MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION IN MINDANAO – A DE FACTO NATIONWIDE DECLARATION- FURTHER LAYS THE GROUND FOR DUTERTE’S DICTATORSHIP

Press statement | 15 December 2017 | Bisaya»

The NDFP-Mindanao vehemently denounces the one-year extension of martial law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao, which is a step further in laying the ground for Duterte’s fascist dictatorial rule. And since the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA), which are nationwide revolutionary organizations, are included as “bases” for the extension, martial law is thus imposed, de facto, on a nationwide scale, whose implementation, by way of the bloody all-out war and Oplan Kapayapaan, goes beyond Mindanao towards both the Visayas and Luzon.

With the backing of his supermajority cohort in congress, Duterte secured for himself and the AFP/PNP absolute control over the economic, political and even the cultural life of the people in the island. Duterte’s AFP and PNP, through their brutal operations, can control the economic activities (such as farming) of the masses, especially those which they suspect to be in support of the revolutionary movement. They can impose upon local government units to redirect their resources to buttress its unjust war and attacks against the people. The AFP/PNP even threatened to deprive media people of their right to cover activities of the CPP and the NPA such as their anniversary celebration, an act which disregards the media’s independence and the freedom of the press.

This is the latest in a series of draconian measures imposed by the US-Duterte regime that aims to deliberately kill any semblance of democracy left in the nation. With the extension, the Filipino people are forced to swallow Duterte’s tyranny. Part of its deceitful strategy is to focus on Mindanao first and perfidiously work its way up to encompass the Visayas and Luzon, so that, in dividing the nation, Duterte will avoid facing the impact of a nationwide uprising against his fascist rule. A one-year extension will also serve to “test the waters” and feel the people’s pulse, but will not limit it to further extensions beyond 2018. Duterte’s minions in congress enabled him to further consolidate his tyranny even in shameless and blatant violation of their own Constitution, which they, in all hypocrisy, swore to uphold and defend.

With the extension, the people of Mindanao can only expect the escalation of Duterte’s and the AFP’s brutal, anti-people all-out war against the revolutionary movement and the peasant and Lumad masses. The extended and more inclusive martial law will further give license to the AFP to employ indiscriminate airstrikes using jet fighters, attack helicopters and armed drones, shelling with newly-bought 155mm howitzer cannons, and direct brutal attacks by regular AFP troops and their paramilitary goons – all aimed against civilian communities in the countryside, towns and cities. These atrocities will lead to the evacuation and displacement of innocent civilians in their hundreds of thousands.

Recently, Duterte once again alluded to an attack by so-called “ISIS-inspired terrorists” sometime in the next few weeks somewhere in Mindanao, possibly in North or South Cotabato or even in Cotabato City. With an extended martial law in place, we can expect Duterte’s AFP to rain down its destructive force once more against another city or town, similar to what it did to Marawi City. With this, the Duterte regime’s war against the Bangsamoro will doubtlessly intensify, stifling further the Moro people’s struggle for their genuine right to self-determination.

The AFP/PNP claim that cities are more “peaceful” under martial law, but this is a big lie. This is just another devious tactic to deny support from people in the urban centers to the masses who are victims of militarization in the countryside. The truth is, under military rule, Mindanao will lay witness to an unprecedented rise in the body count of extrajudicial killing victims in urban centers, either through the bloody Oplan Tokhang, which has been recently taken over by the PNP, or through the political assassination of leaders and members of legitimate progressive organizations, whom Duterte threatened to crackdown.

However, despite all of Duterte’s Hitler-like fear-mongering and shock-and-awe tactics, the revolutionary movement, led by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), is unperturbed and determined to fight. Revolutionaries as well as the struggling masses would rather face death fighting rather than bow down to Duterte’s fascist dictatorship.

As soon as Duterte exposed himself as a blood-thirsty fascist who desire nothing but his rise as a dictator, he has already signed his own death certificate by way of his regime’s downfall. But Duterte’s ouster will only take place under the resolute unity of the people. Thus, now more than ever, it is the moral responsibility of all exploited and oppressed classes and sectors in society, including the middle classes as well as the patriotic and enlightened gentry, in Mindanao and the rest of the country to unite in a broad anti-fascist united front to oust the US-Duterte regime. The NDFP-Mindanao also calls upon the people of Luzon and the Visayas to march hand in hand with the people of Mindanao and fight against Duterte’s fascism and eventually boot him out and bury him and his tyranny in the dustbin of history.#

KA JOAQUIN JACINTO
Spokesperson
NDFP-MINDANAO


Press statement | 15 December 2017

ANG PAGPALUGWAY SA MARTIAL LAW SA MINDANAO, PAGKATINUOD USA KA DEKLARASYON NGA MOLANGKOB TIBUOK NASUD, LABAW PANG NAGPALIG-ON SA DIKTADURA NI DUTERTE

Ang NDFP-Mindanao hugot nga nagkundena sa usa ka tuig nga pagpalugway sa martial law ug pagsuspindi sa writ of habeas corpus sa Mindanao, tataw nga usa ka lakang alang sa pagpalig-on sa pasista ug diktadurang paghari ni Duterte. Ug, tungod kay nahilakip na ang Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP) ug Bagong Hukbong Bayan (BHB), mga rebolusyonaryong organisasyon nga may ginsakpan sa tibuok nasud, isip “basehan” sa maong pagpalugway, ang martial law, sa pagkatinuod (de facto), gipahamtang na sa tibuok nasud bisan pa man Mindanao lang ang langkob niini. Nahimo kini tungod kay ang pagpatuman sa balaod militar, pinaagi sa maduguong todo gera ug Oplan Kapayapaan, langkubon usab ang Visayas ug Luzon.

Pinaagi sa pagpaluyo sa iyang mga kakunsabong supermajority sa kongreso, si Duterte miangkon alang sa iyang kaugalingon ug sa AFP/PNP og hingpit nga kontrol sa kinabuhing pang-ekonomiya, pang-pulitika ug bisan pangkultura sa katawhan sa isla. Ang AFP ug PNP ni Duterte, pinaagi sa ilang bangis nga mga operisyon, mahimong mokontrola sa pang-ekonomikanhong aktibidad sa masa, sama sa pagpanguma sa mga mag-uuma, ilabina kadtong gisuspetsahan nila nga nagsuporta sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan. Makamando sila ngadto sa mga lokal nga sibilyang gobyerno aron nga iliwag ang kwarta sa katawhan ngadto sa pagsuporta sa ilang dili makatarunganong gubat ug mga pagpangatake sa katawhan. Nagbahad usab ang AFP/PNP nga did-an ang taga-media nga mo-cover sa mga aktibidad sa PKP ug BHB sama sa mga anibersaryo, nga hingpit nga nagbalewala sa pagka-independyente ug kagawasan sa prensa.

