BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:22 P.M.) – The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) released a statement Wednesday reaffirming its commitment to fighting U.S. imperialism in the Southeast Asian country, TeleSUR reported.
“The Party program reaffirms the necessity of waging armed revolution in order to counter the armed violence employed by the U.S. imperialists and the local reactionary ruling classes and end the oppressive and exploitative semi-colonial and semifeudal system,” the CPP said.
Labeling the rebels as “terrorists,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has promised a “long war” against the CPP and its armed wing, the New People’s Army.
“Drawing lessons from the party’s rich history, the Second Congress presented a clearer picture of the strategy and tactics for taking advantage of the insoluble and worsening crisis of the world capitalist system, the strategic decline of U.S. imperialism and the chronic crisis of the domestic ruling system in order to advance the protracted people’s war towards complete victory,” the statement said.
“The Party’s general program calls on all Filipino communists to ‘be ready to sacrifice their lives if necessary in the struggle to bring about a new Philippines that is completely independent, democratic, united, just and prosperous,’” the statement continued.