.
Attended by civilians as well as local and foreign supporters of the underground Communist movement, the forum featured calls to fight “fascist attacks” against unarmed activists and civilians in urban areas by suspected State-sponsored death squads.
The calls came hours before mother and son Sonya and Frank Anthony Gregorio were buried at Paniqui, Tarlac after their cold-blooded murder by Police Senior Staff Sergeant Jonel Nuezca that was caught on camera.
The twin murders reignited complaints of massive human rights violations committed by government security forces that groups say have been consistently encouraged by President Rodrigo Duterte.
‘Up to the CPP’
Forum panelist and NDFP chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison acknowledged that calls to create NPA partisan units are widespread and that conditions are ripe for the return of armed partisans to counter the assassinations and impunity by the Manila government.
The CPP founder said he based his observation on the 52nd anniversary statement of the CPP and reports published in the Party’s website.
Sison said there are enough bases for small teams “to conduct armed partisan operations in the cities to mete out revolutionary justice against Duterte’s terrorist forces based in the urban areas.”
He, however, emphasized that the matter is up to the CPP leadership to undertake. “Experience will be the best teacher on how to do it,” he said.
Sison also stressed there is no need for the underground revolutionary movement to shift to “urban insurrectionism” to deal a fatal blow to the Duterte’s regime at the moment.
He encouraged the strengthening and expanding of existing guerrilla fronts to prepare the NPA into achieving an equal balance of forces with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.
Sison said that based on CPP reports, the NPA is currently is far stronger than that in 1986 which was only about six thousand regulars.
The rise of younger under 30s red commanders would usher in more daring offensives, he said.
The NPA’s Alex Boncayao Brigade undertook partisan operations from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.
The CPP leadership dissolved the partisan teams after internal investigations revealed that some Party leaders have abused the practice.
The CPP then undertook a “Second Great Rectification Movement” that expelled several high-ranking leaders from the organization. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)