4 NPA military actions launched within ten days

PRESS RELEASE | July 20, 2017 | Bisaya »

WITHIN 10 days, the New People’s Army Front 6, South Central Bukidnon Sub-Regional Command, North Central Mindanao Region (NPA-SCB-NCMR) has launched two tactical offensives against enemy forces and two punitive actions against criminal offenders.

On July 12, 2017, 3:40 a.m., an NPA platoon ambushed Benjamin “Nonong” Salusad, together with his CAFGU associates in Brgy. Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon. Salusad is a regular member of the 8th IB of the 403rd Brigade, Philippine Army and is active in counter-revolutionary acts and in harassing Lumad communities in San Fernando. Together with his son, Alde “Butsoy” Salusad leading NIPAR (New Indigenous People’s Army for Reform), they are staunch protectors of destructive mining and plantation activities in Mt. Kiranggol and other parts of San Fernando, aside from the fact that the Salusads were the culprit in killing Datu Jimmy Liguyon and other Lumad leaders. But because of the brigade’s protection, they were not arrested given the warrants of arrest issued against them by the Malaybalay city court.

In the said ambush, Joas Licawan and Rolan Lumatay, both CAFGUs, were killed in action (KIA) while Nonong Salusad is in critical medical condition. In a media interview, Lt. Erwin Bugarin, spokesperson of 8th IB, had not claimed Nonong Salusad to be a regular member of the 8th Infantry Battalion as his way of projecting a “clean” image” of 8th IB whose reputation was long tarnished by its record of human rights violations.

Once the AFP had exhausted from their Lumad assets their objective of attacking the revolutionary movement, the usual modus of the AFP is to get their hands clean and disown these assets in public.

Also on July 14, 2017 at 2:15 AM, two squads of the NPA harassed a platoon of the 8th IB, conducting psywar and intelligence operations, in Purok 7, Mahayag, Quezon, Bukidnon. The exchange of fire took only twenty-seven minutes, but the AFP troops continued firing in panic until 2:45 a.m. Two of the 8th IB troopers were confirmed killed in action (KIA) while their wounded was undetermined. On the side of the NPA, one member was martyred and his M-16 issue was seized by the enemy.

Prior to these, on July 5, 2017, an NPA team meted out punishment on Noel “Toto” Madrial, 45, a drug dealer and rapist, in Brgy. Mahayag, Quezon, Bukidnon. Madrial was previously dis-armed with a .40 caliber pistol and was expelled from the community due to cases of harassment, indiscriminate firing and selling illegal drugs. But soon after months, he returned and resumed his illicit activities. In fact, he was reported to have raped a 14 year-old girl in the said place.

On July 8, 2017, another punitive action was meted out by the NPA to an AFP agent, Jory Gonsaga in Brgy. San Jose, Quezon, Bukidnon. Gonsaga committed crimes against the revolutionary movement, one time in 1991, he stole from a comrade an amount worth P10, 000 and another when he surrendered a .45 caliber pistol to the AFP. Since then, he became an active guide of the AFP troops in their military operations and was responsible in the raid of an NPA camp.

These new rounds of NPA military actions would mean to be a victory for the revolutionary movement and for the oppressed and exploited masses.

Ka Malem Mabini
Spokesperson, NPA-NCMR


Bisaya
Pamahayag sa Media | Hulyo 20, 2017

4 ka Aksyong Militar sa NPA gilunsad sulod sa 10 ka adlaw

SULOD LAMANG SA 10 ka adlaw, nalunsad sa New People’s Army – Front 6, South Central Bukidnon Sub-Regional Command, North Central Mindanao Region (NPA-SCB-NCMR) ang duha ka hugna sa taktikal nga opensiba batok sa mga pwersa sa kaaway ug duha ka hugna sa pagsilot batok sa elementong kriminal.

Kaniadtong Hulyo 12, 2017, alas 3:40 sa kaadlawon, gi-ambus sa usa ka platun sa NPA si Benjamin “Nonong” Salusad, lakip ang mga sakop niining CAFGU, sa Brgy. Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon. Regular nga sundalo si Salusad sa 8th IB, 403rd Brigade, Philippine Army ug aktibo nga naggukod sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan ug gapanghasi sa mga Lumad sa San Fernando. Kauban ang iyang anak nga si Alde “Butsoy” Salusad, nga lider sa New Indigenous People’s Army for Reform (NIPAR), nahimo usab kining protektor alang sa pagsulod sa mga magun-obong mina ug plantasyon sa Mt. Kirangol ug uban pang bahin sa San Fernando, gawas pa sa kamatuoran nga utok usab ang duha ka Salusad sa pagpatay kang Datu Jimmy Liguyon ug uban pang mga lider Lumad. Apan, tungod sa pagpanalipod sa kasundalohan kanila, wala pa gihapon kini sila gidakop sa estado, taliwala sa warrant-of-arrest batok kanila nga gi-isyu sa Malaybalay City Court.

Sa maong operasyon, patay ang duha ka mga sakop sa CAFGU nga sila Joas Licawan ug Rolan Lumatay, samtang anaa sa kritikal nga kahimtang si Salusad. Sa pagpakighinabi sa media ni Lt. Erwin Bugarin, tigpamaba sa 8th IB, wala nila giangkon ang pagka-sundalo ni Salusad aron mopakita og “limpyo” nga imahe taliwala sa pagkadaut na sa reputasyon niini tungod sa ilahang kaylap nga pagpanglapas sa katungod-tawo.

Isip pagtabon sa ilang baho, human makuha sa AFP ang ilang tumong nga gamiton ang mga Lumad alang sa ilahang pag-atake sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan, ilaha na kining pasagdan ug gani ilimod pa sa publiko.

Niadto usab Hulyo 14, 2017, alas 2:15 sa kaadlawon, giharas sa duha ka iskwad sa NPA ang 8th IB nga naglunsad og operasyong saywar ug paniktik didto sa Purok 7, Mahayag, Quezon, Bukidnon. Mikabat lang og 27 minutos nga nakigbinayloay og buto ang mga pwersa sa NPA, apan sa kataranta, nagpadayon gihapon pagpabuto ang AFP hangtud 2:45 sa kaadlawon. Duha ang kumpirmadong patay ug wala pa matino ang gidaghanon sa samaron sa panig sa AFP samtang usa ang na-martir sa han-ay sa NPA ug nasakmitan kini og usa ka M-16.

Sa wala pa kini nahitabo, kaniadtong Hulyo 5, 2017, gisilotan sa usa ka tim sa NPA ang usa ka drug dealer ug rapist nga si Noel “Toto” Madrial, 45 anyos, sa Brgy. Mahayag, Quezon, Bukidnon. Nadis-armahan na kaniadto si Madrial og usa ka kalibre .40 nga pistola ug napalayas sa komunidad tungod sa mga kaso sa pagpanghasi sa mga residente, pagpabuto og pusil ug pagpamaligya og shabu. Human sa pila ka bulan, nibalik kini sa komunidad ug nagpadayon sa iyang mga dautang aktibidad. Gani, gikatahong gilugos niini ang usa ka 14-anyos nga babaye sa naasoy nga lugar.

