DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
By Junex Doronio
MANILA — Apparently echoing Sun Tzu who once said that no country benefits from prolonged war, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has called on the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to forget their protracted armed struggle which was copied 52 years ago from the Chinese revolution led by Mao Zedong.
Lorenzana urged the local Maoists, who call themselves national democrats, to abandon the Chinese revolution-inspired protracted people’s war and instead work with the national government if they really want to serve fellow Filipinos.
“To this day, the CPP/NPA continues to champion a discredited and bankrupt ideology that has long been eschewed by former communist countries. If you, the CPP/NPA, are truly fighting for and are with the Filipino people, I urge you to abandon your destructive ideologies and peacefully work with the government,” Lorenzana said on Friday in a statement.
The defense chief noted that as the CPP marked today, December 26, its 52nd anniversary, it had not come close to achieving its aim of overthrowing the democratic government with what they envision to be a “revolutionary coalition government” under the dictates of the communist party.
CPP founder Jose Ma. Sison has been living in The Netherlands since 1987 after he was freed from detention by then President Corazon Aquino.
It can be noted that former activist and now a Manila Times political columnist Bobi Tiglao also wrote: “The CPP-NPA even devoured its own children, so to speak. At least 2,000 of its cadres were executed (after being tortured) because of suspicions that they were military agents.
Tiglao said the anti-DPA (Deep Penetration Agents) campaigns were called “Cadena de Amor,” “Ahos,” “Operation Missing Link” and “Olympia.”
“They have no reason to celebrate. In fact, they should be ashamed of what they have done to the Filipino people,” Lorenzana stressed.
The defense chief further said that the CPP’s armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), was a total failure.
“The big number of CPP central committee members and supporters who surrendered, arrested or killed when they shoot it out with security forces should have given them clear signals that there is nothing to celebrate,” Lorenzana claimed. (AI/MTVN)