Warm Greetings of Solidarity to CARC, Italy in its celebration of the Centenary of the October Revolution

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) conveys its warm greetings of solidarity to the Party of the Committees to Support Resistance – for Communism (CARC) – Italy on organiziang an intiative within its National Festival of Peoples’ Revival, on August 12, 2017 in Massa, Italy, a celebration of the Centenary of the October Revolution.

We endorse your objective of drawing from the teachings of the historic October Revolution what is useful for building the socialist revolution, and in particular as regards your revolutionary work in Italy.

We wish you much success in celebrating the Centenary of the October Revolution with revolutionary representatives from other countries such as from Venezuela, Kurdistan and the Philippines.

For us in the Philippines, the Centenary of the October Revolution is a special occasion and opportunity to deepen our integraion and links with the workers, the peasants, the women, youth, the urban poor, the indigenous peoples and other sectors struggling to defeat imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism. We have to take up the concrete issues of massive human rights violations by the Duterte regime and the military under martial law declared by Duterte in Mindanao, the intensified oppression and exploitation of the workers, peasants, indigenous peoples, women and youth and urban poor.

We mobilize the masses in broad campaigns to strengthen their organizations and to help build our organs of political power in 71 provinces out of a total 82 provinces. With the broad and strong support of the masses, the revolutionary party, the people’s army and the national democratic front are making significant revolutionary gains.

We also take this occasion of the Centenary of the October Revolution to hold conferences abroad, to strengthen the organization of our Overseas Filipinos and Migrant Workers and our solidarity with international organizations.

We express once again our deep appreciation for the solidarity support you are giving to our Filipino migrant workers in Italy.

Again, we convey our warmest wishes of success in your celebration of the Centenary of the October Revolution. We wish you more victories in deepening your integration with the working masses in Italy and thereby further firming up the growth of your revolutionary forces.

Long live the Party of the Committee to Support Resistance – for Communism, CARC – Italy!

Long live the historical inspiration and legacy of the October Revolution!

Long live the solidarity between the Italian people and the Filipino people!

Long live the international solidarity of peoples striving for socialism!

Luis G. Jalandoni
Chief International Representative
National Democratic Front of the Philippines

The NDFP Stands in Firm Solidarity with the Venezuelan People and the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela led by President Nicolas Maduro

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) reiterates its firm solidarity with the heroic Venezuelan people and His Excellency, President Nicolas Maduro, as the Constitutional and elected President of the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela. The Venezuelan people and government founded on the legacy and inspiration of Comandante and President Hugo Chavez, Simon Bolivar and so many other people’s heroes, have earned the solidarity of freedom-loving peoples and governments in Latin America and the Carribe and other parts of the world.

The united strength of the Venezuelan people and the Bolivarian Government led by President Nicolas Maduro, with the overall international solidarity support of other peoples and governments are firm and strong enough to repel any acts of subversion and attacks by the domestic reactionaries and counter-revolutionary foreign powers.

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines vigorously condemns the terrorist attack perpetrated on June 27, 2017 against the headquarters of the Ministry of People’s Power for Interior Relations, Justice and Peace and the Supreme Court of Justice, both in Caracas, as part of a coup plot against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and its institutions. We strongly support the valiant efforts of the Bolivarian Government and the Venezuelan people to defeat the domestic and foreign reactionaries behind the coup plot.

We take this occasion to also congratulate the Venezuelan people and their Bolivarian Government in celebrating the 206th Anniversary of the Signing of the Act of Independence. We convey our warmest greetings of solidarity to President Nicolas Maduro and in the Philippines to H.E. Capaya Rodriguez Gonzalez, Ambassador Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela to the Republic of the Philippines.

Long live the heroice Venezuelan people and President Nicolas Maduro!
Long live the solidarity between the Filipino people and the Venezuelan people!

Luis G. Jalandoni

CPP salutes Canadian champion of the working people

CONDOLENCES FROM THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE PHILIPPINES

The Communist Party of the Philippines just learned of the passing of Charles Boylan, a communist and a comrade. We send our sincerest condolences to his partner Donna Petersen, his family, and to the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada.

The activism of comrade Charles was not divorced from what he did as a teacher, a broadcaster on Vancouver’s Co-Op Radio, a writer, an active union member of Local 21 Education and Training Employees Association (ETEA); he was also a friend to people’s movements and peoples’ struggles (including that of the Philippines, Cuba, Palestine, Venezuela, etc.), a fighter for social justice and human rights, a strong critic against globalization and neo-liberalism, and a solid champion of the working people.

Comrade Charles lent his voice to highlight the issues and struggles of the Filipino people, in their local mass actions, through his radio program and through his friendship with the Filipino community in Vancouver. His work reflected a vision of a society that is humane, free of oppression from imperialism and capitalism, a community where people take control over their lives and ensure that each person enjoys basic human rights.

Whatever Comrade Charles Boylan did, it was always to move society forward for the better. And his being a Marxist-Leninist and a communist informed all that.

Salute to comrade Charles Boylan! Mabuhay ka!

International Department
Communist Party of the Philippines
20 June 2017

NDFP pays tribute to Baltazar ‘Bal’ Pinguel

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) renders full honors to Baltazar “Bal” Pinguel, the firebrand of the First Quarter Storm!

