Stephen-Paduano Abang-Lingkod

Installation of Stephen Paduano as Congressman, a political accommodation of US-Aquino Regime

By FRANK FERNANDEZ
Spokesperson, NDFP Negros Island Chapter

Being a docile puppet of the fascist reactionary state and the exploiting classes of comprador bourgeoisie-landlords in the Philippines, Stephen Paduano a.k.a. Carapali Lualhati, a former National Commander of the bandit Revolutionary Proletarian Army (RPA), was installed as a Representative of the bogus Abang Lingkod Partylist. He and his bandit group of RPA dutifully implement anti-people, anti-revolutionary movement programs and schemes of the reactionary state, like the Aquino regime’s Public-Private Partnership and the Negros First Agenda of Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr., and the O’Plan Bayanihan of the mercenary Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Aside from Paduano’s direct crime of factionalism against the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New Peoples’ Army (NPA), he committed felonious acts against the people.

Carapali or Stephen Paduano as the former RPA Commander, is responsible and is accountable in the series of killings of peasant leaders, Edwin Bargamento, Pedro Trabajador, Manuel, and others in the Island of Negros. Leaders and members of the RPA such as Marvin Salve, Rustom Poro, Vincent Capunong, and others are alleged to be involved in the murder-slay of Judge Henry Arles. In Panay, they too are responsible in killing Romeo Capalla and just recently, Dionisio Garete, a farmer from the town of Janiuay.

They too are part of the much dreaded “Death Squad” of the Philippine Army, believed to be responsible for the abduction of Perseus Geagoni, Felicidad Katalbas, Roberto Marapo, Jr., and Amir Borris.

Aside from these cases, Stephen Paduano and his group, acting as hired goons of Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, Jr., Alfredo Marañon, Jr, Ballesteros, Bernard Trebol, Fuentespina and others, are responsible in harassing and evicting the peasants and farmer beneficiaries (of CARP) from the lands they till. They are ruthless instruments in the land reconcentration scheme of the ruling classes and the state.

These are just a few of the cases filed before the People’s Revolutionary Court against the RPA and Stephen Paduano. And a few years ago, in their quest for justice, the victims and family of the victims, submitted these cases for investigation before the Congress.

However, as if to add insult to injury, Stephen Paduano was installed as Representative of the bogus Abang Lingkod Partylist!

The reactionary Commission on Election (COMELEC) and the Supreme Court utterly neglected the valid reasons and evidence of the petitioners proving that the Abang Lingkod is a bogus Partylist and is not representing any marginalized sector, but is just a sheer creation of the bandits reactionary benefactors and coddlers, Congressman Albee Benitez and Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. Aside from this, the COMELEC and the Philippine National Police are playing blind over RPA’s threats, forcing the peasant voters to vote for their bandit leader.

The truth is, this is a political accommodation by the US-Aquino regime of the parties and individuals, to ensure the implementation of the regime’s anti-people, anti-movement programs, as well as part of its power strengthening. As revisionist traitors, they are instruments in the imperialist and bureaucrat capitalists’ ideological offensive. They are part of the reactionary machinery declaring that socialism and communism are dead advocacies, saying that imperialist globalization is the natural world destiny. That socialism is passé!

This is not true, because more and more countries are now resisting imperialism and they embrace and advance the new democratic revolution and aim for socialism!

The reactionary big comprador bourgeoisie and landlords are happy that another rogue bandit is added in the majority corrupt politicians in the Philippine Congress in the person of Stephen Paduano.

On the other hand, the people are angered more than ever over the bankrupt and inutile ruling system of semi-colonial, semi-feudal. And the people and the revolutionary movement in Negros and other regions will never forget the outrageous crimes of Stephen Paduano against the CPP-NPA and the people.

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