Expand and consolidate Migrante International and strengthen the international campaign to oust the terrorist Duterte

Keynote to Migrante International 8th International Congress

By Julie de Lima

November 15, 2018

Militant greetings to Migrante-International on its 8th International Congress. As a fellow migrant, I thank you for the honor and privilege of being invited to keynote your Congress.  It is significant that you are holding your Congress at a time that we join the Filipino people in celebrating the 50th  founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines whose all-round leadership is propelling the advance of the national democratic movement to which we all belong.

Let us greet, honor and thank the CPP leaders, cadres and members for their 50-years of perseverance in the Filipino people’s struggle for national freedom and democracy!  Let us also greet honor and thanks all Migrante-International leaders and members whose diligence and perseverance have made Migrante-International a worldwide presence upholding and advancing the rights and welfare of Filipino migrants all over the world while they do the same for their families left back home.  

 Your current congress is the best time for you to sum up your experience, take stock of your strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures, rectify errors and shortcomings, draw lessons, firm up your unity and make your plans for expansion and consolidation; as well as elect your officers and leaders for the next program period ending 2022.  Gigantic tasks await you. 

Four years ago, you were confronting a do-nothing president whose main concern was to intensify and accelerate the commercialization and enslavement of Filipino overseas workers to increase foreign exchange remittances but did nothing to improve the lot of the migrant workers in their host countries nor the lot of their families back home.  

Now you are confronted with an even worse president whose grand promise of industrialization to develop the Philippines and thus eliminate the need for workers to leave the country to find employment has not only remained unfulfilled but is being buried in the wanton construction of infrastructure projects dependent on huge Chinese loans bloated by overpricing of supplies and equipment; and that instead of providing employment for our people, has opened our country wide to Chinese contractors and workers who are given preferential treatment in these projects, and thus close the possibility for our skilled migrant workers abroad to return home to their families and find employment in these projects.  

Duterte’s Build, Build, Build has certainly not resulted in Jobs, Jobs, Jobs for Filipino workers.  We see no relief from the unemployment, underemployment and insufficient wages and incomes that continue to drive our compatriots abroad and face  uncertainties even when they have jobs or when having difficulties finding jobs, while back home their families who depend on them face even bleaker socioeconomic conditions with the rising costs of basic goods and and deteriorated social services, and political suppression when they protest. Our migrant workers abroad face worsening economic and political crisis in most of their host countries, which are afflicted by economic stagnation and ever rising levels of public debt.  These conditions give rise to various reactionary currents, such as fascism, chauvinism and religious bigotry that work to the detriment of the rights and welfare of migrant workers and our other compatriots abroad.

In this regard, I suppose that Carol’s input on the challenges posed by the Duterte regime would help to guide Migrante-International in taking on the special role stated  by your theme for the 8th Congress, which is exposing the crimes and isolating the regime among the Filipino communities and their organizations as well as among the people, their organizations, state and private institutions as well as international bodies and international formations in their host countries. Let us all work hard to oust  or cause the ouster of Duterte at the soonest possible time.  I shall delve on this point later in discussing the short-term and the long-term role and tasks of the migrant sector.

The National Democratic Movement Upholds and Advances the Rights and Interests of the  Migrant Sector as Part of the Filipino Working Classes

The national democratic movement encompasses the entire Filipino people, whether they are at home or abroad.  This means that the national democratic program includes upholding and advancing the rights and interests of all Filipinos equally , whether they are at home or abroad.  This means that the  national democratic movement also has equal obligation of arousing, organizing and mobilizing  migrant Filipinos and their families back home to uphold, protect and advance their rights and interests in their host countries as well as build and develop links of solidarity and support with the people in their host countries.

A Peek into Filipino Migration in the 20th Century to the Present

We know that labor migration occurred at the time of Spanish colonial rule between the Philippine colony and the other colonies of  Spain in the Americas.  However, it was only with the coming of the 20th century that the first great wave of Filipino migrant laborers (mostly landless peasants and farm workers) occurred.  This occurred during the US colonial period from the first to the fourth decade.  These Filipino laborers were recruited to work the sugar cane plantations of Hawaii, the truck farms and orchards of California, the canneries of Alaska, and the ports of Seattle, New York, etc. (as porters, sailors and deck hands).  Although they came as US nationals (the Philippines being a US colony) they faced racial discrimination, low-paying jobs and poor health and living conditions. These deprivations drove them to organize themselves in a spontaneous way; but not all  because some others were recruited into and became members of the Communist Party of the USA.  

The more fortunate migrants were the “pensionados”  sent by the colonial government to train and study in the US and afterwards return to the islands to constitute a pro-US colonial bureaucracy and civil service.  They came mostly from the upper middle classes or from among small landlords’ children.

During the Great Depression and upon effectivity of the Tydings McDuffie Law in 1934 strict immigration quotas were imposed limiting Filipinos to only 50 persons per year. However, after WWII the migrant  inflow increased with Filipino women coming in large  numbers as US servicemen’s “war brides”;  and men coming as recruits into the US armed forces, particularly the US Navy, with qualified young men coming in droves from entire towns;  as well as men and women recruited as health workers or health worker trainees.  The US Armed Force Services recruits were the most privileged as they were better paid and were able to improve the economic status of their families back home; and generally they did not return home but became naturalized US citizens and subsequently petitioned their immediate family members to migrate to the US.  The temporary migrants were scholars ranging from high school exchange students, teachers, professors and other civil servants under the Fullbright and Smith-Mundt Programs nurtured to ensure continuing US dominance over Philippine society even after the US grant of  “independence” in July 1946.

The second big wave of Filipino migration started in the mid-1960s. As we all know, this was propelled by  the labor export policy that the Marcos fascist dictatorship adopted to relieve the chronic crisis of unemployment due to the exhaustion of the land frontier for agriculture and the chronically  underdeveloped semifeudal economy unable to provide jobs for the displaced peasants who flowed in droves to urban centers.  During most of Marcos dictatorial rule, labor export grew to more than 5% of the GNP.  Labor export recruitment agencies many of them owned by Marcos cronies proliferated, building their fortunes to supply Filipino workers to the Middle East and beyond. The main destinations aside from the US included Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Canada, Japan, Australia, Italy, Spain, UK, Austria, Norway, Sweden, etc.  US migrants were still the largest.  