Ka Bal served the people through the national democratic movement as best as he could, in hard struggle and self-sacrifice.

Hailing from a poor family in Samar, he became an activist while studying Political Science at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He was part of the Sandigang Makabansa progressive slate for the UP Student Council elections. That early, he was already making his mark as an intellectual, devouring books and periodicals and frequently engaging in passionate discourse.

He later joined Kabataang Makabayan (KM) and was its designated spokesperson because of his exceptional oratorical skills. Wearing his trademark black jacket and wire-rimmed glasses, he would not only agitate but educate the crowd during rallies, and lead it in spirited marches to the US Embassy or Malacañang where the demonstrators often ended up clashing with anti-riot policemen and Metrocom troopers. He was instrumental in many a nationalist awakening.

As a student leader on campus, he played an important part in rallying and organizing the students against the Marcos fascist invasion of UP in February 1971. Ka Bal was one of the most courageous “communards” of the Diliman Commune, agitating the students from the frontline, literally shooting fireworks at the military helicopters that hovered around the barricaded campus and then broadcasting fiery commentaries on DZUP.

When martial law was declared, he was one of hundreds of activists who went underground or joined the armed struggle in the countryside.

Ka Bal was first assigned to do guerrilla zone building in Southern Tagalog. He was later arrested, tortured and imprisoned at Camp Vicente Lim in Laguna. Shortly after, he took part in a daring escape and rejoined the revolutionary mainstream.

In 1974, he was assigned to Samar where he served as the political officer of one of the first NPA guerrilla units, and became a member of the first District Committee in the island. As such, he directly participated in building the foundations of the armed struggle in Samar. By the end of the 1970s, Samar had the distinction of leading the way in advancing the armed struggle against the US-Marcos dictatorship nationwide.

Arrested again in 1980 in Cebu City, he was detained for five years at Camp Bagong Diwa before being released in 1985. He briefly joined the legal democratic movement, helped found the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) and became its secretary-general after Lean Alejandro’s death in 1987. In 1989, suspected military agents attempted to abduct him. He sought political asylum in the US in 1992, where he became involved in various justice and peace campaigns as program director at the American Friends Service Committee, and as one of the leaders of United for Peace and Justice, a broad US-based coalition against the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ka Bal continued to serve the national democratic movement in various capacities, never losing touch with comrades in the homeland or abroad. An adviser to BAYAN-USA, he last joined his fellow activists in a rally in front of the Philippine consulate in New York City to protest the dictator Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Ka Bal’s untimely death cannot erase his legacy as a fiery agitator and propagandist who scorched the oppressors and exploiters and enlightened and enlivened the masses. ###

NDFP Renders Highest Honors to Prof. Francois Houtart, Champion of People’s Rights and Staunch Friend of the Filipino People

François Houtart

Prof. Francois Houtart, champion of people’s rights internationally and a long time friend of the Filipino people in their struggle for national and social liberation died of illness at the age 91 under the loving care of his Ecuadorian comrades. We convey our most heartfelt condolences to his family and relatives, his colleagues and numerous friends all over the world.

Close friend of Italian Senator and renowned anti-imperialist Lelio Basso, Francois Houtart was a prominent official of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal. He was among the prime movers for the Algiers Declaration of 1976, The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Peoples. This was a landmark declaration. In its preample, it proclaimed, “May all those who, throughout the world, are fighting the great battle, at times with armed struggle, for the freedom of all peoples, find in this Declaration the assurance of the legitimacy of their struggle.”

In 1979, he and the Lelio Basso Foundation encouraged the Filipino people, through the National Democratic Front, to file an application to the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) to hold a Session on the Philippines. With persuasive efforts of the NDF, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) also filed an application and joined the NDF in the PPT Session on the Philippines.

In a landmark decision, the PPT declared the dictator Ferdinand Marcos guilty of grievous crimes against the Filipino and Moro peoples. The PPT recognized the NDF as the legitimate representative of the Filipino people. It further declared their armed struggle as having the conditions of belligerency which requires the application of international humanitarian law.

In 2007, Prof. Houtart, as the President of the Jury of the PPT Second Session on the Phiiippines held in The Hague, issued the verdict declaring the Arroyo regime and the United States of America guilty of grievous crimes against the Filipno people.

Prof. Houtart was also a staunch supporter of the Vietnamese people’s liberation struggle against the US imperialist war of aggression. He received a pair of sandals used by the famous Commnander of the Vietanamese People’s Army, Nguyen vo Giap. He donated these sandals, made from US planes shot down by the people’s army, to the New People’s Army. These were sent to the NPA who made similar sandals for the NPA fighters.

Earlier, Prof. Houtart visited the Philippines several times and gave well-appreciated lectures on Structural Analysis which exposed the structures of exploitation and oppression. On one visit, he was stopped at the airport, declared persona non grata and summarily expelled from the Philippines. This happened during the martial law regime of Ferdinand Marcos. After the overthrow of the dictator, he would be invited to speak at forums on human rights. He always felt it an honor to meet friends in the common struggle for freedom.

