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CPP ORDERS NPA TO LAUNCH 'TACTICAL OFFENSIVES' VS. GOV'T FORCES ACROSS PHL



In response to the martial law extension in Mindanao, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has ordered its armed wing, New People's Army to launch tactical offensives against government forces nationwide.

In a statement, the CPP condemned the Congress for approving the President's extension request, saying that this will “result in worse corruption within the military and the police as they exercise absolute power.”

It also ordered all NPA units to “exert all possible effort to punish the worst fascist units and officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who have committed grave crimes against the people”.

The CPP also called on the Filipinos to “further intensify their protests against martial law in Mindanao, de facto nationwide martial law, and Duterte’s tyranny and terrorism”.

On Wednesday, the Congress has approved the President's request to extend the Martial Law in Mindanao for the third time until December 31, 2019 with 235 affirmative votes, 28 negative votes and one abstention.

In his letter to Congress, President Duterte cited that rebellion still persists in Mindanao citing the communist rebels and other terrorist groups that "continue to defy the government by perpetrating hostile activities".

The approval of the martial law extension came days after the President announced that the government will shift to a “civilian-led approach” in a bid to end the decades-long insurgency under the Executive Order number 70 which aims to create a national task force that will end local armed conflict in the country.

Earlier, the CPP declared a temporary ceasefire in observance of the holiday season and their upcoming 50th anniversary celebration on December 26.

However, the defense department is not inclined to recommend to do the same.

Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo earlier said, the president has lost his patience with the CPP-NPA, making the resumption of the peace talks likely impossible.

In November 2017, President Duterte formally terminated the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and sought to declare the NDFP-CPP-NPA as “terrorist organization” which is still pending in court.