The Communist Party of the Philippines is in disarray as a result of recent political and tactical failures, according to Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines General Gilbert Gapay.
The AFP Chief mentioned major achievements on the ground and in politics, such as the recent exposure by former rebels of Party-list groups active in radicalization and recruitment of persons to the communist terror group (CTG).
“The CPP-NPA and their front organizations have nothing to celebrate. They failed on the ground, got exposed in Congress, and were unmasked abroad for their fake advocacies,” General Gapay said.
Internal security operations resulted in the death, arrest, and surrender of communist terrorists on the ground, as well as the increasing erosion of their mass base, with underground and party members withdrawing their support.
On October 31, three CTGs were killed in a clash with government troops in Pangi, Tandag City, Surigao Del Sur. Around 40 NPAs who left the encounter scene also had seven guns confiscated.
In Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte, the 28th Infantry Battalion also shot dead one terrorist and seized six high-powered rifles in an encounter with the CTG on November 13.
On November 15, five more high-powered guns were seized from the terror organization in Brgy Marayag, Lupon, Davao Oriental.
On November 19, a communist terrorist was killed in a clash with the 31st Infantry Battalion in Brgy San Jose, Bulusan, Sorsogon. At the encounter scene, six high-powered guns were seized.
On November 28, the 3rd Special Forces Battalion came across about 30 NPAs in Marihatag, Surigao Del Sur, and one CTG was killed. From the fleeing terrorists, five high-powered guns were also taken.
Five CTGs who resisted arrest were killed during joint law enforcement operations on December 2 in Brgy Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. Four weapons and anti-personnel mines have been discovered in their possession (APM).
On December 12, the 25th Infantry Battalion engaged around eight CTGs in an encounter in Brgy Sto Nio, New Corella, Davao Del Norte. One NPA was killed, while another was seriously injured. Seven high-powered guns were also taken from the fleeing opponents by government soldiers.
Meanwhile, on December 14, four terrorists were killed in an AFP operation in Rizal, Occidental Mindoro. The CTGs also had eight guns confiscated.
On December 17, five NPAs were killed in a joint law enforcement operation in Baras, Rizal, when they opened fire on government troops while serving an arrest warrant. The accused were also found to be in possession of five firearms.
Another communist terrorist was murdered on December 18 in Prosperidad, Agusan Del Sur, in a contact with troops from the 3rd Special Forces Battalion. Five firearms, APMs, and various ammunitions were discovered at the encounter site.
In San Isidro, Northern Samar, troops from the 8th Infantry Division recently encountered around 60 communist terrorists in Brgy Happy Valley. This resulted in the death of one terrorist, believed to be the area’s notorious front secretary, and the seizure of five high-powered weaponry.
Aside from their major fighting units and mass base, the CTG leadership continues to suffer defeats due to the neutralization of CPP high-ranking officials.
These include Julius Giron, Chairman of CPP/NPA, and Head of the National Military Commission; Agaton Topacio Staff National Military Commission, CPP; Eugenia Magpantay-Topacio, Head National Education Department; Teresita Lapuz Naul, Secretary, Regional White Area Committee, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee; and Alvin Luque, Spokesperson of Komisyong Mindanao.
“We have decisively won the war against the CTG in various regions of the country with the dismantling of 10 so-called guerilla fronts or gangsters of the CPP-NPA. These are located in Isabela province and Bicol region in Luzon; Leyte and Samar in the Visayas; and various provinces in Western, Southern, and Eastern Mindanao,” AFP Spokesperson Major General Edgard Arevalo said in a year-end briefing on December 22.
As a result of tactical gains, the number of NPA-initiated crimes against civilians has decreased from 113 in 2019 to 78 so far this year.
“The CPP-NPA is in a political and tactical crisis given the high impact accomplishments of our troops both on the ground and at the General Headquarters. Paired that with the highly developed capability and equipment of our fighting units, there is nowhere else to go but down for the enemy,” General Gapay said.
“The complete victory we aspire against the CPP-NPA-NDF is near, and we are confident that by 2022, this decades-old senseless conflict will be brought to an end,” General Gapay assessed.