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The Death of PFC Bacolbacol of 61st IB is Justice for Rodelyn Aguirre


“We have no means of filing a case, what we do want is ‘dorog’ for the child that was killed.” This was the statement of the family of Rodelyn Aguirre, the 6 year old Tumanduk girl who died on March 11, 2012 from an explosion caused by the explosion of a grenade launcher fired from the detachment of the 61st IB situated near their home in Brgy Tacayan, Tapaz, Capiz. Dorog is part of the Tumanduk culture requiring payment in death for the debt of life as a way of getting justice. In spite of the obvious facts, the military still strongly denied their crimes and, in their desperation to avoid a criminal suit, even offered P5,000 to members of the Aguirre family to testify in their favour. This is a testament of how the AFP values human life and the tumanduk way of life, a testament to how cheaply they price the lives of tumanduk children.

With the cries for justice for Rodelyn and all other victims of the butcher battalion firmly in grasp, a team of Red fighters crept up to within, more or less, 10 meters, and harrassed the PDT detachment in Brgy Tacayan, Tapaz, Capiz at around 7 o’clock in the morning of September 8, 2012. The 14-man force inside the detachment had no idea that Red fighters were already lying in wait just outside the detachment, since 4:30 in the morning. When a target presented itself, the Red fighters opened fire in unison and retreated safely under cover fire by another team positioned farther away. From this action was the confirmed death of Pfc Maximo Bacolbacol, a member of the 61st IB and others were possibly injured. Lt Col Sab-it deceitfully stated that what had happened was an encounter and that the NPA suffered several casualties.

This is the second time that Red Fighters of the NPA crept up and opened fire to a PDT detachment of the 61st IB. Last May 14, 2012 Red Fighters also crept up to the PDT detachment in Brgy Acuña and detonated a claymore mine buried inside their detachment. Unbeknownst to the reactionary forces, red fighters have buried 3 claymores inside their detachment several days ago. The red fighters took advantage of the times when military troops left their detachment and buried the claymores in their absence. 5 of the 10 military personnel fled in fright towards the homes of civilians when the claymore went off, leaving their 5 other companions wailing in fear. To hide their shame, the 61st IB and 3rd ID command has again piled lie upon lie, stating that the claymore went off while their troops were patrolling outside the military detachment.

These actions were successfully done by the Red Fighters of the NPA due to the strong support of the revolutionary mass base. This is contrary to the statements of the military that they now have the sympathy and support of the people. The life-and-death struggle of the NPA and the people in central Panay has reached 4 decades, and will not easily be destroyed by Oplan bayanihan using old, recycled tactics of violence and deceit. The struggle has fought and frustrated the fascism of Martial law and the following Oplan Lambat Bitag and Oplan Bantay Laya and has already frustrated the first year and a half of Oplan Bayanihan. Instead of being “extracted”, what the AFP considers the “molar” of the revolutionary movement in Panay, the Central Front has continued to grow stronger.

Jurie Guerrero


Jose Percival Estocada, Jr. Command

Central Panay

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Davao Today's Interview with Luis G. Jalandoni


Interview with Luis G. Jalandoni

Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel

By Marilou Aguirre-Tuburan

Managing Editor, davaotoday.com

Read article in Davao Today: NDFP calls GPH Panel Chair’s accusations “malicious, unfounded”


The NDFP apology and indemnification stand in stark contrast to the denial of responsibility by the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the Hacienda Luisita massacre in November 2004 and the killing of nine-year-old Grecil Buya in Kahayag village, Compostela Valley in March 2007.


Davao Today, an online news magazine, has been following the story of the 01 September Paquibato blast incident in Fatima village, Paquibato District, Davao City.


We were there when the Third Party Facilitators helped in the release of the NDFP indemnification of 5,000 pesos to the blast victims.


In reaction to the said event, Peace Panel Chair Alexander Padilla of the government of the Repulic of the Philippines (GPH) issued a statement which was posted in the OPAPP website last 21 September. In this light, we hope to get your reaction on the following points raised by GPH’s Padilla:


1. That the indemnification of the New People’s Army is just “stopgap and clouding the issue of violation of international humanitarian law and Philippine law;”

Luis Jalandoni (LJ): The NPA’s indemnification is not a stop gap measure. It goes with an apology and is in accordance with the revolutionary movement’s principles and policies. It does not becloud the issue of violation of international humanitarian law. It respects international humanitarian law.


It is Alex Padilla who is attempting to becloud the blatant violations of international humanitarian law by the GPH in setting up military detachments amidst civilian communities, carrying out military occupation of communities suspected of supporting the revolutionary movement and instituting a reign of terror through rampant human rights violations of civilians.


The declaration of the NDFP Regional Council of Southern Mindanao of September 12 is very clear. The indemnification is carried out by the people’s democratic government in accordance with its revolutionary principles and policies, enumerated in the declaration. GPH Panel Chair Padilla’s accusation is malicious and unfounded, not worthy of his position as GPH Panel Chair.


The NDFP apology and indemnification stand in stark contrast to the denial of responsibility by the AFP for the massacre in Hacienda Luisita in November 2004 and by no means giving any indemnification to the victims and their families. There is also the case of 9 year-old Grecil Buya falsely accused by the military as an NPA child soldier. Her father was falsely accused as having recruited Grecil and both parents were harassed by the military. No apology, no indemnification from the AFP! There are many other similar cases of AFP denial of responsibility.


2. That the “indemnification has been raised only now” despite the alleged “countless civilian victims of collateral damage in over four decades of the Communist insurgency;


LJ: Mr. Padilla makes another false statement. He should get the facts before shooting his mouth. There have been previous cases of indemnification carried out by the revolutionary movement in accordance with its revolutionary principles. These are well recorded.

The numerous victims caused by a succession of GRP/GPH so-called counter-insurgency programs, dictated by the US government, cannot be imputed to the people’s resistance that engages in a disciplined armed liberation struggle in accordance with international humanitarian law and its revolutionary principles.


In attempting to blame the people for their just resistance against oppression and exploitation, Alex Padilla has now come to the rescue of the hated Marcos martial law regime which had committed hundreds of thousands of human rights violations during its 14 year-rule. He also defends the equally brutal record of the Arroyo regime in its dirty war against the national democratic movement.


3. That the “demands of justice are predicated on a rule of law and cannot be met by one-off payments;”


LJ: The sham rule of law under the reactionary government (GRP/GPH) is characterized by impunity for the more than 1,200 extrajudicial killings and more than 200 enforced disappearances under the Arroyo regime, carried on under the Aquino regime with the addition of more than 100 extrajudicial killings, including the killings of Italian missionary Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio and Dutch development worker, Willem Geertman. There is a long list of other gross human rights violations running through from the Cory Aquino regime down to the current Benigno Aquino III regime.

In contrast to the reactionary government’s so-called rule of law is the rule of justice in accordance with pro-people principles of the people’s democratic government. The NDFP website (www.ndfp.net) can be accessed to secure the pertinent documents. Widespread support of workers, peasants and other oppressed sectors are powerful testimony of their appreciation of the revolutionary rule of justice.


4. That the CPP-NPA’s “revolutionary justice” was allegedly exposed as a “sham” and/or “without regard to the rule of law including basic rights (e.g. the right to counsel, to evidence).” Mr. Padilla even quoted the 2008 report of United Nations Special Rapporteur Philip Alston;


LJ: Mr. Padilla should read the testimonies of Brig. Gen. Victor Obillo (now deceased), Majors Francisco and Bernal and other prisoners of war (POWs) about the humane treatment accorded to them. The late Atty. Romeo T. Capulong, NDFP Chief Legal Counsel and United Nations Judge, formulated in January 2000, the Updated NDFP Position on the Issue of Prisoners of War and the GRP-NDFP Peace Negotiations. This guarantees to the POWs their right to a fair trial before a duly constituted people’s tribunal or court martial and all the guarantees of due process. The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session in 1980, chaired by Nobel Laureate George Wald, declared the NDFP “legitimate representative of the Filipino people” and its armed struggle as a belligerency in accordance with international humanitarian law.


