DAET, Camarines Norte (BicolToday.com) – The underground National Democratic Front in the Bicol Region (NDF-BICOL) rejects the idea of “local peace talks” as floated by the state military, and instead endorses the ongoing national peace talks between the NDFP and the Philippine Government (GRP).
NDF-BICOL insisted local peace talk is an attempt by the AFP to wage divide-and-conquer measures on the various guerilla fronts and local leadership after the AFP has undergone significant failures in achieving its objectives to defeat the revolutionary movement in the Bicol provinces.
“No NPA unit in the Bicol Region will participate in any local peace talk and it believes in the present capability by the NDFP for peace talks with the GRP at the national level,” said NDFP-BICOL.
NDF-BICOL also exposed the secret psy-war operations by the AFP on disseminating “fake news” about NPA losses, disgruntled surrenderees and alleged NPA atrocities committed on civilians.
“Military propaganda has been using the same props in their fake news operations, such as old people, young kids who are NPA recruits and exploited, and terrorized civilians,” said NDF-BIKOL, the statement posted in an internet blog site.
“There is the fake news about NPA forces being reduced as defeated, spent forces and that the Bicol provinces with strong NPA forces are already under ‘conflict-manageable’ status”, the rebel organization said.