Comment on EO 70

By Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
December 11, 2018

EO 70 does not make the armed counterrevolution civillian-centric. But it seeks to weaponize the civil bureaucracy for the armed counterrevolution or military suppression of the revolutionary government and movement of the people.

It limits the GRP to the framework of military suppression and psywar use of fake surrenders and fake encounters, misrepresented as “localized peace talks”. The OPAPP is now emphatically militarized with the appointment of a rabid anti-communist general as secretary.

EO 70 is one more presidential issuance to terminate and prevent the resumption of peace talks at the appropriate national level between authorized representatives of the GRP and NDFP. It is furtherance of the de fact martial rule and the scheme of imposition a full-blown fascist dictatorship on the people.

It is in line with the anti-peace Proclamations 360 and 374, Memorandum Order 32, the arrest of NDFP peace consultants and the deployment of Duterte death squads in both urban and rural areas against suspected revolutionaries and critics of and opposition to the tyrannical and corrupt Duterte regime.

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The unrelenting violation of human rights by the fascist US-Duterte regime will intensify the further advance of armed revolution

Statement | December 10, 2018

The National Democratic Front-North Eastern Mindanao Region (NDFP-NEMR), joins the people and the defenders of human rights in commemorating the 70th year of the International Human Rights Day this December 10, 2018.

We extend our warmest salute for your constant struggle to uphold the sacredness of human rights against oppression and exploitation.

The Philippine government was one of the signatories of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 which instituted the value of the rights of all peoples. But the Philippine government has become the number one violator of human rights in all aspects. The US-Duterte regime has even surpassed its predecessor regimes in perpetrating grave human rights violations against the people, committing Hitler-like brutality to realize his ambition for dictatorial rule.

Through the US-Duterte regime’s mercenary and reactionary AFP/PNP, a brutal campaign of repression is implemented against the struggles of the people who resist his devastating programs and policies. Oplan Tokhang, Oplan Tambay, martial law, total war under Oplan Kapayapaan and many more authorized the countless killings, torture, arrests, threats and repression of the people. These are actions of a fascist and terrorist state.

In NEMR since 2016 to the present, more than 20 have become victims of extra judicial killings and more than 10 frustrated killings were committed by the AFP/PNP. Moreover, almost 300 victims have been charged with trumped-up criminal cases, while more than 50 have been jailed as political prisoners. These are all part of the US-Duterte regime’s attempts to destroy the people’s legitimate and progressive organizations that persist and fight his repressive moves.

The sustained military operations in areas targeted for imperialist plantations, mines and infrastructure has resulted to massive evacuations affecting thousands of Lumad and peasant families. Meanwhile, there have been several cases of bombings by AFP troops in areas near communities and farms.

Here in our region, almost 200,000 hectares of land are targeted for banana, oil palm, rubber and others. While almost 600,000 hectares of land have been given to operating mines and to others ready to operate. Most of these are owned by foreign capitalists in connivance with the big comprador bourgeoisie and land lords, driving away countless farmers and Lumad from their homes and livelihoods. At present, these plantations and mines are being protected by 8 battalions of AFP and PNP; 5,000- 6,000 members of SCAA and CAA and 10 paramilitary groups.

In the reactionary government’s desperation to destroy the revolutionary movement, it has invented countless forced surrenders of civilians as NPA members and Milisya ng Bayan and coercing them to join the CAFGU. The AFP/PNP force the establishment of CAA detachments in communities. Barangay and municipal officials are threatened to craft resolutions to show that residents allow the establishment of detachment. Oplan Lakbay Hukay is another scenario peddled recently by the AFP/PNP, the digging up of skeletons to use for propaganda and to tarnish the NPA’s prestige.

Another significant case against the US-Duterte regime is its sell-out of the Philippines to China and the US. Duterte has not made a move against China’s occupation of the islands of the West Philippine Sea within Philippine territory. This violates the national sovereignty of the Philippines. This signifies his servility to foreign capitalists whose sole interest is the plunder our natural resources.

Martial law and the violation of human rights are the instruments of a fascist, puppet and reactionary regime to preserve the oppressive and exploitative system. It will result in serious economic and political crises which will lead to widespread poverty and hunger of the Filipino people. It will intensify the further advance of armed revolution.

Thus, the people are called upon to bravely struggle, uphold your rights and just demands and join the people’s war to achieve total victory of the People’s Democratic Revolution. Persist in demanding for the resumption of peace talks to solve the root causes of armed struggle in the country.

Ka Maria Malaya
Spokesperson
NDFP-NEMR

Duterte’s creeping coup against the 1987 Constitution is calculated to climax in 2019

Statement by Prof. Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
December 10, 2018

On this International Human Rights Day, it is fitting and proper to reflect on the Duterte regime’s vicious human rights violations in its drive to impose a fascist dictatorship on the Filipino people. Thus, the appropriate and effective courses of action can be defined for upholding, defending and promoting human rights.

The tyrant Duterte, his ruling clique and their armed minions in the AFP and PNP have been carrying out a creeping coup against the 1987 Constitution of the reactionary government since he assumed office in 2016. He has steered the coup through a number of phases. These are calculated to speed up and reach climax in 2019.

1) Duterte surreptitiously began his all-out war against the revolutionary movement by extending Oplan Bayanihan until the end of 2016 and then declared his own Oplan Kapayapaan in January 2017 while he used as decoy his short-lived pretense of peace negotiations with the NDFP.

2) He implemented his scheme to turn the military and police into his private armies by promoting his favorite officers in the AFP and PNP and corrupting more officers with incentives in cash and promotions for listing and killing suspects with impunity.

3) He projected the image of a strong man with iron fist and drummed up his ability to kill people by unleashing Oplan Tokhang to kill thousands of drug suspects, declaring martial law in Mindanao and destroying Marawi City for the purpose of mass intimidation.

