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©ALECS ONGCAL/EPA/MAXPPP - epa07250079 Fighters of the New People's Army-Melito Glor Command (NPA-MGC) gather at an undisclosed location in the mountains of Sierra Madre in Quezon Province, south of Manila, Philippines, 26 December 2018, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines (issued 27 December 2018). New People's Army rebels celebrate the founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in small groups to avoid military operations according to a media release by the CPP information bureau. The CPP was established along Maoist lines on 26 December 1968, by then university professor Jose Maria Sison and a handful of followers who broke away from the old Soviet-oriented party.