When Marcos fell, all his successors from Cory Aquino  down to Duterte adopted basically the same policy as they were unable to bring the our country out from semifeudalism.  Thus our working people, including the most skilled,  continue to be driven to migrate abroad with many taking menial jobs well below their skills, thus depriving our country of their training and talent. According to World Bank statistics, remittances of Filipino migrant workers abroad  has now grown to more than 11% of Philippine GDP and is the main source of foreign exchange. 

National Democratic Organizing among Overseas Filipino.

Overseas Filipino organizing started spontaneously as early as the first half of the 20th century when Filipinos banded together to form themselves into associations as a response to the oppression and deprivations that they were experiencing in their host country.  Most of the associations or organizations were of a social nature consisting of people who came from the same region or province or who spoke the same language. 

However a sizable number of individual migrants were recruited into and became members of the Communist Party of the United States of America  (CPUSA) (previously named Workers Party of America & then Workers Communist Party).  For example, RufinoTumanda organized the Filipino Anti-Imperialist  League in Brooklyn, and was a CPUSA member in New York City.  He later became CPPI secretary general in 1933-1935, succeeding Emilio Maclang (who took the place of Crisanto Evangelista when the latter was arrested).    An even larger number of Filipino migrants were recruited into and joined trade unions, notably the International Longshoremen’s and Warehouse Union (ILWU).  During the Spanish civil war, many Filipinos in the US joined the American Brigade to fight on the side of the Republicans against the Franco fascist dictatorship.

Conscious national democratic organizing of overseas Filipinos and solidarity organizing in the US started in earnest in 1969 when a KM member emigrated to the US in California and was assigned to take on these tasks.  There could be no direct carry over from the earlier work of Filipino communists in the CPUSA and International Longshoremen’s and Warehouse Union  because the McCarthyite witchhunt had destroyed such work in the early 1950s. It was with the Filipino oldtimers in California that he first came into contact.  They had either been organized or influenced by the US Left in the 1930s and 1940s. 

He started working among the progressive Filipino oldtimers and relating with progressive forces in US to mobilize support for the Philippine revolution. They  organized Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino (KDP) as the first overseas Filipino national democratic mass organization, which published the newsletter Katipunan in support of the national democratic movement.  Thus Filipino activists who fled to the US upon the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in 1971 and then the declaration of martial law in 1972 found a ready national democratic organization of Filipino migrants/immigrants to join. 

The KDP had branches in 4 major cities–Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York; with links to and had working relations with some US progressive organizations, institutions and groups. Later several more branches were organized in Canada–Vancouver, Toronto, Winnepeg and Ottawa.  They organized Filipinos in North America for the Philippine revolution and were very active in campaigning against the atrocities of the US-Marcos dictatorship. They could raise modest amount of funds, part of which they spent for their operation and campaigns, and the rest they sent to the movement back home. 

Although the KDP membership was only in the hundreds, they cooperated with the anti-Marcos conservative opposition and Benigno Aquino supporters who also fled to the US. The International Association of Filipino Patriots (IAFP) and Ugnayan were formed and quickly expanded.  But the line between the progressive forces (NDs) and the anti-Marcos reactionaries became blurred so that after the fall of Marcos during the time of Cory Aquino, the national democratic organizations practically disappeared.  But loyal national democratic activists remained to regroup later during the CPP rectification campaign.  

Marcos’ atrocities and killings extended to the US. In 1981, Filipino- American labor activists Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes were both assassinated June 1, 1981, gunned down inside a Seattle downtown union hall.  Like Benigno Aquino two years later, the killings of these two KDP activists were ordered by the fascist dictator Marcos; criminal acts which further enraged the Filipino people and their solidarity supporters to intensify their struggle and eventually lead to the downfall of the fascist dictatorship, but whose shadow has again emerged today as the Duterte de facto fascist dictatorship. 

The anti-Marcos campaign in the US was a significant factor in the downfall of the Marcos fascist dictatorship as they contributed to making the Reagan administration realize that Marcos was already more of a liability than an asset to US interests in the Philippines. 

You are familiar with the Migrant organizing in the Asia Pacific region—Singapore, Hongkong, Japan, Australia, etc.  There was little overseas Filipino organizing in these areas.  What was very successful during the time of the Marcos fascist dictatorship were the institutions that were built and around which solidarity campaigns and organizing were conducted.  Comprehensive solidarity work in the region among communist, workers and social-democratic parties, ecumenical and humanitarian organizations succeeded in gathering the most substantial political, moral and material support for the Philippine struggle.  The Negros campaign was the most effective until the end of the 1980’s

In Europe as in the Asia-Pacific region, not much Filipino organizing was conducted but solidarity work and organizing was very robust, especially in Germany, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom the Scandinavian countries—Norway, Sweden, Denmark) and Austria and was very successful in gathering moral, political and material support for the anti-Marcos struggle.  

In 1976, Ka Louie Jalandoni and Ka Coni Ledesma were dispatched to Europe to do representation work for the National Democratic Front and in effect for the entire national-democratic movement.  They started the proto-diplomatic work covering Europe and the Middle East.  The biggest achievement of the work here was the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on the Philippines, which found Ferdinand Marcos guilty of 12 counts of grievous crimes against the Filipino people; and recognized the NDF as the legitimate representative of the Filipino people.

The  PPT,  effectively spread the word about the struggle of the Filipino people against the US-Marcos fascist dictatorship and further boosted organizing for solidarity work, and thus solidarity from among revolutionary, progressive and humanitarian organizations and individuals in terms of political, moral and material support for the revolutionary forces and people in the Philippines. 

The Migrant Sector’s Role and Tasks

In organizing work among our overseas compatriots, we  takes the view that our overseas compatriots are part of the Filipino nation and therefore fall within in its scope.  Thus migrant workers abroad can be approached and organized to take part in or support the Filipino people’s struggle for national and social liberation, either as direct participants or as solidarity supporters.  This goes not only for migrant workers but for all compatriots residing abroad whether permanently or temporarily. Targets of our compatriot organizing include people of Filipino descent who can be encouraged to join compatriot organizations or political Filipinos (foreigners who opt to become either direct participants in the national democratic movement). 

National democratic organizations can take various forms:  along sectors (women, youth, students, artists, media people, writers and other cultural workers; along condition of precarity, (undocumented workers, opers, hawkers, peddlers etc.); by regional groupings (Cebuanos, Ilocanos, Ilongos, etc.), along lines of interest (cultural, sports, IOT workers, programmers, etc.); along lines of work (seafarers, especially those in flags of convenience, dock workers, other transport workers,  unions and guilds; hotel and restaurant workers, oil rig workers, shop workers  etc.); along geographical locations abroad (national, regional, city,  locality or community) , or as support groups of allied partner organizations or mass organization and alliances back home. 

