Philippine Army troopers wiped out in back-to-back Red Army ambuscades in Mindanao

NPA trounces AFP operations in Davao Oriental, 18 fascist troops wiped out in back-to-back Red Army ambuscades

By Roel Agustin II
Spokesman, Front 20 Operations Command
Conrado Heredia Command
New People's Army-Southern Mindanao

Eighteen enemy soldiers were killed and more than 10 others were severely wounded following the back-to-back tactical offensives launched by the Red fighters of the Conrado Heredia Command-Front 20 Operations Command of the New People's Army 27 and 28 August in Cateel and Boston towns in Davao Oriental.

A brigade-sized combat operation involving the Armed Forces of the Philippines´ 25th Infantry Battalion and 67th Infantry Battalion of the 1001st Brigade, and a formation of the Scout Rangers Company, were engaged by Red fighters in two separate ambushes, resulting to enemy casualties amounting to an undersized platoon.

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Alleged “rebel returnees” are torture victims of the Philippine Army’s 34th Infantry Battalion

By NDFP-Eastern Visayas

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines – Eastern Visayas said today that the two alleged "rebel returnees" in the custody of the 34th Infantry Battalion are not members of the New People's Army but ordinary civilian peasants who were abducted, tortured and are being held under duress. "The brothers Cesar and Juanito Gabac were presented as "rebel returnees" by the 8th Infantry Division to the media and the local government of Paranas, Western Samar last 16 August," said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDFP-EV spokesperson.

"But reports reaching the NDFP-EV indicate the Gabac brothers were abducted along with their mother Lucia last 25 July by 34th IB troops in Brgy. Anagasi, Paranas. Furthermore, the guns they allegedly 'surrendered' were in fact not in their possession but found elsewhere by the military after the NPA left these in temporary storage. The brothers are believed to have been tortured and forced to guide the soldiers during their military operations."

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Deles no different from the clerico-fascist Norberto Gonzales

By Monitoring Committee
National Democratic Front of the Philippines

The Chairman of the Human Rights Monitoring Committee of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP-MC) today chided GRP Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles for following in the footsteps of Norberto Gonzales in dishing out disinformation about the New People’s Army (NPA) in an attempt to derail the resumption of the formal talks in the peace negotiations between the NDFP and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP).

“For the past several months, Deles has been talking about the resumption of the formal peace talks in the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations.  But at every turn she dishes out lies and disinformation such as that the NDFP has not responded to her ghost emissaries, or that the NDFP is 'imposing preconditions' to the resumption of the formal talks, or that the NPA is continuing with its tactical offensives – as if the GRP armed forces have stopped their massive military operations in the countryside, especially in Mindanao and the Visayas, in pursuit of Oplan Bantay Laya 2,” Agcaoili said.

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CPP scores “colossal stupidity and incompetence” in Manila bus hostage incident

By CPP Information Bureau
24 August 2010

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today expressed sympathy with the victims of yesterday's hostage-taking in Manila, and joined nationwide and international indignation at the "colossal stupidity and incompetence" of police and government officials in the handling of the incident that led to unnecessary bloodshed.

At least nine people were killed, including the hostage-taker, former police captain Reynaldo Mendoza. The eight others were Chinese nationals on a vacation tour in Manila. Reports that some of the hostages were killed or wounded by police fire during the assault are being looked into.

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5th Infantry Division offer of local peace talks and immunity is just empty talk — CPDF

By SIMON “Ka Filiw” NAOGSAN, Spokesperson
Cordillera People’s Democratic Front

During the Mountain Province Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting last 5 August, Col. Eliseo Posadas, 501st Brigade commander (of the Philippine Army), called for local peace talks and personally guaranteed the safety of the spokesperson of the Cordillera People's Democratic Front and other members of the revolutionary movement whom he invited to attend.

We believe the AFP’s push for local peace talks is just another deceptive public relations and psywar tactic.

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Catarman NPA offensive aboveboard, Aquino government allegations pure hogwash

By Efren Martires Command
NPA-Eastern Visayas

The Efren Martires Command of the New People's Army in Eastern Visayas today dismissed allegations by the Aquino government that the NPA committed rights violations in the 21 August Catarman tactical offensive.

"We want to address the accusations by presidential peace adviser Teresita Deles and other Aquino government officials that the NPA used landmines, and summarily executed the government casualties as well as stole their personal belongings," said Ka Karlos Manuel, EMC spokesperson. "As clearly explained in our earlier statement, the NPA uses command-detonated explosives, which are manually set off against a defined target such as in the Catarman ambush and thus allowed in war. The NPA did not and has never used anti-personnel land mines which automatically explode when triggered by the victim, and is thus banned under international humanitarian law for causing needless casualties. Moreover, the policemen in the Catarman ambush were killed in action and not captured alive and summarily executed as alleged by the Aquino government.

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Successful ambush in Samar is a legitimate act of war — CPP

By CPP Information Bureau

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today hailed the successful tactical offensive launched by the New People's Army in Catarman, Northern Samar last August 21 and at the same time assailed Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Deles for saying that the Samar ambush "will make the way forward (to peace) more difficult."

The CPP replied that "the Aquino government should stop making excuses not to resume formal peace negotiations."

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By continuing Oplan Bantay Laya, Aquino shows he is no different from Arroyo

By CPP Information Bureau

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Eastern Visayas (NDFP-EV) today assailed the announcement of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on extending its (national security program) Oplan Bantay Laya campaign until January 2011 as proving that Benigno Aquino III is no different from his predecessor.

"While the world commemorates International Humanitarian Law Month today, the AFP will be continuing its campaign that has led to many killings of social activists and other civilians," said NDFP-EV spokesperson Fr. Santiago Salas. "The assertions of the Aquino government and its AFP about upholding human rights and international humanitarian law are utterly meaningless. The new Aquino government thus shows it is no different from the previous Gloria Arroyo administration, which despite a so-called truth commission is not being pursued for its many rights violations under Oplan Bantay Laya. More innocent blood will thus be spilled in unresolved extrajudicial killings such as that victimized Fr. Cecilio Lucero, Rev. Edison Lapuz, Dr. Bartolome Resuello, Atty. Felidito Dacut, Atty. Norman Bocar, Sammy Bandilla, and many others."

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NDFP reaffirms commitment to MILF and Bangsamoro struggle for genuine self-determination

Spokesperson, NDFP – Mindanao

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Mindanao (NDFP-Mindanao) shares with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in raising concern with regard to the capability and sincerity of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP), presently under Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, in undertaking peace negotiations as a venue to address the just demands of the Bangsamoro.

The GRP would have the Moro as well as the Filipino people believe that credible talks under a favorable atmosphere for peace with the MILF would promptly resume after the Holy Ramadan, but all indicators point otherwise.

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Massive military offensives in Mindanao reveal Noynoy Aquino’s contempt for the peace process

Spokesperson, NDFP – Mindanao

All the four divisions under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) based in Mindanao are currently conducting massive and widespread military operations against the revolutionary forces in all the five New People's Army (NPA) regions in the whole island, particularly more intense in the Southern Mindanao Region. These began prior and during the inauguration of Noynoy Aquino, and continued before, during and after Noynoy Aquino's SONA, and still escalating almost without let-up and without rest of troops in between operations.

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