To pursue lasting peace and advance the welfare of the masses, NPA open to hold talks with Sara Duterte

New People’s Army
Regional Operations Command
Southern Mindanao Region
Press Statement | February 26, 2017

The Regional Operations Command of the New People’s Army in Southern Mindanao reciprocates the gesture made by GRP Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte by suspending for a few hours the NPA operations and ordering any NPA camp in NDF territories in Davao City and nearby areas to host the talks with her at a mutually agreed time and date.

The NPA would gladly discuss any matter that she would like to take up with the revolutionary movement, the duties and responsibilities of the people’s democratic government, the role of the NPA, the on-going all-out war of the AFP and the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations.

The talks is auspicious in the light of the series of punitive tactical offensives of the 1st Pulang Bagani Battalion-NPA launched last February 16 when the AFP’s 3rd IB and 72nd IB CAFGU were hit three times in Paquibato and Calinan districts that killed at least 12 and wounded more than 20 of their troops. More AFP troops were again hit by NPA attritive offensives in Toril and Paquibato districts on February 21 and 22.

The revolutionary forces recognize Sara Duterte’s willingness to talk to the NPA as a group and not to individuals amid the growing public clamor to resume the suspended GRP-NDFP peace negotiations and achieve substantial gains in the peace process.

The NPA in the region, however, finds it ominous that as per the GRP Presidential daughter’s stern warning that should the NPA decline her gesture, a viable alternative would be to “leave it everything to the AFP…” Mayor Sara must know by now that the AFP is a corrupt, wily and mercenary organization that makes a mockery of the peace process and continuously sabotages her father’s and the NDFP’s efforts at peace every chance it gets.

Furthermore, we are optimistic that Mayor Sara would judiciously discern the realities of the civil war, not merely through the statistics of AFP casualties and its civilian victims but by seeing the imperative to address the roots of the armed conflict. Certainly, the heavy burden being borne every single day by Filipinos because of the continued exploitation of the oligarchs and US imperialism prods the masses and the revolutionary forces to wage and advance the people’s war.

The NPA in Southern Mindanao is looking forward to a substantial discussion with Mayor Duterte on the common ground of advancing the welfare of the masses, especially in Davao City. In the same manner that she expresses her willingness to meet for the sake of peace, the NPA advances the people’s war and adheres to the victories of the negotiations to ensure that peace will be just and lasting.

RIGOBERTO F. SANCHEZ
Spokesperson
Regional Operations Command
NPA-Southern Mindanao

NDF-NCMR abli nga masugdan ang panagsabot alang sa pag-release sa POW nga si PO2 Gerome Anthony Natividad

Pamahayag sa Media | Pebrero 23, 2017

Isip pagsanong sa pamahayag sa NDF-Mindanao pinaagi sa tigpamaba niini nga si Ka. Joaquin Jacinto, abli ang NDF-NCMR nga masugdan ang panagsabot uban sa Local Crisis Committee sa Bukidnon alang sa hapsay ug luwas nga pag-release sa POW nga si PO2 Gerome Anthony Natividad pinaagi sa pagpatunga sa Local Third Party Facilitators gikan sa mga Kristyanong lider-relihiyoso sa rehiyon.

Si PO2 Gerome Anthony Natividad nga nabihag sa yunit sa New Peoples’ Army ubos sa Mt. Kitanglad Sub-Regional Command kaniadtong Pebrero 9, 2017 atol sa gilunsad nga checkpoint didto sa KM 28, Duminorog, Talacag, Bukidnon anaa karon ubos sa pag-atiman sa custodial unit niini – luwas ug anaa sa maayong kahimtang sa panglawas.

Sa pamilya ug sa mga minahal sa kinabuhi ni PO2 Gerome Anthony Natividad, among ipasalig kanila ang maayo namong pag-atiman kaniya subay sa mga lagda sa Geneva Conventions kalabot sa mga lagda paglunsad og pakiggubat ug sa bag-o palang naoperasyunalisa nga Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. Sama sa gibati nila, gibati usab namo ug ilabina sa mga hingtungdang pamilya ang kabalaka ug dili matugkad nga kamingaw sa mga minahal nga padayong binilanggo sa daghan nang katuigan tungod sa mga tinumo-tumong salang kriminal nga gipasaligan ni Pres. Rodrigo Duterte nga buhian. Makalaum ang pamilya sa POW sa iyang sayo ug luwas nga pagpauli kung dili magmakuli ang AFP pinaagi sa 403rd Bde ubos sa 4th ID PA ug sa Provincial ug Regional PNP pagtubag sa among pangayuong kundisyon alang sa hapsay ug luwas nga pag-release.

