Red salute to Ka Joel Virador, tireless human rights defender

National Democratic Front of the Philippines
Southern Mindanao Region

May 10, 2019 PRESS STATEMENT

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Southern Mindanao salutes the life and times of Ka Joel Virador, a steadfast mass leader, human rights advocate and pillar of the legal national democratic movement in the region. Ka Joel passed away on May 7 due to thyroid cancer.

Ka Joel’s selfless service to the cause of the toiling masses not only in Southern Mindanao but in the entire country as well has been stellar. He was one of the few local mass leaders from the legal national democratic struggle in the region who earned national recognition both in parliament of the streets and the reactionary Congress. 

Coming from a petite bourgeois family in North Cotabato, Ka Joel eschewed a likely comfortable life despite having the education and opportunities, and instead chose to serve the people in the legal democratic struggle. He worked for the human rights organization Task Force Detainees from 1987 to 1994 and became its regional director for Southern Mindanao. He was later appointed as secretary general of Karapatan in Southern Mindanao before joining the progressive partylist Bayan Muna in 2000. 

Ka Joel helped bring the issues of the Filipino people in the halls of the reactionary Congress when he became a representative of the Bayan Muna from 2004 to 2007. Braving one of the most corrupt presidents post-Marcos, Ka Joel, along with 4 other progressive partylist representatives earned the ire of former GRP president Gloria Arroyo in 2006 for exposing the fake president’s corruption, widespread human rights violations, fertilizer scam and many other controversies. The group, who became known as the Batasan 5, was later cleared of the rebellion case filed against them. After his stint in Congress, Ka Joel chose to return to the militant legal struggle, working for the labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno-Southern Mindanao Region and its federations up until his health started failing due to his ailment.

As a progressive militant leader working within the reactionary bureaucracy, Ka Joel is a study of courage in the face of state fascism, despite and especially when such attacks are being encouraged and rewarded by the highest officials of the land as Arroyo and Duterte. Along with his progressive colleagues in the partylist system, he was a testament that an elected official can and must remain class conscious, militant and incorruptible, even in the cut-throat and graft-laden halls of the reactionary government. He left Philippine Congress as he entered it: with his principles and virtue deeply rooted in the Filipino masses.

The revolutionary armed movement in Southern Mindanao credited his invaluable effort as one of the third party facilitators who received erstwhile NPA Prisoners of War Brigadier General Victor Obillo and Captain Eduardo Montealto and ensuring that they were safely turned over to their respective families in 1999. 

While we join the masses in their grief with Ka Joel’s passing, we are likewise confident that in the ranks of the oppressed in Southern Mindanao, more and more mass leaders and staunch critics of social injustice of his caliber shall emerge. Duterte’s unrelenting fascism will ensure just that. 

RUBI DEL MUNDO
Spokesperson
NDFP-SMR

Revolutionary tribute to Comrade Julie and Comrade Zero, martyrs of the encounter in Marcelo, Calatrava

The Roselyn Jean Pelle Command  New Peoples Army Northern Negros Guerilla Front (RJPC-NPA) and the whole revolutionary movement and people of Negros convey the highest revolutionary tribute to Comrade Julie and Comrade Zero, the two Red fighters who offered their lives in a raid of the 79th IB Philippine Army against a squad of the RJPC-NPA in Sityo Banwa Minatay, Barangay Marcelo, Calatrava on April 17, 2019 past 4:00 in the afternoon.

A civilian, Sulpicio Hernan Jr, was also killed by the military in the said incident. The 79th IB claims that he was also a combatant of the NPA but Hernan, who had family members in the said area, was an ordinary peasant youth under military surveillance. The military had pressured Hernan to surrender for various trumped-up charges. The RJPC shares the familys grief in the untimely death and killing of Hernan. 

The unit of the RJPC-NPA bravely fought through the surprise attack of the fascist military and their CAFGU auxiliary force from the detachment in Barangay Marcelo. The enemy says they only had one wounded casualty, Sgt. Garduce, the commanding officer of the raiding troops. However, the truth is that the 30-minute gun battle resulted in 5 fascist troopers killed in action, and 5 others wounded in the enemy side. 

The fascist military covers up the deaths of ordinary soldiers they use as pawns in war, as they boast of the brutal killing of Red fighters and civilians to terrorize the people. The fatalities suffered additional headshots that indicate they were finished off and shot at close range post mortem. Their corpses were unceremoniously dragged and displayed at the plaza in Barangay Marcelo. This kind of brutality can only be the doing of desperate blood-thirsty fascists.   

While the peoples sorrow is heavier than Mt. Kanlaon with the passing of Ka Julie and Ka Zero, the whole revolutionary movement remains ever determined to advance the armed struggle. Ka Julie and Ka Zero, both 28 years old, were youthful models of their generation and they offered their lives in the name of genuine national liberation and democracy and a socialist future.

Ka Julies golden voice and her other talents as a warrior in the field of cultural work in the progressive youth and student movement, she enhanced within the armed revolutionary movement as a Red fighter of the New Peoples Army. Ka Zero pursued his remoulding as a proletarian revolutionary to do away with the rotten culture and decadent bourgeois-feudal influences inculcated among young peasants and fisherfolk. 

The fascists fool nobody but themselves with their false propaganda that a fighter of the NPA can expect only three possibilities: prison, death and surrender. The daily sacrifices, including the possibility of suffering in prison and death itself are realities that revolutionaries have long accepted in their sincere service to the people. Revolutionaries are aware that the whole of society is one big prison while the people remain bound to the oppression of ruling classes and of imperialism, bureaucrat capitalism and feudalism. Even in death, the people continue to cherish our revolutionary martyrs. True revolutionaries are revolutionaries until the end. 

Lying low, even laying down of arms and conspiring with the enemy are realities on both sides, within reactionaries and revolutionaries. But the enemy is dreaming if they think that the NPA will falter after the encounter in Calatrava. The deaths of Ka Julie and Ka Zero shall serve as inspiration to comrades in boldly facing the fascist US-Duterte regime. Their sacrifices give impetus to more Negrosanon youth to join the armed struggle.

The 50 years of the NPA prove that the peoples war will advance and the Red fighters of the NPA expect only the possibility of complete victory! 

Long live the memory of Ka Julie and Ka Zero!
Advance the peoples war until victory! 

