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Re-visiting "Silent War" by Victor Corpuz
« on: November 28, 2016, 09:03:07 AM »
It's been 29 years since this book was published. A thesis distilled from Victor Corpuz's experience when he defected from the AFP to the CPP-NPA (or some would say became the ultimate Deep Penetrator Agent). The book was written after he came back to the fold and resumed his duties as an officer in the AFP.

The concepts contained within, and the critique of the predominantly kinetic Search and Destroy tactics of the Martial Law era AFP inspired the next generation of post-Martial Law officers to seek another way, and gave birth to current crop of OPLANs:

Lambat Bitag
Bantay Laya
Bayanihan

COIN approaches that actually focused on improving the welfare of the people within liberated areas, to ensure that they stay liberated.


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Re: Re-visiting "Silent War" by Victor Corpuz
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2016, 12:22:54 AM »
Sir A, is this book being sold in National Bookstore?

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Re: Re-visiting "Silent War" by Victor Corpuz
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2016, 12:48:46 AM »
Sir A, is this book being sold in National Bookstore?

Haven't checked in a long time. But that's where I got my copy.

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Re: Re-visiting "Silent War" by Victor Corpuz
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2016, 10:48:13 AM »
Victor Corpuz's writings paved the way for OPLAN Lambat Bitag, which then became Bantay Laya, then more recently OPLAN Bayanihan.

With even Bayanihan coming to a close, what's next?

https://www.facebook.com/AFPTR2028/photos/a.392390054198700.1073741827.391914154246290/793210554116646/?type=3&theater

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Re: Re-visiting "Silent War" by Victor Corpuz
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2016, 10:27:20 PM »

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Re: Re-visiting "Silent War" by Victor Corpuz
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2017, 08:37:59 PM »
More words of wisdom from BGen Corpuz

China 'ready' for war if PH pushes arbitration win: retired general
Christian V. Esguerra, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Jul 11 2017 02:39 PM | Updated as of Jul 11 2017 03:52 PM

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/11/17/china-ready-for-war-if-ph-pushes-arbitration-win-retired-general

MANILA - China is ready to wage war if the Philippines insists on its arbitral win that rejected the basis of Beijing's sweeping claims over the South China Sea, a former military intelligence chief warned Tuesday.

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"If we pursue this decision of the Hague, China is ready to go to war to defend what it perceives as its territorial integrity and sovereignty," Corpus told a forum.

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China has built artificial islands in the South China Sea and equipped them with runways, missile systems, and communication facilities.
It also seized control of Scarborough Shoal following a standoff with the Philippine Navy over Chinese poachers caught in 2012.
Asked what the Philippines should do in the face of China's construction in the disputed islands, Corpus said: "They fortify whatever they have now. We fortify whatever we have. Status quo."

"But we cannot prevent them (and say) 'You don't build this or build' that because they will not agree and if you meddle with those things, you will have war," he said.

Corpus said the Philippines need not bring up the arbitral ruling if it could agree with China to set aside their respective sovereignty claims and focus on other areas of cooperation.

Last May, both sides began a bilateral consultation mechanism that would eventually tackle the maritime dispute.

"Even if we debate for a hundred or even a thousand years, we will never come to an agreement and eventually, we will go to war," Corpus said.

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Re: Re-visiting "Silent War" by Victor Corpuz
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2018, 03:30:30 PM »
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Revisiting "Silent War" by Victor Corpuz
on: September 22, 2007, 09:12:27 PM

Its been 18 years since publication of "Silent War", written by AFP defector-turned-rebel returnee Victor Corpuz, in 1989. Many changes have happened since then:

-> Corazon Aquino was still president, and the fate of Hacienda Luisita in the face of land reform was still uncertain

-> The Philippine Constabulary was still part of the AFP

-> Cellphones had not yet become ubiquitous, and recommendations in the book centered around providing radios to the barangay intelligence nets

-> Corpus was still a Lieutenant Colonel. He later became Brigadier General, and ISAFP head

The book's opening chapter set the tone for the document: a critical assessment of the AFP's counter-insurgency campaign:

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It would be sheer disaster, for instance, for the AFP to fight off poential Threat Forces by applying the AIRLAND BATTLE DOCTRINES enunciated in US Field Manuals. Such doctrinces and strategies may be well suited to the armed forces of major powers like the United States, but certainly not to the AFP which does not have the means and resources for applying such doctrines. Equally disastrous for the AFP would be to base its counter-insurgency strategy on the "Low Intensity Conflict" Field Manuals of the US Army. Such strategies and tactics on counter-insurgency have proved deficient in actual practice. For the AFP to blindly follow such doctrines is like "cutting the feet to fit the shoes".

