Message of the NDFP-NEMR on the 44th founding anniversary of the NDFP

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 2ND CPP CONGRESS AND CELEBRATE THE 44TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NDFP

Image from 2.bp.blogspot.comOn the occasion of the 44th anniversary of the establishment of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) last April 24, 1973, NDFP-NEMR join in congratulating the leadership and cadres of the Communist Party of the Philippines for the successful and historical conduct of its Second Congress last October 24-November 7, 2016. The Congress marks significant lessons and decisions attained for the continuing advance of the Filipino revolution. It inspired all revolutionary forces, alliances and friends in the region.

NDFP-NEMR also lauds all revolutionary forces, cadres, activists, Red commanders and fighters of the New People’s Army for their boundless service and firm adherence to the leadership and guidance of the CPP in advancing the revolutionary movement in the region. NDFP-NEMR renders its Red salute to the revolutionary martyrs for the heroic sacrifice of their valuable lives for the interest of the people and the Filipino revolution.

Today, we celebrate the 44th year anniversary of the NDFP with its effective performance of duties as the Party’s partner in advancing the People’s Democratic Revolution and in ending the semi-colonial and semi-feudal system. The establishment of the NDFP is significant as it formed the consolidated alliance of all revolutionary organizations (peasants, workers, urban poor, Lumad, Moro, women, youth, church people, teachers, government employees, artists, scientists, health, OFWs, lawyers, people’s army and Party) adhering to the PDR line through protracted people’s war.

The NDFP and its allied organizations established a broad unity against imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism and attained wide-ranging support for armed revolution. With support from allied organizations, under the leadership of the Party and through armed revolution in the countryside, people’s revolutionary governments have been established in the countryside.

The NDFP proficiently performs its role as representative of the people’s revolutionary government in the peace negotiations with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) to determine the root causes of civil war. Under the Duterte regime, four rounds of peace negotiations have been held amidst attempts to derail these by the US puppets within the AFP and the reactionary government. The ruling class seek to place the peace negotiations under their control and within their reactionary framework, and maneuvered to ignore the recognition of the belligerency status of the NDFP.

The four rounds of negotiations produced positive accomplishments. Discussions on the most substantive issue of socio-economic reforms have started. Included are issues related to land reform, national industrialization, national sovereignty, social services, environment and many others. It seriously threatens the interests of the imperialists, large bourgeoisie-compradors and land lords. Especially if Duterte will truly side with the people’s interests and fulfill the promises and commitment he declared against the United States.

But because the Duterte government is infested with puppets of US imperialism and ruling classes, the enemy will always maneuver to put their interests first at the people’s expense. That is why it is not surprising that within the almost 10 months the Duterte regime has been in power, his promises are at a standstill and its fulfillment remains but a blur. Neo-liberal economic policies persist and the lopsided military agreements with the US such as EDCA, VFA and Mutual Defense Treaty remain enforced.

Amidst peace negotiations, the AFP/PNP intensified their annihilative campaigns against the revolutionary movement. In NEMR, the AFP/PNP implements the brutal Oplan Kapayapaan. Together with sustained operations by AFP troops, psywar and intelligence operations are also launched through COPD, against the people and the NPA. The AFP/PNP committed numerous human rights violations against the people. They deceitfully execute surrender campaigns among revolutionaries. Because it failed, they scrimp and force to surrender those who have long ceased to be NPA members and individuals accused of being sympathizers. Also this year, additional troops from the Special Forces of the Philippine Army were deployed in NEMR particularly in Surigao del Sur.

But the NPA-NEMR and the revolutionaries effectively frustrates the plans and attacks of the AFP/PNP forces. Within the first four months of 2017, NPA-NEMR launched not less than 42 military actions, in defense and to counteract the attacks of the AFP, PNP, CAA and its paramilitary forces. These resulted in 28 killed and 25 wounded from the enemy. The NPA also sanctioned twice the banana plantation of Sumifru for its unrelenting destruction of the environment and land grabbing.

Amidst enemy actions to derail peace negotiations, the people and the revolutionary forces actively support the advance of the peace talks between the GRP and NDFP. Recall, that in August 2016, NPA-NEMR released 5 POWs in support of the peace talks. The POW releases were attended by more than 5,000 people as show of support for the talks.

On the last week of February 2017, thousands marched in the cities of the region to call upon Duterte to resume peace talks after he cancelled during the first week within the same month. The people also condemned the brutal all-out war of the AFP.

President Duterte resumed peace negotiations. Last April 2-6, the 4th round was successfully completed and the 5th round is scheduled this May 26 to June 2, 2017 in The Netherlands.

Continue to support the peace talks between the GRP and NDFP. Strengthen and broaden the movements for sectoral demands like land reform, higher wages, free education, free housing and end to contractualization and many others. Continue to call on President Duterte to fulfill his promises.

Frustrate the deceitful plans of Oplan Kapayapaan and the military offensives of the AFP/PNP against the NPA and people through consciously exposing these and with active resistance. The NPA must launch broad counter attacks and tactical offensives. Advance the people’s war to a higher level!

Long live the NDFP! Long live the struggling peoples!
Join the New People’s Army!

(sgd)
Ka Maria Malaya
Spokesperson
NDF-NEMR

Bisaya

Abril 24, 2017

Mensahe sa NDFP-NEMR sa ika – 44 nga anibersaryo sa pagkatukod sa NDFP
PAHALIPAY ALANG SA IKA-2 KONGRESO SA PKP UG
ISAULOG ANG IKA-44 NGA ANIBERSARYO SA NDFP

Atol niining ika-44 nga anibersaryo sa pagkatukod sa National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) niadtong Abril 24, 1973, ang NDFP-NEMR, una sa tanan, nagaduyog sa pagpahalipay ngadto sa liderato ug mga kadre sa Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas sa malampuson ug makasaysayanong pagpahigayon sa Ikaduhang Kongreso niini niadtong Oktubre 24 – Nobyembre 7, 2016. Ang maong Kongreso nagmarka sa mahinungdanong mga pagtulun-an ug desisyon nga nakab-ot niini alang sa mapadayunong pag-asdang sa rebolusyong Pilipino. Gikalipay kini sa tanang mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa, mga alyado ug mga higala dinhi sa rehiyon.