CECIL ESTRELLA
Spokesperson, RJPC-NPA
Northern Negros Guerilla Front

Solidarity message on the first anniversary of the Panmunjom Declaration

We, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), convey our warmest solidarity greetings to the people of Korea in celebrating the first anniversary of the historic Panmunjom Declaration.

For decades, the Koreans in the north and south have lived in a divided peninsula. The Panmunjom Declaration is a beacon of hope for the 80 million Koreanåçs and for the people in the world wanting to see a peaceful reunification of Korea and the end of the war that has divided the nation.

Peace, prosperity and reunification are objectives desired by the Korean people. The concrete agreements in the Panmunjom declaration shall pave the way for realizing these objectives that have long been blocked by US imperialism.

The peace-loving Filipino people are with the Korean people in celebrating the Panmunjom Declaration that officially ended the war of the north and south and set the path for reunification. We are confident that the implementation of steps agreed upon by the north and south will result in the achievement of the visions of the declaration.

We applaud most the goal for independent reunification as this asserts the sovereignty of the Korean people in charting their future. A divided Korea has only benefited foreign powers and not the Korean people.

We, in the NDFP, are in full support of a reunification based and driven by the people themselves. This is beneficial to the Korean people as well as to the peoples of East Asia and the rest of the world. 

We look forward to the actualization of the Panmunjom Declaration. Moreover, we look forward to the day when peace, prosperity and reunification is finally achieved and celebrated in Korea. 

Long live the Korean people!
Long live international solidarity!

National Democratic Front of the Philippines

WE ARE THE NPA: We serve the people and the revolution until victory and for socialism!

RIGOBERTO F. SANCHEZ
Spokesperson, New People’s Army
Regional Operations Command
Southern Mindanao Region

March 29, 2019 | PRESS STATEMENT | Bisaya»

On the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of the true army of the people, the New People’s Army, Red fighters and commanders in Southern Mindanao, along with our tens of thousands of people’s militia, reiterate our commitment to serve the people and the armed revolutionary people’s war until victory and for the attainment of socialism. With the US-Duterte regime’s free falling deterioration to being the most fascist, corrupt and anti-people puppet regime since Marcos, the path of revolutionary armed resistance is clearer more than ever.

The past year has yet again proven the distinct contrast between Red fighters of the NPA and the brutal dogs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. While the NPA consistently serves the interests and welfare of the workers, peasants, Lumad and all other sectors of society, the fascist enemy in Southern Mindanao has been squarely reduced to a rabid, mercenary and brutal organized group of hooligans out to do the bidding of the ruling class of landlords, bourgeoise comprador, bureaucrat capitalists like Rodrigo Duterte and their imperialist masters.

The AFP’s fascism in the region under Duterte’s martial law has rivalled and in other cases surpassed the dark days of Marcos’ martial law. Training their guns on farmers, workers, the Lumad, activists, minors and other civilians, extra-judicial killings have not only become standard fare for the AFP’s brutal troops but tremendously enjoyed Duterte’s utmost support and impunity. Since February this year, AFP troops have managed to abduct and detain for almost 2 days two underage girls in Kitaotao, Bukidnon; killed a Lumad student in Talaingod, Davao del Norte and murdered 2 civilians and fatally injured one other in Mabini, Compostela Valley. As far as Duterte and the AFP are concerned, the bloody trail of deaths and abuses under martial law in Mindanao is part and parcel of establishing the dictatorship which will perpetuate Duterte in power or ensure he escapes responsibility for the crimes he has committed against the people.

Failing to make any significant gains against the NPA, however, the AFP in the region have resorted to all sorts of fake news and shenanigans to smokescreen their utter failure in the counterinsurgency campaign Oplan Kapayapaan. They have made a milking cow of the Enhanced Comprehensive Livelihood Integration Program (E-CLIP), from which their officials have pocketed millions, all the while recycling past surrenderees or else rounding up civilian peasants and Lumad and forcing them to surrender as members of the NPA. AFP troops employed psywar tactics in order to force local government units or tribal councils to come up with so-called “declarations” naming the CPP, NDFP and the NPA as persona non-grata (unwelcome persons). Before long, however, the AFP spin doctors will have to explain why Red fighters are still able to launch tactical offensives against their troops or deflect their attacks in areas they previously “cleared” from “communist influence.”

The Eastern Mindanao Command of the AFP has belabored the need for the so-called localized peace talks in lieu of the formal negotiations between the GRP and NDFP panels scuttled by Duterte himself and insisted on the “crucial role” of the local government units and other agencies of the reactionary government. Reading through the sweet talk and false obeisance, the AFP actually wants to subvert civilian authority and ensure that LGUs and other agencies tow the fascist line in their counter-insurgency campaign. The enemy desperately wants to ensure that these localized peace talks are being conducted in conjunction with their psywar campaign of intimidation and harassments, fake mass surrenders of civilians, alongside enforced disappearances, bombings, forced evacuations and extra-judicial killings. The AFP in fact is sending a veiled threat against all peace-loving local officials, human rights advocates and sympathizers of the revolutionary cause in the region, or else face the fatal consequences.

Meanwhile, the New People’s Army in the region continues to be the center of gravity for the masses’ hope and earnest struggle in resolutely resisting the present tyrannical US-Duterte regime. Fifty years into the revolutionary armed struggle, the NPA remains and has proven its mettle to be the main instrument of the Filipino people in realizing genuine national democracy to defeat US imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism.

Tempered in the realities and hardships of the people’s war, NPA units in Southern Mindanao are able to promptly adjust their mode and conduct of political and military work in consideration of the fluid military situation. During the implementation of Oplan Bantay Laya 1 and 2 when the region became the priority target of the brutal counterinsurgency campaign, the NPA in Southern Mindanao strengthened in numbers and in skill in guerilla warfare. All indications—including and mostly especially the worsening fascism as a result of heightened AFP militarization—point to the NPA emerging from the present challenges to become a far stronger people’s army that is resilient in withstanding the enemy’s suppression campaigns and more creative in advancing the revolution.

NPA units in the region are also able to help the peasant and Lumad masses wage agrarian revolution in order to retain their right to till and campaign for more just share, higher wages, higher farm gate prices for their produce and better working conditions. They have likewise aided the mass organizations and organs of political power in their campaign against the intrusion of multi-national companies, mining corporations and plantations that threatens to drive Lumad and peasants away from their farms and ancestral lands.