5. That, allegedly, more civilians will be “caught in the crossfire” as long as “the CPP-NPA pursues armed struggle as the primary means to achieve its goals;”


LJ: The documentation by KARAPATAN and other human rights organizations in the Philippines and abroad proves that the greatest number of victims of human rights violations are due to indiscriminate attacks by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Citizens Armed Forces – Geographical Units (CAFGU).


6. That the CPP-NPA allegedly continues the “use of land mines and child soldiers” even though these have been “raised by the GPH Peace Panel in on-and-off talks with its CPP-NPA-NDF counterparts;”


LJ: It has been proven that the CPP-NPA use only command-detonated land mines, which are not prohibited by the Ottawa Treaty or other international humanitarian law. These command-detonated land mines are a legitimate weapon against the AFP that uses indiscriminate bombardment, artillery firing and strafing of civilian homes and communities.


The allegation that the CPP-NPA uses child soldiers has been proven false by a scientific field research by IBON Foundation in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) published in 2007. “Uncounted Lives, Children, Women & Conflict in the Philippines. A Needs Assessment of Children and Women Affected by Armed Conflict for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). In his foreword, UNICEF Representative, Dr. Nicholas K. Alipui stated: among others, “I take this opportunity to thank the IBON Foundation, our research partner, for its excellent work and its exemplary commitment to adhere to the scientific, academic and ethical standards required by UNICEF in this study.”


7. That the “demands of peace must be negotiated peacefully at the table and not through gunfire and the torching of establishments.”


LJ: The NDFP has negotiated and signed twelve bilateral agreements with the GRP, including The Hague Joint Declaration, The Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). The NDFP is ready to continue negotiations on social and economic reforms and political and constitutional reforms.


But the GPH has reneged on its obligations according to these agreements and shows no political will to continue negotiations. The Aquino government has also ignored the NDFP’s offer of truce and alliance in a special track of the peace negotiations. The GPH Panel and the OPAPP (Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process) appear to be interested only in making propaganda attacks against the revolutionary movement. There is no political will to move towards negotiations on social and economic reforms and fulfill its obligations in accordance with binding bilateral agreements.

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NDF-FarSouth Mindanao condemns 27th IB's ruthless and barbaric attacks against Lumad civilians



The 27th IB commanding officer Lt. Col. Alexis Noel Bravo’s contentions that his troop conducted a raid, killing 2 armed members of the NPA in Brgy. Telafas, Colombio on September 29 is a sheer highfalutin and shameless fibbing of the facist to conceal their ruthless and barbaric act towards the innocent civilians.


Their victims were ordinary peasants and innocent civilian residents, not NPA members, and no legitimate military encounter happened. Past 3 o’clock at dawn, the patrolling Army indiscriminately strafe the farm shack where the victims are sleeping. Dead on the spot were Andy Datuwata, a 24 year old farmer, and Ronald Malley, a 16 years old freshman in Brgy. Telafas National High School. The facists also apprehended Tata Malley, 22 years old, mauled him before turning him over to the police station in Colombio town. The victims are Tiruray residents in the area.


The NDF-FSMR strongly condemns this inhuman attack done by the 27th IB against the civilians. We also express our sympathy to the families, the Tiruray folks and friends of the victims at the time of their grief, pain and injustice.


The 27th IB inisists that the rifles they recovered in the crime scene are substantial “proof” or “evidences” to establish that the victims are NPA guerillas. But it has long been known in Colombio that possessing and retaining firearms is common among the locals for their defense. Keeping arms is a traditional practise of the Lumads, and having at least one have become necessary for their survival and for living.


This ferocious crime committed by the 27th IB is a blatant and grave breach of the CARHRIHL and the laws espousing the protection of human rights. Furthermore, it unambiguously hounds the rights and the life and being of the Lumad minority and young victims. Such barbaric act is the character and a usual practise of the 27th IB in carrying out their duties as mercenary defenders of foreign agribusinesses and mining companies. This is a manifestation of the real implementation of PNoy’s Oplan Bayanihan which apparently promotes and protects “peace and development”.


The Malley and Datuwata families and their Tiruray folks are the occupants of Sinalkuhan, Brgy. Telafas and tillers of the lands persistently been aimed for agricultural plantations and mining operations. The area is within the FTAA acquired formerly by the Western Mining Corporation and now owned by the Xstrata-SMI, the company currently bankrolling the operations conducted by the 27th IB and PNP in the area. These families and their Tiruray folks strongly opposes the agri-plantations ang large-scale mining.


The 27th IB elements’ wicked and spiteful killing of Ronald Malley and Anthony Datuwata adds up to the lengthy list of violations and bloody crimes perpetrated by the AFP against the people. Never would the innocent civilians put behind the fierceful attacks meted out by the AFP against them such as the brutal killings of Rogelio Lagaru in Brgy. Datal Blao, Colombio in 2006; Boy Sarino in Sityo Tinansang, Brgy. Palavilla, Lutayan in 2008; Tuliano Dalumatan in Sityo Takol, Brgy. Sinapulan, Colombio in 2009; Boy Billanes in Koronadal City in 2008; the Bolani family massacre in Sityo Latil, Brgy. Abnate, Kiablawan in 2004; and many others.


The executors of these crimes, the 27th IB led by Lt. Col. Bravo, the AFP, and the US-Aquino regime who is the real tyrant behind these ploys, are accountable and must be punished for the recurring offenses, injuries, and injustices they wreak onto the innocent civilians.

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NDFP condemns Aquino regime's violations of human rights and international humanitarian law


No matter how hard the administration tries to spin Aquino’s “tuwid na daan” (straight path) and that the people are his “bosses”, these weavers of lies can’t hide the fact that the masses continue to suffer under the Aquino regime.


The “tuwid na daan” is, in fact, the people’s road to Calvary. Extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, demolitions of homes, military operations and forced evacuations, soaring prices and low wages – these are the marks of the Aquino regime’s “tuwid na daan”.


Numerous victims of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law cry out for justice. The documented violations expose the inhuman anti-people character of the regime.


The reality experienced by the people is brought out in this documentation by human rights alliance KARAPATAN.


The following are the violations by the regime’s security forces from 01 July 2010 until 30 June 2012, among others:


Atrocities committed Number of victims Forced evacuation 29,465 Use of schools, medical & religious facilities, and ther public places for military purposes 14,620 Extrajudicial killings 99 Enforced disappearances 11 Torture 67 Frustrated extrajudicial killings 60 Rape (all victims are minors) 3 Illegal arrest and detention 216 Forced eviction / demolition 7,008 Indiscriminate firing 6,721 Use of civilians in police and/or military operations, as guides and/or shields 206


In addition, there is the extrajudicial killing of Dutch development worker, Willem Geertman, 67, on 3 July 2012.


The above figures demonstrate the massive violations by the Aquino regime of the Geneva Conventions, Protocols I and II additional thereto, and other international humanitarian laws. These are also violations of the GRP-NDFP Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

The cry for justice of the many thousands of victims fall on the deaf ears of Benigno Aquino III who only listens to his true bosses – the US government, foreign multinationals, and local big landlords and compradors.


