NPA ‘irrelevant in 5 years’

Photo from the CPP web site

Even as the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New People’s Army, celebrated its 45th anniversary on Saturday, March 29, the military predicted its eventual death. Armed Forces chief General Emmanuel Bautista told reporters, “After 5 years, they will be irrelevant. Hindi aabutin ng 5 years.” (They won’t last another 5 years.) The recent arrest of top NPA leaders Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria signals the end of Asia’s longest-running communist insurgency, the military predicted.

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