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CPP orders NPA to ‘mount offensives across PHL’ in response to martial law extension

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Wednesday commanded its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA), to intensify its offensive tactics across the country on the heels of the extension of martial rule over Mindanao.

"The CPP calls on the New People’s Army (NPA) to mount tactical offensives across the country in response to the extension of martial law in Mindanao," CPP said in a statement.

"All NPA units must exert all possible effort to punish the worst fascist units and officers of the AFP who have committed grave crimes against the people," it added.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) will further fall into corruption as they soak in absolute power under the extended martial law, the CPP said.

The CPP also claimed that military forces will take advantage of the martial law in the upcoming midterm elections.

"The AFP is set on heightening its election meddling in order to manipulate the midterm polls to favor pro-Duterte and pro-AFP candidates," it said.

The communist group also urged the public to hold protests against martial law.

On Wednesday, the Congress approved President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao for another year with a total 235 affirmative votes, 28 negative votes and one abstention. — Dona Magsino/BM, GMA News