Ngadto kang Bishop Cabantan sa Bukidnon, napadangat sa amo ang hangyo panabang sa asawa ni PO2 Gerome Anthony Natividad kanimo nga mahimong tulay aron luwas nga mabuhian ang iyang minahal. Kung abli ka niini, palihog koordineyt sa establisado nang Local Third Party Facilitators alang sa hiniusa ninyong paningkamot nga mapadangat ngadto sa Local Crisis Committee ang among demand.

Sa makausa pa, magpabilin kaming abli nga makigsabot sa Local Crisis Committee nga nagarepresentar sa Gubyerno sa Pilipinas sa lokal nga ang-ang kabahin sa petsa ug lugar sa pag-release kang PO2 Gerome Anthony Natividad pinaagi sa Local Third Party Facilitators.

Ka. Cesar Renerio
Tigpamaba
NDFP-NCMR


NDF-Mindanao to release 6 POWs; AFP, PNP must cease offensive operations

Press Statement | 23 February 2017

On behalf of the people’s democratic government, the National Democratic Front in Mindanao shall release the six (6) prisoners of war (POW) who were arrested earlier this year and are currently in the custody of the New People’s Army (NPA) in 4 separate regions in the island.

These releases, that will be promptly disclosed soon by the various regions, shall be carried out as a gesture of goodwill for the resumption of the peace talks. These are also in response to the request of the families and loved ones of the POWs, as well as to the call of various concerned sectors in society.

Both the NDF and NPA in Mindanao, acting on the call of the CPP, have already begun the process to facilitate the immediate and safe release of the following 6 POWs: 1. PFC Edwin Salan, captured in Alegria, Surigao del Norte on January 29; 2. Sgt. Solaiman Calucop and 3. Pfc Samuel Garay, captured in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat on February 2; 4. PO2 Jerome Natividad, captured in Talakag, Bukidnon on February 9; and, 5. Paramilitary Rene Doller and 6. Paramilitary Carl Mark Nucos, captured in Lupon, Davao Oriental on February 14.

The actual safe release of these abovementioned POWs however can only be realized if and when the AFP, the PNP and the Local Government Units (LGUs) give their full and undivided cooperation. The NDF-Mindanao, therefore, encourages GRP President Rodrigo Duterte, who himself is a veteran at facilitating POW releases, and the LGUs concerned to direct the AFP to implement a temporary suspension of military operations (SOMO), and the PNP, a suspension of police operations (SOPO), in areas which the NDF in the region concerned will specify and announce soon.

Both the SOMO and the SOPO will help expedite the safe release of the mentioned POWs. Without which, the lives of these POWs and those who will receive them will be put in danger, and, therefore, any manner of prisoner release becomes impossible.

We also encourage the families of the POWs, alongside various groups from the church, the academe, peace advocates and other concerned individuals and aggrupation, to make an appeal before President Duterte, for him to respond to this call positively to ensure that the POWs will be released safely and be once again locked in the embrace of their loved ones.

In earnest reply to the AFP’s dare to “just do it, release them”, the NDF-Mindanao says “yes we will” but only if the AFP, PNP and their troops fully cooperate by way of a SOMO and a SOPO and avoid acts of treachery that will bring harm to the POWs, their loved ones and the third party facilitators. If these conditions are satisfied, the release will push through. The ball is now in the AFP’s hands.#

Ka Joaquin Jacinto
Spokesperson
NDFP-Mindanao

Negotiations for bilateral ceasefire can proceed

Communist Party of the Philippines | February 18, 2017

If GRP President Durterte decides to send his negotiating panel and emissaries to the upcoming scheduled talks between the ceasefire committees, negotiations for a bilateral ceasefire agreement can proceed as scheduled on February 22-27 in The Netherlands. To ensure success of the negotiations, the GRP can help facilitate the travel of the NDFP’s ceasefire committee member and consultants.