Gipadangat usab sa NDFP-NEMR ang pagpasidungog ngadto sa tanang mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa, kadre, aktibista, mga Pulang kumander ug manggugubat sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan sa walay kinutubang pag-alagad ug sa hugtanong pagtamod sa pagpangulo ug paggiya sa PKP sa pagpaasdang sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan sa rehiyon. Ang NDFP-NEMR naghatag sa iyang Pulang pagsaludo ngadto sa mga rebolusyonaryong martir sa ilang mabayanihong paghalad sa bililhong kinabuhi alang sa kaayuhan sa katawhan ug sa rebolusyong Pilipino.

Karong adlawa, atong saulugon ang ika-44 ka tuig nga anibersayo sa NDFP sa iyang epektibong pagpatuman sa mga katungdanan isip kaabag sa Partido sa pagpaasdang sa Demokratikong Rebolusyon sa Katawhan ug paglumpag sa sistemang semikolonyal ug semipyudal. Mahinungdanon ang pagkatukod sa NDFP kay natibuok ang konsolidadong alyansa sa mga rebolusyonaryong organisasyon (sa mag-uuma, mamumuo, kabus sa dakbayan, Lumad, Moro, kababayen-an, kabatan-onan, mga taong simbahan, magtutudlo, mga empleyado sa gobyerno, artista, syentista, sa panglawas, OFWs, mga abogado, hukbong bayan ug Partido) nga nagsubay sa linya sa DRK pinaagi sa malungtarong gubat sa katawhan.

Napatuman sa NDFP ug sa mga kaalyadong organisasyon niini ang pagkab-ot sa lapad nga panaghiusa batok sa imperyalismo, pyudalismo ug burukrata kapitalismo ug pag-angkon sa lapad nga suporta alang armadong rebolusyon. Sa pagtinabangay sa mga kaalyadong organisasyon, sa pagpangulo sa Partido ug sa paglunsad sa armadong pakigbisog sa kabanikanhan, natukod ang mga rebolusyonaryong gobyerno sa katawhan sa kabukiran.

Maalamong napapelan sa NDFP isip nagrepresentar sa rebolusyonaryong gobyerno sa katawhan ang pakighisgot sa kalinaw ngadto sa Gobyerno sa Republika sa Pilipinas (GRP) aron ugkaton ang mga gamot hinungdan sa gubat sibil. Ubos sa rehimeng Duterte, ikaupat na ka hugna sa negosasyong pangkalinaw ang malampusong napahigayon taliwala sa paninguhang idiskaril kini sa mga itoy sa US diha sa AFP ug sa reaksyonaryong gobyerno. Buot sa nagharing pundok nga ipahiluna ang panaghisgot pangkalinaw subay sa ilang gusto ug sulod sa ilang reaksyonaryong gambalay, ug nagmaniobra aron idumili ang pag-ila sa belligerency status sa NDFP.

Positibo ang naabot sa upat ka hugna sa panaghisgot. Nasugdan na ang paghisgot sa pinakamahinungdanong unod mahitungod sa sosyo-ekonomikanhong reporma. Napaunod dinhi ang hisgutanan kalambigit sa reporma sa yuta, nasudnong industriyalisasyon, nasudnong soberanya, katilingbanong kaayuhan, kinaiyahan ug uban pa. Labihang nahulga dinhi ang interes sa mga imperyalista, dagkung burgesyang kumprador ug agalong yutaan. Labaw na kung matinud-anong modapig si Duterte sa interes sa katawhan ug tumanon niya ang iyang mga saad ug barugan ang iyang gipamulong batok sa imperyalistang Estados Unidos.

Apan, tungod kay gipalibutan ang gobyerno ni Duterte sa mga alipures sa imperyalistang US ug sa mga nagharing hut-ong momaniobra gayud ang mga kaaway nga hut-ong aron ipatigbabaw ang ilang mga interes sa kaalautan sa katawhan. Mao nga dili katingad-an nga sa halos 10 ka bulan na sa poder ang rehimeng Duterte padayong nalansang ang iyang gipangsaad ug mas gipahanap pa ang katumanan niini. Gipadayon ang imperyalistang neo-liberal nga mga palisiya sa ekonomiya ug gipatuman gihapon ang mga dili patas nga kasabutang militar tali sa US sama sa EDCA, VFA ug Mutual Defense Treaty.

Samtang adunay panaghisgot sa kalinaw gipakusog sa AFP/PNP ang ilang kampanyang pagpuo sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan. Sa NEMR, gipatuman sa AFP/PNP ang bangis nga Oplan Kapayapaan. Dungan sa mga sustenidong mga operasyon sa mga tropa sa AFP, kaylap nga gilunsad usab ang saywar ug paniktik pinaagi sa COPD batok sa katawhan ug BHB. Ubay-ubay na ang mga kalapasan sa tawhanong katungod ang nabuhat sa AFP/PNP ngadto sa katawhan. Malinglahon niining gipatuman ang mga kampanyang pagpasurender sa mga rebolusyonaryo. Apan kay pakyas kini gidaginot ug gipugos sa pagpasurender ang dugay nang mipahulay nga mga membro sa BHB ug ang mga indibidwal nga gidudahang simpatisador. Niining tuiga usab gidugangan og pwersa gikan sa Special Forces sa Philippine Army ang NEMR partikular sa Surigao del Sur.
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Apan epektibong gipakyas sa BHB-NEMR ug mga rebolusyonaryong katawhan ang mga pakana ug pangatake sa mga pwersa sa AFP/PNP. Sa unang upat ka bulan sa 2017, nalunsad sa BHB-NEMR ang dili momenos sa 42 ka mga aksyong militar isip lakang sa pagpanalipod ug kontra-atake batok sa mga pagpanulong sa mga tropa sa AFP, PNP, CAA ug mga paramilitar niini. Niresulta kini sa 28 ka patay ug 25 ka samaron sa kaaway. Giapil usab sa pagsilot sa BHB sa duha ka higayon ang plantasyon sa saging sa Sumifru tungod sa padayon niining pagdaut sa kinaiyahan ug pagpangilog og yuta.