Pinakaulahi kini sa serye sa mga mapitolong mga lakang nga gipahamtang sa rehimeng US-Duterte nga nagtinguha nga tinuyuang wagtangon ang bisan unsamang nahibiling dagway sa demokrasya sa nasud. Pinaagi sa ekstensyon, ang katawhang Pilipino pugsanong gipatulon sa diktadura ni Duterte. Kabahin sa estratehiya niini nga unahong puntingon ang Mindanao ug, sa ngadto-ngadto, malinglahong magmaniobra aron langkubon ang Kabisay-an ug Luzon. Gituyo kini ni Duterte aron bahinon ang nasud ug likayan ang pag-atubang usa ka dakong bul-og sa panag-alsa sa katawhan nga nasudnon ang langkob batok sa iyang pasistang paghari. Ang usa ka tuig nga pagpalugway sa martial law mag-silbi usab sa “pagpanimpla” niya aron sayron ang pulso sa katawhan, apan wala kini nagpugong aron malugwayan pa niya ang martial law lapas sa 2018. Ang mga alipures ni Duterte sa kongreso naghatag og gahum kaniya nga labaw pang konsolidahon ang iyang diktadura, bisan pa nga walay ulaw ug dayag nga gilapas nini ang ilang Konstitusyon, nga ila kunohay’ng gipanumpaang huptan ug depensahan.

Pinaagi sa pagpalugway sa martial law, dahomon sa katawhan sa Mindanao ang paggrabe sa bangis ug kontra-katawhang todong gera ni Duterte ug sa AFP batok sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan ug sa masang mag-uuma ug Lumad. Ang gipalugway ug malangkubong martial law samot nga maghatag og lisensya ngadto sa AFP nga magpahamtang og mga paturagas nga mga pagpamomba gamit ang mga jet fighter, attack helicopter ug armed drones, pagpanganyon gamit ang mga bag-ong pinalit ng mga 155mm howitzer nga kanyon, ug direktang brutal nga mga pagpangatake sa mga regular nga tropa sa AFP ug sa ilang mga paramilitar. Tanan kini nakapunting batok sa mga sibilyang komunidad sa kabanikanhan, lungsod ug syudad. Kini nga mga pagpanglutos magresulta ngadto sa mas dinaghang pagpamakwit ug pagpalayas gikan sa ilang mga luna ang gatosan ka libo nga mga inosenteng sibiliyan.

Bag-ohay pa lang, si Duterte subling nagpasumbingay mahitungod sa usa ka posibleng atake sa giingong mga “teroristang ISIS” sa mosunod nga pipila ka semana sa usa ka lugar sa Mindanao, nga posibleng sa North o South Cotabato o bisan sa Cotabato City. Karon nga nahikyad na ang usa ka gipalugway nga martial law, dahomon usab nato nga ang AFP/PNP ni Duterte subling magsabwag sa iyang magun-obong pwersa batok sa lain pang syudad o lungsod, sama sa gihimo niini sa Marawi City. Pinaagi niini, ang gera sa rehimeng Duterte batok sa Bangsamoro walay duda nga magkaigting, ug samot niining pitolon ang tinuod nga pakigbisog sa katawhang Moro alang sa kaugalingong paghukom.

Naga-ingon ang AFP/PNP nga mas “malinawon” karon ang mga kasyudaran ubos sa martial law, apan dakong bakak kini. Gigamit kining malinglahong taktika aron ihikaw ang suporta gikan sa katawhan sa syudad ngadto sa mga masang gibiktima sa militarisasyon sa kabanikanhan. Sa pagkatinuod, kaylap na ang ekstrahudisyal nga pagpamatay ug mga iligal pagpang-aresto tungod sa tinumotumo nga kaso sa mga kasyudaran sa Mindanao. Ug, ubos sa labaw pang paghari sa militar sa mosunod nga mga katuigan, ang Mindanao mahimong saksi sa wala pa mahitupngi nga pagsaka sa ihap sa patay’ng lawas sa mga biktima sa pagpamatay sa kasyudaran, kun dili man bunga sa Oplan Tokhang, nga bag-ohay pa lang gigunitan balik sa PNP, mahimo kini pinaagi sa mga pulitikal nga pagpamatay sa mga lider ug membro sa mga lehitimong progresibong organisasyon, nga daan nang gibaharang pitolon ni Duterte.

Apan, taliwala sa tanang sama-kang-Hitler nga pagsabwag og kahadlok ug mga taktikang pagpanghuraw ni Duterte, ang rebolusyonaryong kalihukan, nga gipangulohan sa Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP), wala natay-og ug determinadong mosukol. Ang mga rebolusyonaryo ug ang mga masang nakigbisog mas pillion pang atubangon ang kamatayon nga nakigbisog kaysa moyukbo sa pasistang diktadura ni Duterte.

Sa dihang gipaila ni Duterte ang iyang kaugalingon isip usa ka uhaw-sa-dugo nga pasista ug walay laing gitinguha kun dili ang mahimong diktador, iyaha nang gipirmahan ang iyang sertipiko sa kamatayon pinaagi sa pagpalagpot kaniya ug pagkahugno sa iyang rehimen. Apan ang pagpalagpot kang Duterte mahitabo pinaagi sa hugot ug lig-ong panaghiusa sa katawhan. Busa, karon labaw sa tanang higayon, moral nga responsibilidad sa tanang gipahimuslan ug dinaugdaug nga mga hut-ong ug sektor sa katilingban, lakip ang mga hatungang pwersa ug mga patriyotiko ug nalamdagan nga mga anaa sa nagharing hut-ong, sa Mindanao ug sa tibuok nasud nga maghiusa diha sa usa ka halapad nga anti-pasistang nagkahiusang prente aron palagputon ang pasistang rehimeng US-Duterte. Ang NDFP-Mindanao nanawagan usab sa katawhan sa Luzon ug sa Kabisay-an nga dungan-dungan nga momartsa duyog sa katawhan sa Mindanao aron suklan ang pasismo sa rehimeng Duterte, palagputon kini ug ilubong sa basurahan sa kasaysayan.#

KA JOAQUIN JACINTO
Spokesperson
NDFP-MINDANAO

CPP: Fascist liar Duterte will have himself to blame for rising resistance in Mindanao

The imposition of a one-year martial law extension in Mindanao will heighten the people’s resistance to Duterte’s dictatorship. More and more, he is pushing people to resort to armed struggle as they suffer under his intensifying fascist rule.

The approval was based on AFP reports of “385 atrocities” committed by the NPA in Mindanao, referring to tactical offensives by the people’s army against legitimate military targets and punitive actions against destructive and plunderous companies in the island. This is similar to his previous manufactured claim of 4.7 million drug users to justify his attacks against the urban and rural poor, as well as his political opponents.

