By ANDREA GUERRERO
Spokesperson, Armando Sumayang, Jr. Command
Southwest Negros Guerilla Front, Negros Island
After failing to protect the environmental destroyer PHILEX Mining Corporations, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), particularly the 303rd Brigade of the Philippine Army is now calling for the deployment of more troops in the mining areas of Sipalay-Hinobaan-Candoni.
The 303rd Brigade has recommended to the 3rd Infantry Division PA to set up more detachments, patrols and civil-military psychological warfare operations aimed to harass poor peasants who are active against land grabbing and destruction of the environment by the mining giants. The Maranon-Montilla-Alvarez clique has become paranoid, even equating destructive mining as favorable to eco-tourism and thus be fully secured by the AFP and the Philippine National Police.
Cheap serial liar Col. Jonas Sumagaysay has now upgraded his script from a fabricator of fantasies to a “war strategist-analyst” of the operations of the AFP against the New People’s Army, but yet his poor understanding of the tenets of guerrilla warfare only exposes him as a wheelchair commander, and a poor student of the science and art of war.
The NPA is a genuine people’s army because it fights for the interests of the people, especially the majority who are the poor peasants and workers. The NPA is fed, clothed and cherished by the people, and its 42 fighting years of existence is a testimony to the unwavering broad and deep mass support. The NPA struggles for genuine land reform and nationalist industrialization as the key to real people’s progress, peace and developmet.
The NPA employs guerrilla strategy and tactics against a well financed and armed AFP-PNP which by nature is puppet, mercenary and fascist. Guerrila warfare is an irregular warfare using everything favorable to the NPA like terrain, weather, people’s support, alliances, tactics etc. It’s basic principle runs like this .. “ if the enemy attacks we withdraw; if the enemy camps, we harass; if the enemy withdrew we (pursue) attack.”
The AFP-PNP hates fighting guerrilla warfare because of their “gunpowder” mentality and their anti-people orientation. Their gimmicks like medical missions and militarization of social services are designed to deceive and divide the people under (national security program) Oplan Bayanihan that aims to destroy the revolutionary movement by force or by isolation. Such kind of publicity stunts will ultimately fail.
The AFP-PNP and paramilitary Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU), and the equally fascist private security guards-goons, warlords and the bandit RPA, are the best sources of weapons of the NPA and its local militias since it’s founding in 1969 and until now. Analytical wisdom grounded on scientific study of the situation including the enemy’s (moral & capacity) patience and painstaking mass work among the people, and alliance work that extends even to some sections of the enemy, are comprehensively used by the NPA guided by the Communist Party of the Philippines to launch tactical offensives that it views as winnable and favorable to the people and the revolutionary advance.
Punishing the destroyers of the environment like the giant mining firms is morally correct and part of the peoples agenda for safeguarding and preserving our natural resources, ecology, food supply and livelihood of the masses.
For Sumagaysay and the AFP to belittle the NPA, insult the people and pay homage to the giant mining companies, only show their real worth and value — narrow-minded, puppet and mercenary to the core.
The NPA, fighting with and alongside the people, will frustrate the environmental plunder and aggression of the giant mining corporations, again and again.
To bring in more AFP-PNP-CAFGU troops to the mining areas under the operational responsibility of the Armando Sumayang Command will only save the NPA the effort of target acquisition and direct source of arms and logistics.
The deployment of more troops will also give way to the NPA’s actual training and practicum for launching tactical offensives and alliance work among disgruntled AFP-PNP-CAFGU troopers. Col. Sumagaysay”s antics and fantasies that will surely come along with this repositioning of AFP-PNP troops in southern Negros will provide the NPA and the people a good source of jokes for generations to come.