By CPP Information Bureau
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) predicted more powerful mass struggles against the Aquino regime in 2014, as the latter continues to fuel the people’s anger with its widespread corruption, worsening economic conditions, unabated destruction of the environment, blind puppetry to the US imperialists, and utter failure to address the urgent needs of the people amid natural and man-made disasters.
“The Filipino people are increasingly restive with the Aquino regime’s economic priorities which serve primarily the interests of foreign companies and their local big business partners, big landlords such as the Aquino-Cojuangco clan, and the parasitic bureaucrat capitalists,” said the CPP.
“While the ruling classes are shielded from the economic crisis, the majority of the people wallow in worsening unemployment, further depression of real wages, rising prices of food, medicine, fuel and other basic commodities, deteriorating health, education and other social services, and environmental degradation,” said the CPP.
“The new year is set to start with another round of increases in diesel and oil prices, and a new hike in the taxes imposed on cigarettes and other commodities — a foreboding of greater hardships for the Filipino people in the coming year,” said the CPP.
“Aquino’s promises of clean government and reform have all fallen flat. Aquino’s rhetoric of ‘hope’ is roundly repudiated and dismissed with widespread cynicism among the working class and even the middle class of small professionals, teachers, government employees, students, media practitioners and small and middle businessmen.”
“There is an increasingly strong clamor for Aquino’s ouster especially after being exposed as the Pork Barrel King and his criminal failure to prepare for supertyphoon Yolanda and act swiftly to address the emergency needs of the people after the widespread devastation,” said the CPP.
“Aquino is set to become the narrowest target of mass protests as the people increasingly see through the thin veil of his media-centered PR gimmicks and outright lies perpetuated by the yellow army of media and survey manipulators,” added the CPP.
“In the past year, Aquino could not avoid being at the center of the storm of the people’s protests against the corrupt pork barrel system, as he insisted on defending Malacañang’s own pork barrel of several hundred billion pesos in lump sum appropriations,” pointed out the CPP. “While claiming to fight corruption, Aquino is defending the corrupt system of disbursing funds at his sole discretion, which he uses to line the pockets of bureacrat capitalists to buy their political loyalties.”
“The next three years will be characterized by the ruling clique’s desperate measures to hold on to power in the face of the increasingly strong clamor for Aquino’s removal from power,” said the CPP. “It is set on carrying out a flurry of political and military maneuvers to ensure the perpetuation in power of Aquino’s allies in the vain hope of being spared from criminal prosecution for the grave crimes of large-scale bribery and plunder, as well as crimes against humanity committed by his armed forces under his Oplan Bayanihan campaign of suppression.”
“The Filipino people remain vigilant against the maneuvers to amend the 1987 constitution to make it more compliant with the conditions set by the US imperialists for Philippine membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement,” added the CPP.
“Aquino is silently supportive of ‘chacha’ (Charter Change, amending the 1987 constitution) not only to comply with US dictates, but also to make it more pliable regarding pork barrel allocations recently declared unconstitutional by the reactionary Supreme Court, as well as to remove restrictions against successive terms.”
“The US is set to intensify efforts to build its military bases in the Philippines and further increase its military presence in the country, surpassing past years in terms of the number of dockings and entries of its troops, aircraft carriers, jetfighters and the rest of its war machinery.”
“With US backing, the Aquino regime will increasingly rely on military suppression to stop the people from rising up in their numbers in protest against its corruption, puppetry and anti-people economic policies,” said the CPP.
“Under the direction of the CPP, the New People’s Army (NPA) will undertake more frequent tactical offensives in order to annihilate weak enemy units and seize more weapons,” pointed out the CPP. “This year, every NPA command must gun for a record increase in the number of weapons seized from the reactionary military, paramilitary and police forces.”
“As 2013 ends, we can conclusively declare the defeat of the Aquino regime’s Oplan Bayanihan which failed in its declared aim of reducing the armed strength of the New People’s Army to inconsequentiality by the middle of this year,” said the CPP.
“The CPP must direct the heightening of people’s war nationwide, leading the intensification of the revolutionary armed struggle while waging widespread land reform campaigns and strengthening its mass base and building the structures of the people’s democratic government.”