Despite suffering typhoon Nina that hit Southern Tagalog on December 26, the date of the re-establishment of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) 48 years ago, the peace rally and celebration pushed through on December 28. More than a thousand people hiked for two hours to a peasant community in a guerilla zone in the mountains of Sierra Madre in Quezon to attend the peace assembly organized by the New People’s Army (NPA) Melito Glor Command.

According to Ka Diego Padilla, spokesperson of the Melito Glor Command, the red fighters helped in the rebuilding of homes and crops of the masses that were affected by typhoon Nina. It was what kept them busy during the actual date of the CPP anniversary.

The peace assembly and anniversary celebration was attended by different organizations from Metro Manila and Southern Tagalog provinces.

National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Ernesto Lorenzo criticized the non-compliance of the Government of the Philippines (GRP) to its commitment to release the remaining 400 political prisoners and the continuing military operations in civilian communities despite the GRP’s unilateral ceasefire declaration.

The third round of peace talks between the GRP and the NDFP under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is set to resume on January 18 to 25 in Rome, Italy. A major agenda of the talks is threshing out the draft and contents of the Comprehensive Agreement for Social and Economic Reforms.

One of the NPA fighters paints on the face of one of the performers for the CPP's 48th anniversary celebration in a guerilla zone in Quezon. Manila Today photo.
One of the NPA fighters paints on the face of one of the performers for the CPP’s 48th anniversary celebration in a guerilla zone in Quezon. Manila Today photo.
A member of New People's Army stands guarded during the anniversary celebration of Communist Party of the Philippines. A thousand people, even the old ones, endured a 2-hour walk in the mountains just to attend the program. Manila Today photo
A member of New People’s Army stands guarded during the anniversary celebration of Communist Party of the Philippines. A thousand people, even the old ones, endured a 2-hour walk in the mountains just to attend the program. Manila Today photo
Ka Katryn, 24, who serves as media liason for the Melito Glor Command, scans her Macbook Pro for files needed for the program. Manila Today photo
Ka Katryn, 24, who serves as media liaison for the Melito Glor Command, scans her Macbook Pro for files needed for the program. Manila Today photo
Members of the NPA Melito Glor Command march into formation during the 48th anniversary of the CPP in a guerilla zone in Quezon. Manila Today photo.
Members of the NPA Melito Glor Command march into formation during the 48th anniversary of the CPP in a guerilla zone in Quezon. Manila Today photo.
Red Fighters present arms in a military formation by New People's Army's Melito Glor Command in a guerilla zone in Sierra Madre, Quezon. Manila Today photo
Red Fighters present arms in a military formation by New People’s Army’s Melito Glor Command in a guerilla zone in Sierra Madre, Quezon. Manila Today photo
National Democratic Front peace consultant Ernesto Lorenzo gives an update on the on-going peace negotiation between the Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines at the 48th anniversary celebration of the longest-running communist insurgency in Asia. Manila Today photo
National Democratic Front peace consultant Ernesto Lorenzo gives an update on the on-going peace negotiation between the Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines at the 48th anniversary celebration of the longest-running communist insurgency in Asia. Manila Today photo
A cultural group performs a short skit about social injustice during the celebration of CPP's 48th founding anniversary in a guerilla zone in Quezon. Manila Today photo.
A cultural group performs a short skit about social injustice during the celebration of CPP’s 48th founding anniversary in a guerilla zone in Quezon. Manila Today photo.
Ka Diego Padilla, spokesperson of Melito Glor Command walks along NPA fighters to the stage to deliver his speech during CPP's 48th anniversary celebration in a mountain in Quezon. Manila Today photo.
Ka Diego Padilla, spokesperson of Melito Glor Command walks along NPA fighters to the stage to deliver his speech during CPP’s 48th anniversary celebration in a mountain in Quezon. Manila Today photo.
Melito Glor Command spokesperson Ka Diego Padilla shares to crowd the expectations of Communist Party of the Philippines from the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. He reiterated that the current administration is still reactionary, but the movement is not closing its doors.
Melito Glor Command spokesperson Ka Diego Padilla shares to crowd the expectations of Communist Party of the Philippines from the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. He reiterated that the current administration is still reactionary, but the movement is not closing its doors.

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