4) He used turncoatism and the pork barrel to take control of Congress and also used Arroyo’s and his appointees in the Supreme Court to effect the release of the biggest plunderers, thereby paying his political debts to them and keeping them as mates in a cabal of corruption.

5) He deliberately terminated the peace negotiations with the NDFP in order to scapegoat the CPP and NPA as the pretext for de facto martial law nationwide and terrorist acts of suppression and making threats of formally proclaiming martial law nationwide or a “revolutionary government”.

6) He has steadily pushed the preparations for charter change to a bogus kind of federalism by which he can concentrate powers in his hands and handpick his regional and provincial agents from among the dynasties nd warlords.

7) He has attacked the Catholic Church from time to time in order to test how far people can react to him, cursing the God and religious beliefs of the Catholic masses, causing the murder of a number of priests and threatening to kill all bishops for being critical of him and being supposedly useless.

8) He has escalated his all-out war against the revolutionary movement in Mindanao and nationwide and has in fact imposed a de facto martial law on the entire nation in preparation for fixing the results of the 2019 elections.

9) He has engaged in plunder of public funds and taken over controlling shares in private contracts with the state and even in the illegal drug trade and casino gambling under the pretext of collecting money for the benefit of ordinary soldiers and for the forthcoming elections.

10) He has boasted of being able to maintain US support and at the same time of enjoying the support of China in terms of protection from any possible coup as well as in terms of securing loans and infrastructure projects in exchange for his treasonous sell-out of the sovereign rights of the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea.

The Duterte ruling clique keeps on harping on the threats of terrorism and destabilization plots in order to use these as cover and pretext for the coup that Duterte himself is masterminding against the 1987 Constitution and the Filipino people.

It is the duty of the entire Filipino people to stand up, fight and frustrate Duterte’s scheme to grab absolute power as a fascist dictator a la Marcos under the guise of establishing a federal system of government. He is already culpable for the many grave crimes that he, his ruling clique and their armed minions have committed.

It is necessary for all patriotic and democratic forces and the rest of the people to unite in a broad united front and mass movement to oust the Duterte regime as soon as possible. The change can be achieved under any of the effective processes of the 1987 Constitution. The most effective is for the millions of people to take to the streets and encourage the patriotic sections of the AFP and PNP to start the withdrawal of support from the brutal and corrupt tyrant. ###

On Duterte’s pseudo-independent foreign policy

Statement by Prof. Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
December 9, 2018

Panelo should closely read my statements about the West Philippine Sea issue to appreciate that I use a wide range of Philippine and international sources as basis for my views. There is nothing wrong about any factual and reasonable estimate of the rent and damages that China should be paying for occupying the artificial islands and damaging the marine environment.

There is nothing wrong in using any source of information like Marx studying the theories and documents of capitalism in order to critique capitalism and project socialism. As a lawyer, Panelo should know that various types of witnesses can be availed of to establish facts and the truth.

At any rate, I advise Panelo to read my latest article, “Duterte has gone into a waiver of Philippine sovereign rights but China demands explicit surrender of these rights.” I am well-informed enough to know the differences between certain views of Justice Carpio and former Solicitor General Hilbay and the overt and covert traitorous actions of the Duterte regime with regard to the West Philippine Sea issue. Definitely, I follow Philippine events and trends so closely that I know who will benefit from contract shares, commissions and finders’ fees as a result of the sell-out of Philippine sovereign interests.

The Duterte regime is not pursuing an independent foreign policy, contrary to Panelo’s claim. It is pursuing a policy of subjecting the Philippines to the continuing over-all US dominance and to the incoming debt colonization of the Philippines by China and the surrender of the sovereign rights of the Filipino people in the West Philippine Sea. I do not have to go to the Philippines right away to be able to know Duterte’s foreign policy of subservience to several imperialist powers, especially the glaring obedience to China.

Panelo’s boss Duterte is so brave when he threatens and actually induces mass murders of poor people by his armed minions. But he is so cowardly and servile in dealing with China regarding the sovereign rights of the Philippines and the Filipino people. In contrast, Vietnam has demonstrated that it can file diplomatic protests against China on a bilateral and multilateral basis and still maintains diplomatic and trade relations with China. Obviously the Vietnamese authorities do not have shady deals with China and Chinese corporations like Arroyo and Duterte and their Chinese comprador partners have.

Without any danger of war with China, the Philippines can file diplomatic protests on a bilateral basis and in international forums, sue China in the US and other courts where Chinese assets exist in order to obtain rent and damage compensation and even demand Chinese departure from the artificial islands. The Philippines can also hire non-Chinese and more competent corporations in service contracts to help the Philippines and its Filipino experts to explore and develop Philippine oil and gas resources.

Panelo does not gain any additional point in argumentation over the issue by mocking at the comprehensive and long-term ideological position of the Communist Party of the Philippines. He exposes his ignorance about the immediate general line of the CPP in waging the new democratic revolution against the decrepit and bankrupt semicolonial and semifeudal ruling system. Also, only an idiot can presume that capitalism and imperialism are perpetual, especially at this time that the crisis of the world capitalist system is going into another major spasm.

Brutal and corrupt leaders of the Philippine semi-colonial and semifeudal ruling system of big compadors, landlords and bureaucrat capitalists like Marcos, Arroyo and Duterte and their subalterns like Panelo have no claim whatsoever to any moral or political superiority over the lowliest revolutionaries who are leading the workers, peasants and the rest of the people in their struggle for national and social liberation.

Panelo is in the Philippines but is ignorant of the fact that the CPP, the NPA, the NDFP and the mass organizations of workers, peasants, indigenous people, youth, women and other people have built the People’s Democratic Government through the local organs of political power. He is shooting his own foot by stupidly saying that these revolutionary forces and people have not built any political power in the past 50 years.

There are now two governments in the Philippines: the People’s Democratic Government in the countryside and the city-based reactionary government of the exploiting classes. He and Duterte will soon be out of power. They belong to a merely passing regime of short duration in a ruling system that will be overthrown eventually by the people’s democratic revolution.

