NPA may attack, warns Gazmin


Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Tuesday said the communist insurgents might make their presence felt on the 44th anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA) on March 29 because of the stalled peace talks.

“They usually do some activities or launch an incident just to be noticed,” Gazmin said in Filipino.

The Philippines is dealing with the longest communist insurgency in Asia and there has been little progress in the peace talks between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the National Democratic Front (NDF) and the NPA.

Gazmin said government had always been “sincere” in the talks but the CPP-NPA-NDF were the ones flip-flopping through the years.

“We won’t have an agreement if they are like that. Atras-abante, antras-abante. Oo ngayon, bukas hindi na naman (Forward, back, forward, back. It’s yes today, tomorrow it’s no again). Their position is not clear,” Gazmin said.

Gazmin said the CPP-NDF-NPA had been asking for too many unreasonable concessions in the peace talks that are impossible for the government to give, such as considering those arrested by security forces as members of or advisers to their negotiating panel.

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  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Naku naman Sir Voltaire, instead of warning the public you should go to the fields and beef up the position of our troops. My golly, you’re no longer a PSG for two decades now. Puro papogi ka pa rin. Instead of spending so much time in the parlor to keep your hair uniformly white, better spend some time in the field para lumakas ang morale ng mga tao mo sa baba. Don’t just be epal Sir Voltaire.

    • maypakialamtayo

      kaya pa kayang maglakad nyan, ang dami namang bata pa bakit kasi yung utang na loob na minana pa kay cory ang pinapaandar ni pnoy eh!

      • LAD

        lukah gusto mo lang makakita ng poging sec ng depensa bruha….. ayusin mo na yung parlor para kumita tayo ate

  • Mamang Pulis

    aktibo ang region 11.

    maniwala kayo–hindi gawa gawa ng militar yan.

    isa sa mga rason ay nabulabog lahat sila ni pablo.


    Hoy ,…GAZMIN…GISING…!!!!!
    Mukhang sa pansitan ka lagi natutulog…

  • zandro santos

    The CPP-NPA will die of natural cause but it must happen as soon as possible. That’s the role of the government. To accelerate the eradication of the NPA bandits.

    • Mamang Pulis

      tara na sa compostela valley!!

      • zandro santos

        the NPA presence in Compostela Valley is similar to that of Bohol ten years ago. Look at Bohol now. Hindi na threat ang NPA doon. Same is true with Samar na dati hotbet ng NPA pero di na masyado ngayon. Pero tingin ko mejo mas mahirap talagang linisin ang NPA sa Compostela Valley. Nasa Davao Region kasi at suportado sila ni Duterte na nagbibigay ng 125 million sa mga bandido every year. Kailangan talaga ng support from local officials para mas madali mawala ang NPA.

      • Mamang Pulis

        may efforts ang military–sa maniwala kayo o hindi para mapa balik loob ang NPA…hindi lahat nakukuha sa gera unless kung gusto natin na pulbusin na pati ang civilian symphatizers.

      • zandro santos

        Tama ka. Mas mabuti pa ring magbalik-loob kesa mamatay sa bakbakan. Sa Bohol at Samar, sumurender naman karamihan sa mga NPA. Hindi naman pinatay lahat sa gyera. Hindi dapat pulbusin ang NPA sympathizers. Convert them instead. Winning their hearts instead of defeating them ika nga. But even in the remaining NPA hotbeds, nawawalan sila ng mga supporters kasi pinapatay o hinaharass naman nila yung sympathizers of gobyerno.

  • rlo

    Are they still relevant? – The students seem to think so.

  • carlorocci

    Ganoon, papatay para mapansin? Sino o ilan naman kayang sibilyan, militar at pulis ang mapapatay (Collateral damage)?

  • muddygoose

    Why not do things that are constructive instead? If there are human rights abuses and economic marginalization, why not establish grass roots organizations that will lobby congress aggressively, provide micro-loans, field candidates in the political process, provide legal assistance, etc.?

    Why waste talent, time, and energy fighting with guns and shouting in the streets? Even among the truly marginalized, these activities only attract the impatient and those who actually like being in the fringes. You need to leverage your talents and energy, to actually attract the everyday Filipino and have enough numbers to influence how this country moves forward.

  • $16638896

    eh kung ubusin nyo nalang kaya yang mga hinayupak na npa na yan at ang mga demonyong abu sayyaf kesa ung puro kayo satsat jan, nagmumukhang inutil tuloy ang afp natin!

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