With the unwavering support of the masses and the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines, NPA forces in Southern Mindanao are emboldened to achieve heights and bearing in carrying out our urgent tasks in the CPP’s 5-year plan, which include overthrowing the current fascist US-Duterte regime, waging the anti-fascist, anti-feudal and anti-imperialist struggle, and bringing forward the people’s war to the advanced phase of the strategic defensive stage.

In serving the people and advancing their interests above all, the NPA in Southern Mindanao distinctly defines its class line and ensures that the intervening years will see greater and bigger achievements in the revolutionary armed struggle. For Red fighters and commanders in the region, there is no better way to celebrate this golden momentous occasion but by resolutely waging the people’s war until our nationwide victory.


Bisaya:

KITA ANG BHB: Atong gialagaran ang katawhan ug ang rebolusyon hangtud kadaugan ug alang sa sosyalismo!

Sa pagsaulog sa ika-50 kasumaran sa pagkatukod sa tinuod nga hukbo sa masa, ang Bagong Hukbong Bayan, ginapalig-on balik sa mga Pulang manggugubat ug mga kumander sa Southern Mindanao, luyo sa pid-an ka libong membro sa atong milisyang bayan, ang atong kaakohan nga alagaran ang katawhan ug ang armadong rebolusyonaryong gubat hangtud sa kadaugan ug alang sa pagkab-ot sa sosyalismo. Sa walay undang nga pagtiurok sa rehimeng US-Duterte ngadto sa pinaka-pasista, kurap ug kontra-katawhang papet nga rehimen sukad ni Marcos, labawng klaro alang kanato ang dalan sa rebolusyonaryong armadong pagsukol.

Subling gipamatud-an sa milabayng tuig ang tataw nga kalahian tali sa mga Pulang manggugubat sa BHB ug sa mangtas nga irong-buang sa Armed Forces of the Philippines. Samtang makanunayong gialagaran sa BHB ang interes ug kaayohan sa mga mamumuo, mag-uuma, Lumad ug uban pang sektor sa katilingban, naut-ot ngadto sa usa ka pintas, mersenaryo ug brutal nga kriminal nga grupo ang pasistang kaaway sa Southern Mindanao kinsa nahimong tigpatuman sa mga mando sa nagharing hut-ong sa mga agalong yutaan, burgis-komprador, burukrata kapitalista sama ni Rodrigo Duterte ug ilang mga imperyalistang amo.

Gitupngan ug sa ubang bahin gilabwan pa sa pasismo sa AFP sa rehiyon ilalom sa balaod militar ni Duterte ang ngitngit nga panahon sa balaod militar ni Marcos. Sa ilang pagpunting sa ilang mga armas ngadto sa mga mag-uuna, mamumuo, mga Lumad, aktibista, menor-de-edad ug uban pang mga sibilyan, nahimong dili lang naandang buhat sa brutal nga tropa sa AFP ang extra-judicial nga pagpatay apan nakahiagom usab kini og mainitong suporta ug kawalay-tulubagon gikan kang Duterte. Sukad Pebrero niining tuiga, gidakop ug gipreso sa tropa sa AFP sulod sa halos 2 ka adlaw and 2 ka menor-de-edad nga mga babaye sa Kitaotao, Bukidnon; gipatay ang usa ka Lumad nga estudyante sa Talaingod, Davao del Norte ug mangilngig nga gipatay ang 2 ka sibilyan samtang nasamdan ang usa pa nila ka kuyog sa Mabini, Compostela Valley. Alang ni Duterte ug sa AFP, ang maduguong kadena sa mga pagpatay ug abuso ilalom sa balaod militar sa Mindanao kabahin lang sa pagtukod sa diktaduryang mopalungtad kang Duterte sa gahum o moseguro nga makaikyas siya sa responsibilidad sa iyang mga krimen batuk sa katawhan.

Tungod pakyas sa pagkab-ot og signipikanteng kadaugan batuk sa BHB, walay nahimo ang AFP sa rehiyon kun dili ang pagmugna og mga peke nga balita ug uban pang kabuang aron tabunan ang ilang tumang kapildihan sa ilang kampanyang kontra-insurhensiya nga Oplan Kapayapaan. Gihimo nilang gatasan ang Enhanced Comprehensive Livelihood Integration Program (E-CLIP), diin minilyon ang nakurakot sa ilang mga opisyal, samtang nangresaykel og karaang mga surrenderee kun dili man nanghulga og mga sibilyan nga mohural isip mga membro sa BHB. Gigamit sa mga tropa sa AFP ang pagpanaywar aron pugson ang mga lokal nga gobyerno ug mga tribal council nga magmugna og tumo-tumong “deklarasyon” nga nag-ila sa CPP, NDFP ug NPA nga persona non-grata. Apan sa dili madugay, kinahanglang ipasabot sa mga butboton sa AFP nganong makalunsad gihapon og mga taktikal nga opensiba ang mga Pulang manggugubat batuk sa ilang mga tropa o mapakyas ang ilang mga atake sa mga erya diin kanhi nilang giingon nga “limpyo” na sa “impluwensya sa mga Komunista.”

Balik-balik ang pagarpar sa Eastern Mindanao Command sa AFP sa panginahanglan kuno sa ginaingong localized peace talks hulip sa pormal nga negosasyon tali sa mga panel sa GRP ug NDFP nga gibasura ni Duterte mismo ug ginapamugos ang “mahinungdanong papel” sa mga local government unit ug uban pang mga ahensya sa reaksyonaryong gobyerno. Kun tukion ang malinlahong pulong ug pagpakaaron-ingnon, gusto sa pagkatinuod sa AFP nga ipakawalay-bili ang sibilyan nga awtoridad ug ipaneguro nga ang mga LGU ug uban pang mga ahensya mosubay sa pasistang linya sa ilang kontra-insurhensiyang kampanya. Desperado ang kaaway nga ipahigayon kining mga localized peace talk dungan sa ilang kampanyang saywar nga pagpanghasi ug pagpanghadlok, peke ug dinaghang pagpasurender sa mga sibilyan, apil ang mga enforced disappearance, pagpamomba, pugos nga pagbakwit ug mga pagpatay. Sa pagkatinuod, bahad kini batuk sa mga lokal nga opisyal nga gusto og tinuod nga kalinaw, mga tigpanalipod sa tawhanong katungod ug mga simpatisador sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan sa rehiyon.

