Revolution not Election is the solution to the crisis of the country

Frank Fernandez
Spokesperson, NDFP – NEGROS
March 31, 2016

After the first presidential debate, it is clear that no presidential candidate has a comprehensive program for governance to save the nation from the grave economic and political crisis triggered by neoliberalism and the intensifying intervention of US imperialism in our country’s internal affairs.
 
None among the presidential candidates’ platforms had a critique of the CARP or an alternative genuine land reform program that includes the free distribution of agricultural land to the peasants and provides the financial and technical assistance needed to modernize the method of food production and of other agricultural products  needed by the country. The presidential candidates were silent with regards national   industrialization. They have no stand on the increasing foreign debt. They turned a blind eye to the impositions of imperialist-dominated international financial institutions and their restructuring policies like liberalization, deregulation, privatization and de-nationalization that further intensify the country’s economic and financial crises, the pauperization of the people and the destruction of the environment.
 
Almost all the presidential candidates avoid clearly opposing the Visiting Forces Agreement, the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (VFA/EDCA) and other unequal bilateral agreements that aggravate the stranglehold of US imperialism on the politics and military of the country.  The aforementioned military agreements support the aggressive build-up of US military presence in the country and in the region.  This is in an effort to keep in check China’s rising military and trade presence and influence in South East Asia. 
 
Neither has any of the candidates shown any genuine concern for the escalating violations of people’s rights committed by the state armed forces nor in addressing the root causes of the armed conflict by continuing peace talks based on the Framework Agreement of The Hague Joint Declaration between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
 
Their platform of governance deals only with the peripheral and secondary issues being faced by the people and the country as they continue to make grandiose promises to end hunger in the Philippines, provide employment for workers, agricultural production assistance to the peasants, medicine for the sick, improve the educational system, eliminate corrupt officials and criminals, build infrastructures, etc. However, these promises are no different from those made in the past elections and since the establishment of the puppet republic in 1946 under the semi-colonial domination of US imperialism. The outcome of the Philippine elections will not be based on which candidate and party carries a genuine and practical program that addresses the issues of democracy and sovereignty, economic emancipation and political liberation.
 
The winner of the presidential race will be the candidate with the biggest funding resources to finance his/her campaign, and who can execute fraudulent operations and use terror tactics to pressure the voters whom to vote for. But the most decisive of all factors is the role of US imperialism in influencing the election results to decide who will be the number one political puppet, to ensure that US imperialistm’s big and strategic interests in the Philippines are protected.  The new administrator has to be subservient to the semi-colonial and semi-feudal social system. The absence of content and substance in the discourses of this Philippine election renders this supposed democratic exercise a sham. The only consolation for the toiling masses in attending a campaign meeting is the free entertainment and the possibility of receiving a dole-out of few hundreds of pesos and other goods as payment for vote buying.
 
It is wrong for the reactionaries to spread the notion that the voters are to be blamed for selling their votes and leaving corrupt and viciously greedy politicians blameless. The truth is that the corrupt practice of vote buying is integral to the style of democracy under the auspices of a reactionary government and controlled by politicians who invest a lot of money to ensure that they win in the elections and can hold on to power indefinitely.
 
It is impossible to hold free and democratic elections in the Philippines while the big-comprador-bourgeoisie and the landlords hold the power under the dictates of US imperialism. To conceal the truth, US imperialism and the local ruling classes mobilize the opinion survey institutions like the Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia  and other ideological and political machineries to prop up the existence of fake democracy.
 
The platforms of reactionary politicians and parties are determined by their class interest. These benefit the semi-colonial and semi-feudal system. Thus, as a result of the elections, the people should not hope for fundamental reforms in policies of the country in relation to economics, politics, military, culture, social services and foreign relations. The ascendancy to power of the winning candidate and the holding of positions of power by his/her reactionary cohorts and traditional politicians will only signal continuing pauperization, oppression and misery for the people under an ever worsening economic and political crisis.  History has shown us the inutility of Philippine elections and the reactionary state under Roxas, Quirino, Magsaysay, Garcia, Macapagal, Marcos, Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, Arroyo, and BS Aquino III.
 
In contrast, candidates representing progressive party lists enjoy wide and popular support from the people.  In a limited way, they are allowed by the reactionary classes to win and take a small part of the civil bureaucracy of the reactionary state.  Nonetheless, this progressive minority bloc has scored political victories in the parliamentary struggle by passing bills, resolutions and laws serving the interest  of the oppressed and the exploited masses.
 
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Negros and other revolutionary forces remain firm in their analysis and critique of the reactionary character of the bourgeois elections, which. ns are only an arena for competing for different reactionary state positions by the different factions, groupings and sections of the big-comprador and landlord classes like the Liberal Party, Nacionalista Party, NUP, Nationalist People’s Coalition, etc. In every election, the people are actually only voting for the reactionary group or party that will hold the reins of power and allow the ruling classes to continue the enslavement of the exploited and oppressed masses.
 
On the other hand, under the guidance of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the NDFP-Negros upholds the policy and tactics of the united front to dialogue with politicians and parties who would like to establish friendly relations with us.  During this election period, we will mobilize the people to expose the true nature of the reactionary elections, expand the mass organizations and mass movement, and achieve concrete benefits for the people and the revolution. The revolutionary forces reiterate their respect for the rights of the voters. We encourage them to vote for those candidates who have a track record of defending the democratic and national rights of the people including the democratic rights for land and against fascism.
 
