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CPP refutes army report of dwindling NPA forces

CPP rebuffs AFP estimate of NPA’s strength

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LUCENA CITY — The Communist Occasion of the Philippines (CPP) scoffed on the newest report by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on the allegedly dwindling energy and numbers of the New Individuals’s Military (NPA) rebels.

“The AFP retains on saying that the NPA is diminishing, however they will’t wipe them out,” Marco Valbuena, CPP spokesman, stated in an internet interview Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 26).

He added, “They’ve a gunpowder mindset. The AFP thinks they will eradicate the NPA solely by their bombs and cannons, and by killing and intimidating the lots.”

Valbuena stated the AFP has been making the identical claims for years “they sound like a damaged report.”

He was responding to claims made by Colonel Medel Aguilar, AFP spokesperson, in an earlier assertion. Aguilar acknowledged that Maoist rebels at the moment are all the way down to roughly 1,500 fighters.

Aguilar talked about that the present energy of the NPA meant they might now not typically stage tactical offensives or assaults in opposition to authorities forces.

He claimed that whereas the communist guerrillas “are nonetheless able to mounting terror actions, we may see that typically, they might not conduct tactical offensives.”

Aguilar additionally dismissed the current function of the CPP Central Committee, alleging it “has no management,” is “weak and disorganized” and “now not has management.”

“The CPP is not only one or a couple of folks. Because the CPP acknowledged its job goes past the lifetime of anybody individual, and method past the capability of some folks to carry out,” Valbuena argued.

In the meantime, Colonel Dennis Cana, public info officer of the army’s Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) based mostly in Camp Nakar in Lucena Metropolis, reported the mass surrenders of NPA rebels have resulted within the decimation of Crimson fighters in Southern Luzon.

Cana famous that 64 former NPA combatants within the Southern Tagalog area and one other 97 within the Bicol area have surrendered from January to November this 12 months.

“There are nonetheless ongoing negotiations at current,” he stated final week.

Within the Bicol area, Cana reported one “weakened guerrilla entrance” and one other platoon-sized remnant of a guerrilla unit remaining.

A weakened guerrilla entrance means it may possibly now not implement its packages like recruitment and producing assets for the armed wrestle versus energetic guerrilla fronts, based on the army.

In Southern Tagalog, Cana stated there are remnants of platoon dimension NPA within the Quezon-Bicol boundary and platoon dimension every in Mindoro island, Batangas, and the Rizal-Bulacan boundary.

A platoon includes fewer than 20 NPA combatants, based on Cana.

“The NPA now relies on the ‘folks’s militia’ of their remaining areas of operation,” he stated. The “folks’s militia” is a part of the insurgents’ mass base, which secures the NPA rebels whereas locally. Generally, they’re armed to bolster the communist guerrillas throughout encounters.

The Marxist-Leninist-Maoist CPP was based on Dec. 26, 1968, by author and activist professor Jose Maria Sison as a breakaway group from the pro-Soviet Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas.

On March 29, 1969, the CPP shaped the NPA in a village in Tarlac province, its first ragtag group of guerrillas armed with computerized rifles, single-shot rifles, and handguns.

Since then, the NPA has been waging the longest communist insurrection on the earth.

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Sison died of coronary heart failure on Dec. 16, 2022, at age 83 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He had lived in self-exile in Europe since peace talks with the federal government broke down in 1987.

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