It is Panelo who is grossly out of touch with reality in the Philippines and in his immediate vicinity. He is conspicuously suffering from senility or fragmentary thinking. He is the spokesman of Duterte and invites me to return to the Philippines. He has so easily forgotten the fact that Duterte only a few days ago said that I should not return to the Philippines and he threatened me with physical harm from himself no less should I return to the Philippines.###

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Duterte has gone into a waiver of Philippine sovereign rights but China demands explicit surrender of these rights

Statement by Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
December 8, 2018

Justice Carpio is overoptimistic and wrong that China will accept a mere service contract to give up China’s baseless claims over the West Philippine Sea and recognize the sovereign rights of the Philippines in accordance with the UNCLOS and the legal victory of the Philippines before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in July, 2016.

Former Solicitor General Hilbay is correct that the Duterte regime has already treasonously and stupidly made a waiver of Philippine sovereign rights by falling silent on these and putting these at par with the false claims of China in the MOU on the joint China-Philippine joint exploration and development of the oil and gas resources under the West Philippines Sea.

But China itself is not yet satisfied with the mere waiver by implication of the Duterte regime’s falling silent on the Philippines’ sovereign rights and putting these at par with the false claims of China. China wants an explicit and categorical surrender of Philippine sovereign rights to China.

Thus, China is using as leverage Duterte’s own inane obsession with getting high interest loans worth USD 9 to 24 billion for some 29 overpriced infrastructure projects. After more than two years since Duterte’s trip to China in October 2016, China has started no more than two infrastructure projects worth far less than USD 1 billion.

Even at this stage, Duterte cannot be sure that he can benefit from his false and stupid calculation that the burdensome and exploitative Chinese loans will buoy up his regime and the Philippine economy.

Even if the Chinese pledge of USD 9 to 24 billion loans were realized, these would further deteriorate the Philippine economy in conjunction with the accumulated loans from the traditional lenders whose interest rates are now rising rapidly in line with the US-initiated policy of quantitative tightening.

The Duterte regime is already moving into the second half of its 6-year term. These are lameduck years for Duterte amid the rising mass movement for his ouster, the bankruptcy of the reactionary government, stinking corruption of the bureaucracy and the military and a growing split between pro-US and pro-Duterte factions within the AFP and PNP.

The isolation and detestation of Duterte by the broad masses of the people are the result of the tyranny and brutality of the regime, rampant corruption, the rising unemployment and dwindling incomes, the mounting tax burden and soaring prices of basic goods and services, the treasonous sell-out to China and other major causes.

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Temporary unilateral ceasefire while on alert and heightening spirit of resistance to celebrate the Party’s 50th anniversary

December 3, 2018

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) hereby declare to all commands and units of the New People’s Army (NPA) and people’s militias a temporary unilateral ceasefire in unity with the Filipino people’s observance of traditional holidays and provide the people and their revolutionary forces a brief period to pay tribute to their heroes and martyrs as they mark and celebrate the Party’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

This unilateral declaration of temporary ceasefire shall be in effect on the following period:

12:01 a.m. of December 24, 2018 to 11:59 p.m. of December 26, 2018

and

12:01 a.m. of December 31, 2018 to 11:59 p.m. of January 1, 2019

During the days covered by this temporary ceasefire declaration, all units of the NPA and people’s militias shall cease and desist from carrying out offensive military campaigns and operations against uniformed armed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP).

With this temporary unilateral ceasefire declaration, AFP soldiers and PNP personnel can also take a brief leave from their incessant but mostly fruitless military offensives to visit their families during the holidays. Those who wish to visit their families and friends in areas within the guerrilla territories of the NPA can do so freely so long as they have not committed any crime and there are no outstanding warrants for their arrest.

However, all units and commands of the NPA are directed to stay on alert for active defense mode during this temporary ceasefire period. All Red fighters and commanders shall maintain a high degree of militancy and vigilance against hostile actions or movements by enemy armed forces, including those laying siege on communities and subjecting people to armed suppression and violence in the guise of so-called “peace and development operations” or “law enforcement,” and those mounting combat operations with the aim of encircling units of the NPA.

At no point during this temporary unilateral ceasefire period should the NPA leave the people defenseless and place their units in danger. This temporary unilateral ceasefire can be cut short or canceled if AFP military offensives, armed suppression against communities and attacks against activists by the Duterte regime worsen in the next few days and weeks. On the other hand, it can also be extended by a few days if positive conditions arise.

All Party organs and NPA units must continue to closely assess the situation, monitor enemy movements, immediately report the situation and any incident on the ground.

Temporary unilateral ceasefire amid Duterte all-out war of suppression

We are declaring this temporary unilateral ceasefire in solidarity with the traditional observance of Christmas and New Year holidays, which this year coincides with the special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

The Central Committee declares this 5-day temporary unilateral ceasefire amid all-out military offensives by the US-Duterte regime in the countryside and relentless attacks against the legal democratic movement and all opposition forces which compel the people to heighten all forms of resistance against the regime’s ruthless armed suppression, mass murder, terrorist violence and brazen exercise of absolute power.

The all-out military offensives being mounted by the AFP compel the NPA to mount tactical offensives to counter enemy armed suppression and repel the violence being inflicted by the Duterte regime and the AFP against the people.

Celebrating the CPP’s 50th anniversary through heightened resistance against the US-Duterte regime

Duterte’s cruel and ruthless all-out war compel all revolutionary forces to wage firm resistance while celebrating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the CPP. In the coming year, let us celebrate the victories and achievements of the Party and people by waging relentless struggle.

Let us celebrate 50 years of unrelenting revolutionary struggles by the Filipino people guided by the correct leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Let us also look forward to the bright future of greater revolutionary victories as the crisis of the ruling semicolonial and semifeudal system worsens rapidly and compels the people to bring their national democratic revolutionary struggle to greater heights and closer to complete victory.