Taliwala sa mga pangdiskaril sa kaaway sa negosasyon sa kalinaw, ang katawhan ug mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa aktibong nagasuporta sa pagpaasdang sa panaghisgot pangkalinaw tali sa GRP ug NDFP. Kun mahinumduman, niadtong Agosto 2016, gibuhian sa BHB-NEMR ang 5 ka POW isip suporta alang sa panaghisgot pangkalinaw. Ang pagrelis sa mga POW gitambungan sa kapin 5,000 ka katawhan agig pagsuporta sa panaghisgot.

Niadtong katapusang semana sa Pebrero 2017, nagmartsa ang libuan ka katawhan sa lain-laing syudad sa rehiyon aron ipanawagan ngadto kang Duterte nga ibalik ang panaghisgot pangkalinaw human kini niya gikansela niadtong unang semana sa mao gihapon nga bulan. Gikondena usab sa katawhan atol niini nga adlaw ang bangis nga all-out war o todong gera sa AFP.

Gibalik ni Presidente Duterte ang negosasyon sa kalinaw. Busa niadtong Abril 2-6 malampusong napahigayon ang ikaupat ka hugna sa panaghisgot ug gitakda ang ikalima nga hugna karong Mayo 26 – Hunyo 2, 2017 didto sa The Netherlands.

Padayong suportahan ang panaghisgot pangkalinaw tali sa GRP ug NDFP. Ipakusog ug ipalapad ang mga kalihukan sa pagpanghingusog sa mga sektoral nga pangayo sama sa reporma sa yuta, pagpataas sa suhulan, libreng edukasyon, libreng pabalay ug pagtapos sa kontraktwalisasyon ug uban pa. Padayong sukton si Presidente Duterte sa iyang mga saad.

Pakyason ang mga malimbungong pakana sa Oplan Kapayapaan ug mga opensibang militar sa AFP/PNP batok sa BHB ug katawhan pinaagi sa matngon nga pagbutyag ug aktibong pagsukol. Ilunsad sa BHB ang kaylap nga mga kontra atake ug mga taktikal nga opensiba. Ipakusog ang gubat sa katawhan ngadto sa mas taas nga ang-ang!

Mabuhi ang NDFP! Mabuhi ang katawhang nakigbisog!
Sampa sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan!

(pinirmahan)
Ka Maria Malaya
Tigpamaba
NDF-NEMR

Concha Araneta: On the 44th Anniversary of the NDFP

Concha Araneta
Spokesperson
NDFP Panay
23 April 2017

A thunderous and resounding applause to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. This acclamation so befits the NDFP as it reaches the height of its achievements in 44 years of serving the Pilipino people.

The year 2016 up to the present has put the NDFP in the forefront of Philippine politics as well as hugged frontline news abroad when it engaged the Duterte regime in the longest peace negotiation in our country.

With the guidance of the CPP as its principal the NDFP peace negotiators with much presence of mind, flexibility and openness have adroitly handled impositions by Duterte even before the start of the 4 th round. This is so because of the NDFP’s persistence to push through the agreements on Social Economic Reforms which would effect milestone reforms and substantial changes for the masses.

The most meaningful and most significant gain in the fourth round of the peace talk held this month of April is the affirmation and validation of GRP and NDFP that the free distribution of land is the basic principle of genuine agrarian reform.

This is the first time that the GRP has accepted and agreed to the demand of the peasant masses for free distribution of land. This has proven that the centuries-old struggle of the poor peasants is just and right. A struggle having been paid by their blood and lives.

The NDFP has well asserted and championed its program for a national democratic revolution and has further reached millions during the peace process. This has raised higher its prestige and popularity among our people especially the basic sectors of peasants, workers, urban poor and the youth.

It is notable that church leaders of various denominations have been most enthusiastic in supporting the peace endeavour and in pushing the talks to continue. Here in Panay and nationwide a number of local government officials from congressmen, governors, mayors, city and town councils welcome this move for peace and have passed resolutions of support,
opened up schools and other forums to peace dialogues as well as resources and other forms.

There has also been favorable acceptance of the NDFP agrarian reform and national industrialization proposals by a considerably large portion of our professionals and local small and medium entrepreneurs. There are even landlords who have come to understand and are open as to their role in the industrialization of the economy if ever their lands would be distributed to the poor tillers.

The member-organizations of the NDFP are expanding and increasing and are deeply-rooted among the exploited and oppressed classes and sectors. From the original 12 member-organizations on its founding on April 24, 1973 we now number 17 as of this date. Individual
members have reached to hundreds of thousands nationwide while here in Panay we have more or less a score of thousands well-placed in all its provinces. This past 12 months we have successfully launched the Panay Regional Congress of the CNL or Christians for National Liberation and we have also held the Panay Regional Conference of Kabataang Makabayan or
KM.

The NDFP is the biggest and most widespread organization of the revolutionary movement because it is the alliance of all revolutionary forces who carry the true interests of the majority of the Pilipino people from the lowest peasants to the middle classes in our society.

The allied organizations of the NDFP in Panay who are well-rooted among the peasants, laborers, youth and students, urban poor, teachers, health workers, employees and other professionals as well as the religious sector are leading the mass struggles of their sectors.