Sa pikas bahin, ang Bagong Hukbong Bayan sa rehiyon padayong nagbarog isip sentro-de-grabidad sa paglaom ug determinadong pakigbisog sa masa diha sa lig-ong pagsukol sa kasamtangangang mangtas nga rehimeng US-Duterte. Sulod sa 50 ka tuig sa atong rebolusyonaryong armadong pagsukol, nagpabilin ug padayon natong ginapamatud-an ang atong baruganan isip nag-unang instrumento sa masang Pilipino sa pagkab-ot sa tinuod nga nasudnong demokrasya aron pildihon ang imperyalismong US, pyudalismo ug burukrata kapitalismo.

Anad sa reyalidad ug kalisod sa paglunsad og gubat, paspas ug matngong nagapahaom ang mga yunit sa BHB sa Southern Mindanao sa ilang moda ug kondukta aron ipatuman ang ilang mga pulitikal ug militar nga gimbuhaton subay sa nagabag-ong kahimtang militar. Panahon sa pagpatuman sa Oplan Bantay Laya 1 ug 2 diin ang rehiyon ang nahimong nag-unang target sa brutal nga kampanyang kontra-insurhensiya, midaghan ang BHB sa rehiyon ug milambo sa paglunsad sa gerilyang pakiggubat. Ang tanang kasamtangang timailhan—lakip ug labaw na ang nagkamangtas nga pasismo nga resulta sa nagkakusog nga militarisasyon sa AFP—naga-ingon nga mapatigbabawan sa BHB ang kasamtangang mga hagit aron mahimong mas kusog nga hukbo sa katawhan, kinsa lig-ong ginapakyas ang kampanyang pagpanumpo sa kaaway ug mas mamugnaon sa pag-asdang sa rebolusyon.

Padayong ginatabangan sa mga yunit sa BHB ang masang mag-uuma ug Lumad sa pag-asdang sa agraryong rebolusyon aron ipabilin ang ilang katungod sa pagtikad sa yuta ug ikampanya ang mas makatarunganong bahinay, usbaw sa suholan, mas taas nga presyo sa palit sa ilang abot ug mas tawhanong kondisyon sa pagtrabaho. Ginatabangan usab nila ang mga organisasyong masa ug mga organo sa pulitikanhong gahum sa ilang mga kampanya batuk sa pagsulod sa mga kompanyang multi-nasyunal, minahan ug mga plantasyon nga nagahulgang mopalayas sa mga mag-uuma ug Lumad gikan sa ilang mga umahan ug yutang kabilin.

Sa walay puas nga suporta sa masa ug sa absolutong pagpamuno sa Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas, dasig ang mga pwersa sa BHB sa Southern Mindanao nga kab-oton ang mga kadaugan sa pagpatuman sa atong mga hinanaling tahas sulod 5 ka tuig nga plano sa PKP, lakip ang pagpalagpot sa kasamtangang pasistang rehimeng US-Duterte, paglunsad sa anti-pasista, anti-pyudal ug anti-imperyalistang pakigbisog, ug pag-abante sa gubat sa gubat sa katawhan ngadto sa abanteng ang-ang sa yugto sa estratehikong despensiba.

Pinaagi sa pag-alagad sa masa ug pag-asdang sa ilang interes labaw sa tanan, tin-aw nga gikinabuhi sa BHB sa Southern Mindanao ang makihut-ong niini nga linya ug gipaneguro nga ang mosunod nga katuigan mahimong saksi sa mas dakung kadaugan sa rebolusyonaryong armadong pakigbisog. Alang sa mga Pulang manggugubat ug kumander sa rehiyon, walay laing mas haom nga pamaagi sa pagsaulog sa atong bulawanong okasyon kun dili ang kinasing-kasing nga paglunsad as gubat sa katawhan hangtud sa atong nasudnong kadaugan.

Aabot ba tayo ng singkwenta kung hindi tayo mahal ng masa?

Talumpati ni Cleo Del Mundo sa ika-50 taong anibersaryo ng NPA
March 29, 2019

NPA-Quezon (Apolonio Mendoza Command) spokesperson Ka Cleo del Mundo

Aabot ba tayo ng singkwenta kung hindi tayo mahal ng masa?
Maidadaos ba natin ang pagdiriwang na ito kung hindi tayo nakakatagal sa mga baryo?
Hindi matalo-talo ang NPA dahil tinatangkilik tayo ng masang magsasaka at manggagawa at buong bayan!

Ang mga bagay na iyan ang araw-araw na bumabagabag at hindi nagpapatulog sa terorista at manyak na si Digong Duterte at kanyang mga Heneral. Si Duterte na lamang ang naniniwala sa kanyang sarili na mapupuksa ng kanyang berdugo at bayarang Armed Forces of the Philippines ang CPP-NPA-NDF sa kalaghatian ng taong 2019.

At dahil diyan tiyak na mananalo ang rebolusyon! Magagapi natin ang imperyalismo, pyudalismo at pasistang paghahari ni Duterte at ng mga susunod pang reaksyunaryong rehimen!

Pagpupugay sa buong sambayanan sa okasyon ng ikalimampung anibersaryo ng New People’s Army! Taas kamaong pagbati sa mga pulang kumander at pulang mandirigma ng magiting at tunay na hukbo ng mamamayan — ang Bagong Hukbong Bayan!

Mga kasama ngayong araw ang hudyat ng buong taon nating pagdiriwang ng anibersaryo ng New People’s Army. Ipagdiwang natin ito sa pamamagitan ng paggunita at pagdakila sa ating mga martir ng rebolusyon!

Ipagdiwang natin ito sa pamamagitan ng patuloy na pagtatayo at pagpapalakas ng base ng rebolusyon para biguin ang desperadong tangka ng AFP na wasakin ang mga samahang masa! 

Ipagdiwang natin ito sa patuloy na pagsusulong ng rebolusyong agraryo para labanan ang pagkakait ng lupang mabubungkal sa uring magsasaka, pagbagsak ng presyo ng kopra at mga produktong bukid, at isalba ang mamamayan sa tagtuyot at kagutuman!

Ipagdiwang natin ito sa mas pinaigting na armadong paglaban ng NPA at buong sambayanan!

Mga kasama, mula 2016 ang NPA sa ilalim ng Apolonio Mendoza Command, sa pangunguna ng inyong mga pulang kumander at pulang mandirigma ay nagpakita ng mas pinaigting na pagpupursige at katapangan para itaas ang antas ng ating armadong pakikibaka sa mga larangan ng digma sa buong lalawigan ng Quezon.