Since his martial law declaration, more than 58 activists have been killed in Southern Mindanao, 70% of which are from Compostela Valley, a center of anti-mining resistance which is now dubbed as the “valley of death.” Twelve activists, mostly Lumads, have been killed in the Caraga region. From Lianga to Alabel, thousands have evacuated to escape AFP brutality, forcing them to abandon what little they have and pushing them further into poverty. Lumads in South Cotabato are up in arms after his soldiers opened fire on their community, killing eight and wounding many, on his orders to defend his crony Consunji.

He has pulverized the entire city of Marawi, destroying properties estimated at P100 billion. He has displaced hundreds of thousands of people across the island through militarization, intense aerial bombardment and shelling to clear the way for land-grabbing and plunder by foreign companies and his family’s cronies. He now boasts of using the NPA for “target practice” of his newly-acquired attack helicopters from the US with the same callous attitude to civilian casualties when he ordered the AFP to “flatten the hills” against the people’s army.

By extending martial law, Duterte also bought himself time to ram anti-people and pro-oligarch infrastructure projects under his “Build, build, build” program in Marawi and elsewhere. His Mindanao railway project is due to start next year, fortified by the recent passage of his anti-people tax reform program.

As with all lies, the truth will explode in Duterte’s face. It is historical truth that the NPA increased almost tenfold when Marcos imposed martial law. It was martial law that pushed people from all walks of life and different political persuasions to unite and oust the dictator.

STATEMENT ON THE FURTHER EXTENSION OF MARTIAL LAW AND SUSPENSION OF THE WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS IN MINDANAO

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Founding Chairman, Communist Party of the Philippines
Chief Political Consultant, National Democratic Front of the Philippines
December 14, 2017

The US-directed Duterte regime has obtained from its rubber stamp Congress the further extension of martial law and suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao to the entire year of 2018. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People´s Army (NPA) are identified as the main target, clearly indicating that the entire Philippines will soon be placed under martial rule.

The gross and systematic violation of human rights in Mindanao will certainly escalate.. As the unnecessary and egregious martial rule by Duterte will expand nationwide, the violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the people will surpass the rate and proportions of martial rule under the Marcos fascist dictatorship. Duterte chose to label the CPP and NPA as ¨terrorist¨, impose martial law and his fascist dictatorship on the people exactly at the time that the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP ) were advancing at a rapid rate.

The notoriety of Duterte as the No. 1 terrorist and butcher of the Filipino people is already well-established and secure on the basis of the mass murder of more than 14,000 suspected users and pushers of illegal drugs in impoverished communities, the destruction of Marawi and death of many of its citizens and the growing number of assassinations of legal leaders and activists of organizations of workers, peasants, fishermen, youth, women, indigenous people, church people and advocates of human rights and peace.

The objective of the US-Duterte regime is to destroy the CPP and NPA before the end of 2018 by first concentrating attacks on the guerrilla fronts in Eastern Mindanao and elsewhere in Mindanao and then on the guerrilla fronts in Luzon and the Visayas upon the expansion of martial law nationwide. The regime overestimates the capability of its total armed strength of 170,000 in an archipelago of 115,000 square miles. It exaggerates the psychological impact of terror tactics under martial rule and the effectiveness of US indoctrination, training and equipment.

In comparison to the resources available to Marcos in 1972, Duterte has much less in an underdeveloped, agrarian and semifeudal economy that is far more crisis-stricken than ever before. Under a continuing neoliberal policy, the economy has become far more dependent on the export of raw materials, semi-manufactures and cheap labor, on the import of basic goods and manufactures for consumption and on an ever rising level of foreign debt and taxation to cover trade and budgetary deficits. The GDP growth rate is supposed to be high at 6.9 percent but most of this goes to the few big compradors and foreign investors while the working people suffer low income, mass unemployment and poverty.

What makes Duterte even weaker as a puppet president of the US is his total failure in his war on illegal drugs with the number of addicts rising from 1.8 million in the time of Aquino to more than 4 million now. Worst of all, the truth has come out that he himself is a fentanyl addict and that his close relatives and friends are the main smugglers and distributors of illegal drugs. His promise to get rid of corruption has been exposed as false because it is now absolutely clear that his presidential campaign was funded and assisted by the biggest plunderers like the Marcoses, Arroyos, Estradas and the Eduardo side of the Cojuangcos.

The US is now using Duterte in the vain hope that he can destroy the CPP and NPA and that he can junk the 1987 Constitution under the pretext of setting up a federal form of government under his overcentralized unitary dictatorship on top of regional ruling families of big compradors and landlords in order to do away with the ban on foreign military bases and all restrictions on foreign investments. Duterte is a disposable tool of the US for violating national sovereignty and territorial integrity, the national patrimony and economic sovereignty. Like Marcos, he can be ousted by the people through the convergence of various political forces in a broad united front.

The Duterte regime has no moral and political standing whatsoever to claim that it stands for the rights and interests of the people. It is already discredited and will become far more discredited by engaging in the terror tactics already announced by defense secretary Lorenzana. These terror tactics include the mass arrest of the leaders and members of the legal democratic forces and opposition parties, extortions from businessmen outside of its control and monopoly of business privileges and mass murders and political assassinations of suspected revolutionaries or mere dissenters.

When Marcos proclaimed martial law in 1972, the NPA had only a few guerrilla zones (not yet the size of guerrilla fronts consisting of guerrilla bases and zones) concentrated in Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Tarlac and Pampanga provinces. But thanks to Marcos and his martial rule, his terror tactics and flagrant human rights violations drove the patriotic and progressive mass organizations and thousands of activists to the underground for deployment in the countryside for armed struggle. As in the time of Marcos, the battle cry of the revolutionaries today is: people´s war is the answer to martial law!

Military officers of the AFP who are patriotic and progressive are seriously concerned that Duterte is misusing the AFP and PNP as if these were his personal armies. They are critical of the promotion of officers on the basis of their friendship and personal loyalty to Duterte. But they are most aghast by his termination of the peace negotiations between the GRP and NDFP exactly at the time when their respective panels were about to meet for the fifth round of formal talks in Oslo and sign the drafts of the general amnesty of political prisoners, the coordinated unilateral ceasefires and Parts I and II of the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (Agrarian Reform and Rural Development and National Industrialization and Economic Development).

They are worried that Duterte is practically forcing the CPP and NPA to fight back under conditions favorable to the CPP and NPA. They are alarmed that the NPA is frequently launching tactical offensives from more than 100 guerrilla fronts on a nationwide scale. Each guerrilla front is usually as large as a district of several municipalities. It carries at various levels the Party organizations, the various types of underground mass organizations, NPA units, people´s militia, self-defense units and organs of political power. When a guerrilla front is under encirclement and concentrated enemy attack, it is directly and indirectly assisted by other guerrilla fronts.

