The president declares a unilateral ceasefire to the leftist rebels earlier during his state of the nation address justifying that they are just fighting for their ideology. CPP is Marxist-Leninist whereas the NPA is in favor of Marxist-Leninist-Maoist principles. Peace talks between the government and the NDF resumed in August 2016. The peace talks happen in Oslo, Norway. The CPP-NPA-NDF announces this February that they withdraw from the ceasefire due to the alleged unfulfilled promise by the government to release all 392 political prisoners. The communists attacked and killed 3 soldiers before the withdrawal. This angered the government and make them declare a withdrawal from the ceasefire. The peace talks are informally terminated and an all-out war is declared by the AFP after the withdrawal.
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[VIDEO]: Personal na ibinigay ng pangulo ang Military Merit Medal with bronze anahaw leaf sa mga biyuda ng tatlong sundalong namatay sa pananambang ng NPA sa Malaybalay City, Bukidnon nitong Miyerkules. Pagkilala ang medalyang ito sa kabayanihan ng mga pinatay na sundalo.
Insurgencies Forced the late Marcos to Declare Martial Law
NPA was formed in 1969 that aims to destabilize the Marcos administration. The first violent incident takes place in 1971. This prompted the late President Ferdinand Marcos to declare martial law. It lasted until 2002, The NPA receives aid from outside the Philippines particularly China until 1976. It forced it to rely on support from other local sources – terrorizing farm lands, robbing houses, collecting fees from stores and kidnap for ransom.
Understands the Leftists’ Ideology but cannot Tolerate Killings of Soldiers
The Armed Forces of the Philippines reported that the three soldiers were killed by NPA rebels. On the same day, Digong lifted the government’s unilateral ceasefire with the communist group. In his Address to soldiers and their families, he expresses his dismay after giving a leeway to the CPP-NPA-NDF groups. He is firm when he made it known that from that time on, he considers the CPP-NPA-NDF terrorist groups.
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Mixed Feelings for Locals
The rebel groups are just like the police forces. Some are obedient to the command of their leaders. Others are the kind of people that put revenge into their own hands. They pity themselves for the sufferings of their families due to poverty – and blame their misfortune on the government. They justify their looting activities as saving the poor from maltreatments of the rich.
The most painful thing that a leader can watch is the killings of Filipinos by fellow Filipinos. Bongbong Marcos discloses this when his father launches Martial Law to save the country. The government forces are all-out to chase and confront the rebel groups with arms. However, this time, the president has no choice. If the rebel leaders have no control over their civilian armies back home while doing peacetalks in Norway, then it is the president’s job to defend his people.