By JORGE MADLOS (Ka Oris)
Spokesperson, NDFP Mindanao Chapter
We condemn in the strongest terms possible the arrest of the Tiamzon couple because as major consultants to the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), they are immune to arrest as clearly stipulated under a bilaterally signed agreement between the GPH and the NDFP, the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). Wilma Austria is a certified JASIG holder with Identification ND 978826 under her real name, while Benito Tiamzon holds JASIG Identification ND 978227 under the name “Crising Banaag”. In compliance with said agreement between the GPH and the NDFP and as an act of sincerity on the part of the Aquino government in attaining peace, it is imperative that the Tiamzon couple and five of their companions be released without condition.
The arrest of Benito Tiamzon, Wilma Austria Tiamzon, and five others will not deter the People’s Democratic Revolution from continuing to advance nor will it dampen the resolve of the entire revolutionary forces to carry forward the interests of the people and the Revolution. Beyond having to frustrate the objectives of the brutal Oplan Bayanihan in its first three years, the Revolutionary movement is more than ever intent on frustrating the last three years of its implementation, because of the people’s continuing struggle against exploitation and oppression in the midst of an ever worsening crisis gripping the entire country and the world.
While revolutionary forces in Mindanao are once again faced with the challenge of thwarting renewed attacks of Oplan Bayanihan, which deployed three new additional Armed Forces of the Philippines brigades against the New People’s Army in Mindanao, only presents itself as an opportune time for other regions in the Visayas and Luzon to advance further.
If we hark back to history, when Communist Party of the Philippines Founding Chairman Prof. Jose Maria Sison and then NPA Commander Bernabe “Dante” Buscayno were arrested during Marcos’s Martial Law, the revolutionary movement has never ceased from expanding rapidly and has continuously strengthened on a nationwide scale. This was even followed with the capture of former CPP Chair Rudy Salas, including the former head of the NPA Romulo Kintanar, and many other members of the Central Committee of the CPP, during the Corazon Aquino administration; the revolutionary movement only continued to gain greater strength.
With these as precedents, there is absolutely no basis for the people’s revolutionary struggle to cease from advancing on account solely of the Tiamzon couple’s capture. The primary basis for the Revolutionary movement’s continuing and unstoppable advance does not rely solely on its leaders, but derives impetus with the ever worsening state of exploitation and oppression by imperialists and its local ruling classes towards the vast masses.
The principal reason for either the regression or advance of the revolutionary movement in the face of the continuing grave social crisis in the country is whether or not the movement follows the correct political line, and not because of certain personalities in its leadership. This means that if the revolutionary movement resolutely stands for the general interests of the vast majority of the people, particularly for their aspiration to attain genuine agrarian reform, national industrialization, genuine right to self-determination, democracy and social benefits, the people’s revolution will continue, and continue to struggle until socialism shall have been established.
Immediately release Benito and Wilma Tiamzon and their five companions!
Carry forward the struggle for peace based on social justice!