Views 1: Encounter in Tabuelan

On March 19, 2006, government troops and rebels clashed in Sitios Kalumbrisan and Alang-Alang, Barangay Dalid, Tabuelan, Cebu. Barangay Dalid is about 12 kilometers away from the town proper. It is difficult to get the truth about the incident considering the propaganda spewed by the two sides of the divide, but I reckon the rebel group was spotted or some barangay residents provided information to government troops. What I can just say is that the rigidity is again showing in the increased number of clashes the past few weeks.

March 26, 1969 is the founding anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA). When I was still in the underground in the ’80s, it has become a ritual for the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the national command of the NPA to order offensives going into the NPA anniversary. It looks like nothing much has changed.

I am mentioning this because I also sense a rigidity in the united front work of the CPP, which has insisted on forging an alliance with the minions of former presidents Ferdinand Marcos and Joseph Estrada to topple President Arroyo. That kind of alliance work worked in toppling Marcos and Estrada because the forces CPP allied with were acceptable to the people. But not in this case. The majority could not swallow an alliance with the minions of Marcos and Estrada.

Had the CPP forged a middle ground, I would say it would garner some success, or at least raise its stock, unlike now where people are lumping it with the minions of Marcos and Estrada.


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