Lain pa usab nga pagsilot ang gilunsad sa NPA kaniadtong Hulyo 8, 2017 sa usa ka ahente sa AFP nga si Jory Gonsaga sa Brgy. San Jose, Quezon, Bukidnon. Dako ang nahimong kaso ni Gonsaga sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan, kung asa kaniadtong 1991, nangawat kini sa NPA og P10,000 ug gi-surender ang usa ka kalibre .45 nga pistola ngadto sa mga kasundalohan. Sukad niini, nahimo siyang guide alang sa mga military operations sa AFP ug nakapa-reyd sa usa ka kampo sa NPA.

Kining laing hugna sa aksyong militar sa NPA, lain na usab nga kadaugan alang sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan ug sa katawhang nilupigan.

Ka Malem Mabini
Tigpamaba, NPA-NCMR

Duterte’s dialogue with Bayan shows: change would only come from the people

Press Statement
19 July 2017

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines’ Reciprocal Working Committee on Social and Economic Reforms (NDFP RWC-SER) is gravely concerned with the statements made by GPH Pres. Rodrigo Duterte in his dialogue with leaders of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) last July 18.

Duterte’s decline of Bayan’s reasonable plea for the end of martial law and, on the contrary, his push for the further extension of martial law in Mindanao and relatedly the GPH’s insistence for a “prolonged ceasefire” as a precondition for the continuation of the GPH-NDFP peace talks – all these do not at all bide well for the peace negotiations.

All these indicate that the GPH is just looking at the military angle of the crisis in Marawi and of the problems of the whole country, and that the GPH lacks interest to work out with the NDFP fundamental agreements towards solving the socio-economic and also the political-cultural root causes of the armed conflict with the objective of achieving real and lasting peace in the country.

The RWC-SER bilateral teams of both parties have just recently met, and have gradually been making actual headways towards forging an agreement that would break up the age-old feudal land monopoly and pave the way for genuine agrarian reform throughout the country. The talks on socio-economic reforms should even be further accelerated, if only the GPH would take discussions on the NDFP’s proposed draft of the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER) more seriously.

Duterte’s supposed openness to other reform measures would eventually all be rendered meaningless, as he tends to scuttle the peace talks and gives in more and more to the interests of and pressures from the military fascists in government and from the US imperialists behind these fascists.

He had earlier said that he would also like to terminate labor contractualizaton, push for free school tuition and for more practical reform measures. None of these would find reality any longer, if the GPH keeps on insisting only at the military aspects of and apparent solutions to the country’s problems, and does not even look at the abuses made by the GPH’s military and at the intrusions of the US troops that have exaggerated and even further worsened the Marawi crisis.

We are calling on the Filipino people to intensify their struggles for real and significant reforms, raise their revolutionary consciousness, strengthen their organized strength, fight for genuine social change, and press for real peace efforts. Let us seek to mobilize hundreds of thousands, and up to millions, to push for progressive reforms that are pro-people – and against policies that are pro-US, fascist, militarist and neoliberal.

Let us intensify struggles for genuine land reform, for the junking of labor contractualization, for the grant of free tuition in schools, and for the release of all political prisoners.

Let us intensify calls to soonest end martial law in Mindanao and to prevent it from being declared throughout the country, to seriously continue with the peace talks, to end the militarization of Lumad communities and other victims of oppression in the countryside, and to junk the Visiting Forces Agreement and other one-sided military treaties with the US.

Genuine change – whether in the form of significant reforms within the current system or of the latter’s revolutionary overthrow – will only come from the collective actions of the Filipino people.###

REFERENCE:
Alan Jazmines
Vice-Chairperson, NDFP Reciprocal Working Committee on Socio-Economic Reforms
Contact Number: + 63 949 137 7260

On the plan to extend martial law in Mindanao to end of year

Information Bureau | Communist Party of the Philippines
18 July 2017

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) firmly denounces the plan of GRP President Duterte to extend martial law in Mindanao up to December 31, 2017. This will result in worse military and police abuses. It will prolong the restrictions against civil and political freedom and aggravate violations of people’s democratic rights. It will further suppress the truth to control the narrative to favor the AFP.

Duterte continues to build the foundations of authoritarian rule under US imperialist tutelage. His supermajority of congressional sycophants are likely to approve without question Duterte’s Mindanao martial law extension plan.

Duterte wants to extend martial law in the vain hope of completing the suppression of the armed resistance in Marawi City. He has launched a war which he cannot finish. The Duterte-US-AFP war has roused the Moro people to take up arms to seek retribution for all the death and destruction perpetrated by the fascist siege and incessant aerial bombardment of Marawi City. They demand a halt to the siege in order to return to their homes. The submission of the revamped draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law as an urgent bill in congress will fail to pacify the Moro people whose oppression has been underscored again by Duterte’s war to suppress their aspirations. A conflagration of Moro armed resistance is bound to flare up across the Bangsamoro.

Martial law in Mindanao is directed at the New People’s Army (NPA) and the Party-led forces as much as the Moro people. AFP armed offensives against the NPA have been stepped-up over the past two months. Aerial bombings and shellings have been carried out in North Cotabato, Bukidnon, Davao del Sur, Davao City, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley and elsewhere. Workers rights have been suppressed. Attacks against civilian communities have stepped up. Paramilitaries have been emboldened by martial law and are subjecting the Lumad people to threats and harassments. Across Mindanao, at least 10,000 people have been forced to evacuate in less than two months in addition to the 410,000 evacuees from Marawi and nearby towns

Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao or nationwide, is an assault on every Filipino’s rights and freedom. Under its camouflage, US military forces are carrying out outright intervention through electronic surveillance and use of attack drones especially at night. It is set to be further reinforced by plans to implement a national ID system, which can be weaponized to restrict the people’s rights to free movement and as a tool for mass surveilance. With Mindanao martial law extension and threat of expansion, Duterte can exercise the power to railroad his tax reform plan and other economic policies and infrastructure projects that are detrimental to the people’s rights and interests.

Thus, it is imperative for the entire Filipino people to vigorously oppose this plan. Revolutionary forces nationwide are firmly united and ever determined to resist martial law in Mindanao. The New People’s Army must continue to strengthen itself nationwide by carrying out armed counteractions and offensives across the country to defeat the Mindanao martial law and nationwide all-out war.

Discussing socio-economic reform proposals is the enabling environment conducive to peace talks – NDFP RWC-SER

Media Release
14 July 2017

“We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. The enabling environment most conducive to the GPH-NDFP peace negotiations is the buckling down to work in crafting a comprehensive agreement on substantial socio-economic reforms that will benefit the Filipino people and the adherence to human rights and international humanitarian laws including the release of all political prisoners, as promised by the Duterte government.”

