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

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!

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

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!

Prof. Jose Maria Sison pays tribute to Canadian revolutionary Nathalie Moreau, proletarian internationalist and staunch supporter of the Filipino people’s revolutionary struggle

By Joma Sison

jumellesmoreau-419x297I am deeply saddened by the passing away of Comrade Nathalie Moreau, a dedicated, militant and vivacious proletarian revolutionary based in Quebec, a firm supporter of the Filipino people’s struggle for national and social liberation and a proletarian internationalist. She visited Utrecht a number of times. Once she came with her actress twin sister Sophie and we had unforgettable fun together and visiting places in Utrecht and Amsterdam.

La sœur jumelle de Sylvie Moreau, Nathalie, est décédée
Le chroniqueur télévision du Soleil, Richard Therrien, a annoncé lundi soir, sur sa page Facebook, le décès de Nathalie Moreau, sœur jumelle de la coméd

Vous l’aviez vue, lumineuse, à Tout le monde en parle, aux côtés de sa soeur jumelle, la comédienne Sylvie Moreau.
Nathalie Moreau: étoile du match, pour toujours

Message of Solidarity to the Workers World Party

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines and its allied organizations including the Communist Party of the Philippines send our most militant greetings of solidarity to the Workers World Party on the occasion of your 2016 National Conference in New York City.

We commend your conference for putting into question the issue of societal change in the context of the bipartisan politics of the ruling elites in the United States. Neither of the chief representatives of the ruling class in the elections will forward changes for the working and marginalized people in the US as either will ensure that US’ domestic and international policies shall continue to serve monopoly capitalist interests particularly the financial oligarchs and miltary-industrial complex.

Unemployment, hunger, privatization of social services such as health and education, and internal displacement in the US is heightening. While it deceptively banners human rights and freedom in its overseas war and military operations, it subjects the working people and people of color to untold violence and injustice. Police shootings of black people and criminalization of migrants remain as the root causes of poverty, joblessness, discrmination and xenophobia remain unaddressed.

The deepening and protracted crisis of capitalism translates to even more aggressive push for neoliberal globalization to colonies and semi-colonies of the US through bilateral, regional and mega trade deals such as the TTIP and the TPPA. War, direct or by proxy, remains as the US’ political and military tool to keep its stranglehold over countries and global regions, or wrest control from its competitor states.

Contradictions among imperialist countries are sharpening and caught in between are the working and exploited people in the US and the world.

But the people are continuing to rise up.

From worker’s strikes to the Black Lives Matter to the protest actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline, people in the US are bringing forward issues that strike to the very core of the capitalist system.

In the Philippines, the revolutionary and progressive forces in the country are intensifying anti-imperialist calls and campaigns. The declarations of the current government of Duterte pertaining to the US and Philippines relations is sharpening the contradictions within the ruling classes and triggering imperialist-backed attacks in social and other media.

Pro-imperialist forces and the classes that benefit from maintaining the semi- colonial and semi-feudal setup on our country are steadily mounting propaganda attacks to discredit the revolutionary movement and the national democratic revolution with socialist perspective line.

We are, however, very much confident that the revolution will advance and socialism will triumph. The deteriorating condition of the people in the Philippines and elsewhere in the world will only prod the oppressed and exploited to continually seek resolution of fundamental socio-economic and political problems perpetuated by imperialists.

Let us continue to work together in solidarity against neoliberal globalization, war, fascism, discrimination and all reactions towards a socialist future for our people.

Long live Workers World Party!
Long live international solidarity!

Message of solidarity to the Peruvian proletariat and people

pol9-2The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) firmly supports the Peruvian proletariat and people in giving due honor and respect to their 250 martyrs who were brutally exterminated in one day on June 19, 1986. They were inside the prisons of El Fronton, Lurigancho and Callao.

The order of extermination and disappearance came from the Peruvian President at that time, Alan Garcia, and his Council of Ministers.