According to CPP publications, as a result of the Second National Congress of the CPP, the Party cadres and Red commanders of NPA companies who are battle-tested and have been successful in operations share their experiences and skills in politico-military training with less experienced NPA units. The victories of the NPA in Mindanao in countering enemy campaigns of encirclement with campaigns of counter-encirclement by one or several guerrilla fronts are well disseminated and utilized in training and in widespread application. The guerrilla forces are now more ready than ever to coordinate under general guidelines at the level of the biggest islands (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao), regions, provinces and guerrilla fronts.

The Duterte regime and its military planners intend to use terror tactics similar to those used in the US conquest of the Philippines from 1899 onwards, Operation Phoenix in Vietnam in the 1960s, various oplans under the Marcos fascist regime and Oplan Bantay Laya I and II in the Philippines from 2001 onwards. They plan to unleash the most brutal methods to uncover and destroy cadres and members of rural and urban organizations and to cut off the links between urban and rural revolutionary forces. Duterte himself has already ranted that he would enjoy ordering his minions to kill, kill and kill.

According to CPP and NPA publications, the NPA units can fight and defeat their enemy by seizing the initiative in a war of fluid movement, involving major tactics of concentration, dispersal and shifting according to circumstances. In close to five decades, they have waged extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare on the basis of an ever widening and deepening mass base. They can deliver annihilative blows where their enemy do not expect them. And they can use both annihilative and attritive tactics in order to force the enemy into a defensive mode or guard duties. Some AFP officers have expressed the fear that the CPP and NPA are poised to launch tactical offensives against not only the AFP, PNP and auxiliary units but also the die-hard and corrupt political agents and business associates of the Duterte ruling clique.

Duterte has been boasting of acquiring the latest sophisticated weapons from the US and other countries. He seems not to know that the guerrilla forces make fun of planes and attack helicopters because they make noise to announce their coming. Any new type of firearms carried by his troops fall soon enough to the hands of the NPA. Thus, such ruffians like Marcos and Duterte are called transport officers of the NPA aside from being recruitment officers. Military trucks and armored carriers are noticeable from the time they leave military camp and approach from a distance their target areas.. They are vulnerable to mines and other explosive devices.

The Duterte regime is confronted not only by the NPA but also by a broad united front. It cannot violate human rights without being exposed and opposed by respected institutions, including the human rights organizations, lawyers and other professional associations, churches, the press, UN agencies and the International Red Cross. The anti-Duterte sections of the AFP and PNP are expected to spearhead the withdrawal of support from Duterte and coordinate with the growing mass movement in order to overthrow him in the same way that Marcos and Estrada were overthrown. In such an eventuality, the CPP and NPA would be happy with the limitation of bloodshed and with the resumption of peace negotiations between NDFP and GRP under a new president or a transitory people´s commission.###

NDFP strongly condemns the Peruvian state’s campaign of persecution against MOVADEF

December 11, 2017 | Español»

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines expresses its firm solidarity with the Movement for Amnesty and Fundamenetal Freedoms of the Peruvian People (MOVADEF). We strongly condemn the campagin of persecution of the Peruvian State against the leaders and members of MOVADEF.

We condemn the plans of the Peruvian state to imprison the leaders of MOVADEF and charge the following with the crime of defense of terrorism and offense against the state: Alfredo Crespo, Manuel Fajardo Cavero, Alberto Mego Marquez and Osvaldo Equivel. They are to made to appear before the National Penal Court on December 13, 2017.

These false charges are based merely on the publication of MOVADEF “General Amnesty”, which only advocates for freedom of the press, freedom of opinion and thought. These are universally recognized rights achieved by the peoples of the world.

This campaign of repression by the Peruvian state is in fact also repression of the fundamental right of the people to organize and their right to political participation.

This campaign of persecution against fundamenetal rights already has indication of being an internationally coordinated one. On November 24, 2017 in Argentina, at an international forum for the liberation of political prisoners in Latin America, two Peruvian lawyers, Percy Mendoza and Alex Puentes were barred from entering and deported by the Argentinian government. Atty. Percy Mendoza is the President of the Direction Commission of the International that organized the said forum.

In Chile, the state prevented the representative delegate of the Mapuche people to travel to Argentina to participate in the International Forum. The Mapuche people wage a persistent struggle for their right to exist as the original people of Chile. They are also fighting for the liberation of their political prisoners.

In Chiapas, Mexico, the indigenous people in their thousands are being forcibly displaced. This brutal repression is a gross violation of their fundamental right to their ancestral land.

In the Philippines, we in the NDFP likewise struggle for the fundamental freedoms of the Filipino people. We firmly oppose the US-Duterte regime and condemn its numerous human rights violations. These include mass murder and extrajudical killings, forced displacement of indigenous people, imposing food blockade, and bombings of schools. Yesterday, International Day of Human Rights, many thousands denounced the US-Duterte regime and called for a broad mass movement of struggle for national and social liberation.

We express our strong solidarity with the leaders and members of MOVADEF and the Peruvian, Chilean, Mexican and other peoples struggling for their fundamental rights.

LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chief International Representative
National Democratic Front of the Philippines


11 de Diciembre del 2017

LA NDFP CONDENA ENERGIDCAMENTE AL ESTADO PERUANO POR LA CAMPAÑA DE PERSECUCIÓN CONTRA EL MOVADEF

El Frente Nacional Democrático de Filipinas expresa su plena solidaridad con el Movimiento por Amnistía y Derechos Fundamentales por la libertades del pueblo peruano, (MOVADEF). Condenamos enérgicament la campaña de persecución del Estado perunao contra los líderes y miembros del MOVADEF.

Condenamos los planes del Estado peruano de querer encarcelar a los líderes del MOVADEF y de acusarlos con el crimen de defender el terrorismo y de ofensa contra el Estado. Alfredo Crespo, Manuel Fajardo Cravero, Alberto Mego Marquez y Oswaldo Esquivel están convocados por la Corte Penal Nacional el 13 de Diciembre del 2017.

Estas acusaciones falsas están basadas solamente en la publicación “Amnistía General” del MOVADEF, que defiende la libertad de prensa, la libertad de opinión y pensamiento. Estos son derechos universalmente reconocidos logrados por los pueblos del mundo.

Esta campaña de represión del Estado peruano es de hecho también represión contra el derecho fundamental del pueblo de organizarse y de su derecho a la participaciónpolítica.