The precarity of their situation in host countries abroad and of their families back home, make migrants easily approachable for arousing, organizing and mobilizing to defend and advance their rights and welfare, and shortly gain interest in the Philippine revolution.  They have relatively recent knowledge of conditions in their country of origin.  In fact, many of them come from areas where the revolutionary movement is strong and have experienced or been involved or have relatives or friends who are involved in the movement.

We need to boldly expand and strengthen the work of Migrante International as the core of the basic masses of Filipinos abroad.  As such it should function as the mainstay for building the broad united front with other Filipino organizations and for linking with progressive organizations, institutions and agencies in host countries as well as interstate organizations, institutions and agencies to build a strong broad international solidarity network both in advancing our long term tasks and our immediate task of exposing, and opposing the criminal acts and failings of the Duterte terrorist regime in consonance with the principal efforts of our people back home.

If we do our social investigation well, we will discover that our existing organizations are still very limited among the possible forms of organizations we can and  must build.  This is to say that social investigation is a much neglected area of our work.  We must systematically attend to this work.  Spontaneous social investigation is being done, as for example when we see some people looking like Filipinos or hear them  speaking any Philippine language, we usually approach them and start a conversation, asking where they comes from, how long they have been abroad, etc., etc.  We simply need to stress to our members to systematize such conversations, exchange telephone numbers, or email addresses so that we would know how to communicate with them or invite them to our affairs or events, and to note down or record the conversation for SI purposes and for making further approaches.  It would be helpful to draw up SI forms and made available to our members specifically for this purpose.  

The additional kind of SI involves knowing the conditions and the significant forces and resources helpful for your work in upholding the rights and welfare of migrants as  well as your work as factors of the national democratic struggle.  This means knowing the public and private organizations, institutions, agencies; their political orientation, resources, etc.  Again another SI form should be drawn up for this purpose.  

Consider the importance of this work and form teams for systematizing it.  Conducting systematic social investigation will facilitate not only your expansion but also your consolidation.  It also means building strong connections and relations of solidarity with other organization of Filipinos abroad, other migrant communities  as well as with the host peoples.  One more point I wish to stress is that we must repeatedly conduct social investigation to know the changes that our work has effected and to further advance our work.    

A much neglected area your work is arousing, organizing and mobilizing seafarers and I am glad that you are taking steps in this regard by making it as one of the four issues to be taken up by your thematic panels.  As you say, seafarers compose almost half of all overseas Filipino workers, thus they deserve your immediate attention. They work in cargo ships, cruise ships, fishing boats, oil rigs and others, where they suffer generally oppressive and exploitative employment and inhuman working conditions.  We should organize them wherever they are based,  in coordination with pertinent organs and units involved with manning agencies, maritime schools, ports and other service organizations and international unions. 

If this is not already a main area of your concern, I propose you consider this a top concern in your next four year plan with definite targets from year to year.  Initially you must make a thoroughgoing social investigation of the concrete conditions of Filipino seafarers and their families in the Philippines, their class character based on their economic and political status and political affiliation, the classes and sectors to which they belong, their needs and interests, their associations and organizations,  where they are, their ports of call, where they congregate, their vacation time, etc. 

Thus you will learn how to approach them and be  able to agitate, educate and raise their political consciousness; then organize them to become activists and finally mobilize them to engage in actions and campaigns for their own welfare as well as for the national democratic movement.  Migrante International would be very much strengthened when it succeeds in organizing seafarers in vessels plying the seas and oceans and calling on ports all over the globe. (Think also of all the practical services that organized seafarers can render to the national democratic mass movement.) Not as urgent but as a new frontier in Migrante International organizing would be airline and airport workers. 

You belong to communities that  include other immigrant and migrant worker communities in your host countries.  These communities are  sources of cheap labor in host countries, doing odd and most difficult jobs avoided by the host peoples.  They have the common aspiration of being accorded equal treatment and opportunity and of being protected against racism, neo-fascism, discrimination and unjust immigration and oppressive nationality laws of host countries.  Thus it is important for you  to coordinate and cooperate with progressive immigrant, migrant workers, and host peoples’ organizations on these issues and in forming or joining coordinating organizations or networks to promote and protect the rights of minorities and migrant workers in your host countries.

International Solidarity Work

There is a need to establish and strengthen more broad solidarity formations in different countries and to conduct systematic alliance work.  We must approach individuals strategically positioned in key international and multilateral institutions, political parties in government or in the opposition, in churches and church bodies, international media and so on.  In this work, we must acquire through practice the skill to be on guard and to combat the influence of reformist and outrightly counterrevolutionary elements like the contras, clerico-fascists and Trotskyites; and currently the Dutertards and trolls among Filipino communities and their collaborators abroad .

We should expand and deepen our solidarity work to reach out ever increasing numbers of individuals who can heighten their awareness and solidarity for the struggle of the Filipino people for democracy and liberation.  We need to strengthen propaganda and information regarding the different facets of the Filipino peoples struggle for their economic well being, political, social and cultural aspirations and activities to achieve national and social liberation.  We need to show the efforts and victories of the peoples organizations, their own emerging peoples government and their liberation army for winning the peoples struggles.

The reciprocal part of our international solidarity work to gain support for our national democratic movement is in turn to give support to our class kins, including other migrant nationalities in the host country.  Mutual solidarity and support build strong bonds between peoples and class kins in various countries.  Furthermore, to build the broadest international united front, you must attend to the task of  representation, solidarity, protodiplomacy, which lends the essence of ‘broadness’ to our international solidarity work.  But again, as in the united front Migrante International must strengthen itself to be at  the core.

In this work, we need to address  the urgent social, economic and political issues confronting Filipinos at home and abroad.  We need to rapidly increase broad international solidarity and alliance work and pay special attention the tasks of exposing, opposing and defeating the US-instigated Oplan Bayanihan and the heinous criminal and terrorist acts of the fascist tyrant Duterte:  the bombings and military occupation of   peasants’ and indigenous people’s communities in the countryside; the wanton and mass killings of peasants, workers, indigenous people and suspected supporters of the revolutionary movement in the countryside as well as mass activists, trade unionists, priests, human rights advocates; the wanton killing of suspected drug addicts and pushers in urban poor communities; the false claim of implementing an independent foreign policy that in fact is a policy of the double treason– maintaining and even reinforcing all-round US dominance and consigning the our country and people to being a Chinese debt colony to be able to finance a costly build, build, build project with Chinese loans, equipment, building materials and labor; practicing state terrorism with all its attendant evils, including impunity within the ruling system; wanton corruption with all its ramifications such as that of being the supreme drug lord of all drug lords; etc., etc.                                