The Central Committee urges all revolutionary forces to celebrate the Party’s upcoming 50th anniversary on December 26 by heightening all forms of resistance against the US-Duterte fascist regime. We must all struggle arduously to frustrate Duterte’s scheme of extending martial law in Mindanao, exercising de facto nationwide martial law powers, giving the military full control of various government agencies and programs and employing the military and police to manipulate the results of the 2019 elections to ensure local government control by pro-Duterte and pro-AFP officials and put congress under his majority control in order to push charter change for his federalism project next year so he can impose his dictatorship with the support of allied regional warlords and political dynasties.

The US-Duterte regime is pipedreaming when it declares it can completely defeat the armed revolution by middle of next year. It is set on being roundly frustrated as the NPA continues to gain strength nationwide, mount tactical offensives, carry out agrarian revolution with the peasant masses and build organs of political power across the entire country.

The US-Duterte regime is extremely hated by the people for its tyranny, corruption, mass killings, overlordship of shabu smuggling and drug trade, excessive foreign loans, burdensome taxes, inflation and other anti-people economic policies, subservience to the US and sellout to China. Determined to oust Duterte from power and make him account for all his crimes, the Filipino people are bound to unite and rise up in greater numbers in the coming months, pushing the military and police to withdraw support in the same way manner that Marcos and Estrada were ousted from power.

With the Party’s leadership and inspired by 50 years of victories, the Filipino people are ever determined to wage resistance against the ruthless attacks of the US-Duterte regime. Duterte’s overthrow will be a glorious victory for the Filipino people.

A thousand clandestine rallies, meetings and assemblies

Duterte has directed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to launch all-out attacks to prevent the masses from mounting large assemblies on December 26 in the vain hope of suppressing the people’s celebration of their revolutionary victories and achievements during the CPP’s 50th anniversary.

We call on all Party organs, units and commands of the New People’s Army (NPA), all revolutionary mass organizations, activists and supporters of the revolutionary cause to mount a thousand clandestine meetings, assemblies and mass rallies across the nation, inside and outside the guerrilla base areas, in their schools, offices and homes, as well as abroad in the coming weeks and months. Duterte and his military cabal will be blind and deaf as hundreds of thousands mark the Party’s golden anniversary.

The revolutionary people are set to recite poems, sing and dance in joyous celebration of their victories and achievements attained with the Party’s leadership and guidance, even as they further strengthen their determination to wage arduous resistance against the US-Duterte fascist regime and persevere in difficult struggle for however long it takes to end the semicolonial and semifeudal system and achieve complete national and social liberation.

NDFP condemns arrest of Casambre couple

NDFP Negotiating Panel | Press Statement

Fidel V. Agcaoili
Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel
December 7, 2018

Photo by PILC

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) vehemently condemns the arrest last night of Rey Claro Casambre, executive director of the Philippine Peace Center and his wife Cora as they were on the way home to Molino, Cavite.

Casambre was arrested on trumped-up murder and frustrated murder charges related to an incident in Lupon, Davao Oriental on September 13, 2018. Also in the charge sheet and currently experiencing intense harassment and surveillance are others who have assisted the NDFP negotiating panel in various capacities as resource persons, writers, researchers and staff during the peace negotiations.

As was done to the other arrested NDFP consultants, the arresting team planted firearms, ammunition and explosives in the Casambres’ vehicle to ensure their prolonged and unjust detention.

Casambre is the fourth NDFP consultant active in the peace negotiations to be arrested this year. A long-time peace advocate who has closely monitored and conducted extensive research on the Philippine peace process, Casambre was a frequent speaker in fora organized by multi-sectoral groups calling for the resumption of the peace negotiations. He also often granted interviews to the media on issues related to the peace talks.

The Duterte regime’s unjust arrest of Casambre on ludicrous charges virtually closes the doors to any possibility of resuming the peace negotiations with the Duterte regime. To ensure the smooth resumption of the formal peace talks, the detained peace consultants should be released immediately.#

Government neglect and AFP’s inhumaneness in the time of calamity

Valentin Palamine Regional Operations Command
New People’s Army, Far South Mindanao Region
Press statement | 4 December 2018

It has been two months from the time when a contagious disease begin to spread rapidly in several Lumad communities in Upper Suyan village, Malapatan town in Sarangani Province. Local civilian organizations confirmed that towards the end of November, at least 22 B’laan residents have died due to its complications. A large number of those who are infected as well as the fatalities are children. Reports said that the disease has measles-like symptoms.

The communities affected by the epidemic are Datal Nay, Upper Kiogam, Lower Kiogam, Dlumay, Alna, Maybaka, Mahayag, Glandang, Matsuli ang Upper Kihan, all located in the Upper Suyan village.

The NPA unit operating in the area eventually act when the epidemic arise by rendering medi- cal services and assisting the residents. The Party committee formally informed the Upper Suyan barangay council, the LGU-Malapatan and the provincial government of Sarangani regarding the malady and suggested that the local government must inspect the affected areas and conduct a medical mission. But the local government failed to make immediate actions.

When the medical mission was finally organized, the LGU decided that it will be conducted in areas close to the barangay center only. The difficulties of the patients to get into the place for treatment were not considered, and it dishonestly claimed that there is no traversable road leading into the affected areas. The LGU also insisted on taking military escorts to the medical mission.

The NPA considered the conditions as calamitous and it decisively carried out humanitarian duties. While the reactionary government has not made any pronouncement on the state of the area, the 73rd IB-AFP furtively resumes its offensive operations. A day before the start of the medical mission, AFP combat troops arrive in Lino, Mahayag ang Maybaka communities in Upper Suyan village. The troops came from Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental and took a one- week trek to reach Upper Suyan. The patients and their families were terrified by the presence of the fascist forces and consequently, they decided not to come to the medical mission.

