Albayalde hopes to end insurgency problem

Published September 23, 2018, 3:31 PM

by iManila Developer

By Martin Sadongdong

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde has expressed hopes that the country’s years-long problem of insurgency will soon come to an end.

This, after President Duterte made a recent statement saying that he is “confident” the communist insurgency will be over in 2019 because of the continuous surrender of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels to state forces.

PNP CHIEF DIR GEN. Oscar Albayalde, speaks during a press conferecne about the recently concluded Barangay and SK Election 2018, at the PNP National Election Monitoring Center (NEMAC) at Camp Crame in Quezon City, May 15 2018. According to the PNP, the election is generally peaceful. (Mark Balmores)
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde
(Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

Just on Thursday, eight suspected NPA rebels operating in Calabarzon and Mimaropa regions yielded to soldiers and policemen in Laguna and Occidental Mindoro.

“Sana nga matapos na ‘yung problema natin dito sa mga insurgency dahil wala naman idinudulot na mabuti ito lalo na sa ating mga kababayan (I really hope that our problem in insurgency will soon be over because it does no good to our countrymen),” he said in a recent visit to Central Luzon.

“It’s time to unite. Matagal na itong protracted war na ito. Kapag meron kang internal problem na ganyan mabagal ang pag-usad ng bansa (It’s time to unite. This protracted war has been going on for so long, almost 60 years already. If you have an internal problem like this, the progress of a country is slow),” he added.

According to historical records, the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), was formed in 1969 which conducts its armed struggle based on the protracted people’s war — a Marxist strategy developed by Chinese communist revolutionaries.

The Duterte administration had been keen on pursuing the peace negotiations between the national government and the CPP-NPA-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). However, the relationship between the parties involved turned sour earlier this year due to unresolved issues in the peace talks.

Duterte accused CPP founder Joma Sison of not being sincere, saying that soldiers and policemen keep on getting ambushed by communist rebels despite a ceasefire due to peace talks. Sison, in return, accused the state forces of raiding NPA camps.

Albayalde said the earlier the time that communist rebellion is stopped, the closer the country is in achieving a just and lasting peace.

“In this war, ang palaging victim ay ang ating mga kababayan. Sana talaga mahinto na ito (In this war, the usual victims are our countrymen. I really hope this will be stopped),” he said.

The PNP welcomes rebel-returnees in its national and territorial units while the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has a program called Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for communists who want to surrender.