By CPP Information Bureau
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) announced today that preparations for the people’s assemblies to mark its 45th anniversary on 26 December are all set, and will kick off in the morning with the raising of the hammer and sickle flag of the CPP simultaneous with the singing of the Internationale, the anthem of the international communist movement.
The flag of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), which represents the People’s Democratic Government in the Philippines in the interim, will also be flown high in assembly areas. The banners of the New People’s Army (NPA) and all other revolutionary mass organizations will also fly prominently in the assemblies.
The assemblies will be hosted by the barrio (village), inter-barrio and municipal revolutionary committees, the local revolutionary mass organizations, and the CPP branches and sections in the localities. These will mostly be held in areas which are under the jurisdiction and authority of the organs of the people’s democratic government.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to join scores of assemblies to be held in various parts of the country. Most of the people will arrive at the assembly points on foot, coming in from nearby barrios and towns.
The CPP also anticipates several thousand visitors from the cities, including students, workers, urban poor, doctors and professionals, government employees, and jeepney drivers. It has also invited foreign friends and governments to join and observe the assemblies.
“Units of the NPA will join the assemblies and secure the venues, in coordination with local units of the people’s militia,” said the CPP.
“The assemblies will serve as a propitious occasion for the Filipino people to celebrate the concrete victories which they have achieved through 45 years of revolutionary struggle”, said the CPP. “They will be celebrating advances in the political, economic, cultural and military fields, as well as in the provision of educational and medical services to the people.”
The assemblies will also serve as an opportunity to generate and collect funds and other material support for rehabilitation efforts in the Yolanda areas. “Among those to be collected and distributed are seeds for vegetables and fruit trees, as well as tree seedlings for reforestation.”
The CPP reiterated its call on the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to pull-out its troops from the guerrilla base areas and cease its offensive operations in order to allow the people free movement to travel to and participate in the people’s assemblies for the 45th anniversary of the CPP.
Field reports indicate that the AFP continues to carry-out operations in the guerrilla zones in Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, other parts of Mindanao, as well as in the ‘Yolanda’-devastated areas of Samar, Leyte, Negros, and in Sorsogon, Benguet, and other towns of Luzon. “Despite the supposed ceasefire declared by Malacañang, AFP operations continue to be carried out unabated committing widespread abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law.”