Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte pulled no punches with the communist insurgents this week calling on them to “surrender and give up their weapons as their ideology has become useless”.
He told the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, New People’s Army (NPA), to abandon their meaningless ideology because “their leader’s brains are no longer as good as before” via a pre-recorded Talk to the People.
Duterte said that communist guerillas who will surrender to authorities will be granted free housing and financial assistance, noting that over 17,000 former rebels, including the NPA members, have surrendered amid the government’s implementation of various peace and development programs in communities infiltrated by the communist groups.
The government is implementing the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for NPA insurgents who will surrender to authorities.
Under E-CLIP, former rebels will get PHP15,000 worth of immediate assistance; PHP21,000 to defray the subsistence or meal cost; support to relocate and secure their family; and PHP50,000 livelihood assistance.
Former rebels will also receive other benefits like temporary shelter, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation enrolment, modified conditional cash transfer, and medical, legal, and livelihood assistance.
From a 1969 article: The New People’s Army is under the supreme guidance of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought and the Communist Party of Philippines. It is the revolutionary army of the broad masses of the Filipino people against US imperialism, the comprador big bourgeoisie, the landlord class and the bureaucrat capitalists.