It is the exploited and oppressed people, their organizations and the revolutionary forces who will continue to fight and obtain the justice they cry for.



Chairperson, Negotiating Panel

National Democratic Front of the Philippines

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CPP denounces docking of another US nuclear submarine


The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today denounced as an outright violation of Philippine national sovereignty the docking of another US nuclear attack submarine at the former US naval base in Subic, Zambales.


The USS Olympia (SSN-717), described as a Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarine, docked yesterday at Subic. It is the fourth American naval vessel to have have docked in Manila and Subic over the past two months. The USS North Carolina and USS Hawaii, both nuclear submarines and the naval warship USS Milius and submarine tender USS Frank Cable have successively docked in Philippine ports since August.


“The increasingly frequent dockings of American naval warships in the Philippines mark heightened US military presence and intervention in the Asia-Pacific region,” said the CPP. “In collaboration with the Aquino government, the US has been using the Philippines as one of its military outposts in launching interventionist operations and for refuelling, resupply and the rest and recreation of its military personnel.”


The CPP also denounced the ongoing PHIBLEX exercises being held in various parts of Luzon involving 2,600 US and 1,200 AFP soldiers. “The US military has been using these joint military exercises and so-called ‘humanitarian assistance and disaster response’ operations in order to continuously deploy thousands of American soldiers in various parts of the country.”


American troops have been arriving in the Philippines since the first week of September and are scheduled to stay until October 18. American soldiers have maintained their presence in Zambales, Palawan and Cavite over the past few weeks.


“At any given time, the US military has thousands of military personnel in the Philippines, most of which are permanently stationed in the Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF-Philippines) headquarters inside Camp Navarro in Zamboanga City,” said the CPP.

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Two different stories about peace processes in the Phillipines.


The government seems to have come to some sort of agreement with Islamists http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/1007/philippines-government-announce-rebel-peace-deal.html, but at the same time is arresting Communist negotiators http://www.philippinerevolution.net/statements/cpp-condemns-arrest-of-ndfp-consultant-from-southern-tagalog

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Advance the antifeudal struggle, intensify the people's war



Advancing struggles for genuine land reform is among the critical tasks needed to push the people’s war to the next stage of the strategic stalemate. Conducting antifeudal struggles on a broader scale, level and intensity and mobilizing peasants in their millions will serve as the foundation for achieving a new level of guerrilla warfare and establishing organs of political power.


The land reform program is the main content of the people’s democratic revolution. It is the principal demand of the peasantry, the main force of the democratic revolution. It is the key link in advancing the revolutionary mass movement in the countryside ang mobilizing millions of peasants for the national-democratic revolution.


In the main, the revolutionary forces have been implementing the minimum program of land reform, which involves reducing land rent, raising the wages of farm workers, raising the farmgate prices of the peasants’ agricultural products, raising production and income and encouraging various forms of cooperation.


Wherever possible, the maximum program of land confiscation is implemented, which involves the occupation of public, abandoned or donated lands, subjecting these to the authority of democratic people’s power, administering them through the peasant associations and implementing various forms of collectivization.


In the more than four decades of the Philippine democratic revolution, it has been clearly established that the implementation of land reform is the key to the advance of the revolutionary mass movement in the countryside.


Until the beginning of the 1980s, antifeudal struggles steadily advanced alongside the intensification of armed struggle and the estbalishment of the people’s democratic government. Millions of peasants were mobilized and benefited from the gains achieved in these struggles.


But due to disorientation, the implementation of the land reform program waned. The revolutionary forces were unable to take advantage of accumulated gains to advance to a higher level. This resulted in the noticeable weakening of mass organizations and declines in the militancy, consciousness and political activities of the masses. Armed struggle concomitantly weakened.


The Second Great Rectification Movement of 1992 called for the revival of peasant associations, the various mass organizations and organs of political power. The New People’s Army utilized the greater part of its time in establishing the organized strength of the masses and advancing struggles for land reform.


In accordance with the calls and directives of the CPP central leadership in 2009 to advance the people’s war to the next stage of the strategic stalemate, a number of the Party’s leading committees summed up their experiences in advancing antifeudal struggles and implementing the land reform program in their respective areas of jurisdiction. Their goals was to determine how the revolutionary program for land reform could be advanced to a higher stage and how the peasant masses could be mobilized in their numbers.


There is a need to sum up experiences to identify what problems have been encountered in hewing to the class line in the establishment of peasant associations and in implementing the land reform program. It is likewise necessary to analyze how the revolutionary forces have relied on the strength of the most oppressed and exploited strata of the peasantry and how, in certain situations, rich peasant and petty bourgeois influence became dominant and resulted in the neglect of peasant associations and local Party branches. There is a need to study experiences in implementing land reform, achieving changes in the relations of production and economic status of the peasant masses and what new forms of feudal and semifeudal exploitation have persisted and returned.


Higher Party committees up to the regional level have been leading current efforts in advancing struggles for land reform. They have been guiding and training new cadres and Red fighters, local Party branches and peasant associations, conducting social investigation to determine the concrete conditions of the peasant masses in their areas of jurisdiction and drafting plans on how to advance land reform struggles on a broader scale from the inter-barrio level upwards.


For the past several months, these committees have been leading dynamic antifeudal struggles in various guerrilla fronts in different areas of the country and reinvigorating militant mass struggles. In launching these struggles, formerly passive local Party branches and peasant associations have been reactivated. There are allout efforts to repair these organizations, launch mass assemblies, conduct social investigation and class analysis. Mass discussions, education, propaganda and organizing have become vibrant.


By mobilizing the masses to conduct class analysis in the barrio, the peasant associations have been reestablished on the basis of the strength of the basic strata of the peasantry. Committees have been formed for interbarrio coordination in order to expand the scope of antifeudal struggles. The dynamism of the peasant associations has been unleashed and women and youth associations have become active. Old and new mass leaders have strengthened their militancy, ably representing the interests of the peasantry in negotiations and confrontations with landlords and merchants.


In these areas, important economic gains have been achieved, including reduced land rent, higher farm workers’ wages and lower interest on loans, among others. Policies on weighing and pricing farm produce have been adopted and the prices of goods in local stores reduced. Various forms of cooperation and collective work on communal land have been implemented for individual or collective gain. Last year alone, tens of thousands of families benefited from such gains.


News of successful antifeudal struggles are spreading like wildfire in the municipalities where these have been launched, spurring peasants in nearby areas to take action. The prestige of peasant associations has been raised and their authority recognized even in the town centers. Their alliances with the middle forces have been strengthened and expanded, and the support of enlightened landlords tested.


Mass organizations steeled in the furnace of antifeudal struggles have been confronting militarization in their villages more courageously. They have forged plans of action to vigorously and militantly confront the presence of fascist soldiers, conduct propaganda in the mass media and muster support from various personalities and organizations. They have formed their defense committees and people’s militia units and coordinate with local units of the people’s army. Recruitment of new Red fighters has further stepped up.


The experiences of guerrilla fronts that have successfully launched antifeudal campaigns must be closely studied by Party committees and the general membership. They must draw lessons to guide them in correctly combining the conduct of antifeudal campaigns, the strengthening of the mass base and advancing armed struggle to the next higher stage. These lessons must become a source of inspiration to the peasant masses nationwide in advancing struggles for genuine land reform and intensifying the people’s war.


Let us likewise draw lessons from experiences in forging the democratic strength of the peasant masses by raising their political consciousness and conducting political education among them and unleashing the initiative of peasant associations under the guidance and correct political leadership of the Party and with the support of the people’s army.


Genuine land reform is the consistent demand of millions of Filipino peasants. It is a cry that has grown stronger in the face of worsening forms of feudal and semifeudal exploitation.


