Friday, October 8, 2010

NPA offensives and the people's resistance put the AFP on the losing course-NDF

NPA offensives and the people's resistance put the AFP on the losing course

Efren Martires Command
New People's Army-Eastern Visayas
Okt. 5, 2010

The Efren Martires Command of the New People's Army in Eastern Visayas today debunked claims of recent victories by the 8th Infantry Division, adding that recent government reinforcements may lead to more human rights violations rather than NPA casualties. "It is meaningless for the the 8th ID to crow over capturing alleged NPA camps in Samar because the NPA is a guerrilla army with no permanent base," said Ka Karlos Manuel, EMC spokesperson. "Thus Gen. Mario Chan's striving to seem impressive is pure humbug. Moreover, the NPA continues to make gains in the people's war by inflicting serious losses on the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other government forces. Though the 8th ID may have been reinforced with 239 additional troops, the real concern of the NPA is not over itself but for the well-being of the people, who face worsening human rights violations."

The EMC spokesperson also said that winning in war is decisively a matter of popular support and not just armed strength. "The NPA is confident not only in its armed strength and correct strategy and tactics, but more so because of the people's continuing support. The new Aquino regime is now exposing itself as just as corrupt, fascist and pro-imperialist as its predecessors. The Aquino regime makes a lot of noise over the superficial such as infrastructure projects and
dole-out programs for the poor, which are also tied to "counterinsurgency" to lull the people's discontent. But it does not undertake fundamental socio-economic changes such as land reform and national industrialization. It also seems to prefer all-out war with US backing in refusing to resume peace negotiations with the long-ready National Democratic Front of the Philippines."

Manuel related that a recent preliminary status report by the Efren Martires Command from January to September 2010 also showed the NPA had minimal losses, while the 8th ID and other armed services of the Aquino government have sustained heavy casualties. "The NPA successfully faced intense military operations under Oplan Bantay Laya, which the military was forced to extend from June 2010 to January 2011 because the government made no significant advances. From January to September 2010, there were a total of 51 armed engagements between the NPA and the 8th ID, police and other government forces. In these 51 armed engagements, government forces sustained 74 casualties killed in action, and 25 casualties wounded in action. Meanwhile, the NPA had 10 casualties killed in action and six others wounded in action, while also confiscating 18 firearms from the enemy. This
therefore belies the 8th ID's boasting the NPA is facing imminent defeat. Despite the numerical superiority of government troops, the NPA is proving it can futher develop its strength by launching tactical offensives in guerrilla warfare, such as the Aug. 21 Catarman ambush."

The EMC spokesperson concluded the NPA's increasing offensives and the people's demands for fundamental changes will put the AFP on the losing course. "The NPA is carrying out a just war in defense of the people's nationalist and democratic demands. On the other hand, the AFP is carrying out an unjust war under the direction of the US Counterinsurgency Guide to protect US imperialist interests and the reactionary ruling system. Human rights violations will surely worsen as the Aquino regime pursues Oplan Bantay Laya and puts in place a new "counterinsurgency" scheme under US guidance. But the NPA is ready to defend the people, support their just demands for fundamental changes, and advance the people's war to a new and higher level towards the overthrow of the reactionary ruling system."

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