The reactionary election is a fake and deceptive scheme that should be exposed and opposed. The revolutionary struggle is the only path towards genuine democracy and freedom for the people. #

Aim to Win Greater Victories in People´s War Message of the Central Committee in Celebration of the 47th Founding Anniversary of the NPA

Introduction

We, the Central Committee and the entirety of the Communist Party of the Philippines, salute the Red commanders and fighters of the New People´s Army (NPA) in celebrating its 47th anniversary. We commend the NPA for serving as the principal weapon of the Party and the Filipino people in carrying out the new-democratic revolution through protracted people´s war against US imperialism and the local exploiting classes of big compradors and landlords, now represented chiefly by the Aquino ruling clique. Read more

NPA at 47: We become large and strong

DAVAO CITY — We become large and strong.

This was how the North Central Mindanao Region of the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army described their gains as they celebrate their 47th founding anniversary.

For 47 years, the NPA has served as the leading revolutionary mass organization in the countryside tasked to building and preserving the people’s democratic government in the countryside, according to Ka Norsen Manggubat, spokesperson of CPP in North Central Mindanao Region.

Manggubat said the government’s counter-revolutionary campaigns and operations have failed to crush the NPA.

“We have correctly grasped the basic guerrilla tactics of concentration, dispersal and shifting. For several years now, our Red army learned warfare through warfare, earned the overwhelming support of the people and thus, grew from being small and weak to become large and strong.”

“Let us celebrate the victories we have earned in advancing the revolutionary armed struggle, in agrarian revolution to dismantle the monopoly of land ownership and in liberating the peasant and Lumad masses from feudal and semi-feudal exploitation, in the struggle against multinational plantations and in resisting militarization,” Manggubat said.

NPA says mass base gained by 8.5%

Manggubat claimed that they have launched 56 episodes of “anti-feudal struggles” wherein majority of these are found in inter-cluster of barrios.

“More than 150,000 peasants and their families have benefited from the increase of wages of the farm-workers, in bringing down the pay of rice and corn mills, in raising the prices of their farm produce, in attaining potable drinking water, in resisting the health-hazard operations of mechanical dryers and in raising the share of rice field maintainers.”

He, however, noted that despite the increasing support from the people, peasants are still suffering from several “unsettled” problems such as landlessness, displacement of peasants from their communities, and proliferation of imperialist seeds damaging environment-friendly insects and traditional seeds.

‘Steady increase in members, rifles, offensive operations’

In terms of its members, Manggubat said that their group has achieved “19 % increase in the number of full-time guerillas, 29% increase in the number of new platoons and 23% increase in high-powered rifles.”

“We have launched 132 different types of military actions in which 36 assorted firearms were seized, including two K3 light-machine guns,” Manggubat noted. “The people’s militias have maintained 20% share in the total NPA military actions. The four guerrilla fronts have launched command conferences for the municipal and cluster commands of the people’s militias.”

NPA honors revolutionary martyrs, heroes

Manggubat said that NPA gave a tribute to honor the 11 revolutionary martyrs and heroes since March 2015 up to this date, including two NPA commanders and two members of the people’s militia.

He urged the members of the NPA to “persist in accumulating victories and sustain the advance of the armed struggle and fulfil the requisites of the strategic stalemate.”

NPA calls for ‘socialist revolution’

With the upcoming elections, Manggubat has called for a “socialist revolution” to end the problems of the country.

“With the upcoming reactionary elections in May 2016, the masses must not be swayed in their focus to revolution. No presidential candidate can resolve the three basic problems of the Philippines. The real solution is to end the semi-feudal and semi-colonial system and replace it with the genuine people’s democratic government which would proceed to the next stage of socialist revolution,” he stressed.

He added: “We must prepare for the counter-revolutionary plot of the succeeding regime which will impede the continuous advance of the national-democratic revolution.” (davaotoday.com)

NPA marks 47th year, tags AFP a ‘rabid dog’

Statement of the New People’s Army Southern Mindanao Operations Command in their 47th year anniversary on March 29, 2016

With tail between its legs, the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Southern Mindanao is running like a rabid guard dog, protecting US-Aquino regime’s anti-people interests and leaving a bloody trail of human rights violations in its wake. This, as the New People’s Army in the region celebrates its 47th founding anniversary with victories that underscore the ultimate defeat of the counter-revolutionary fascist policy Oplan Bayanihan as the US-Aquino regime’s term draws to a close.

Under the leadership of the Regional Party Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines, all the NPA units in the region continue to show its mettle as the true army of the people by waging a protracted people’s war, gathering more and more strength from tactical offensives, agrarian revolution and base building. The NPA continues to develop guerrilla warfare and art of war tactics in displaying quick initiative, perseverance, determination and the flexibility to continue to prevail over and lead the people’s war against the US-Aquino regime’s brutal suppression campaign.

Almost 300 military actions since early last year were launched by NPA units in the region. More than a hundred high-powered firearms seized from successful tactical offensives were added to the NPA cache, including machine guns, sniper rifles and other military hardware. In these engagements, the enemy lost at least 400 of its troops, and almost 300 more were wounded-in-action. In particular, the masses rejoiced after the NPA’s successful raid that confiscated 74 high powered rifles in the mining firm armory of Monkayo Mayor Joel Brillantes and simultaneous attack against the 25th IB detachment last April 14, 2015.

