AFP could crush rebels with people’s support
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) urged Filipinos to support efforts to quash insurgency in the country being led by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
“The AFP’s resolve, with the support of the people and the cooperation of other agencies of government, will neutralize this terrorist group by next year,” AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said in statement Wednesday.
CPP founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison had said the NPA does not have the capability to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, whose removal from power would depend on the public outcry and the support of the military.
The AFP tagged the CPP-NPA as the brains behind the “Red October” ouster plot that was expected to start on October 17, but fizzled out as the military made the plan public.
“They could not – with the number of NPA regulars and supporters surrendering in droves, with their firearms, (it) is phenomenal,” Arevalo said.
He added that due to the mass surrenders, NPA guerrilla fronts are being dismantled and downgraded, and high-ranking leaders are being neutralized in succession.
From January to Oct. 10, more than 9,795 regular members of the CPP-NPA, Militia ng Bayan, underground organization members, and mass base supporters have surrendered nationwide, with the bulk, or 8,665, from Eastern Mindanao.
A total of 1,344 assorted firearms were also seized from the NPA, further limiting its capability to launch attacks against the government and private businesses.
“With their evil designs uncovered, and the people and groups targeted for recruitment have backed out or dissociated from them, the CPP-NPA now feigns innocence, saying they do not have the capability to oust the President,” Arevalo said.#