The Communist Party of the (CPP) has “nothing to celebrate” for its 52nd founding anniversary tomorrow or December 26, according to Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Gilbert Gapay.
“The CPP-NPA (New People’s Army) and their front organizations have nothing to celebrate. They failed on the ground, got exposed in Congress, and were unmasked abroad for their fake advocacies,” Gapay said.
He cited significant accomplishments of the military on the ground and in the political arena, including the recent exposé by former rebels of party-list groups involved in the radicalization and recruitment of individuals to the communist terror group.
Gapay said tactical accomplishments brought by internal security operations resulted in the death, capture, and surrender of communist terrorists on the ground, as well as the further erosion of their mass base with underground and party members continuing to withdraw their support.
“We have decisively won the war against the CTG (communist terrorist groups) in various regions of the country with the dismantling of 10 so-called guerilla fronts or gangster of the CPP-NPA. These are located in Isabela province and Bicol region in Luzon; Leyte and Samar in the Visayas; and various provinces in Western, Southern, and Eastern Mindanao,” AFP spokesperson Marine Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said in a year-end briefing last December 22.
Tactical accomplishments also resulted in the overall decline in NPA-initiated atrocities against civilians from 113 in 2019 to 78 so far this year.
The CPP-New Peoples’ Army is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. CURRENTPH