In strict adherence to international humanitarian protocols, the NPA in the region safely held in custody and turned over several prisoners of war (POW) to their families amid unrelenting combat operations by enemy troops. Under the auspices of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in its exercise of political authority as a co-belligerent party to the civil war in the country, the NPA acts as the instrument of such political power and has had a long practice of capturing, detaining, giving due process and releasing POWs in the region after undergoing negotiation and political settlement. In contrast to the AFP which makes false arrests of civilians in order to claim and pocket million-peso bounty, the NPA takes prisoners of war as legitimate and necessary part of the people’s war.

In the same manner, the NPA in Southern Mindanao exercised the will, in deference to the legal, judicial system of the people’s democratic government when it successfully meted out revolutionary justice in punishing enemy agents like Dario and Daryl Otaza who terrorized peasants and Lumads in their despotic rule in Loreto, Agusan del Sur.

Red fighters were actively involved in the establishment of organs of political power, empowering peasants and Lumads in developing socialist village-level and municipal level governments in hinterland areas in the region. The NPA vigorously supported anti-feudal campaigns that aim to reduce land rent and costs of farming inputs, raise wages and benefits for farm workers and carry out land confiscations in favor of landless tillers. They were in the forefront of sustainable production work for the ever-growing needs of the army and the people, providing necessary social services such as health and education and aiding in the administration of revolutionary justice in the red bases. More significantly, the people’s army led in recovering areas in the Supertyphoon Pablo-ravaged villages in the region, in contrast to the token and corrupt-laden disaster rehabilitation services falsely trumpeted by the reactionary government agencies.

The year was also witness to an astounding display of the enemy’s desperation to mark a dent against the revolutionary movement in the region. In vain attempt to dismantle revolutionary structures, the AFP mobilized an unprecedented 13 full infantry battalions, three Division Reconnaissance Companies, two Scout Ranger Companies, including at least 3 companies of 3 battalions on operational command. The thousands of fascist AFP troops, not including its rabid paramilitaries and the PNP in North Cotabato, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental and Davao City conduct civil-military operations such as Peace and Development Outreach Program (PDOP), an insidious euphemism for psy-war tactics of brutal intimidation and extra-judicial killings.

The Eastern Mindanao Command’s spindoctors cannot make heads or tails of the classic dilemma: despite the enemy’s superiority in terms of sheer number of fighting troops and arms, it has miserably failed to run the NPA to the ground. To cover up, they babbled incoherence in the media, claiming Oplan Bayanihan is making strides in defeating the NPA while ironically, admitting there is a marked increase in military actions carried out by the NPA against AFP troops.

The US-Aquino regime is daydreaming when it attempts to turn the tide of the people’s war against the NPA in the region by deploying troops in sheer numbers and foisting firepower in superior amounts. Year after year, Aquino and the AFP, like all their reactionary predecessors, mobilize a mercenary and hated army in an attempt to win in a class war against a guerrilla army that is beloved by the masses of tens of millions.

How can a mercenary army like the AFP keep its head above waters when its troops are manic guard dogs of capitalist plunderers and exploiters of the people and the environment? Its troops have been reduced to armed minions that pave the way for destructive coal-fired power plants and large-scale mining companies such as St. Augustine Minerals, Agusan Petroleum and Minerals, Apex Mining and Xstrata Mining Corp., or else paid protectors of landlords and warlord politicians.

How can a fascist army ever hope to win the hearts and minds of the people when, failing to strike a blow against the NPA, it turns against hapless civilians with murderous impunity? The AFP troops in its mad rage killed with impunity 57 farmers, Lumads, activists, urban poor and revolutionaries sparing neither elderly nor children in Southern Mindanao. Brutal invaders that they are, they turn schools and communities into military garrisons, displacing almost 4,000 Lumads from their homes and livelihood around Mindanao.

In the midst of its struggle against the brutal US-Aquino regime over the past year, the NPA paid homage and turned its profound grief into revolutionary courage as it commiserated with the masses and condemned the brutal killing of Ka Parago (Leoncio Pitao), Commander of the 1st Pulang Bagani Battalion-NPA on June 28, 2015 in Purok 9, Brgy. Panalum, Paquibato District, Davao City. Words, fists, and a fitting tribute could barely express the NPA’s deepest regard to the NPA’s great commander and well-loved Red leader Ka Parago, who was suffering from multiple ailments when he, along with medic Ka Kyle (Vanessa Limpag) were riddled with bullets by raiding enemy troops last year.

In Southern Mindanao, this is the bloody legacy that the US-Aquino regime will be remembered for, much like the Marcos regime it hypocritically criticizes. Its last year in power, like the previous years of its administration, was deeply hated by the Filipino people for its criminal neglect during calamities, wanton plunder of our natural resources, insatiable corruption and atrocious militaristic approach towards justified social unrest.

To be sure, the next puppet regime that US imperialism installs will try again to repackage a new internal peace and security plan against the revolutionary movement. But the New People s Army, the true army of the people, will continue to defeat them until the final, inevitable overthrow of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism in the entire country.