Let antifeudal struggles spread like a prairie fire nationwide. Let us mobilize the peasantry in their millions to tread the path of armed revolution. It is the greatly resurgent peasantry, in solidarity with the toiling masses and the Filipino people that will bring people’s war to a new and higher stage of advance.

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Aquino's puppetry, militarism, rural oppression, duplicity dim prospects for peace agreement--CPP


While the Filipino revolutionary forces continue to exert efforts to push the Aquino regime to work for the resolution of the social roots of the raging armed conflict through peace negotiations, they are acutely aware that the prospects of forging a political settlement grows dimmer by the day as the reactionary Aquino government continues to veer sharply towards the path of puppetry to the US government, brutal militarism and rural oppression.


The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) issued this statement in reaction to announcements by Malacañang yesterday that the Philippine government (GPH) intends to resume peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), a day after revealing that a “Framework Agreement” is set to be signed between the GPH and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).


“The national democratic revolutionary forces reiterate their support for the historic struggle of the Moro people for self-determination,” said the CPP. “They express support for the MILF’s efforts to achieve the aspirations of the Moro people through peace negotiations and trusts that they will steadfastly hold on to the victories they have earned through revolutionary armed struggle and defend the Moro people against the oppressive Manila government.”


According to the CPP, “the Negotiating Panel of the NDFP continues to maintain office and will continue to communicate with its counterpart in the GPH with the aim of pushing forward peace negotiations. However, the revolutionary forces cannot simply stand down and watch as the Aquino regime continues to bow in servility to the US government, employ brutal militarism and trample on human rights and wage a war of suppression especially in the countryside.”


“All this make the Aquino regime increasingly hostile to the Filipino people’s aspirations for nationalism and democracy,” said the CPP.


“Clearly, the Filipino people’s demand for a just and lasting peace goes against the prevailing antipeople policies of the Aquino regime to pull down workers’ wages, demolish urban poor communities to clear the path for foreign-funded infrastructure projects, cut back on social spending, increase public transport fares, raise taxes, allow price increases, prevent land reform, encourage the operations of foreign mining companies, deploy armed soldiers in civilian communities and embolden its armed agents to violate human rights.”


“It is becoming more apparent that the Aquino regime does not want formal peace negotiations to move forward to the next agenda of socio-economic and political reforms,” said the CPP. “In line with the US-designed Oplan Bayanihan, it throws a monkey-wrench on the peace process by violating previous agreements on human rights and security guarantees, making the situation for NDFP negotiators and consultants untenable,” added the CPP.


Since January 2011, the Aquino regime has arrested a number of NDFP consultants including Tirso Alcantara, Alan Jazmines, Renante Gamara and recently, Benjamin Mendoza. It has also rearrested consultant Jaime Soledad a few months after his release in July 2011. Several other consultants of the NDFP arrested under the Arroyo regime continue to languish in jail. The military perpetrators of the abduction and disappearance of NDFP consultants Leo Velasco, Prudencio Calubid and Rogelio Calubad remain unpunished.


“The successive arrests of NDFP peace consultants since January 2011 are clearly an attempt by the Aquino regime to bog down formal peace negotiations,” said the CPP. “The GPH misrepresents the clamor for the release of NDFP consultants as a precondition for negotiations, when in fact, their arrests were in violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and their release, an standing obligation by the GPH under existing agreements.”

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Xstrata-SMI employs the 27th IB-AFP in waging ethnocide



The NDF-FSMR resiliently denounces, in its utmost expression, the 27th IB’s execution of a B’laan family in Brgy. Kimlawis, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur. This recent massacre of Lumads by the 27th IB involving women and children is yet another discernible terrorist exploit of the AFP shrouded by the so-called “peace and development operations” framework of Pnoy’s Oplan Bayanihan.


Early morning on October 18, elements of the 27th IB Alpha Coy patrolled the civilian community in Purok 1, Sitio Alyong, Brgy. Kimlawis apparently in the hunt for armed men sighted in the area. This led to the strafing of Lumad leader Daguil Capeon’s family household, killing his wife Jovy Malid-Capeon and their 2 minor children, and wounded a woman. This criminal doing attests the AFP’s unremitting violation of the human rights ang the GPH’s neglect and breach of the CARHRIHL.


The NDF-FSMR is expressing its sympathy and condolences for the victims’ family, our B’laan brothers and their friends at the time of their grief, pain and injustice.

Daguil Capeon is known for his firm and unfaltering resistance against the intrusion of Xstrata-SMI’s large-scale mining operations in the ancestral land of the B’laan tribe. He leads the B’laan natives in Bong Mal, the center of Xstrata-SMI’s gold and copper mine, in pursuing an armed resistance in defence of their tribe displaced by the said project. They learn and eventually adhere into the revolutionary principles and eventually adhere, and transformed their movement into Red pangayaw. Their struggle gained significant advances, and they carried out attacks against only the legitimate targets. They successfully disarmed the company guards and paramilitaries, ambushed patrolling government troopers, and damaged company facilities, provoking the Xstrata-SMI to suspend their operation.


The Xstrata-SMI nonetheless rely on GPH’s existing mining law, the Mining Act of 1995 (RA 7942) further affirmed by Pnoy’s EO#79, that decriminalizes large-scale mining companies’ plundering of our mineral resources, consents grave environmental destruction and allows disruption of the populace. The AFP further intensifies military presence in the area to ensure the company’s unimpeded operations.


The reactionary authorities and proponents of Xstrata-SMI dub Daguil Capeon and the Red pangayaw as bandits. But for the B’laan natives and the progressive anti-mining forces, they are icons of courage and heroism who fearlessly elevated their anti-mining struggle by taking arms. They endure the toughest sacrifices, even losing their loved ones, like the mercenary criminals have caused to Daguil Capeon.


Xstrata-SMI employs the 27th IB-AFP in waging an ethnocide. This is their means to seize the huge deposits of mineral resources within the Lumad’s ancestral land. Their greed of wealth inflicts forcible dislocation of tribal communities, prompted and worse the dissonance, splitting up and antagonism among the tribal people. In the midst of extensive condemnations and oppositions, the Xstrata-SMI has been vulnerably desperate, and unceasingly intensifying their bloody aggression versus the Loads.


The tribal people are helpless victims of incessant attacks by the state. In 1999, B’laan lider Gorilmin Malid was murdered by AFP elements in Datalbalao, Colombio at the time of their campaign against the Western Mining Corporation. Also brutally slain were Rogelio Lagaro in Brgy. Datalblao, Colombio in 2006; Boy Sarino in Sityo Tinansang, Brgy. Palavilla, Lutayan in 2008; and Tuliano Dalumatan in Sityo Takol, Brgy. Sinapulan, Colombio in 2009. The 27th IB – AFP is also responsible for the massacre of the Bolani family in Sityo Latil, Brgy. Abnate, Kiablawan in 2004, and the strafing incident in Telafas, Colombio last September 29 that killed Tiruray youths Andy Datuwata and Ronald Malley.


The liquidation of anti-mining activists such as the case of Boy Billanes in 2009, the massacre of civilians especially the Lumads, and the merciless butchery of women and minors is terribly rampant. This is the mercenary 27th IB’s way of exerting Xstrata-SMI’s defence and domination. Xsrata-SMI, defying the heightening mining opposition of the masses, is 27th IB’s backer and conspirator, obviously benefitting from the extermination of their oppositionists.

