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Gov’t asks CPP-NPA to end armed struggle

By Rose Palacio

Davao City (22 June) -- The administration has reiterated the government’s call for the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) leaders to abandon their armed struggle.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Superintendent Andres Caro 11 told members of the Davao media during the PNP press corps conference held recently at the Task Force Davao conference room that the government has never lost hope in ending the 38-year communist insurgency in a peaceful manner.

The government has granted amnesty programs for communist and Muslim rebels in making peace more attractive to communists, TF Davao commander Col. Luga on the other hand said.

Asked why a special effort is being undertaken for the 9,000 strong members of the communist party, the PNP officers replied that “they too are Filipinos.”

The government believes that some of them wanted to join the mainstream society but do not know how to go about it, commented PNP city director Jaime Morante..

Records showed that the government has granted amnesty to some 20,685 communist guerillas in over a decade.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wishes to end up this armed struggle in her term.

“I think it’s time for them (CPP-NPA leaders) to seriously reconsider the government’s call and renounce the use of terror and violence,” the PNP officials said.

“Over the past 38 years since the CPP was established in December 1968 and the NPA three months later in March 1969, “this armed struggle has caused so much miseries, so much loss of lives and damage to properties,” Col Luga said.

“If communist rebels go back the folds of the law, there will be no more hiding in the mountains, they can live normal lives and their children can freely go to school”, PNP director Caro said.

“The government’s policy of accommodation remains open to CPP-NPA members who would renounce violent arms and instead join the democratic process,” the PNP official further said. (PIA XI) [top]

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