DND Sec. Lorenzana to CPP: Delusional in victory vs. Government

DND Sec. Lorenzana to CPP: Delusional in victory vs. Government

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) the armed wing of the New Peoples Army is the main focus of the Duterte government since the end of the Marawi siege last October 2017.

The Bangsamoro Basic Law pending in Congress, has made Mindanao generally peaceful- the largest armed groups like the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has seated in the peace negotiation table with the government while Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the one seating in Malacañan.

The success of the government troops in the botched plan of the ISIS-inspired in city of Marawi, turned the government all its efforts as against the longest Maoist rebellion that is the CPP-NPA.   *

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (photo credit to owner)

The CPP recently issued a statement that they can win over the existing government under the Duterte administration and can eventually establish a communist government in the country.

Asked to comment on that statement, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that it is the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) which was delusional.

DND Secretary Lorenzana said that this statement was issued by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) based on forward assessment backed by careful study, evidence-based evaluation and massive support from the local government units and communities.

"Halos araw-araw ay nababalitaan natin ang pagbabalik-loob sa pamahalaan ng kanilang mga miyembro mula sa iba’t-ibang lalawigan at kabayanan dahil hindi na masikmura ng mga ito ang kabulukan ng kanilang sistema, at dahil na rin sa pagnanais nila ng kapayapaan at makabuluhang pagbabago, (Almost everyday, we hear news about their members all over the country who are surrendering to the government. It is because they cannot stand the rotten system of the group and they aim for peace and meaningful change.)" the DND chief said.

The CPP-NPA  had to double their deceptive recruitment efforts, using social issues and twisting facts to gain support, targeting the vulnerable sectors of the society to include students, women, children, urban poor and cultural minorities, he added.  *

"Pero hindi na nila malilinlang kailanman ang taumbayan dahil lantad na ang kanilang totoong motibo at layunin. Hindi na nila maitatago ang ginagawa nilang pangingikil, paninira ng mga ari-arian at kabuhayan, pamimilit, pananakit at pagpatay, maging ng mga inosenteng sibilyan, (But they cannot fool the people anymore because their true motives are exposed. They cannot hide their extortion activities, destruction of property and livelihood, coercion, violence and murder of innocent civilians.)" the DND chief stressed.

Lorenzana also said that empty talk of the CPP-NPA would not diminish the troops’ resolve to finally put a stop to the communist-terrorists’ decades-long exploitation of indigenous peoples and rural communities.

"For far too long, they have impeded progress, denying the Philippines a chance to fully develop and depriving the Filipino people the opportunity to improve their quality of life," he added.

Report from PNA


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