Nagkakailang matutunog na taktikal na opensiba ng Apolonio Mendoza Command ang yumanig sa Southern Luzon Command ng AFP at mga lokal na naghaharing uri. Nakakumpiska tayo ng mga matataas na kalibre ng baril, nawasak natin ang mga kagamitang militar ng 85th IBPA, nagtamo sila ng maraming kaswalti, at naparusahan natin ang mga may mabibigat na krimen sa mamamayan at rebolusyunaryong kilusan.

Hindi kayang pagtakpan ng rehimen ang kabulukan ng mga programa ng kampanyang supresyon ng AFP sa ilalim ng Oplan Kapayapaan kagaya ng mga pekeng pagpapasurender, panlilinlang sa magsasaka sa pamamagitan ng pangako ng mga proyektong pangkabuhayan, pandarahas sa pinaghihinalaang kasapi ng kilusan at matatagal na pagkakampo sa mga sentro ng barangay na nagdudulot ng takot sa taumbaryo.

Kaya naman patuloy ang pag-ani ng suporta ng NPA mula sa mamamayan. Katunayan, ang kamakailang pagpapatupad ng rebolusyunaryong pamamarusa ng NPA sa isang napatunayang rapist ay umani ng popular na pagsuporta hindi lamang ng mga naging biktima at karaniwang mamamayan. Kundi pati ang mga kagawad ng pambansang pulisya na nag-imbestiga ay sumang-ayon sa ginawang pamamarusa ng NPA sa kriminal.

Mga kasama, ang pagdiriwang natin ng ginintuang anibersaryo ng NPA ay higit na mabibigyang buhay kung patuloy tayong magpapasampa sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan. Dapat maging bahagi ang buong sambayanan sa patuloy na pagmumulat, pag-oorganisa at pagpapakilos para sa demokratikong rebolusyong bayan.

Ituro natin na ang rebolusyon, at hindi ang eleksyon sa Mayo, ang tanging daan para sa pagkakamit ng isang tunay na malaya at masaganang lipunan na magbibigay daan sa kasunod na sosyalistang rebolusyon.

Mabuhay ang New People’s Army!

Mabuhay ang Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas!

Mabuhay ang sambayanang lumalaban!

Boldly intensify guerrilla warfare and wage all-out resistance against the US-Duterte fascist regime! Carry forward the people’s war to greater heights!

Message of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines on the occasion of the NPA’s 50th founding anniversary

March 29, 2019

[This is an abridged version of the statement of the CPP Central Committee. The complete version of this statement will be released in the coming days.]

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines, together with the Filipino people and all their revolutionary forces, extends most militant greetings to all the valiant Red commanders and fighters on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Let us celebrate the victories accumulated through five decades of waging people’s war, as well as those achieved in the past year of waging armed resistance against the ruthless attacks of the US-Duterte fascist regime.

Let us honor all the heroes and martyrs of the people’s war who gave their lives for the revolutionary cause. Let us recognize as well the contributions of all veterans who served the NPA and who now continue to serve the revolution in other forms. The achievements of the past 50 years could not have been accomplished without their sacrifices. Their names will forever be etched in the annals of the Filipino people’s epic resistance. Their examples inspire us to carry forward the difficult tasks ahead.

Let us also firmly salute the thousands of Red commanders and Red fighters of the NPA, both the old-timers and new recruits. They are driven by the desire to defend the people and advance their aspirations. They are ever determined to wage armed struggle. They are models of courage and selflessness.

The worsening crisis of the semicolonial and semifeudal ruling system underscores the need for waging a national democratic revolution. This is made more starkly clear by the Duterte regime’s abuse of power, corruption, widespread violations of human rights, mass murder, war crimes, subservience to US imperialism, excessive foreign borrowing, onerous taxes and sellout of the country’s wealth and patrimony.

Duterte is the face of the rottenness of the entire ruling system. His anti-people, anti-national and anti-democratic policies are causing the people grave social and economic hardships. He has unleashed brutal wars accompanied by widespread abuses and fascist violence. In his lust for more power, he is set on establishing a fascist dictatorship in order to perpetuate dynastic rule and secure the entire system through barefaced force.

The broad masses of the Filipino people are suffering from worsening crisis conditions and have no other recourse but to wage revolutionary mass resistance and armed struggle to put an end to their grave situation. The crisis of the ruling system generates ever favorable circumstances for the accelerated growth of the revolutionary forces. Duterte’s tyranny and reign of terror is pushing more and more people to support and join the NPA.

THE CURRENT WORLD SITUATION is characterized by unresolved capitalist depression leading to ever worsening conditions of oppression and exploitation, as well as by growing inter-imperialist contradictions between the big powers. US imperialism insists on asserting unipolar power causing tensions and risking antagonism within the prevailing multipolar institutions.

Economic stagnation continues to engulf the US and Europe. The capitalist world is trembling over the prospect of a slowdown of the Chinese economy. Desperate to overcome economic stagnation, the US is shaking up existing trade and investment liberalization agreements. 

Amid persistent conditions of stagnation, imperialist agencies themselves are raising fears of an impending economic storm. They have warned of the international financial system collapsing under the weight of global debt. Capitalist overproduction is resulting in heightening contradictions between big imperialist powers over trade and economic arrangements. Economic stagnation in the US is pushing it to assert ultranationalism and hegemonic power more vigorously, heightening contradictions with rival powers. Other imperialist powers are racing to increase their own military capacity. 

Billions of workers and peasants across the world are suffering increasingly intolerable conditions. They are fighting back and are ever ready to respond to the call to wage revolutionary resistance under the banner of genuine communist parties. Across the world, people are waging resistance in different fronts against worsening social and economic measures under the neoliberal policy regime, as well as against imperialist intervention and military aggression. 

THE FILIPINO PEOPLE continue to suffer from deteriorating socio-economic conditions marked by rising prices, measly incomes, widespread joblessness, rural displacement and lack of basic social services. The US-Duterte regime rampages on with its war of suppression and scheme to establish a fascist dictatorship.

The import-dependent and export-oriented Philippine economy remains in an acute state of crisis. The country’s trade deficit last year ended at a record high as a result of global economic stagnation and weak demand for Philippine semimanufacture exports. Joblessness is at historic highs under Duterte. To mask the severity of the jobs crisis, Duterte’s statisticians have simply stopped counting millions of jobless as unemployed. Duterte’s promise of job creation with his infrastructure program remains unfulfilled.