The NDFP joins the families and relatives of the 250 martyrs in vigorously condemning this act of genocide and crime against humanity. The NDFP firmly supports their right to give due honor and demand respect for these martyrs. Their just demand that the remains of the 250 martyrs must be honored in a mausoleum so that their memory and legacy be perpetuated for the inspiration of the Peruvian proletariat and people.

The NDFP joins the families and relatives of the 250 martyrs and the Peruvian proletariat and people in demanding justice for the 250 martyrs. Together with them we holdi the Peruvian government under President Alan Garcia and subsequent Peruvian governments responsible for the injustice perpetrated against the 250 martyrs, their families and relatives, and to the Peruvian proletariat and people.

The Filipino people who are fighting for national and social liberation against US imperialism and local reactionaries stand in strong solidarity with the Peruvian proletariat and people.

Luis G. Jalandoni
Chief International Representative

The people have the right to resist monopoly capitalist exploitation, state repression and racism

Message of Solidarity to the ILPS-USA Conference.Chicago, Illinois, October 22, 2016
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee, International League of Peoples’ Struggle

As chairperson of the the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), I am deeply pleased to extend this message of solidarity to the conference being held today in Chicago entitled “Right to Resist, Right to Exist: Unite to Fight Police Terror, State Repression, and Racism”.

Organized by the ILPS-USA to mark the two-year anniversary of Laquan McDonald’s murder by a Chicago police officer, the conference focuses on the ongoing people’s struggle in Chicago against state repression, national oppression, and neoliberal attacks on the people.

It is excellent that in holding this conference, the ILPS-USA aims to gather grassroots activists, allies, and concerned peoples to dialogue, share strategies, and raise the national discourse around police brutality, racism, and politically-motivated repression to link these issues to the impacts of US foreign policy, its wars of aggression and miitary interventions abroad.

Chicago has a long history of working-class militancy, with the 1886 Haymarket labor demonstration and the ensuing massacre and state executions now recognized by the world as the origins of International Workers’ Day. The city was also a major center of the early 1960s civil rights movement and the 1968 anti-war protests all the way to the 1970s. Its activist organizations kept the fires of people’s resistance burning throughout the neoliberal era until now.

Advanced industrialized nations, such as the US and Canada, continue to reel from the crisis of neoliberalism that rose to prominence since the 2007-2008 financial meltdown and the ensuing Great Recession. The rapid growth of privatization of public resources, financialization, liberalization, deregulation and imperialist globalization from the late 1970s onwards, instead of perfecting monopoly capitalism, are instead aggravating all of its contradictions.

The result is worsening underdevelopment of most countries, the spread of poverty and social inequalities. With the labor market deregulated since the 1980s, the exploitation of the US working class has become most flagrant at the lowest rungs of the labor ladder, where most women, youth, blacks and immigrants find themselves.

The federal government boasts that US jobs grew from 2011 to 2016. However, it has taken longer and longer for the job growth rates to recover from one recession to the next. Also, the net job creation in the past 10 years was in alternative work arrangements such as contract, temporary help, on-call, independent contractors, or freelancers—which generally pay lower wages and do not include health and pension benefits. The low unemployment rate (5.0% as of November 2015) merely hides the fact of the growing numbers of workers (many of them blacks and Hispanics) who are discouraged from looking for work or who are no longer counted as part of the labor force. The youth unemployment rate is much higher at 15.7%.

The ratio of unionized wage and salary workers in the US declined from 24% in 1973 to 11.1% in 2015. As a result, by 2015, the median weekly earnings of non-union fulltime wage and salary workers were generally lower by USD 200 compared to their unionized counterparts. Even among unionized workers, the median weekly earnings of women stood at USD 928—lower than those of men at USD 1,017. The earnings of blacks (both men and women) stood even lower at USD 800.

