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Army says CPP-NPA Disintegrates in NorMin, Caraga

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City — The terrorist group
Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) is
disintegrating and nearing collapse in Northern Mindanao and Caraga
regions.

This was announced by Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, the
Commander of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division following its 1st
quarter campaign review and assessment held at Camp Evangelista in
Cagayan de Oro City. Gacal said the CPP-NPA which is listed
internationally as a terrorist organization, is on a continuous decline and
on the brink of collapse after suffering massive debacles in 2019 and
during the 1st quarter of 2020.

Gacal who also serves as Chairperson of the Regional Task Force to End
the Local Communist Armed Conflict- Technical Working Group (RTFTWG) in Region 10, and Vice-Chairperson of RTF-TWG in Region 13 said
the decline is largely due to the national government’s implementation of
the Whole-of-Nation Approach (WNA) to end the local communist armed
conflict. He claimed that the peace and development campaigns being
pursued in the two regions significantly contributed to the reduction of
manpower, firearms and affected barangays of the CPP- NPA.

Dwindling members

Gacal said the focused and sustained military operations, and law
enforcement support operations launched by combined government
forces resulted in the killing of 51 armed NPA terrorists and the capture of
54 others. He said the capability of the terror group to conduct violent 
activities was also reduced with the capture of 732 firearms and assorted
war paraphernalia including IHL- banned anti-personnel mines and
improvised explosive devices. Army and police units also overran 225
mountain hideouts which were reportedly used for manufacturing IEDs,
and as training grounds for new NPA recruits.

Massive surrender

The local government unit-backed Community Support Programs (CSP)
implemented by various units of the 4ID in poor, marginalized, conflictaffected and conflict vulnerable communities resulted in the surrender
6,787 regular members and supporters of the NPA including Milisya ng
Bayan (local militias), Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad (Local Party
Branch) and Underground Mass Organization members in the two
regions. The said program serves as a link of the local populace with the
local government units and agencies, and aims to enhance the delivery of
basic services to the people. Community Support Teams of 4ID have
teamed up with their counterparts from local PNP offices in identifying and
facilitating the resolution of primary issues affecting communities through
community participation and enhanced stakeholder convergence.

Gacal said concerned government agencies including the Department of
Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),and Department of Interior and
Local Government (DILG) are actively facilitating the enrollment of the
surrenderees in the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program
(E-CLIP) of the national government. E-CLIP offers livelihood and
financial assistance to former rebels to facilitate their re-integration to the
mainstream society.

NPA’s 51 years of violence

Meanwhile, the NPA has marked its 51 years of existence with a new
wave of terror after killing two elderly and innocent tribespeople at Sitio
Inadan, Brgy Magroyong, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur last March 19,
2020. Several armed NPAs hacked to death Manobo Tribal Chieftain
Hawudon Bernardino Astudillo, 73, and Zaldy Ibaňez, 52. The killings
were since denounced by various sectors, tribal group leaders and local
chief executives. Curiously, the self-proclaimed human rights group
Karapatan and other progressive groups have remained mum about the
killings.

Gacal also slammed the terrorist group for the gruesome murder which
was perpetrated while the entire nation is scrambling to fight against 

COVID-19. “This incident is yet another proof of the true color and
character of the CPP-NPA-NDF over the last five decades. They have
nothing to show for but a trail of violence and blood on their hands. That
is their 51-year legacy: violence and human rights abuses against our very
own people”, he said.

However, Gacal said he is optimistic that peace and development is
already within reach in the two regions especially with the implementation
of Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) Program,
and Peace and Development Zones (PDZ) in Northern Mindanao and
Caraga respectively. These initiatives aim to address the root causes of
insurgency through focused, coordinated and enhanced delivery of socioeconomic development programs and projects in conflict- affected and
conflict vulnerable areas.

“We are on the right track in winning the peace and promoting
development in the two regions. Let us press on the fight and end the local
communist armed conflict now”, he added.

 

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