By CPP Information Bureau
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemns the Aquino regime and its armed forces for carrying-out the policy of suppression against the peasants, farm-workers, fisherfolk, indigeneous people, and other toiling masses in the calamity-stricken areas, in a desperate attempt to quell the people’s disgust against the criminal negligence of the ruling regime.
“The heightened use of military and police suppression by the Aquino regime is an indication of the failure of the reactionary government to rapidly deliver relief and emergency supply in the face of grave calamities, and its utter incompetence in undertaking rehabilitation,” said the CPP.
“As the Filipino people join in marking tomorrow the 65th year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, they stand up in protest against the Aquino regime and its Oplan Bayanihan campaign of suppression, which has resulted in rampant violations of human rights, especially against the downtrodden sectors in urban poor communities, in the countryside, mountainous areas and coastal areas,” said the CPP.
“Despite claiming to uphold human rights as against the previous notoriously brutal military campaign plans of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) such as the Oplan Bantay Laya I & II, Oplan Bayanihan has proven itself to be no different in terms of widespread violations of human rights, victimizing civilians, children, women, elderly people, in the reactionary regime’s vain campaign to put an end to the people’s mass struggles and revolutionary armed resistance.”
“It is extremely reprehensive that the Aquino regime and the AFP have unleashed a brutal campaign of suppression against the victims of typhoon Pablo in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental over the past year,” pointed out the CPP. “This policy of suppression against the disaster victims is now being replicated in the Yolanda-devastated areas in the Visayas.”
“The Aquino regime’s callousness is clearly evidenced by its refusal to heed the demand of the people in the areas devastated by the 8 November supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) to declare a ceasefire reciprocal to the declaration issued by the central leadership of the CPP and command of the NPA,” pointed out the CPP.
“Instead of training their attention to the urgent need for delivering emergency supplies and carrying out rehabilitation through consultation and mobilization of the people, the AFP is instead busy with continuing suppression activities, after carrying out relief supply delivery operations in the cities and near the main highways where they get media coverage,” said the CPP.
“But away from the cameras, the ground troops of the AFP, especially the 8th and 3rd Infantry Divisions, operating in the Eastern Visayas, Panay, Negros, Cebu and Bohol islands are mostly busy with suppression activities in the rural and mountainous areas.”
“Aquino has resorted to the use of armed suppression in order to quell the people in the areas of socio-economic devastation where the reactionary Aquino regime has largely failed to provide sufficient supply to assist the people in their efforts to revive economic activity,” pointed out the CPP.