His colleagues in Ecuador, from the Foundation of the Indio People of Ecuador and his friends wrote: “His light grew even more as he closed his eyes which were always open to see the reality of the most impoverished. He was in total peace, not making any noise, with the mission fully completed. He did everything, he gave his all. Just last night, he denounced one more time, together with a friend from Sri Lanka, the genocide against the Tamil and asked us for solidarity with them.”

We render highest honors to Prof. Francois Houtart, staunch champion of people’s rights, dear friend of the Filipino people and other peoples struggling for freedom, national and social liberation.

Long live the noble memory and inspiring legacy of Prof. Francois Houtart!

Highest honors to Bishop Elmer Bolocon

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The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) renders highest honors to Bishop Elmer Bolocon of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). Bishop Bolocon served as General Secretary of the UCCP from 1996 to 2006 and Executive Secretary of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum since 2009. He died on May 15 after more than a decade of battling cancer. We convey our deepest condolences to his wife Emelita Gomez Bolocon, his daughter Julien, relatives, colleagues in the UCCP, friends and comrades.

Bishop Bolocon’s name easily comes to mind when we speak of church people who have consistently stood up and fought for human rights, for peace based on justice, and for putting an end to social systems of corruption, oppression and exploitation.

As General Secretary of the UCCP and the Chairperson of KASIMBAYAN (Kapatirang Simbahan Para sa Bayan), a formation of progressive and activist church people taking pro-people and patriotic positions on national issues, he was one of the convenors of Pilgrims for Peace when it was organized in 2002, in the second year of the Arroyo regime. He was among several hundred peace advocates from scores of church and multisectoral organizations across the Philippines who affirmed commitment to peace-building in the light of calls for the resumption of peace negotiations between the GRP and NDFP, and the GRP and MILF. He lent his voice to those of peace workers who knew that advocating for a just and lasting peace is inextricably intertwined with the struggle against poverty, inequality, oppression and exploitation. Pilgrims for Peace was also the first and successful attempt at building a broad alliance to oppose the terrorist listing of Prof. Jose Ma. Sison, the CPP and the NPA.

As the Arroyo regime ran its course, human rights violations, including enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings escalated. Bishop Bolocon rose up to condemn the GRP and its master the Bush government by serving as an expert witness at the Second Session on the Philippines of the Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) held at The Hague, The Netherlands in March 2007. He particularly raised the issue of at least 17 UCCP ministers, lay leaders and youth killed by Arroyo’s death squads for ministering to the poor. As a result of the testimonies of Bishop Bolocon and others, the PPT found the respondents guilty of crimes against humanity.

Bishop Bolocon’s illness took a turn for the worse soon after the tribunal met, and he had to spend several weeks in hospital. His see-saw battle with cancer failed to deter him from pursuing his solemn commitment to work for peace and justice.

As the Aquino regime was poised to take over the reins of government in 2010, he called for the resumption of the peace negotiations stymied under Arroyo. The peace process miserably failed to make headway under Aquino, however.

Nonetheless, Bishop Bolocon’s voice was heard in every major social issue under Aquino, taking the side of justice. He called for an immediate moratorium on large-scale mining and the scrapping of the Aquino government’s mining policy. He opposed US intervention, saying “If we want to achieve a just and lasting peace in the world, it starts with making the US government accountable for its sins to the world and to humanity.” He demanded truth and accountability from the Aquino government after the death of 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Because of his consistent patriotic and pro-people standpoint and activities, Bishop Bolocon was made a prime target of vicious Red-baiting, stigmatizing and witch hunt by a mix of conservatives and kontras within the UCCP. By then the UCCP Secretary General, he faced his detractors with dignity and firmness, stood his ground and did not waver in his commitment and resolve to pursue the UCCP’s mission as a Church in the service of the people, especially the poor.

But when prospects for the peace talks became brighter under the Duterte administration and it was time to build even broader and stronger alliances to support the advocacy for a just and lasting peace, Bishop Bolocon did not think twice in welcoming and working hand in hand with some of his erstwhile detractors who had admitted their error and asked to be forgiven, putting the common goal of addressing the roots of the armed conflict above any personal consideration.

Bishop Bolocon led church people in expressing support for the incoming Duterte government’s peace intitiatives, joining the growing clamor for the resumption of formal peace talks between the GRP and the NDFP. He called on both parties to undertake an “honest to goodness discussion to address the root causes of the armed conflict” in order to “resolve our age-long situation of bondage.”

In the middle of the impasse last February, Bishop Bolocon urged a return to the negotiation table. He said “we offer our hand in walking the next mile toward peace….The people’s clamor for peace based on justice should give us the courage to continue to build peace in the Philippines.”

We hail Bishop Bolocon for unflinching dedication to the struggle for social justice and a liberating peace, for a world freed from the chains of oppression and exploitation. Through his hard work and his enduring influence and example, we will continue to feel his presence among us, courageously walking the extra mile to achieve peace based on justice.

