Aquino claims of peace efforts hollow, covers up military abuses under Oplan Bayanihan — CPP

By CPP Information Bureau

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) dismissed as “hollow but loud” the declarations made by the Aquino government that it is seeking ways of resuming peace negotiations with the revolutionary forces. The CPP charged that the only aim of such a declaration is to misrepresent the war-seeking Aquino government as peace-loving and cover up widespread military abuses committed in the conduct of its Oplan Bayanihan war of suppression in the countryside.

Yesterday, the Aquino government claimed “it will not not close the peace table” and that it will “combine to seek ways to resume negotiations on the basis of a doable and time bound agenda.” Aquino’s Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles issued the statement yesterday after the CPP Central Committee said “It has no choice but to wait for the next regime to engage in serious negotiations” after the Aquino regime “has proven its unwillingness to negotiate a just peace.”

In its statement on the occasion of the CPP’s 45th anniversary on 26 December, the CPP Central Committee said the revolutionary movement does not expect the resumption of peace negotiations with the Aquino regime.

“So far, claims made by the Aquino government that it wants to pursue peace negotiations with the revolutionary forces represented by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has proven to be empty,” said the CPP. “Instead of pursuing formal peace negotiations, Aquino has simply been making empty peace declarations in the media but off-camera, he has been waging a brutal war in the countryside.”

“While waging revolutionary struggle, the Filipino people and their revolutionary forces have an unlimited supply of patience to wait for the GPH (government of the Republic of the Philippines) to make concrete steps and positive gestures to boost the resumption of formal peace negotiations on the basis of The Hague Joint Declaration of 1992, the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), and the series of joint agreements signed in the course of 25 years of NDFP-GPH negotiations,” said the CPP.

In April this year, Deles announced that the Royal Norwegian Government (RNG) had already been formally informed of the Aquino regime’s intention of terminating its peace negotiations with the NDFP. The RNG serves as the facilitator of the NDFP-GPH talks. Earlier, then head of the GPH peace panel Alexander Padilla unilaterally declared that the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) was “inoperable” after repeatedly violating it with the successive arrests of NDFP peace consultants.

“Since the start, the GPH has been working hard to end formal peace talks by renouncing all previous agreements and insisting that peace talks cannot proceed without the NDFP agreeing to declare one ceasefire after another,” pointed out the CPP.

“It has shown utter disregard of the outstanding agreements by violating these with impunity in the successive arrests of NDFP peace personnel and refusing to comply with its obligations to release the said consultants who are covered by the immunity guarantees stipulated in the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG),” said the CPP. “It has further refused to work with the NDFP panel to reconstruct the list of names of NDFP peace personnel, the computer file of which was damaged in the course of the GPH-instigated raid on the offices of the NDFP in Utrecht, The Netherlands in 2007.”

“To conceal the bellicosity of the Aquino regime after declaring an end to peace negotiations with the NDFP, Deles has been making repeated claims in the media that it is coming up with a ‘new mechanism’ to pursue peace negotiations with the NDFP.”

“We have yet to see even a shadow of this so-called ‘new mechanism,’ leading us to the conclusion that there, in fact, exists no such thing except for the old worn-out scheme of localized peace talks that seek to divide and pacify the revolutionary forces,” said the CPP. “Through such schemes, Aquino and his peace officials only want to make use of their so-called peace agenda as a scam to justify the allocation of tens of billions of pesos of public funds which only end up lining up the pockets of military officials and corrupt bureaucrats.”

“The Aquino regime insists on making such hollow but loud claims in the media of intending to pursue peace talks with the NDFP with the simple aim of camouflaging the brutalities and abuses being committed by its armed forces against civilians in areas it suspects as base areas of the revolutionary movement.”

“The Aquino regime is proving itself worse than (former president Gloria Macapagal) Arroyo in terms of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law,” added the CPP. “Aquino’s armed forces have abused the rights and welfare of children, women and the elderly. Over the past three years, at least one critic of the Aquino regime active in democratic struggles has been murdered every week. Hundreds remain jailed for their political advocacies. Entire communities have been subjected to terrorist aerial bombing runs that endanger the lives of people and cause massive damage to public infrastructure and the environment.”

“Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan military campaigns have been conducted with a clear aim of suppressing the people from waging democratic struggles for land reform and opposing the entry of large scale mining companies and logging operations,” pointed out the CPP. “The Aquino regime is pushing the people to carry out democratic mass struggles and wage armed resistance.”


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