The death of PARAGO has big impact not just to the areas of the 10thID but also to the areas covered by 4thID…with the unity of the government agencies especially the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the reign of terror of the NPAs like PARAGO will surely end.”-MGen Oscar Lactao, Commander, 4thID
As we continue to face life and converse with people from different walks of life, it is but fitting to put into words and share such intense emotions and questions that are lingering from a concerned Filipino.. He never lose track of the significant events that continue to affect not only our daily lives but the whole nation as well..this might picture an individual’s feelings but may also be of an entirety of a group of people with a common understanding and perspective:
I would like to ask the public if the recent attack of New People’s Army which left (7) burned cargo trucks and millions worth properties damaged is a work of people fighting for the right ideology. Is it not the work of bandits?
Army is a group of trained people who serves the country in times of war and in peace, while bandits are group of people who robs and takes unfair advantage to people. With these definitions, where NPA would fall under? Are they really an army who serves the country or bandits who takes unfair advantages to the people who, they claim they are serving?
In my own point of view, the NPA has ideology but derailed. They exist to fight, but to fight for wrong reason. They are not what supposedly their name means, and that they are not the New People’s Army.
It is an open knowledge that the NPA are in agreement the government through Human Rights and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). But what they did to those cargo trucks is a clear and direct violation to CARHRIHL.
Should we trust these people who enters into agreement and later on violates it? And should we call them an Army or bandits? If they are Army, can they be considered as army of the poor? Maybe yes, because they do not have anything that is why they took with them goods that are not theirs. But is it what Army does? Maybe no, because what they did is an act of bandits.
For me, they should vanish and be terminated because they do not have significance to our society and people. They only offer fear. Clearly, they are more of a bandit who robs other people belongings rather than an Army. They hate progress; they see development as threat to their existence. They break laws and they are like demons who want nothing but crime.
I hope that time will come that these NPA will vanish from this country to let the people live, breathe and move peacefully without any selfish interventions.
To all NPA members out there who are still dreaming to live life peacefully, it is not too late to surrender. Life is better without fear. Life is much better without the NPA. As Ralph Waldo said, “The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.