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CPP condemns hosting of nuclear interventionist warship USS George Washington



The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today condemned the docking today at Manila Bay of the USS George Washington (CVN-73), one of the largest nuclear-capable aircraft carriers of the US navy. Another US warship, the USS Campbell, that form part of the USS George Washingtom Carrier Strike Group, arrived in early October and is also set to dock at Manila Bay after conducting sea patrols in Philippine Seas over the past weeks.


“The USS George Washington is one of the US military’s main weapons in launching wars of intervention, occupation and suppression,” said the CPP. “Its docking at Manila Bay underscores how the Philippines under the puppet Aquino regime is being used by the US military as a platform for its intervention and power projection.”


“Over the past 20 years since it was put into service, the USS George Washington has served in successive US wars of intervention. It has been deployed to the Persian Gulf in line with the US war of occupation against Iraq as well as US military interventionist operations in Afghanistan.”


“The USS George Washington was also recently involved in the brutal US interventionist war in Libya to overthrow the anti-imperialist Ghadaffi regime. It served as the base of US aircraft that conducted bombing runs in Tripoli and elsewhere, targetting hospitals and other civilian facilities and residential areas and killing several hundreds.”


“The USS George Washington is also frequently based at the Yokusuka Naval Base in Japan to engage in power projection activities and provocations against North Korea and China,” added the CPP. “It is presently being used by the US to project its military power in the South China Sea to ensure US control of the key sea lanes, violating the sovereignty of countries in the region.”


“By hosting the American war machine, the USS George Washington, the Aquino regime is making itself a pawn in the US wars of intervention, occupation and suppression which has robbed the Iraqi people, the Afghans, the Libyan people and many others of their freedom and caused unspeakable brutalities against their men, women and children,” added the CPP.


The CPP also pointed out that “the docking of the USS George Washington will continue to worsen the diplomatic problems revolving around the multi-country claims over various land features in the South China Sea including the Scarborough Shoal and the Spratly Islands. In vowing to support the claims of the Philippine and Vietnam governments, the US is outrightly undermining the position of China and provoking it to be more aggressive in asserting its own claims.”


The CPP added that with a crew of around 6,000 US Navy personnel, the USS George Washington is also often accompanied by a surge of prostitution wherever it is docked. This is the third time under the Aquino regime that the USS George Washington has docked in Manila.

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Support the Moro struggle against the Aquino regime's deceptiveness



The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the national-democratic revolutionary forces are among the most ardent advocates of the Moro people’s struggle for their right to national self-determination.


The Program for a People’s Democratic Revolution supports the struggle of national minorities against chauvinism and oppression and recognizes their aspirations for autonomy and their right to secede from the ruling oppressive state. This support is also unequivocally contained in the 12-Point Program of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).


The struggle of the Filipino and Moro peoples are tightly intertwined. Both of them resist the same reactionary state that oppresses and exploits the toiling masses. As an instrument of US imperialism, the Philippine puppet reactionary state tramples on the rights of the Filipino people to national liberation in allowing American and foreign big companies to exploit the Filipino nation’s natural resources. It further allows the US military to interfere, dominate and freely operate in the country and make use of the Philippines as a platform for its power-projection and interventionism in other countries.


In recent decades, this same reactionary state, from the Marcos to the current Aquino regime, has gravely abused the Moro people’s political, economic and cultural rights. Fascist troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) occupy the ancestral land and political territory of the Moro nation in an effort to impose the constitution and political power of the reactionary state upon the Moro people.


The violent suppression of the Moro people has sparked their armed resistance throughout history. They largely succeeded in resisting over three centuries of Spanish colonialism. Their aspiration for self-determination was, however, more effectively suppressed with the supplanting of the Spanish colonialists by the new US colonial power. Using its bigger, more economically and technologically advanced capability, US imperialism, and later, its puppet reactionary state were later able to completely dominate the Moro homeland.


It was only through persistent revolutionary armed struggle since the 1970s that the Moro people were able to defend themselves, gain recognition for their struggle for self-determination and provide it a more national form. The Maguindanao, Maranao, Tausog, Samal, Yakan and other Moro groups united under the banner of armed struggle. Since the start of their national armed revolution, the revolutionary movement has been one with the Moro people in advancing their struggle for their right to national self-determination.


For the past four decades, the CPP and the revolutionary forces have been working with the various organizations of the Moro people that uphold and fight for their revolutionary cause. In the 1970s, the CPP and the New People’s Army (NPA) waged revolutionary armed struggle parallel to the armed resistance waged by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) until the latter acceded to the constitution of the reactionary government in the 1976 Tripoli Agreement and eventually capitulated completely to the Ramos regime.


Since the 1990s, the revolutionary forces under the NDFP have maintained felicitous relations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in recognition of its repudiation of the MNLF’s capitulation to the oppressive Manila government in 1996 and its revolutionary assertion of the Moro people’s aspirations for national self-determination.

In 1998, the NDFP and the MILF signed an agreement of mutual understanding declaring mutual support for the struggle for self-determination of the Moro people and the struggle for national and social liberation of the Filipino people. Forces of the NDFP and MILF have since then extended mutual assistance and exchanged experiences in confronting a common enemy.


The revolutionary movement considers the MILF’s negotiations with the Government of the Philippines and its recent signing of the Framework Agreement which outlines the formation of the Bangsamoro Government as part of the Moro people’s continuing efforts to assert their rights.

Although there is general recognition for the aspirations of the Moro people to set up their own nation and government, the greater part of the agreement is lopsided in favor of the reactionary state and maintaining the latter’s dominance over the Moro people.


The agreement is fraught with many dangers and traps that will surely be at the center of continuing conflict when the MILF and the GPH meet again to negotiate. The negotiations have a long way to go before a final agreement can be forged between the MILF and the Aquino government. Among the points to be grappled with is the key issue of the disposition of the MILF’s Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) which the reactionary state has long wanted to disarm. A related issue is whether the Bangsamoro government will be given control over the armed military forces and police in their territory, and even over the direction of their economy and the exploitation of natural resources within the Bangsamoro lands.


The CPP calls on the Filipino and Moro peoples to rally around the cause of Moro self-determination and support efforts by the representatrives of the Moro people to resist the deceptions and maneuvers of the Aquino regime and reactionary state in the course of the negotiations. The CPP trusts that the Moro revolutionary forces will continue to steadfastly hold on to the victories that they have gained through armed resistance

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CPP slams 'routine patrols' of US warships in Philippine territorial waters



The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today slammed the Aquino regime for allowing the USS McCampbell to engage in so-called routine patrols and sail in various parts of Philippine waters. The USS McCampbell was reported yesterday to be around 75 kilometers northwest of Lubang Island near Mindoro when it chanced upon and took in five fishermen whose boat began taking in water.


The USS McCampbell is part of the George Washington Air Carrier Fleet and is to accompany its mother ship, the USS George Washington aircraft carrier in docking at Manila Bay.


“The US Embassy in Manila is making such big news out of the rescue of five fishermen off the coast of Mindoro. The incident, however, raises further questions regarding the extent to which US military forces are being allowed to carry out operations within Philippine territory,” said the CPP.


“The incident reveals that US military warships are engaged in what the US embassy claims are ‘routine western Pacific patrols’ and that US military helicopters and aircraft carry out ‘routine night-time flight operations’ within Philippine territorial waters,” said the CPP.


“Clearly, the US military forces operate in the Philippines way beyond the confines of so-called joint military exercises or humanitarian operations, and that these operations are being carried out in violation of Philippine sovereignty,” added the CPP.


The CPP further pointed out that “the bigger question is to what extent has the Aquino regime given the US, a foreign military power, free rein to operate in Philippine territory, to fly its planes and drones, sail its naval warships and land its armed troops.”


