Philippines: “Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan will fail to stop the advance of people’s war”

Members of the New People's Army of the Philippines

PRESS RELEASE:

Information Bureau

Communist Party of the Philippines

December 20, 2010

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today described the US-Aquino regime’s new counterinsurgency (COIN) campaign plan Bayanihan as “the same dog with a different collar.” The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is scheduled to unveil tomorrow its new COIN plan that will replace the previous Arroyo government’ Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL).

The OBL has been widely criticized for giving rise to the spate of extra-judicial killings and abductions targeting mainly social activists and critics of the government and the ruling system. It was known for its brutal military operations and other gross human rights abuses that have caused massive sufferings of the people, especially in suspected New People’s Army areas as well as those fighting in the legal and parliamentary arena.

More than a thousand people tagged by government military and security forces as “supporters of the NPA” were summarily executed by “death squads” identified with the AFP. Continue reading