The Red fighters keep up with their duties while more and more patients refused to go to the medical mission for check-up. On November 29, a Red fighter was ambushed by the 73rd IB forces in Sulkili community, Kihan village in Malapatan while he was on his way to assist the masses. The reactionary forces took advantage of the medical mission to contain the revolu- tionaries in a defensive state.

Our warmest Red salute to Ka Pedped who sacrificed his life while serving the sick and needy B’laan masses!

According to reports from NPA-Sarangani Province and civilian organizations, the communi- ties affected by the disease are suffering from very depressing conditions. Previously, these communities have been displaced by the enduring AFP military campaign and indiscriminate bombardments. The reactionary government’s negligence further worsens the residents’ unsound situation.

The VPROC appeals to all the revolutionary forces, progressive groups and individuals, human rights advocates, patriotic health professionals, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and the religious and civil groups to delve into the state of the distressed Lumad communities in Upper Suyan, Malapatan. We encourage your fraternal support and endeavor to deliver appropriate medical needs, foods and other basic provisions for the patients and their families. We also call for an independent medical mission as well as an impartial pathological study on the fatal disease.

Ka Gary Angeles
Spokesperson, VPROC-NPA

AFP’s EastMinComm setting stage to extend martial law, legalize hit squads with sham ‘engagements’ with NPA

New People’s Army
Regional Operations Command
Southern Mindanao Region

December 4, 2018 | PRESS STATEMENT | Bisaya»

The lies the spinmeisters of the AFP’s Eastern Mindanao Command and Region 11’s Philippine National Police are getting more ridiculous in their desperate bid to ensure that martial law and the atmosphere of hysteria persist in Davao City and elsewhere in Southern Mindanao. In addition, these fabricated stories are being capitalized by no less than GRP Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to institutionalize an “anti-SPARU unit” that will legitimize more and more summary killings against activists, suspected sympathizers of the revolutionary movement and critics of the US-Duterte regime’s anti-people programs and policies. As resistance to fascism and tyranny continues to grow, the Duterte regime is hell-bent in weaving fantastical tales meant to sow fear and exonerate the excesses of martial rule.

The latest of these tall tales includes the orchestrated encounter in the closed down Victorio Beach Resort in Purok 10, Talomo Cemento in Davao City. The AFP and the Davao City Police Office claim that a “shootout” ensued following the local police and AFP troopers’ operation to arrest NPA members supposedly in hiding in the resort. Prior to this, last September 21, another operation supposedly happened in Brgy. Langub in Maa, Davao City where the local police raided a house and arrested members of the NPA.

Duterte decries that these so-called “engagements” prompted him to consider forming death squads to “counter” the NPA’s SPARU units. In truth, he wants to curry more favor from the AFP and PNP to allow him to stay in power by making sure that the latter’s profiteering ventures overflow with augmented budget for intelligence and operation funds. In Davao City alone, the proposed local budget for 2019 is being prepped to increase by P1B, which will include additional reserve to be corrupted by the AFP and the PNP. Not content with the killing spree of civilians perpetrated by uniformed state agents under Oplan Tokhang, martial law and Oplan Kapayapaan, the fascist tyrant intends to fatten up his fascist thugs and further spread the culture of impunity in the regime’s armed forces.

Elsewhere in the region, the proclivity to spew out lies has become an AFP strategy. Most recently, similar fictitious “engagements” in North Cotabato were claimed by the AFP in Brgy. Lanao Kuran, Arakan on October 19 while a day care center was burned down by soldiers and paramilitaries masquerading as NPA members in Brgy. Mahongcog, Magpet on November 15.

Not one of these stories has any modicum of truth in them. In Davao City, these fabrications are a deceitful means to crackdown on legal protests being peacefully carried out by progressive groups resisting imperialist plunder, contractualization, fascism and the US-Duterte regime’s anti-people policies. Davao City’s local government has long been planning to outlaw peaceful protests and demonstrations. Elsewhere, these misinformations serve the sole purpose of the AFP’s all too evident intent to extend the implementation of martial law in Mindanao and provide Duterte a convenient leeway for his anti-people schemes such as the Build, Build, Build program to encroach on and displace Lumad and peasant communities.

NPA death squads are a figment of the US-Duterte regime’s hare-brained imagination. All NPA units in Southern Mindanao adhere to the strictest rule regarding the dispensation of revolutionary justice against AFP, PNP and paramilitary personnel who have committed the gravest crimes against the people. This is a far cry from the almost daily executions being carried out by the armed forces of the US-Duterte regime who not only enjoy the kid-glove protection of Duterte himself, but the added benefit of receiving accolades and financial reward in the process. It is to the AFP and the PNP’s utmost advantage that an air of paranoia be maintained in order to perpetuate the regime’s despotic rule.

Scare tactics aside, the AFP’s EastMinComm has in reality become increasingly desperate. The fact that it finds it necessary to resort to concocting fantastic tales and engagements proves not only that it is running out of excuses to justify its fascism but also that it is becoming very much aware that its troops are no match to the NPA whose forces continue to enjoy the love and support of the masses.

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


Ginahawan sa EastMinComm sa AFP ang dalan alang sa pagpalungtad sa balaod militar, pagligalisa sa mga hit squad gamit ang mga mini nga ‘engkwentro’ tali sa NPA

Samot nga nahimong kataw-anan ang mga bakak sa Eastern Mindanao Command sa AFP ug Philippine National Police sa Region 11 sa ilang desperadong paningkamot nga ipanegurong magpabilin ang balaod militar ug ang sitwasyon sa kalisang sa Davao City ug uban pang bahin sa Southern Mindanao. Dugang pa, ginahimong puhonan ni GRP Pres. Rodrigo Duterte kining mga minugna nga mga sugilanon aron tukoron ang “kontra-SPARU nga mga yunit” nga moligalisa sa pagpamatay sa mga aktibista, ginasuspetsahang simpatisador sa rebolusyonarong kalihukan ug kritiko sa mga kontra-katawhang programa ug palisiya sa rehimeng US-Duterte.

