Communist Parties will seldom put the life of an individual before the “cause“. Killing one’s own allies for political advantage is certainly not unheard of in the movement. One of the best known examples occurred in the Philippines.
In 1971, in Manila the podium at an anti-Marcos, Liberal Party rally at the Plaza Miranda, was destroyed by two fragmentation grenades, killing nine people. Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos blamed the Communist Party of the Philippines and used it to justify declaring martial law. The people mainly blamed Marcos and sympathy for the Communists increased.
Several years later former Communists revealed that the bombing was carried out by Communist Party member Danny Cordero and planned by Party leader, Jose Maria Sison. According to writer Gregg Jones “Sison correctly calculated that the bombing would increase the ‘contradictions’ between the ruling classes, increase Communist Party membership and lead to greater cooperation with legal political opposition parties”
, about the Communist Party of the Philippines assassination of former New People’s Army chief Romulo “Rolly” Kintanar, Nathan Quimpo, a former member of the CPP’s International Department, had this to say.
In 1986, during a Politburo discussion on who should replace the newly-resigned Rodolfo Salas as party chairperson, Kintanar, newly promoted to the Politburo, pushed for an internal party investigation of the Plaza Miranda bombing. He was overruled, however. (Back in 1972, Kintanar had been present when Danny Cordero, an able NPA commander, made an astounding confession just before he was executed by the party for insubordination: that he had thrown the grenades at Plaza Miranda in 1971 and that Sison himself had ordered the bombing.)