National Democratic Front of the Philippines
Revolutionary united front organization of the Filipino people
The NDFP is the revolutionary united front organization of the Filipino people fighting for national freedom and for the democratic rights of the people. Established on 24 April 1973, the NDFP seeks to develop and coordinate all progressive classes, sectors and forces in the Filipino people’s struggle to end the rule of US imperialism and its local allies of big landlords and compradors, and attain national and social liberation.
The most important responsibilities of the NDFP include promoting national unity for the revolutionary struggle. It makes pronouncements on behalf of the revolutionary forces upon their authorization. It conducts proto-diplomatic and relations work abroad to gather moral, political and material support for the revolutionary movement.
Since 1992, the NDFP has been holding peace talks with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) to address the roots of the armed conflict. Ten Agreements have been signed between the two parties including the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). At present, the current Manila government under President Benigno Aquino III is carrying out a US-designed counter-insurgency plan called Oplan Bayanihan. It is intensifying the exploitation and oppression of the Filipino people. It has sabotaged the peace talks. It seeks only the pacification and capitulation of the revolutionary movement. On the other hand, The CPP, the NPA and other revolutionary forces are intensifying their revolutionary struggle. They aim for advancing from the strategic defensive to the strategic stalemate of the people’s war in the next few years.
Today, the NDFP is found in 70 provinces in the Philippines, out of a total 81 provinces. The New People’s Army (NPA), under the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), operates in more than 100 guerrilla fronts throughout the country. In these fronts, revolutionary organs of political power hold sway and form part of the people’s democratic government which continues to be built and consolidated.
Programs that benefit the people are carried out by the CPP, the NPA and 15 other revolutionary allied organizations in the NDFP. These programs include land reform, health care, literacy, cooperatives and livelihood programs with the marked involvement of women and the youth.
The NDFP International Office
In pursuing its international work, the NDFP maintains an information office in Utrecht, the Netherlands. This office is the center of information from the Philippine revolutionary movement to the international community and overseas Filipinos. It is a channel through which the international community and overseas Filipinos can extend their political and material support to the NDFP and the Philippine revolution.