(sgd.) Rigoberto F. Sanchez
Spokesperson
New People s Army
Southern Mindanao
Regional Operations Command

Sa paglilibing kay Ka Roger, bigyang-sibol ang mga bagong tinig ng rebolusyon

Ikinalulugod ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP) na maisasagawa ang paglilibing sa mga labi ni Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, dating tagapagsalita ng PKP, sa kanyang bayang tinubuang Ibaan, Batangas. Katuparan ito ng kahilingan ng kanyang mga anak na mailibing ang mga labi ng kanilang ama sa tabi ng puntod ng kanilang inang si Ka Soli.

Nagpapasalamat ang PKP sa mga anak, kapatid at kamag-anak ni Ka Roger at mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa, sa pagtulong na mailipat ang mga labi ni Ka Roger. Halos limang taon nang nakahimlay ang kanyang mga labi sa isang lugar sa Hilagang Luzon na inilihim upang pangalagaan ang seguridad ng mga pwersa at kaibigang kabilang sa nangalaga sa kanyang kalusugan at kaligtasan.

Paglipas ng limang taon, angkop lamang na ilipat at ilibing ang mga labi ni Ka Roger sa may-pangalang puntod. Magsisilbi iyong simbolo ng pagkilala ng sambayanang Pilipino at rebolusyonaryong kilusan sa isa sa kanilang bayaning walang-imbot na nag-alay ng kanyang talino at buhay para itaguyod ang pambansa-demokrasya at sosyalismo.

Tama rin ang panahon na mailapat ang lapida ng Tinig ng Rebolusyon sa kanyang puntod. Sa okasyon ng ikalimang anibersaryo ng kamatayan ni Ka Roger sa Hunyo 22, magsisilbi iyong pananda para sa mga isasagawang pag-alala at pagkilala sa kanya ng sambayanan. Balik-balikan natin ang kanyang talambuhay sa mga pagpupugay na inilathala ng PKP at laksa pang mga samahan, mga personahe, mga taong-midya, kaibigan at iba pa.

Paglipas ng limang taon mula nang siya ay pumanaw, ang alaala ni Ka Roger ay nananatiling buhay sa kamalayan ng mamamayang Pilipino. Hindi mabura sa alaala ng bayan ang pangalan ni Ka Roger dahil ang pang-aapi at pagpapahirap sa sambayanan na siyang nagtulak sa kanya noon na lumahok sa digmang bayan ay patuloy na nagtutulak sa masang anakpawis na tanganan ang mga sandata ng rebolusyonaryong armadong pakikibaka.

Yamot na yamot ang mga reaksyunaryo sa buhay-pa-ring alaala, pagkilala at paghanga kay Ka Roger ng bayan. Nang tagapagsalita siya ng Partido, si Ka Roger ay laging sakit sa ulo ng mga pasistang upisyal ng militar at mga burukrata-kapitalista dahil sa maagap niyang paglalantad at pagkontra sa mga kasinungalingan at panlilinlang ng AFP at naghaharing papet na estado.

Bilang propagandista, walang sawa noon si Ka Roger na ipaglaban ang interes ng masang manggagawa at magsasaka. Para sa masang api at pinagsasamantalahan, nananatiling simbolo si Ka Roger ng kanilang rebolusyonaryong pakikibaka at hangarin para sa pambansa at panlipunang paglaya.
Sa paggunita natin sa nalalapit na anibersaryo ng kanyang kamatayan, kilalanin nating hamon para sa rebolusyonaryong kilusan ang magpalitaw ng laksang bagong mga Ka Roger.

Dapat nilang katawanin ang iba’t ibang larangan, teatro ng gera, mga aping sektor at uri, mga rebolusyonaryong organisasyong masa at organo ng kapangyarihang pampulitika at paalingawngawin ang sigaw para sa demokratikong rebolusyong bayan.

Dapat nilang tularan ang sigasig at kapangahasan ni Ka Roger sa paglalantad ng kalagayan ng bayan at sa pagpunit sa mga kasinungalingan ng mga upisyal ng militar at papet na estado.
Tulad ni Ka Roger, dapat nilang ipamalita sa buong mundo ang mga tagumpay na nakakamit ng sambayanang Pilipino sa pagsusulong ng digmang bayan: sa pagtatayo ng bagong gubyernong bayan, pagtupad ng tunay na reporma sa lupa, pagsusulong ng armadong pakikibaka at mga pakikibakang masa.

Dapat nilang hasain ang kanilang kaalaman sa Marxismo-Leninismo-Maoismo at sa kasaysayan at kongkretong kalagayan ng sambayanang Pilipino. Dapat silang makipagtagisan sa mga nagtataguyod ng neoliberalismo at iba pang nagteteoryang nagpapanggap na moderno para pagtakpan ang luma at bulok na sistemang kapitalista, ang pagnanaknak ng imperyalismo at ang paangangailangan para sa sosyalistang pagbabago.

