Defense chief cites communists' 5 decades of failure, atrocities

DECEIVED. Alias Kent, 19, is provided with first aid by government soldiers after being abandoned by his New People's Army colleagues following an encounter in Santiago town, Agusan del Norte on Nov. 2, 2019. Kent said he was only 17 when the communist rebels recruited him. (Photo courtesy of Army’s 29IB)

PASIG CITY, Dec. 26 (PIA) -- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana today cited the five decades of failure and atrocities committed by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on its 52nd founding anniversary.

"Fifty-two years ago today, the Communist Party of the Philippines was founded by Jose Maria Sison with the avowed mission of supplanting our democratic government with a communist one," Lorenzana said in a statement sent to the PIA-NCR.

"In those five decades, the CPP-NPA never came close to achieving its goal and has instead left a trail of death and destruction all over the country that continues to this day — killings of civilians and government troops, recruitment of young kids to their ranks, destruction of properties, and massive extortion of businesses," he pointed out, adding that Sison established a military arm, which he called the New People's Army (NPA) to "wage an armed struggle against the government to achieve their goal."

Lorenzana said CPP-NPA members should consider surrendering, instead of celebrating their "bankrupt" and "destructive ideologies."

"To this day, the CPP-NPA continues to champion a discredited and bankrupt ideology that has long been eschewed by former communist countries. If you, the CPP-NPA, are truly fighting for and are with the Filipino people, I urge you to abandon your destructive ideologies and peacefully work with the government."

In closing, the defense chief called on Filipinos to denouce the "terrorist group."

"I also call on all Filipinos to continue to denounce the propaganda and rhetoric of this terrorist group. It is time for this long-running insurgency
to end and for the nation to unite to move forward as one," he said. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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