How did Cory and FVR resurrected and strengthened the rebels - The Daily Sentry

Sunday, April 1, 2018

How did Cory and FVR resurrected and strengthened the rebels

Former President Cory Aquino and former President Fidel V. Ramos, photo compiled from Google
Cory liable for rise of rebels

The Philippines continues to face difficulties and conflict with the communist parties that had spurred the likes of the New People’s Army (NPA) and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

Crimes of plunder, threats, and violence have been linked to the widesprwad insurgency problem in the Philippines, and there is proof to believe that their rise can be attributed to the time Cory Aquino sat as President.

In a bid for peace, and possibly even a highly regarded Nobel Peace Prize, Aquino started freeing political prisoners, some of which were CPP Founder Jose Maria Sison and NPA Commander Dante Buscayno.

During her 16 months of reign, Aquino had declared a ceasefire and was more acquiescent than negotiating in their demands and schemes.

With all the leeway given, Sison retreated to Netherlanda where he will, up until this day, move his communist pawns from a distance.

At the decline of Ferdinand Marcos’ power, the CPP stood at 16,500, but even then could not easily penetrate Metro Manila.
However, in Aquino’s series of agreements and after her Proclamation 2 which empowered the communists with general amnesty, they rose to 25,200 with 20% of the country's barangays influenced by CPP-NPA.

They had disseminated in schools, churches, and even government offices which gave the insurgent hold a stronger grip over the country, easily passing on information and recruiting new members.

Around 1968 and 1969, the two major insurgency groups, CPP and NPA, started operating under their own separate constitutions and bylaws which marks a solid establishment of their roots and a show of their numbers.

But Aquino’s acquiescent nature did not go unquestioned as the Defense Secretary that time, Juan Ponce Enrile, and other reformist officers raised issues regarding the welfare of the country.

“Cory's point was that everybody who fought Marcos deserved a second chance for freedom. It did not seem to matter that Sison and company were not just fighting Marcos—they were out to overthrow the state and democracy. Cory would be proven wrong and na├»ve,” Enrile had said.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was poorly placed during Aquino’s time as her centrist stance rendered the AFP almost needing to act on their own once it comes to communist encounters.

As Gringo Honasan, who sat as the Army Colonel that time, said, "I didn't know whether I should laugh or curse her, for how can we deliver a string of victories when she was sleeping with the communists and, at the same time, treating the military as her enemies?"

Aquino was directionless in the ordeal between the rebels and the army as she sought to protect the people against insrugency-related violence, but at the same time appease the CPP-NPA’s demands in order to achieve peace.

The various security issues led to the growth and expansion of communists, the resurrection of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the revitalization of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Up until now, the Philippines faces a tough enemy that, while equally claims to serve the interest of the masses, has been instrumental in the series of deaths and collateral damages throughout history that has made the communist face of the Philippines one marked by episodes of fear and subjugation.