Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – On 26th December, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) celebrated its 51st founding anniversary of leading the conduct of terroristic activities against the Filipino people. It is their pre-planned program of action to conduct rallies during their anniversary to paint negative issues against the government in different corners of the country. However, this year, instead of CPP supporters marching in the streets, pro-government people are the one protesting in the streets, condemning the CPP.
In the area of responsibility of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, Philippine Army, simultaneous indignation rallies were conducted by people of all walks of life across Region 1 and Region 3. During the rallies, they expressed their outrage against the CPP-NPA atrocities, such as, killing people, sabotaging government development and peace programs, and conducting banditry in the guise of romanticized false revolutionary ideals.
Thousand people gathered in Bayanihan Park, Angeles City, Pampanga to express their negative sentiments against the CPP-NPA. The gathering was supported by the Philippine National Police Regional DirectoR, Police Brigadier General Rhodel O. Sermonia, who personally joined the rally together with, personnel of the Army, and other government officials. While in Guimba, Nueva Ecija, around 100 people led by government officials, PNP and 69th Infantry Battalion personnel also conducted rally against the CPP-NPA atrocities.
In Candon City, Ilocos Sur, 500 people, together with personnel of the 81st Infantry (Spartan) Battalion; personnel of Provincial Police Office of Ilocos Sur; the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG); Local Government Units (LGU) in the 2nd District of Ilocos Sur; members of Youth For Peace Movement (YFP); and, members of Timpuyog iti Umili Karayan Buwaya (TUKB). It was graced by the Acting City Mayor of Candon City, Kristelle Singson.
Moreover, around 800 people joined the rally held in the San Fernando City, La Union. It was attended by Governor Francisco “Pacoy” Ortega III, and majority of LGU leaders. Also present were contingents from the AFP; PNP; DILG-La Union; and PDEA of La Union.
Among the highlights of the activity were the testimonies of former rebels who recounted the sufferings they inflicted among the people when they were still inside the CPP ambit, like extortions, and forcing people to follow their rules; the hardships they endured when they were active members of the NPA; as well as the distortions of facts by the left-leaning organizations.
Having heard of the sentiments of the people during the rallies conducted, Major General Lenard T. Agustin AFP, Commander, 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, said, “Indeed, with the concerted efforts embodied in Executive Order No. 70, we have turned the table and now witness the irony of times; instead of CPP mass supporters marching and shouting anti-government chants and slogans, we now see people who are tired of violence, and angry parents why their children are being recruited by CPP to join the armed struggle. This is a manifestation that our people are no longer blinded and deceived by CPP.”