Reds threat to be re­duced to just a peace, or­der prob­lem

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MANILA -- The mil­i­tary might not be able to wipe out the com­mu­nist rebels within the next three years but they will most likely be re­duced into a sim­ple peace and or­der prob­lem.

This was dis­closed by De­part­ment of Na­tional De­fense (DND) Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana when sought to com­ment on Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines (CPP) founder, Jose Maria “Joma” Si­son’s claims that the gov­ern­ment will not be able to de­feat the New

Peo­ple’s Army within the next three years.

“We may not be able to fin­ish them off com­pletely to the last man but (we can) re­duce them into purely po­lice prob­lem -- a sim­ple peace and or­der prob­lem of run­ning after rob­bers and ex­tor­tion­ists,” the de­fense chief said in a mes­sage to the Philip­pine News Agency Fri­day.

Ear­lier, Si­son said the gov­ern­ment’s re­set of the dead­line to neu­tral­ize the NPA by an­other three years will fail as com­mu­nist fight­ers will in­ten­sify tac­ti­cal of­fen­sives and mass work.

The NPA, the CPP’s armed wing,is listed as ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­tion by the United States and the Euro­pean Union.

Loren­zana also chided Si­son for claim­ing that they can de­feat the gov­ern­ment soon when they failed to do so in the past 50 years.

“What about Si­son? They did not win in 50 years, what makes him think he could win within his re­main­ing short time on this earth? He should ac­cept the fact that his com­mu­nist-in­spired re­bel­lion and in­sur­gency is a to­tal fail­ure. The blood of thou­sands of Filipinos who died in the al­tar of his dis­cred­ited ide­ol­ogy is in his hands,” the DND chief em­pha­sized.

Ear­lier, Loren­zana said the on­go­ing lo­cal­ized peace talks, which is prov­ing suc­cess­ful for the gov­ern­ment, is the con­trast of what was achieved in the ne­go­ti­a­tions held abroad, which is what Si­son wanted to con­tinue.

“Ang gusto kasi ni Joma the same pa rin (What Joma wants is the same) -- we go abroad, we go to Nor­way, with the in­ter­ces­sion of a third coun­try, mag-usap-usap dun (we will talk there). Well, sin­abi na­man ni Pres­i­dent nung last year na wag na dun, umuwi ka na lang dito(Last year, the Pres­i­dent said he doesn’t want the talks held there. Come to the Philip­pines), we can talk here. So, we sup­port ‘yung peace talks dito (the peace talks here),” Loren­zana said. (PNA)

(PNA)

DE­FENSE OF­FI­CIALS. De­part­ment of Na­tional De­fense (DND) Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana (2nd from left), poses with other DND of­fi­cials dur­ing the Joint DND-AFP New Year’s Call 2019, held at the AFP Com­mis­sioned Of­fi­cers’ Club in Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Que­zon City on Tues­day (Jan­uary 8, 2019).

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