Pinakaulahi niining mga butbot mao ang hinimo-himong engkwentro sulod sa saradong Victorio Beach Resort sa Purok 10, Talomo Cemento sa Davao City. Ginaangkon sa AFP ug sa Davao City Police Office nga kuno adunay nahitabong “shootout” human gisulayan sa lokal nga pulisiya ug sa mga tropa sa AFP nga arestuhon ang mga membro sa NPA nga nagtago sa maong resort. Ayha niini, niadtong Setyembre 21, lain pang operisyon ang matud pa nahitabo sa Brgy. Langub sa Maa, Davao City diin gireyd sa kapulisan ang usa ka balay ug giaresto ang mga membro sa NPA.

Gikundena ni Duterte ang maong mga “engkwentro” isip hinungdan sa iyang pagduso nga tukoron ang mga death squad aron “santaon” ang mga yunit sa SPARU sa NPA. Sa pagkatinuod, gusto lang niyang palipayon ang AFP ug PNP aron tugotan siyang magpabilin sa gahum pinaagi sa pagseguro nga magpadayon ang pagpangwarta sa kasundalohan ug kapulisan gamit ang mas dakung pundo sa paniktik ug operisyon. Sa Davao City pa lang, giplano na nga paburoton og dugang P1B ang badyet alang sa tuig 2019 nga molangkob sa mas dakung pundo nga gatasan sa korap nga AFP ug PNP. Wala pa nakuntento sa mga pagpatay nga hinimoan sa mga ahente sa estado ilalom sa Oplan Tokhang, balaod militar ug Oplan Kapayapaan, nagtumong ang pasistang si Duterte nga himuon pang bulahan ang iyang mga pasistang tigpanumpo ug labaw pang ipakaylap ang kultura sa kawalay tulubagon sa armadong pwersa sa iyang rehimen.

Sa laing dapit sa rehiyon, nahimo nang estratehiya sa AFP ang kahilig nga magpakaylap og bakak. Niining ulahi, susamang mga minugna nga balita sa “engkwentro” sa North Cotabato ang gipakuyanap sa AFP sa Brgy. Lanao Kuran, Arakan niadtong Oktubre 19 samtang gisunog sa mga sundalo ug paramilitar nga nagpakanang mga membro sa NPA ang usa ka day care center sa Brgy. Mahongcog, Magpet niadtong Nobyembre 15.

Walay bisan usa niining mga sugilanon ang tinuod. Sa Davao City, usa ka malimbungong paagi kining mga bakak aron pitulon ang mga ligal nga protesta sa mga progresibong grupo nga nagbatuk sa imperyalistang pagpangawkaw, kontraktwalisasyon, pasismo ug mga kontra-katawhang palisiya sa rehimeng US-Duterte. Dugay nang giplano sa lokal nga gobyerno sa Davao City nga himuong krimen ang malinawong mga protesta ug demonstrasyon. Sa laing dapit, ginagamit kining mga bakak aron palungtaron pa ang pagpatuman sa balaod militar sa Mindanao ug hatagan si Duterte og lugway alang sa iyang kontra-katawhang mga iskema sama sa programang Build, Build, Build nga mopahawa sa mga Lumad ug mag-uuma gikan sa ilang komunidad.

NPA death squads are a figment of the US-Duterte regime’s hare-brained imagination. All NPA units in Southern Mindanao adhere to the strictest rule regarding the dispensation of revolutionary justice against AFP, PNP and paramilitary personnel who have committed the gravest crimes against the people. This is a far cry from the almost daily executions being carried out by the armed forces of the US-Duterte regime who not only enjoy the kid-glove protection of Duterte himself, but the added benefit of receiving accolades and financial reward in the process. It is to the AFP and the PNP’s utmost advantage that an air of paranoia be maintained in order to perpetuate the regime’s despotic rule.

Handuraw lang sa burong nga imahinasyon sa rehimeng US-Duterte ang mga death squad sa NPA. Nagtamod ang tanang yunit sa NPA sa Southern Mindanao sa istriktong balaod kalabot sa pagpahamtang og rebolusyonaryong hustisya batuk sa mga sakop sa AFP, PNP ug ilang mga paramilitar kinsa nakahimo og pinakamangtas nga krimen ngadto sa katawhan. Lahi kaayo kini sa halos inadlaw nga mga pagpatay nga hinimoan sa armadong pwersa sa rehimeng US-Duterte kinsa nagbaton dili lang sa pag-amoma mismo ni Dutete apan labaw pa sa iyang taas nga pag-ila ug ganti nga salapi. Hingpit nga bentaha alang sa AFP ug PNP nga magpadayon ang kahadlok sa katawhan aron magpabilin ang mangtas nga paghari sa rehimen.

Luyo sa mga taktika sa pagpanghadlok niini, grabe na ka desperado ang EastMinComm sa AFP. Ang kamatuoran nga gikinahanglan niining magmugna og salikwaot nga mga sugilanon ug engkwentro nagpamatuod dili lang nga nahutdan na kini og pasangil sa iyang pasismo apan nakaamgo na kini nga dili kaya tupngan sa iyang tropa ang mga pwersa sa NPA kinsa nagpadayong nagbaton sa gugma ug suporta sa masa.

Terror, summary killings, school burning and fake news among AFP staples in North Cotabato

Mt. Apo Sub-Regional Operations Command
New People’s Army, Southern Mindanao Region

PRESS STATEMENT | December 1, 2018 | Bisaya»

The implementation of martial law in Mindanao has already resulted in innumerable human rights violations that the AFP, especially the rotten 39th IB and 19th IB in North Cotabato, have resorted in peddling fake news to cover up their reign of terror, summary killings and assault against schools in the hinterland Lumad and peasant villages in the province.