This campaign requires effective attention to broad solidarity and alliance work.  Conversely, it will provide the opportunity for broadening international solidarity and strengthening this particular area of work, especially necessary for thwarting the imperialist terror campaign worldwide.

Aside from the man-made disaster that Duterte has wrought on the Filipino people, we also need to mind the natural disasters that are induced and whose effects are aggravated by the imperialists and the local reactionaries because they do not care about the exploited and impoverished people who are vulnerable to such disasters.  We must involve ourselves in building the broadest international solidarity front to fight climate change and to promote environmental protection.

Migrante International must take advantage of the proto-diplomatic gains that have been achieved through the peace negotiations between the NDFP and the GRP.  Although Duterte has terminated the peace negotiations, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to develop this work.  You have also done your own proto-diplomatic work in the course defending and advancing the rights, interests  and welfare of Filipino migrant workers as in Singapore, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, etc., in cases involving the miscarriage of justice such as the execution of Flor Contemplacion.  These are initial  steps or moves towards developing international relations with States and interstate or inter-governmental organizations and their agencies, especially in view of the Philippine government’s neglect or failure in upholding the rights and welfare of its citizens abroad.    

Lastly but very importantly, you must build and maintain a robust propaganda machine consisting of writers, artists, IT techies, websites, periodicals and fact sheets (both digital and printed) to broadcast the people voice.  You must have dedicated committees and organs for propaganda at all levels of your organization. Consider including the subject of systematizing propaganda work in your planning for your next program period.

All the tasks outlined above require a people’s media for amplifying our voices in exposing, opposing and defeating the enemy, such as the terrorist tyrant Duterte, at every given time; in expressing the interests and aspirations of the people; in inspiring other people to rally to our cause; and in announcing to the world our people’s achievements in their struggle against their exploiters and oppressors.  We must counter the lies and falsehoods peddled by the mainstream media, whether government-owned or corporate-owned, their press lords and their prestitues (you know what I mean).

Isulong ang Migrante International!

Mabuhay ang sambayanang Pilipino!

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MESSAGE TO
CAMBIARE IL MONDO – PER IL BICENTENARIO DI KARL MARX

Makabayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan
International Representative

Milan, Italy | 11 November 2018

Makibaka, a revolutionary women’s organization allied with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines congratulates the Fronte Popolare, the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS) and the Peoples’ Resource for International Solidarity and Mass Mobilization (PRISM) for organizing the celebration of the bicentennial of Karl Marx with the forum, Cambiare il Mondo – Per il Bicentenario di Karl Marx.

We congratulate you for bringing to the fore once again, the importance of studying the teachings of Karl Marx, in changing the present oppressive and exploitative system to the liberating system of socialism.

As we celebrate the bicentennial of Karl Marx, it is a good time to look again at his writings to see what he wrote on  women and how women can be guided by his teachings in their political work.

Although Marx did not write much on women, his overall writings give guidance not only for men, but also for women in their political work. He did write that women are a global reserve army of cheap labor.  Through his materialist analysis, he wrote that the unpaid labor of women in the home and in their work of reproducing life, has value and that value is appropriated by the owning class in society.  

Women suffer from the same exploitative and oppressive system as men.  In addition, they suffer gender oppression. Women suffer this in all aspects of their lives: at work, where they are looked at as a source of cheap labor, and in the home, where the main responsibility for the care of children and housework falls on them.

And today, women from poorer countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, and other Asian countries, leave their countries, look for work in other countries, becoming an army of cheap labor.  

Makibaka means to struggle.  It is a call for Filipino women and women in other countries to rise up, break the chains of oppression and struggle not only for women’s liberation but for the liberation of the oppressed and exploited classes.

We cannot win our liberation struggle by ourselves. Neither can the men do it by themselves.  Struggle for liberation means struggling together – all oppressed classes. Working together. Fighting together.

Red tribute to Msgr. Ireneo Amantillo, beloved bishop of the people of Surigao del Sur

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines-North Eastern Mindanao Region (NDFP-NEMR) and the entire revolutionary movement in the region, join the people in Surigao del Sur, especially those deprived and oppressed, in their sorrow for the death of beloved bishop Msgr. Ireneo Amantillo, CSsR, D.D. The revolutionary movement in the region renders high red tribute for a member of the church who sincerely served the people of Surigao del Sur.

Msgr. Amantillo became the bishop of the Tandag Diocese in 1978 under the brutal martial law of the Marcos dictatorship, until 2001. While bishop, he defended the rights of the poor, deprived, oppressed, exploited and struggling people of Surigao del Sur.

Under his leadership, the diocese effectively implemented the Catholic church’s Rome Vatican II and the Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP) II documents which encouraged the formation of Basic Ecclesiastical Communities (BECs). Catechists, lay ministers and the faithful of the Diocese actively joined and helped their fellowmen especially the poor and powerless. The Diocese of Tandag joined the people in the struggle for their interests by establishing and strengthening the different diocesan apostolates that served the people, especially the Lumad and farmers. Some of the services rendered were education, health and livelihood. It played a big role in organizing and strengthening progressive organizations that advocated for the interests of the basic masses. This made the Diocese of Tandag truly a Church of the Poor.

Bishop Emeritus Ireneo Amantillo of Tandag (in blue shirt) poses for a photograph with tribal leaders who visited him in Cebu in 2015. (Photo courtesy of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines)

He bravely stood for the rights of the people of Surigao del Sur and contributed in uniting them to gain strength to struggle for their rights. The people of the province will not forget his going to the communities, talking with the victims of abuses and providing them sanctuary and help. Most of all, the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Tandag and the different parishes of the diocese were the first refuge of victims of militarization, killings, torture, harassment, forcible evacuations and other human rights violations under the Marcos dictatorship and the subsequent Cory Aquino, Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada regimes. The people knew their bishop will never turn them away.

They will always remember Bishop Amantillo joining their commemoration of the International Human Rights Day every December 10, his birthday. He always took time from his special day, to speak, support and demand with the people, respect for human rights.