Message of the NDFP-NEMR on the 44th founding anniversary of the NDFP

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 2ND CPP CONGRESS AND CELEBRATE THE 44TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NDFP

Image from 2.bp.blogspot.comOn the occasion of the 44th anniversary of the establishment of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) last April 24, 1973, NDFP-NEMR join in congratulating the leadership and cadres of the Communist Party of the Philippines for the successful and historical conduct of its Second Congress last October 24-November 7, 2016. The Congress marks significant lessons and decisions attained for the continuing advance of the Filipino revolution. It inspired all revolutionary forces, alliances and friends in the region.

NDFP-NEMR also lauds all revolutionary forces, cadres, activists, Red commanders and fighters of the New People’s Army for their boundless service and firm adherence to the leadership and guidance of the CPP in advancing the revolutionary movement in the region. NDFP-NEMR renders its Red salute to the revolutionary martyrs for the heroic sacrifice of their valuable lives for the interest of the people and the Filipino revolution.

Today, we celebrate the 44th year anniversary of the NDFP with its effective performance of duties as the Party’s partner in advancing the People’s Democratic Revolution and in ending the semi-colonial and semi-feudal system. The establishment of the NDFP is significant as it formed the consolidated alliance of all revolutionary organizations (peasants, workers, urban poor, Lumad, Moro, women, youth, church people, teachers, government employees, artists, scientists, health, OFWs, lawyers, people’s army and Party) adhering to the PDR line through protracted people’s war.

The NDFP and its allied organizations established a broad unity against imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism and attained wide-ranging support for armed revolution. With support from allied organizations, under the leadership of the Party and through armed revolution in the countryside, people’s revolutionary governments have been established in the countryside.

The NDFP proficiently performs its role as representative of the people’s revolutionary government in the peace negotiations with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) to determine the root causes of civil war. Under the Duterte regime, four rounds of peace negotiations have been held amidst attempts to derail these by the US puppets within the AFP and the reactionary government. The ruling class seek to place the peace negotiations under their control and within their reactionary framework, and maneuvered to ignore the recognition of the belligerency status of the NDFP.

The four rounds of negotiations produced positive accomplishments. Discussions on the most substantive issue of socio-economic reforms have started. Included are issues related to land reform, national industrialization, national sovereignty, social services, environment and many others. It seriously threatens the interests of the imperialists, large bourgeoisie-compradors and land lords. Especially if Duterte will truly side with the people’s interests and fulfill the promises and commitment he declared against the United States.

But because the Duterte government is infested with puppets of US imperialism and ruling classes, the enemy will always maneuver to put their interests first at the people’s expense. That is why it is not surprising that within the almost 10 months the Duterte regime has been in power, his promises are at a standstill and its fulfillment remains but a blur. Neo-liberal economic policies persist and the lopsided military agreements with the US such as EDCA, VFA and Mutual Defense Treaty remain enforced.

Amidst peace negotiations, the AFP/PNP intensified their annihilative campaigns against the revolutionary movement. In NEMR, the AFP/PNP implements the brutal Oplan Kapayapaan. Together with sustained operations by AFP troops, psywar and intelligence operations are also launched through COPD, against the people and the NPA. The AFP/PNP committed numerous human rights violations against the people. They deceitfully execute surrender campaigns among revolutionaries. Because it failed, they scrimp and force to surrender those who have long ceased to be NPA members and individuals accused of being sympathizers. Also this year, additional troops from the Special Forces of the Philippine Army were deployed in NEMR particularly in Surigao del Sur.

But the NPA-NEMR and the revolutionaries effectively frustrates the plans and attacks of the AFP/PNP forces. Within the first four months of 2017, NPA-NEMR launched not less than 42 military actions, in defense and to counteract the attacks of the AFP, PNP, CAA and its paramilitary forces. These resulted in 28 killed and 25 wounded from the enemy. The NPA also sanctioned twice the banana plantation of Sumifru for its unrelenting destruction of the environment and land grabbing.

Amidst enemy actions to derail peace negotiations, the people and the revolutionary forces actively support the advance of the peace talks between the GRP and NDFP. Recall, that in August 2016, NPA-NEMR released 5 POWs in support of the peace talks. The POW releases were attended by more than 5,000 people as show of support for the talks.

On the last week of February 2017, thousands marched in the cities of the region to call upon Duterte to resume peace talks after he cancelled during the first week within the same month. The people also condemned the brutal all-out war of the AFP.

President Duterte resumed peace negotiations. Last April 2-6, the 4th round was successfully completed and the 5th round is scheduled this May 26 to June 2, 2017 in The Netherlands.

Continue to support the peace talks between the GRP and NDFP. Strengthen and broaden the movements for sectoral demands like land reform, higher wages, free education, free housing and end to contractualization and many others. Continue to call on President Duterte to fulfill his promises.

Frustrate the deceitful plans of Oplan Kapayapaan and the military offensives of the AFP/PNP against the NPA and people through consciously exposing these and with active resistance. The NPA must launch broad counter attacks and tactical offensives. Advance the people’s war to a higher level!

Long live the NDFP! Long live the struggling peoples!
Join the New People’s Army!

