NPA AT 50 | Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the New People’s Army, intensify and widen guerrilla warfare to hasten the ouster of the fascist terrorist US-Duterte regime

Karlos Manuel 
Spokesperson, Efren Martires Command
March 29, 2019

The toiling masses and their supporters today celebrate in wide swathes of the Eastern Visayas countryside the 50th anniversary of the founding of the New People’s Army under the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines. They salute the Red fighters who gallantly laid down their lives in the tactical offensive yesterday, March 28, in Victoria, Northern Samar, and all other martyrs who made the ultimate sacrifice in five decades of the just war for national and social liberation. The NPA was founded fifty years ago with a few dozen Red fighters and inferior weapons against the rising fascist dictatorship of Marcos and prevailed over all attempts in the ensuing years to nip it in the bud and ground it into the dust. 

Today the NPA has thousands of Red fighters with high-powered rifles nationwide and is far more ready to bleed and defeat another rising fascist dictatorship in the US-Duterte regime that is already steeped in mass murder, war crimes, corruption, treason, narcopolitics and wholesale state terrorism. 

The people are thus ever more emboldened to wage armed revolution because of the lack of fundamental changes and because they have a powerful weapon in the NPA that is deeply rooted among them and that they cherish. 

Under the US-Duterte regime, the people remain afflicted more than ever by socioeconomic ills such as mass landlessness and mass unemployment, declining prices of agricultural products, rising costs of basic commodities, high taxation, and emaciated social services while military and police forces are fattened. 

Furthermore, the people hate the US-Duterte regime for its mass murder and other gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in its “war on drugs” and state repression through the “counterinsurgency” and anti-Moro wars. At least 545 barangays are affected by militarization in Eastern Visayas. In 2018, there were 15 victims of extrajudicial killings in the region, while mass evacuations because of intensified military operations have occurred in Samar and Leyte, most recently in San Jorge and San Jose de Buan towns in Western Samar. The soldiers of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army violate international humanitarian law by camping in civilian communities and using civilians as human shields, illegally intervening in the election campaign as well as harassing those whom they accuse of supporting the NPA.

Thus the NPA can take confidence in having established itself in the region and is poised to intensify and widen guerrilla warfare according to capabilities. To do this, it carries out the integral tasks of armed struggle, agrarian revolution and mass base building. The NPA wins over the peasants by helping carry out the agrarian revolution from lowering land rent, eradicating usury and other minimum demands to the maximum program of confiscating and redistributing the land to the landless. The mass organizations, Party branches and organs of political power are also built in the countryside towards founding the people’s democratic government.

It is the principal task of the NPA to carry out tactical offensives in the duration of the May 2019 election period and beyond. This is the correct response to the heightened counterrevolutionary war and state terrorism of the US-Duterte regime. Moreover, the guerrilla offensives further weaken the rule of the dictatorial US-Duterte regime and register that revolution and not the bourgeois election is the real solution to the Philippine crisis. 

The NPA carries out annihilative tactical offensives to confiscate more firearms and further strengthen itself. It also carries out attritive tactical offensives along with the people’s militia to wear out the enemy. It must carry out special operations to punish the worst human rights violators, plunderers and other criminals among legitimate military targets and the worst minions of the US-Duterte regime sentenced by the people’s court. This serves notice to them that they cannot go on without being punished for their crimes against the people.

The NPA looks forward to widening and intensifying offensives and raising the level of people’s war in the next few years. The US-Duterte regime is daydreaming that it can finish off the NPA and the revolutionary movement during Duterte’s term. It is Duterte who is bound to be overthrown by a convergence of the broad united front and further hastened by the sound and fury of the people’s war in the countryside.#

Summary: Ginseselebrar yana han katawhan ha hiluag nga kabubkiran han Eastern Visayas an ika-50 nga anibersaryo han pagkatukod han Bagong Hukbong Bayan ilarum han absoluto nga pamumuno han Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas. Ginsasaludaran nira an mga Pula nga mangaraway nga maisugon nga naghalad han ira kinabuhi ha taktikal nga opensiba kakulop, Marso 28 ha Victoria, Northern Samar, ngan an ngatanan nga martir ha sakob han 50 katuig han makatadungan nga gerra para ha nasyunal ngan pankatilingban nga katalwasan. 

Yana an NPA mayda yukot-yukot nga Pula nga mangaraway nga armado han magbakod nga pusil ha bug-os nga nasud ngan andam kaupay agud paduguon ngan pakyason an nagkakamang nga diktadura han rehimen US-Duterte nga grabe an mga sala han panmatay, krimen ha gerra, kurapsyon, pagtraydor ha nasud, narkopulitika ngan hiluagan nga terorismo han estado. Ginkakangalsan han katawhan an rehimen Duterte tungod ha militarisasyon hini ha 545 nga baryo ha Eastern Visayas, 15 nga biktima han ekstrahudisyal nga panmatay ha rehiyon, ginpakusog nga operasyon han militar ha Samar ngan Leyte, pagkampo han militar ha mga komunidad, paggamit ha mga sibilyan komo human shield, iligal nga panginlabot ha eleksyon, ngan panharas ha mga gin-aakusaran nga tagsuporta han BHB.

Hilarum nga nakagamot an BHB nga nakaestablisar na ha rehiyon ngan andam nga parayhakon an gerilya nga pakiggerra. Prinsipal nga buruhaton hini yana nga maglansar han mga taktikal nga opensiba ha panahon han eleksyon Mayo 2019 tubtub ha unhan agud paluyahon an rehimen Duterte, ngan irehistro nga diri eleksyon kundi rebolusyon an tinuod nga solusyon ha krisis ha Pilipinas. Pahihitas-on han BHB an balitang han gerra han katawhan ha masunod nga mga tuig. Nag-iinop hi Duterte nga mapupuypoy hini an BHB ngan rebolusyunaryo nga kagiusan ha iya termino. Hiya an segurado nga patatalsikon han hiluag nga nagkakaurusa nga prente ngan han nagkukusog nga gerra han katawhan ha kabubkiran.