In the morning of November 15, at least 15 masked and fully-armed AFP soldiers and members of the paramilitary Bagani swooped down a day care center in Brgy. Mahongcog, Magpet and tied up and terrorized teacher Amelita Nebres. In keeping with a storyline, the AFP soldiers declared themselves to be members of the NPA Guerilla Front 53 carrying out a punitive action against the hapless teacher who supposedly failed to deliver an extortion letter to the officials of village. The AFP soldiers then proceeded to burn the day care center before fleeing the scene.

It is a curious state of affair, however, that a fully-armed group was able to manhandle a civilian and burn down a school when a similarly heavily-armed AFP detachment sits just a hundred meters away and in the midst of civilian houses in Brgy. Mahongcog. The village has in fact become rather like a virtual military garrison, serving as a de facto command post for all counter-insurgency and psywar operations being carried out by the 39th IB and 19th IB. Even the masses in Brgy. Mahongcog and neighboring villages are incredulous of the AFP’s obvious lies.

What the masses in Magpet and nearby towns know for sure is the fact that it is the fascist AFP troops who have mastered the vicious modus operandi of demonizing and demolishing schools, harassing teachers and students and killing members and officials of Parents, Teachers and Community Association (PTCA), as their commander-in-chief GRP Pres. Rodrigo Duterte promised on several occasions to “bomb Lumad schools” and “flatten” their hills.

On November 18, Esteban Empong, a PTCA official of a Lumad school in his village in Sitio Pag-asa, Brgy. Cabalantian, Arakan, was shot dead while staying at a relative’s house in Brgy. Sagundanon in neighboring town Kitaotao, Bukidnon by troopers of the 19th IB and paramilitary CAFGU. Empong, himself a previous teacher of the Lumad school, had been tagged and repeatedly ordered to “surrender” by the 39th IB and 19th IB as an NPA member with a P35,000 bounty on his head.

On November 18, five minors and students of a Lumad school were accosted, two of whom were physically assaulted, in Sitio Bantaan, Brgy. Bagumbayan in Magpet by members of the 19th IB who were on combat operation. Soldiers hit one student several times on his side, wrapped his head inside a cellophane bag until he could hardly breathe and tried to slit his throat with a bolo. Tagged as being run by the NPA, their Lumad school and teachers were vilified during so-called “community meetings” by the 39th IB and the 19th IB.

It should be remembered that on October 23, 2015, AFP troops under the 8th and 23rd IB instigated and escorted the village chief and some cohorts to demolish a Lumad school in nearby Brgy. White Culaman in Kitaotao town, Bukidnon. The school had also been tagged by the AFP as an “NPA school.” For several years since their opening, Lumad schools in Magpet, Arakan and Makilala in North Cotabato have received the same red-baiting, harassment and terrorizing from the 39th IB, the 19th IB and previous abusive AFP units assigned in the province.

The propensity to orchestrate a scenario and promptly peddle misinformation for the media to lap up is by no means a new tactic employed by AFP troops in North Cotabato. On October 19, in a fit of desperation, the 19th IB fed the media a story of a “45-minute encounter” with NPA forces in Brgy. Lanao-Kuran in Arakan town, “killing a certain Alvin” and “wounding 2 female rebels” and finally “seizing an M14 rifle” to round up an elaborate tale that is as far from the truth as their claim of weakening the masses’ armed revolutionary resistance in North Cotabato.

The lies which the AFP troops perpetuate to cover their burning of a day care center and the supposed “encounter” in Arakan are merely part of their scheme to justify their continued and intensifying militarization under martial law and Oplan Kapayapaan. Worse, these falsehoods serve as smokescreen for the real and heinous crimes that their soldiers continuously perpetrate against civilians.

In early October, a fact-finding delegation tasked to investigate the rights violations committed by AFP and paramilitary troops in Magpet were themselves harassed by soldiers encamped in civilian houses and structures in Brgy. Balite. Nevertheless, the delegation was able to document cases of torture, harassment, intimidation and forced surrender of Lumad and peasant residents.

Not a single person is fooled by the worn-out AFP propaganda that the implementation of martial law has not resulted in rights violations and killings in North Cotabato. Already a deeply fascist and corrupt armed institution, the AFP and their paramilitaries are being emboldened by Duterte to commit the most heinous crimes against the people and line their pockets with funds from forced surrenders and extortion of civilians.

ISABEL SANTIAGO
Spokesperson
Mt. Apo Sub-Regional Operations Command
NPA-Southern Mindanao Region


Kalisang, pagpatay, pagsunog og eskwelahan ug fake news naandang buhat sa AFP sa North Cotabato

Tungod kay ang pagpatuman sa balaod militar sa Mindanao miresulta na sa dili maihap nga mga pagyatak sa tawhanong katungod, walay kapilian ang AFP, labaw na ang dunot nga 39th IB ug 19th IB sa North Cotabato, kundili ang pagbaligya og fake news aron tabunan ang paghari sa kalisang, pagpatay ug atake sa mga eskwelahan sa hilit nga mga baryo sa Lumad ug mag-uuma sa probinsya.

Sayong buntag niadtong Nobyembre 15, dili moubos sa 15 ka nagtaptap ug armadong mga membro sa AFP ug paramilitar nga Bagani ang midunggo sa usa ka day care center sa Brgy. Mahongcog, Magpet ug migapos sa nalisang nga magtutudlo nga si Amelita Nebres. Subay sa ilang giandam nga istorya, mideklara ang mga sundalo nga mga membro kuno sila sa NPA Guerilla Front 53 kinsa nagpatuman og silot batuk sa magtutudlo sa iyang kapakyasan nga ihatag ang extortion letter sa mga opisyal sa barangay. Gisunog gilayon sa mga sundalo ang day care center ayha mihawa sa nahitaboan.