The book called for an indigenous doctrine would govern the AFP's conduct of the fight against the CPP/NPA (the MNLF/MILF were not taken up). According to the "About the author" section, then LTC Corpuz was supposed to have been assigned to AFP J-3 (Operations) to work with the rest of the staff to finalize the strategy of "war of quick decision", which was the AFP's answer to the NPA's "protracted war" strategy.

Posts on this forum, however, suggest that this particular change has not occurred.

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Quote from: drkula on February 15, 2007, 05:42:38 AM
Training-wise, the officer corps of the AFP is basically trained for conventional warfare. All the required schoolings (Basic, Advance and GSC courses) are geared towards conventional war fighting.  As late as 2001, COIN subjects were added to these courses as there was a clamor to  come up with a COIN doctrine. As far as I know, none was yet adopted as every officer has its own unique experience that he considers effective. Everyone would love to say "ganito ginawa ko sa area ko....." so the specifics of COIN have been left to the imagination of the ground commanders while conventional warfare is central  knowlegde to all officers, supposedly.

This begs the question: What else has not changed?

-> How much of OPLAN KATATAGAN remains part of OPLAN BANTAY LAYA? The book was particularly critical of uncoordinated conduct of CMO & combat operations under KATAGAN, as well as its alleged reliance on Vietnam-style search and destroy operations

-> How widespread are Special Operations Teams in the different IBs?

-> Do we still spread our forces thin by maintaining static detachments?

-> How differently are today's CAFGU employed compared with martial law era CHDF?

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Re: Revisiting "Silent War" by Victor Corpuz
Reply #1 on: September 23, 2007, 07:15:50 PM

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Quote from: Adroth on September 22, 2007, 09:12:27 PM

-> How much of OPLAN KATATAGAN remains part of OPLAN BANTAY LAYA? The book was particularly critical of uncoordinated conduct of CMO & combat operations under KATAGAN, as well as its alleged reliance on Vietnam-style search and destroy operations

-> How widespread are Special Operations Teams in the different IBs?

-> Do we still spread our forces thin by maintaining static detachments?

-> How differently are today's CAFGU employed compared with martial law era CHDF?

I will try to answer this questions as best as I can considering the sensitive nature of the topic (Assessments of the AFP's ISO Oplans are classified).

1. Oplan Bantay Laya builds upon the successful Oplan Lambat Bitag (OLB) presented in Silent War albeit with certain modifications (btw, the OLB was successful in bringing the enemy's strength .

2. The AFP still has a shortage of SOT-trained personnel (AFP SOT Center to provide better administrative support).

3. On the issue of detachments, the AFP still continues to deploy in static detachments.

4. CAFGU detachments have become more effective with the cadre battalion system. Their patrol bases have become hard targets. To illustrate, news  reports show the trend that NPA raids have now shifted to PNP detachments.

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Re: Revisiting "Silent War" by Victor Corpuz
Reply #6 on: September 24, 2007, 06:47:14 PM

There are already efforts under way in fostering cooperation between the AFP and PNP through the issuance of several memorandas of agreement.

In the provincial, municipal/city level there are local peace and order councils that include among other policymakers (E.g. local executives, NGOs) the heads of AFP and PNP units in the area.

In fact in the "HOLD" phase the PNP is involved along with CAFGUs and CVOs in organizing an integrated territorial defense system.

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The PNP is under the Department of Interior and Local Government and is tasked to play a supporting role in internal security.

The Defense Planning Guidance is concerned mainly with the DND to include:

1. AFP
2. Government Arsenal
3. PVAO
4. Office Civil Defense
5. National Defense College of the Philippines
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Re: Re-visiting "Silent War" by Victor Corpuz
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2018, 09:07:01 AM »
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