The Party and the New People’s Army (NPA) reiterate their support for efforts to forge a bilateral ceasefire agreement. The revolutionary forces are encouraged by the previous statements of GRP President Duterte that all political prisoners will be released within 48 hours once the bilateral ceasefire agreement is signed.

We anticipate that negotiations concerning the terms of reference of a bilateral ceasefire agreement will be most difficult. The revolutionary forces are bound by principle to assert the withdrawal of the AFP’s operating troops from areas under the sway of the revolutionary government.

However difficult, the revolutionary forces are willing to work with the GRP negotiators to hammer out a bilateral ceasefire agreement that will be mutually acceptable and enforceable.

As a positive gesture, the Party calls on all concerned NPA units to expedite the release of the six prisoners of war (POWs) captured over the past days. (See list below.) The NPA commands in charge of the custodial units can work closely with third party facilitators. The AFP can cooperate by withdrawing all troops in and around the area where the POWs will be released to pave the way for their safe and orderly release.

Assuming the cooperation of local AFP commands, all POWs can return to their families before or during the scheduled negotiations in The Netherlands.

According to the GRP peace panel chair, GRP President Duterte is “obsessed with peace”. If so, he can heed the people’s clamor and reverse his earlier pronouncements terminating peace negotiations.

The CPP earnestly encourages him to do so. He would surely not want to set aside the achievements attained during the first three rounds of GRP-NDFP peace talks and waste the opportunity to leave a legacy of peace.

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Prisoners of war currently under NPA custody:

1. PFC Edwin Salan, captured in Alegria, Surigao del Norte on January 29

2. Sgt. Solaiman Calucop and

3. Pfc Samuel Garay, captured in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat on February 2

4. PO2 Jerome Natividad, captured in Talakag, Bukidnon on February 9

5. Paramilitary Rene Doller and

6. Paramilitary Carl Mark, captured in Lupon, Davao Oriental on February 14

AFP troops bear heavy casualties in NPA triple TO, retaliate with 2 civilian kills in Davao City

New People’s Army, Regional Operations Command
Southern Mindanao Region
Press Statement | February 18, 2017

The Regional Operations Command of the New People’s Army in Southern Mindanao commends the 1stPulang Bagani Battalion forcarrying out revolutionary justice and inflicting heavy casualties against AFP troops following three coordinated tactical offensives in Paquibato and Calinan Districts, Davao City on February 16.At least 12 AFP soldiers were killed while more than 20 more were wounded. In unrestrained fury over the toll, AFP troops manning the checkpoints after the successful NPA attacks retaliated by taking aside two civilians and summarily killing both of them.

A company of Red fighters attacked the detachment of the 72IBin Sitio Binaton, Brgy. Malabog in Paquibato District at around 5:30 in the morning. The military action was in response to the masses’ demand to punish the mercenaryenemy troops, especially in perpetuating and protecting the illegal drug trade in the district and in neighboring areas. In exchange for monthly payola,the detachment ensured unhindered traffic of drugs between the city’s districts and provided security for notorious drug operator Neptali AlfredoPondoc, who was executed by the NPA on January 23. A Red fighter was martyred in the engagement. One enemy was killed whileseveral others were wounded.

At around 4:00 in the afternoon, the 5-truck reinforcement of the 3IBwas hit in Brgy. Lamanan in Calinan District. Three of the five KM450 trucks were blasted and upturned when several command-detonated explosives were triggered by Red fighters, killing at least 7 and severely wounding more than 10 enemy troops. Thirty minutes later, another 3IB reinforcement onboard 2 military truckswasagain blocked down by command-detonated explosives in Brgy. Lacson, Calinan District, killing 2 and wounding 17 AFP troopers.

While cordoning off the highway to the clash sites, AFP soldier stook aside for no reason civilian commuters Roel Satingasin of Brgy. Tamugan and Ariel Gelbero of Brgy. Lamanan and summarily killed both of them in Calinan. AFP troops, by their very disposition, are incapable of resisting the fascist nature sto take it out on hapless civilians when they suffer heavy casualties in the battle field.The NPA assures the families that revolutionary justice will be meted out against the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

The tactical offensives were carried out by the NPA as fitting punishment for the AFP’s numerous human rights violations of extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests, harassments and artillery bombardments that resulted to thousands of displaced Lumads and peasants during and after their so-called unilateral ceasefire. The heavy casualties inflicted against these fascist troops serve as revolutionary justice long demanded by the masses who continue to fall victim to state-sponsored terrorism.

