Jo Lapira: ‘tiny activist with big dreams’, or ENEMY casualty?

Big ‘activist’ dreams: the late Jo Lapira in action.

Most mainstream news reports and opinion pieces about University of the Philippines (UP) Manila student Jo Lapira who was among the dead following a clash between the Philippine military and the New People’s Army (NPA) in Batangas the other day report who she was to friends. Rappler, for one, cites how Lapira was “a tiny activist with big dreams.”

But according to an Inquirer report, Lapira may have been a combatant and, as such, an enemy casualty in the Philippines’ war against the NPA…

Lapera [sic] was the 15th fatality in the encounter between New People’s Army rebels and the Philippine Air Force in Nasugbu Batangas on Tuesday evening.

Fourteen rebels were killed in the clash while two Air Force officials were wounded. Of the 15, five of them were female, [Police Sr. Supt. Alden Delvo, Batangas provincial director] said.

Lapira was also reportedly a one-time deputy chairman of GABRIELA, an advocacy group supposedly focused on furthering women’s issues but, underneath this veneer, maintains close ties with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

Back in 2012, groups composed of former “Red rebels” jointly named GABRIELA as one of several militant groups that are “fronts for the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), its armed wing New People’s Army (NPA) and their negotiating panel the National Democratic Front (NDF).”

The rebel returnee groups went on to say that the Makabayan groups with sitting representatives in Congress were channeling their P70-million pork barrel to fund the NPA.

“How can party-list groups that support the overthrow of the government and the country’s political system be allowed to participate in the party-list elections?” [People’s Advocacy for Collaboration and Empowerment (PEACE) president Agnes Lopez] said in an e-mailed statement.

As an affiliate of the CPP, GABRIELA also seems to enjoy certain special “services” from the NPA. Back in 2004, the Philippine Star featured a Philippine Police report asserting how the NPA “mobilized local cadres and followers to ensure the victory of six leftist party-list groups” in the national elections held that year. Among these, GABRIELA was also named.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Mendoza, a senior police intelligence officer who has worked in counter-insurgency operations for the past 20 years, said CPP-NPA chairman Jose Ma. Sison has given the marching orders to the members of the local communist movement to use all means to ensure that these party-list groups gain a seat in the House of Representatives.

Mendoza identified the groups being supported by the CPP-NPA as Bayan Muna, Anak ng Bayan, Gabriela Women’s Party, Anak Pawis, Migrante and the Suara Bangsamoro Party.

What Sison meant by using “all means” to win the election is subject to debate, although most Filipinos would have a pretty clear idea what that really means.

So perhaps, Jo Lapira may have been a “tiny activist with big dreams” to her friends. But to the rest of Filipinos, she could likely be just another casualty in their country’s war against a persistent terrorist threat.


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There are casualties in war. Those who don’t make it back to a place of sound hopes and dreams. Some take on their demons alone. They are deceived into fearlessness and trampled by the hooves of their oppressor.

Besides intervention, there is little justice for the thousands-upon-thousands hacked to pieces all around us.

How dare we try to take life to the next level. Instead of merely protecting ourselves or scrounging up our next meal, we have the audacity to hope for something more — a witness for our lives who will survive alongside us.

Dick S. O\'Rosary

Gosh. She spent 6 years in UP jumping from course to course. What a stereotype! There’s a reason why the cautionary tale of the worried parent telling their child about to enter UP is warned not to associate with freethinkers, fratmen and militants–these groups can ruin your lives.


Never trust Communists, they will never surrender, their ideology is rooted in envy and a black and white view in the world where they are the good guys while the bad guys are anyone they deem “Anti-Revolutionary”


When you close with the sentence, ‘ But to the rest of Filipinos, she could likely be just another casualty in their country’s war against a persistent terrorist threat.’ do you mean she was an active participant in the NPA group when she died or that she was ‘collateral damage’ of the Philippines Military during the clash?

She was forced to join them & not really a victim of the so-called “human rights violation” or EJK by our authorities. Do you think we could fool them by their propaganda & excuses? No way, we don’t want their ideology to rule our land, and if they become the rulers to our country, it’s gonna be as worst as North Korea, Cambodia under Khmer Rouge & former Soviet Union. We will build more nuclear weapons as a “Filipino Pride” & use it to defend our country from the threat of foreign invasion while the Filipino people will starve to… Read more »
“Youth is wasted on the young”, they used to say. If you send your daughter or son, to a universities, like the : University of the Philippines. You send him or her, to learn about the subjects, of the field, he/she is hoping to finish and graduate. Not waste his/her time on bankrupt political ideology like : communism. Jo Lapira, the NPA casualty is a good example. Her parents, may have been slaving to earn money to send her, to college and give her a good education. So that, after graduation; she can have a good job and a good… Read more »

Wonder what her “big dreams” were. If it involved imposing her beliefs and views on others, and likely they are SJW things, then it’s not a dream, it’s a nightmare. Sadly, that nightmare consumed her before she could grow out of it. Yes, another Stockholm Syndrome victim at war casualty, as I see it.

Communism died by committing ideological suicide. No missiles had to be fired to bring down the Berlin wall, nor for China and Vietnam to embrace capitalism. So the CPP-NPA no longer fights for any valid belief system. All this loser group represents now is pure unadulterated extortion -> pay up or we’ll threaten to unleash organized terrorism. The best thing to do with these hopelessly brainwashed people is to give them “free land” in Basilan along with every brand of those Islamic trouble makers (ASG, BIFF, IS-Maute…). After 10 years, they’ll end up practically wiping each other out. End of… Read more »
When Failipino’s finally WAKE THE FUCK UP they will see that the current form of government they have, and have had for over 60 years, is rotten to the core and that no Leader or Saviour or anything of the sort is coming to their rescue or that of the country . Meanwhile, As the country continues to sink below the likes of Bangla-FRIKKIN-desh on the ‘quality of life’ scale and Filipino’s can not find a job that would pay a decent wage anywhere in the country (Call Center Agent is not a good job, its pauper wages!) there are… Read more »

atleast she was not yellow

Wilson Caubat

Idealism is like the music by the pied piper (Joma Sison) who lured the innocent yet willing victims to their destruction. The problem with Filipinos, there is no concerted and vigorous efforts to expose the crimes of Joma Sison and his ilks before the Europeans… there’s no anti-communist network to counter the leftist propaganda… no visible organization that takes that cudgel in behalf and for the Filipinos…. it is one aspect that we Filipinos fail…