NDFP RWC-SER Vice Chair Alan Jazmines stressing the need to proceed with the discussions on socioeconomic reforms during the 3rd round of formal talks in Rome January 2017 / Altermidya.net

This was the declaration of Alan Jazmines, vice-chairperson of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines’ Reciprocal Working Committee on Socio-Economic Reforms, amid the announcement of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines that back channel talks will soon be held to discuss the creation of an “enabling environment” for the resumption of the fifth round of the peace talks.

According to Jazmines, the backchannel talks are a welcome development for trying to break the current impasse in the GPH-NDFP peace talks caused by the suspension by the GPH of the talks’ fifth round which was scheduled May 27 to June 1.

He also said that the NDFP RWC-SER is looking forward to the bilateral teams’ meeting which aims to come up with a tentative common draft of the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) in order to accelerate negotations and complete the latter by the first quarter of 2018.

Jazmines highlighted the urgency to discuss and come up with an agreement on agrarian reform and rural development. He said that in Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, Hacienda Roxas in Batangas, Central Luzon, Negros, the Cordillera, and Mindanao, farmers continue to engage in land struggles to defend their right to the land that they are tilling.

He continued, “The achievement of the third round of the peace talks, the agreement on the principle of free land distribution by the NDFP and the GPH, will amount to nothing unless it is followed up by more concrete and substantive agreements.”

“We expect that there will be no more delays. The talks have already wasted so much time. We have done our assignment and will bring to the table concrete proposals on agrarian reform and rural development, national industrialization, protection of the environment. This is a clear path to take for a just and lasting peace,” Jazmines concluded.###

REFERENCE:
Alan Jazmines
Vice-Chairperson, NDFP Reciprocal Working Committee on Socio-Economic Reforms
Contact Number: + 63 949 137 7260

2 days of encounter: NPA vs. 8th IB

PRESS RELEASE | July 11, 2017
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CABANGLASAN, BUKIDNON – Members of the New People’s Army – South Central Bukidnon Sub-Regional Command (NPA-SCB-SRC) harassed the 24 troops of the 8th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army on July 4, 2015, 4:20 PM, in Sityo Kalakapan, Brgy. Kanangaan, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon. According to reports, a member of the 8th IB was killed while other two were wounded in the two to three minutes’ exchange of fire. Meanwhile, NPA troops safely withdrew from the said area.

On the following day, June 6, around 8:00 AM, 40 troops of the 8th IB and Special Forces, under the 403rd Brigade, made a surprise attack on an NPA camp in a sylvan part of Sityo Miaray, Brgy. Manggaod, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon. They were able to infiltrate the camp’s kitchen and from here, more than an hour of exchange of fires occurred, where three of the AFP troops killed. Meanwhile, a column of the enemies’ troops headed to a favorable terrain, without knowing that a command-detonated explosive was installed in. Just as the enemy positioned, the NPA switched the CDX. The casualties of the enemy on the explosion has not yet been confirmed.

These active defense acts of the NPA took place amid the continuing Community Organizing for Peace and Development (COPD) of the 8th IB in the hinter barrios of Cabanglasan and San Fernando, Bukidnon since November last year. They have not been moved to discomfiture despite the several months of mass protests on their wrong-doings. These are also apparent desperate reactions of the 8th IB from the previous months’ series of victories of the NPA-SCB in weakening their confidant Alamara — the like of the capitulation of arms of seven of their members to the NPA on April 28, the ambush to the siblings Emyong and Oba Balanban on June 2, the sparrow of Jason “Dakson” Lindaw on June 16 and the death of their guide Janie Keblatan during their combat operation on June 23.

The statement of 1Lt. Erwin Bugarin, of CMO-8th IB, that there were NPA casualties on the said encounter, was a big falsehood. They only recovered camp tools and apparatus. No firearms seized and no NPA killed on the said encounters. While he can never disown casualties of the 8th IB, for they mobilized the residents to convey their deceased and injured troops. From these skirmishes, it would be certain that Bugarin would promulgate more fake news through the media against the NPA and the residents of the said town.

On this 48th day of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law over Mindanao, the AFP perpetuated their combat operations, infiltrations and psychological wars towards the revolutionary movement. With the recent decision of the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the said declaration, the AFP have been granted with license to disclose its fangs to suppress the people’s basic rights.

During his visit in Malaybalay City on June 6, Duterte mentioned not a single word to the public concerning abuses of the 403rd Brigade against the Lumad residents, just like the forced evacuation of the residents of Cabanglasan and San Fernando. He did not also make a single glimpse on the aggravating cases of extra-judicial killings towards Lumad-leaders in the province and the several months of harassment to communities by the paramilitary groups Alamara, NIPAR and Dela Mance, amid of the warrant-of-arrests dispensed against them. Instead, he prioritized the injured casualties of the AFP in its encounters against the Maute in Marawi and the NPA in Bukidnon. It is then clear that these protectors of investors and multi-national corporations are in his primacy, not the poor majority who purportedly composed the bulge who let him won the elections.

Hence, up until socio-economic agenda will not be accurately and finally discussed in the negotiation table between the GRP and NDFP, the NPA will remain steadfast in defending themselves and the people they serve against the vicious and fascist attacks of the AFP, paramilitary groups and Philippine National Police (PNP) under the plot of the perpetuating all-out war of the regime. In this case, the revolutionary movement will not just intensify. Moreover, the conceiting “Left President”, in his own accord, will get rid of his smokescreen and will be exposed to whom he directs his “change” and “development”.

KA MALEM MABINI
Spokesperson
NPA-NCMR


2 ka adlaw nga panagsangka tali sa 8th IB ug NPA

CABANGLASAN, BUKIDNON – Kaniadtong Hulyo 4 sa may alas-4:20 sa kahapunon, gitagbo og buto sa usa ka tim sa NPA ubos sa South-Central Bukidnon Subregional Command ang 24 ka tropa sa 8th IB nga nag-combat operation sa Sityo Kalakapan, Brgy. Kanangaan, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon. Nataho nga adunay usa ka patay ug usa nga samaron sa han-ay sa 8th IB sulod sa duha hangtud tulo ka minutos nga binuthanay. Luwas nga nakawidru ang tim sa NPA.

Pagkasunod-adlaw, Hulyo 6 sa alas-8:00 sa buntag, surpresang gi-atake sa gitapong tropa sa 8th IB ug Special Forces nga may 40 ka elemento ang kampo sa NPA sa lasangong bahin sa Sityo Miaray, Brgy. Manggaod, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon. Unang nasulod nila ang kusina sa kampo ug dinhi, kapin usa ka oras ang binuthanay diin tulo ang napatay sa tropa sa kaaway. Aduna puy kolum sa kaawayng tropa ang misaka sa paborableng tereyn ug samtang sila nagaposisyon, gi-switch sa NPA ang CDX nga daan nang namontar. Wala pa matino kung pila ang kaswalidad sa kaaway sa maong pagbusikad.

