The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is not going to be cowed by Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison’s threat to have the New People’s Army (NPA) kill one soldier a day to force the government to resume peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front (NDF).
“To live in constant danger is part of the sworn duty of every serviceman. With or without threat to the lives of our soldiers, our troops will be there for our people in the communities where they are most needed,” said military spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo.
“Such threat by Joma only shows the true color of the CPP-NPA, (but) that will not diminish our resolve to further enhance our services,” he added
The AFP spokesperson said that the AFP would continue to do its mandate of serving and protecting the people from NPA rebels, now considered terrorists by the government. Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva, spokesperson for the Philippine Army, said that soldiers always abide with provision of human rights.
“What we are promoting is peace. We are not after waging war against (terrorists). We want to offer (them peaceful resolution),” Villanueva stressed.
As its chief political consultant, Joma Sison advised the NDF to recommend to the CPP and NPA to respect the JASIG as a solemn agreement that protects the negotiating personnel of both the NDF and the government.
“It is good to keep open the possibility of resuming the peace negotiations rather than violate the JASIG and undermine confidence in the peace process,” Sison said.
Sison also mentioned that what the NPA can do is to persuade the government to resume the negotiations to carry out the CPP’s tactical offensives against armed units of the AFP, Philippine National Police, and auxiliary forces and to punish human rights violators, local tyrants, land grabbers, drug lords and other notorious criminal.
The AFP, on the other hand, believes that the NPA is weakened by combat military operations and efforts to educate the people of the false promises that the communist movement gives.