It was not seldom that the struggles and protest actions that they have led resulted to tangible
benefits to the masses of peasants, workers, students and other working people. This is one reason why the overwhelming majority of our people today avidly support the peace talk and their concerted actions have pushed Duterte to resume the peace negotiation inspite of attempts to block it by the militarists and US stooges in his government.

Under the CPP’s leadership and with the NPA as its fighting arm, the NDFP has greatly contributed to the advance of the people’s war in our country. A good majority of the ranks of the New People’s Army come from member organizations of the NDFP. In Panay the bulk of the people’s army come from members of Kabataang Makabayan, Pambansang Katipunan ng mga
Magbubukid and Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan.

As we have reached our height and prestige the revolutionary movement cannot forget our revolutionary heroes and martyrs who have given their ultimate. I would want to honor a few of them. Tay Andres Togonon a peasant turned Marxist-Leninist till the end, comrade Joe Tangente a seminarian, Geronimo ‘G7’ Gerez from KM and our brave women from MAKIBAKA — Mary
Gene Dumaplin, Rowena Torato and Ma. Luisa ‘Luing’ Posa-Dominado.

The people’s war we are waging today is for people’s peace. It is because of the advance, the strength and the resilience of our people’s war that the reactionary government has been pushed to sit down and listen to the people’s demands. Without admitting it, sitting across the table with the NDFP, implies the GRP admits to the quasi-governmental role of the NDFP
representing the people’s revolutionary government.

We must launch more gigantic, more militant and more frequent mass struggles that would lead to bigger successes to our peoples’s war. Our mass organizations must grow bigger and stronger. The people’s gains cannot be wasted and they have to be defended by its army. The NPA in Panay must further grow bigger and stronger in order to defend the people and their gains.

Whether the negotiation would come to its conclusion or not, the NDFP has proven that it upholds the genuine interests of the Pilipino people, that the peace we offer is peace based on justice and that people’s war is truly for people’s peace.

  • Carry out the free distribution of land!
  • Carry out national industrialization!
  • Uphold and support the peace talks!
  • Salute to the NDFP on its 44 th year!

Solidarity message on the 33rd Celebration of Cordillera Day

Balantoy, Balbalan, Kalinga
April 23 – 25, 2017

Photo Artemio A. Dumlao

In the name of the Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), I bring you red greetings on the occasion of the 33rd year of celebrating Cordillera Day.

This celebration has been held for the past three decades to bring to the fore the burning issues confronted by the Cordillera peoples and unite their ranks to enable them to firmly address these.

This year, the theme is on intensifying the struggle to advance the rights of the Cordillera peoples to self-determination and defend their ancestral lands, life and honor. The Cordillera peoples must step up the struggle against the massive seizure of their ancestral lands and natural resources by imperialists and the local exploiting classes, which further creates widespread poverty in the Cordillera and worsens the discrimination and abuse of its people.

The ongoing peace talks is very relevant to this year’s theme.

Currently, both parties – the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the NDFP – are forging a comprehensive agreement on social and economic reforms. An important part of the agreement being advanced by the NDFP is the particular section on the rights of national minorities. The section on national minorities was completed after special consultations with their representatives, including leaders of the Cordillera People’s Alliance which organized this celebration. We assure you that the NDFP Negotiating Panel will advance these proposals in the peace negotiations.

In the long term, the 10th point in the NDFP’s 12-Point Program calls for upholding the rights of the Bangsamoro and the Cordillera peoples and other indigenous peoples to self-determination and democracy. Here, the NDFP declares its aspiration to build a Philippines where there is unity, equality and brotherhood of all peoples and nationalities and to forge a nation that is founded upon real independence from imperialism, democracy for the people, and genuine autonomy for the Bangsamoro, the Cordillera peoples and other indigenous peoples.

Genuine autonomy will be guaranteed within the framework of the people’s democratic republic of the Philippines, wherein the structure of government will ensure full participation and decisive say by the people of the autonomous areas on all matters affecting their lives, recognition of their right to ancestral land, priority in employment and economic opportunities, with returns from the economic development of their areas mainly accruing to them to hasten their social progress, while respecting their tradition and culture.

Thus, whether in the short or long term, on or outside of the negotiating table, the national-democratic revolution that the NDFP represents is advancing the interests of the Cordillera peoples.

It would be fine if the lives of the Cordillera peoples can be uplifted through the peace talks. But whatever is accomplished in the peace negotiations, your decisiveness to intensify your struggle for self-determination, ancestral land and honor will certainly pave a clear path towards the fulfillment of the great aspirations of the heroic peoples of the Cordillera.

Long live the Cordillera peoples!

FIDEL AGCAOILI
Chairman
NDFP Negotiating Panel

Leonardo Manahan, Banwar ti Umili (People’s Hero)

Leonardo Manahan, Banwar ti Umili (People’s Hero)
December 29, 1968 – April 14, 2017

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) pays the highest tribute to Leonardo Manahan, 48, of Bangued, Abra, who died due to an illness. The brave son of Abra breathed his last on April 14, 2017 surrounded by the mountain peaks of his beloved Gran Cordilleras and the masses he served.

Ka Zola (also known as “Ka Ugis,” “Ka Nante” and “Ka Emil” among the Cordillera masses, and “Ka Tolayts”, “Ka Daniel” and “Ka Dario” in the youth and student movement) was a fearless NPA warrior and well-loved by the masses for bringing light and hope to communities. His name is now etched on the pantheon of thousands of revolutionary heroes who showed unwavering dedication to the revolutionary cause and exemplified selflessness, self-sacrifice, simple living and arduous struggle.

Before he joined the New People’s Army, Ka Tolayts was an exemplary student leader and organizer. He first became an activist at Lapiang Makabayan in the University of the East-Recto campus where he studied Political Science. In 1992, he was elected chairperson of the militant League of Filipino Students-UE Chapter and went on to become LFS-NCR Regional Chair in 1994-1995. He was also a member of the National Secretariat of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines for a brief period.