Despite their supposed millions in intelligence resources, the top honchos at the 10ID are beside themselves in rage that a series of tactical offensives have been successfully carried out by the NPA in broad daylight in Davao City. They are fuming at the mouth that the all-out war they so bullheadedly declared has completely backfired and is costing them men and means in the face of coordinated NPA offensives not only in the region but across the country.

RIGOBERTO F. SANCHEZ
Spokesperson
Regional Operations Command
NPA-Southern Mindanao

NDF-Mindanao will soon release POWs for the resumption of peace talks

Press Statement | 17 February 2017

The NDFP in Mindanao urges the GRP to heed the call of the Filipino people for the resumption of formal talks with the NDFP, despite the absence of any ceasefire agreement.

As a gesture of support towards the resumption of formal talks between the GRP and the NDFP, even as fighting continues in the field, the NDFP in Mindanao will soon release the following prisoners of war: 1) PO2 Jerome Anthony Natividad (in NCMR); 2) Pfc. Edwin Salan (in NEMR); 3) Sgt. Solaiman Calucop and Pfc. Samuel Garay (in FSMR); and two others in the Southern Mindanao region. The respective regions will soon announce the details of the release of these aforementioned prisoners of war.

After the success of the third round of the talks, the Duterte government cannot, at this point, ignore this resounding call to set into motion the possible implementation of genuine agrarian reform and national industrialization. If genuine agrarian reform and national industrialization are carried out to the satisfaction of Filipino peasants, workers and national minorities, millions will surely benefit and significantly improve their lives.

Both the GRP and the NDFP owe it to the Filipino masses, at the very least, to continue to buckle down in significant dialogue and thresh out, and possibly agree on, means to eradicate the very roots of armed conflict in the country, which are feudal exploitation, US imperialist domination and bureaucrat-capitalism.

On the other hand, it was only necessary for the leadership of the CPP-NPA-NDF to order the termination of its unilateral ceasefire because of the non-compliance of the GRP to release the more than 400 political detainees from their custody. And, the AFP/PNP deliberately made the situation untenable by grossly violating their own ceasefire almost immediately after it was declared by their commander-in-chief on Aug. 26, 2016.

In a span of nearly six months, armed-to-the-teeth AFP/PNP troops have occupied hundreds of communities in both cities and the countryside in Mindanao and the rest of the country under the guise of the COPD/PDOP paradigm of Oplan Bayanihan/Kapayapaan. These military operations threaten and harass poor and innocent peasants and Lumad, causing many to flee their villages for fear of being captured, tortured, extra-judicially killed or massacred. These have also adversely affected the economic activities of various communities occupied by the AFP. Because COPD/PDOP teams suspect farmers of reporting their activities to the NPA, they control and limit the time and movement of peasants in attending to their farms.

In this context, the NPA, in active-defense mode, was only duty-bound to launch offensives against operating AFP/PNP troops in order to defend these communities from state-sponsored atrocities.

Continued fighting in the field will remain standard in a protracted civil war, especially when the roots of such a conflict remain unresolved. Under this condition, however, a continuing peace talks between the GRP and the NDFP becomes imperative, which, needless to say, opens doors to find possible genuine solutions to the basic social problems suffered by the people and pave the way to attain just and lasting peace.#

Ka Joaquin Jacinto
Spokesperson
NDF-Mindanao

Crimes against the masses highlight AFP’s week-old all-out war in SMR

NDFP | Southern Mindanao Region
Press Statement | February 17, 2017

Following Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s termination of the GRP’s sham unilateral ceasefire, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año on February 4 announced that his troops “will go after the NPA to prevent them from conducting atrocities and criminal activities against the public.” On February 7, GRP’s Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana declared all-out war against the NPA, saying the Red army is a “security threat” they will “hunt down.” 10ID Commander Maj. Gen. Rafael Valencia followed suit, subsequently proclaiming that their operations will “spare civilians from extortion cases of the NPA.”