“Under the puppet Aquino regime, the US military has gained so much leeway in conducting its operations that at almost all times, there are American military forces, ships and aircraft that conduct intelligence, patrol, independent and joint combat operations inside the Philippines.”


“With the all-out backing of the Aquino regime, the US forces have become emboldened and extremely arrogant in strutting around with their big guns, big ships and big jets in total contempt for Philippine sovereignty, " said the CPP.

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The MILF and the Moro people must be cautious; they must guard against the devious scheming of the US-Aquino regime


The recent signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro opens new avenues to the talks between the MILF and the GPH, and poses greater challenges to the Moro people in general. But when the dust of exuberance on this turning-point settles, the Moro people, who at present looks to the MILF for leadership, must not allow this Framework to make them open and vulnerable to the devious scheming and machinations of the Aquino regime and its US imperialist boss.


The MILF must avoid being inveigled and, in the process, out-maneuvered to fall into the precipice of defeat not only for them, but for the entire Moro people. Thus, the NDFP in Mindanao appeals to the MILF leadership and its current forces, other patriotic Moro groups and the Moro people to be ever more vigilant and critical of the US-Aquino regime, and to never lose sight of their firm resolve to unflinchingly continue the legitimate struggle for the right to self-determination.


While the MILF trusts the workability of such a Framework, it must take caution in proceeding to deal with the Aquino government because, clearly, there are risks to consider.


The Framework, as it stands, is entirely subsumed under the limits imposed by the Constitution of the reactionary government, which lends much doubt on its ‘bilateral’ nature. Major provisions in the agreement, such as those pertaining to the crafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, fiscal policies and even the maintenance of an armed force, are wholly subject to the powers of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the reactionary state. This drawback only means that the MILF cannot unilaterally craft and implement policies on law enforcement, monetary matters, and the justice system (except those covered by Shariah law) without passing through the scrutiny, censure and control of the ‘central government.’ Worse, the same ‘central government’ reserves the right to override any Bangsamoro policy it deems detrimental to its vested interests.


For instance, a striking provision under “Revenue Generation and Wealth Sharing” (Part IV, No. 4) paves the way for natural resources, such as natural gas and minerals, in Moro areas to be plundered and controlled by the local ruling elite and foreign monopoly capitalists. The phrase “a just and equitable share in the revenue generated through…the utilization of natural resources” cannot, in any way, be deemed to afford real protection to the Moro people’s right to self-determination on economic matters because all policies related to this will largely be dependent “with the formula agreed upon by the Parties” or, in real terms, the Aquino government.


Alarmingly, even without the particular ‘annexes’ with regard to the ‘decommissioning’ of MILF armed forces (the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces), the Aquino government has already begun the emasculation, and eventual dissolution, of the MILF’s ‘most important bargaining chip’ by slyly manipulating to place the BIAF in a passive position through long-drawn ceasefire agreements. One must not also be blind to the fact that the AFP, the PNP and US troops continue to be on the offensive and have no intention to back down until MILF and other Moro armed forces completely fold. Thus, before any form of ‘decommissioning’ takes place, it must be crystal clear that the terms must never render MILF-BIAF forces incapacitated, without initiative, or simply reduced to take on police function under the control of the PNP. Without the BIAF, the MILF will be inadequate and incapacitated to protect the Moro people it represents.


The MILF must therefore guard itself against counter-tactics employed by Noynoy Aquino and his US imperialist master that intend to clip its initiative in the process of begetting the true recognition of the Moro people’s right to self-determination, as well as attaining genuine peace in Mindanao. Consequently, the Obama regime in the US celebrates over these newest political machinations against the Moro people because it fundamentally serves its imperialist geopolitical interest in Southeast Asia.


Thus, given the current level of the MILF-GPH talks, the NDFP-Mindanao encourages the MILF to doubly ensure that the Moro people is not pushed towards the losing end by making certain that the Aquino regime does not short-circuit the processes required to render the Framework more meaningful and genuinely workable for the Moro people.


Learning from past lessons, the MILF should not easily relinquish its effective military strength at the whim of the reactionary government and of US imperialism so that it can continue to preserve and defend the interests of its organization and the entire Moro people. It must hold in high regard, above all else, the very aspirations of the long-suffering Moro people.


The NDFP-Mindanao calls on other legitimate armed Moro groups and the whole Moro people to strengthen the struggle for their right to self-determination on two fronts: First, in the assertion of basic human and political rights, persist and broaden the Moro mass movement by the thousands; and second, strengthen and further intensify the Moro armed revolutionary resistance against our common enemy – the fascist state and its armed forces, and US military interventionist forces. Advances in these two fronts, especially in the latter, are the only assurances the Moro people, as well as the entire Filipino nation, have in attaining genuine emancipation from national and imperialist oppression and exploitation.


The fight for the right to freedom and self-determination of the Moro people is the essence of our formal alliance with the MILF. The agreement entitled “The General Agreement Between the NDFP and the MILF on Cooperation and Mutual Support in the Revolutionary Struggle,” which fully articulated such basis, was forged on 14 February 1999 at Camp Abubakar, Maguindanao. Thus, the NDFP in Mindanao hopes that, despite the signed Framework, the MILF continues to fight for the genuine aspirations and interests of the Moro people.


The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New People’s Army (NPA) and all the allied organizations under the NDFP reaffirm their commitment to fight ever more vigorously alongside other legitimate Moro groups and the Moro people for their right to self-determination notwithstanding the result of the Framework.

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PNP-NYPD agreement will lead to further US intervention, rights abuses under Aquino regime--CPP



The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) denounced the memorandum of agreement between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) signed last Wednesday as “part of heightening US government intervention in the Philippines.”


The CPP further said that “the agreement with the US NYPD, one of the most notorious fascist police organizations in the world, can only lead to worse human rights abuses by police operatives under the Aquino regime,” said the CPP.


The MoA was signed by PNP Chief Nicanor Bartolome and the head of the NYPD’s Singapore satellite office Lt. Gustavo Gutierrez. It purportedly serves to advance “cooperation in addressing transnational crimes” and “capacity building and training” between the PNP and the NYPD. According to information earlier released by the PNP, the NYPD will open a satellite office inside the PNP’s general headquarters in Camp Crame.


“The PNP-NYPD MoA will only serve as an additional legal cover for the US government’s heightening intervention in the Philippines. It will lead to more extensive and intrusive intelligence and other types of operations by US police and military agents in the country,” said the CPP.


“Even before the MoA, US police and federal agents have already been operating in the Philippines clandestinely with the cooperation of the local police.” The CPP pointed out that political prisoners detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame were able to uncover the presence of agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) maintaining their own offices within the camp and in a condominium unit nearby.


Several Indonesian nationals accused of being “terrorists” and arrested by US agents in Indonesia and Malaysia have been renditioned by the US government and given false Filipino identities at the behest of the FBI to justify their detention at Camp Crame. This is in violation of Philippine national sovereignty and the Indonesian detainees’ human rights, added the CPP.


“The NYPD is notorious for being a fascist tool of suppression against the American people,” said the CPP. “Recently, the NYPD was employed in the suppression of protest actions at Zucotti Park near Wall St. by American workers, students and ordinary people against the pro-big monopoly policies of the American government.”

“In investigations carried out by human rights and law groups, the NYPD was found to have used excessive police force, and guilty of hundreds of other violations, including unjustified arrests, abuse of journalists, unlawful closure of sidewalks and parks to protesters, and pervasive surveillance of peaceful activists, said the CPP.


“Following the pattern of its new partner, the PNP is bound to become even more brutal in dealing with protests, urban poor anti-demolition barricades and other mass actions,” said the CPP.