(sgd)
Ka Maria Malaya
Spokesperson
NDF-NEMR

Bisaya

Abril 24, 2017

Mensahe sa NDFP-NEMR sa ika – 44 nga anibersaryo sa pagkatukod sa NDFP
PAHALIPAY ALANG SA IKA-2 KONGRESO SA PKP UG
ISAULOG ANG IKA-44 NGA ANIBERSARYO SA NDFP

Atol niining ika-44 nga anibersaryo sa pagkatukod sa National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) niadtong Abril 24, 1973, ang NDFP-NEMR, una sa tanan, nagaduyog sa pagpahalipay ngadto sa liderato ug mga kadre sa Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas sa malampuson ug makasaysayanong pagpahigayon sa Ikaduhang Kongreso niini niadtong Oktubre 24 – Nobyembre 7, 2016. Ang maong Kongreso nagmarka sa mahinungdanong mga pagtulun-an ug desisyon nga nakab-ot niini alang sa mapadayunong pag-asdang sa rebolusyong Pilipino. Gikalipay kini sa tanang mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa, mga alyado ug mga higala dinhi sa rehiyon.

Gipadangat usab sa NDFP-NEMR ang pagpasidungog ngadto sa tanang mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa, kadre, aktibista, mga Pulang kumander ug manggugubat sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan sa walay kinutubang pag-alagad ug sa hugtanong pagtamod sa pagpangulo ug paggiya sa PKP sa pagpaasdang sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan sa rehiyon. Ang NDFP-NEMR naghatag sa iyang Pulang pagsaludo ngadto sa mga rebolusyonaryong martir sa ilang mabayanihong paghalad sa bililhong kinabuhi alang sa kaayuhan sa katawhan ug sa rebolusyong Pilipino.

Karong adlawa, atong saulugon ang ika-44 ka tuig nga anibersayo sa NDFP sa iyang epektibong pagpatuman sa mga katungdanan isip kaabag sa Partido sa pagpaasdang sa Demokratikong Rebolusyon sa Katawhan ug paglumpag sa sistemang semikolonyal ug semipyudal. Mahinungdanon ang pagkatukod sa NDFP kay natibuok ang konsolidadong alyansa sa mga rebolusyonaryong organisasyon (sa mag-uuma, mamumuo, kabus sa dakbayan, Lumad, Moro, kababayen-an, kabatan-onan, mga taong simbahan, magtutudlo, mga empleyado sa gobyerno, artista, syentista, sa panglawas, OFWs, mga abogado, hukbong bayan ug Partido) nga nagsubay sa linya sa DRK pinaagi sa malungtarong gubat sa katawhan.

Napatuman sa NDFP ug sa mga kaalyadong organisasyon niini ang pagkab-ot sa lapad nga panaghiusa batok sa imperyalismo, pyudalismo ug burukrata kapitalismo ug pag-angkon sa lapad nga suporta alang armadong rebolusyon. Sa pagtinabangay sa mga kaalyadong organisasyon, sa pagpangulo sa Partido ug sa paglunsad sa armadong pakigbisog sa kabanikanhan, natukod ang mga rebolusyonaryong gobyerno sa katawhan sa kabukiran.

Maalamong napapelan sa NDFP isip nagrepresentar sa rebolusyonaryong gobyerno sa katawhan ang pakighisgot sa kalinaw ngadto sa Gobyerno sa Republika sa Pilipinas (GRP) aron ugkaton ang mga gamot hinungdan sa gubat sibil. Ubos sa rehimeng Duterte, ikaupat na ka hugna sa negosasyong pangkalinaw ang malampusong napahigayon taliwala sa paninguhang idiskaril kini sa mga itoy sa US diha sa AFP ug sa reaksyonaryong gobyerno. Buot sa nagharing pundok nga ipahiluna ang panaghisgot pangkalinaw subay sa ilang gusto ug sulod sa ilang reaksyonaryong gambalay, ug nagmaniobra aron idumili ang pag-ila sa belligerency status sa NDFP.

Positibo ang naabot sa upat ka hugna sa panaghisgot. Nasugdan na ang paghisgot sa pinakamahinungdanong unod mahitungod sa sosyo-ekonomikanhong reporma. Napaunod dinhi ang hisgutanan kalambigit sa reporma sa yuta, nasudnong industriyalisasyon, nasudnong soberanya, katilingbanong kaayuhan, kinaiyahan ug uban pa. Labihang nahulga dinhi ang interes sa mga imperyalista, dagkung burgesyang kumprador ug agalong yutaan. Labaw na kung matinud-anong modapig si Duterte sa interes sa katawhan ug tumanon niya ang iyang mga saad ug barugan ang iyang gipamulong batok sa imperyalistang Estados Unidos.

Apan, tungod kay gipalibutan ang gobyerno ni Duterte sa mga alipures sa imperyalistang US ug sa mga nagharing hut-ong momaniobra gayud ang mga kaaway nga hut-ong aron ipatigbabaw ang ilang mga interes sa kaalautan sa katawhan. Mao nga dili katingad-an nga sa halos 10 ka bulan na sa poder ang rehimeng Duterte padayong nalansang ang iyang gipangsaad ug mas gipahanap pa ang katumanan niini. Gipadayon ang imperyalistang neo-liberal nga mga palisiya sa ekonomiya ug gipatuman gihapon ang mga dili patas nga kasabutang militar tali sa US sama sa EDCA, VFA ug Mutual Defense Treaty.

