The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today urged the Filipino people and their revolutionary forces to undertake mass activities in the following weeks in preparation for celebrations of the upcoming 43rd anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA).
“There is widespread anticipation of the upcoming founding anniversary of the New People’s Army as more people are drawn to the path of revolutionary armed struggle in the face of the worsening socio-economic crisis and rapid deterioration in the people’s standards of living,” declared the CPP.
“The need for and justness of the revolutionary armed resistance are further underscored by stubborn refusal of the US-Aquino regime to address the people’s demands and instead wage a war of suppression in an effort to put a stop to the growth of the people’s democratic and patriotic struggles.”
“On March 29, let us mark the 43rd anniversary of the NPA by celebrating the victories of the past year and steeling our determination to bring the people’s war to the strategic stalemate in the next few years,” said the CPP. “Let us echo the call for the Filipino people, especially the youth, to join the NPA.”
“Let us promote agrarian revolution and militate the peasant masses to wage antifeudal and other democratic struggles. Let us further expand and galvanize the democratic mass organizations in the countryside that serve as the core and foundation of the people’s democratic government,” added the CPP.
The CPP called on the Filipino people and all revolutionary forces to undertake cultural, education and propaganda activities in the next two weeks to mark the anniversary of the NPA. “Let us carry out street demonstrations, display streamers, put up posters, paint walls, write new poems and sing new songs,” said the CPP. It also called on all units of the NPA as well as people’s militias to prepare for military parades and cultural activities to celebrate the NPA anniversary with the people.
The CPP said several thousand people, including students, workers and people from urban poor communities, are expected to join units of the NPA, people’s militias and revolutionary peasant organizations in scores of guerrilla fronts across the country.
The New People’s Army was organized by the newly reestablished Communist Party of the Philippines on March 29, 1969 with only sixty Red fighters armed with only nine automatic rifles and 26 inferior arms (single-shot rifles and handguns). The NPA now has several thousand full-time Red fighters with high-powered rifles and is further augmented by units of people’s militias.
By waging agrarian revolution with the peasant masses, the NPA can enjoy their deep and broad support and recruit Red fighters from among their ranks. The NPA also enjoys the support of the working class and urban-based petty-bourgeoisie. Following the strategic line of encircling the cities from the countryside, the NPA has been able to wage extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare and bring the people’s war to new historic heights.