Kini nga mga aksyon sa aktibong depensa sa NPA nahitabo taliwala sa nagapadayong mga Community Organizing for Peace and Development (COPD) sa 8th IB sa bukirong mga baryo sa Cabanglasan ug San Fernando, Bukidnon sukad pa niadtong Nobyembre sa miaging tuig. Wala pa gihapon sila maulaw taliwala sa pipila na ka bulan nga pagprotesta sa katawhan sa ilang mga kalapasan diha sa katungod tawo. Tataw kining Desperado nga mga reaksyon sa 8th IB tungod sa sagunson nga mga kalampusan sa NPA-SCB sa pagpahuyang sa ilang saligando nga Alamara diin kaniadtong Abril 28, 7 ka membro niining maong paramilitary ang misurender sa ilang mga armas ngadto sa NPA pag-ambus sa managsuong Emyong ug Oba Balanban kaniadtong Hunyo 2, pag-isparo kang Jason “Dakson” Lindaw kaniadtong Hunyo 16 ug pagkamatay sa giya nga si Janie Keblatan panahon sa combat operation kaniadtong Hunyo 23.

Ang gibalita kaniadtong Hulyo 7 ni 1Lt.Erwin Bugarin sa CMO-8th IB nga adunay mga NPA nga kaswalti sa maong engkwentro, usa ka dakung bakak. Walay armas nga nakuha ug walay NPA nga nakaswalti sa maong adlaw. Ang ilang narekober kaniadtong Hulyo 6 mga himan pangkampo lamang. Dili niya ikatago ang mga kaswalti sa 8th IB tungod kay ang mga lumulupyo mismo ang ilang gipahakot sa mga patay ug samaron. Subay niini nga hitabo, sineguro nga magpakaylap pa siya og dugang pang mga peke nga balita diha sa media batok sa NPA ug mga lumulupyo sa maong lungsod.

Niining ika-46 nga adlaw sukad mideklara si Presidente Rodrigo Duterte og balaod-militar sa tibuok isla sa Mindanao, mas gipasubsob pa sa AFP ang iyang mga operasyong kombat, pagpaniktik ug saywar ngadto sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan. Ilabina nga nadesisyunan ning bag-o sa Korte Suprema nga konstitusyonal ang maong deklarasyon, nahatagan og dugang lisensya ang AFP nga ipagawas ang iyang bangkil aron sumpoon ang batakang mga katungod sa katawhan.

Sa iyang pagbisita sa Malaybalay City kaniadtong Hulyo 6, wala man lang gani mahisguti ni Presidente Duterte diha sa publiko ang mga kalapasan sa 403rd Brigade sa AFP karong tuiga sama sa pagpabakwit sa mga Lumad nga lumulupyo sa Cabanglasan ug San Fernando. Wala usab niya hatagi sa pagtagad ang sagunson nga pagpamatay sa mga lider-Lumad sa probinsya ug ang pipila na ka bulan nga pagpanghasi sa publiko sa mga bandidong kriminal nga grupo sa Alamara, NIPAR ug Delamance taliwala nga kini sila anaa nay warrant-of-arrest sa korte. Hinuon giuna pa niya pagtagad ang mga samarong kaswalti sa AFP sa panagsangka niini tali sa grupong Maute sa Marawi ug sa NPA sa Bukidnon. Tin-aw nga kini nga mga protektor sa mga imbestor ug mga multinasyonal nga korporasyon sa Bukidnon ang anaa sa iyang prayoridad, dili ang mayoryang kabus nga mao unta ang dakung bulto nga nakapadaug kaniya sa eleksyon.

Hangtud nga dili tukma ug pinal nga mahisgutan ang sosyo-ekonomikanhong adyenda sa lamesa sa negosasyon tali sa GRP ug NDFP, magpabilin ang NPA sa rehiyon ug sa tibuok nasud nga panalipdan ang kaugalingon ug ang iyang gialagarang katawhan batok sa mapanumpoon ug bangis nga mga pagpangatake sa AFP, mga yunit paramilitar ug PNP sa gambalay sa all-out war nga hangtud karon wala pa gilibkas sa rehimen. Sa ingon niini nga kahimtang dili lang magkakusog ang rebolusyonaryong kalihukan kun dilimas paspas sab nga mabutyag ang tinuod nga hulagway sa nagpakaaron-ingnong Walhon nga presidente sa kung kang kinsa nagaalagad ang iyang mga gitagawtaw nga”kausaban” ug “kalamboan”.

KA MALEM MABINI
Tigpamaba
NPA-NCMR

Rural industrialization is key to self-reliant economic development

Media Release | 08 July 2017

NDFP consultant Randall “Ka Randy” Echanis explaining the importance of establishing rural industries that will lay the ground for national industrialization / Altermidya.net

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines’ Reciprocal Working Committee on Social and Economic Reforms (NDFP RWC SER) said rural-based sectors are looking forward to the resumption of the formal peace negotiations that will discuss and firm-up unities on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development and fast-track discussions on other pertinent sections of the proposed Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER).

“The people’s strong clamor for the continuation of the formal peace talks is enough conducive environment for the GPH and NDFP to return to the negotiating table and discuss thoroughly concrete and doable reforms.”

“Genuine development and industrialization of vast rural areas is possible. If a genuine agrarian reform program, rural infrastructure and support services are in place, farmers can unleash their full productive capabilities.”

“Farmers have the experience and capacity to develop the countryside and create rural industries that will benefit millions. Free land distribution is the necessary first step towards this goal,” said NDFP consultant Randall Echanis who challenged the GPH to “walk the talk” on its declaration that free land distribution and support services to farmers are essential in achieving genuine agrarian reform. “If we are to discuss agrarian reform and rural development in upcoming meetings, the GPH should make concrete its recognition of free land distribution.”

The NFDP RWC-SER technical working group recently consulted farmers and peasant leaders nationwide regarding concrete proposals on rural development particularly in the enhancement of major crop lines and rural industries. The consultation was held in preparation for the forthcoming bilateral team meetings of the GPH and NDFP RWC-SER working groups to come up with a tentative CASER draft to accelerate the talks, with the target of completing the negotiations by the first quarter of 2018.

Based on the NDFP draft, industries pertaining to coconut, sugar, abaca, bamboo and rattan, clothing and textile, pottery, furniture and the processing of meat, dairy, spices, fish, fruits, vegetable and other agricultural by-products shall be developed. “These industries are essential mainly to ensure food production for local consumption and develop an agri-based economy.”

“In our discussion with farmers, they reiterated that particular crop lines and rural-based industries can be developed depending on the actual needs of the people and with the objective of establishing rural industries that will lay the ground for national industrialization. Raising agricultural productivity, and provision of agricultural research and development and support services to farmers were also proposed.”

“Correct policy framework is significant in order to reinvigorate rural areas. The sooner we resume with the negotiations, the sooner we can address the needs of the people and the ailing local economy,” Echanis said.

