Palma says NPA achieves nothing, ‘just disorder’

Palma says NPA achieves nothing, ‘just disorder’

May 16, 2021 0 By The Sun Monitor
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Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Palma chided the New People’s Army (NPA) for achieving nothing but “disorder.”

The governor, in an interview with MindaNews, said: “We’ve been here for 53 years… what have they (NPA) achieved?”

“Nothing. Just disorder.”

By 53 years, he must have been referring to the number of years the Maoist guerilla group has existed.

A small ragtag group led by Jose Ma. Sison founded the NPA on March 29, 1969. The guerilla group marked its 52nd anniversary last March 29. But its political party will turn 53 on December 26, this year.

“Many have died,” the governor stressed.

No less than 40,000 combat-related deaths have been reported since 1969.

The war waged by the NPA, according to Palma, have also displaced many people.

He lamented it is difficult for the government to implement its development programs because “there is problem in peace and order.”

“If there is no peace, development could not happen next,” Palma explained.

The CPP, founded by Sison, then a student activist, seeks to establish a new democratic state that is led by the working class by overthrowing the Philippine government.

The Army has declared Zamboanga Sibugay as insurgency-free at the end of last year.

Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, commanding officer of the Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade, said the government have dismanntled the five guerilla fronts operating in Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur.

Speaking before the PIA Kapihan, Leonel said some communist rebels died in encounters. Others have either surrendered or captured, he added.

Nicolas, who hails from Ipil town where the Army’s 102nd IB camps, said the government is winning the war.

He is confident the let-up campaign against the communist insurgents will finally dismantle the remaining NPA guerilla fronts in Zamboanga Peninsula by the end of 2021.

PHOTO: Philippine Information Agency photo

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