Apan kahibulongan ang kahimtang nga nabuhat sa usa ka armadong grupo ang paghulga sa usa ka sibilyan ug pagsunog sa usa ka eskwelahan samtang adunay detatsment sa AFP dili layo sa nahitaboan ug anaa sa tunga sa kabalayan sa mga sibilyan sa Brgy. Mahongcog. Sa tinuod, nahimo nang daw usa ka baraks sa kasudalohan ang maong baryo nga nagsilbing usa ka command post sa tanang mga kontra-insurhensiya ug saywar nga operisyon nga ginapatuman sa 39th IB ug 19th IB. Bisan ang mga masa sa Brgy. Mahongcog ug mga sikbit nga barangay wa nagatuo sa tataw nga bakak sa AFP.

Ang siguradong gituohan sa mga masa sa Magpet ug sikbit nga mga munisipyo mao ang kamatuoran nga ang pasistang mga tropa sa AFP mismo ang maoy hawud sa mangtas nga modus operandi sa pagpanamastamas ug pagbungkag sa mga eskwelahan, pagpangharas sa mga magtutudlo ug estudyante ug pagpatay sa mga membro ug opisyal sa Parents, Teachers and Community Association (PTCA), samtang ang ilang commander-in-chief nga si GRP Pres. Rodrigo Duterte pila ka higayong nagsaad nga “bombahon ang mga eskwelahan sa Lumad ug “patagon” ang ilang mga bukid.
Niadtong Nobyembre 18, gipusil-patay sa mga tropa sa 19th IB ug CAFGU si Esteban Empong, opisyal sa PTCA sa usa ka Lumadnong eskwelahan sa iyang baryo sa Sityo Pag-asa, Brgy. Cabalantian, Arakan, samtang nagpuyo siya sa balay sa iyang paryente sa Brgy. Sagundanon sa munisipyo sa Kitaotao, Bukidnon. Usa ka kanhing magtutudlo sa ilang Lumadnong eskwelahan, pila ka higayong gipasanginlan ug gimandoan nga mosurender si Empong sa 39th IB ug 19th IB kinsa nagbutang og P35,000 nga ganti alang sa iyang ulo.

Niadtong Nobyembre 18, lima ka menor-de-edad nga mga estudyante sa usa ka Lumadnong eskwelahan ang giharang ug gisukit-sukit sa mga membro sa nag-operisyong tropa sa 19th IB sa Sityo Bantaan, Brgy. Bagumbayan sa Magpet. Gisumbag sa mga sundalo ang kilid sa usa sa mga estudyante, gisulod og cellophane bag ang iyang ulo hangtud nga naglisod siya og ginhawa ug gisulayan og gulgol ang iyang liog gamit ang sundang. Atol sa mga “pulong-pulong” nga gilunsad sa 39th IB ug 19th IB, gipasanginlan sa mga sundalo nga eskwelahan sa NPA ang ilang tulunghaan ug mga rebelde kuno ang ilang mga magtutudlo.

Kahinumdoman nga niadtong Oktubre 23, 2015, gikuyogan sa kasundalohan ilalom sa 8th IB ug 23rd IB ang kapitan ug pipila niya ka kauban sa pagguba sa usa ka Lumadnong eskwelahan sa sikbit nga barangay sa White Culaman sa munisipyo sa Kitaotao, Bukidnon. Gipasanginlang “eskwelahan sa NPA” ang maong tulunghaan. Sulod sa pila ka tuig sukad sa ilang pag-abli, gibaton sa mga Lumadnong eskwelahan sa Magpet, Arakan ug Makilala sa North Cotabato ang susamang pasangil, pagpanghulga ug pagpanghadlok gikan sa 39th IB, 19th IB ug uban pang mga abusadong yunit sa AFP nga na-asayn sa probinsya.

Dili na bag-o alang sa mga tropa sa AFP sa North Cotabato ang pagmugna og mga bakak ug pagbaligya niini ngadto as midya. Niadtong Oktubre 19, desperadong gibalita sa 19th IB sa midya ang istorya sa usa ka “45-minutos nga engkwentro” tali sa pwersa sa NPA sa Brgy. Lanao-Kuran sa Arakan, diin “napatay ang usa ka ginganlang Alvin,” “samdan ang 2 ka babayeng rebelde” ug “nasakmit ang usa ka riple nga M14.” Ang maong makuti nga sugilanon labihan ka layo sa kamatuoran, sama sa ilang pangagpas nga ila nang napahuyang ang armadong rebolusyonaryong pagsukol sa masa sa North Cotabato.

Ang giluwatang mga butbot sa mga tropa sa AFP aron tabunan ang ilang pagsunog sa usa ka day care center ug ang nahitabong engkwentro kuno sa Arakan kabahin lamang sa ilang iskema aron hatagag-rason ang padayon ug nagkagrabeng militarisasyon ilalom sa balod militar ug Oplan Kapayapaan. Labaw pa, kining mga bakak nagsilbing taming sa tinuod ug linuog nga mga krimen nga padayong ginapahamtang sa ilang kasundalohan batuk sa mga sibilyan.

Niadtong sayong bahin sa Oktubre, gihulga sa mga sundalo nga nagkampo sa kabalayan ug mga sibilyang istruktura sa Brgy. Balite, Magpet ang mismong delegasyon kinsa nagtumong nga imbestigahan ang mga kaso sa pagyatak sa tawhanong katungod nga hinimoan sa AFP ug mga paramilitar niini. Bisan pa man, natala sa maong delegasyon ang mga kaso sa tortyur, pagpanghulga, pagpanghadlok ug pugos nga pagpasurender sa mga residenteng Lumad ug mag-uuma.

Walay si bisan kinsa ang nalimbong sa gasgas nang propaganda sa AFP nga wala miresulta sa mga pagyatak sa katungod ug pagpatay ang pagpatuman sa balaod militar sa North Cotabato. Daan nang hingpit nga pasista ug korap nga armadong institusyon, ginadasig ang AFP ug ilang mga paramilitar sa mga pagpanghulhog ni Duterte nga buhaton ang labihan ka ngilngig nga mga krimen batuk sa katawhan ug paburoton ang ilang mga bulsa gamit ang pundo gikan sa pagpangilkil ug pugos nga mga pagpasurender sa mga sibilyan.