Tulad ni Ka Roger, ang mga bagong sibol at sisibol pang tinig ng sambayanan at rebolusyon ay magsisilbing inspirasyon sa mga kabataan. Ito ay dahil sinasalamin ng mga bagong Ka Roger ang hangarin ng mga kabataan na wakasan ang malakolonyal at malapyudal na sistema na nagkakait sa kanila ng pag-asa at pumupuksa sa kanilang ideyalismo. Tulad ni Ka Roger, kinakatawan nila ang hangarin ng mga kabataan para sa malaya, maunlad at modernong kinabukasan.
Tamang-tama na isasagawa ang paglilibing sa mga labi ni Ka Roger sa okasyon ng pagdiriwang sa anibersaryo ng Bagong Hukbong Bayan. Sa araw na ito, ipagdiwang natin ang mga tagumpay sa rebolusyonaryong armadong pakikibaka at harapin ang hamong bigyang-sibol ang bagong mga Ka Roger.###

Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas

Marcoses’ road back to power was paved by US and post-EDSA regimes

Communist Party of the Philippines
March 1, 2016

The growing clamor against the vice-presidential bid of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in the May 2016 reactionary elections reflects the Filipino people’s discontent over the continuing failure of the ruling classes’ to put to justice the Marcoses and their cronies for all the crimes perpetrated during the Marcos 1972-1986 fascist dictatorship.

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) fully supports the campaign initiated by national democratic activists and groups against the vice-presidential campaign of Marcos Jr. Many of them suffered from the brutalities of the Marcos fascist dictatorship. They stand on firm and just
grounds in opposing Marcos Jr.’s bid to return to Malacañang.

They are vigorously opposing the historical coverup perpetrated by the Marcoses which obscures the wholesale violations of human rights, open dictatorial rule, subservience to US imperialist dictates and large-scale bureaucrat capitalist corruption by the Marcos family especially under martial law rule.

The Marcoses and their camp followers are deviously painting a completely different picture of Marcos’ 14-year military rule. This is part of the strategy of the Marcos family and their allies to complete their political resurrection, three decades after they were overthrown by the Filipino people in the 1986 EDSA uprising.

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The road back to power of the Marcoses was paved by the US imperialists and all the post-EDSA ruling class regimes. For 20 years, the Marcos dictatorship dutifully served the economic, military and geo-political interests of the US imperialists. When Marcos imposed martial law in 1972, he had the all-out support of the US government. Amid criticism of US support for Marcos, then US Vice-President George Bush Sr. remarked in his early 1980s visit to Manila that “Marcos might be an SOB. But he is our SOB”.

Although kicked out of Malacañang in 1986, the Marcoses were allowed to retain a large part of their vast wealth accumulated through corruption and stored in foreign banks and real estate properties. To a large part, the supposed government sequestration since 1986 of the Marcos wealth has been a political show. The cases filed against the Marcoses by the post-EDSA governments have been dismissed one after another while the dynasties in power padded their
pockets with the sequestered wealth.

The US imperialists imposed a policy of accomodating and allowing the return and rehabilitation of the Marcoses and their biggest cronies. The aim of the US is to retain the trust and fealty of the Marcoses whose removal from Malacañang was facilitated by US government officials amid the massive uprising of people at EDSA in 1986.

The US imperialists also aim to attenuate the contradictions between the Marcoses and other factions of the ruling elite and stave off EDSA-like extra-constitutional methods of regime change that tend to destabilize the reactionary state. In the same way that the Marcoses were never put to justice, former presidents Arroyo and Estrada remain unpunished despite clear cases of corruption and other crimes. All the rest of the post-1986 presidents have also been involved in large corruption cases (the P65 million Garchitorena Land Scam under Cory Aquino, the PEA-Amari Land Deal and Clark Expo under Ramos, to name a few) but none of them have been made to face criminal charges.

Under US advise, not one among the post-EDSA regimes undertook any serious measure to prosecute Imelda, other Marcoses and their biggest cronies. Not one was subjected to justice. From 1986 onwards, most of the biggest cronies who left the country with the Marcoses were allowed to return home, and retain or regain control of their vast economic holdings.

They would eventually restore themselves in government and impose their power as warlords, political dynasties or kingmakers. Imelda, Bongbong and Imee would eventually be installed as local executives and members of congress and gain ever expanding political influence.

Not soon after 1986, one of the biggest Marcos crony, Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco would regain control of San Miguel Corporation empire. He would run for president in 1992 and later become kingpin of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) in order to assert political influence. He would exercise strong political influence over all successive regimes winning big contracts and other favors.

The election campaign of Benigno S. Aquino III as president of the reactionary government in 2010 received large funding and political support from Danding Cojuangco, his uncle. In exchange, Cojuangco’s San Miguel Corporation has become one of the top three recipients of massive infrastructure projects under the Public-Private Partnership Program including the Tarlac-La Union road project and the NAIA interchange project.

Over the past week, Aquino has joined the clamor against the election of Bongbong Marcos. He is clearly a hypocrite in riding on the popular call first issued by  national democrat activists and organizations. He assails human rights abuses under Marcos but covers up the continuing abuses and brutalities perpetrated by the AFP, the paramilitaries and police under his regime’s
US-designed Oplan Bayanihan counter-insurgency plan. He denounces corruption under the Marcos dictatorship but whitewashes corruption under his regime with endless repetition of the “daang matuwid” slogan.

In truth, Aquino as well as all the post-EDSA presidents, should all be put to task for having failed to bring to trial and justice the Marcoses and all their cronies and collaborators.

The Filipino people are fully justified in opposing the vice-presidential campaign of Bongbong Marcos as well as the historical coverup of the crimes of the Marcos dictatorship.

