observed in Leyte
Media Relations Center
October 23, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – The
army battalion based here in
Leyte has noticed a resurgence of communist activities in a number
of barangays in the province as revealed during the recently held
Peace and Order Council Meeting of Leyte province.
The 19th Infantry
Battalion based in Brgy. Agiting, Kananga, Leyte through its
commanding officer Lt. Col. Roberto Capulong however clarified the
newly monitored communist activities is not in the form of ambuscades,
attacks and firefights but done in the form of teach-ins, patrols and
talking with the local populace.
Lt. Col. Capulong said
this new resurgence of communist activities is accounted to the
upcoming elections where the rebels reportedly want to “make their
presence felt and get across the message that they are still a force
to reckon with.”
Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New
People’s Army (NPA), are setting aside their “permit to campaign”
election fundraising scheme for the more lucrative “permit to win” in
their bid to amass money from politicians seeking national and local
posts in the next year’s elections.
In past elections, the
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have validated that the CPP-NPA issued permits to campaign
for a certain fee in so-called rebel-influenced or controlled
While it was not
indicated how much the NPA rebels would charge national and local
candidates to ensure that they would win in areas they claim to have a
strong influence, the military intelligence community said the figures
would be exorbitant.
Under the new “permit
to win” scheme, the rebels will mobilize their political machinery in
the countryside to ensure victory for certain candidates who pay their
“This is the new
scheme they would be conducting as per reports reaching us. That is
why we see this as the reason in their resurgence,” Lt. Col. Capulong
The army however
assured that government security forces in the area remain more
vigilant and put in place more stringent security measures to avert
any of these special operations.
Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla urged the local army authorities to
maintain the “insurgent free” status the province has achieved in the
past year as resolving insurgency fosters a climate conducive to
economic growth and national development.
“Only in a secured
atmosphere can we convince businesses and companies to invest in our
province which would mean more economic opportunities for our people.
They want to be assured that their investments cannot be hampered by
outside forces. Peace and stability is part and parcel of of our
economic growth,” Gov. Petilla said.
Leyte, together with
other provinces in the Eastern Visayas region has been declared as
“insurgency-free” by the military officials in the region under the
command of Major General Arthur Tabaquero of the army’s 8th Infantry
The military has vowed
to crush the insurgency in the region to its insignificant level by
2010 as no less than President Macapagal-Arroyo identified the
presence of the rebels as among the reasons why the region continue to
lag behind in terms of economic development.