The Armed Forces of the Philippines trains and uses minors as action agents

Commander, Valentin Palamine Command
Regional Operational Command
NPA-Far South Mindanao Region

May we express our deepest concern over the recent events in FarSouth Mindanao on the unconscionable exploitation of minors by the 39th Infantry Battalion of the 10th Infantry Division — Armed Forces of the Philippines. Its most recent victim is "Boy" (not his real name), a 17 year old of Brgy. Tagaytay, Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, who has been trained and tasked to penetrate into a New People's Army unit and steal high powered rifles. At present, he is being paraded by the 39th IB as an "NPA child warrior".

For the information of all, Boy has never been in the NPA roster as a combatant or in whatever capacity. Under the despicable design of the 39th IB, the boy was able to enter the NPA camp under the auspices of the impostor and traitor Roger Parasa, his uncle, and cart away 2 high-powered rifles.

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Peace talks premised on immediate ceasefire won’t prosper — CPP

By CPP Information Bureau

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today reiterated its warning to the Aquino government against using the "immediate ceasefire" line as the premise for the resumption of formal peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The CPP has reiterated its readiness to immediately resume the long-suspended formal peace negotiations based on previously agreed principles and agenda and without any preconditions.

The CPP challenged Aquino to "immediately commence negotiations and abide by previous agreements," including The Hague Joint Declaration of 1992 which sets the framework, principles, agenda and sequence of the peace negotiations.

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Noynoy Aquino will lead the Filipino people towards the path of deeper explotation and deprivation

Spokesperson, NDFP-Mindanao

Noynoy Aquino's first State of the Nation Address (SONA) as president of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) devoted fifteen minutes, or 43% of his speech, castigating former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for graft and corruption and grave abuse of power. It is but proper for the Aquino government to run after Gloria Arroyo, Mike Arroyo and all their collaborators, including big tax evaders like Lucio Tan, and jail them.

We are skeptical whether Mr. Aquino can achieve this within his six-year term, given that graft and corruption is deeply ingrained in a system ruled by the landed and comprador classes whose lackeys in government enrich themselves at the expense of deprived peasants and exploited workers. In fact, Cory Aquino's regime miserably failed to stop corruption. It is not likely that Mr. Aquino's "Truth Commission" will end the wanton pilferage of public coffers, and once and for all solve extra-judicial killings and other heinous crimes.

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NDFP urges peace negotiations, rejects Aquino precondition

Interview on GRP-NDFP Peace Negotiations
with LUIS G. JALANDONI, Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel

By Paolo Capino
RPN 9 News Desk Supervisor

Q.: Sir, do you have any pre-condition before you are willing to talk with the government?

We have no precondition for resuming formal peace talks with the Aquino government. We have repeatedly declared that we are ready to resume formal talks on the basis of The Hague Joint Declaration and other peace agreements signed from 1992 to 2004. The Hague Joint Declaration states that no precondition that negates the inherent character and purpose of peace negotiations may be imposed and that the agenda will take up human rights and international humanitarian law, social and economic reforms, political and constitutional reforms and end of hostilities and disposition of forces, in that sequence.

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Two proposals for a just and lasting peace

Chief Political Consultant
NDFP Negotiating Panel

The Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has repeatedly declared its readiness to resume peace negotiations with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) under the Aquino II administration. It has also signalled its willingness to receive in The Netherlands or Norway a senior emissary or a team of emissaries of said administration to discuss the possible course and perspective of the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations.

On my part, as Chief Political Consultant of the NDFP Negotiating Panel, I have long proposed the resumption and acceleration of the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations, especially with regard to social and economic reforms, in accordance with The Hague Joint Declaration and subsequent major agreements.

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Let us commence discussing concrete proposals long put forward by the NDFP – CPP

By CPP Information Bureau

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today said the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has long put forward substantive and concrete proposals for socio-economic and political reforms and challenged the Aquino government to immediately compose its counterpart negotiating panel and appropriate subcommittees in order to commence discussion on these draft agreements and the rest of the peace agenda in line with agreed upon procedures.

At the same time, the CPP cautioned the Aquino government against forcing the issue of an immediate ceasefire agreement which is premature at this stage when talks have yet to resume. The CPP said that this should be duly taken up in the later stage of the peace negotiations as substantive agreements are made in accordance with the agenda.

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Filipino people wants Pres. Benigno Aquino III to make Gloria Arroyo face justice, and more

By CPP Information Bureau

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today welcomed plans by Philippine Pres. Benigno Aquino III to expose in his state of the nation address (SONA) what he describes as "shocking cases" of unprecedented corruption by the Arroyo government, but added that "that will not be enough."

The CPP reminded Aquino of the need for "swift and decisive efforts to prosecute and punish Arroyo and her cohorts for their grievous crimes against the people." The demand to prosecute Gloria Arroyo for capital crimes of plunder and gross human rights violations within the new administration's first 100 days is the most urgent demand of wide sections of the people, said the CPP.

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Lies, all lies! — NPA – Mountain Province

Spokesperson, Leonardo Pacsi Command
NPA-Mountain Province

This is a reply to the many lies and slander spread by spokespersons of the 5th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and its organic units against the revolutionary movement, especially after the victorious ambush staged by the Leonardo Pacsi Command against troops of the 52nd Division Reconnaisance Company last 9 July in Samoki, Bontoc, Mountain Province. It is clear that the 5th ID wants to demonize the revolutionary forces.

The LPC asserts that the dead soldiers have not been stripped of their clothing. LPC guerillas only took the weapons and other military equipment of the dead soldiers and did not take personal belongings such as clothing, wallets, and cellphones. The New People's Army strictly adheres to international laws governing armed conflicts, the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) signed by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, and its own rules as a people’s army.

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NDFP calls for resistance against increased foreign mining activity in Eastern Visayas

By CPP Information Bureau

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Eastern Visayas today expressed disgust and outrage at the Aquino government's announcement of the rise of mining activities in the region. "We condemn the Aquino government's rush to exploit Eastern Visayas as anti-people, anti-development, anti-environment and pro-foreign," said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDFP-EV spokesperson.

"The Mines and Geosciences Bureau's claim that these mining activities are small-scale and exploratory only is meant to disguise their real nature as large-scale foreign mining. For example, many towns along the Samar and Leyte coasts will be affected by just two mining concessions, Northern Access Mining Inc. and Pan-Asia Mining Limited, which will export magnetite sand to China.

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Military coercing local government units through draconian Memorandum of Agreement

Spokesperson, Cordillera Peoples' Democratic Front

The latest maneuver of the 5th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army to impose a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on local provincial executives is a desperate and coercive measure that worsens the national oppression of the national minorities in the Cordillera Region.

Drafts of the MOA have been pressed by the 5th ID to the local provincial executives and the police superintendents of Ifugao and the Mountain Province. A similar MOA was signed between the local provincial executive of Kalinga and the commanding officer of the 5th ID. When signed, the MOA makes the 5th ID a virtual higher authority over the provincial governments. It violates the principle of civilian supremacy over the military.

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