Gov't losing the propaganda war - Intel chief

Gov't losing the propaganda war - Intel chief

There are still a lot of things to do.

This is the call of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (Nica) Director General Alex Paul Monteagudoas regards the communist movement/rebels in the country.

Despite a giant setback by the insurgents , the government has not yet dealt a blow in the propaganda machine by the leftist movement in the country, which is considered longest surviving in Asia.

National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (Nica) Director General Alex Paul Monteagudo
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“They (communist rebels) are still using Marcos propaganda. They no longer apply but they are effective. They are good at it and we are at a loss,” NICA Director General Monteagudo said of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NPA-NDFP).

Monteagudo in a meeting with the editors and reporters of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), said the government was launching its own information campaign aimed at bringing in everyone, particularly mainstream media.

Propaganda war

“We have to tell everybody the truth because if not, people will always be in the dark [as to what the CPP-NPA-NDFP is doing],” he said.

In expediting the end of the red movement, government is studying the  NPA’s propaganda techniques “because they are the most efficient and effective in that area.”

“If there is an area where we are losing against the CPP-NDFP-NPA, it is in the arena of propaganda,” the Nica said in a PowerPoint presentation.

The Nica added that “the CPP-NPA-NDFP has exploited and deceived our people for 50 long years.”

“They have made our people believe that changing our present system of government is the only way to address the ills that supposedly plague our society,” it said.

Foreign funding

Moteagudo says that the communists rebels get 60% of funding from Non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), which are all legal fronts of the CPP-NPA-NDF, from foreign governments most specially from the European Union.

“Not all NGOs are front organizations but there are a lot, as in overwhelmingly a lot of NGOs,” he said.

“Not all members [of the groups] are members of the underground movement, but they get mixed up together without them knowing … Some of their members are invited [by underground members calling for armed struggle] for deeper learning, political education. They are different, but not separate because they are ran by the CPP-NPA-NDFP,” he said.

While the NPA-CPP-NPA had only less than 5,000 (only about 3, 790) regular fighters “the damage they inflict on government and bureaucracy and economy is such that we cannot prosper.”

Half of those are numbers are from the indigenous people, who were targeted for recruitment as fighters or as mass support base.

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