AS expected, communist insurgents and their supporters continue to use as propaganda government inefficacies to advance their aspiration of toppling democracy in the Philippines.
In the view of some quarters, the rebels’ propaganda war against the government prompted the military to call for the creation of an inter-agency task force (TF) to quell the insurgency.
Even the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the communists stir anti-government sentiments by citing issues such as corruption, price hikes and labor unrest.
DILG Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Eduardo Año stressed that civilian state agencies ought to be aware of the real situation and fulfill their mandates so as to prevent build-up of public grievances.
“Thus, all instrumentalities of the government have to recognize their role in addressing this urgent and long-standing problem” said Año, a former chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Nipping communist recruitment in the bud, he said, entails a whole-of-government approach in order to address the socio-politico-economic problems that threaten the country’s stability.
“The government is cognizant that effectively ending insurgency requires not only police and military response but necessitates a triad of development, governance and security efforts,” added Año.
He concurs with AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. that civilian agencies and other stakeholders must be aware of and integrated in the whole-of-government strategy of stopping communist recruitment.
In the view of some quarters, the propaganda war against the government will rise in crescendo because of the terminated peace talks between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Kagaya ng sinabi ni Secretary Año, kailangang magtulong-tulong ang mga ahensiya ng gobyerno para matapos na ang communist insurgency na nagpapahirap sa bansa at taumbayan.