Esta campaña de persecusión contra los derechos fundamentales, también usa una coordinación internacional. El 24 de Noviembre del 2017 en Argentina en el forum internacional por la liberación de los prisioneros políticos de América Latina, prohibieron a dos abogados peruanos, Percy Mendoza y Alex Puentes de ingresar en Argentina y fueron expulsados por el gobierno Argentino. El doctor Percy Mendoza es el Presidente del Comité Directivo de la Coordinara Internacional, que organizó este Forum.

En Chile, el Estado impidió que el delegado del pueblo Mapucha de viajar a Argentina para participar en el Forum Internacional. El pueblo Mapucha libra firme lucha por su derecho a existir como un pueblo originario de Chile. Ellos también luchan por la liberación de los prisioneros políticos.

En Chiapas, Mexico, han sido desplazados por la fuerza miles de pobladores de los pueblos indígenas. Esta brutal represión es un gran violación de su derecho fundamental a su tierras ancentrales.

En Filipinas, nosotros en el Frente Nacional Democrático de Filipinas, luchamos igualmente por la libertades fundamentales del pueblo Filipino. Nos oponemos firmemente al régimen pro EEUU de Duterte y condenamos sus numerosas violaciones de los derechos humanos. Esto incluye masacres masivas, asesinatos extra judiciales, desplacimientos forzados de la población indígena, bloqueo de alimentos, bombardeos de colegios. Ayer el Día Internacional de los Derechos Humanos, miles denunciaron al régime pro norteamericano de Duterte y llamaron a un amplio movimiento de masas por la lucha por la liberación social y nacional.

Expresamos nuestra contundente solidaridad con los líderes y miembros de MOVADEF y los pueblos peruanos, chilenos, mexicanos y otros que lucha por sus derechos fundamentales.

LUIS G. JALANDONI
Director de la Representación Internacional
Frente Nacional Democrático de Filipinas.

STATEMENT AGAINST PROCLAMATION 360 & 374 OF THE US-DIRECTED DUTERTE FASCIST REGIME

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Founding Chairman, Communist Party of the Philippines
Chief Political Consultant, National Democratic Front of the Philippines
December 10, 2017

Photo by Tudla Productions

It is fine that GRP President Rodrigo R. Duterte is on record as having terminated the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations by issuing Proclamation 360 for the purpose. He and the officials of his regime and armed forces have boasted that they are hell-bent on unleashing a single-minded war of suppression to destroy the revolutionary forces of the Filipino people.

The Filipino people and their revolutionary forces are therefore fully justified to defend themselves and defeat the current Duterte regime of the US-dominated big comprador-landlord state and pursue the people´s democratic revolution. The terrorist regime of Duterte is merely a passing phase in the ever worsening chronic crisis of the semicolonial and semifeudal ruling system.

Duterte, the No. 1 terrorist of the Philippines, has also issued Proclamation 374 labeling the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People´s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations. His purpose is to apply the Human Security Act of 2007 (RA 9373) and the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012 (RA 10168) .

The vile purpose of the Duterte regime is to proscribe the CPP and NPA as terrorist organizations and wage a campaign to slander them, arbitrarily list down suspected officers and members for general intimidation, abduction, torture and mass murder as in Oplan Tokhang and further list individuals who are suspected of financing and aiding the CPP and NPA , who are themselves deemed as terrorists and who are thus made vulnerable to the violations of human rights and extortions by the terrorist regime.

Within the Philippines and abroad, the Duterte regime is already notorious for the use of state terrorism and for human rights violations against suspected users and pushers of illegal drugs in impoverished communities, the toiling masses of workers and peasants, the Cordillera, Lumad and Bangsamoro national minorities and the brutal occupation of communities and destruction of the entire Marawi City by bombing.

The US-directed Duterte regime perpetrates gross and systematic acts of terrorism and human rights violations. It has no moral, political and legal basis for proscribing and further unleashing
fascist violence against the revolutionary forces, the democratic organizations and the broad masses of the people who have the sovereign to resist and overthrow a regime that is oppressive and tyrannical.

The Filipino people and revolutionary forces encompassed by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and by the People´s Democratic Government (PDG) have the inherent status of co-belligerency in their long running civil war with the US-propped big comprador-landlord state currently represented by Duterte. The CPP is the leading party of the new democratic revolution and the PDG. The NPA is the main armed force of the PDG.

The revolutionary political character of the CPP and NPA is solemnly manifested in the Program for a People’s Democratic Revolution of December 26, 1968, the Guide for Building Organs of Political Power of April 1971, the Guide for Establishing the People’s Democratic Government of October 1972, the Guidelines and Program of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) I of 1973 and 1977, the Declaration of Undertaking to Apply the Geneva Conventions of 1948, approved by the NDFP of July 5, 1996 and the GRP-NDFP Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL)..

The PDG has a constitution founded on the sovereign will of the Filipino people and on the basic alliance of the working class and peasantry. It aims to complete the people’s struggle for national liberation and democracy under the class leadership of the working class and its revolutionary party. From its modest beginnings in 1969, the PDG has grown and spread nationwide mainly in the form of local organs of political power to more than 110 guerrilla fronts covering large parts of 17 regions and 71 provinces of the Philippines.

The PDG has a comprehensive administrative structure from the village to higher levels: municipal or city, district, provincial and regional. At the basic level of the village, the local organs of political power develop from the stage of the appointive barrio organizing committees to the elective barrio revolutionary committees through various ways of consolidation, which involve the building of the revolutionary forces.

The revolutionary forces include the local branch of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the revolutionary mass organizations of various exploited classes and sectors, the people’s militia and self-defense units of mass organizations and the formation of the five basic subcommittees for public education, mass mobilization, economy, defense and health, subject to the formation of further subcommittees in order to better serve the people.

The US-directed Duterte regime is daydreaming that it can discredit and destroy the sovereign revolutionary will of the Filipino people by proscribing the revolutionary forces as terrorist organizations, requiring them to submit themselves to the sham processes of the reactionary state and unleashing gross and systematic crimes of terrorism and human rights of violations. The Filipino people and the revolutionary forces are determined to fight for national and social liberation, people´s democracy, economic development, cultural progress and just peace.

The Duterte fascist regime has terminated the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations. But it cannot be too sure that it will last long because the Filipino people and even those in the GRP detest the monstrous crimes of the regime, especially mass murder, corruption and puppetry to the US. The crisis of the ruling system continues to worsen and the resources of the regime for violence and deception are limited. Thus, it is wise for the NDFP to remain open to peace negotiations with the GRP because the people and the broad united front of patriotic and progressive forces can get rid of the Duterte regime as it got rid of the Marcos and Estrada regimes. ###

Children are victims of Duterte’s war on drugs and war on the revolutionary movement

10 December 2017

Coni Ledesma, NDFP Special Office for the Protection of Children

The Special Office for the Protection of Children of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, condemns in the strongest terms the increasing killing and human rights violations on children by the Duterte regime.

