Sun. May 22nd, 2022

By (Ret.) Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr

“Animus” in analytical psychology is described as the unconscious masculine side of a woman, and the “anima” as the unconscious feminine side of a man, each transcending the personal psyche.

What has this got to do with my topic? Nothing.

It just dawned on me how people and organizations could be so hypocritical, if not duplicitous, about their beliefs and teachings. Their words do not match their actions and they actually get away with the duplicity. I wonder if it is in their subconscious, or if it is by design that they present themselves as sheep, when they are, in fact, jackals. Doble kara. 

In our pursuit of genuine solutions to end this decades-old insurgency, we actually come across so many questions that are hard to fathom. The Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) deception and “revolutionary dual tactics” has caused so much confusion, even to the highly schooled.

Case in point: summa cum laude Raoul Manuel, who is now taking the helm of the CPP’s Kabataan party-list. 

By now no one can dispute the fact that Kabataan party-list, Anakbayan, LFS and CEGP are all creations of the CPP. So many former CPP cadres and NPA leaders have come down from the hills lately and are sharing with us, firsthand, their experiences.

They are not ordinary kids in school. Most of them are “iskolar ng bayan,” the crème de la crème, the smart student leaders who knew too well that the youth is the hope of their motherland. We should be proud of their idealism, as they bravely stood up and sought a better future for themselves and for the country. We know that their activism is all part of a vibrant democracy. 

But why were these kids out to destroy their country instead? What went wrong, Raoul? 

Ka Marikit, Ka Steven, Ka Ugnay, Ka Shane, Ka Amihan — all recently surrendered. Yet none of these young CPP cadres who came before Manuel could clearly explain to us during our interviews what happened to them. They just realized that suddenly they found themselves wielding arms and leading their own NPA units.

What was clear to them was that it started when they crossed the line from being an activist (aboveground) and later joined the underground: the Kabataang Makabayan (KM).

This secret cell of the CPP orchestrates all actions of these above-ground youth organizations. At that point, all of them had already undergone multiple radicalization courses, making them eligible for full-time communist party members or candidate members. 

First, that was the start of them not working for their future but for the future of the CPP. Second, that was the start of them hating everything, especially the government that provides for their free education and other services.

At that stage, there’s so much hatred in their hearts against their parents, the authorities, against the democratic processes that gave them the protection and freedom to dissent or express themselves. There is so much hate that they think the only solution is the “highest form of struggle”: armed struggle.

From student leaders who simply want to contribute to nation-building, they have metamorphosed into monsters who seek to destroy our nation, our children, our institutions, and the people that comprise these institutions. 

This is what happened to Josephine Lapira@Ella, Justine Vargas@Star, John Carlo Alberto, Christine Puche@Abby, Camille Manangan, Rona Jane Manalo@Amir, etc. Unfortunately for them, they are all dead. “Martyred,” if we are to believe their communist masters.

Their names may soon be etched on the walls of the “Bantayog ng mga Bayani” next to the following: Margarita “Maita” Gomez; Melito Glor; Ester Kintanar; Romulo Kintanar; Maria Lorena Barros; Ma. Leticia Pascual Ladlad; Vicente Ladlad; Antonio Zumel.

All of them were CPP members. So, with many more in the Bantayog list. But just like Joan Lapira, they too were victims of Joma Sison’s treachery. 

These young activists fell into the trap of Jose Ma. Sison and Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. who, after plotting the Plaza Miranda bombing in 1972, forced Marcos to declare martial law.

As Joma correctly predicted, the declaration of martial law forced these activists to flee to the hills and be part of an armed struggle. The same fate would befall hundreds more because of the evil designs of Ninoy Aquino and Sison. 

Was the declaration of martial law justified? 

Yes, if Senator Aquino’s own admission will be our basis. Justified? After the NPA went on a rampage bombing the parliament, the MWSS, Napocor power lines, Supreme Court, and attempted to kidnap local and foreign dignitaries? Justified? After the MNLF, which Aquino also helped organize, burned villages and attacked government infrastructure in Mindanao? 

With the nation in anarchy, Senator Aquino said in May 1972: “If I will be president today, I am going to seek emergency powers and declare martial rule. Then that Pasig River will be full of dead people.” (Pascual, “Postcript,” Philippine Star, Nov. 11, 2010.) That’s exactly what Marcos did a few months later in September 1972. The rest is history.

History that would only be half-written by the victorious Liberals and oligarchs, after the fall of the strongman. Half the story would be deliberately hidden from us, from our school manuals and from the school curriculum beginning in 1986 until the election of President Duterte. 

Going back to these young “martyrs” of recent years, are they qualified to be on that wall of “Bantayog ng Mga Bayani?” If Ateneo priest Fr. Villar is to be believed, then yes. According to him, we are under an “authoritarian” rule. Ergo, those who died fighting this government can have the same status as those who fought martial law in the 1970s. 

Last Sunday, during the graduation rites of Ateneo Class of 2021, Fr. Villar spoke of authoritarianism in his opening prayer. As a parent of three kids at Ateneo, I demand an explanation from the university administrators why they perceive this government as authoritarian. Do we have ML, even a de facto one? What is it that Ateneo is trying to project? 

Do we accuse a government of being authoritarian because of its crackdown on drug lords? Is it because of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict’s (NTF-Elcac’ effort to end the recruitment of children by exposing the true nature of these CPP organizations in schools (red-tagging daw)?

For enforcing a national ID system that prevents the movement of criminals and violates the “privacy” of terrorists posing as activists? For the non-renewal of ABS CBN’s franchise which the left equates with curtailing press freedom? For allowing Maria Ressa to be convicted by the courts after a private citizen filed a case against her? For allowing the passage of the Anti-Terrorism Act? 

I would like to be clarified on this issue of authoritarianism. Is it a temporary or seasonal description of this government juxtaposed with the supposed liberal and accommodating leadership provided by the previous administration? Is this merely a campaign pitch? 

I demand an answer, not only as a parent but as an official of this government. 

We are aware that fighting this war is the duty of the government. Winning it depends on everyone else’s support, the clergy not exempted. You are either red or blue. Pink is not an option. There shouldn’t be any confusion here. 

Anima et animus. 

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