Another chapter in the government’s localized peace talks drama Recycling Local Peace Talks with a Non-existent Fake Rebel Group
Another string in its long-winded script of the localized peace talks drama. This is how the Cordillera People’s Democratic Front (CPDF) describes as it condemns and denounce the another round of the fascist and tyrant Duterte regime’s recycled peace talks script with the fake non-existent Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) rebel group, held last April 10, 2022. As expected, Ret. Gen. Carlito Galvez and other main figures of the NTF-ELCAC harped its praise to high heavens of having achieved peace in the Cordillera with the rebels through localized peace talks.
Localized peace talks with the oft-revived CPLA is a big lie and insensitive to historical developments. Why?
First, the CPLA is a fake non-existent rebel group. After splitting with the New People’s Army (NPA) in April 1986, it formally surrendered to the government on Sept 1987 when it forged an anomalous “Sipat” at Mt. Data Lodge, Bauko, Mountain Province. From then on, it became a killing machine of the US-Aquino regime alongside the AFP. It went on harassing, intimidating and even killing civilians they accused of supporting the NPA. Until now, families of the victims of the CPLA’s terrorism has not attained justice for their kin. The state has coddled and used this group against the national minorities in the Cordillera in its vain attempt to stop the revolutionary movement from further deepening its roots in the Cordillera. Instead, membership in the NPA from the provinces of the Cordillera after the CPLA’s split from the NPA has even swelled, showing that the people does not recognize this bogus faction.
Two, lacking any ideological mooring, it splinted into several factions. Each one elbowing the other factions to grab whatever cramps of financial favors and infrastructure projects the government dangles. At one time or another, they served as guns for hire by unscrupulous politicians and businessmen, professional squatters and landgrabbers, illegal loggers and plain criminals. As the years went by, they have sunk into further degradation as opportunists and hoodlums, offering their services to the highest bidder.
Three, that on Sept 2011, the US -Arroyo regime issued EO# 18, officially integrating them into the AFP and paramilitary and serve as a closure order for the CPLA’s existence. With this integration, they have unmasked themselves and nailed the final nail to their coffin.
Now, comes this latest claim of Galvez et al of attaining peace in the Cordillera allegedly by appeasing the fake rebel CPLA. It tried vainly to resurrect the CPLA from the dustbin of oblivion to highlight their promotion of the localized peace talks and justify their corruption of the NTF-ELCAC funds. Their fooling of themselves have never and can never solve the basic problems of the Filipino people including the national minority of the Cordillera. The people’s war will continue to move on till the roots of their basic problems are ended through their NPA and leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines. ###