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AFP: Reds no longer capable of carrying out tactical offensives

December 20, 2022 People's Tonight 208 views

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday said it believes that the remaining rebel ranks are “no longer capable” of conducting any tactical offensives against government troops as their numbers and leadership have been steadily whittled down in the past months.

“Totoo po yun kasi kami po ay naniniwala na malaki na po ang binawas sa kakayahan ng CPP-NPA-NDF (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front) para maglunsad ng mga tinatawag na tactical offensives, ito po ay sa kadahilanang marami na po sa kanilang mga mataas na lider ay nawala, sila man ay napatay sa engkwentro, naaresto, at iba naman ay nag-surrender,” AFP spokesperson Col. Medel Aguilar said in a radio interview.

He gave this comment when asked sought for a reaction to the CPP’s announcement that it will be conducting tactical offensives against government troops during the ten-day mourning period amid the passing of CPP founding chair Jose Maria “Joma” Sison.

The tactical offensives are supposed to honor Sison, who died in the Netherlands on Dec. 16, and the 54th founding anniversary of the CPP on Dec. 26.

Aguilar also said that the attrition being suffered by the CPP-NPA-NDF is being felt from the central committee level up to their guerrilla fronts.

The AFP earlier said that out of the 89 guerrilla fronts in operation in 2016, only 24 or 23 exist as of now, with only five is “active” to date.

Aguilar also said the AFP is prepared to meet the NPA’s tactical offensives head-on should they conduct it.

“Kahit pa man nagdeklara ang CPP na patuloy silang maglulunsad ng tactical offensives the whole AFP is prepared to deal with it, to deal with them kung sakali mang tutuhanin nila ang kanilang banta,” he added. Philippine News Agency