When President Rodrigo Duterte terminated peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, last 23 November 2017, he used as one of the reasons the death of a four month old baby. The baby was in a vehicle which was behind the military vehicle ambushed by the New People’s Army. The infant was reportedly hit by a bullet and killled, according to unverified claims of the GRP military, with a bloodless photo of the supposed mother and bundled child.

Feigning both anger and sadness, Duterte then announced that he would no longer talk to the NDFP because the NPA was killing his soldiers and his policemen while peace talks were going on. To add drama to his feigned emotions, he mentioned the NPA ambush where the baby was killed by accident.

On the contrary, children have never more been endangered as they are under the Duterte regime. In the Duterte regime’s implementation of its all-out war against the Filipino people, children have become victims of killings, bombings, forced evacuation, hunger and disease. Their right to education has been violated with the targeting and closing down of their schools as in the case of the Lumads in Mindanao.

Lumad children and victims of President Duterte’s war on drugs carry the same call. (Photo by A.Umil/Bulatlat)

Duterte’s all-out war policy and his declaration of martial law in Mindanao have given license to the military and paramilitary to kill, arrest and torture children. This aggravates a situation in which children by the millions are exploited, deprived of education beyond Grade 4, malnourished and sickly in the semicolonial and semifeudal ruling system.

Obello Bay-ao, a Grade 7 Lumad was killed on September 5, 2017, by the Alamara, a paramilitary group in Mindanao.

Jean Baguio Bustamante, a 17 year old member of the Compostela Farmers Association Youth, was forcibly taken and detained by the military in the detachment of the 66th Infantry Battalion in Mambuscao, Compostela.

Josua, a 16 year old was interrogated by elements of the 20th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in October 2017.

Last November 22, the slit throats of Harold Bulan (Kipoy) 17, Jerico Garcia (Negro) 16, and his friend, Jomari Sinerez 17 were found. Negro and Kipoy were lying in a massive pool of their own blood.

There are many more examples of youth being killed by agents of the Duterte government.

To make way for big mining, logging and tourism industry, Duterte has ordered the bombings of homes and schools of Lumad communities that resulted in the uprooting of thousands of peasant and indigenous families. They are forced to live in evacuation centers where they lack the basic necessities such as food and water. The first to succumb to hunger and disease are children.

A food blockade has been taking place in Lianga since November 28, affecting 345 Lumad families, 12 communities, 1688 individuals, about 406 students and 59 teachers.

Schools attended by indigenous children are under attack. The Duterte regime peddles lies that these schools are run by the revolutionary movement and so must be closed, disenfranchised or occupied by the government’s military forces. Students and teachers are constantly threatened and harassed.

The Duterte regime’s ruthless implementation of its so-called war on drugs have victimized thousands of children – some estimating it to be 12,000.

Lumad evacuees due to martial law, Surigao del Sur

And what does Duterte think of it? As if mimicking American generals who perfunctorily refer to hundreds of children being killed in their bombing raids in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, Duterte in an Al Jazeera interview referred to the children killed in his drug war as “collateral damage.” In truth children are criminalized as he legitimizes state-led violence against them.

The Special Office for the Protection of Children of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines demands the lifting of the food blockade, the departure of the military from the homes and schools of the Lumad, stopping of the killing of children and respecting the rights of children. We also call on human rights groups and advocates for the rights of children, to protest the violations of the rights of children, and help defend their rights.

Coni K. Ledesma
Head, NDFP Special Office for the Protection of Children

On the encounter incidents in Sitio Datal Bonglangon, Bgry. Ned, Lake Sebu

Press statement | 06 December 2017 | Bisaya»

The 27th IB-AFP massacred civilian residents and not NPA members in a skirmish that took place in Sitio Datal Bonglangon, Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato in December 3, 2017.

The victims are members of the T’boli-Manobo S’daf Claimants Organization (TAMASCO), a group fighting for the tribe’s ancestral lands seized by the DMCI through the government’s IFMA program. The group found out that the government had rejected their claim by granting the renewal of Consunji’s IFMA contract. But the group continued to fight for their rights.

The NDF-FSMR strongly condemns this heinous crime and terroristic act perpetrated by the AFP against the civilians. This is clearly an antrocious violation of the human rights and the international humanitarian law.

Sityo Datal Bonglangon is a T’boli-Manobo community located within the vast coffee plantation of the Silvicultural Industries Inc.-DMCI. For a long time, sitio residents have persistently resisted the company’s efforts to evict them.

According to reports received by the NDF-FSMR, prior to the incident, Lumad residents have complained about the incessant intimidations done by DMCI company guards and government forces. Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, the commanding officer of the 33rd IB-AFP, have also threatened to attack the sitio.

Reports said that at around 12:25 in the afternoon in December 3, forces of the 27th IB-AFP conducting military operations arrive in the community. The soldiers approached the house of the chieftain Datu Victor Danyan and opened fire. This prompted the residents, armed with 12-gauge shotguns and indigenous weapons, to fight back.

The firefight resulted to the death of eight individuals namely Datu Victor Danyan Sr., Victor Danyan Jr., Artemio Danyan, Pato Celardo, To Diamante, Bobot Lagase, and Mateng Bantal. A number were also wounded that includes Luben Laod and Teteng Laod, and a minor that was taken to a hospital.

According to witnesses, three 27th IB soldiers were also killed and three others were wounded.

A unit of the Mt. Daguma Operations Command-NPA operating in area immediately responded to rescue the fleeing civilians. They engaged the maneuvering forces of the 33rd IB-AFP a kilometer away from the community.

A Red fighter was martyred in the gunfight.

The 33rd IB indiscriminately bombed the place after the successive encounters. At least fifteen 105 mortar shells were fired by the AFP from 2:00 o’clock until 4:30 in the afternoon that day.

Hundreds of families in Datal Bonglangon and adjacent sitios evacuated as a result of the incidents and the continuing presence of government armed troops in the area.

Ka Efren Aksasato
Spokesperson, NDF-FSMR


Sulat pamahayag | 06 Disyembre 2017

Pamahayag kalabot sa mga insidenteng panagsangka sa Sityo Datal Bonglangon, Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu

Mga sibilyang molupyo ug dili mga membro sa NPA ang gimasaker sa 27th IB-AFP sa nahitabong sangka sa Sityo Datal Bonglangon, Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato niadtong Disyembre 3, 2017.

