GMA’s 96-hour Christmas
ceasefire is much like her administration’s anti-poverty program, it is
tokenism bereft of substance. The president has backtracked from her
earlier no-truce, all-out war declaration only as a nominal gesture to
so-called civil society elements in her administration.
GMA is of the deluded
belief that only an all-out war not a negotiated political settlement is
the solution to the armed struggle in the countryside. In fact, she has
been so gung-ho that the AFP Chief of Staff recommends a ceasefire just
after she announced a no-truce policy for the Christmas season. More so,
she is so into her surrogate role in the “war against terror” that she
could not conceive of a ceasefire with a US-certified terrorist group.
Here’s an unsolicited
advice to the CPP-NPA, from one revolutionary group to another—Declare a
ceasefire for the whole duration of the Christmas season if only to
observe a tradition of the revolutionary movement and to wrest the moral
high ground from the puppet and reactionary GMA regime.
While we do not subscribe to the strategy of protracted war, as
revolutionaries we believe that given the present circumstances, the
most apt tactic against the all-out war policy of the GMA regime is not
to escalate the armed struggle but rather to intensify the campaign for
a negotiated settlement. Launching tactical offensives left and right
will not expose the militarism of the GMA regime but on the contrary
play into the anti-terrorist hysteria of the reactionary state. ###