The number of officially poor people in the US has increased from 38.05 million in 2007 to 48.81 million in 2013, with current poverty rates hovering just below 16%. At the same time, income inequalities have worsened: the highest quintile (20%) of US households had controlled 43.3% of the total wealth in 1970. It increased to 49.8% in 2000, and to 51.1% by 2015. In comparison, the lowest quintile earned only 4.1% in 1970, 3.6% in 2000, and 3.1% in 2015.

Social inequalities are also evident in residential segregation, which has gotten worse from decade to decade. The US federal government claims that it has pushed down the overall rate of homelessness. But the housing crisis remains a big problem. The number of poor renter households with severe housing cost burden increased from 5.13 million in 2007 to 6.42 million in 2013, while the number of poor people who were doubling up with family and friends jumped from 4.61 million to 7.69 million in the same period. High school dropout rates have risen and college enrollment rates have fallen across all categories, but are especially worse among blacks and Latinos.

Such worsening exploitation, poverty, inequalities, and homelessness forms the backdrop of worsening state repression, police terrorism, and fascist impunity, which in turn are making the face of neoliberalism more loathsome to the masses. The systematic deprivation of social resources, especially to working-class, black and immigrant communities, lead to the proliferation of ghetto-like conditions in many US cities. Police forces automatically assume criminal intent when they see any gesture of resistance in neighborhoods and on the streets.

Criminalization of all kinds of citizen behavior, militarization of police equipment and procedure, and lack of strict accountability are resulting in extreme police actions such as raids on homes, routine stop-and-frisk, physical abuse of suspects, and arbitrary shootings, resulting in injuries, deaths, and cover-ups.

According to a study by The Guardian, US law enforcement officers killed a total of 1,134 Americans in 2015. Non-white Americans (black, Latino, Native, and Asia-Pacific) make up less than 38% of the US population, yet they comprise almost half (47.2%) of all the people—and more than half (53.6%) of all unarmed people—killed by police. The situation is worst among young black men: despite making up only 2% of the total US population, black males between 15 and 34 comprised more than 15% of all police killings. Of all black people killed by US police in 2015, nearly 70% were non-violent or unarmed.

The US incarceration rate has grown dramatically since the 1970s, and is now one of the highest rates in the world. Based on a 2008 study, among young black males who are high school dropouts, a full 37% are in prison or jail.

The current US presidential campaign, foreign policy debacles, and military adventures abroad further underscore the gravity and irreconcilability of the basic contradictions of monopoly capitalism, which have been aggravated by the current crisis of neoliberalism. On the one hand, the imperialists are using the presidential campaign and narrowly defined election issues to divide the US working class and oppressed peoples, agitate them to fight each other, and gloss over the fundamental issues of monopoly capitalist exploitation and oppression, which drive police terror, state repression, and racism.

If the whole range of domestic and global issues are handled correctly, however, they can teach the US working people, including women, youth, blacks, immigrants, the homeless, and impoverished veterans, to understand in a deepgoing way how domestic issues are tightly intertwined with global issues. That all these issues revolve around the dominance and decadence of US imperialism underscores the urgent need for the US working people to build an anti-imperialist united front in the very belly of the beast and direct their struggles against this monster. We must transcend the neoliberal, neoconservative and neofascist attacks by forging unity. We must, more strongly than ever, assert the people’s right to fight monopoly capitalist exploitation and state repression.

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) represents what is currently the largest international anti-imperialist formation in terms of membership. It is offering to contribute to the effort to build such a united front in the US itself. The US chapter of the ILPS, established in 2012, is ready to reach out to all interested organizations representing various sectors of the American people. This conference—the first major activity of ILPS US since 2012—seeks for such a united front to achieve solidarity, strength and greater successes through mass struggles in these times of worsening social crisis, severe state terrorism, and intensifying struggles.

The periodic political contests between two or more factions of the monopoly big bourgeoisie, even if they appear to address some of the people’s real issues, will never bring about fundamental social changes. The working people of the US must continue to organize, mobilize, and rely on themselves to create this change.

