Tarlac was as soon as a historic hotbed of insurgency as a result of it was right here the place the New Individuals’s Military (NPA) was based on March 29, 1969, within the small barangay of Sta Rita, Capas, Tarlac. It was based three months after the Communist Social gathering of the Philippines (CPP) re-established itself on December 26, 1968.
However that’s already a distant reminiscence. 53 years later, the traces of the NPA in Tarlac are step by step fading. The as soon as battleground for presidency forces and communist terrorist teams, now turning right into a haven for peace. Even the remaining mass organizations that they organized and exploited, notably, the Alyansa ng Magbubukid ng Asyenda Luisita (AMBALA) is now collapsing, as a result of its members have been enlightened and have turned their backs on them. They now need change by pioneering the peace effort within the metropolis in addition to in the entire province of Tarlac.
On the event of the NPA’s 53rd anniversary, they returned to the location the place the NPA was based and as soon as once more earnestly name for peace with the CTG by means of a peace rally, in addition to conveyed messages to the remaining rebels and supporters, urging them to desert the damaging communist terrorism and reside a peaceable life with their household.
Lots of the CTG members in Tarlac have laid down their arms one after the opposite. These former CTG members, stay optimistic that the remaining rebels will ultimately abandon violence and combine into mainstream society.
“I call on all our brothers who are still fighting the government to lay down arms, unite for a peaceful life with your families, and take advantage of the sincere government programs that offer a viable future,” says Ka Warly, former AMBALA spokesperson and NPA member.
The peace rally in Sta Rita, Capas, Tarlac, organized by former rebels and mass supporters, is a direct name to the CTG’s remaining members and supporters which conveyed a transparent and resolute message of peace, hoping to encourage constructive response to a real name for peace and stability.
In the event that they have been despised and declared persona non grata in Tarlac – the NPA’s birthplace, how way more in different villages and cities throughout the nation?
AMBALA to MALAYA
AMBALA was as soon as used as a entrance group of the CTG within the peasant sector and was stated to be advocating for land reforms, significantly in Hacienda Luisita. Nonetheless, as revealed by the members, a few of them additionally joined the NPA terrorist.
However contemplate how their group has advanced since then. They’re now recipients of quite a few advantages from authorities applications and tasks on account of authorities interventions after their disaffiliation to the CTG and fashioned a brand new group referred to as Malayang Magbubukid ng Asyenda Luisita (MALAYA).
They’re lastly free, because the title of their group, MALAYA, connotes. They now not enable the CTG to reap the benefits of them and have become the vanguard of peace within the place that was as soon as a guerilla base of the communist terrorist. Their voices are actually being heard aloud, telling the reality concerning the atrocities and exploitation of communist terrorist group, they usually have received acceptance again into their communities on account of their brave and audacious initiative.
MALAYA is now an lively advocates of the federal government’s peace and improvement efforts within the area.
-1st Civil Relations Group, CRSAFP