They should castigate US imperialism and the bureaucrat capitalists for the policy of political rehabilitation without justice of all the politicians who have perpetrated one crime after another which has led not only to the growing possibility of the Marcoses’ return to power but to the failure as well of the ruling state to punish Joseph Estrada and Gloria Arroyo according to the demands of the people.#

GLOBAL AND PHILIPPINE CRISES GENERATE REVOLUTIONARY RESISTANCE

Message of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines
on the 47th Anniversary of its Reestablishment
December 26, 2015

Introduction

On the 47th anniversary of its reestablishment under the guidance of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism on December 26, 1968, the Communist Party of the Philippines celebrates with the Filipino people its accumulated and current ideological, political and organizational victories and is determined more than ever before to advance the Philippine revolution along the general line of the people’s democratic revolution through protracted people’s war. Read more

PFLP salutes Communist Party of the Philippines on 47th anniversary of refoundation

On behalf of our General Secretary, Ahmad Sa’adat, our Deputy General Secretary, Abu Ahmad Fuad, and all comrades and members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, we salute the Communist Party of the Philippines and all of its leaders, cadres and members, and the fighters of the New People’s Army, on the 47th anniversary of the refoundation of the CPP.

The Communist Party of the Philippines has always been firmly grounded in confronting and expelling imperialism, feudalism, bureaucrat-capitalism and dictatorship, and in serving the people of the Philippines in a revolutionary struggle for liberation.

You have always been firm allies of the Palestinian revolution, and our people’s resistance to Zionism and imperialism in Palestine and our Arab homeland. Together, we march and struggle on the road of liberation and true justice. Together, the people of Palestine and the Philippines stand together in confrontation of our common enemies and oppressors, to defeat imperialism and its plunder of our lands and peoples, and to achieve victory for the workers, peasants and popular classes.

Just as we join together in the struggle against imperialism, our parties are labeled as “terrorists” by the very same imperialist powers that have devastated our lands, oppressed and displaced our peoples, and stolen our resources. Together, we know that the real leading perpetrators of terror in the world are U.S. imperialism, Zionism and their puppets. Resistance is not terror – it is the struggle for liberation, in which a new society and a new world is being born.

We look forward to continuing to strengthen our common ties and struggle. Our comradely relationship has grown in the past year and has only developed further through the visit of our Comrade Leila Khaled to the Philippines, where she encountered popular and mass movements and revolutionary struggle akin to our own. We look forward to continuing to develop our close relationship of comradeship and struggle.

Victory for the people, for the Palestinian Revolution and for the Philippine Revolution, and the defeat of imperialism, Zionism and oppression, is inevitable through struggle.

Frustrate the last desperate armed attacks of the US-Aquino regime! Sustain the level of intensity of the tactical offensives and rev up the popular resistance against attempts to perpetuate the regime in power thru the elite monopolized elections!

Statement of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) -Panay Region On the occasion of the 47th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines – December 26, 2015

Last 13 and 14 of December, in a span of 12 hours, the New People’s Army (NPA) in Panay launched a series of tactical offensives from the North Eastern Yating Mountains (Maayon town) to the SouthWestern Madyaas foothills of Panay (San Joaquin town). The 301st Infantry Brigade (Bde) of the 3rd Infantry Division of the AFP owned up to some 8 casualties (including two police officers engaged in counter-insurgency duties) while covering up its more serious losses as it usually does.

The early morning harassment, last 13 December, of the two-truck convoy of the 82nd Infantry Battalion (IB) in Barangay Tiolas, San Joaquin town was along the national highway linking the provinces of Iloilo and Antique. This was the latest military action for the year which included an ambush of a section-size operating unit of the 31st Division Reconnaissance Company in the mountainous Barangay San Antonio of Cuartero, Capiz last July that inflicted a squadsize casualty (including at least 5 killed) that the AFP took great pains to conceal from the public and visiting US troops.

Earlier, in July, several casualties were also inflicted in a series of harassments in Central Panay (Tapaz and Calinog towns) especially on troops guarding the destructive Jalaur Dam. Lately, the Chinese mining company Century Peak’s equipments were also destroyed as punishment for financing the militarization of the Igbaras and Tubungan mountains. This troop concentration provided security for them as they explore some mining prospects with the intent to plunder our national patrimony with the mini-dam as cover. What gave them away was their millions upon millions of road construction cost that was way too much for a mini-dam project.

20130205-IMG_9968jonbThese main samples of the series of tactical offensives/military action in 2015, not only highlighted the military capacity of the NPA under the leadership of the Communist Party. It also manifested the breadth of the People’s War as conducted all over the island of Panay, even in its major highways and other white areas by night or day. The NPA in the island succeeded, too, in surpassing the minimum rate of tactical offensives per unit set by the national leadership of the Party.

There is some truth to the reasoning of 301st Bde Commander Uchida that the attacks are to show that the NPA is still here—indeed, they are in many places all over the island. That the tactical offensives are intensifying refutes the very boast of the Aquino regime that the arrest of Comrade Concha Araneta would weaken the revolutionary struggle in Panay. Definitely, the year round tactical offensives by the NPA exposes the regime’s claim that the ‘insurgency in Panay is conflict-manageable’ as an outright lie to impress foreign investors.

The military actions in 2015 demonstrated the extent, positioning along the vast mountain ranges and foothills of Western and Northeastern Panay and the depth of the mass base of the revolutionary movement in Panay. The widespread and ever expanding and deepening revolutionary underground in the vast countryside, towns and cities in the island provided the solid backbone of an island-wide resistance to the Aquino regime.