The CPP-NPA-NDF in the province highly respects Bishop Amantillo. He sincerely served the people of Surigao del Sur and was able to unite the faithful in the diocese towards serving and taking on the causes of the oppressed in the face of harassments and brutality of the mercenary military. He supported the progressive priests who joined the people’s struggle and were attacked by the reactionary regime. He respected the principles of his priests and diocesan workers, supported them in their struggle for the welfare of the basic masses despite their imprisonment, amidst the accusations and vilification. He respected the decision of one of his priests, Fr. Frank Navarro when he joined the New People’s Army (NPA) and he understood that it was done because he wanted to serve the people through armed struggle.

Bishop Amantillo was peace loving. He opened the doors of the Catholic church for peace talks under the Cory Aquino administration and took up the role of third party facilitator between the two parties in conflict. Despite the failure of the talks, he continued to push for peace talks under the subsequent Ramos and Estrada administrations. The church also promoted the Joint Declaration for Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and the International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) and other completed agreements. He facilitated the release of prisoners of war of the New People’s Army and without hesitation, went to the mountains and talked with the representatives of the CPP-NPA-NDF in the province.

Bishop Amantillo defended the environment. He mobilized the entire Diocese of Tandag in educating the people on the destruction of the exploitative Mining Act of 1995. The diocese started opposing large scale mining operations that would destroy the mountains and environment of the province.

Even in retirement, he continued to support the people of Surigao del Sur, gave them strength and supported their causes.

His led a commendable life, worthy of emulation by the faithful especially under the current state brutality.

Ka Maria Malaya
Spokesperson
NDFP-NEMR

Red salute to Ka David and Ka Em-em, revolutionary martyrs

Statement | 13 October 2018

The Red commanders and fighters, and the entire revolutionary forces of North Eastern Mindanao Region (NEMR), renders its red salute to Kevin “Ka David” A. Banggan, Jimson “Ka Em-Em” C. Pecato and civilian Darwin Tejero – revolutionary martyrs!

Since Ka David and Ka Em-Em joined the New People’s Army, they learned from their revolutionary tasks that molded them into being disciplined and sincere in implementing their tasks and concern for their comrades and the masses. They were noble children of the masses who passionately and sincerely served the people.

Above all, they valiantly faced the demented enemy to protect and defend the wellbeing of the masses and the revolutionary movement.

Last September 7, an armed encounter happened in the mountain area of Sitio Gacob, Brgy. Hinapuyan, Carmen, Surigao del Sur between operating troops of the 36th IBPA and Ka David’s group. Ka David was shot but he first guaranteed the safety of his Red fighter comrades. Despite the effort of the Red fighters to rescue Ka David, they failed as the attacking enemy forces were just about 2 meters away. A sergeant from the enemy was killed and two were wounded.

According to Ka David’s comrades, he was still alive when he was captured by the enemy forces. Instead of providing first aid as his right as a hors d’combat (unable to fight back as defined in the rules of war), he was tied and left to die by the coldhearted fascists. Worst, instead of taking his dead body for proper burial, they threw and hid him in the cliff while the enemy continued with their operations, resulting in the inability of the Red fighters to rescue him. They were only able to find the rattan used to tie him, his watch, bracelet and shawl at the area of the incident. Several days after, Ka Sandara, spokesperson of Front 30, said that Ka David might have been captured by the enemy and demanded that he should be shown. Still, a month passed after their military operation before the 36th IBPA revealed the decomposed dead body of Ka David.

Meanwhile, Ka Em-Em died in an encounter in August against 29th IBPA forces in Sitio Cogonon, Brgy. Tagmamarkay, Tubay, Agusan del Norte. Before she died, Ka Em-em showed exceptional bravery with her leading a group of Red fighters to strike the demented enemy forces. Ka Em-Em bravely faced the enemy to defend the interest of the masses and the revolution against the dark designs of the fascists.

The actions of the AFP forces clearly disregarded and violated human rights, the International Humanitarian Law and other international rules of war.

Ka David and Ka Em-em were true members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) until their last breaths. They did not easily relinquish the honor and prestige of the Party and the NPA amidst the sacrifices they encountered. They were revolutionaries who truly loved and served the people.

The civilian Darwin Tejero was killed on the first week of October in Sitio Palilihan, Brgy. Mahanob, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte after being struck by the indiscriminate bombings and strafing of attack helicopters near a community, in support of the attacking mercenary forces of the 30th IBPA.

The bravery and strength displayed by Ka David and Ka Em-Em belies the fabrications and falsehoods mouthed by the US-Duterte regime and fascist AFP/PNP that Red fighters no longer abide by the correct principles. Instead, they sacrificed their lives for the revolution and the people they served. They chose to die while fighting instead of surrendering to the fascist US-Duterte regime. Their exemplary commitment can never be attained by the fascist forces of the AFP/PNP. The AFP/PNP, as mercenaries and reactionary soldiers, serve only the exploitative and oppressive classes of big bourgeoisie, land lords and US imperialists.

Ka David and Ka Em-Em might have died, but their deaths will inspire and intensify the morale and commitment of thousands of Red fighters and the youth to advance the national democratic revolution towards total victory. Like other martyrs of the revolution, Ka David and Ka Em-Em’s sacrifice and the death of Darwin, will further advance the people’s war towards the achievement of its goal of a socialist society.

Long live memory of Ka David and Ka Em-Em!
Love live the struggling people!
Long live the democratic revolution!

Ka Ariel Montero
Spokesperson, Regional Operational Command

Pulang Saludo at Paalam, Ka Jecko

Ka Jacob (Ka Jecko) Rodinas

Pulang saludo sa iyo Ka Jacob (Ka Jecko) Rodinas. Walang hanggang papuri at pasasalamat sa iyong matapat at militanteng paglilingkod sa sambayanang Pilipino hanggang sa iyong huling hininga.

Dakila kang rebolusyonaryo at bayani ng uri ng proletaryado at lahat ng anakpawis. Namamaalam kami sa iyo subalit mananatili kang lagi sa diwa at puso ng bayan at kilusang rebolusyonaryo na nagpapatuloy sa pakikibaka para sa pambansang kalayaan at demokrasya.

Tauspuso kaming nakikiramay sa iyong pamilya at mga kasama na nagdadalamhati sa iyong pagpanaw. Subalit ipinagbubunyi namin ang iyong mga ambag at tagumpay sa kilusang rebolusyonaryo. Inspirasyong walang hanggan ang iyong maningning na halimbawa.