Gradual shift

During the consultation, farmers from the Ilocos region said they are willing to gradually shift from tobacco to other crops, particularly to food crops for domestic consumption like rice, corn, vegetables and others. “If there is irrigation in Ilocos, farmers can produce crops other than tobacco,” Echanis said.

“Since time immemorial, only foreign-owned tobacco companies have benefited from tobacco plantations in Ilocos and Cagayan Valley. Worse, corrupt officials in Ilocos Norte led by Governor Imee Marcos were found to have misused the fund of the Tobacco Excise Tax or RA 7171 that is intended for tobacco farmers and the tobacco industry, now considered as a sunset industry.”

“While we are at it, it is also preposterous for the GPH panel to continue rubbing in the never-ending issue of revolutionary tax at this point to parry CASER when one of their own is accused of plundering people’s tax money,” Echanis said referring to Gov. Marcos’ alleged excise tax corruption. ###

REFERENCE:
Randall “Ka Randy” Echanis
Member, NDFP Reciprocal Working Committee on Socio-Economic Reforms
Contact Number: 0949-1377260

ILPS statement on G20 Summit in Hamburg, refers to economic crisis and extreme global debt

Issued by the Office of the Chairperson
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
July 6, 2017

The G20 Heads of State and Government will meet once again on 7 and 8 July 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. They have met annually since 2008 to address issues related to global financial stability, economic growth and international trade. In recent years they have expanded their agenda to include other issues closely linked with the global economy, including climate change, development policy, labour market and employment policy, the spread of digital technology and even counter-terrorism.

After 12 summits, the G20 is nowhere near meeting its avowed objectives. Despite claims of economic recovery, growth in almost all the advanced capitalist economies has barely exceeded 2 percent per year since 2010, after contracting in 2008-2009. The ultraloose monetary policies they have adopted have merely succeeded in creating new property bubbles as well as a surge in speculative capital flows and booms in credit and asset markets in so-called emerging economies. This is exacerbating financial fragility rather than enhancing stability.

Moreover, these policies have accelerated the build up of debt both in the imperialist centers and underdeveloped countries. The global stock of debt has grown by over $50 trillion since 2008, surging to a record $217 trillion as of the first quarter of 2017. This is more than three times the output (GDP) of the entire global economy in one year.

Some 10 percent of this global debt stock or around $20 trillion is owed by the US. But China’s debt is rising the fastest, followed by Brazil and India among the so-called emerging economies. Reuters reports that ´emerging´ economies have increased their debt by $3 trillion to $56 trillion, equivalent to 218 percent of their combined GDP. Two trillion of this has been incurred by China, whose estimated debt stands at 260 percent of its GDP. To make matters even more alarming, there’s over $1.9 trillion of emerging market bonds and syndicated loans maturing through to the end of 2017. This is creating the conditions for a new financial convulsion that will be worse than 2008-09.

The finance oligarchy is pleased with the G20, however, as their monopoly banks posted even higher profits in the past three years than before. Indeed, the four biggest US banks were 30 percent larger by 2013 than they had been before the crisis, making them even more “too-big-to-fail” than ever before.

On the other hand, the ranks of the unemployed is expected to exceed 200 million this year according to conservative estimates of the ILO. Of those with jobs, more than 1.4 billion are now in precarious kinds of work, growing by 11 million per year as governments impose labor flexibilization policies to enhance the competitiveness of monopoly firms.

Even middle class families in the advanced capitalist countries are joining the ranks of over 1.6 billion people all over the world who are denied health, education services, and an adequate standard of living. This is made worse by cutbacks in social spending while military expenditure is jacked up for the military-industrial complex, and taxes are reduced for the finance oligarchy.

As in past summits, these harsh realities will be denied or ignored by the G20 leaders in their official statements. More than this, they are intent on using fascist repression against the people who are gathering in the tens of thousands in Hamburg to expose these truths and oppose the anti-people policies of the G20.

This summit is also notable because it is happening amidst rising tensions between the leading imperialist members of the G20. Every major summit so far this year has exposed the widening rift between the US and its traditional allies across the Atlantic. After the G7 Summit last May, German Chancellor Merkel was quoted as saying that, “The times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over. We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.”

This is in response to the US government’s increasing unilateralism and belligerent attitude vis-à-vis its so-called allies under Trump. At the G7 Summit, Trump refused to commit to a common climate policy because it would constrain the expansion of US monopoly firms. At the NATO Summit also held last May, Trump refused to reaffirm a commitment to Article 5 of the NATO treaty, which obligates member states to come to each other’s assistance when attacked.

Instead he badgered other NATO members to increase their share of the cost of securing global capitalism. Before these, Trump also shelved the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and pledged to renegotiate existing treaties to protect “American” (i.e. US monopoly capitalist) interests.

This is prompting Germany and other European powers to cosy up more with China. They are especially keen on riding the One Belt, One Road initiative of China which plans to build six economic corridors spanning the Eurasian continent by land and by sea.

Hence the G20 will be another venue where increasing inter-imperialist conflicts and realignments will be played out. Underlying this is the intensifying general crisis of monopoly capitalism and the increasing desperation of US imperialism to retain its primacy and the US-led world order it has secured since the end of the Second Word War.

Democratic and anti-imperialist forces in the world must expose the real roots of the crisis of the global capitalist system and the role of the finance oligarchy and the institutions that serve their interests including the G20. It is only through mass struggles that we the people can effectively resist imperialism and liberate ourselves from all reaction.###

Lorenzana ignorant that reforms are at peace talks’ heart

Press Statement | 05 July 2017

NDFP RWC-SER Vice Chair Alan Jazmines stressing the need to proceed with the discussions on socioeconomic reforms during the 3rd round of formal talks in Rome January 2017 / Altermidya.net

The Reciprocal Working Committee on Socio-Economic Reforms of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP RWC-SER) welcomes the announcement that the fifth round of formal peace talks between the NDFP and the GRP might resume in August. At the same time, the NDFP RWC-SER condemns Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana’s earlier statement that the “government panel should consider ending the peace process.”

This statement only shows that the Defense Secretary is a cold-blooded warmonger who has no interest at all in advancing the interests of the Filipino people. His continuous harping that there should be a bilateral ceasefire before any peace talks can resume is putting the cart before the horse.

He has shown that he has no grasp at all of the roots of the armed conflict. He rejects the fact that socio-economic reforms lie at the heart of the peace talks. He does not seem to care that any substantial gain that can be reached by the NDFP and the GRP would benefit the greater majority of the Filipino people. Without any remorse to the lives lost, he is brazenly pursuing a purely military solution to the armed conflict in the country.

Like the US lapdog and militarist that he is, Lorenzana show no appreciation for the milestone agreement reached by both parties on the principle of free distribution of land to the tillers in the third round of the talks. In fact, he has viciously gone after ordinary farmers and their organizations defending their right to till their land. He has opposed the statement of his own President who has issued a clarion call to occupy oligarchs’ lands.

