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CPP tells NPA: Join forces with MILF, MNLF vs AFP

August 16, 2007 5:05pm
(Updated 5:37 p.m.) The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) ordered its armed wing New People's Army (NPA) Thursday to join forces with secessionist rebels and exploit what it called the low morale in the military caused by the fighting in Mindanao.

In a statement posted on its website (www.philippinerevolution.net), the CPP said disarray and disenchantment in the military is widespread because of the recent losses it suffered.

"The rank and file and junior officers of the AFP are indignant at how their high command has been using them as cannon fodder in the Arroyo regime's all-out war. They are doubly disgusted at the fact that the AFP is led by corrupt officials who line their pockets at the expense of the lives and welfare of foot soldiers," it said.

It said the NPA has marching orders to support the armed resistance of the Moro revolutionary forces of both the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front.

"The CPP has issued instructions to all units of the New People's Army in Mindanao and across the country to launch tactical offensives to take advantage of the current disarray within the AFP and to cooperate with and extend support to the Moro people's armed resistance," it said.

Promptly, Armed Forces information chief Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacarro branded the CPP announcement as mere "propaganda."

"It is a propaganda. I would even say that it is a very, very desperate attempt on the part of the CPP-NPA to call on the MNLF and MILF members to join them," Bacarro said.

Further, Bacarro said, the military is running after select members of the MNLF and MILF deemed responsible for the deaths of soldiers in Basilan and Sulu.

"We are only running after those we call rogue members of those organizations who have been collaborating and cohabiting with the Abu Sayyaf group so it (CPP call) is just propaganda," Bacarro said.

In calling for a "unified stand", the CPP statement said that in common areas where operations of the NPA, MNLF and MILF thrive, the revolutionary forces are willing to carry out parallel or joint offensive operations against the AFP.

According to the CPP, more and more soldiers and their families are aware that the operations in Sulu and Basilan are endangering standing peace agreements.

Worse, the operations may lead to an all-out war of genocide, it added.

"Even as it goes through the motions of reviving the peace talks with the Moro revolutionary forces, it refuses to heed the clamor to actually put an end to the offensive, and has proceeded to deploy more than 5,000 additional troops to Basilan and Sulu," it said.

The CPP said the deployment of thousands of troops from other regions to Basilan and Jolo leaves other Philippine Army units more thinly spread in NPA areas.

Because of this, it said the NPA can take advantage of this and launch tactical offensives against the weakened and isolated units of the AFP.

"Tactical offensives must be carried out in all parts of the country in order to cause greater disarray within the AFP, further weaken and isolate the rotten, brutal and puppet regime, strengthen the people's army and revolutionary forces, and advance the people's war to a new and higher level," it said.

Besides, it said the AFP's successive losses were bound to happen and were bound to worsen because of the "unjust, fascist war" being carried out by the Arroyo administration.

It said the ongoing all-out offensive operations of the AFP in Basilan and Sulu are being directed not so much against the minuscule Abu Sayyaf bandit group, but actually against the MILF and the MNLF.

"The Arroyo regime is carrying out attacks against the Moro people to weaken their resolve in the struggle for self-determination and assertion of their ancestral domain. The regime wishes to take away the victories of the Moro people which they have won through several decades of revolutionary armed struggle," it said.

The CPP said that in the face of the Arroyo regime's treachery and belligerence, "there is no other recourse for the Moro revolutionary forces but to strengthen their resolve and intensify their revolutionary armed resistance against the Arroyo regime."

Also, the CPP directed the NPA and all revolutionary forces to take advantage of the heightened and widespread disarray and disenchantment within the AFP by intensifying organizing efforts among the rank-and-file and junior officers of the AFP.

"There is within the AFP a growing democratic and patriotic movement of soldiers who are disgruntled with the leadership of the AFP and the Arroyo regime. They are critical of the utter rottenness, corruption, brutality and puppetry of the top officialdom of the AFP and the Arroyo regime," it said.

The rank and file and junior officers of the AFP have become all the more disgusted with the Arroyo regime and its top generals in the face of the reckless and all-out offensive being carried out presently in Basilan and Sulu and the extrajudicial killings, abductions, torture, forced evacuations, food blockades and other inhuman and criminal acts of the AFP carried out in line with the Arroyo regime's Oplan Bantay Laya 2, it added.

"The revolutionary forces must directly and indirectly reach out to the rank and file and junior officers of the armed forces where they can to conscienticize them, enlighten them on the basic problems of the Filipino people, encourage them to stand against the Arroyo regime and win them over to the side of the revolution and the people's resistance and convince them to clandestinely work for the revolutionary cause," it said. - GMANews.TV