By CPP Information Bureau
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today chided Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista for criticizing the two 3-day ceasefire declarations issued by the CPP Central Committee as being “too short” and proposing that the New People’s Army (NPA) declare a ceasefire “that would last forever.”
“To declare a ceasefire ‘to last forever’ will only bring forth an eternal hell of military abuses, landgrabbing and environmental destruction,” declared the CPP.
“General Bautista’s proposals are moronic, to say the least,” said the CPP. “Such thoughtless remarks reflect the AFP’s inability to understand the deep-seated reasons behind the Filipino people’s armed resistance and view the civil war only from the myopic perspective of a one track-minded fascist.”
Last Wednesday, the CPP Central Committee issued a ceasefire declaration that would take effect on 12:00 am of 24 December up to 11:59 pm of 26 December; and 12:00 am of 31 December up to 11:59 pm of 2 January 2014. The CPP declaration is in keeping with the Filipino people’s traditional observance of the holidays, and to pave the way for the people and their revolutionary forces to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the CPP on 26 December.
“Without the NPA, the peasant masses, the fisherfolk and the minority indigenous peoples have nothing to defend their farms and ancestral lands against the relentless encroachments of foreign mining companies and large logging operations, and the landgrabbing by big landlords and foreign-owned or financed plantations, which are invariably accompanied by units of the AFP to cow the people into accepting such subjugation,” said the CPP.
“To muzzle the guns of the NPA is to surrender the schools, the clinics, the farms and the peace which the peasant masses have established through their new democratic government that has been built on the people’s collective strength,” added the CPP. “Where the Aquino regime and the reactionary state and its armed forces are weak and practically non-existent, organs of the people’s democratic government are being established to serve the interests of the poor peasants, indigenous peoples and fisherfolk.”
“Under the Aquino regime’s Oplan Bayanihan war of suppression, the AFP has been carrying out grave abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law, victimizing mainly civilians, especially children, women and the elderly,” said the CPP.
It cited the killing of 8-year old Roque Antivo, who, together with his brother and uncle, were fired upon by trigger-happy soldiers of the 71st Infantry Battalion of the AFP in Barangay (village) Antipan, Mabini, Compostela Valley on 3 April 2013. The officials of the 71st Infantry Battalion, as well as key officials of the 10th Infantry Division, the AFP, and the Aquino regime have been indicted by the People’s Democratic Government of Compostela Valley and have been recommended for trial.