The President of the Philippines, Duterte, recently officially called the CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines) and the NPA (New People‘s Army) terrorists. According to the bourgeois press, who is referring to sources of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), that forced many members of the NPA to surrender. The CPP, however, didn’t deny that there have been some capitulating individuals, naming surenderees a “part of the realities of war” in a press release. Those surrenderees are denoted as a uprising trend by the bourgeois press. Those allegations are strenuously rejected by the CPP.

On the contrary, they are reporting that more and more Filipinos are compelled by the politics of Duterte to “rise up and resist in various forms of struggle, including the armed struggle“. In fact, calling the Communists terrorists and additionally offering 20,000 Philippine Pesos (approx. 313€) to every lumad (indigenous people), who kills a member of the NPA, shows obviously that the Duterte government has identified the CPP-NPA as a serious threat to the old order. Duterte and the AFP are desperately trying to discredit the Communists and making the people believe that the People’s War is defeated soon. By bribing and exploiting the lumads for their own purposes the Duterte government is showing their true reactionary and imperialist colours, considering that they want to relocate the lumads to make space for big industries in the first place.