Samtang adunay panaghisgot sa kalinaw gipakusog sa AFP/PNP ang ilang kampanyang pagpuo sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan. Sa NEMR, gipatuman sa AFP/PNP ang bangis nga Oplan Kapayapaan. Dungan sa mga sustenidong mga operasyon sa mga tropa sa AFP, kaylap nga gilunsad usab ang saywar ug paniktik pinaagi sa COPD batok sa katawhan ug BHB. Ubay-ubay na ang mga kalapasan sa tawhanong katungod ang nabuhat sa AFP/PNP ngadto sa katawhan. Malinglahon niining gipatuman ang mga kampanyang pagpasurender sa mga rebolusyonaryo. Apan kay pakyas kini gidaginot ug gipugos sa pagpasurender ang dugay nang mipahulay nga mga membro sa BHB ug ang mga indibidwal nga gidudahang simpatisador. Niining tuiga usab gidugangan og pwersa gikan sa Special Forces sa Philippine Army ang NEMR partikular sa Surigao del Sur.
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Apan epektibong gipakyas sa BHB-NEMR ug mga rebolusyonaryong katawhan ang mga pakana ug pangatake sa mga pwersa sa AFP/PNP. Sa unang upat ka bulan sa 2017, nalunsad sa BHB-NEMR ang dili momenos sa 42 ka mga aksyong militar isip lakang sa pagpanalipod ug kontra-atake batok sa mga pagpanulong sa mga tropa sa AFP, PNP, CAA ug mga paramilitar niini. Niresulta kini sa 28 ka patay ug 25 ka samaron sa kaaway. Giapil usab sa pagsilot sa BHB sa duha ka higayon ang plantasyon sa saging sa Sumifru tungod sa padayon niining pagdaut sa kinaiyahan ug pagpangilog og yuta.

Taliwala sa mga pangdiskaril sa kaaway sa negosasyon sa kalinaw, ang katawhan ug mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa aktibong nagasuporta sa pagpaasdang sa panaghisgot pangkalinaw tali sa GRP ug NDFP. Kun mahinumduman, niadtong Agosto 2016, gibuhian sa BHB-NEMR ang 5 ka POW isip suporta alang sa panaghisgot pangkalinaw. Ang pagrelis sa mga POW gitambungan sa kapin 5,000 ka katawhan agig pagsuporta sa panaghisgot.

Niadtong katapusang semana sa Pebrero 2017, nagmartsa ang libuan ka katawhan sa lain-laing syudad sa rehiyon aron ipanawagan ngadto kang Duterte nga ibalik ang panaghisgot pangkalinaw human kini niya gikansela niadtong unang semana sa mao gihapon nga bulan. Gikondena usab sa katawhan atol niini nga adlaw ang bangis nga all-out war o todong gera sa AFP.

Gibalik ni Presidente Duterte ang negosasyon sa kalinaw. Busa niadtong Abril 2-6 malampusong napahigayon ang ikaupat ka hugna sa panaghisgot ug gitakda ang ikalima nga hugna karong Mayo 26 – Hunyo 2, 2017 didto sa The Netherlands.

Padayong suportahan ang panaghisgot pangkalinaw tali sa GRP ug NDFP. Ipakusog ug ipalapad ang mga kalihukan sa pagpanghingusog sa mga sektoral nga pangayo sama sa reporma sa yuta, pagpataas sa suhulan, libreng edukasyon, libreng pabalay ug pagtapos sa kontraktwalisasyon ug uban pa. Padayong sukton si Presidente Duterte sa iyang mga saad.

Pakyason ang mga malimbungong pakana sa Oplan Kapayapaan ug mga opensibang militar sa AFP/PNP batok sa BHB ug katawhan pinaagi sa matngon nga pagbutyag ug aktibong pagsukol. Ilunsad sa BHB ang kaylap nga mga kontra atake ug mga taktikal nga opensiba. Ipakusog ang gubat sa katawhan ngadto sa mas taas nga ang-ang!

Mabuhi ang NDFP! Mabuhi ang katawhang nakigbisog!
Sampa sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan!

(pinirmahan)
Ka Maria Malaya
Tigpamaba
NDF-NEMR

Concha Araneta: On the 44th Anniversary of the NDFP

Concha Araneta
Spokesperson
NDFP Panay
23 April 2017

A thunderous and resounding applause to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. This acclamation so befits the NDFP as it reaches the height of its achievements in 44 years of serving the Pilipino people.

The year 2016 up to the present has put the NDFP in the forefront of Philippine politics as well as hugged frontline news abroad when it engaged the Duterte regime in the longest peace negotiation in our country.

With the guidance of the CPP as its principal the NDFP peace negotiators with much presence of mind, flexibility and openness have adroitly handled impositions by Duterte even before the start of the 4 th round. This is so because of the NDFP’s persistence to push through the agreements on Social Economic Reforms which would effect milestone reforms and substantial changes for the masses.

The most meaningful and most significant gain in the fourth round of the peace talk held this month of April is the affirmation and validation of GRP and NDFP that the free distribution of land is the basic principle of genuine agrarian reform.

This is the first time that the GRP has accepted and agreed to the demand of the peasant masses for free distribution of land. This has proven that the centuries-old struggle of the poor peasants is just and right. A struggle having been paid by their blood and lives.