Bilang martir ang iyong dugo ay magpapataba ng lupa para sa rebolusyon at magbibigay ng ibayong sigla sa rebolusyon.

Mabuhay ang iyong diwa at gawa!
Mabuhay ang rebolusyong Pilipino!
Mabuhay ang sambayanang Pilipino!

Joma Sison
Utrecht, Setyembre 21, 2018

PULANG SALUDO KAY KA TOTOY!

Pahayag | August 1 2018

Nagdadalamhati ang Bagong Hukbong Bayan, Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas at ang mamamayan sa pagkasawi ni Kasamang Rommel Aguado o mas kilala bilang Ka Totoy ng mga kasama at masa sa South Quezon-Bondoc Peninsula.

Nasawi si Ka Totoy sa isang labanan noong Hulyo 27, 2018, alas singko ng hapon sa Brgy Montes Kallagan sa bayan ng Atimonan. Si Kasamang Totoy ay isang pulang mandirigma ng Apolonio Mendoza Command-NPA.

Tubong Iloilo, 36 anyos si Ka Totoy. Siya ay naging manggagawa sa isang pabrika ng lubid sa Laguna. Dito namulat si Ka Totoy dahil sa pagsasamantala sa kanila ng management ng kumpanya. Naranasan nilang sumahod ng mababa sa minimum wage na itinakda sa mga pagawaan. Hindi rin naibigay ang mga benipisyo na dapat sana ay kanilang tinatamasa.

Sumapi si Kasamang Totoy sa unyon ng manggagawa at lumahok sa mga pagkilos para ipaglaban ang kanilang karapatan sa sahod at mga benipisyo na ipinagkakait sa kanila ng management ng kumpanya.

Mahigit sampung taong kontraktwal na manggagawa si Ka Totoy hanggang sa siya ay sumampa sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan.

September 2016 nang pumasok sa isang sonang gerilya sa Quezon si Kasamang Totoy. Mula noon hindi na siya nagdalawang isip at nagpasya na siyang lumahok sa armadong pakikibaka.

Buong puso niyang pinaglingkuran ang sambayanan. Nagpakita ng kasipagan, katiyagaan at kapursigehang matuto upang mas lalong pahusayin ang sarili at mas makapaglingkod sa mamamayan.

Sa bawat barangay ng magsasaka na napupuntahan niya ay napapamahal sa kanya ang masa dahil sa kanyang malambing at masayahing pakikitungo sa kanila. Matiyaga siyang nagpapaliwanag sa masa at walang pagod sa pagtulong sa arawan nilang mga gawain.

Kaya naman kasabay ng pagdakila kay Ka Totoy ay labis-labis rin ang poot na nadarama ng mamamayan sa pasistang AFP-PNP-CAFGU.

Pagbabayaran nang mahal ng pasistang tropa ang pagkamatay ni Ka Totoy, lalo pa at matapos ang labanan ay patuloy na naghahasik ng teror ang mga sundalo sa mga residente na pinipigilang magpunta sa kanilang mga lupain at pinalayas sila sa kanilang bahay sa bundok ng Brgy Montes Kallagan.

Nananawagan ang Bagong Hukbong Bayan at Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas sa lahat ng mamamayan na labanan ang pasismong inihahasik ng AFP-PNP-CAFGU at ng rehimeng US-Duterte.

Gawin nating inspirasyon si Kasamang Totoy upang lalong palakasin ang ating Bagong Hukbong Bayan. Sa kanyang pagkabuwal ay tanganan natin ang kanyang armas na nabitawan at ipagpatuloy ang pakikibaka para sa tagumpay ng rebolusyon at pagkakamit ng katarungan para sa mga naging biktima ng mga berdugong AFP-PNP-CAFGU at rehimeng US-Duterte.#

Ka Cleo del Mundo
Spokesperson, NPA-Quezon
Apolonio Mendoza Command

Mensahe ng pakikiisa sa mga kilos-protesta sa buong bansa

Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas
Hulyo 23, 2018

Nakikiisa ang Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP) sa daanlibong mamamayang nagtitipon ngayon sa Maynila at iba’t ibang panig ng bansa. Madidinig sa lansangan–hindi sa talumpati ni Duterte sa pagbubukas ng kongreso–ang tunay na kalagayan ng bansa. Ang mga rali ngayong araw ay isang makapangyarihang pwersa laban sa korap, kriminal, pasista at papet na rehimeng Duterte. Patunay ito ng malawak at malalim na pagkamuhi ng bayan kay Duterte.

Sa loob lamang ng dalawang taon na paghahari ni Duterte, labis na paghihirap at pagdurusa ang dinanas ng mamamayan. Milyun-milyon ang napipipi ang balikat sa dagdag na napakabigat na pasaning mga buwis. Ilampung libo ang pinatay at dinahas ng walang habas na pasista at kriminal na karahasan ng estado. Walang tigil ang mga pakana ni Duterte–“gera kontra-terorista”, “chacha” at iba pa–upang bigyang-matwid ang paghaharing kamay-na-bakal, ipataw sa buong bansa ang batas militar at solohin at palawigin ang kapangyarihan.

Haharap sa bayan ngayong araw si Duterte na nanginginig ang tuhod sa harap ng masidhing pampulitikang krisis. Sa loob lamang ng dalawang taon, mabilis siyang nahiwalay. Iilang upisyal na lang ng militar at pulis, at iilang malalaking negosyante, ang mahigpit na sumusuporta sa kanya. Gayunman, tulad ng sukol na hayop, gagamitin ni Duterte ang lahat ng kabangisan upang kumapit sa poder.

Sambayanan! Maghanda sa mas maiigting pang laban! Buuin ang pinakamalapad na pagkaisa! Pag-ibayuhin ang tapang at tatag ng paninindigan at tuluy-tuloy na magmartsa sa landas ng paglaban hanggang wakasan ang pasista at papet na rehimeng Duterte.

Kinakatawan ni Duterte ang pinakamasasahol na aspeto ng bulok na naghaharing sistema. Siya ngayon ang pinakamalaking burukratang kapitalista. Nasa tuktok siya ng maka-uring paghahari ng malalaking panginoong maylupa at malalaking burgesyang kumprador. Ang paglaban sa rehimeng US-Duterte ay bahagi ng pagsusulong ng kabuuang pakikibakang pambansa-demokratiko.