In the following week since these grandstanding pronouncements and despite their self-professed deployment of almost all of their ground troops, all the AFP is able to show for itself, however, is a grisly testament to what the all-out war has in store for the masses in Southern Mindanao. These are the facts that the AFP in the region tries desperately to sweep under the rug:

  • On February 6, AFP and PNP operations summarily killed Glenn Ramos, an activist, in Brgy. Maa, Davao City and Emelito Rotimas, a purok leader, in Brgy. Lapu-lapu, Maco, Compostela Valley. In Pantukan, Compostela Calley, Edwin Catog, an activist-farmer, was killed by motorcycle-riding tandem on February 16. The AFP claimed that Ramos resisted arrest and fought back in a shootout which resulted in his death. It is clear the AFP and PNP are trying to duplicate the vigilante-style killing of Oplan Tokhang in the summary-executions of civilians and activists under Oplan Kapayapaan.
  • Almost 1,000 families or more than 5,000 individuals have become victims of forced evacuation due to AFP troops’ shelling of 105mm Howitzer artillery cannon in the villages of Macopa, Kibagyo and Bullucan in Laak, Compostela Valley on February 11 and in several villages of Manay, Davao Oriental on February 1 and the aerial bombing in Lupon, Davao Oriental on February 14. These indiscriminate bombardments have resulted in several reported cases of civilian injuries and left homes and livelihood damaged in peasant and Lumad communities already reeling from feudal exploitation and the recent spell of floods and heavy rains.
  • On February 12, health workers, doctors, scientists and representatives of the GRP’s Department of Social Welfare and Development conducting a medical mission in Talaingod, Davao del Norte were threatened by the fanatical paramilitary Alamara of the 60IB.
  • Since the NDFP-initiated peace forum on January 10, masses, allies, members of the private sector and even officials of the GRP local government unit who participated in the activity continue to be harassed and in constant surveillance by the 60IB in New Corella, Davao del Norte. In Davao City, meanwhile, anti-communist posters that lumped together the CPP-NPA-NDFP with legal progressive organizations were plastered all over the city’s thoroughfares as an evident prelude to the crackdown of activists and progressives.
  • The illegal arrest of NDFP consultant Ariel Arbitrario and his civilian companion Roderick Mamuyac on February 6 lay bare the lengths the AFP and the GRP reactionary courts will go to to flout its own laws and sabotage the advances in the peace process. Legal maneuvers such as trumped-up charges and fabricated criminal cases have always been a convenient pretext of the GRP to put civilians and revolutionaries behind bars.

CIA-henchman Sec. Lorenzana and the AFP’s fascist top brass are quick to decry exaggerated lies about NPA atrocities when it is their rabid counterinsurgency Oplan Kapayapaan that is spawning scores of savage crimes against Lumads, peasants, activists and the people.

Around the region, revolutionary organizations have reported that the 10ID has deployed almost all of its ground troops and paramilitaries in the hinterlands of Veruela, Loreto and Trento in Agusan del Sur; in Asuncion, Kapalong and New Corella in Davao del Norte; in Laak, Montevista, Monkayo, Pantukan, Compostela, Monkayo, Maragusan and Maco in Compostela Valley; in Baganga, Caraga, Lupon and Manay in Davao Oriental; in Magpet, Arakan, Matalam, Makilala, Antipas and Kidapawan City in North Cotabato; and in Sta. Cruz, Digos City, and Bansalan in Davao del Sur. A massive fascist troop deployment that carries out the AFP’s all-out war in peasant and Lumad communities can only result to escalated rights violations which will all the more push the Filipino masses to persevere in the national-democratic revolution.

Instead of this exorbitant but ultimately futile all-out war against the revolutionary movement, Pres. Duterte must do away with the US-kowtowing neoliberal policies that rob tillers of their land, drive down wages and cement labor contractualization and pillage our resources and sovereignty with impunity. He must not yield to the pressure of the ultra-right militarists and imperialist lackeys in his government who are clearly out to isolate him from the masses and forward the interests of the ruling class. He must listen to the thunderous appeals of peace advocates and the people to terminate the all-out war and resume the peace negotiations.

