Militarization, mining, counter-insurgency, national oppression and indigenous resistance

Interview with Simon ‘Ka Filiw’ Naogsan of the Cordillera People’s Democratic Front

BASICS Community News Service
Published Sep. 2011

On 01 August 2011, journalist Steve da Silva with the people’s media organizations BASICS Community News Service (Toronto, Canada) interviewed Simon ‘Ka Filiw’ Naogson, the Chairperson of the Cordillera People’s Democratic Front (CPDF), an underground and revolutionary mass alliance of indigenous people and organizations in the Cordillera region and a member  organization of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

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Compliance with JASIG and the Oslo Joint Statements is not a precondition but an obligation

By FIDEL V. AGCAOILI
Spokesperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel

The Government of the Philippines (GPH, formerly the GRP) through its negotiating panel is lying when it claims that Chairperson Luis Jalandoni of the negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has agreed to go into formal talks without the obligatory releases of all or most of the 17 JASIG-protected persons as provided for in the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the Oslo joint statements of January and February 2011.

The GPH must recognize that compliance with the JASIG and the Oslo joint statements is not a precondition but an obligation. In refusing to recognize such obligation and claiming that the releases of the JASIG-protected persons depends on the whim of Alexander Padilla, Chairperson of the GPH negotiating panel, the GPH proves what the NDFP has been saying all along — that the GPH cannot be trusted to comply with mutually signed agreements, that it does not have word of honor, and that it has not been negotiating in good faith with the NDFP.

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Aquino’s refusal to be bound by agreements does not help push talks forward — CPP

By CPP Information Bureau

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today condemned the Aquino regime for its refusal to be bound by agreements that the Philippine government has entered into with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in peace negotiations. “The Philippine government’s (GPH) adamant refusal to comply with its obligations in agreements with the NDFP does not bode well for the scheduled resumption of talks in late October,” said the CPP.

The CPP issued this reaction to statements issued yesterday by a Malacañang spokesperson insisting that the GPH is not obligated to release any more consultants of the NDFP who are detained in GPH jails. “The CPP reiterates the position that peace negotiations can only move forward on the basis of compliance with all previous agreements, specifically, the release of NDFP consultants in line with the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the joint statements signed in January and February this year.”

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GPH makes resumption of formal talks impossible, obscures Dutch complicity in fouling up decryption code

By FIDEL V. AGCAOILI
Spokesperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel

The statements yesterday of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and Chairperson Alexander Padilla of the Negotiating Panel of the Government of the Philippines (GPH, formerly designated as GRP) have made impossible the resumption of formal talks between the GPH and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

Luis Jalandoni and Coni Ledesma, chairperson and member, respectively, of the NDFP Negotiating Panel have been exhausting all diplomatic and political means to ensure that the formal talks between the GPH and the NDFP push through on a principled basis.

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GPH chief negotiator speaks with a forked tongue

By FIDEL V. AGCAOILI
Spokesperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel

Alexander Padilla, chairman of the negotiating panel of the Government of the Philippines (GPH, formerly designated as the GRP), speaks with a forked tongue. He agrees to have his panel hold the next round of formal talks with the negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in Oslo in October. But at the same time, he says something else that makes impossible such formal talks.

He denies the obligation of the GPH to release the JASIG-protected persons from prison in accordance with the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) by saying that the GPH or he is merely “open to releasing said persons but is not giving any assurances”.

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Conditional cash transfer program as a gross deception and diminution of social spending — NDFP

By NDFP Eastern Visayas

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines – Eastern Visayas today called on the people to vigorously campaign against the gross deception of the conditional cash transfer scheme or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Aquino government.

“We cannot fault the people, who in the depths of poverty and want, grasp at what they believe to be opportunities to live through the day,” said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDFP-EV spokesperson. “But the CCT scheme by the Aquino regime has sown confusion and disunity among the people. Such a program not only glosses over but in fact diminishes basic social spending such as for land reform and social services, while favoring the deregulation and privatization pushed by the IMF-World Bank. The people should learn about the gross deception behind the CCT scheme, and fight instead for their democratic demands and long-term socio-economic reforms.”

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Wikileaks: Terrorist listing and US intervention in the NDFP-GPH peace talks

By RENATO REYES, Jr.
http://natoreyes.wordpress.com

There was also US intervention in the peace talks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the Philippine government as in those between the latter and the MILF.

Confidential and secret cables released by Wikileaks from the US embassies in Manila and The Hague in the Netherlands show how three governments worked together to designate as “terrorist” Jose Maria Sison, chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in peace talks with the Manila government. The move may have been part of Philippine government’s pressure tactics on the NDFP during peace negotiations. However, the move would not yield the Philippine government’s desired results.

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Violations of JASIG and CARHRIHL by GPH from Arroyo regime to the present must be discussed

By FIDEL V. AGCAOILI
Spokesperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel

In the next round of formal talks, the Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) will present to the Negotiating Panel of the Government of the Philippines (GPH, formerly designated as GRP ) the history and continuity of violations of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantee (JASIG) and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) by the GRP/GPH from the regime of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) to the current one of Benigno S. Aquino III.

The NDFP expects that these violations would be acknowledged, discussed and rectified so that the peace negotiations can lead to the formal meetings of the Reciprocal Working Committees on Social and Economic Reforms (RWCs SER). The life of the GPH-NDFP peace negotiations depends on compliance with JASIG. If there is no compliance with JASIG, the GPH cannot be trusted that it will comply with any other agreement.

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On the AFP lies against the NPA in northern Negros

By Ka CECILE ESTRELLA
Roslyn ” Ka Jean” Pelle Command
NPA North Negros

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Mary Jane Baynosa has never been recruited to the New People’s Army (NPA). The NPA in Northern Negros strictly adheres to the implementation of the directive of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) that only those who are 18 years old and older can join the NPA. Those who are 17 years old and younger are prohibited from joining the NPA.

Mary Jane Baynosa is a local youth activist. When the NPA is nearby, she usually enters the encampment as a guest and not as a member of the NPA. She usually talks and mingles with the young NPAs aged 18 years old and older.

The accusation of Mary Jane Baynosa that she was recruited by the NPA is a gross injustice to the NPA because this is a big lie, and far from the truth. The NPA is aware that Mary Jane is a minor and can not yet be a member of the NPA.

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Prepare for escalation of Aquino’s war of suppression

With the Aquino regime already laying the ground for the scuttling of the peace negotiations, the Filipino people must prepare for the escalation of the reactionary war of suppression. Military abuses, human rights violations and state brutality are bound to worsen as the ruling system sinks from one deep crisis to another.

By Communist Party of the Philippines

Judging by the acts and statements of the Philippine government (GPH) and its representatives over the past few weeks, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the Aquino regime is determined to put an end to peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and further escalate its war of suppression under the US-designed Oplan Bayanihan.

The GPH has lost interest in peace talks with the NDFP after failing to use it as a tool for pacification. The NDFP negotiating panel has stood its ground, maintaining that agreements jointly entered into by the GPH and the NDFP should be upheld by both parties, obliging the GPH to abide by past agreements, including The Hague Joint Declaration of 1992, the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CAHRIHL).

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