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Rally behind the Palestinian people's demand for an end to the bombing and economic blockade against Gaza



The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemns in the strongest possible terms the brutal and barbaric bombing of residential areas and public infrastructure in the Palestinian territory of Gaza in complete disregard for the lives of civilians. The bombing spree since November 14 has resulted in the deaths of more than a hundred people, including entire families, children and infants, and injuries to close to a thousand others.


The CPP condemns the Israeli Armed Forces for carrying out the US-style drone-missile assassination of Hamas military leader Ahmad Jabari who was killed with his companion inside a vehicle in central Gaza last November 14. The assassination is an international crime and violates Palestinian sovereignty. It was carried out treacherously a few days after a ceasefire agreement was forged with Palestine, where Jabari served as negotiator.


Soon after Jabari’s assassination, the Hamas fighters retailiated by firing small-scale rockets that reached southern Israel. They have so far fired 67 rockets which have caused minimal damage and resulted in injuries to three people. In stark contrast, Israel has launched 1,350 bomb attacks on Gaza since Wednesday.


The Filipino revolutionary forces condemn plans by the Israeli government to launch another ground invasion of Palestine. In 2008, the Israeli government launched a three-week ground invasion of Gaza, leaving 1,400 Palestinians dead.


The CPP and the Filipino revolutionary forces have long supported the struggle of the Palestinian people for national self-determination. They are in solidarity with Palestinian people’s organizations and movements carrying out a determined struggle to defend their nation’s sovereignty.


The CPP and the Filipino people support the Palestinian people’s demand for Israel to lift its economic blockade against Palestine. It is utterly despicable for Israel to shut its borders with Gaza, restricting commerce and the entry of food, water, medicine and other essential commodities to the people of Gaza in an effort to make them bow to Israeli power.


The CPP condemns the Israeli government for using fascist and fanatic rhetoric such as “(sending) Gaza back to the Middle Ages” as its only assurance of peace. The CPP joins the peace-loving peoples of the world in demanding that the Israeli government immediately cease its bombing campaign in Gaza and lift the economic blockade imposed against Gaza.


The Filipino people condemn the US imperialist government for its continued support of the fascist and fanatical Zionist government of Israel. Israel is the biggest recipient of US foreign military funding. It serves as the US power base in the Middle East and receives ever bigger military assistance as the US prepares to engage in further intervention targeting Iran and other countries asserting independence from US dominance.

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CPP calls for big advance in armed struggle and mass resistance in 2013


The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today called on the Filipino people and their revolutionary forces to strive for a big advance in armed struggle and mass resistance in 2013 in response to the Aquino regime’s policies that exacerbate the socio-economic conditions of the Filipino people and further open up the country to US government intervention and foreign economic domination.


“The Aquino regime’s continuing resort to deception, statistical distortion and half-truths, media spins, manipulated surveys and publicity gimmicks cannot conceal the worsening conditions of the Filipino people or placate their seething discontent over Aquino’s failure to deliver on promises of change in the people’s lives,” said the CPP.


“After close to three years, the Aquino regime has miserably failed to address the problems of unemployment, landlessness, homelessness, low wages, spiralling prices, hunger and poverty, disease and epidemics,” added the CPP.


“It has waged a campaign of suppression resulting in a wave of human rights violations, especially in the countryside where the AFP imposes martial law in peasant communities that are active in land reform struggles and in opposing mining and plantation operations.”


“It has become crystal clear that the Filipino people have no other recourse but to intensify their revolutionary mass struggles and armed resistance,” said the CPP.


“In the coming year, the Filipino people must raise their level of struggle against oil price increases, wage freezes and the two-tier wage system, the demolition of urban poor communities, land grabbing, incursions of mining operations, the corporatization of public health service, the K to 12 program, the privatization of public schools and hospitals through so-called Public-Private Partnership programs, charter change efforts to embed IMF-imposed policies into the Philippine constitution and other attacks against their national and democratic interests,” said the CPP.


“Mass demonstrations are bound to intensity and jolt the ruling political system currently under the antipeople, anti-democratic and puppet Aquino regime,” said the CPP. “The demand to put an end to imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism and for an overhaul of the ruling semicolonial and semifeudal system will advanced vigorously by the toiling masses.”


“Over the past years, the New People’s Army has accumulated enough firepower, organizational strength and mass support to heighten its initiative and further intensify the armed struggle,” said the CPP.


“This coming year or two, the NPA can achieve a big advance,” pointed out the CPP. “More tactical offensives and military campaigns can be launched and coordinated at the inter-front, inter-regional and national levels in order to frustrate Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan war of suppression and deliver more lethal blows against the enemy and seize firearms at a faster rate than in the past decade.”

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Pull all stops to block US-designed "chacha" drive this year



The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today called on all patriotic and democratic sectors to exert all efforts to block the US-designed drive to push for neoliberal and antipeople amendments to the 1987 Philippine constitution.


The CPP call came amid pronouncements by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte that charter change (chacha) will be among the priorities of the reactionary Philippine Congress when it convenes its 16th session after the May 2013 elections. At the same time, the CPP also denounced the pro-“chacha” campaign launched a few days ago by the so-called Centrist Democratic Party calling for the removal of what it claims are “restrictive economic provisions.”


“The Filipino people and their patriotic, democratic and progressive forces should aggressively counter the US-designed chacha campaign,” said the CPP. “At the same time, they must fight for a reversal of the neoliberal policies of the past 30 years and assert their aspirations for a progressive and sovereign economy.”


“They should build a broad anti-chacha alliance of patriotic and progressive-minded students, nationalist economists and academics, professionals, small and medium-scale businessmen in order to effectively oppose and frustrate the efforts of the US imperialists and its puppet Aquino regime to push the neoliberal agenda to amend the 1987 constitution,” said the CPP. “They can invoke the nationalist spirit of Andres Bonifacio whose sesquicentennial birth anniversary is being celebrated this year in order to unite the Filipino people against the chacha.”


“They must expose how the neoliberal policies of liberalization, privatization, deregulation and denationalization were imposed by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank since the 1980s in successive ‘structural adjustment programs’ undertaken by the reactionary governments in exchange for foreign funding,” added the CPP.

“Over the past 30 years, such neoliberal policies have resulted in the grave oppression and exploitation of the Filipino people, the depression of wages, all-out attacks against workers’ rights, massive landgrabbing by foreign mining companies and big plantations, intolerable rates of unemployment, spiralling prices of commodities and the deterioration of education, health, housing and other social services,” added the CPP.


“These neoliberal policies have resulted in the massive destruction of local productive forces and the surrender of Philippine economic sovereignty and have drawn the Philippines deeper into the semicolonial and semifeudal economic rut.”

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Report of AFP offensive operations in disregard of synchronized ceasefire agreement



On January 10, elements of the AFP’s 10th Special Forces augmented by local CAFGU forces raided a platoon under the NPA Herminio Alfonso Command (Guerrilla Front 53) in Upper Tiwayan, Barangay Badyangun, Arakan, North Cotabato. The NPA unit was preparing to conduct a meeting with the local peasant masses to discuss the land problem in the area.


On January 9, elements of the 67th IB arrested and detained civilian Pablito Gubaton, a purok chairman of Sityo Bangas, Barangay Mainit, Cateel town. He was released only after eight hours of tactical interrogation. The military accused Gubaton of receiving relief packs from the New People’s Army.


On January 2, elements of the 2nd IB entered Barangay Sta. Cruz, Donsol, Sorsogon and launched combat operations against the New People’s Army and revolutionary mass organizations in the area.