Sa buong bansa, sumusulong ang armadong rebolusyonaryong pakikibaka. Ito ay sa kabila ng todong-gera ni Duterte laban sa sambayanan. Sa kanayunan, ang Bagong Hukbong Bayan ay matatag na nagtatanggol sa bayan, nagsusulong ng digmang bayan at naglulunsad ng mga taktikal na opensiba laban sa pinakamalupit na pasistang yunit ng AFP. Patuloy na nag-iipon ang BHB ng armadong lakas habang ipinupundar ang bagong demokratikong gubyerno sa buong bansa.

Wakasan ang pasista at papet na rehimeng US-Duterte!�Isulong ang demokratikong rebolusyong bayan!

In honor of Comrade Jose ‘Ka Pepe’ Ebora Luneta

By Jose Maria Sison
Founding Chairman, Communist Party of the Philippines
June 3, 2018

Dear comrades and friends,

In this memorial meeting, we reiterate our most heartfelt condolences to the family of Comrade Jose (Ka Pepe) Ebora Luneta and to all his comrades and friends in the Philippines and abroad. His lifelong struggle, sacrifices and successes in the service to the oppressed and exploited people console all of us.

He was born on December 12, 1944 and passed away on May 1, 2018 in Bielefeld, Germany, at the age of 73. On the basis of his lifelong revolutionary work and struggle, we honor Comrade Jose Ebora Luneta as an outstanding proletarian revolutionary fighter and a selfless patriot and servant of the Filipino people for more than 55 years.

He came from a middle class family in Batangas City but chose to take the class stand, viewpoint and method of the revolutionary proletariat. He was a consistent honor student in grade school and high school. He graduated from the University of the Philippines (Diliman) with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with honors in the early 1960s.

In 1963 he became a mass activist of the national democratic movement and joined the study circles on Marxism-Leninism and the people´s democratic revolution. He participated in mass protest actions of students, in urban and rural community mass work in Manila and Central Luzon.

He was personally close to Julie and me as we often worked together. He was highly intelligent, humble and caring. He was serious at work and jovial in periods of relaxation. He was patient and interesting in explaining principles, policies and the line of action on issues,

He excelled in education and cultural work. He was soon recruited into the Marxist-Leninist core group within the old Communist Party of the Philippine Islands (CPPI) and became active in preparatory work in the founding of Kabataang Makabayan (KM).

He was a leading co-founder of the KM and was elected member of its National Council in 1964. He continued to excel in education work and he was responsible for the education of KM cadres and mass activists in Southern Luzon.

He was active in trade union work and in organizing seminars for workers under Lapiang Manggagawa (LM). He was a member of LM and its successor Socialist Party of the Philippines, which was established in 1965.He participated in the preparation and founding of the Movement for the Advancement of Nationalism in 1966.

He participated in preparing the mass actions against the Manila Summit staged by US President Lyndon B. Johnson and his right-hand man Ferdinand Marcos to round up support for the US war of aggression against Vietnam in October 24, 1966. He was a prime mover of the October 24th Movement which sought to spread the line of new democratic revolution by deploying the KM activists for mass work among the workers and peasants.

He taught philosophy, history and Spanish at the Lyceum of the Philippines in Batangas City. He helped to establish the KM chapter in the said school from where members were recruited who later became revolutionary cadres in Southern Luzon. He recruited many of his former classmates, academic colleagues, relatives and friends to the national democratic mass movement and to the Communist Party of the Philippine Islands (CPPI).

He was a key member of the Marxist-Leninist group that broke away from the revisionist CPPI in April 1966. He was responsible for the translation of the CPP founding documents and ML documents in Filipino. He had many noms de guerre, depending on his mission or area of work. But his favorite was Tomas Gunte, a scramble of the name Mao Tsetung.

In early 1968, he was sent to China in order to assist in the Filipino section of Radio Peking and stayed in Beijing until the last quarter of 1969. He earned the respect of Chinese comrades for his diligent and efficient work. He was able to observe and study the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution led by Comrade Mao and the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party

In absentia he was a delegate to the founding congress of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on December 26, 1968 and was elected a member of the CPP Central Committee and the Political Bureau. He returned to the Philippines in the latter part of 1969. He joined the Executive Committee of the Central Committee of the CPP.

He translated from the Chinese original the song ¨Ang Masa¨. This spread like wildfire among the mass activists during the First Quarter Storm of 1970. He took special interest in translation and publishing work at the Central Publishing House. He stayed where ever the CPH was located, be it in Capas, Baguio, Dagupan, Angeles or Talavera.

He also took his turn in field work to supervise the early beginnings of the Party and revolutionary movement in several regions such as Isabela in 1969-71 in Cagayan Valley and in Southern Tagalog region in 1972.

When the EC/CC of the CPP held office in the Sierra Madre forest region of Isabela from 1970-72, we conducted political-military training of many hundreds of cadres and mass activists who were continuously deployed for expansion work in various regions in the country. We were close competitors in rifle marksmanship. But we were close cooperators in bouts of singing revolutionary songs and folk love songs.

He became the General Secretary of the CPP in June 1971 after the arrest of his predecessor. He participated in the founding of the National Democratic Front on April 24, 1973 in Baguio City.

He participated in special military training in 1973-74 on the sea coast of La Union. After the disruption of the work here, he reverted to work with the EC/CC in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija up to 1975.

He was able to enlighten his closest relatives, especialy his brothers and sisters,
and encouraged them to participate in the national democratic movement. Maxima, Romeo, Domingo, Francisco and Ernesto suffered arrest, detention and other forms of oppression during the Marcos fascist dictatorship. The wife Nenita Evangelista and five-year old daughter of his brother Franco were arrested in Cabanatuan City in 1975, together with others who became victims of forced disappearance.

Julie and I often stayed and worked with him in the same house, in the same forest camp or in the same area. It was always fun to work with him and to exchange jokes and songs with him during happy hours. Being the master singer, he tolerated my singing and even encouraged me to sing.

As a result of breaches of security by others after the November 1975 Plenum of the CC in Central Luzon, he was arrested in Malabon, Rizal in January 1976 while he was setting up his own office.

He and his comrades were detained and severely tortured in safehouses of the enemy military intelligence services until they were transferred to a detention center. He inspired his comrades to resist by telling them that they were fearless because they were selfless for the people.

