A lost cause

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) turned 52 years old yesterday, December 26, 2020. It is an old party by any standards in politics. But rather than gaining relevance and strength during those 52 years, the CPP is a dying organization. The ideals that attracted young men and women to join Jose Maria Sison way back on December 26, 1968 have withered away. The CPP has become a lost cause.

What has pushed the CPP to the brink of extinction is its advocacy for an armed revolution to seize political power. With the tens of thousands of dead Filipinos that litter its path, the CPP has nothing to show except for six party-list congress members in the House of Representatives. Joma Sison’s idea of a broad-based front coming from farmers, laborers, fisherfolk and urban poor has fizzled out. Filipinos have grown tired of the armed conflict. The people want genuine peace, a cessation of hostilities.

Right now, there is strong public clamor for the complete eradication of the Makabayan bloc in our political system. There are strong signals that in the next elections, the Makabayan bloc will not win a single seat. There is also a legal move by the National Task Force for the End of the Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) to seek the disqualification of the party-list organizations under the umbrella of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN).

As if its problems were not enough, the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) has been officially labelled as a terrorist organization pursuant to RA 11479. With this declaration, agencies of government can now scrutinize the money trail of organizations associated with the CPP/NPA, and order their bank accounts frozen if these agencies find evidence that the funds are being used to bankroll the armed insurrection.

During the last few weeks we also witnessed the surrender of NPA guerillas. Their own fighters are no longer convinced that theirs is a just cause that is worth dying for. The NPA has seen a decline in the number of its fighters in the last five years. This latest development will only decimate their ranks. And the capture of top leaders will further cause demoralization among the remaining cadres.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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