People's war reaps major victories in Mindanao

ANG BAYAN
7 April 2012

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People's war in Mindanao continues to advance and reap victories despite Oplan Bayanihan's violent war of suppression.

The New People's Army (NPA) operates in 42 guerrilla fronts all over Mindanao. The number of company-size guerrilla fronts increased in 2011.

Through self-reliance and assistance from relatively more advanced regions, the relatively weaker regions were able to expand and consolidate their subregions and guerrilla fronts. In the next year or two, they can be expected to march in step with the other regions nationwide.

More platoons were formed, with the NPA's armed strength growing by 20%. The NPA further expanded and gained strength, raising its capability to launch more extensive and intensive tactical offensives.

From January 2011 to March 2012, the NPA was able to launch about 600 tactical offensives all over Mindanao, 140% more than the 250 tactical offensives launched in 2010. The offensives, which were launched at an average of one to two per day dealt more than a battalion of casualties on troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Two hundred of the casualties were killed in action while a hundred were wounded in action.

The NPA was able to punish notoriously exploitative, oppressive and environmentally destructive big mining and logging companies as well as plantations run by imperialists, big comprador bourgeoisie and landlords such as the Sumitomo Metals-owned Tag-anito Nickel Mines, SMI-Xstrata, Toronto Ventures, Russell Mining, Dole-Stanfilco, Sumifru and Del Monte, among others.

More barrios were also reached by the Party and people's army's organizing efforts, thus raising the size of the revolutionary mass base in Mindanao to about a million strong. The Party and people's army were also able to establish organs of political power, expand their united front work and consolidate guerrilla zones and base areas. These conditions have provided the NPA with opportunities to launch more extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare based on an ever expanding and deepening mass base.

Agrarian revolution is expanding in scope throughout the island. From the village level, agrarian struggles are now being conducted on the town, inter-municipal, provincial and regional levels. Hundreds of thousands of peasants are enjoying the fruits of agrarian revolution, strengthening the political power of the Party and the NPA in the countryside.

Open antifascist, antifeudal and anti-imperialist mass struggles against the US-Aquino regime are gaining strength. Fuelling the people's rage are the brutality and human rights violations committed by the state's fascist machinery. Protest actions are being launched against extrajudicial killings, oil price hikes, destructive mining and logging, the seizure of farmers' lands, the US Balikatan exercises and destruction wrought by the presence of American troops.

Militarization by the fascist regime is intensifying in peasant and Lumad communities through indiscriminate bombings, firing and strafing which have caused dislocation and evacuations and worsened the poverty of people in the CARAGA region, the Davao provinces, in Bukidnon and other areas of Mindanao.

Party membership grew in all five regional committees of Mindanao by more than 30%. The Party continues to strengthen its ideological, political and organizational leadership among NPA units, in the barrios, communities, factories, mass organizations and alliances.

More than 90% of Party members in NPA units have finished the Basic Party Course. The campaign to conduct the Intermediate Party Course among cadres in the regional, subregional, provincial, front and some section levels continues.

The Advanced Party Course is being given at the regional level and will be taken by cadres at the subregional, provincial and front levels in the next two years.

On the whole, the revolutionary forces in Mindanao have maintained initiative and flexibility against the concentrated and sustained encirclement campaigns of the enemy in two regions. On the other hand, the revolutionary forces in the three other regions have contained the enemy's attacks.

The CPP and NPA's brilliant victories in Mindanao are proof of Oplan Bayanihan's failure to stop the advance of people's war in the island.