During the Second Great Rectification Movement, he was one of the student activist-leaders who conducted recovery work and led anti-revisionist struggles in Metro Manila schools and urban poor communities. Comrades remember him for being a forceful debater against revisionists and reactionary elements, a skill sharpened by endless educational discussions he attended as both student and instructor. He was a tireless organizer who always knew where his revolutionary ardor would lead him: armed revolutionary struggle.

A jolly fellow, Ka Tolayts endeared himself to comrades, fellow youth and students and the urban poor he organized with endless jokes, funny stories and infectious laughter. Never one to put himself above comrades and organizational unity, he obediently submitted himself to Communist Party of the Philippines discipline during times of personal crises.

In 1999-2000, he transferred to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa, Manila where he became the Party Section Committee Secretary. At this time, he was nominated to become a member of the National Youth and Student Bureau. As part of his organizing work at PUP, he was briefly deployed to the then Provisional National Teachers Bureau to help organize professors and non-teaching personnel in the country’s biggest university.

In 2000, he heeded the call to help strengthen the YS movement in the Ilocos-Cordillera Region and eventually became one of the leading committee members of the Regional Youth and Students Bureau. Because of his capabilities and dedication to the revolutionary movement, he was later promoted to be part of the Regional Urban Committee in ICR and helped in the formation of the Ilocos White Area Committee in 2003.

In 2003, he joined the New People’s Army. It had been his long-time desire to join the armed struggle in the countryside. He was first deployed in the Ilocos provinces.

In June 2005, he was arrested with a comrade in Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte following a firefight with the AFP. They were charged with rebellion and detained at the Ilocos Norte Provincial Jail. This did not stop him from serving the Filipino people. His morale was not subdued. Instead, he became more resolute to carry on with the armed struggle. Immediately upon his release in August 2006, he rejoined the NPA and resumed leading roles in Ilocos, Abra, Mountain Province.

Sometime in 2009, in yet another firefight with fascist Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) troops, he suffered multiple wounds. As soon as his wounds healed, he rejoined his NPA comrades and resumed revolutionary work.

At the time of his death, he was the Secretary of the Front Committee of Ifugao and a leading regional cadre of ICR, fulfilling his promise as one of the best the youth can offer the Filipino people and the revolution.

The Filipino masses, the Cordillera peoples and the revolutionary allied organizations of the NDFP salute Comrade Leonardo Manahan for his honor, courage, unfailing dedication and ultimate sacrifice to the revolutionary cause. May his children and loved ones take comfort from the fact that his comrades and the masses he selflessly served draw strength and inspiration from his heroism.###

IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE KOREAN PEOPLE AGAINST US IMPERIALISM ON THE 105th BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT LEADER KIM IL SUNG

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
April 15, 2017

We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) share with the Korean people and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) the boundless joy of celebrating the 105th birth anniversary of the great leader Kim Il Sung. In his lifetime, Comrade Kim Il Sung led the Korean people in achieving great revolutionary feats in fighting and defeating the Japanese colonialists and subsequently the US imperialists and achieving national and social liberation.

Under his direction, the Korean Worker’s Party founded the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Upon the basic completion of the people’s democratic revolution, he guided and mobilized the Korean people to carry out the socialist revolution and construction. The Korean people have achieved great advances in socialist construction in the social, economic, political and cultural fields.

Despite the barbaric and destructive US-led war of aggression against Korea and the ceaseless embargo and provocations, Comrade Comrade Il Sung succeeded with the Korean people to make gigantic advances in socialist revolution and construction in a planned and timely way. These have been won under the principle of self-reliance against constant threats, economic sanctions and war provocations from US imperialism.

Comrade Kim Il Sung has bequeathed a shining heritage of resolute and militant struggle for national independence, democracy and socialism not only to the Korean people but also to the world’s proletariat and people. The brilliant victories have inspired the toiling masses in their struggle for a new society free from exploitation and oppression.

In the spirit of proletarian internationalism, Comrade Kim Il Sung gave exemplary fraternal support to the Cuban and Vietnamese peoples in their revolutionary struggle against US imperialism. He supported the oppressed peoples in Asia, Africa and Latin America in their struggle for national independence and democracy. He was an outstanding stalwart of the non-aligned movement that espoused the right of the peoples to self-determination and to an independent course of development.

We, the ILPS, extend our militant solidarity with the Korean people in their fervent desire to have a peaceful reunification of the north and south and in their heroic struggle against the continuing sanctions, threats and provocations of US imperialism and its reactionary agents. We support the right of the DPRK and the Korean people to self-defense against aggression, to develop their nuclear capability in defense of their national independence and to counter the bullying and threats of a preemptive nuclear strike from US imperialism.

We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, express our highest admiration and deepest respect for the memory of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung on the occasion of his 105th birth anniversary. Together with the Korean people, we cherish his memory that has inspired the revolutionary proletariat and people in their struggle for a new and better world.

Long live the memory and legacy of Comrade Kim Il Sung!
Long live the struggle for national liberation, democracy and socialism!
US imperialism must get out of south Korea!
The Korean people will prevail and achieve peaceful reunification!
Long live the international solidarity of peoples!

RED SALUTE TO STEFAN ENGEL FOR 37 YEARS OF EXEMPLARY LEADERSHIP OF THE MLPD! RED SALUTE TO GABI GÄRTNER AND THE NEW LEADERSHIP OF THE MLPD!

By Jose Maria Sison,
Founding Chairman, Communist Party of the Philippines
Chief Political Consultant, National Democratic Front of the Philippines
08 April 2017

We wish to convey comradely greetings of proletarian internationalism to the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany and all comrades and friends gathered today in Ferienpark Thüringer Wald for the festival celebrating the victories of the Party under the 37-year Chairmanship of Stefan Engel and ushering in the Chairmanship of Gabi Gärtner.

We have come to know well Comrade Stefan Engel as a brilliant Marxist-Leninist leader and an outstanding communist fighter in the course of the close and effective relations between the Communist Party of the Philippines and Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany and in connection with cooperation within the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations.