Prices of food and other basic commodities continue to rise while wages remain grossly low. Prices of fuel products have increased by at least seven times over the past few weeks. 

The expected deluge of rice imports will cause grave negative impact on millions of local rice farmers, mostly tenants and farm workers, who are set to suffer loss of income. Infrastructure, tourism and energy projects, as well as the expansion of mining and plantation operations are causing widespread rural displacement. Up to 1.7 million jobs in the agricultural sector were lost last year. To placate rising rural restiveness, Duterte has mounted public stunts of fake land reform that misrepresent the handing out of land transfer certificates requiring peasants to pay regular amortization as “land distribution.”

Cases of human rights abuses continue to rise as the Duterte regime’s military and police forces go on a rampage in an intensification of its war of suppression. Extrajudicial killings of peasant leaders and activists are on the rise. The military persists in summarily accusing civilian residents of being members or supporters of the NPA and rounding them up as “surrenderees.” Children’s rights are wantonly violated by the military with recent reports of arbitrary detention of minors. 

Duterte now heads what is virtually a civil-military junta in the form of the so-called National Task Force to “end local communist armed conflict.” Invoking the so-called “whole of nation approach” (a rehash of the previous “whole-of-government” policy) under the National Internal Security Program, various government agencies and local government officials are reduced to serving as adjuncts of the AFP in its counterinsurgency drive. The military and police use blanket Red-tagging and terrorist-labeling, surveillance and harassment to target activists, progressive organizations and party-list groups. 

The ruling classes of big business oligarchs and bureaucrat capitalists are mired in deep factional struggles. Rival political and economic cliques are furiously competing for franchises and kickbacks and cuts in overpriced government infrastructure projects and contracts. Conflicts over pork barrel allocation indicate intense power play between Duterte and other cliques, including the Arroyos with whom he is in an electoral and political alliance.

These ruling class rivalries combine with the people’s discontent over deteriorating socio-economic conditions to cause a deep crisis in the ruling political system. This is made even worse by Duterte’s bent to monopolize power and perpetuate his family’s bureaucrat capitalist rule resulting in heightening antagonisms.

All indicators show Duterte wants to establish himself a fascist dictator either by railroading charter change in congress to establish a “federal” system of government under which he centralizes power and appoints allied warlords and political dynasties as regional and local leaders; or by outrightly declaring emergency rule and claiming autocratic powers.

He is using nationwide de facto martial law powers, as well as his fake drug war, to ensure the outcome of the midterm elections in May, or to scuttle it altogether. Duterte is setting up the scenario for widespread fraud. He is using threats of inclusion in his made-up “narcolist” against his rivals, as well as Red-tagging, threats and harassment against progressive, patriotic and democratic party-list organizations to prevent them from gaining more seats in parliament.

THE REVOLUTIONARY ARMED STRUGGLE being waged by the New People’s Army continues to advance nationwide. In 2018, the NPA surmounted the enemy’s all-out offensives and focused military operations. 

Last year, the NPA mounted several hundred tactical offensives across the country. The NPA was able to seize at least 107 high powered rifles from the enemy armed forces and police, private armies and security agencies serving big mining operations. 

Since 2015, the AFP has declared its strategic aim of crushing the NPA in eastern Mindanao. At the outset of 2018, the AFP deployed as much as 75% of its combat troops in the island. This gave the revolutionary forces in Luzon and Visayas the opportunity to expand and step up their work. With the steady growth of the NPA in Luzon and Visayas regions, the AFP has been forced to reduce its troop deployment in Mindanao to 65% by the end of 2018 and further down to 60% recently. Most units of the NPA in Mindanao continued to steadily advance and expand its ranks.

The enemy suffered at least 600 casualties in 2018, with more than 380 killed in action, more than 40% higher than the previous year. Units of the AFP that suffered the most casualties were those deployed in focused military operations in north central and northeastern Mindanao provinces where NPA units were able to carry out active defense and frustrate the enemy’s offensives. The AFP would meet defeat after defeat with at least 185 enemy troops killed in action across eastern Mindanao.

In the face of the steady nationwide growth of the NPA, Duterte’s security officials have already toned down on their earlier braggadocio of defeating the NPA by middle of 2019. They have instead moved their “deadline” to the end of 2022.

While waging armed struggle, the NPA and the peasant masses continue to establish and strengthen mass organizations of peasants, women, children and cultural activists. Supported by the NPA, peasant mass organizations continue to carry out land reform struggles. Under the auspices of the organs of political power, literacy and numeracy programs for children and adults, mass clinics and health campaigns and other mass campaigns to address the well-being of the people are being carried out.

Amid deteriorating socio-economic conditions and the fascist rampage of the US-Duterte regime, the justness and necessity to wage revolutionary armed struggle is exceedingly clear to the Filipino people.

At the same time, the masses of workers and peasants and the broad range of democratic sectors are resolutely carrying forward legal struggles to defend and assert their democratic rights. Legal progressive and national democratic forces are tenaciously waging resistance amid martial law conditions in Mindanao and de facto nationwide martial law under which they face threats of arrest, detention, torture and murder by state forces.

The united front against Duterte’s tyranny continues to expand bringing together a broad range of forces to oppose Duterte’s scheme to establish an open fascist dictatorship and plans to manipulate the outcome of the elections through force or rigging the electronic counting and canvassing system.

They demand justice for all victims of widespread abuses of human rights. They seek legal redress. They continue to mount assemblies and demonstrations to exercise the people’s collective rights and manifest their opposition to Duterte’s reign of terror and call for the ouster of the fascist despot.

UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE PARTY, the NPA is determined to bring forward the people’s war to the advanced phase of the strategic defensive and bring it closer to the threshold of the strategic stalemate. It must continue to carry out and develop extensive and intensive guerilla warfare based on an ever widening and deepening mass base.

In accordance with the Central Committee’s 5-year Program, the Party directs the New People’s Army to boldly intensify guerrilla warfare nationwide and wage all-out resistance against the US-Duterte fascist regime.

The NPA must continue to develop nationwide strength, spread and advance, and attain more effective cooperation and coordination in advancing guerrilla warfare across the country. We must strengthen the NPA several times over and raise its capability in annihilating enemy units. Let us build more and more units of people’s militias, self-defense units of mass organizations and raise their capability in waging mass guerrilla warfare. Let us build partisan units.

