There’s no doubt that opportunistic groups are circling above the poor looking for an opportunity to take advantage of their desperate situation and use their false fears against the government.
The protest held by some residents in Quezon City was obviously instigated by the communist movement since the group has been undertaking atrocities to celebrate the 29 March founding of the New People’s Army (NPA).
On April Fool’s Day, several residents from Barangay Bagong Pag-asa took to the streets to demand aid from the government even as President Rodrigo Duterte asked for a little patience from the public in the release of government assistance from a P200 billion fund from the Bayanihan Act.
The mass action was instigated by a Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) front in violation of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
The brazen act amid the order to stay at home expectedly triggered Rody’s temper to shoot up, prompting another harsh statement which the radical group was obviously fishing for.
The Quezon City mayhem happened a few days after the NPA attack on soldiers on community work in Barangay Puray, Rodriguez, Rizal that left a soldier and a rebel dead.
Both the government and the armed radicals had issued unilateral ceasefires before the ambush happened.
In a lame excuse, National Democratic Front (NDF) negotiator Fidel Agcaoili said their armed units were conducting health checks on village residents when they chanced on the government troops.
Southern Luzon Command chief, Lt. General Antonio Parlade Jr., dismissed the claims of Agcaoili, saying it was probably dictated to him by CPP founding chair Jose Maria “Joma” Sison.
“The NPA must be really stupid to go near a village when they know there are soldiers there. Community Support Program or CSP is a government effort to reach out to far-flung communities to know their problems and link them to the right agency to address their issues. CSP teams stay in communities for months,” he added.
The soldiers have been in the area since January to belie Agcaoili’s claims.
It was the group of soldiers who were doing community work in line with the government’s operations against the coronavirus pandemic when they were assaulted.
The Palace angrily condemned the attack citing the danger to civilians it posed and the disruption it caused on the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in the area.
Both incidents in Quezon City and Rizal province were apparently part of the continuing agenda of the communist movement to grab power with a lot of help from the yellow mob to fuel public discontent as the government initiates programs to help the poor survive the health crisis that has afflicted the entire world.
The terror acts were no different from the lethal virus since both create destruction by exploiting widespread fear.
When the government is done in eradicating the pathogen, its equivalent in the CPP-NPA must also be dealt with to protect the wellbeing of the public.