More and more, Lorenzana is proving himself to be a major obstacle to peace and if President Rodrigo Duterte and the GRP panel want to genuinely pursue the road of peace, they must make sure that such an obstacle is removed.###

REFERENCE:
Alan Jazmines
Vice-Chairperson, NDFP Reciprocal Working Committee on Socio-Economic Reforms
Contact Number: + 63 949 137 7260

Worsening crisis, death and destruction under Duterte regime

Communist Party of the Philippines | June 30, 2017
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The Duterte regime’s key economic, social, security and foreign relations policies are basically a continuation of past measures which perpetuate the oppressive and exploitative semicolonial and semifeudal system. The US imperialists and the ruling big bourgeois compradors, big landlord class and bureaucrat capitalists remain the dominant forces in his government.

The crisis of the ruling system continues to worsen in the first year under the Duterte regime as it fails to fulfill its promises of change. It has unleashed wars of death and destruction as it adopts ironfisted tactics and fascist methods to secure its rule and serve the interests of the ruling exploitative classes and foreign big capitalists.

The Duterte regime is proving itself to be fundamentally no different from previous regimes in terms of subservience to foreign imperialist-imposed economic and security policies. It is bound to face the Filipino people’s outrage for perpetuating foreign subservience, feudalism and fascism and refusing to heed the demand for basic social, economic and political reforms.

Failed promises of change
Rodrigo Duterte has zero to show to buttress his claims of being a Leftist and socialist. There are no serious policy reform in the social, economic and political fields. He has turned his back on his promise of sweeping changes made during the 2016 elections. He has continued the neoliberal policies of the past three decades which perpetuates the exploitation and oppression of the people.

The broad masses of workers, peasants, unemployed, students, teachers and other small professionals are increasingly disgruntled. They continue to suffer from landlessness and landgrabbing, worsening forms of feudal and semifeudal exploitation, rising costs of living, acute unemployment and job insecurity, low wages, natural and man-made disasters, epidemics and lack of affordable and quality social services. Millions of students continue to be burdened by tuition increases and rising costs of education.

To the great dismay of workers, not only has Duterte failed to fulfill his promise to end contractualization, he has even reinforced the policy by setting regulations for it. Workers’ wages remain extremely low. Workers continue to suffer from dangerous working conditions leading to fires and other accidents.

Contrary to the peasant clamor to stop land conversions, he is pushing for the conversion of thousands of hectares of land, particularly in Mindanao, to become oil palm plantations. He has given scant support to measures to distribute land at Hacienda Luisita and gave mere token support to the struggle of the Lapanday farmers to occupy their land. Declarations of support for free land distribution has served only as soundbytes. He has perpetuated the policy of rice importation to the detriment of local peasants and the general public.

The economic policies of the Duterte regime are a continuum of the neoliberal policies of the past three decades plus. These are geared at achieving superficial high growth rates by drawing in increased foreign investments. As before, the Duterte regime’s policies perpetuate the export-oriented and import-dependent semimanufacturing and backward agrarian economy.

Duterte’s 10-point economic agenda perfectly dovetails with the economic policies of the previous Aquino regime. As before, the Duterte regime’s “economic growth” is hinged on foreign investments and calls for further liberalizing investment policies by removing constitutional restrictions, building infrastructure for rapid transport lines from the ports to the labor enclaves and increasing government revenue by imposing additional tax burden on the people.

Duterte’s economic planners have announced the start of a so-called “golden age of infrastructure” anticipating large amounts of loans from China and Japan. These infrastructure projects, including the Manila-Clark and Mindanao railroads as well as land reclamations in Manila and Davao port areas, primarily aim to pave the way for rapid transport of raw materials as well as semimanufactures from labor enclaves to the international export market.

The Duterte regime has announced plans to spend $8 trillion over the next five years, funded largely by foreign loans, mostly from China. Such a plan will make the country a virtual debt slave, vulnerable to economic, political and military impositions of China. This situation will be no different from how the country was forced to comply with US-IMF-World Bank imposed conditionalities throughout the Marcos and post-Marcos regimes after levels of foreign debt soared to unprecedented heights.

Duterte’s tax reform plan, a rehash of old proposals, is set to impose additional tax burdens on rented homes, petroleum products, sweetened drinks and salt aimed to generate at least $600 billion to service the loans for the planned infrastructure binge.

Strongman rule: widespread death and destruction
Duterte has increasingly employed strongman tactics to establish and reinforce his rule. He has displayed all-out ruthlessness believing he can use his large number of electoral vote as license to attack the people.

He has abetted soldiers and police to unleash fascist violence with impunity. He has pampered the AFP and PNP with perks and benefits. He has appointed close to 60 former military and police generals and officers to key positions in his government. He relies primarily on the reactionary state’s armed forces to perpetuate his rule.

In less than a year, he has launched three wars: a so-called “war against drugs” (Oplan Tokhang and Oplan Double Barrel) which is directed more against the poor; an all-out war of suppression (Oplan Kapayapaan) against the people’s national democratic cause; and a war against the Moros marked by the AFP siege and destruction of Marawi City (under the state of martial law in Mindanao).

In utter contempt of the Filipino people, Duterte has repeatedly praised the Marcos dictatorship and military rule in the vain hope of making his plans to establish himself as a Marcos-style strongman acceptable. As a political quid pro quo, he gave the Marcos family the long-desired hero’s burial for the dictator in November 2016, thus completing the Marcoses’ political rehabilitation.

Duterte’s “war against drugs” is a virtual campaign of mass murder which has resulted in the killing of more than 8,000 people, mostly poor users and street peddlers. Community social activists have also been targeted. They have been killed by police agents in supposed arrest operations; and by death squads reportedly run and financed by the police. Duterte is using the anti-drug war to make it appear that killings and fascist methods are necessary and ideal in addressing social problems which are rooted in poverty. Meanwhile, big drug lords including Peter Lim and others known to be close to Duterte remain untouched.

The Duterte regime deployed its armed units and occupied at least 500 barangays despite a GRP unilateral ceasefire from August 2016 to February 2017. Subsequent to the termination of the unilateral ceasefire declaration, defense and security officials of the Duterte regime declared an all-out war on February 7, 2017. In line with this, Duterte has ordered the AFP to “flatten the hills” through aerial bombings and shelling. Cases of human rights abuses are on the rise.

Since March, the AFP has carried out around 30 aerial bombardment campaigns in various parts of the country (outside Marawi City), destroying rice fields and forested areas near communities which the AFP suspect to be supportive of the revolutionary movement. At least 20,000 people have been forced to evacuate as a result of such bombardments. There are at more than 70 cases of extrajudicial killings (more than one a week), victimizing mostly activists and organizers among the peasants and national minorities.

Duterte has completely set aside his repeated promise of releasing all political prisoners through a general amnesty proclamation. Around four hundred remain detained. This number continues to rise as the reactionary state forces target and arrest organizers of people’s organizations in line with the Oplan Kapayapaan war of suppression.

