By CPP Information Bureau
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) dismissed as “hallucinations” the claims by the armed forces that the recent arrest of CPP leaders and peace consultants Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria spells doom for the armed struggle being waged by the New People’s Army (NPA).
“Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista is self-delusional in believing that NPA Red fighters and revolutionaries would respond to his calls for them to surrender to the Aquino regime.
“Over the past three years under the Aquino regime, the people have gained nothing but failed promises as they experience widespread unemployment, low wages, high prices, land grabbing and landlessness and overall greater hardships,” said the CPP.
“In the countryside, in the vain attempt to perpetuate this backward economic and social system, the AFP continues to wage an unjust war of suppression against the people, committing widespread abuses of human rights, violating people’s domiciles, using schools and day-care centers as barracks, accosting anyone they suspect of involvement in political activism or self-organizing,” added the CPP.
“The AFP’s brutalities and widespread abuses continue to incite people to take up arms against the ruling system,” said the CPP. “Thus, on a daily basis, several hundred people, mostly peasants, enlist with the NPA, the people’s militia or barrio self-defense units.”
“With such deep-rooted causes for the armed conflict, the Aquino regime and the AFP are indeed hallucinating if they believe that the Tiamzons’ arrest will cause the armed struggle to dissipate.
“It is also hilarious for them to claim that the arrests will cause the revolutionary movement to become rudderless and too disorganized to sustain itself and pursue its objectives.
“The Communist Party of the Philippines has a system of orderly succession in place. It is comprised of over 150,000 dedicated cadres, with 15 regional committees, scores of subregional leading committees, more than 110 front committees and thousands of sections and branch committees that lead revolutionary work at various areas and levels,” said the CPP.
“Through its central and regional leadership organs, the CPP will continue to lead the New People’s Army in waging extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare in order to further advance the people’s war,” said the CPP.
The CPP reiterated its demand for the immediate release of Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria, and condemned their arrest as a violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). “The Aquino regime is concocting one excuse after another to block the release of comrades Benito and Wilma.”
The CPP pointed out that the Aquino regime’s oft-repeated line that the National Democratic Front of the Philippines cannot verify its consultants as they were registered under assumed names does not apply to Wilma Austria who is recognized as a consultant under her real name. “Now Malacañang is coming up with another excuse claiming that Ms. Austria had jumped bail in 1989, when that was later superseded by the recognition it gave her as a peace consultant in 1995 when the JASIG was signed.”
The CPP further condemns the filing of trumped-up criminal charges against Tiamzon and Austria. “Just like the tactic of the Arroyo regime, the Aquino regime is coming up with all possible concocted cases of murder and illegal possession of firearms in order to prolong the incarceration of Tiamzon and Austria.” The CPP pointed out that Tiamzon and Austria where unarmed when they were accosted by military and police personnel.