He learned comprehensivey and profoundly the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought and had the good fortune of being educated and trained by Willi Dickut, renowned German theoretician and practitioner of proletarian revolution. He rose from the ranks of the youth movement as a leader and as a communist cadre.

At the same time, he was a worker himself and rose from the ranks of workers to become the Chairman of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD). Following the footsteps of his mentor Willi Dickut and all the great communist thinkers and leaders, Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Mao, he has written books and articles to give theoretical and practical guidance to the German proletariat in their revolutionary struggle for genuine socialism.

As proletarian internationalist and exponent of people’s solidarity against imperialism, he has always taken into account the context of world proletarian revolution of the German revolution. His works have influenced the proletariat and people in both imperialist and underdeveloped countries regarding the fundamental principles of Marxist-Leninist philosophy, political science and social science and the requirements of revolutionary struggle against imperialism and all reaction.

He has delved into the contradictions between proletarian and petty bourgeois modes of thinking and their respective party manifestations in contemporary capitalist society. He has avidly studied and written about the internationalization of production and the need for world proletarian revolution. He has championed the just cause of conserving, protecting and using wisely the environment. He has stood firmly against nuclear weapons and nuclear plants as source of energy because these are threats to the very existence of humankind.

To share the stand, views and methods of the MLPD with other parties, he has long maintained a leading role in the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations (ICMLPO). He has sought to widen the influence and consequence of the parties in ICMLPO by conjoining them with mass organizations and movements in the International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organizations (ICOR) and by allying this with the International League of Peoples’ Stuggle (ILPS).

Having expressed our highest appreciation for her predecessor, Comrade Stefan, we convey our warmest felicitations to Comrade Gabi Gärtner for being elected by the Central Committee as the new Chairman of the MLPD. Gabi also grew up around the presence of comrade Willi Dickhut and Comrade Stefan.

These two outstanding communist leaders put great emphasis on the study of Marxist-Leninist theory and its application on German society and revolutionary movement, a rich and priceless legacy for the young Gabi.

She took active part in the activities of the children’s organization Rotfüchse and later joined the communist youth organization REBELL. In the 1990s, Gabi took active part in the broad anti-fascist youth movement in Solingen, the alliance Gegen Faschismus und Krieg, and the movement against the interventionist war in Iraq, and later in the Solinger Appell.

She is a worker hersef, a skilled toolmaker, a specialist in industrial construction, and a well-respected labor leader. She took an active part in the IG Metall metalworkers’ union, and has since accumulated valuable experience in revolutionary trade union work.

She joined the Party in 1996 and was elected as the youngest member of the Central Committee in 2000. Filipino comrades witnessed her promotion. She has dedicated her full time for the Party since 2003, and has performed important and exemplary work within the Party and as a municipal councilor under the Solingen Aktiv. Taking on great responsibilities, Gabi has been able to develop closer relations with the Solingen communities, the rank-and-file membership of the Party, comrades and her friends.

Most recently, she displayed exemplary competence and courage in leading a contingent of the International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organizations (ICOR) in the Syrian town of Kôbane. Her delegation assisted in the rehabilitation of a health center which had been destroyed by the ISIS. Her ability to lead under the most difficult conditions, camaraderie and selfless dedication earned for her the respect of the local population and fighters.

As aptly pointed out, ‘she is the best person for this task’! We are highly confident that Gabi will be able to continue with the exemplary work and legacy of Comrade Stefan Engels in leading the Central Committee and the entire MLPD in the German revolutionary struggle as well as in international work We wish her and the Party utmost success in achieving more victories in the years ahead.

Red salute to Stefan Engel for 37 years of in exemplary leadership of the MLPD!
Red salute to Gabi Gärtner and the new leadership of the MLPD!
Long live the MLPD!
Victory to the proletarian revolution in Germany!
Long live proletarian internationalism and solidarity of all oppressed peoples!

NDFP Renders High Tribute to Jan Beentjes, an Exemplary Comrade

February 13, 2017

Jan Beentjes

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) renders high tribute to Johannes Jacobus “Jan” Beentjes, an exemplary comrade. We are deeply saddened by his passing away. We convey our most heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.

We have very fond memories of Comrade Jan Beentjes, his devotion and determination to pursue the cause of liberation and democracy. We recall his kindness and generosity, his keen and serious mind and his humor. For all these, we love him and feel inspired by him in continuing the tasks we, together with him and other comrades, have set for ourselves to accomplish.

Jan was deeply dedicated to serve the struggle of the Filipino people for national and social liberation. He keenly followed the growth of the people’s revolution in building organs of democratic power all over the country, their fight for genuine land reform and national industrialization and their struggle against US imperialism and the local reactionaries of big landlords and compradors.

Jan offered his skills for the international solidarity work. He was a stalwart of the International DEFEND Committee in support of Filipino refugees and managed the Defend Jose Maria Sison website. He prepared video presentations on the Philippine situation and the just struggles of the Filipino people to provide meaningful information for international audiences.

He generously gave much of his time and his financial resources to help develop the solidarity work abroad. He developed his skill in music, joining his longstanding partner and soulmate and other anti-imperialist musicians to perform in solidarity activities.

Jan was a keen student of revolutionary movements. He made use of his rich experiences in the Soviet Union and the People's Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) to enrich educational efforts in solidarity work. He studied and discussed with other comrades the fundamental topics of imperialism, dialectical and historical materialism, political economy and basic documents of the Philippine Revolution.

We shall miss Comrade Jan Beentjes. His revolutionary spirit and service to the Filipino people and the world revoluton will continue to inspire us.

Long live the revolutionary spirit and legacy of Comrade Jan Beentjes!
Long live the Filipino people's struggle for national and social liberation!
Long live international anti-imperialist solidarity and the struggle for socialism!

