Executive Order No. 70 is the latest of presidential issuances in furtherance of the already ongoing de facto martial law nationwide and is in preparation for the formal declaration of martial law nationwide sometime next year. Duterte is truly hell-bent on imposing a fascist dicdtatorship on the Filipino people.
Under the pretext of ending the revolutionary movement, the national task force is aimed at militarizing all civilian departments and agencies of the reactionary government and concentrating powers and the opportunities for corruption in the hands of Duterte and his ruling clique.
EO 70 will not result in the end of the revolutionary movement led by the CPP. It will only inflame the revolutionary resistance of the broad masses of the people because more noncommunists and even more anti-commmunists than communists will be victimized by the military and police acts of suppression.
I said before that Duterte will have to kill, kill, kill a hundred or even a thousand noncommunists before he can kill one communist. Most of the victims of the national task force shall be the critics of and opposition to the tyrannical, brutal and corrupt Duterte regime.
The military and their civilian agents will also invent a big number of fake surrenderers and fake NPA casualties in fake encounters in order to pocket privately the money for fake surrenders and fake NPA casualties.
As Duterte himself said sometime ago, General Esperon can be his successor. Given more time for Duterte to further discredit himself, Esperon can be actually his succcessor as in so many cases abroad when the dictator becomes too discredited the man on the horse (a general) takes over. Duterte is practically sitting on a throne made of bayonets.###