Seven have been killed as the chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) says rebels don’t have any alternative but to intensify attacks after the collapse of peace talks.
Speaking from his workplace in Utrecht, The Netherlands, immediately (Saturday, July 22) Jose Sison mentioned: “The revolutionary forces and the people have no other choice but to fight in response to Duterte’s threat of surrender or be killed Tokhang style.”
His remark refers to an order to arrest greater than 20 ‘peace consultants’ of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) who symbolize the reds within the talks.
“Duterte has terminated the peace negotiations with his call to NDFP consultants to surrender or be hunted down,” Sison added.
Escalation in tensions
Yesterday’s assault by the New People’s Army (NPA) claimed the lives of 1 civilian and 6 policemen in Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental.
It is simply the newest escalation in tensions for the reason that communists vowed to step up attacks in protest on the extension of martial regulation.
As we reported on Tuesday, an announcement on the ‘Philippine Revolution Web Central’ web site mentioned: “The New People’s Army must continue to strengthen itself nationwide by carrying out armed counteractions and offensives across the country to defeat the Mindanao martial law and nationwide all-out war.”
These threats had been adopted on Wednesday with an assault on a convoy carrying 10 members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) in North Cotabato. One was killed and 5 injured.
In response, President Duterte ordered the cancellation of casual ‘back-channel’ peace talks. Addressing Sison, his former tutor on the Lyceum of the Philippines, he mentioned: “No extra speak, let’s battle. You are proper, let’s cease speaking as a result of we’re losing our time.
“Let us renew the fighting for another 50 years. Anyway, all of us will not see the light of day on this revolution of yours.”
His phrases yesterday amplified what he instructed troops throughout a shock go to to war-torn Marawi City on Thursday. “I don’t want to talk with them anymore,” he mentioned. “They have killed so lots of my troopers. They have killed so lots of my police.
“After this [the Marawi crisis], when the terrorists there are finished, let’s reorient. Let’s target the NPA because they owe us a lot.”
“Who doesn’t want peace?”
Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana described the latest collection of attacks by the NPA as “atrocities”, citing arson attacks in Quezon province; the killing of a policeman in Bukidnon; landmine blasts in Quirino province, which injured six troopers; the destruction of plantations in Surigao del Sur; the killing of troopers shopping for meals in a Palawan market and Wednesday’s assault on the PSG.
“We are all for peace. Who doesn’t want peace for our country?” he requested.
“But we can only talk about peace when both sides mean what they say. The treacherous communist-terrorist NPA has once again shown their utter lack of empathy with our suffering countrymen.”
The fifth spherical of official peace talks was suspended on May 27 after the CPP ordered the NPA to step up attacks towards authorities troops.
However, earlier this month the federal government and the NDFP agreed to back-channel talks to put together for the fifth spherical of formal talks pencilled-in for August.