The NDFP has well asserted and championed its program for a national democratic revolution and has further reached millions during the peace process. This has raised higher its prestige and popularity among our people especially the basic sectors of peasants, workers, urban poor and the youth.

It is notable that church leaders of various denominations have been most enthusiastic in supporting the peace endeavour and in pushing the talks to continue. Here in Panay and nationwide a number of local government officials from congressmen, governors, mayors, city and town councils welcome this move for peace and have passed resolutions of support,
opened up schools and other forums to peace dialogues as well as resources and other forms.

There has also been favorable acceptance of the NDFP agrarian reform and national industrialization proposals by a considerably large portion of our professionals and local small and medium entrepreneurs. There are even landlords who have come to understand and are open as to their role in the industrialization of the economy if ever their lands would be distributed to the poor tillers.

The member-organizations of the NDFP are expanding and increasing and are deeply-rooted among the exploited and oppressed classes and sectors. From the original 12 member-organizations on its founding on April 24, 1973 we now number 17 as of this date. Individual
members have reached to hundreds of thousands nationwide while here in Panay we have more or less a score of thousands well-placed in all its provinces. This past 12 months we have successfully launched the Panay Regional Congress of the CNL or Christians for National Liberation and we have also held the Panay Regional Conference of Kabataang Makabayan or
KM.

The NDFP is the biggest and most widespread organization of the revolutionary movement because it is the alliance of all revolutionary forces who carry the true interests of the majority of the Pilipino people from the lowest peasants to the middle classes in our society.

The allied organizations of the NDFP in Panay who are well-rooted among the peasants, laborers, youth and students, urban poor, teachers, health workers, employees and other professionals as well as the religious sector are leading the mass struggles of their sectors.

It was not seldom that the struggles and protest actions that they have led resulted to tangible
benefits to the masses of peasants, workers, students and other working people. This is one reason why the overwhelming majority of our people today avidly support the peace talk and their concerted actions have pushed Duterte to resume the peace negotiation inspite of attempts to block it by the militarists and US stooges in his government.

Under the CPP’s leadership and with the NPA as its fighting arm, the NDFP has greatly contributed to the advance of the people’s war in our country. A good majority of the ranks of the New People’s Army come from member organizations of the NDFP. In Panay the bulk of the people’s army come from members of Kabataang Makabayan, Pambansang Katipunan ng mga
Magbubukid and Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan.

As we have reached our height and prestige the revolutionary movement cannot forget our revolutionary heroes and martyrs who have given their ultimate. I would want to honor a few of them. Tay Andres Togonon a peasant turned Marxist-Leninist till the end, comrade Joe Tangente a seminarian, Geronimo ‘G7’ Gerez from KM and our brave women from MAKIBAKA — Mary
Gene Dumaplin, Rowena Torato and Ma. Luisa ‘Luing’ Posa-Dominado.

The people’s war we are waging today is for people’s peace. It is because of the advance, the strength and the resilience of our people’s war that the reactionary government has been pushed to sit down and listen to the people’s demands. Without admitting it, sitting across the table with the NDFP, implies the GRP admits to the quasi-governmental role of the NDFP
representing the people’s revolutionary government.

We must launch more gigantic, more militant and more frequent mass struggles that would lead to bigger successes to our peoples’s war. Our mass organizations must grow bigger and stronger. The people’s gains cannot be wasted and they have to be defended by its army. The NPA in Panay must further grow bigger and stronger in order to defend the people and their gains.

Whether the negotiation would come to its conclusion or not, the NDFP has proven that it upholds the genuine interests of the Pilipino people, that the peace we offer is peace based on justice and that people’s war is truly for people’s peace.

  • Carry out the free distribution of land!
  • Carry out national industrialization!
  • Uphold and support the peace talks!
  • Salute to the NDFP on its 44 th year!

Solidarity message on the 33rd Celebration of Cordillera Day

Balantoy, Balbalan, Kalinga
April 23 – 25, 2017

Photo Artemio A. Dumlao

In the name of the Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), I bring you red greetings on the occasion of the 33rd year of celebrating Cordillera Day.

This celebration has been held for the past three decades to bring to the fore the burning issues confronted by the Cordillera peoples and unite their ranks to enable them to firmly address these.

This year, the theme is on intensifying the struggle to advance the rights of the Cordillera peoples to self-determination and defend their ancestral lands, life and honor. The Cordillera peoples must step up the struggle against the massive seizure of their ancestral lands and natural resources by imperialists and the local exploiting classes, which further creates widespread poverty in the Cordillera and worsens the discrimination and abuse of its people.

The ongoing peace talks is very relevant to this year’s theme.

Currently, both parties – the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the NDFP – are forging a comprehensive agreement on social and economic reforms. An important part of the agreement being advanced by the NDFP is the particular section on the rights of national minorities. The section on national minorities was completed after special consultations with their representatives, including leaders of the Cordillera People’s Alliance which organized this celebration. We assure you that the NDFP Negotiating Panel will advance these proposals in the peace negotiations.