In forging a strong and united anti-imperialist mass movement, the US people and their organizations can reach out even further and link with other oppressed peoples around the world who are also fighting US imperialism.

Tribute to Kor Al, Internationalist Journalist and Filmmaker, Friend of the Filipino People

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is deeply saddened by the sudden and untimely passing away last October 8, 2016 of progressive and independent documentary film maker and journalist Kor Al. The NDFP conveys its sincerest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Journalist Kor Al (67)

Journalist Kor Al (67)

The NDFP is profoundly grateful to Kor Al for strongly standing up for the revolutionary integrity of the Philippine revolutionary movement by boldly producing a documentary film to effectively counter the scheme of the United States to demonize the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New People’s Army (NPA), and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

In August 2002, the United States government, through Secretary of State Colin Powell and the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Treasury Department, declared the CPP, the NPA, and NDFP Chief Political Consultant Prof. Jose Maria Sison as “terrorists”. This sabotaged the peace negotiatins between the NDFP and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP).

The Dutch government followed the US terrorist designation the following day, on August 13, 2002. GRP government officials welcomed the US terrorist declaration. Rightists in the US, the Philippines, and in Europe launched a campaign to demonize Prof. Jose Maria Sison and the Philippine revolutionary movement.

Kor Al, togerher with his close friend, Atty. Bernard Tomlow, pro-bono lawyer of the NDFP, took a quick decision to go to the Philippines and make a timely documenetary, which Kor Al would name, “Terror or Arbitrariness”. Kor Al interviewed important personalities in the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, prominent Church dignitaries, leaders of people’s organizations, and a unit of the New People’s Army in a guerrilla front.

He interviewed Vice President Teofisto Guingona, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Jose de Venecia, Senator Loren Legarda of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP); Bishop Julio Xavier Labayen, Supreme Bishop of the Philippine Independent Church Tomas A. Millamena and veteran urban poor leader, Carmen “Ka Mameng” Deunida. They all spoke highly of Prof. Sison as a Filipino patriot and leader. They vigorously condemned his being arbitarily called a “terrorist” by the USA.

Kor Al and Bernard Tomlow went to an NPA guerrila front and interviewed an NPA commander about the NPA’s work in land reform production, education, health and other services to the masses.

Coming back from the Philippines, Kor Al efficiently finished his documentary, “Terror or Arbitrariness” and had it broadcast on the Dutch national television. His documentary became a powerful defense of Prof. Jose Maria Sison and a strong condemnation of US violation of the national independence and sovereignty of the Filipino people.

Kor Al rendered other important services to Filipino solidarity activists by offering training and concrete suggestions on how to develop their media solidarity work. He developed friendships with Filipino journalists who worked with him.

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines pays high tribute to Kor Al for his internationalist spirit and valuable contribution to the struggle of the Filipino people for national and social liberation and for a just and lasting peace in the Philippines.

Luis G. Jalandoni
Chief International Representatives
National Democratic Front of the Philippines

Red salute to Ka Wendell M. Gumban, communist, Red fighter, UP alumnus

Press Statement | Rubi del Mundo, Spokesperson, National Democratic Front of the Philippines, Southern Mindanao Region

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The National Democratic Front in Southern Mindanao gives its highest honors to Wendell “Ka Joaquin” M. Gumban, communist, Red Army officer and University of the Philippines alumnus who was martyred along with Sario “Ka Glen” Mabanding during a firefight against the 66th Infantry Battalion-AFP on July 23 in Sitio Pong-pong, Brgy. Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley.

Ka Joaquin, 30, joined the national democratic movement as a member of the Kabataang Makabayan during his college days at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He was recruited to the Communist Party of the Philippines shortly after and became the secretary of the Party organ that consolidated the Philippine Collegian, UP’s student publication. Later, he became a member of the leading Party organ assigned in the university. In 2010, he was tasked to do full-time work in the trade union movement before joining the New People’s Army in Mindanao in late 2011.

