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{DISCLAIMER: The following article is written by Jun Ledesma, first published on Sunstar.com. Read the original article here.}

I SHOULD not be the one writing this but it behooves upon me to do so. As a community journalist who witnessed and survived the vicious cycles of martial law era, the reign of terror of the CPP/NPA and its deadly “Sparrow” liquidation squads that ruled over Davao City with impunity I owe it to my young readers to write about certain events in the past that have something to do with the present. Add to this the issue about DDS. I will be brief as I can. READ ALSO: Remembering Davao Death Squad.

The New People’s Army lost its mass base in Davao City following a massive peoples uprising succinctly described as “alsa masa”. I cannot be exact with the time now.

The uprising was triggered by the public execution of three of its “tax collectors”, which unknown to the triggermen were close kin of their top urban commander in Agdao known before as the Nicaragdao of the Philippines.

Barely in their teens when they joined the NPA, they were assigned to collect taxes from the already over-burdened mass base (most of the rich families have left Davao).

The executioners had wanted to instill fear on the squatters enclaves to squeeze more from their own mass base. They were executed in broad daylight in the Gotamco basketball court. The death of the three, however, only ignited anger and overnight, the NPA and its Sparrows were hunted by their own men.

By nightfall on that day, only the staccato of gunfire and the wailing of dying men were heard. The eerie calmness in Davao City followed by daybreak.

Alsa Masa was not a vigilante group, it was a spontaneous uprising of the people against the NPAs. For some quarters to claim that they organized Alsa Masa which led to the overthrow of the CPP/NPA is a blatant lie.



About the author: Baroy


Baroy loves to travel around the Philippines. He loves gizmos and toys. He is a social media marketing specialist and also a contributor for Cebu and Davao blog.


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