The fact that the masses whom he professes to serve are fast becoming mere collateral damage in the AFP’s all-out war is the only compelling reason Pres. Duterte needs to go back to the negotiating table.

 

RUBI DEL MUNDO
Spokesperson
NDF-SMR

On the AFP-reported “ambush” in Surigao

Communist Party of the Philippines
February 17, 2017

There was no NPA attack last February 15 against an AFP-escorted relief operations in Barangay Linunggaman, San Francisco, Surigao del Norte.

The reports coming from the AFP are highly dubious. The spokesmen of the AFP are weaveing such false reports to deceive the public and disparage the NPA which had earlier unilaterally declared a ceasefire in the areas which were hardest hit by the February 10 earthquake. The AFP wishes to discredit the NPA by making it appear that it is preventing relief operations in the revolutionary areas.

The masses in the disaster areas are gravely concerned that the AFP is exploiting relief operations for counterinsurgency aims. The military offers to “escort” relief operations in order to allow its armed units entry into the areas and establish its oppressive presence in the midst of civilian communities to conduct intelligence and psywar operations.

The CPP encourages civilian volunteer organizations to undertake relief operations in the revolutionary areas. Their security and well-being is fully assured. They can decline offers of “security” by the AFP and instead coordinate with local organizations. They can work with international donor organizations, even with GRP agencies to facilitate the entry of financial and other forms of assistance.

In the revolutionary areas, the NPA is being mobilized by the people’s local organs of political power to carry out necessary reconstruction of homes, fields or other civil, economic or social infrastructures damaged by the earthquake.

Enemy troops hit in NPA back-to-back offensives as AFP all-out war rampage Southern Mindanao countryside

New People’s Army
Regional Operations Command
Southern Mindanao Region
Press Statement | February 16, 2017

Three tactical offensives were launched almost simultaneously by NPA units around the region on February 14, even as the warmongering 10ID set loose virtually all of its combat troops in a fascist rampage in the hinterlands of Southern Mindanao.

A company of Red fighters belonging to the ComVal–Davao Gulf Sub-Regional Operations Command successfully fended off the combat operations of the 28IB in Lupon, Davao Oriental when it struck the enemy’s scout platoon at around 8:00 in the morning in Brgy. New Visayas. Five AFP troopers were confirmed killed while several others were wounded.

A few hours later, in a mobile checkpoint mounted by another company in Brgy. Don Mariano Marcos of the same town, two active members of the 72nd IB-CAFGU were captured at a national highway at around 11:00 in the morning. Rene Doller, 34, and Carl Mark Nucos, 24, both of the 72IB CAFGU were taken as prisoners-of-war. Their .45-caliber pistol was also confiscated. They are being treated leniently and investigated for their possible crimes against the people and the revolutionary movement and involvement in their unit’s counterinsurgency operations.

Meanwhile, in Bukidnon province, the joint operation mounted by 72nd CAFGU and paramilitary Alamara was hit by Red fighters under the Davao City–Bukidnon Sub-Regional Operations Command at around 9:00 in the morning in Brgy. Matupi, Kitaotao.

Presently, the 10ID has forward deployed almost all of its combat troops in at least 26 towns in all the provinces of Southern Mindanao. It foolishly believes that unleashing fascist war against the revolutionary forces—even an all-out one—can accomplish what all the other internal and security plans in the past have failed to do. Spread thin and wide, however, its isolated troops only become vulnerable targets of military actions by the NPA in guerilla bases and zones where the masses loathe the AFP and want them punished for their numerous crimes against the people.

Amidst these relentless attacks, the NPA continues to defend the people by ensuring that their the insidious Oplan Kapayapaan’s civil-military and combat operations are made accountable for terrorizing peasants, Lumads and the masses. Around the country, bigger and more coordinated NPA units are launching heavy blows against AFP troops carrying out its bullheaded and costly all-out war at a time when the masses demand economic relief and for the peace process to be given a chance.

(sgd.) RIGOBERTO F. SANCHEZ
Spokesperson
Regional Operations Command
NPA-Southern Mindanao

Protest crackdown, “all-out war” against activists and civilians — CPP

Information Bureau | Communist Party of the Philippines
Press Release

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today called on the Filipino people to protest the police and military crackdown after at least 19 individuals, mostly activists as well as civilians, who were arrested in Metro Manila and other parts of the country in a span of just one week since the Duterte regime terminated peace talks and declared an “all-out war” against the revolutionary forces last February 7.