He became a valuable part of the Party’s consolidation work in the Red bases and expansion work in the guerilla zone. As a political instructor of an NPA unit, he contributed to the expansion of guerrilla units and political consolidation of Red fighters.

As a communist, Ka Joaquin wrestled with his petty bourgeois origin and struggled to live in the spirit of simple living and hard struggle. He overcame the limitations of his frail frame, weak eyesight, even an unfamiliar dialect, to serve the Lumads and peasants of Southern Mindanao. Brilliant and daring, Ka Joaquin is an inspiration to the intellectual youth. He chose not the life of comfort that he could have otherwise led, but the life of selfless service and sacrifice at the bosom of people’s war.

The revolutionary forces in the region, the Red Army and the Communist Party celebrate the life of Ka Joaquin for his significant contribution to the people’s war and for his unwavering belief that a youthful intellectual’s place—as are all exploited classes in our society—is in the revolution.


Pulang saludo kang Ka Wendell M. Gumban, komunista, Pulang manggugubat, UP alumnus

Gitanyag sa National Democratic Front of the Philippines sa Southern Mindanao ang pinakataas nga pagsaludo kang Wendell “Ka Joaquin” Gumban, komunista, opisyal sa Pulang Hukbo ug alumnus sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, nga namartir kuyog ni Sario “Ka Glen” Mabanding sa usa ka panagsangka batuk sa 66IB-AFP niadtong Hulyo 23 sa Sitio Pong-pong, Brgy. Andap, New Bataan Compostela Valley.

Miduyog si Ka Joaquin, 30, sa kalihukang nasudnon-demokratiko isip membro sa Kabataang Makabayan panahon sa iyang kolehiyo sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas sa Diliman. Wala nadugay, narekrut siya sa Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas ug nahimong kalihim sa organo sa Partido nga nagkonsolida sa Philippine Collegian, ang mantalaan sa mga estudyante sa UP. Kadugayan, nahimo siyang membro sa nangulong organo nga gitahasan sa Partido sulod sa unibersidad. Niadtong 2010, natahasan siya nga mag-pultaym sa kalihukang mamumuo ayha siya misampa sa New People’s Army ulahing bahin sa 2011.

Mahinungdanong bahin si Ka Joaquin sa gimbuhatong konsolidasyon sa Pulang base ug gimbuhatong pagpalapad sa sonang gerilya. Isip political instructor sa usa ka yunit sa NPA, mitampo siya sa pagpalapad sa mga yunit gerilya ug pangpulitikang konsolidasyon sa mga Pulang manggugubat.

Isip komunista, naningkamot si Ka Joaquin nga patigbabawan ang iyang petiburgis nga kagikan ug ikinabuhi ang diwa sa simpleng panginabuhi ug bug-os nga pakigbisog. Gipatigbabawan niya ang limitasyon sa iyang panglawas, huyang nga panan-aw, bisan ang langyaw nga pinulongan, aron moalagad sa mga Lumad ug mag-uuma sa Southern Mindanao. Maalam ug mapangahason, usa ka inspirasyon si Ka Joaquin sa kabatan-onang intelektwal. Gipili niya dili ang makikaugalingong kinabuhi nga haruhay apan ang kinabuhi sa wala’y kinutobang pag-alagad ug sakripisyo sa sabakan sa gubat sa kaatawhan.

Ginapasidunggan sa tanang rebolusyonaryong pwersa sa rehiyon, sa Pulang hukbo ug sa Partido Komunista ang kinabuhi ni Ka Joaquin alang sa iyang mahinungdanong tampo sa gubat sa katawhan ug sa iyang hugot nga pagtuo nga ang luna sa tanang kabatan-onang intelektwal—sama sa tanang pinahimuslang hut-ong sa katilingban—wala lain kundili sa rebolusyon.