Citizens Against Communism Army (CACA) (Philippines)

Country: Philippines
Details of Formation: In February 1987 peace talks between the government and the rebels failed. President Aquino promised to unsheathe the sword of war in case of peace talk failure. Subsequently, anti-Communist groups, including the CACA proliferated. The CACA were first mentioned in a news source of 4 April 1987.
Details of Termination: Through Executive Order No. 275, President Aquino dissolved all paramilitary units from 15 July 1987 onwards. As there is no (pro-government) evidence for the CACA after this order, the PGM is regarded as banned/dissolved.
Purpose: The CACA, being civilian vigilantes, were considered to be able to deny the insurgents the sanctuary of the villages: They were able to spy on their neighbors and deliver rough justice to suspected Communist sympathizers. Due to their civilian nature, they could commit atrocities that the regular troops could not commit without public outcry.
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Treatment of Civilians: According to a news source, human rights groups complained of vigilante atrocities. We have no further information on the exact nature and target of these atrocities.
Other Information: The CACA is a community-based anti-communist group.
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.