What does this mean? It means that the Communist rebels are still a force to reckon with. This ambush prove that the rebels have remained a potent military power. That they can conduct an ambush with such precision shows that the CPP-NPA-NDF is alive and well and nowhere near the decrepit organisation the Philippine military picture it to be.
Why does the CPP-NPA-NDF continues to be relevant? Well, two things: First, despite the trumpeted economic growth, the rural areas remain impoverished. Scores of families in the countrysides are suffering from the effects of globalization. Agriculture remains an unprotected and backward sector. Farmers remain poor because hundreds of hectares of land remain in the hands of a new yet manipulative landlord class. Philippine agricultural produce are not being sold to foreign markets because local agri industries are unable to compete on equal footing with their foreign counterparts.
Second, large rebel bases have setup their own provisional governments in many barangays in the area. These provisional governments have been administering these areas for many years now. The backwardness of the area and the inability of information to seep through the inner recesses of society there effectively erased public support of government there.
This is one of the things why we need to reassess Philippine policy on agriculture and land reform. The festering insurgency in the province of Quezon is the real, naked evidence of government inability to respond to the needs of the common people. Quezon province is just at the doorsteps of the capital. It could be that in a few years time, we may yet see the complete transformation of this country from capitalist to socialism. Or will it?