How to end the communist insurgency

FIVE years after the U.S. assessed that the communist insurgents cannot be beaten, the Philippine government still seems to be at a loss on how it could end the 43-year insurgency which has become the longest in Asia.

According to WikiLeaks, in 2006 former US Ambassador Kristie Kenney sent a cable to Washington stating that the Philippine government is not in a position to break the back of the communist insurgency despite its announced goal of defeating it within two years and allocation of more resources.

The intensification of military operations and allocation of more resources against the communist led New People’s Army only led to more deaths and violations of human rights, especially in the countryside, but still kept the end to the rebellion out of sight.

Surprisingly despite its failure to suppress the rebellion, the government maintained its flawed strategy since 1969 when the communist rebellion started.

It is known that the cause of rebellion in the Philippines is poverty and the injustices suffered by the masses because of social inequality. Indeed there is no racial discrimination in the country but it cannot be denied that there is a strong undercurrent of social discrimination. The rich and powerful or the influential always get the special treatment or first preference in every social, political and cultural endeavor.

The government, contrary to the claims made by Kenney, can end the communist insurgency, even  the Muslim rebellion, simply by battling the reason why there is an insurgency in the first place.

We need not fight the rebels but the cause of their rebellion.

That is the key to a lasting peace.

If the government acted as a true agent of the people’s interest and work to empower the masses and put an end to unjust practices then the causes of rebellion would disappear.

Specifically, the government could end poverty by promoting a pro-people and nationalist oriented industrial and economic policy; it could implement an intelligent land reform, promote social equity and put an end to impunity that has become so prevalent in government, especially in military and police institutions.

These are some suggestions for I firmly believe this is how you beat the insurgency.

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Congratulations to army Brig. Gen. Danny Lim (ret) for being appointed as the intelligence chief of the Bureau of Customs.

Just after being sworn into office by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, Lim vowed to lead a sustained war against scalawags in the controversial bureau, a task I believed he would perform well.

Lim, a fellow traveler, was imprisoned during the Arroyo regime because of his principled stand against corruption, vote-buying and human rights violations. Keep up the good work, Kuyang.

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