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The New People’s Army (NPA) reminds us of the various guerrilla forces during World War II which controlled areas beyond the reach of the  Japanese soldiers.

Japanese troops who ventured into or got lost in places controlled by the guerrillas were decimated in many ambush incidents.

These Japanese soldiers have now been replaced by government troops who are at the mercy of the NPA when they venture into places considered “no man’s land.”

That’s why in NPA parlance, government soldiers are referred to as “Hapon” or Japanese soldiers.

The reason for the misnomer is psychological: NPA rebels are conditioned to believe that government soldiers are enemies of the people in the same way that Japanese troops were.

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There is a semblance of truth to the “Hapon” tag.

During the martial law years, some troops on patrol in the hinterlands either abused the hospitality of barrio folk or hurt people they suspected of aiding the rebels.

The most notorious of the government soldiers in the past belonged to the defunct Philippine Constabulary (PC) battalions.

These soldiers were called “peste first” battalion or “peste second” battalion, a play on words for the 51st and 52nd PC Batallions. Peste is the Filipino word for pest or plague.

It is said that when those notorious battalions swept through a village, their members foraged for food by shooting pigs, chickens and goats belonging to the simple folk.

In contrast, NPA rebels who came to the same areas after the peste battalions left paid for their food.

Now, you know why people in the hinterlands sympathize or support the NPA: Their minds had been conditioned to believe that government troops are still abusive.

However, soldiers who abuse civilians now are dealt with severely.

But the scars inflicted by abusive soldiers on civilians during the martial law period remain.

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A Metro Manila mayor got into an argument with an Arab resident over parking space and is now using his power to deport the Arab.

I learned that the Arab had already apologized profusely to the mayor for the incident, which was caused by his police bodyguards, but the official can’t be appeased.

Why can’t the mayor forgive when the Arab is very contrite?

The incident is but a minor one and the mayor shouldn’t lose sleep over it. If his ego, which is as big as his city hall, was hurt by the incident, so was the Arab’s, who is probably just as egoistic.

Why is it that people who are small in size have giant egos?

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The Arab, a long-time resident of the country, is a businessman who employs more than 1,000 Filipinos in his company.

If the Arab is deported as a result of that incident, 1,000 Filipinos will lose their jobs.  Other foreign investors will be scared of coming to the country.

We will then be no better than most abusive Arabs who treat foreigners shabbily in their countries.

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The arrogant mayor should be reminded that power is only temporary.

I still remember the poster inside the office of a police general during martial law years which read, “Sic transit gloria mundi (The glory of the world is temporary).”

The Marcoses, who thought they would be in power for the rest of their lives, realized that after the Edsa Revolution.

Another saying that the mayor should take to heart: He who climbs the highest pole will soon have the loudest fall.

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  • Concur_Dissent

    Magkano ba atin sa ARABO na yan…share naman..

  • Pio Pusli

    may pang invest si tatang mon sa “farm” nya sa palawan

  • http://www.facebook.com/marion.quiambao.16 Marion Quiambao

    Why the NPA has many supporters?
    Babaw ng sagot,,in short,,ala ‘wenta..

  • archerfan

    haha bistado na mukhang naabutan ng arabo si tulfing. well sabi nga nung mga alipores ni tulfing, kanya kanyang raket lang yan. pero tulfing alam mo naman kung gaano kaabusado yang mga taga disyerto! iba ugali nyan.

  • randyaltarejos

    I think people who are “pikon” shouldn’t be given a chance to serve the public. That particular mayor should learn the basics of diplomacy in government. As far as the military abuses are concerned, the AFP should evaluate the mental stature of their soldiers. Perhaps, one of the reasons why some of the soldiers shoot animals in the uplands for food is because their food allowance probably goes to the pockets of some officials in the military.