The Party called for sustained, strengthened and heightened island wide mass struggles to overthrow the USAquino regime in 2015. And the masses of Panayanon heeded our call. Tens of thousands of Panayanons massed up on several major red letter days and whenever Pnoy’s disastrous policies or criminal neglect such as that of Typhoon Yolanda’s survivors are highlighted. Especially opposed was the regime’s hosting of the APEC Ministerial conferences in the island that were plotting to intensify the exploitation of the country’s resources such as its mineral deposits, its sea resources and even the small profit of the country’s micro-, small, and medium industries in various privatization and sub-contracting schemes by big capitalist. This includes the opening up the country for advantaged foreign products that L would bankrupt the local agriculture (especially rice and sugar) and already backward industry and destroy our very vulnerable food security.

Even ordinary people in their thousands joined various mass actions spontaneously or led by progressives to protest these impositions which included the privatization of public markets, transport terminals and utilities, of public transport owners and drivers against the planned phasing out of traditional public transports to be replaced by new ones for new transport unit profitable to big foreign transport manufacturing capitalists. Even big and small fishing boat owners opted to boycott fishing for a few days at the height of APEC meetings to register to the Aquino regime its opposition to huge fines and costly requirements for fishing too heavy especially for small fisher folks. The people’s regional and local struggles amounted to almost weekly mass actions in major cities and towns.

Thousands of Typhoon Yolanda survivor’s families continually mobilized themselves to complete the rehabilitation of their housing and production. Simultaneously they joined the mass actions of ten thousands to demand rehabilitation resources from their paid taxes to the Aquino regime as well as from foreign contributions. That hundreds of millions were distributed by government agencies attest to such political pressure that they have generated thus obliging the regime to release public funds. Several thousands more are being mobilized for cooperative production of food in the face of dwindling staple food production.

These relentless struggle defied the all-out militarization of the island to secure various projects and gathering of imperialist neo-liberalization (APEC) and militarization (BALIKATAN and US troops/naval vessel visitation). The regime doubled the local security forces (up to 5000 mobile forces excluding standing territorial PNP). Underpinning the regime’s monopoly rule of the island was its firm command of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and its 301st Infantry Brigade, its police force and various other security forces.

The regime’s military launched more sustained attacks on the various guerilla fronts of the New People’s Army to preempt the tactical offensive campaign by the NPA. Massive militarization of the countryside was resorted to forestall the taking off of popular movement of the mass base to oppose the neo-liberal impositions by big imperialist countries and to demand rehabilitation from damages of Typhoon Yolanda from the regime. The regime’s police saturated the urban center and all its surroundings as well as areas that foreign delegates and PNoy would pass thru not only to secure these people but to prevent the massing up of protesters against the regime and APEC.

The regime and its local minions profited from official foreign tourism hosting/spending. Even as billions were spent on infrastructure for the benefit of big capitalists, foreign and domestic, the regime could only spare a few billion for a long-delayed rehabilitation plan of hundreds of thousands of destroyed houses. Even then such distribution of funds were much short of what was needed, selective and geared for electoral influence. A great many were not covered at all. An enhanced pantawid program was expanded but could not compensate for the basic\needs of the poor and all the while transforming them into glorified mendicants. While infrastructure spending employed many laborers, this could not compensate for the lack of livelihood; it is also temporary.

Most of Panayanon in the countryside suffered loss of income from farms ravaged by El Nino and the unrehabilitated economy smashed by Yolanda. Privatization of markets, utilities and ports deprived consumers and small vendors of adequate income. Policies of government agencies tend to further enrich big capitalists (the Sy, Injap, Yanson of Ceres liner who monopolizes transportation) while imposing higher costs and heavy fines to ordinary driver/operators, fisher folks and even capitalists, market vendors, consumers of water, and passengers. A significant number of OFW are forced to return home due to dangers of war/conflict in their place of employment and the slowdown of the economies of countries dependent on price- deflated oil.

Currently, the regime revels in its seeming monopoly of power in Panay. It boasts of its overwhelming political control of various factions in Panay under a coalition campaigning for the victory of its anointed successor in the coming bourgeois election. But by putting almost all political elite factions under one umbrella only meant intensifying the infighting of various factions that are all ambitious to wield power via the oncoming bourgeois elections.

For most elite factions, joining the Aquino regime’s umbrella coalition meant patronage and money/venues for their electoral campaigns while in exchange the endorse the regime’s candidates. All the while, the various factions stand ready to jump ship as soon as other presidential candidates take the lead and abandon the isolated administration candidate as what happened before in various elections. Mar Roxas may win the most number of votes among presidential candidates in the region due to overwhelming resources but by a much smaller margin than he would be needing to overcome his tail-ending votes from all over the whole country.

Even more, most of the political factions in the island would be approaching progressive groups and even revolutionaries for votes and access to territories under revolutionary sway. As with previous elections they have negotiated with the Left to ensure victory primarily for themselves.

Our Urgent Task for 2016

We are faced with a regime in its last several months in power and hell bent to secure itself from an angry people struggling to oust it from power. It has deployed its last card in suppressing thru force of arms a revolutionary movement that keeps on rising against its rule and strengthening in the process. The regime pins its hope to escape prosecution for its crime on its anointed candidate winning the ensuing bourgeois election. With this in mind the Communist Party in Panay lays down the following urgent tasks:

1. Frustrate the last desperate armed attacks of the US-Aquino Regime by means of a sustained and intensified tactical offensive campaign and anti-militarization mass struggle.

