The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) belittled the significance of the discovery by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) of “one of many” munitions factories of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Agusan del Sur. The Eastern Command of the AFP announced over the weekend that it seized 130 pieces of explosives in an NPA factory which AFP soldiers chanced upon in Loreto, Agusan del Sur.
“The claims made by the AFP that the explosives can ‘destroy a city when detonated at the same time’ is empty bragging in a vain attempt to puff-up the significance of their chance discovery.”
“In reality, the reported discovery by the AFP of an NPA munitions will have very little impact on the advance of the Filipino people’s revolutionary armed struggle,” said the CPP. “Over the past several years, the NPA has been maintaining scores of mobile munitions factories across the country, mostly managed and run by units of the people’s militias under the guidance of their respective NPA commands.”
“The establishment and production of these munitions factories are a mass undertaking and have been carried out in many of the more than 110 guerrilla fronts,” pointed out the CPP. “The peasant masses and their Red fighters undergo rigorous training in setting up these factories in the politico-military academies being run by the NPA.”
The CPP said further that the mass production by the peasant masses of explosive ordnance is part of the expansion and intensification of people’s war where the people and their people’s army arm themselves with both indigenous and manufactured weapons, with the aim of seizing more weapons from the fascist soldiers of the AFP.”
“These factories have supplied units of the NPA and people’s militias with the necessary ordnance to carry out attacks in order to stop the fascist troopers of the AFP from waging their campaigns of suppression and brutality against the peasant masses and people in the guerrilla zones,” added the CPP.