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By Antonio L. Colina IV

DAVAO CITY – The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) called on members of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) to plan and carry out more tactical offensives across the Philippines, following the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Mindanao Map (Photo courtesy of Google Map)

“By declaring martial law in Mindanao, Duterte has gone beyond the threats and theatrics of the past months,” the Party said in a statement published on Wednesday.

This was published in “the official website” of the CPP.

No CPP official was identified in the statement published on

The Party said the “necessity of waging a revolutionary armed struggle becomes ever clearer” after Duterte’s declaration of martial law, based on what they described a “narrow pretext of armed clashes in Marawi” between government forces and Maute group.

The communists claimed the Maute group has links to the military officials.

“In the face of the Duterte regime’s martial law declaration in Mindanao, the necessity of waging revolutionary armed struggle becomes ever clearer. Thus, the New People’s Army (NPA) must be ready to accelerate the recruitment of new Red fighters as Duterte’s martial law convinces more and more people to take up arms against the rotten system,” the statement read.

The CPP also urged the Filipino people to oppose placing Mindanao under military rule and demand for its immediate lifting on account of human rights abuses committed against the civilians during the nine-year military rule, from 1972 to 1981, under the term of late strongman President Ferdinand Marcos.

It said waging a revolutionary armed resistance is the most effective way of resisting the martial law in order to defend the people’s democratic rights and inspire them to wage ever greater struggles.

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