Not too many Filipinos have realized how the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) has slowly been implementing their succession plan in preparation for the day when the exiled leadership in Utrecht come to the natural end of their earthly existence.
It is not likely that Jose Ma. Sison will ever return to the Philippines while he is still alive. Most likely he will return to be buried as ashes in his native Ilocos Sur.
The leftist-militant front organizations of the communist movement have wisely recast themselves as nationalist democrats or Nat-Dems. This move has given rise to a number of subsidiary groups at various levels of society which cater to a specific demographic.
After the EDSA coup which ousted Marcos, the Left engaged the Rightists in the AFP in a head-to-head confrontation and lost because of the terror unleashed by the military in the abduction and killing of Rolando Olalia and the assassination of Lean Alejandro.
There was also the internal conflict between the Rejectionists and the Reaffirmists in the movement which led to a split in the leadership and an internal purging ordered by Jose Ma. Sison to consolidate his leadership.
As a result, the movement’s structure in the Bicol Peninsula and Negros Island Region fractured.
This left Sison’s faction with their Southern Tagalog Region stronghold under Gregorio Rosal and the CARAGA Region Front which was in its infancy which was the result of the NPA retreat from the Davao Region where they faced intensified operations by the AFP.
Since then the movement has been establishing an alternative front in mainstream politics with the organization of various party-list groups, which have landed their representatives congressional seats.
The party-list groups under the Makabayan political wing are as follows:
- Bayan Muna (People First)
- Teachers: Alliance of Concerned Teachers
- Workers and peasants: Anakpawis (Toiling Masses)
- Women: GABRIELA (General Assembly Binding Women for Integrity, Reform, Equality,
- Leadership and Action) Women’s party
- Youth: Kabataan (Youth)
- Indigenous people: Katribu (Tribesmen)
- Migrants: Migrante (Migrants)
- Children’s rights: Akap-bata (Childcare)
- Government employees: COURAGE (Confederation for Unity Recognition and Advancement of
- Government Employees)
- Drivers: Piston
- Green party: Kalikasan
- Bicolano people: Aking Bikolnon
This is the socio-politico strategy of linkage being executed by the CPP-NPA-NDF leadership using a network of party-list groups as political vehicles, cause-oriented groups, NGOs and charitable organizations is all in an effort to establish a base across all levels of Philippine society and ensure that they will not become obsolete even after the deaths of the leaders in exile.
The CPP-NPA-NDF are particularly targeting the youth of the country in its recruitment efforts.
Foremost among the group’s organizations are Anakbayan, College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), League of Filipino Students (LFS) and the National Union of Students in the Philippines (NUSP).
These organizations are active in all state colleges and universities and have opened clandestine chapters in private schools where their presence is banned.
They are responsible for the rise in student-activists who have gone underground and joined the NPA in the revolutionary fronts nationwide.