Ang mga biktima ginsakpan sa T’boli-Manobo S’daf Claimants Organization (TAMASCO), usa ka grupo nga nagaduso sa ilang katungod sa yutang kabilin nga gisakmit sa DMCI pinaagi sa programang IFMA sa gubyerno. Nasayran sa grupo nga gibasura na sa gubyerno ang ilang gipangayo pinaagi sa pagtugot sa renewal sa IFMA contract ni Consunji. Apan nagpadayon gihapon ang pakigbisog sa grupo alang sa ilang mga katungod.

Kusganong gipanghimaraut sa NDF-FSMR ang maong bangis nga krimen ug teroristang binuhatan sa AFP batok sa mga sibilyan. Usa kini ka dayag nga makalilisang nga paglapas sa tawhanong katungod ug international humanitarian law.

Ang Sityo Datal Bonglangon usa ka komunidad sa katawhang T’boli-Manobo nga nahimutang taliwala sa plantasyon sa kape sa Silvicultural Industries Incorporated-DMCI. Sulod sa taas nga panahon, malahutayong gisuklan sa mga molupyo niini ang mga paningkamot sa kompanyang papahawaon sila.

Sumala sa taho nga nadawat sa NDF-FSMR, ayha pa man ang maong panghitabo, gireklamo na sa mga residenteng Lumad ang pasubli-subling pagpanghulga sa DMCI company guards ug mga pwersa sa gubyerno. Mismong si Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, commanding officer sa 33rd IB-AFP, mibahad sab nga sulongon sa kasundalohan ang ilang sityo.

Gikataho nga bandang alas-12:25 sa kaudtohon niadtong Disyembre 3, miabot sa komunidad ang nag-operisyong mga pwersa sa 27th IB-AFP. Giistraping sa mga sundalo ang panimalay ni Datu Victor Danyan, hinungdan aron mosukol ang molupyong T’boli-Manobo ginamit ang ilang mga pusil nga de-dose ug mga Lumadnong hinagiban.

Miresulta kini sa pagkamatay sa walo ka mga indibidwal nga mao sila ni Datu Victor Danyan Sr., Victor Danyan Jr., Artemio Danyan, Pato Celardo, Samuel Angkoy, To Diamante, Bobot Lagase ug Mateng Bantal. Pipila sab ang gikatahong samaron nga naglakip nila ni Luben Laod ug Teteng Laod, ug usa ka menor de edad nga gidala sa usa ka balay-tambalanan.

Sumala sa mga nakasaksi tulo ka mga sundalo sa 27th IB ang namatay ug tulo sab ang mga samaron.

Usa ka yunit sa Mt. Daguma Operations Command-NPA nga naga-opereyt sa lugar ang diha-dihang miresponde aron luwason ang milagiw nga mga sibilyan. Gikasangka niini ang nagamaniubrang pwersa sa 33rd IB-AFP usa ka kilometro lamang gikan sa komunidad.

Usa ka Pulang manggugubat ang namartir sa naasoyng panagsangka.

Human sa sunod-sunod nga mga engkwentro, paturagas nga gibomba sa 33rd IB ang lugar. Kinse ka 105 mortar shells ang buhian sa AFP gikan sa alas 2:00 hangtud alas 4:30 sa kahapunon niadtong adlawa.

Gatosan ka mga pamilya sa Datal Bonglangon ug kasikbit nga mga sityo ang namakwet isip resulta sa maong mga panghitabo ug sa nagapabiling presensya sa mga armadong tropa sa gubyerno sa lugar.

Ka Efren Aksasato
Tigpamâbâ, NDF-FSMR

Binuangan PNP Station, attacked by NPA

Press Statement| December 4, 2017 | Bisaya»

The New People’s Army (NPA), under the Eastern Misamis Oriental North Eastern Bukidnon Subregional Command (EMONEB-SRC), once again attacked the Philippine National Police (PNP) station in Binuangan, Misamis Oriental today, December 3, 2017, around 3AM.

The encounter lasted for more than two hours and the NPA safely withdrew, while the PNP suffered four as wounded-in-action (WIA). The Red fighters successfully launched this action albeit the full alert status and military operations.

This military action seeks to demand justice from the Binuangan police officers, who served as reinforcement force who raided the EMONEB forces. The Red fighters were conducting propaganda to the residents of Brgy. Ampianga, Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental regarding the possible destructions of Del Monte’s expansion of plantation in the said area. This was on August 2, 2012, where an NPA was killed-in-action while the police killed a hors de combat.

This would also serve as a counter to the tyrannical saboteur of US-Duterte regime of Peace Talks. Duterte failed the Filipino people’s aspiration for a just and lasting peace. Adding insult to the scar, he threatened the legal progressive groups through his crackdown and massive illegal arrests and declared the national-democratic revolutionary movement as “terrorists”.

Nevertheless, despite of this posture of the state, including the claims of more stable and stronger armed forces, the revolutionary movement still proves that it has the capacity to crush the political power of the reaction. This also proves the ever-expanding mass bases of the revolutionary movement, which became the auxiliary of the said operation.

Hence, the revolutionary movement is in its very favorable and precise stance to fail Duterte’s dictator dreams. The state should expect the intensification of the people’s resistance, armed or not. #

Ka Malem Mabini
Spokesperson
NPA-NCMR


Sulat Pamahayag | December 4, 2017

Binuangan PNP Station, giatake sa NPA

(Rappler)

Giatake sa mga pwersa sa New People’s Army ubos sa Eastern Misamis Oriental-North Eastern Bukidnon (EMONEB) ang PNP station sa Binuangan, Misamis Oriental kaniadtong Desyembre 3, 2017 sa may alas tres sa kaadlawon. Mikabat og duha ka oras kapin ang sinukliay og bala ug luwas nga miatras ang BHB samtang upat ang samaron sa panig sa PNP.

Kini nga aksyong Militar mao ang pagpaningil sa utang dugo sa mga pulis sa Binuangan nga kabahin sa reinforcement force nga nagreyd sa mga sakop sa EMONEB nga naghimo og pagpasabot sa mga lumulupyo sa Brgy. Ampianga, Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental kabahin sa kadaut nga idulot kung dili mapugngan ang ekspansyon sa plantasyon sa Del Monte sa maong lugar. Nahitabo kini kaniadtong Agosto 2, 2012 kung asa usa ka kauban ang diha-dihang napatay atol sa pinusilay samtang ang laing usa nga samaron gitiwasan sa mga pulis.

Magsilbi usab nga tubag kini nga aksyong militar sa hinungog nga pagsabotahe sa rehimeng US-Duterte sa Panaghisgot Pangkalinaw. Gipakyas ni Duterte ang pangandoy sa katawhang Pilipino alang sa malahutayon ug makatarunganong kalinaw. Mas grabe pa, gibaharan pa niya ang mga ligal nga progresibong grupo pinaagi sa crackdown ug dinaghang pagpangdakop ug gideklarang “terorista” ang nasudnon-demokratikong rebolusyonaryong kalihukan.