He engaged in education work and the struggle in prison. He became chairman of the prison committee and helped many detainees obtain their release in cooperation with human rights organizations. He was able to escape from his prison guards when he was brought out for dental treatment in 1982.

He worked in the Ilocos-Mountain Province- Pangasinan region until 1984 and contributed to its development. He was transferred to the Southern Luzon Commission (SLC) and headed it as Party secretary from 1984 to 1989. He contributed significantly to the development of the Southern Tagalog and Bicol regions and the expansion work in the islands of Mindoro and Palawan under the SLC.

Like any cadre determined to fight the enemy and learn lessons from the process of fighting, he scored achievements and had his own share of errors and weaknesses. which he overcame through the process of criticism and self-criticism. In accordance with principles and the facts, he promptly admitted and activey corrected mistakes and shortcomings. Thus, his revolutionary merits far outweigh his demerits.

While he was in Mindoro island, a wrong decision based on a current of hysteria within the Party was taken in his absence by the Southern Tagalog Regional Committee in 1988. He was not impressed with the evidence presented but because he saw the decision as already taken by the majority, he was swayed and he lent further authority to implement the wrong decision.

When the Central Committee showed him the Correct Principles and Methods of Investigation, Prosecution and Trial and all the facts, he recognized the error and took an active part in rectifying it and apologizing to comrades and barrio people. His love for the people and the revolution inspired him to surmount tremendous odds and difficulties.

In 1990, he left the Philippines to undertake political work among overseas Filipinos and to help develop solidarity relations with other peoples. He used effectively his proficiency in languages (Pilipino, English, Spanish and Chinese).He transited through China and Libya. He assisted CPP and NDFP delegations in developing international relations. Eventually he proceeded to Germany to seek political asylum in 1994. From then on, he lived in Germany as a refugee.

He devoted himself to spreading information about the Filipino people´s struggle for national and social liberation and in developing solidarity between the Filipino people and the German people as well as other third world peoples who are refugees and migrant workers in Germany.

He was able to form associations of Filipino migrant workers and refugees in Oberhausen, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg and elsewhere in Germany and in the city of Luxembourg. He was a respected member of the German-Filipino Friendship Association. He was highly active in the KARAWANE, an association of refugees from the continents of Asia, Africa and Latin America.

He was in the staff of the CPP delegation to the Fourth International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations (ICMLPO) in 1995 and in the subsequent international conferences and in the meetings and activities of the Joint Coordinating Group (JCG) of the ICMLPO.

Those in charge of his work in Germany as well as his German and non-German comrades and friends among communists and progressives, the overseas Filipino workers and refugees from various countries can give their testimonies.

In the memorial meeting held last May 21 in Bielefeld, his comrades and friends from various countries expressed their highest respect, love and gratitude for raising their revolutionary consciousness, militancy and sense of proletarian internationalism and solidarity among the oppresed peoples.

Proletarian revolutionary fighter and a selfless patriot who served the Filipino people for more than 55 years, Comrade Jose ‘Ka Pepe’ Ebora Luneta

In the entire run of his life as proletarian revolutionary, he made numerous significant contributions to the growth in strength and advance of the CPP and the people’s democratic revolution in the Philippines and to the development of proletarian internationalist relations and solidarity relations with the peoples of the world.

We are resolved to perpetuate and propagate the memory and legacy of Ka Pepe. These will continue to inspire us and future generations. All his achievements and his exemplary deeds have become part and parcel of the growing people’s democratic revolution in the Philippines and the resurgent world proletarian revolution.###

NDFP warmly congratulates Rev. Rex RB Reyes, Jr.

Rev. Rex RB Reyes, Jr.

on His Election as BISHOP of the EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF CENTRAL PHILIPPINES

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) warmly congratulates Rev. Rex RB Reyes, Jr. on his being elected Bishop of the EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF CENTRAL PHILIPPINES, Episcopal Church in the Philippines.

We in the NDFP know very well that he has all the qualities of a Church leader who has proven in his life his dedication and service to the Filipino people. He certainly deserves to be given this high and responsible function for the benefit of the people.

We know Rev. Rex RB Reyes, Jr. very well. He has generously accepted to be the NDFP Nominated Independent Observer of the Joint Monitoring Commitee (JMC) under the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

Rev. Rex RB Reyes, Jr. (extreme right) during the 2nd Round of GRP-NDFP Peace Talks in Oslo 2016 / Photo by Randy Malayao

Despite his many tasks and duties for the Church and his people, he fulfills with dedication and enthusiasm his important work as NDFP Nominated Independent Observer in the JMC. He attends and actively participates in the meetings of the JMC, whether in Manila or abroad. His participation is appreciated and welcomed by both the NDFP and GRP members of the JMC. He gives concrete proposals for the improvement of the work of the JMC.

We appeciate vey much his dedicated work as a staunch advocate for a just and lasting peace. We have witnessed his fine work as Co-Chairperson of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) which has strongly called for: “Resume Peace Talks Now! Respect All Agreements! Address the Roots of the Armed Conflict!”

We convey our most heartfelt best wishes to him on his being elected Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Philippines!

Luis G. Jalandoni
Member, National Executive Committee
Senior Adviser, NDFP Negotiating Panel

NDFP Congratulates the Freedom Road Socialist Organization on its 8th Congress

May 24, 2018

Comrade Mick Kelly, for the Standing Committee
Freedom Road Socialist Organization

Dear Comrades,

 

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) conveys its warmest greetings of revolutionary solidarity to the leadership and membership of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization on the occasion of its 8th Congress.

The Filipino people who persevere for almost fifty years in their struggle for national and social liberation against US imperialism and the domestic reactionaries, deeply admire your militant struggle against the right-wing government of Donald Trump and against its policies and actions against the American people and the world’s peoples.

We warmly congratulate you for your great role in leading the mass movement against the Trump regime and thereby achieving unprecedented growth of your revolutionary organization.

We also wish to reiterate our gratitude for your persistent solidarity for our struggle for national and social liberation.

It is our strong desire to further develop our mutual solidarity for the benefit of the American people and the Filipino people. Let us further work together to build a powerful international anti-imperialist and socialist movement.

We wish you the utmost victorious and successful 8th National Congress. We are confident that you will draw significant lessons, positive and negative, from your experiences to further enrich your future programs for the benefit of the American people and the peoples all over the world who likewise struggle against U.S. imperialism and other reactionaries.

Luis G. Jalandoni
Member, National Executive Committee
Chief International Representative
National Democratic Front of the Philippines