THE New People’s Army (NPA) in Negros Occidental claims “revolutionary victory” as it celebrated its 47th founding anniversary on December 26.
In a press statement, Juanito Magbanua II, spokesperson of the Apolinario Gatmaitan Command, said the NPA “hails the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) for celebrating the 47th Anniversary of its founding on December 26, 1968.”
“The CPP has survived tremendous odds in several years and in recent years under the Oplan Bayanihan of the US-Aquino Regime. The NPA and other revolutionary forces in Negros Island congratulate the CPP for gaining revolutionary victories wave upon wave for over four decades of leading the people’s democratic revolution thru protracted people’s war through hard work and sacrifices of its cadres and members,” the statement said.
“In Negros Island, it was the CPP’s leadership and strong guidance that the revolutionary forces in the Island was able to stand firm and unswerving in the face of an enemy so many times stronger when the AFP made Negros Island one of the national priority areas in its Oplan Bayanihan counter-insurgency campaign since 2011,” it added.
They also alleged that Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army are harboring illusions that they have already defeated the revolutionary forces in the Island and that what remains are remnants of the NPA, so that they declare Negros to be insurgency manageable and development ready.
“But they continue to call on the revolutionary forces to surrender and capitulate and avail of the amnesty and livelihood programs that they are offering,” it added.
Marañon earlier said the recent atrocities allegedly carried out by the NPA rebels were just to make their presence felt especially that the election nears.
The governor added that he has been appealing for peace and unity of everyone. “Let us not kill each other because we are all Filipinos. If there are problems, it should be discussed to come up with a solution,” he said. (TDE)