In the last 5 years, the Aquino regime has failed in its attempts to crush the revolutionary movement in Panay and, in the process, honed the military capacity of the revolution, fanned the flame of popular resistance to even wider areas and sectors and firmed up the resolve of revolutionaries. Frustrating the regime’s attacks means persevering in striking its military operation at its weakest moment, blunting its strongest attacks by striking it everywhere possible by harassments combined with selective solid strikes to seize arms or even to inflict casualties in its fascist ranks. Such an extensive and intensive level of military offensive require the further widening and consolidating of the revolutionary mass base even as the latter defends itself from various suppressive assaults of the state security forces.

2. Fight the regime’s desperate attempt to impose its anointed candidate to succeed and perpetuate the distorted ‘Matuwid na Daan’ program favoring the regime’s big landlord and big local and foreign capitalist cronies.

In its last several months, the regime will employ all means, mainly foul and seemingly fair, to have its successor elected to succeed its rule. This serves to ensure that all its ill-gotten wealth be preserved and to protect itself from prosecution for its crimes. As its successor is tainted by the isolated status of PNoy and dwells at the tail-end of various pre-election polls, the regime will resort to all evil schemes to boost its faltering candidate. Only a people’s movement opposed to the regime’s manipulation could ensure Aquino’s ‘legacy’ that is already destined to a special place in the dustbin of history and likewise ensure Aquino’s fate as the cellmate of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

The progressive movement in Panay must persevere in the popular movement to contribute in a big way to oust the Aquino Regime and its successor thru mass struggle and electoral means.

3. Strengthen and consolidate, and expand further the organized forces of the revolution.

The tens of thousands that were mobilized during the past year should be further organized into revolutionary or progressive mass organizations. The tripling and quadrupling of recruits must be followed thru with the vertical organizing of local chapters, subsection and section (city district/municipal) chapters and higher organizational structures, development and training of mass leaders and organizers at various levels of verticalization. The consolidation of the organized masses must serve to develop their capacity to contribute further to the advance the people’s war, persevere in more intense mass struggle combined with electoral struggle.

The Party must be built to lead the comprehensive development of the people’s war, the recruitment of hundreds/thousands of party members, raise the level of consciousness and leadership skill. Party cadre must be develop systematically and in large numbers to fill in responsible positions that are ever arising at a faster pace. Further develop the theoretical capacity of leading cadres to enable them to lead the Party and the advancing people’s war to the next stage.

Platoons of activists must be recruited as full-time Red fighters to enable the NPA to build more company size fronts and to sustain the intensity, extensiveness of guerrilla warfare all over the island.

The Aquino Regime is on the way out. The revolutionary forces in Panay must go all-out in ushering the Aquino regime to its ignominious fate in history and a prison cell for PNoy while serving a sentence appropriate for the crime of plunder. Ousting the current puppet regime is one more step nearer to advance to the strategic stalemate of the people’s war.

Julian Paisano
Regional Party Committee – Panay
Communist Party of the Philippines

DECLARATION OF CEASEFIRE FROM 23 DECEMBER 2015 TO 03 JANUARY 2016

CENTRAL COMMITTEE
COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE PHILIPPINES

15 December 2015

Upon the recommendation of the Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines hereby declares to all commands and units of the New People’s Army (NPA) and the people’s militias a ceasefire order that will take effect from 00:01H of 23 December 2015 to 23:59 H of 03 January 2016.

This ceasefire order is being issued in solidarity with the Filipino people’s traditional celebrations of Christmas and New Year holidays. This will also enable the revolutionary forces to carry out mass assemblies and public demonstrations to mark the 47th anniversary of the CPP and celebrate revolutionary victories of the past year.

This ceasefire order is also being issued in support of efforts of peace advocates to foster the resumption of GPH-NDFP peace negotiations on the basis of The Hague Joint Declaration, the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). The revolutionary movement calls for the release of all political prisoners including 17 NDFP consultants in accordance with the CARHRIHL and the JASIG.

During the ceasefire period, all NPA units and people’s militias shall cease and desist from carrying out offensive military operations against the armed units and personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other paramilitary and armed groups attached to the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.

Personnel of the AFP and PNP who have no serious liabilities other than their membership in their armed units shall not be subjected to arrest or punitive actions. They may be allowed individually to enter the territory of the people’s democratic government to make personal visits to relatives and friends.

While all units of the NPA and the people’s militias shall be on defensive mode at both the strategic and tactical levels, they shall nonetheless maintain a high degree of militancy and vigilance against any hostile actions or movements of the enemy armed forces including encroachment on the territory of the people’s democratic government, surveillance and other offensive operations including so-called “peace and development”, “civil-military” or “peace and order” operations. Active-defense operations shall be undertaken only in the face of clear and imminent danger and actual armed attack by the enemy forces.

All branches and committees of the CPP, units of the NPA and people’s militias and revolutionary mass organizations should closely monitor any hostile actions being carried out by the enemy armed forces. Such information should be reported to the concerned commands of the New People’s Army and leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines. #

Authenticated by: Luis G. Jalandoni
Chairperson, Negotiating Panel
National Democratic Front of the Philippines