The announcement of the end of the ceasefire between the government and the CPP-NPA saddened many people.
Duterte started his term in a good note by extending olive leaves to the communist leadership, giving hope to a nation weary of the longest insurrection in Asia.
But it appears peace remains elusive for now.
Do you believe Joma Sison is sincere in talking peace with the Duterte government? But before answering the question, please read the post of Prof. Antonio Contreras on why the communist is not serious in reaching a peace agreement with the government.
Actually, it is not peace that the Left wants but a protracted war. It certainly profits from it. Peace means no more revolutionary taxes, no more support from foreign donors. And with that they lose relevance.
If you still have any doubt then picture this. Their ideological fixation is on a narrative that looks at revolutions as necessary, even if the objective conditions for such, which is one of their icons’ theoretical contribution, has already shifted dramatically to a point that class-based struggles are no longer as pervasive as identity-based ones.
Ceasefire therefore is not something they would want. And peace that simply rests on the continuation of their theorized enemy will never be acceptable.
War is what they want. And it is the blood that spills, the collateral deaths that will surely pile up, that they will use in their posters to recruit people to augment their much-depleted ranks.
That is why they make these ridiculous demands.
Well, if you are an optimist, let us hope that all these posturings is just to get leverage in the peace talks, and that the President is simply just playing their game of words.
Otherwise, it is war they are going to get.
If i were Duterte, I will just ignore them. And deal with their recalcitrance no longer as ideological resistance, but simply as armed threats that should be dealt with according to the normal rules of engagement of a state protecting itself from rogue elements.
And then deliver development to the rural areas, fight for the rights of the Lumads, and the workers and the farmers. Deny the left the platform to exist. This will surely turn them into a force that is devoid of a cause.
Do you agree with Prof. Contreras’s view?
Source: Pinoy Trending News
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