- Category: International
- Created on Friday, 30 January 2009 14:11
- Written by Philippine Revolution
thanks to Ka Frank for passing this article on. It was originally published on PhilippineRevolution.net under the title "OBL2 is a failure in Quezon."
The AFP's claims at the end of 2007 that Oplan Bantay Laya 2 (OBL2) had destroyed all guerrilla fronts in Quezon is a big lie. The truth is that it is OBL2 that has been defeated in Quezon. The revolutionary forces in the province quickly adjusted to the intensified enemy aggression that came with OBL2. In the main, the New People's Army (NPA) not only succeeded in preserving itself, but in advancing its revolutionary tasks.
Rectifying mistakes and dealing with OBL2. The Party and the leadership of the NPA first had to rectify tendencies towards military conservatism in facing OBL2. In some guerrilla fronts, Red fighters at first hesitated to launch tactical offensives, fearing that the enemy would exact revenge on the masses. This notion was later proven wrong as the enemy nonetheless savaged the masses despite the absence of tactical offensives.
The reality is that without the people's army to launch tactical offensives and drive the soldiers out, the enemy was free to inflict unrelenting cruelty on the masses. It was this realization that invigorated the Red guerrillas into intensifying tactical offensives aimed at defending civilians, weakening and meting punishment on the enemy for their brutal abuse of the people, and defeating OBL2 altogether.
In launching the struggle against OBL2, the revolutionary movement in Quezon likewise overcame a tendency towards "guerrillaism" where the struggle against OBL2 was left to the initiative of individual NPA squads. To correct this, coordination and planning from the regional level down to the platoon level were effected to cope with the fact that OBL2 in Quezon was an operation involving planning at the division level and the mobilization of a division-strong enemy force. Close coordination with other guerrilla fronts and the entire region resulted in more systematic and effective attacks against the enemy.
Effective NPA offensives. The main method employed by the people's army in facing OBL2 was to shift to other areas as well as to focus on other aspects of revolutionary work. Pursuant to the win-hold-win strategy and the focus-and-contain style of the enemy, government troops could only occupy up to 12 barangays in every guerrilla front for three to six months. The people's fighters took note of this vulnerability and exploited it. The NPA conducted and developed revolutionary work in areas where there was no enemy presence and launched tactical offensives against weak and isolated units of the AFP.
Meanwhile, the NPA used creativity and flexibility in continuing other aspects of revolutionary work even in areas of enemy concentration. With the help of the masses, the enemy remained blind and deaf to the presence of the people's army. NPA units could still hold base in barrios where there were enemy detachments and that were covered by enemy operations. In fact, it was in these villages where Red fighters could closely monitor enemy movements.
People's courageous resistance. The mass organizations' intense revolutionary resolve and fighting spirit served as the key to nurturing the people's army and ensuring its security. In the face of torture, enemy repression and other atrocities, the masses took good care of their army and ardently supported it. Whenever there was enemy presence, the masses protected and shielded the comrades. They eagerly looked forward to the Red fighters' presence, their protection and good counsel amid the enemy's onslaughts.
The masses were not taken in by the enemy's deceptive schemes. They would pretend to cooperate in the establishment of bogus cooperatives, sports and community festivals. But as soon as the enemy left the area, the masses simply resumed the authentic programs of their revolutionary movement.
Recruitment to the NPA continued amid enemy threats. The mass organizations never ran out of recommendees to their army. It was in fact OBL2's brutality that pushed the people to join the Red army. The people's militia was active, with some of its members joining NPA tactical offensives. Villagers who were on the enemy's hit list were given sanctuary by the people's army.
The cruelties suffered by the masses during the reactionary government's military operations have driven them to ask the NPA to mete punishment on the fascists soldiers by carrying out tactical offensives against them. These offensives triumphed with the strong support of the masses.
Meanwhile, the revolutionary movement immediately and effectively addressed the evils left behind by the AFP in areas where they maintained a relatively long presence. Among these problems were antisocial practices and crimes such as carabao rustling, theft and drug pushing that the revolutionary movement had long eradicated through revolutionary education among the people. Revolutionary education was once again undertaken to weed out these bad practices and encourage those who have taken to vice and crime to participate in revolutionary programs. Individuals identified as part of the enemy's intelligence network were immediately neutralized.
The swiftness with which such problems have been resolved is a testament to the depth to which the revolutionary movement has taken root in Quezon and the extent of its advance in the province.