AFP Offensives Fail To Halt Nationwide Celebrations Of 53rd Anniversary Of CPP’s Foundation

Marco L. Valbuena | Chief Information Officer | Communist Party of the Philippines

December 26, 2021

Thousands of people across the country successfully held celebrations of the 53rd anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Party committees, together with committees and branches of the CPP, units of the New People’s Army (NPA) and revolutionary mass organizations, held assemblies and meetings in both cities and rural areas.

The nationwide celebrations of the Party’s anniversary proves the utter failure of the US-Duterte regime and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to put an end to the people’s revolutionary struggles. The Party, together with the NPA and the revolutionary mass organizations, remains strong and continue to gain strength.

In its message, the CPP Central Committee called on all its forces to “maintain constant vigilance and the highest alert” in order to “frustrate the brutal counterrevolutionary war.”

Assemblies were held in rural areas and mountain camps despite relentless nationwide offensives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its vain attempt to thwart the celebrations. Over the past weeks, hundreds of millions of pesos have been wasted in these operations.

We have received reports of military and police offensives in Cagayan, Ilocos Sur, Mindoro, Palawan, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, Masbate, Samar provinces, Southern Leyte, Bohol, Negros, Iloilo, Capiz, Misamis Oriental, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Bukidnon, North Cotabato, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and other provinces.

A few incidents have been reported in Davao de Oro and Sorsogon. We are still awaiting details. Of course, the AFP will play up these incidents in order to draw away attention from the overall growth of the revolutionary movement across the country.

Units of the NPA in the Visayas and some northern Mindanao regions took a break from their work of rebuilding homes and repairing farms to join the humble celebrations of the
Party’s anniversary.

Party members and revolutionary activists also held meetings in urban areas to hold study sessions and renew their pledge to selflessly serve the people

In a 22-page message, the Central Committee presented the CPP’s analysis of the current international and domestic situation which it described as “mired in deep crisis.” According to the CPP-CC, the situation in the Philippines is “aggravated by corruption, national treachery, failed pandemic response and fascist repression of the US-Duterte regime.”

“Out and out neoliberal policies have further deepened the backward, agrarian, semifeudal economy that is dependent on imported consumption and capitals goods and oriented towards the export of low-value added semiprocessed goods, raw materials and cheap labor,” added the CPP-CC. “They lead to ever deeper crisis.”

The CPP-CC anticipates the aggravation of the economic and political crisis of the ruling system, especially with the approach of the 2022 elections. It called on the Filipino people to unite and fight the schemes of the Duterte ruling clique to rig and steal the elections.

The CPP-CC said units of the NPA are steadily gaining strength by forging ever wider and deeper ties with the peasant masses. The enemy is fooling only themselves with their multimillion pesos worth of military-organized “surrender parades.” The CPP said that in many revolutionary areas, the peasant masses are only playacting to fool the AFP, but are, in fact, in constant coordination with the NPA.

The support for the NPA continues to deepen and widen especially that the AFP’s lies and corruption, and role in land-grabbing for big landlords, and mining companies and plantations, become fully exposed.

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