Luis G. Jalandoni
NDFP Chief International Representative
Member, NDFP National Executive Committee


Jan at the launching of the ILPS Netherlands.

Solidarity message to the Refoundation Congress of SORTU

By LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chief International Representative
National Democratic Front of the Philippines
18 January 2017

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines extends its warmest greetings of solidarity to the Abertzale Left and the Basque people on the Refoundation Congress of SORTU. We echo the firm support of the revolutionary people of the Philippines for the continuing struggle for national self-determination and genuine democracy of the Basque people.

Photo: JonB

We salute your efforts in the entire refoundation process in electing a new set of leadership for SORTU, and in uniting on the current political situation, conflict resolution process and SORTU’s political strategy in the coming years. We commend your continued aspirations of being an instrument for freedom and democracy for the Basque people.

The Filipino people are themselves in the midst of a life-and-death struggle for national freedom and genuine democracy. Despite the country’s rich natural resources, the vast majority of Filipinos live in poverty; they suffer landlessness, feudal landlord exploitation, joblessness, slave wages, absent or dismal social services, and extreme social inequality. The country’s riches are plundered by the local economic elite and foreign monopoly corporations led by the US. Local and national government officials earn big money from these corporations in return for keeping down wages and brutally suppressing the people’s rights to decent living.

The NDFP and the revolutionary people of the Philippines have been waging various forms of struggle across the country in nearly five decades. Peasant organizations implement the revolutionary agrarian reform program and build the foundations of the people’s democratic and political power in the countryside. Workers, urban poor communities, the women, youth and other sectors organize themselves in the cities and town centers, demanding democratic reforms, as well as amplifying the revolutionary calls for national liberation and democracy.

Rodrigo Duterte, who became president of the Manila government on 30 June 2016, presents himself as a “socialist” and a “Leftist” president. He has had long friendly relations with the revolutionary forces in the southern island of Mindanao and has expressed willingness to address the roots of the armed conflict. Based on a list recommended by the NDFP, Duterte has appointed personages from the legal democratic mass movement to be part of his cabinet and other government agencies.

Accordingly, the revolutionary movement has issued a policy of alliance and struggle, and the NDFP is now engaging the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) in peace talks to address the roots of the armed conflict in the country.

At the same time however, the revolutionary movement is fully aware that Duterte remains to be the president of a reactionary and counter-revolutionary state. In particular, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) remains firmly in the hands of US-trained and US-directed generals and civilian officials. Duterte has allowed the AFP to continue its armed operations in the countryside against the minority and peasant communities, resulting in continued widespread and atrocious human rights abuses. He has also given the Philippine National Police (PNP) and armed criminal gangs a free hand in killing mainly poor drug users and small-time drug dealers, in the name of his “war against drugs”.

His finance and economic policies have been handed over to corporate managers and bureaucrats who staunchly perpetuate the worst of the neoliberal economic policies of the past reactionary regimes. They remain obsessed with attracting foreign investments to own and exploit the country’s natural resources, pressing down wages, suppressing labor rights, and sacrificing food self-sufficiency.

In the ongoing NDFP-GRP peace talks, the revolutionary movement is growing increasingly wary of Duterte’s sincerity. After releasing 19 political prisoners in August, he has refused to release some 400 more languishing in various detention centers in the country, despite twice promising to do so during the First Round of peace talks.

Nevertheless, the NDFP and the entire revolutionary movement remain open to peace talks with the Duterte government. We remain open to discussing and forging agreements on social and economic reforms, and political and constitutional reforms, which can be completed in two years. These agreements, when implemented, are expected to improve the situation of the Filipino people on the road to resolving the roots of the ongoing civil war.

In this regard, we are calling on the solidarity of the struggling peoples of the world to support the Filipino people in our quest for national and social liberation. Especially in this arduous task of confronting the Duterte government across the negotiating table and in the arena of mass struggles. We are hopeful that the bonds of solidarity between the revolutionary Filipino and Basque peoples will continue to strengthen in our common quest. We are hopeful that SORTU will be instrumental in strengthening these bonds and in pushing the struggle forward towards a free Basque Country.

Long live SORTU!
Victory to the struggle for a free Basque Country!
Long live the solidarity between the Filipino and the Basque peoples!
Long live anti-imperialist international solidarity!

LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chief International Representative
National Democratic Front of the Philippines

Message of solidarity to the Red Block Jugendwiderstand on the occasion of the 2017 Lenin-Liebknecht-Luxemburg Weekend Commemoration, 15-17 January 2017

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and its allied revolutionary organizations including the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army, extend warmest militant greetings of solidarity and congratulations to the Red Block Jugendwiderstand on the occasion of the weekend activities including the Cultural Event and Demonstration this January 2017.

Comrades, we are with you in commemorating the 98th anniversary of the martyrdom of Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg as well as the 93rd death anniversary of the great communist leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin this January 21.

They devoted their lives to the struggle against imperialism and to the pursuit of socialism. It is necessary for the world´s people, especially the youth, to honor and emulate their deeds, and to be inspired by their relentless efforts to establish a new system where exploitation and oppression do not exist.

The entire world is mired in grave economic, financial and social crisis. The crisis of the world capitalist system continues to worsen, escalate exploitation and oppression and generate state terrorism and wars of aggression. The proletariat and people of the world are steadily waging all forms of resistance.

The rise of people’s resistance and demand for socialism in the imperialist countries have grown in importance. The spread of armed revolutionary and other forms of resistance in the underdeveloped countries is bound to deprive the imperialist powers of easy sources of superprofits and sap their strength.

The building of united resistance against US-led imperialism and wars of aggression, militarism and economic terrorism is imperative. The youth have an important responsibility and role in waging the struggle for social change.

In the Philippines, the revolutionary movement has been waging the national democratic revolution for the past 48 years under the leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines to end the semifeudal and semicolonial system that that has relegated the working classes to foreign and feudal domination. They suffer landlessness, unemployment, poverty, violations of their rights and interests. Thus they support and participate in the revolutionary struggle.