On the pretext of a “rebellion” by armed Moro groups in Marawi City, Duterte imposed martial law on the entire Mindanao island on May 23. He whipped up Islamaphobia combined with an all-out psychological offensive to draw support for his martial law declaration from among the reactionaries as well as the conservative and politically backward sections of Philippine society.

He has practically served Marawi and Mindanao on a silver platter for the AFP. For more than a month now, the AFP has been on a rampage of rape and plunder. On Duterte’s orders, the AFP has carried out non-stop bombardment of Marawi reducing the city to dust. Duterte’s big business friends are now eyeing to cash-in on planned government infrastructure building. The AFP’s siege and destruction of Marawi has resulted in a severe humanitarian crisis causing grave sufferings to hundreds of thousands of Moros. It is reigniting their widespread armed resistance even as Duterte seeks to draw the MILF and MNLF to new arrangements of “autonomous rule” under the GRP.

Duterte has repeatedly hinted of plans of imposing Marcos-style martial law nationwide. This is an overt threat against his rivals who seek to unseat him. Duterte’s political mob are calling for extending and expanding martial law to enable the ruling regime to railroad these infrastructure projects and ensure that they will bag the contracts and pocket the percentages.

Even prior to martial law, Duterte has brandished his presidential powers combined with the campaign of killings to suppress and threaten his political opponents. Eschewing all legal processes, he locked-up archrival Leila de Lima on drug charges completely disregarding her assertion that she is covered by the Sandiganbayan and not by lower criminal courts. Her detention serves as an example against other senators, congressmen and thousands of other local government, police and military officials who Duterte claims to be listed in his thick collection of drug dossiers.

His broadsides at the Aquino-allied oligarchs have merely served as a veneer to conceal the same rotten oligarchic and dynastic style of rule of his own retinue of hangers-on from among the ruling economic and political elite. Duterte has, so far, maintained supermajority control of the House of Representatives with promises of shares in the projected government contracts.

Factional conflicts within the ruling classes are bound to intensify as US imperialism maneuvers to maintain its dominance. By launching vicious attacks against his rivals among the ruling elite, Duterte has made them ever more determined to unseat him through every possible means including a US-supported coup or junta.

Duterte can counter with a palace coup through a declaration of a Marcos-style martial law. He can most effectively do so only by becoming more and more subservient to US imperialist dictates or, more remotely, by drawing in Russia or China economic and military support.

Subservience to US imperialism, while fawning to China and Russia
The implementation of the AFP’s “Oplan Kapayapaan,” the declaration of all-out war and order to “flatten the hills,” and the imposition of martial law in Mindanao all hew to US security policies and counter-insurgency doctrine. Duterte’s push to use the US-trained AFP to establish a strongman rule has made him more subservient to the security as well as economic policy dictates of the US, the dominant hegemonic power at the base of the Philippine neocolonial client-state.

Duterte launched diatribes against US abuses and intervention in the country. But he has made no more than dispirited measures to put these declarations to actual policy. The best he did was to prohibit the AFP from joining joint patrols with US naval forces in the South China Sea and downplay invasion maneuvers during joint military exercises with the US.

On the other hand, he has granted the US government the following prerogatives: (a) to maintain an unspecified number of troops in the country; (b) to build at least six US military facilities inside AFP camps under the EDCA; (c) to conduct at least 257 military exercises this year under the Mutual Defense Treaty and Visiting Forces Agreement; and (d) to sail its ships in Philippine territorial waters to conduct power projection operations and challenge China’s sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.

Duterte has also allowed US forces to fly their drones to carry out electronic and intelligence gathering operations (such as in Marawi) thereby allowing them to remote control the AFP’s combat operations. Fearing potential embarrassment, Duterte has chosen to ignore reports that US military forces and AFP officials planned, carried out and botched the Mamasapano-like operation to capture terror-listed Abu Sayyaf-leader Isnilon Hapilon which ignited the Moro resistance leading to the AFP siege and destruction of Marawi.

Duterte declared an independent foreign policy by launching verbal attacks against the US government, but merely to impress China and Russia as an anti-US ally with the hope of encouraging economic and military assistance in the face of the strategic decline of the US and its limited support and resources. He also aims to counter threats of a possible US-supported coup or regime change against him by rival factions of the ruling classes. Using the ISIS bogey, he has sought Russian and China military support for his imposition of martial law in Mindanao.

China responded by promising Duterte with $19 billion worth of loans for big-ticket projects. Big bourgeois compradors are drooling over these projects and are lining-up to Duterte to benefit from government contracts. In the name of supporting the “war against terror,” China also recently gave Duterte a cache of firearms. The regime also signed a number of economic and security agreements with Russia in Duterte’s recent visit.

Instead of calling for the demilitarization of the South China Sea, Duterte has allowed the US to strengthen its foothold in the Philippines while encouraging China and Russia, as well as Japan, to project their military presence in the area. He has offered these military powers the use of Philippine ports for their refuelling and stopovers bringing the Philippines closer to the eye of an inter-imperialist maelstrom in the South China Sea.

Premature demand for bilateral ceasefire disrupts peace talks
At the outset of Duterte’s term, the revolutionary forces saw peace negotiations as an opportunity to explore the possibility of forging an alliance with him on the basis of his past cordial relations with the revolutionary forces in the Southern Mindanao region while he was Davao City mayor as well as his past opposition to US intervention and promises of change.

The NDFP was encouraged by the release of 19 of its consultants, the appointment of its endorsees to head three state agencies and promises of releasing the remaining 400 political prisoners through an amnesty proclamation. In the first round of formal talks, the NDFP acceded to the proposition of the GRP for reciprocal interim unilateral ceasefire declarations in August 2016 and agreed to forge a bilateral ceasefire consequent to the promised amnesty.

The Duterte regime, however, has shown less interest in peace talks as an opportunity to resolve the roots of the raging civil war and more as a means to demand a bilateral ceasefire agreement upending the talks’ agenda. It has applied the US-AFP line of pacification, cooptation at capitulation on peace negotiations resulting in the repeated disruption of the talks.

The revolutionary forces bent over back in the second and third round of talks as the regime came up with one excuse after another to skirt its commitment to release political prisoners. Around January, Duterte’s officials made public commitments to free land distribution to landless peasants to inveigle the revolutionary forces to extend the ceasefire.

However, the Party and NPA was compelled to terminate its ceasefire declaration by February 1 after Duterte’s stubborn refusal to carry out his pledge to release all political prisoners and his blatant disregard of the spirit of the reciprocal unilateral ceasefires with the forward deployment and occupation of at least 500 barangays by AFP troops.

The revolutionary forces reiterated its willingness to continue peace negotiations under the “talking while fighting” modality. Duterte made clear, however, that he will have none of it, as he ordered the rearrest of the NDFP’s peace consultants and subsequently declared an all-out war on February 7.

Without a ceasefire, Duterte disrupted the scheduled 4th round of talks and scrapped plans forged in the third round to thresh out the agreement on socio-economic reforms. To resolve the impassé, an agreement was reached in backchannel talks to restore the unilateral ceasefire declarations together with a commitment to resolve the issues which led to its termination.

