The Philippine Canadian Inquirer reports: “Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison wants the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to fail so that he has a rallying point for his discredited and bankrupt ideology. This was the reply of Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana when asked why Sison seems to be afraid of the BOL and other peace initiatives of the government.
“Sison doesn’t want the government to succeed in this peace efforts with the Muslims. He is trying to picture a chaotic BOL autonomous government. I think he is even praying that it fails. Kasi takot siya na baka yung mga NPA (New People’s Army) makipag-usap din sa gobyerno (He’s afraid that the NPA will eventually talk to the government). He wants trouble to continue para meron siyang (so he has) rallying point for his discredited and bankrupt ideology,” he said in a message to the Philippine News Agency Monday.
And when asked on what can happen to the NPA once the BOL proves a success, Lorenzana said it is very clear that the Muslim population will not allow communist rebels in their areas: “If the BOL succeeds, we can be sure that the Muslim population would not want the Red’s incursion into their area. The Reds, especially the cadres and fighters, would be encouraged to lay down their firearms, surrender and avail of the government’s benefits,” the DND chief added.”