The solidarity group from many nations sang with more than vigor the International to move forward from what the ‘pioneers’ have started and beyond the golden jubilee celebration of the CPP
Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army- Cordillera Peoples Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-CPDF)- Mountain Province was held with the local civilian communities from the sectors of youth, women and farmers in recognition of the five decades of organized service of the CPP-NPA-CPDF in the country particularly in Mountain Province.
Somewhere in the Cordillera mountains, members of different revolutionary organizations of peasants, workers, youth and other sectors affiliated with the Cordillera Peoples Democratic Front (CPDF) joined a company of the New People’s Army (NPA) to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
Communist rebels killed an army trooper and carted away 30 high powered rifle when they raided a Civilian Armed Auxiliary (CAA) patrol base in Lubuagan, Kalinga at dawn of December 23.
Efforts were made since early February this year for the possible resumption of formal talks. However, the government backtracked and pushed another track, the localized peace talks which discards the national peace talks held in neutral venue abroad. Last month, November, the President closed all doors to the possible revival of stalled peace talks. He then ordered government forces to wage all-out offensives against the NPA and adopted the whole-of-nation approach to crush the revolutionary movement.
Communist rebels in the Ilocos-Cordillera said the successful dawn raid of a Philippine Army-Civilian Armed Auxiliary (CAA) patrol base in Kalinga is their response “to the arrogant call of Duterte for the AFP-PNP to “annihilate” the [New People’s Army].”
A few weeks ago, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the deployment of more troops to crush the “insurgency,” but the men and women, both old and young, of this armed revolution just laughed.
Rebels attack a Civilian Armed Auxiliary base in Lubuagan, Kalinga a day after the president called on the military to destroy the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army killing a soldier and wounding three paramilitary members.
The communist rebel forces operating in Abra province claimed that despite the different task force formed in the past to eliminate private armies and vote buying, the practice remains and continues to worsen in Abra.
Tignayan Productions, a local alternative media outfit in Ilocos launched a film inspired by true events that led to the upsurge of the revolutionary movement in the region early evening on December 10, as part of this year’s International Human Rights Day commemoration.
The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) declared on December 7a three-day ceasefire during Christmas and two-day truce on New Year.
One of this year’s seven Bantayog ng mga Bayani honorees, Alfredo Celi Cezar, Jr., an ordained deacon and teacher, did more than joining the parliament of the streets. The namesake of the New People’s Army’s provincial command in Ilocos Sur, joined the list of Martial Law heroes and martyrs in the Wall of Memorial.