“The Party decries the attacks against activists and civilians,” said the CPP.

“These attacks are starkly reminiscent of the 2005-2009 political crackdown by the Arroyo regime,” pointed out the CPP. “This campaign of suppression bears the signature of National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and AFP chief General Año, both of whom are known fascist zealots and key operators of the dirty war of the US-Arroyo regime against those they brand as enemies of the state.”

“It is apparent that General Año’s promise to ‘hit hard’ is taking the form of a crackdown and all-out war by security forces against activists and civilians,” said the CPP. “The military and police campaign is further isolating the Duterte regime from the Filipino people.”

The latest victim of the crackdown is Ferdinand Castillo, a campaign officer of Bayan-Metro Manila, who was arrested last February 12 in Sta. Quiteria, Caloocan City, and slapped with trumped-up charges of double murder and multiple attempted murder. Over the previous days, police and military operatives have arrested NGO worker Rogina Quilop in Bacolod City, Sarah Abellon-Alikes, together with Promencio Cortez and Marciano Sagun in Itogon, Benguet, and Edison Villanueva of Gabriela-Southern Tagalog in Sta. Cruz, Occidental Mindoro, and Jacinto Faroden, in La Trinidad, Benguet.

“As in the past, the police and military are filing trumped-up criminal charges against activists and NGO workers to prolong their detention,” said the CPP.

“In a matter of a few days, the ‘all-out war’ declared by the Duterte regime’s security officials has already resulted in grave abuses of human rights of civilians and entire communities,” pointed out the CPP. In Mindanao, continuing AFP combat operations have resulted in mass civilian evacuations from their communities in all major regions.

“The CPP denounces the aerial bombing campaign carried out by the AFP against the B’laan and Kaolo people in Sarangani province.” Since February 11 six aerial bombings were conducted by the AFP in Sitio Tangis and Sitio Kindag in Barangay Datal Anggas in Alabel, Sarangani. These have displaced more than 100 Lumad families, mostly B’laan and Kaolo. Following this, the 73rd IB arrested eight civilians, tortured and coerced them into serving as guides in the military’s operations.
The following day, soldiers conducting intensified military operations arrested at least six men and tagged them as NPA ‘new recruits’. Arrested were Simeon Salda, Jun Moda, Claude Palbe, Garzon Palbe, Rene Ompao and Sabelo Colano.

On February 11, in Capiz province, a farmer, Orlanda Eslana, was shot dead, while five others were wounded when armed personnel of the 300-hectare Hacienda Montecarba in Pilar town opened fire at a campout by farmer beneficiaries. The campout was set up since February 5 by 68 farmers and their families in order to reclaim their land from the Tans, the hacienda’s owners.

Earlier, Ruben Inudjoan and Boy Sumambot were killed by elements of 67th IBP during its operations in Barangay Del Pilar, Manay, Davao Oriental. In Bukidnon, peasant activist Renato Anglao was killed by three unidentified men riding in tandem in Quezon, Bukidnon on February 3, 2017. Military-supported Alamara forces killed Matanem (Datu) Lorendo Pocoan in Barangay Mangaod, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon on February 4, 2017. On February 6, Emelito “Tatay Intik” Rotimas was killed outside the Community Technical College of Southeastern Mindanao.

On February 6, former Bayan Muna coordinator Glenn Ramos, 40, was killed Tokhang-style in his home in Maa, Davao City by the PNP CIDG XI and SWAT. Ramos was reported by the PNP as having “violently resisted arrest.”

On February 3, a tribal leader was shot dead in Quezon, Bukidnon. Renato Anglao, 42 was shot by three unidentified men riding in tandem. Anglao is an active member of the Tribal Indigenous Oppressed Group Association (TINDOGA), an indigenous peoples’ organization of the Manobo-Pulangion in Barangay Botong, Quezon which opposes plantation in their ancestral land. The group is also accused of supporting the New People’s Army. Anglao was on his way back home with his wife and child after buying school supplies at the town center when the men drove to their side and shot him twice in the head.