The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) issued a call to the New People’s Army (NPA) “to fight and frustrate” the offensives being mounted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police launched. The CPP said, this all-out offensive of combat, psywar, suppression operations against peasant villages and aerial bombardment aim to prevent the revolutionary forces from celebrating the upcoming 52nd anniversary of the NPA on March 29.
The editorial of the March 7 issue of Ang Bayan noted how the NPA largely frustrated the nationwide offensives of the AFP last December, where NPA units in most of the regions were able to avoid defensive battles. In several regions, NPA units were able to take the initiative and mount tactical offensives “against tired enemy troops who were running short of supply and set to return to camp after failed offensive operations.”
The Party said the NPA must uphold a high degree of military discipline and continually improve guerilla methods to surmount enemy attacks and seize the initiative for mounting tactical offensives. They must closely monitor the movement of enemy units and analyze its offensive plans. The CPP reminded NPA units to be always ready to defend itself and effectively fight the battles initiated by the enemy.
At the same time, the NPA must plan to mount tactical offensives against the isolated enemy troops, tactical outposts, supply lines and other soft targets. “The NPA must choose the most appropriate place, time and opportunity to mount tactical offensives,” the Party told.
In the face of relentless and prolonged enemy operations, the CPP, called on the NPA to strengthen the support of the peasant masses and fight the suppression drive of the AFP. The CPP denounced the AFP’s Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) under which villages are placed under military garrison rules. Red fighters must ensure that links between them and the masses are not broken. There must be untiring effort to consolidate and strengthen the revolutionary mass organizations and wage agrarian struggles to rouse the peasant masses.
“Mass struggles must be expanded, new organizations built and new guerrilla fronts established,” said the CPP. By tirelessly expanding the NPA’s area of operations, the enemy will be denied of focus areas and will be forced to stretch its forces thinly and widen opportunities for the NPA’s offensive initiatives.
Ang Bayan noted that the Duterte regime and the AFP have repeatedly failed to meet their yearly declaration of crushing the NPA. Their psywar and “surrender” campaigns have been exposed as farce, it declared. The editorial pointed out that the NPA continues to enjoy deep and wide support among the masses because it advances struggle for genuine land reform and against all forms of oppression and exploitation.
On celebrations marking the 52nd anniversary of the people’s army, the CPP said that various forms of activities can be mounted depending on the prevailing situation. Big or small, these activities serve as an opportunity to remember the people’s heroes and martyrs, celebrate achievements, point out weaknesses and strengthen the determination of the NPA and its Red fighters to shoulder the difficult tasks in advancing the people’s war.
“The current situation of the war require the NPA to make great sacrifices. These are needed to preserve the strength of the revolutionary forces, deepen mass support and defend the mass organizations and expand area of operations,” the editorial ended.