As the revolutionary forces wage people’s war, they are also engaged in another arena of struggle, the peace negotiations. The national democratic movement represented by the NDFP is holding peace negotiations with the Duterte government for the purpose of achieving agreements on social and economic reforms; and on political and constitutional reforms in fulfillmentof the people´s aspirations peace based on justice, democracy, genuine independence and respect for people´s rights.

We believe that the greatest contribution of the Filipino people in the world struggle against imperialism and all reaction is to bring to victory the Philippine revolution.

Comrades, we wish you success in your weekend activities. We are with you in your efforts in building and strengthening the links among the revolutionary organizations in Germany and in other countries. We are with you in instilling among the youth a strong, organized and disciplined revolutionary expression to the socialist aspirations of the proletariat and people in your own country and all over the world.

We are with you in calling for a broad united front of all revolutionary organizations and forces to struggle against imperialism and all reaction and for socialism.

Long live the Red Block!
Long live the national democratic movement of the Philippines !
Heighten people’s struggle against imperialism and all reaction!
Long live the united front against imperialism and for socialism !
Long live international solidarity!

International Department
National Democratic Front of the Philippines

Pakikiisa sa Kampuhang Bayan ng AMGL

PAKIKIISA SA KAMPUHANG BAYAN NG AMGL, MGA MAGGAGAWANG BUKID AT IBA PANG MARALITANG NAYON SA IKA-19 HANGGANG 21 NG DISYEMBRE
Ni Jose Maria Sison, Punong Pampulitikang Konsultant
National Democratic Front of the Philippines

Bilang Punong Pampulitikang Konsultant ng National Democratic Front of the Phillippines, nagpapaabot ako ng maalab na makabayang pagbati at pakikiisa sa AMGL at mga manggagawang bukid kasama na ang iba pang mga maralitang nayon na nakararanas ngayon ng lumulubhang busabos na kalagayan.

JMS speech 28apr2013Nakikiisa at sumusuporta ako sa paglulunsad ninyo ng KAMPUHANG BAYAN “Pagkatok sa Puso at Panunuluyan—Ang Pighati ng walang kabuhayan at gutom” mula ika-19 hanggang 21 ng Disyembre. Dapat tawagin ang pansin ng buong bansa sa inyong kalagayan. Tiyak na mauunawahan ng malawak na masa ang kahirapan na dinaranas ninyo at tutulong sa inyo ang mga organisasyon at institusyon.

Nakakaantig puso na ang panahon ng gawat o taggutom ay higit na lumalala at humahaba ito dahil kahit sa panahon ng anihan ay wala na kayong magapas. Inaagaw ang inyong kabuhayan ng mga ganid-sakim na panginoong maylupa-kumersyante-usurero na mga may-ari/opereytor ng harvester. Masaklap na ang dating tinatrabaho ng mahigit-kumulang 20 manggagawang bukid sa isang ektarya ay tinatrabaho na lamang ng tatlo katao — ang opereytor, pahinanteng taga-sahod sa sako ng nagiik na palay at ang taga-sara ng sako.

Ang masakit na resulta nito ay ang malaganap na kawalan ng hanapbuhay ng mga manggagawang bukid na karamihan ay mga maralitang magsasakang walang sariling lupang binubungkal. Maging ang mga nagwawagwag na naninimot ng palay mula sa mga pinaggapasan at pinag-giikan ng palay ay wala na ring nakukuha at hanapbuhay.

Isang kahibangan na magpasok at magparami ng mga harvester sa isang ekonomyang agraryo at malapyudal na walang mga malagong industriya na malilipatan ng mga mawawalan ng trabaho sa kanayunan. Dahil sa pagkaganid at kasakiman ng mga panginoong maylupa-kumersyante-usurero hindi nila namamalayan na naglalaro sila sa apoy ng rebolusyon dahil sa pinipilit nilang magbalikwas ang mga walang trabaho at nagugutom.

Mula sa punto de bista ng National Democratic Front of the Philippines at batay sa programa ng demokratikong rebolusyon ng bayan, dapat magkasabay ang tunay na reporma sa lupa at pambansang industrialisasyon. And dalawang ito ang paraan para magkaroon ng trabaho ang tinawag na labis na populasyon sa kayunanan.

Dapat ipamudmod nang libre sa mga magsasakang walang lupa ang mga lupang nasa kamay ng panginoong maylupa. Pinakamahusay na pagkakataon ng mekanisasyon sa agrikultura ay kung ito ay kaugnay ng kooperatibatisayon ng mga magsasaka. At ang mga makina (traktora, seeding machine, irrigation pumps, harvesters, mills, warehouse at mga sasakyang de motor) ay bunga ng pambansang industrialisasyon.

Sa kasalukuyang usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng gubyernong Duterte at NDFP, nasa mesa na ang paggawa ng Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms. Mabuti kung ang mga makabayan at progresibo sa dalawang panig ay magtulungan tungkol sa tunay na reporma sa lupa at pambansng industrialisasyon at mapangibabawan nila ang mga maka-imperyalista at reaksyunaryo na sumusunod sa patakarang neoliberal sa loob ng gubyernong Duterte. Mabuti kung sa usapin ng reporma sa lupa makakasama si Ka Paeng Mariano at DAR sa pananaliksik at paggawa ng kasunduan.

Umaasa akong magiging matagumpay ang KAMPUHANG BAYAN, matutupad nito ang mga itinakdang layunin at makakaani ng masaganang suporta mula sa hanay ng mga magbubukid at lahat ng makabuluhang sektor ng lipunan.

Mabuhay ang AMGL! Mabuhay ang mga magsasaka at manggagawang bukid!
Itaguyod ang tunay na reporma sa lupa at pambansang industrialisasyon!
Ibayong tagumpay ng sambayanang Pilipino sa pambansa at panlipunang pagpapalaya!