The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) predicted that newly appointed AFP chief of staff Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista will end his term in frustration as he is bound to fail miserably in his declared objective of “rendering irrelevant” the New People’s Army (NPA) in the next few years. Bautista is widely regarded as the author of Oplan Bayanihan, the current counterinsurgency operational plan of the AFP.
“General Bautista cannot stop the momentum of growth of the New People’s Army,” said the CPP.
“The New People’s Army continues to grow in number and in terms of firepower and is bound to increase in a more rapid pace in the coming years as the crisis of the ruling system worsens and subjects the mass of workers and peasants and middle class sectors to more intolerable conditions of oppression and exploitation,” said the CPP.
“Over the next few years, the NPA and the people’s militias will be able to initiate more frequent and widespread tactical offensives at the front, regional, inter-regional and national levels,” said the CPP.
“The worsening abuses committed by the AFP and its attached paramilitaries under the Oplan Bayanihan war of suppression further incite the Filipino people to wage armed resistance in their effort to advance their struggle for land reform, resist the incursion of foreign mining and plantation operations, fight for better working conditions and higher wages, stand against the demolition of communities and oppose the government’s abandonment of education, health and other public services.”
“As during the time of Marcos, the abuses committed by the reactionary military and police are among the biggest reasons for the initial motivation of people to join the New People’s Army,” said the CPP.
“With the mastermind of Oplan Bayanihan himself at the helm of the AFP, the CPP anticipates the military to commit worsening cases of human rights abuses accompanied by more publicity gimmicks to cover up such abuses,” said the CPP.