Duterte, however, refused to comply and embargoed the scheduled April 2-6 fourth round of talks to insist on forging a bilateral ceasefire agreement. The talks proceeded only after both sides agreed to forge a bilateral ceasefire agreement which the NDFP declared unequivocally will be signed after an agreement on socio-economic reforms is forged.

The fifth round of talks scheduled for May 28-June 2 was cancelled after the GRP declared its non-participation in order to again press the NDFP to sign a bilateral ceasefire agreement. It demanded the Party to rescind its order for the NPA to carry out more tactical offensives to counter the AFP’s all-out war heightened by the Duterte regime’s imposition of martial law in Mindanao.

Failing to oblige the NDFP to sign a bilateral ceasefire agreement, Duterte has virtually hostaged the NDFP negotiators and consultants, threatening them with arrest upon return to the Philippines. In subsequent informal talks, the GRP negotiators assured the NDFP that JASIG remain in effect and projected resumption of formal talks in August or September. The GRP, however, will continue to issue statements which tend to disrupt upcoming talks.

Prospects for the following year
Amid the ever-worsening socio-economic crisis in the Philippines and the protracted depression of the international capitalist system, the people are left with no choice but to launch ever more vigorous armed and unarmed struggles and rely on their own efforts to advance their national and democratic cause.

They must advance the people’s movement along the anti-imperialist, anti-feudal and anti-fascist line.

They demand the Duterte regime to account for all its unfulfilled promises and put forward their urgent demands for jobs, an end to contractualization, higher wages, an end to landgrabbing, the dismantling and distribution of haciendas and corporate plantations and the free distribution of land to the landless tillers.

They demand the Duterte regime to increase subsidies to expand public hospitals, public health and free housing and end the commercialization of education, health and other public services. They oppose the planned tax reform and other additional burdensome policies.

They are determined to fight Duterte’s strongman rule. They are building a united front of all forces to demand an immediate end to martial law in Mindanao and resist any attempt to impose martial law nationwide. They also strongly oppose plans to implement a national identification system which will only serve to strengthen the police-state.

They are broadening and intensifying their fight to defend human rights. They demand justice for all victims of unwarranted and indiscriminate killings perpetrated by the police and state armed forces in the course of the “war against drugs”. They demand justice for all victims of extrajudicial killings committed by state forces under Oplan Kapayapaan. They call for the release of all political prisoners.

They demand an end to aerial bombardments and shelling and the pull-out of all military troops from civilian communities and a stop to the militarization of civilian agencies and functions.

The revolutionary forces continue to strengthen its unity with the struggling Moro people in their struggle for their right to self-determination.

The Duterte regime will be painting itself to a corner if it chooses to completely abandon the NDFP-GRP peace negotiations. Duterte must realize that, within his term, the GRP is incapable of defeating nor forcing back the armed revolution through all-out war even with US support amid the worsening crisis of the ruling system.

It must drop the US counter-insurgency doctrine of pacification and cooptation of forcing the surrender of the revolutionary forces through premature ceasefire and address the key issues of social justice that are the root of the raging armed conflict. The Duterte regime must accede to the just demands of the NDFP and the Filipino people for substantive socio-economic, political and constitutional reforms and let these run ahead of any bilateral ceasefire agreement.

The Duterte regime cannot afford to fight all at the same time the nationwide revolutionary armed forces led by the CPP and the various Bangsamoro armed movements in several fronts in Mindanao.

As the Duterte regime wages all-out war against the revolutionary forces, worsened by imposition of martial law in Mindanao, the NPA has no other choice but to intensify tactical offensives nationwide. The overextension of the reactionary state armed forces works to the advantage of various guerrilla forces in their resistance to defeat the all-out war of the Duterte regime.

Since February, the Party has ordered the NPA to carry out widespread tactical offensives nationwide in order to defend the people and counter AFP abuses. The NPA has launched tactical offensives against armed personnel of the reactionary state as well as armed security of local despots and mining companies. It has seized at least 250 firearms, enough for a new battalion of NPA Red fighters.

The policies of the Duterte regime deepen and worsen the crisis of the semicolonial and semifeudal system. These, in turn, generate ever favorable conditions for further advancing the people’s war. To serve the people, the revolutionary forces must intensify and broaden the coverage of agrarian revolution in the countryside, further deepen and widen the revolutionary mass base and raise the level of the people’s democratic government, and carry forward widespread and intensive guerrilla warfare.

The NPA must do everything to rapidly build new platoons and companies of regular guerrilla forces and local guerrilla units to enable the people the opportunity to rise up with arms against their exploiters and oppressors. The Party enjoins the Moro people and other national minorities, especially their youth, to join the NPA in order to wage resistance against all their oppressors and defend their right for self-determination.

In the face of the Duterte regime’s all-out war, the NPA must continue to seize the initiative and carry out more and more tactical offensives nationwide in order to derail and blunt the all-out attacks of the AFP, punish the most notorious human rights abusers, defend the interests against the people and bring forward the people’s war.

The crisis of ruling semicolonial and semifeudal system under Duterte is generating a political crisis that may burst forth within the next year. His unfulfilled promises combined with the worsening socio-economic situation is resulting in widespread disenchantment and discontent, especially among the toiling masses of workers and peasants. The Duterte regime cannot escape the forward surge of the people’s struggle for national democracy.

The NDFP Stands in Firm Solidarity with the Venezuelan People and the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela led by President Nicolas Maduro

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) reiterates its firm solidarity with the heroic Venezuelan people and His Excellency, President Nicolas Maduro, as the Constitutional and elected President of the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela. The Venezuelan people and government founded on the legacy and inspiration of Comandante and President Hugo Chavez, Simon Bolivar and so many other people’s heroes, have earned the solidarity of freedom-loving peoples and governments in Latin America and the Carribe and other parts of the world.

The united strength of the Venezuelan people and the Bolivarian Government led by President Nicolas Maduro, with the overall international solidarity support of other peoples and governments are firm and strong enough to repel any acts of subversion and attacks by the domestic reactionaries and counter-revolutionary foreign powers.

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines vigorously condemns the terrorist attack perpetrated on June 27, 2017 against the headquarters of the Ministry of People’s Power for Interior Relations, Justice and Peace and the Supreme Court of Justice, both in Caracas, as part of a coup plot against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and its institutions. We strongly support the valiant efforts of the Bolivarian Government and the Venezuelan people to defeat the domestic and foreign reactionaries behind the coup plot.

We take this occasion to also congratulate the Venezuelan people and their Bolivarian Government in celebrating the 206th Anniversary of the Signing of the Act of Independence. We convey our warmest greetings of solidarity to President Nicolas Maduro and in the Philippines to H.E. Capaya Rodriguez Gonzalez, Ambassador Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela to the Republic of the Philippines.

Long live the heroice Venezuelan people and President Nicolas Maduro!
Long live the solidarity between the Filipino people and the Venezuelan people!

Luis G. Jalandoni