Let us conduct campaigns of recruitment. Let us mount campaigns to generate material and other forms of support. Let us step up recruitment of cadres from among the workers and intellectuals.

Let us strengthen the NPA through ideological building, strengthening the Party’s absolute leadership, systematic training to raise the combat capability of NPA units, raising the quality of its weaponry, raising the political consciousness of Red fighters, and their will to fight and offensive spirit, and strengthening their iron discipline and their inextricable link with the masses.

Let us continue to strengthen the NPA commands to develop planning, coordination and leadership of the work of the NPA. Let us systematically carry out the development, training and promotion of military cadres.

We must fully utilize the armed strength of the NPA and the deep and wide support of the people in order to deliver bigger and more frequent blows against the enemy. We must frustrate the enemy’s all-out war, gradual constriction, win-hold-win, triad campaigns and focused military operations.

Let us mount well-planned tactical offensives with the aim of annihilating enemy units and seizing its weapons. The NPA must target the worst fascist criminals, punish them for their abuses and smash their culture of impunity. We must also carry out partisan operations in order to punish the enemy in the cities and in their main lines of communication and transportation.

Let us completely overcome military conservatism and exert efforts to always take tactical initiative. Let us root out and repudiate the wrong ideas that bring about such weaknesses such as overestimating the enemy’s strength and underestimating the strength of the people and their army. We must strengthen our resolve to overcome the fear of sacrifices and aspiring for comforts.

We must strengthen the NPA’s vertical forces which serve as the leading force in mounting tactical offensives. Relative to horizontal forces, vertical forces are more concentrated and can move more quickly, by itself or with horizontal units, when necessary to hit at the isolated and vulnerable units of the enemy. In between battles, they must also help in waging mass campaigns and struggles, participate in production, conduct trainings, education and political work.

On the other hand, we must build our horizontal or front guerrilla forces to ensure widespread and intensive guerrilla warfare by developing guerrilla fronts in a comprehensive manner–in the military, political, economic, organizational and cultural fields.

Mass work in the guerrilla fronts is of armed propaganda type. It consists of carrying out military work, tactical offensives, combating enemy offensives and raising the military capability of the army and people by building their self-defense units and units of the people’s militias. It should also result in building local Party branches and groups, section committees, mass organizations and organs of political power. We must raise the capacity of local revolutionary forces to carry out their tasks on their own in order to unburden the local army units of details of administrative work and allow it to concentrate in various aspects of military work.

In every guerrilla front, there must be a principal unit to serve as anchor of all combat maneuvers and resistance. Local guerrilla forces serve as centers of gravity of people’s militias and village self-defense units.

THE PEOPLE’S ARMY must assiduously carry out the tasks set upon it by the Party. Party cadres leading the NPA, together with Red commanders and fighters must always be good at learning and drawing lessons as they carry out these tasks from one level to the higher, always mindful of the overall plan. Led by the Party, the NPA is ever determined to surmount and frustrate the enemy’s all-out offensives, fight the fascist rampage of the Duterte regime and punish it for all the brutal crimes it has committed against the people.

With its current nationwide strength and spread, the NPA is in a position to carry the people’s war forward to unprecedented levels in the coming years. Inspired by the victories of their people’s army, the Filipino people are ever determined to wage the national democratic revolution and attain victory in the foreseeable future.

Condolences to the Revolutionary Communist Party of Argentina on the passing away of Comrade Otto Vargas

Revolutionary Communist Party of Argentina Secretary General OTTO VARGAS

National Democratic Front of the Philippines
National Executive Committee
February 16, 2019

We, the Communist Party of the Philippines and other revolutionary forces of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) convey our heartfelt condolences to the leadership and entire membership of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Argentina on the passing away of your beloved Secretary General OTTO VARGAS.

We join you in honoring your founder and leader who headed the foundation and construction of your Party. At the early age of 19, he was already a leader in the Communist Youth Federation. He participated in International Youth Festivals in Berlin, Budapest, Warsaw and Moscow.

In 1958 he went to Cuba and helped the Cuban revolutionary forces led by Fidel Castro. Later in 1960, he was part of the presidency of the First Latin American Youth Congress held in Havana and inaugurated by Che Guevara.

In the struggle between the Communist Party of China and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he firmly took the proletarian Marxist-Leninist  line of the Communist Party of China led by Comrade Mao Zedong.

During the crisis years under the dictatorship of General Videla, Comrade Otto Vargas firmly opposed the dictatorship. He gave the advice to the mothers of the disappeared victims to hold a moving demonstration in Plaza de Mayo in front of the Presidential Palace. With the photos of their sons and daughters, forcibly disappeared by the dictatorship, the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo demonstrated regularly. They became a symbol of resistance and defiance. They became an inspiration to other resistance fighters throughout the world.

Comrade Otto Vargas saw the importance and necessity that the working class, together with the peasantry, be the foundation of unity in the people’s struggle for liberation. He never separated himself from the exploited and oppressed.

We  have fond memories of Comrade Otto Vargas in meetings with him in the International Conference of Marxixt-Leninist Parties and Organizations and the International Seminar on Mao Zedong Thought. He was a staunch advocate of proletarian internationalism and at the same time the equality and independence of parties.

We cherish most his visit to the International Office of the NDFP in Utrecht, The Netherlands. He spent a few days with us. We recall the sharing and rich discussions he had with Comrade Jose Maria Sison, the Founding Chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines and other comrades. We also deeply value the warm reception he gave to our comrades who visited Argentina for international gatherings on women’s issues and other matters.

We render the highest honors to Comrade Otto Vargas! We wish his comrades in the Revolutionary Communst Party of Argentina, and the workers, peasants and others among the masses he loved and served, much strength. May he inspire you to greater revolutionary courage! 

Long live the great legacy and inspiration of Comrade Otto Vargas!
Long live the revolutionaary struggle of the Argentinian people!
Long live the solidarity between the Argentinian people and the Filipino people!

LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chief International Representative
Member, National Executive Committee
National Democratic Front of the Philippines

Tribute to Comrade Felix Randy Malayao

February 6, 2019

When they murdered you in your sleep, it woke up even more people to the cause you fought for: a just and lasting peace, genuine freedom, democracy and prosperity to the Filipino people. To the very end, Felix Randy Malayao was a revolutionary and exemplary son of the people.

