The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has ordered its armed wing, NPA, to intensify offensives against government forces throughout the country in response to the extension of martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2019.
“The CPP calls on the New People’s Army (NPA) to mount tactical offensives across the country in response to the extension of martial law in Mindanao,” the communist group said in a statement on December 12.
“All NPA units must exert all possible effort to punish the worst fascist units and officers of the AFP who have committed grave crimes against the people,” it added.
CPP said extending military rule in Mindanao will result in worse corruption within the AFP and PNP as they exercise absolute power.
“Under Duterte, the military has gained overriding control of the civilian bureaucracy and all its funds. With martial law in Mindanao, the AFP is set on heightening its election meddling in order to manipulate the midterm polls to favor pro-Duterte and pro-AFP candidates,” it added.