In the long term, the 10th point in the NDFP’s 12-Point Program calls for upholding the rights of the Bangsamoro and the Cordillera peoples and other indigenous peoples to self-determination and democracy. Here, the NDFP declares its aspiration to build a Philippines where there is unity, equality and brotherhood of all peoples and nationalities and to forge a nation that is founded upon real independence from imperialism, democracy for the people, and genuine autonomy for the Bangsamoro, the Cordillera peoples and other indigenous peoples.

Genuine autonomy will be guaranteed within the framework of the people’s democratic republic of the Philippines, wherein the structure of government will ensure full participation and decisive say by the people of the autonomous areas on all matters affecting their lives, recognition of their right to ancestral land, priority in employment and economic opportunities, with returns from the economic development of their areas mainly accruing to them to hasten their social progress, while respecting their tradition and culture.

Thus, whether in the short or long term, on or outside of the negotiating table, the national-democratic revolution that the NDFP represents is advancing the interests of the Cordillera peoples.

It would be fine if the lives of the Cordillera peoples can be uplifted through the peace talks. But whatever is accomplished in the peace negotiations, your decisiveness to intensify your struggle for self-determination, ancestral land and honor will certainly pave a clear path towards the fulfillment of the great aspirations of the heroic peoples of the Cordillera.

Long live the Cordillera peoples!

FIDEL AGCAOILI
Chairman
NDFP Negotiating Panel

Leonardo Manahan, Banwar ti Umili (People’s Hero)

Leonardo Manahan, Banwar ti Umili (People’s Hero)
December 29, 1968 – April 14, 2017

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) pays the highest tribute to Leonardo Manahan, 48, of Bangued, Abra, who died due to an illness. The brave son of Abra breathed his last on April 14, 2017 surrounded by the mountain peaks of his beloved Gran Cordilleras and the masses he served.

Ka Zola (also known as “Ka Ugis,” “Ka Nante” and “Ka Emil” among the Cordillera masses, and “Ka Tolayts”, “Ka Daniel” and “Ka Dario” in the youth and student movement) was a fearless NPA warrior and well-loved by the masses for bringing light and hope to communities. His name is now etched on the pantheon of thousands of revolutionary heroes who showed unwavering dedication to the revolutionary cause and exemplified selflessness, self-sacrifice, simple living and arduous struggle.

Before he joined the New People’s Army, Ka Tolayts was an exemplary student leader and organizer. He first became an activist at Lapiang Makabayan in the University of the East-Recto campus where he studied Political Science. In 1992, he was elected chairperson of the militant League of Filipino Students-UE Chapter and went on to become LFS-NCR Regional Chair in 1994-1995. He was also a member of the National Secretariat of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines for a brief period.

During the Second Great Rectification Movement, he was one of the student activist-leaders who conducted recovery work and led anti-revisionist struggles in Metro Manila schools and urban poor communities. Comrades remember him for being a forceful debater against revisionists and reactionary elements, a skill sharpened by endless educational discussions he attended as both student and instructor. He was a tireless organizer who always knew where his revolutionary ardor would lead him: armed revolutionary struggle.

A jolly fellow, Ka Tolayts endeared himself to comrades, fellow youth and students and the urban poor he organized with endless jokes, funny stories and infectious laughter. Never one to put himself above comrades and organizational unity, he obediently submitted himself to Communist Party of the Philippines discipline during times of personal crises.

In 1999-2000, he transferred to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa, Manila where he became the Party Section Committee Secretary. At this time, he was nominated to become a member of the National Youth and Student Bureau. As part of his organizing work at PUP, he was briefly deployed to the then Provisional National Teachers Bureau to help organize professors and non-teaching personnel in the country’s biggest university.

In 2000, he heeded the call to help strengthen the YS movement in the Ilocos-Cordillera Region and eventually became one of the leading committee members of the Regional Youth and Students Bureau. Because of his capabilities and dedication to the revolutionary movement, he was later promoted to be part of the Regional Urban Committee in ICR and helped in the formation of the Ilocos White Area Committee in 2003.

In 2003, he joined the New People’s Army. It had been his long-time desire to join the armed struggle in the countryside. He was first deployed in the Ilocos provinces.

In June 2005, he was arrested with a comrade in Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte following a firefight with the AFP. They were charged with rebellion and detained at the Ilocos Norte Provincial Jail. This did not stop him from serving the Filipino people. His morale was not subdued. Instead, he became more resolute to carry on with the armed struggle. Immediately upon his release in August 2006, he rejoined the NPA and resumed leading roles in Ilocos, Abra, Mountain Province.

Sometime in 2009, in yet another firefight with fascist Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) troops, he suffered multiple wounds. As soon as his wounds healed, he rejoined his NPA comrades and resumed revolutionary work.

At the time of his death, he was the Secretary of the Front Committee of Ifugao and a leading regional cadre of ICR, fulfilling his promise as one of the best the youth can offer the Filipino people and the revolution.

The Filipino masses, the Cordillera peoples and the revolutionary allied organizations of the NDFP salute Comrade Leonardo Manahan for his honor, courage, unfailing dedication and ultimate sacrifice to the revolutionary cause. May his children and loved ones take comfort from the fact that his comrades and the masses he selflessly served draw strength and inspiration from his heroism.###