From Ang Bayan: NPA Celebrates 55th Anniversary Of It’s Founding

Ang Bayan

April 7, 2024

United in spirit and with clenched fists, cadres and members of the Communist Party of the Philippines, fighters and commanders of the New People’s Army (NPA), allied organizations of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the revolutionary masses celebrated the 55th anniversary of the NPA on March 29.

On the occasion of the anniversary, the Central Committee urged forces to look back at the achievements and shortcomings of the people’s army during the past year, draw lessons, and forge plans to make bigger strides in waging revolutionary armed struggle in the coming year.

The Central Committee was pleased to report that the call for a rectification movement issued by the Party last December 2023 had been wholeheartedly welcomed by all regional Party committees and commands of the NPA. “They have responded positively and are presently carrying out summing-up conferences and study meetings to identify the errors and shortcomings in order to rectify these, and steadily and comprehensively carry forward all revolutionary tasks,” according to the Central Committee.

The Party leadership also tasked the NPA to mount basic tactical offensives that it is capable of winning, that weakens the enemy by annihilating its armed forces part by part, and taking away its weapons. “We raise the capability of the NPA to wage war by waging war,” it further stated.

Celebrations And Activities

Beginning in mid-March, clandestine gatherings for the anniversary of the people’s army were launched in guerrilla areas and cities, from Luzon to Mindanao.

On March 25, various revolutionary organizations in the National Capitol Region (NCR) staged a rally at Recto Avenue, Manila to honor the NPA. Members of Kabataang Makabayan (KM) and Artista at Manunulat ng Sambayanan (Armas) led the NDF-NCR action. They said the armed struggle should be highlighted in all parts of the region and promoted as the main form of struggle and urge people to cherish it.

In Rizal, NDF-Rizal members distributed pamphlets to participants of the traditional Alay Lakad, in which millions of Catholics join, in Antipolo City last March 28. The next day, March 29, they displayed their artful streamer in the crowded areas of Taytay town.

KM chapters led celebrations inside main universities in the country. They painted calls and posted posters at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa, Manila, University of the Philippines (UP)-Visayas in Miag-ao, Iloilo, UP Los Banos, and UP Cebu.

Christians for National Liberation, Katipunan ng Gurong Makabayan, Makabayan Samahan Pangkalusugan, Liga ng Agam para Bayan, and Armas also painted graffitis in Quezon City, Pasig City and Manila City. The Makabayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan (Makibaka) issued a statement. They called for the participation of their respective sectors in the people’s war and enjoined people to join the NPA.

NPA units also held gatherings and activities in all regions where they operate.

International Greetings

Several parties and organizations overseas also extended greetings on the anniversary celebration of the NPA. In its statement, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) expressed confidence in the revolutionary movement in the Philippines that it will overcome temporary setbacks and obstacles and advance in its path.

The Friends of the Filipino People in Struggle and the Anti-Imperialist Action Ireland (AIAI) also expressed their recognition of the people’s army. For their greetings, AIAI painted graffitis in Galway, Ireland.

The anniversary of the NPA was also celebrated in Amsterdam, the Netherlands which coincided with the conclusion of the theoretical conference initiated by the NDFP on March 28-29. The gathering saw 98 delegates from nine countries.

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