Communist Party of the Philippines calls for attacking Chinese companies: Maoists


The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP; Filipino: Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas) is a revolutionary organization and communist party in the Philippines. On August 9, 2002, the United States declared the CCP as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO). The military wing of the CPP) – the New People’s Army (NPA) – is a Maoist group formed in March 1969 with the aim of overthrowing the government through protracted guerrilla warfare. The Philippines government estimates that the CPP/NPA has about 4,000 members. The group also retains a significant amount of support from communities in rural areas of the Philippines. The NPA’s founder, Jose Maria Sison, reportedly directs CPP/NPA activity from the Netherlands, where he lives in self-imposed exile.

On October 14, 2020, the CPP asked its armed wing NPA to carry out attacks on “Chinese companies” in the Philippines, targeting, among others, firms blacklisted by the US State Department. The CCP did not name the Chinese firms, but said they were involved in the construction of Chinese installations and “in the plunder and destruction of Philippine marine resources in the West Philippine Sea, in violation of Philippine sovereignty.” “Some of these same Chinese companies are involved in some big-ticket infrastructure projects for the construction of mining roads and dams that are encroaching deeper and deeper into the ancestral lands of the national minorities and forests in various parts of the country,” the CPP said. “These infrastructure projects not only displace thousands of peasants and minorities from their lands, they also wreak havoc [on] the natural ecosystem of the country’s remaining forests,” the CCP statement added.

On the same day the CCP statement was issued, Marco Valbuena, the group’s Spokesperson gave an interview to Radio Free Asia and said that the Chinese owned businesses and the armed forces were the targets. Valbuena said that the Philippine communist leadership hoped to “put a spotlight” on what he described as widespread destruction wrought by Chinese firms on the country’s environment. CPP founder Jose Maria Sison, who lives in exile in the Netherlands, warned that these Chinese firms were “vulnerable to guerrilla operations.” Sison confirmed this and declared that the CPP was setting the goal of staging “more tactical offensives nationwide”.

The CCP statement comes a month after the government led by President Duterte announced that it would not sever relations with Chinese firms, which have invested billions of dollars in the country. In a statement, the Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte told Cabinet officials that the US government can enforce its blacklists of Chinese companies in American territory, but “he would not follow the directives of the Americans because we are a free and independent nation and we need investors from China”. “We are not a vassal state of any foreign power and we will pursue our national interest,” he added. This implies that the P500-billion Sangley international airport project involving China Airport Construction Corporation (CACC) will push through. “So Sangley [project] and all other projects, regardless of which Chinese contractor is involved, will continue because the national interest is to ensure the flagship projects under Build, Build, Build will be finished,” said Roque.

Roque’s statement also virtually cleared the way for other Chinese-bankrolled projects worth P301.26 billion. Huang Xilian, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines lauded the stand of Duterte government. “We believe that the pursuit of an independent foreign policy is in line with the fundamental interests of the Philippines and its people,” Huang said as he noted that the synergy between China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Duterte’s Build, Build, Build program has been fruitful for both countries. “Chinese companies have made important contributions in this endeavour.” Huang said, “I believe that any attempt to undermine the normal economic cooperation between China and the Philippines will never succeed.” In July, the US. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused China of “bullying” and announced that the U.S. would not recognize nearly all of China’s maritime claims to South China Sea areas contested by smaller neighbours, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. The Chinese government cannot be allowed to use the China Communications Construction Co. or other state-owned businesses “as weapons to impose an expansionist agenda,” Pompeo said. “The United States will act until we see Beijing discontinue its coercive behaviour in the South China Sea, and we will continue to stand with allies and partners in resisting this destabilizing activity,” he said



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