From the outpouring of rage, grief and condemnation following his brazen killing, we can see a life of service to others that Randy lived.

We see a multifaceted man with the core of a revolutionary – an exceptional student, a youth leader, excellent writer-journalist, scientist, peasant and worker organizer, fraternity brother, almost-chef, prison basketball tournament organizer, teacher to fellow inmates, jail cell“mayor” and even “adviser” to the jail warden, political prisoner, torture victim, internationalistand a warrior for peace and justice.

As a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Negotiating Panel for the peace talks and its Reciprocal Working Group on Political and Constitutional Reforms (RWG-PCR), Randy showed sharpness of grasp of the condition of the people, political acumen honed by revolutionary work, and enthusiasm to the work that marked how he performed every task given to him in the revolutionary movement.

Randy was methodical, patient and a superb organizer who easily adapted to whatever task, wherever it was – organizing a student conference, blooming in jail, and working as an NDFP consultant.

From his student days when he led the formation of progressive student groups and encouraged student publications to the folds of progressive journalism, to his organizing years in northern Philippines, Randy was highly-regarded by the people he met and worked with.

Even the fascism of the State and the bars of jails in Cagayan and Isabela could not contain his determination to continue to be of service to the people. He was abducted in May 2008 and tortured for days before being surfaced then charged with multiple criminal cases. After years in prison, he was eventually acquitted and freed.

His stories while in prison are now legends. He was generous to his fellows in jail – be it in sharing resources he received from families and friends, or imparting his knowledge to them. The initiatives he started and organized including literacy programs, gardening and team- building friendly tournaments were deeply appreciated by everyone.

As a consultant of the NDFP Negotiating Panel for the peace talks and its Reciprocal Working Group on Political and Constitutional Reforms (RWG-PCR), Randy showed sharpness of grasp of the condition of the people and enthusiasm to the work that marked how he performed every task given to him in the revolutionary movement.

As an NDFP consultant, Randy went all over the Philippines and also overseas for consultations and education. He endeared himself to many from all walks of life.

For all he was and all he accomplished, Randy was humble, self-critical and ever aiming to improve his work and those around him.

Those who knew him for decades said that Randy’s favourite song was “You’ve Got to Do More than That” that he first heard in an international gathering of students. He did not only give more, he gave it all.

Randy once said in an interview: bloom where you are planted. Indeed, Randy, wherever the revolution took you, you bloomed and made many people around you bloom, as well. Soon, the enemies of the people will tremble at the beautiful sight of a revolution in full bloom that you helped tender and grow.

You are a martyr, a hero whom the enemies could not face awake. They are cowards as they could only traitorously murder the likes of you – civilians, activists and non-combatants – — but cower from the true people’s army and the armed revolution raging in the countryside.

Ka Randy, you shall forever be extolled in our people’s struggle until victory!Long live your memories! Mabuhay ka!

For the Negotiating Panel
National Democratic Front of the Philippines

NDFP Negotiating Panel Chairperson
Fidel V. Agcaoili

NDFP Negotiating Panel members
Julie de Lima
Coni Ledesma
Benito Tiamzon
Asterio Palima


NDFP Senior Adviser
Luis Jalandoni

NDFP Chief Political Consultant
Prof. Jose Maria Sison

Consultants
Staff

Tribute to Ka Felix Randy Malayao

By Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant
and Julieta de Lima, Member NDFP Negotiating Panel
February 5, 2019

NDFP Consultant Randy Felix Malayao

We came to know Ka Felix Randy Malayao personally in the course of the peace negotiations between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) from 2016 to 2017. 

What immediately struck us as soon as he introduced himself to us was his amiability, cheerful mien, quick sense of humor and deep sense of optimism.

In the course of working with him we came to respect him for his revolutionary integrity, intellect and diligence in the discussion of issues and drafting of documents and his desire for a just and lasting peace. 

As a consultant, he participated in the discussion and the formulation of the NDFP drafts on the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms CASER) and the Comprehensive Agreement on Political and Constitutional Reforms.

He also worked hard in promoting the peace process by taking long and tiring trips to speak in various forums in the Philippines and abroad. These forums were organized either by third party peace advocates, the NDFP unilaterally or bilaterally with the GRP.

While Ka Randy was in prison, we came to know him through mutual friends who informed us of his background and condition and who brought books from us to him. We admired him for his advocacy and activism for a just peace immediately after his release upon the dismissal of false charges against him. 

We have admired him for firmness in principle, his intelligence and style of hard work, seriousness of purpose, quiet kind of courage and humility and his skillful handling of relations in mass work among the youth, workers, peasants, intelligentsia and leaders of various parties.

We can say more about the brilliant qualities of Ka Randy and his accomplishments in the service of the people. But we are confident that many of us can give the wide range of testimonies to propagate his revolutionary spirit and exemplary deeds. 

Even those in power who are responsible for his murder are unwittingly rendering Ka Randy the highest honor even if in the vilest form of slander. It is a good thing to be attacked by the enemies of the Filipino people’s revolutionary cause of national and social liberation. The attacks unwittingly verify who are the heroes of the Filipino people.

Ka Randy is a hero of the Filipino people who has contributed his best to our struggle for national freedom, democracy, genuine development, social justice, cultural progress and just peace. He will live forever in the hearts and minds of the people, while his contributions are indestructible energy within the growing and advancing revolutionary movement.

Mula sa isang Amerikano na nakipamuhay sa New People’s Army

Mabilis ang isang buwan sa Hukbo. Naubos na ang Tagalog ko. 

Never did I expect to find so much peace, in he midst of war. A just war. A fluid war.  I came here looking for hope. And I found those who redefined things for me.

Like the itak, for example. A weapon to cut others and a tool for destruction, yet in the hands of the Hukbo it becomes a tool to transform the wilderness into something familiar. Like the M-16, which a Kasama showed me how to dismantle, when I first arrived. A tool designed to defeat the United States. Ka Ruben, reminded me that it was made in the U.S. Like this rifle, I am also from the U.S., but in the hands of the Hukbo I feel transformed. A weapon to change the world.

I don’t want to leave, but my children await my return. But I also feel that the Philippines, our Motherland, still cries out for all its lost children.

I came here looking for hope. What I discovered, was the new Filipino who is willing to fight for it.
Hindi kayo malilimutan. Maraming salamat!

Ka F