On January 1, three platoons of the 84th IB entered Barangay Tambobong, Baguio District, Davao City and began carrying out military operations in the area. Further augmented by other troops on January 3, the 84th IB has forced the evacuation of some 125 families, restricted work in plantations and controlled the movement of rice and other food supplies in the area.


Elements of the Cagayan Valley Regional PNP arrested last December 28 in Bagumbayan, Tuguegarao City Rene Esmondo Abiva whom the military also alleges to be a revolutionary leader.


The 10th ID set up checkpoints along roads leading to Paquibato district to deter visitors from attending the mass assembly scheduled to mark the CPP anniversary last December 26.


Since December, elements of the 57th and 40th IB have been scouring the villages of Old Bulatukan, New Israel and Biangan, all in Makilala, North Cotabato and have put up two batteries of 105 howitzer canons against NPA Guerrilla Fronts 51 and 72.


The 10th ID deployed three sections of soldiers in every barangay between Mapula to Barko-barko, Lumiad to Riverside and in Pandaitan, all in Paquibato district, Davao City.


Elements of the 69th IB and 84th IB continue to intimidate residents of Purok Isled, Barangay Damilag in Calinan, Davao City in order to force them to report the whereabouts of the local NPA units.


Elements of the 302nd Brigade and local police forces arrested last December 25 in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, Oligario Sebas, whom the military claims to be Filemon Mendrez, allegedly a ranking revolutionary leader.


On December 23, elements of the PNP in Milagros, Masabate City and troops of the 9th Infantry Battalion abducted Olalio Gonzaga, 22, of Barangay Bolo, Masbate City and Noel Espinosa, 37, a village watchman in Barangay Miabas, Palanas, Masbate.


Elements of the 74th IB arrested last December 21 five local peasants in Mulanay, Quezon and accused them of being members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Hours before December 16, at the start of the Aquino regime’s ceasefire declaration, a platoon of the 31st Infantry Battalion clandestinely entered Barangay Hamorawon, Bulan, Sorsogon. For several days, it scoured the mountainous areas up to the border of the towns of Bulan and Irosin, before eventually returning to their camp.


Elements of the PNP Regional Public Safety Battalion (formerly Regional Mobile Group o RMG) conducted combat operations in Barangay Macahoy, San Pascual, Masbate on December 24 and 25. On December 28 and 29, these troops raided the home of a peasant family in Barangay Mabini suspected of being active in the revolutionary movement.


Intelligence and psywar operations continue to be conducted by the so-called “peace and development teams” of the AFP in roughly 40 barangays in the Bicol region.

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NPA to frustrate Oplan Bayanihan chief's AFP term--CPP


Communist Party of the Philippines

January 17, 2013


The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) predicted that newly appointed AFP chief of staff Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista will end his term in frustration as he is bound to fail miserably in his declared objective of “rendering irrelevant” the New People’s Army (NPA) in the next few years. Bautista is widely regarded as the author of Oplan Bayanihan, the current counterinsurgency operational plan of the AFP.

“General Bautista cannot stop the momentum of growth of the New People’s Army,” said the CPP.


“The New People’s Army continues to grow in number and in terms of firepower and is bound to increase in a more rapid pace in the coming years as the crisis of the ruling system worsens and subjects the mass of workers and peasants and middle class sectors to more intolerable conditions of oppression and exploitation,” said the CPP.


“Over the next few years, the NPA and the people’s militias will be able to initiate more frequent and widespread tactical offensives at the front, regional, inter-regional and national levels,” said the CPP.


“The worsening abuses committed by the AFP and its attached paramilitaries under the Oplan Bayanihan war of suppression further incite the Filipino people to wage armed resistance in their effort to advance their struggle for land reform, resist the incursion of foreign mining and plantation operations, fight for better working conditions and higher wages, stand against the demolition of communities and oppose the government’s abandonment of education, health and other public services.”


“As during the time of Marcos, the abuses committed by the reactionary military and police are among the biggest reasons for the initial motivation of people to join the New People’s Army,” said the CPP.


“With the mastermind of Oplan Bayanihan himself at the helm of the AFP, the CPP anticipates the military to commit worsening cases of human rights abuses accompanied by more publicity gimmicks to cover up such abuses,” said the CPP.





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Rising through the storm: Thousands attend CPP anniversary celebration in Northern Samar

Friday, 04 January 2013 09:12


NDFP Eastern Visayas Media Office

Not even Typhoon Quinta could stop about 3,000 people from attending the 44th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Communist Party of the Philippines on 26 December in a remote location in Northern Samar. Some of those of who attended walked for as long as two days, climbing mountains and crossing flood-swollen rivers just to reach the celebration in time.


Program organizers had to put up additional tents to accommodate throngs of guests who kept on arriving from nearby barrios (villages) and even from towns farther away, as the celebration went on amidst intermittent heavy rains from the afternoon of 26 December to the early morning of 27 December.


The Rodante Urtal Command of the New People's Army-Northern Samar assured all that apart from the company of the New People's Army serving as the honor guard, security was being ensured by more Red fighters, units of the people's militia and an extensive intelligence network. Any enemy offensive from the military and police would have been monitored and stopped several kilometers away.


NDFP-Eastern Visayas spokesperson Fr. Santiago “Ka Sanny” Salas graced the occasion to talk on the theme on the event, “Overcome the obstacles and fulfill the requirements for advancing to the strategic stalemate”. He expressed his confidence and trust in the CPP, based on “44 years of continuing, sustained and determined advancement of the people's war, and the sterling victories we have earned and enjoy today.”


Fr. Salas hailed the revolutionary forces and masses in Northern Samar for leading the advance in Eastern Visayas. He noted that the revolutionary leadership in the region is now working for a comprehensive advance and has made strides since 2010 in armed struggle, building the Party, and agrarian revolution.


Antifeudal struggles are being waged in three subregions, where one of which has brought the struggle to the to the municipal level. Party membership also grew by 2.3%, according to the Fr. Salas. Since 2010, there are now some fronts capable of achieving company-size of Red fighters, while others have added more platoons to their guerrilla formations. Fulltime guerrilla units also grew by 13%, while tactical offensives ensure that new recruits are armed with high-powered rifles. Incomplete data show that in 2012, there were 24 tactical offensives carried out, with 17 firearms seized, and 71 killed in action and 31 wounded in action on the enemy side.


The NDFP-EV spokesperson said however that much remains to be done to catch up with the Party's call to advance to the strategic stalemate by 2015 or soon after. He noted that more tactical offensives have to be carried out, the agrarian and other mass movements must arouse, organize and mobilize increasing numbers of the people, and the Party must be strengthened and consolidated. But Fr. Salas expressed confidence that the rising national democratic movement will prevail over the moribund semifeudal and semicolonial system presently led by the US-Aquino regime.


“We must be vigilant and steel our determination to fight to the last drop of our blood... defend the sovereignty and patrimony of the Filipino people and advance to victory.”


After Fr. Salas's speech, more expressions of support to the CPP as well as cultural presentations continued and lasted until the early morning of 27 December. On the stage with a revolutionary mural in the background, as well as on the vast open space ringed by makeshift bleachers, Red fighters performed the “ismayling” (a duel of words sung by two or more), dramas, songs, dances, poetry reading and other cultural performanes.


Red fighters and supporters also lit 44 candles in memory of the martyrs of the revolution. To the end, the majority of the thousands of guests stayed on and joined the festivities amidst frequent downpours. http://www.ndfp.net/joom15/index.php/media-releases-mainmenu-53/1-news/1615-rising-through-the-storm-thousands-attend-cpp-anniversary-celebration-in-northern-samar.html

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