Strategy vs. communist terrorists

The legal challenge against the National Terror Law is still being deliberated by the Supreme Court. But there is no question in my mind that drastic measures such as those enshrined in the law are needed to put an end to the communist insurgency. Everything must be done to shut down all avenues for the recruitment of potential communist guerillas and disrupt the flow of finances by freezing bank accounts owned by leftist organizations.

Let’s make no mistake about it. The Makabayan bloc is an essential part of the communist strategy to overthrow the government. That has long been acknowledged by Joma Sison. Without a legal front, the armed insurgency would amount to nothing. The ultimate goal of the revolution is persuade the Filipino people that government is not looking after their needs. The barrel of the gun is not exactly an effective weapon in trying to bring about a radical shift in the public mind. It requires people who pretend to be working for the best interests of the masses.

Hence, legal fronts are critical to the success of the armed struggle. There must be a constant pressure on the public consciousness to look at an alternative form of governance to address their needs. It has to be a slow creep forward, operating within the legal system, as these groups pummel people’s minds with propaganda. Organization is necessary to make this happen: labor groups, farmers, students, professionals, teachers, fisherfolk, indigenous groups and more.

This is the purpose of rallies and demonstrations. The communists need images of large numbes of discontended Filipinos marching in the streets, shouting anti-government slogans. It has worked for centuries in agitating people to rise against their governments. The role of armed guerillas is to harass government and project the image that government is unable to establish peace and order, and people will continually live under a shadow of fear.

It becomes textbook strategy to target the legal fronts and shut down the faucet. Reduce the ability of these Makabayan groups to operate with impunity and become a magnet for potential armed guerillas and “legal” sympathizers. Because of the “rule of law”, front organizations have been free to stage their activities, and government can only watch.

The new law against terrorisim changes everything. Government brings a “paradigm shift” to its fight against terrorism. Now, front organizations included in the list of terrorist organizations will have to go underground. The state can now peak into their bank accounts; if proof is found that money to fund terror activities are funneled through these accounts, the accounts can be frozen.

Money is the lifeblood of terrorist organizations. Without money, the front organizations will simply crumble. They will starve to death. Once that happens, the armed com;ponent of the communist insurrection will also collapse. The movement will run out of funds to buy weapons, bullets and feed their struggling army. It’s really simple, which is also the reason why the communist front organizations are fighting tooth and nail to get the anti-terror law invalidated.

The Filipino people are tired of this armed conflict. There is no sense in this internal war. Lives are being sacrificed at the altar of an ideology that has long been discredited. It has become nothing more than a futile attempt for an aging Joma Sison to grab power and put to waste all the gains we have made.