OR the past 53 years, history tells us that the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) has incessantly worked to find loopholes and faults in our government. It takes advantage of the vulnerable sectors such as the indigenous peoples, youth, women, fisherfolk and other peasant workers or laborers, and deceptively uses them as dispensable toys in its sinister objective to overthrow the government while radicalizing their minds that the only solution and ideology that can change the government is through the armed struggle — the communist ideology.

But looking at the circumstances, five decades have already passed, and yet, it it still on the edge of fighting for what it believes is right and best for the Filipino people. But what is really the best government for us, Filipinos? What is really the right thing to do with our country? Do we really think that armed struggle is the best solution? How sure are we that if we shifted to being communist-minded people, we will have a better life ahead of us?

One thing that I cannot forget from a former communist-minded individual, Mr. Ruben Guevarra: he once said in one of his interviews that we Filipinos have our own ideology — the Filipino ideology. He also mentioned that it is the nature of the Filipinos to believe in God, that Filipinos are humane, value life and most of all, consider family as the linchpin for everything. And that these were all shattered of, that no matter what happens to us, whatever crisis we are facing, we can still manage to smile and laugh at our misfortunes. It only shows that we are resilient and always ready to stand up again and go on with our life to be better not only for our own sake but also for our families and fellow countrymen.

The armed struggle perpetrated all forms of human rights violations among Filipinos, but it was cunningly used and justified by the communists as the messiah of change. The hidden agenda of the CPP-NPA-NDF is advancing to their self-serving desires, which cares less for its members as exposed in the various physical evidence taken in their lairs, solidified by the testimonies of former members who have decided to return to the government's side and put behind them the abusive life they experienced while in the organization.

So, I enjoin everyone to adapt the Filipino ideology, our own ideology that makes us unique with any other countries, that no matter what life may bring us, we should not be persuaded by the lies and deceptions of the CPP-NPA-NDF, and most importantly, that armed struggle is not the solution to have a better government. If we really want change, we should start within ourselves and take care of our family and friends in order that they, in return, will also appreciate their loved ones.

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Janine A. Martin

Tadian, Mountain Province