By Bicol Today News Team
CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region – The underground Reds remain unfazed over President Duterte’s tagging the NPA as “terrorists”, saying “Duterte is running out of excuses to flatten Marawi City, eliminate the Maute/ISIS group, wipe out criminality and drug lords, and to eliminate insurgency.”
In a statement sent Tuesday to Bicol Today in Naga City, the underground Reds treated Duterte’s policy declaration as “the rants of a power greedy self-styled strongman who has just get his anointment and blessing from US’ President Trump during the just-concluded ASEAN Summit.”
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), in the statement, said Duterte is inclined “to follow the AFP’s proposal to extend martial law beyond December 31. Mindanao martial law has long been running out of excuses, as the so-called Maute/ISIS threat has long disappeared, and he and his military war freaks could not drumbeat enough noise of a “spillover.”
CPP continued: “Duterte is nothing if not consistent in his fascist rants and acts, using even the tired excuse of the progressive left “conspiring” with the NPA, to constantly kowtow to the wishes of the higher echelons of the US-controlled armed forces. He has resorted to name-calling and threats so many times, in so many forms, that the people have grown weary of his constant harping. This time, he even invokes his US masters, in placing the NPA and CPP, “same as America,” as terrorists.”
“Emboldened by the recent Trump approval of his strongman rule, he is bent on eliminating all opposition, legal and otherwise. The people recognize these threats against the revolutionary and progressive movement for what they are: to eliminate the strongest and most consistent opposition to his fascist rule, silence dissent against his anti-people and pro-imperialist policies and further perpetuate himself in power through a one-man rule,” CPP lashed out.
On Duterte’s all-out war against the Reds, CPP said, “The AFP has been carrying out an all-out war since February not only against the revolutionary movement but especially against civilian communities suspected of supporting the NPA, on Duterte’s orders himself. He followed this closely with an order for the AFP to “flatten the hills” of suspected NPA areas, and then proceeded to flatten Marawi City through his martial law declaration in Mindanao. He has, time and again, announced that he will unleash the AFP’s military might against the NPA as soon as he finishes with Marawi. After coming into power, he has beefed up the AFP arsenal with more guns, bombs, and warplanes.” [BicolToday.com]