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NPA Getting Weak, says PNP General
« on: December 28, 2020, 01:18:34 pm »
SINAS: CPP NPA WEAKENED BY SURRENDER OF REBELS, FAILED OPERATIONS

Defections by disgruntled red fighters, major operational setbacks and costly tactical losses continue to hound the underground communist terrorist movement this year.

On the very day of the 52nd founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines, 35 red fighters surrendered and  renounced their membership with the CPP and its armed wing the New People’s Army in Caraga and Eastern Visayas regions, according to PNP Chief, Police General Debold M Sinas.

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 70 creating the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), these rebel returnees are given the life-changing opportunity to lead normal lives with their families as free and empowered citizens, he said.

On the same day, two ranking CPP-NPA-NDF leaders both wanted by the Court to stand trial for Kidnapping and Murder were captured in Quezon province.

On the week leading to the 52nd founding anniversary of the local communist movement, from December 18 to 26, 2020, six CPP-NPA-NDF were arrested, 108 surrendered and 45 assorted firearms and 8 explosive devices were confiscated.

Over the entire 11-month period from January thru November 2020, a total of 3,312 communist terrorist personalities were accounted for, of which 366 were arrested; 117 died during the operations; and 2,829 surrendered during separate police operations.

The PNP has enrolled 350 rebel returnees to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and Amnesty program, while 407 surrendered firearms were processed for grant of government benefits under E-CLIP.   

Despite the challenges brought by COVID-19 pandemic, the PNP remains focused in addressing threats to national security. 

In his assessment, Sinas said “The enactment of Republic Act 11479 or the Anti-Terror Act boosts opportunities for the PNP to fully end the local insurgency.”

He also noted that the Communist group was generally passive in terms of mounting offensive operations that could show its strength and relevance relative to the celebration of the CPP’s 52nd Founding Anniversary.

This passive stance strongly supports the overall assessment that the CPP/NPA has been substantially weakened because of the sustained and intensified government efforts to end local communist armed conflict that resulted to significant losses of key CPP-NPA leaders, seasoned fighters and mass supporters.

Still, the PNP remains vigilant in ensuring that it is able to effectively neutralize the remaining strength and armed capabilities of the rebels. “It is still likely that they will attempt to mount armed offensives,   possibly through the use of improvised landmines to ensure casualties”, the Chief PNP said.

He added, the recent formal tag by the Anti-Terrorism Council of the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization, is another significant setback to the underground local communist movement and its affiliate organizations. This means that CPP-NPA assets may now be subject to the Anti-Money Laundering Council’s authority to freeze pursuant to Section 11 of RA 10168 or the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act as provided under the Section 25 of the ATA.

“With more equipment and personnel for tactical police operations, including five newly-organized maneuver battalions of the PNP Special Action Force, the PNP is poised to hit harder on its assigned internal security tasks and specific targets", Sinas added.

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