The CCP was not specific about which Chinese firms it wanted its militants to attack. Its statement denounced “the plunder and destruction of Philippine marine resources in the West Philippine Sea, in violation of Philippine sovereignty.”
The West Philippine Sea is another name for the South China Sea, the perilous waters China claims in their entirety despite the Philippines and other nations pressing longstanding territorial claims.
“Some of these same Chinese companies are involved in some big-ticket infrastructure projects for the construction of mining roads and dams that are encroaching deeper and deeper into the ancestral lands of the national minorities and forests in various parts of the country. These infrastructure projects not only displace thousands of peasants and minorities from their lands, they also wreak havoc [on] the natural ecosystem of the country’s remaining forests,” the CPP said, as quoted by Radio Free Asia (RFA).