Hundreds of members of the New Peoples Army (NPA) under the North Central Mindanao Regional Command gathered in Barangay Mananum Bag-o in Medina, Misamis Oriental, on Monday to celebrate the 48th reestablishment anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
National Democratic Front (NDF) peace consultant Alfredo "Ka Paris" Mapano said their cause will continue until the the government fully addresses social economic issues in the country such as land reform, industrialization, and better services for the poor.
Mapano said they will continue to support President Rodrigo Duterte because of his stand against foreign imperialism and because the President is a self-proclaimed "leftist and socialist".
"However, we will still criticize the administration especially on specific issues such as the Marcos burial and extra-judicial killings because of the war on drugs," Mapano said.
Mapano is set to leave the country on January 18 to attend the 3rd round of the peace talks between NDF and the government in Rome, Italy.