    • NAGMAMARUNONG

      tama ka randy. pikon + yabang = abusadong baboy

  • quirinomayer

    Tulfo, you do not know what you are talking about. In our part of the country, the NPAs are hated because of their violence and the contributions they exact on villagers. They are only tolerated because they have guns. Remove their guns and nobody would take them seriously or they would be run out of the area by the people. That’s what happened in the 80s when the people asked the AFP for guns and drove off the NPA scourge. They could not come back here now.

    Tulfo, true supporters are those who do not support because of the threat of violence if they do not give their support. Let the NPA all over the land disarm and let’s see if the base of supporters you are talking about will evaporate instantly.

    Tulfo, are the NPAs sharing you some of the fruits of the extortion activities that you should be telling this lie that they have many supporters?

    • Romalliv

      Bullseye! :D

  • go88

    Tulko is open minded, he accepts any kinds of payments: NPA funds, drug money, Saudi Ryals ….

    • Mamang Pulis

      pareho sila ng npa—mahilig sa kotong

      ang mga tulfo—kotong reporter

    • tita_cacayan

      tumatanggap din siya ng sipa at suntok

  • kontra_boohaya

    Lumang tugtugin na yan Mon. Mga sundalo ngayon nasa “detachment” na lang nag aalaga ng “manok” (de pakpak at hindi). Hangang may khowrhapsiyon at mga khowrahkwots ay di napaparusaan, may mga ganid na nag aabuso at nagsasamantala sa mga karaniwang tao, lalo na mga IP’s at may mga kaunting kaalaman, alang hustisiya sa mga di mayamang tao, at hangat nawawalan ng pag asa ng mga kapospalad na umangat pa sa buhay ay hindi rin mawawalan ng suporta mga NPA. I trust that one day, a holistic political-socio-economic-military solution, and not the “band-aid” solution will be brought to bear.

  • Mamang Pulis

    mabuti naman na INAMIN mo rin na galing kayo sa ANGKAN NG MGA PESTE…..ang tatay mo PESTE kaya ang BUNGA –PESTE….

    pang ilang taon mo na yan pagsusulat ng tisismis mon PESTE?

    PESTE UNO O PESTE DOS—-

    laos ka na –manghingi ka ng sobre sa navy mong kilala—

    kung matapang ka nga, sige nga ipa pull out mo yun mga DS mo—

    wala kayo mga tulfing

  • ikulong

    balato naman tulfing

  • Orod II

    Mr. tulfo, whether you like it or not, the Marcos’s are still in power. Bongbong, Imelda and Imee are still going strong in their respective bulwark. Filipinos are easy to forget and forgive.

  • Ramil Abalon

    ha ha ha grabe si mr tulfo parang totoo ang sinasabi nito mag kano brad buinayad ng NPA syo

  • malakara

    HALATANG NABAYARAN SI TULFO..BAKIT KASI PINAPAYAGAN PA TO NG PDI MAG SULAT DITO…NAG PROMOTE PA NG NPA……KUNG NA SUBOKAN MO LANG ANG KALUPITAN NG MGA PI ARABO YAN TUFING BAKA ISUSUKA MO MGA ARABO.

    PURO NON-SENSE PINAG SUSULAT NI PESTENG TULFO DITO…

  • arao_liwanag

    Si Tulfo ay hindi maka NPA, mga gongong na kritiko at walang alam. Si Tulfo ay may tapang maging objective sa kanyang commentary, hindi ny’o katulad na mga supporter at cheerer ng mga KALIBAPI na nagko koment na naka bayong.

  • RyanE

    For once, I concur with Mon Tulfo that it was FM’s regime that was the biggest recruiter of NPA fighters. If not for Cory, we have had our civil war then.

  • Aljur Abrenica

    Title pa lang, maling mali na. Maraming supporters ang NPA noong 1980’s pero hindi na ngayon. Mga rebeldeng mga NPA yung maraming supporters. Ngayon, wala nang rebeldeng NPA. Ubos na. Mga bandidong NPA na lang ang natitira. Yun ba ang may maraming supporters na tinutukoy ni Mr. Tulfo?

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