Prompted by documented reports on the resumption of communist activities in Cebu and various parts of the Visayas region, notably the election-related permit to campaign (PTC) allegedly imposed by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) on candidates campaigning in different areas mostly in the mountain barangays, the Cebu-based National Alliance for Democracy (NAD) launched yesterday “SUKO SA KOMUNISMO (Angry at Communism) which now is composed of rebel returnees and anti-com volunteers, the presence of whom will be made known today in a massive rally in downtown Cebu City.
A pioneer anti-communist fighter in Cebu, Pastor Alcover, Jr., said Suko’s maiden activity will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the CPP-NPA-NDF today, March 29.
The communist insurgents have been sighted in several parts of Leyte and Cebu, Alcover quoted PNP and military authorities.
“Actually we are just re-grouping after years of hibernation following the communists’ lying low from waging a war of terrorism,” said Alcover, former party-list representative and used to be the youngest recruit of the CPP-NPA in Cebu.
“We hope the incidents in Negros and Leyte where NPA insurgents clashed with the local PNP and military will not spill over to Cebu,” he added.
After introducing some rebel returnees, Alcover noted that the CPP-NPA-NDF has successfully infiltrated the media, Congress and even the Church. He did not elaborate but cited the presence of so-called “Makabayan” blocs in the lower house of Congress and some leftist “street parliamentarians” who are widely known as fronts of the CPP-NPA-NDF.
For the last 50 years, the communist rebels have established fear on the people, and the government should continue to come up with strong and effective programs insofar as solving insurgency nationwide,” Alcover stressed./jb