Communist Party of the Philippines
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today hailed the successful tactical offensive launched by the New People's Army in Catarman, Northern Samar last August 21 and at the same time assailed Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Deles for saying that the Samar ambush "will make the way forward (to peace) more difficult."
The CPP replied that "the Aquino government should stop making excuses not to resume formal peace negotiations."
"The Samar ambush, as well as other tactical offensives of the New People's Army (NPA), have all been carried out with the objective of advancing the struggle for national liberation and social justice, especially in the interest of the oppressed masses," said the CPP. "All these are being conducted in accordance with international humanitarian law and war conventions."
"Secretary Deles' claim that the police unit was just doing law enforcement work is pure hogwash," said the CPP. "The ambushed police unit was dispatched to a revolutionary base, heavily armed and fully aware of the presence there of the NPA and with the primary objective of attacking the revolutionary forces," the CPP pointed out.
"The police unit, however, proved to be of no match to their target NPA forces with their revolutionary dedication, full support of the masses, advantage of guerrilla tactics and mastery of terrain," said the CPP. According to reports issued by the Efren Martirez Command of the New People's Army (NPA-EMC), its unit in Catarman was able to wipe out the attacking eight-man police unit.
The CPP dismissed claims by the military and police officials that the police personnel were shot one by one "execution style." "The police unit was immediately crippled with the use of a legitimate command-detonated explosive. The police personnel were called upon to surrender. However, as they insisted on firing their weapons against the NPA fighters, a close quarter battle ensued."
The NPA unit seized at least seven pistols and four M16 rifles. Reports that personal effects of the police were also taken by the NPA unit are being looked into. "If there were any taken for safekeeping, these items will be accounted for, secured and properly returned to the concerned families," added the CPP.
The CPP disputed claims by military and security officials of the Aquino regime that the use of command-detonated explosives is prohibited under international rules of war. "Their use is perfectly legitimate under the Geneva Conventions, that serves as the frame for international rules on warfare."
"The sterling military victory in Samar shows how the people's war that is raging throughout the country is vibrant, advancing in strides with more and more victories, and bound to win in the end," The CPP declared.
The revolutionary forces under the leadership of the CPP are presently pursuing a program to achieve, in five years, a leap of the people's war it is waging, from the present stage of strategic defensive to the strategic stalemate.