Apan taliwala niini nga postura sa estado, lakip ang pag-angkon nga mas estable ug nagkalig-on karon ang ilang armadong kusog, napamatud-an sa gihapon sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan nga anaa kini katakus alang sa pagtay-og sa pulitikanhong gahum sa reaksyon. Nagpamatuod usab kini sa labaw pang paglapad sa mga baseng masa sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan, nga nahimong kaabag alang sa maong operasyon.

Busa, anaa karon sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan ang pinakapaborable ug pinakatukma nga panahon aron pakyason ang laraw nga diktadurya ni Duterte. Dahumon pa sa estado ang mas subsob nga mga pagsukol sa katawhan, armado man o dili.

Ka Malem Mabini
Tigpamaba
NPA-NCMR

PAGDUMILI SA PAGHATAG SA PATAYNG LAWAS NI KA URBANO UG KA ABDUL NGADTO SA ILANG PAMILYA, MANDO SA AFP

Press statement | December 3, 2017

Hugot nga gikondena sa NDFP-NEMR, tanang rebolusyonaryong pwersa, ug sa katawhan sa rehiyon ang hugaw nga binuhatan sa AFP sa pagdumili sa paghatag sa patay’ng lawas ni Ka Urbano ug Ka Abdul ngadto sa ilang pamilya ug dili pagsubay sa mga protocol sa gubat kalambigt sa patay’ng lawas sa manggugubat. Salikwaot ang rason sa AFP ug PNP nga walay igong ikapamatuod nga dokumento ang gipakita sa pamilya nga ilang paryente ang maong patay’ng lawas, mao nga wala nila kini gihatag ug gipalubong na lang sa LGU-Lianga kay nabaho na.

Iresponsable kini nga matang sa pangatarungan tungod kay ang namatay nga si Santiago Zamora Caridad o Ka Urbano, 58 anyos, residente ug nagdaku sa Barangay Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur. Ang iyang mga kaparyentehan o si Santiago mismo ilado sa maong barangay. Busa dili katuohan nga ang LGU- Lianga walay kahibalo o dili makasusi aron pamatud-an nga ilang lumulupyo ang maong namatay. Dili rason nga tungod kay ang namatay nga residente usa ka membro sa BHB nga dili na lang angkonon. Ug gawas pa, ang daghang mga kaparyentehan niini anaa nanimuyo sa ilang lungsod nga may katungod nga mo-claim, may papeles man o wala.

Usa kini ka matang sa pagpamig-ot ug grabeng paglapas sa sagradong katungod sa pamilya nga ipahiluna ang patay’ng lawas sa ilang paryente ug minahal sa kinabuhi, ug makahimo sa pagtukaw sa pipila ka adlaw alang sa ilang pagbangutan. Usa usab kini ka grabeng pagpanamastamas sa patay’ng lawas ni Ka Urbano ug Ka Abdul nga bisan na lang unta sa katapusang higayon dili hikawan nga mahatod ug mapahiluna ngadto sa ilang mga pamilya.

Dayag nga ang utok niining malisyosong binuhatan walay lain ang pasistang AFP/PNP sa pagpanguna sa 401st Bde. Gigamit niini ang saywar aron hadlokon ang mga pamilya, kaparyentehan ug mga higala ni Ka Urbano ug Ka Abdul ug lakip nga nasaywar ang mga opisyal sa barangay ug sa lungsod. Hingpit nga gilapas sa AFP/PNP ug sa rehimeng US – Duterte ang mga protocol sa gera kalambigit sa pagrespeto sa patay’ng lawas sa mga manggugubat.

Timaan kini nga nagpatigbabaw ang paghari sa militar sa gahum sa sibilyang otoridad sa panahon sa pagpahamtang sa martial law sa Mindanao. Labaw na nga maghari ang gahum sa militar kun hingpit mapatuman ang martial law sa tibuok nasud ug matukod ang diktadura ni Duterte. Posible na kini tungod sa iyang deklarasyon sa Presidential Proclamation No. 360.

Busa giawhag nato ang mga opisyal sa Barangay Diatagon ug sa lungsod sa Lianga ug sa uban pang mga lungsod nga mobarug sa inyong mga katungod isip mga opisyal alang sa kaayuhan ug sa pagpanalipod sa katungod sa inyong mga residente. Giawhag usab ang mga pamilya, higala ug kaparyentehan ni Ka Urbano ug Ka Abdul nga manghingusog sa inyong mga batakang katungod batok sa mga pang-saywar sa mga pwersa sa AFP/PNP. Lig-ong maghiusa aron batukan ug suklan ang hilabihang pasistang pagpangatake sa AFP/PNP ngadto sa katawhan sa rehiyon.

Sa katapusan, atong saluduhan ang mabayanihong kamatayon ni Ka Urbano ug Ka Abdul, mga rebolusyonaryo, dili-makikaugalingon ug hingpit naghalad sa ilang tibuok panahon, kaalam ug kinabuhi alang sa rebolusyon ug sa kinasingkasing nga pag-alagad sa katawhan. Lig-ong subayon ang dalan nga ilang giulaan og dugo aron kab-uton ang katilingbang gawasnon ug makiangayon. Sila ang mga martir sa rebolusyon, mga bantayog nga dili matarog.

Ka Maria Malaya
Tigpamaba
NDFP-NEMR

DUTERTE’S “REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT” IS DUTERTE’S DICTATORSHIP

Press Statement | 03 December 2017

Rodrigo Duterte is adamant in his threats to establish a “revolutionary government.” Clearly one does not have to look for subtext to know that this statement by Duterte smacks of dictatorship, plain and simple. He desperately needs this so called “revolutionary government” in order to possess absolute state powers and impose, unopposed, the “changes” he deems necessary to ensure his tyranny, including transforming the current form of government into his version of federalism.

Even before the concept of “revolutionary government” came out, the US-Duterte regime already made a series of pronouncements and measures that cater to its intent of establishing a dictatorship. Duterte first used the so-called “ISIS threat” as a pretext to impose martial law in the entire Mindanao island and, consequently, to attack and obliterate Marawi City. For nearly five months, deadly airstrikes and cannon fire rained over Marawi, from which hundreds of thousands of Bangsamoro and other people evacuated.

After declaring Marawi “liberated,” Duterte and the AFP, however, stubbornly refused to lift martial law in Mindanao, creatively justifying this by declaring that “terrorism has spread all over Mindanao.” This justification, which was devised as a new wave of scare tactic, has obviously gone stale; nobody bought it, not even the media.

Thus, it did not take long before Duterte turned his attention towards the CPP-NPA-NDFP. He tagged these revolutionary organizations as “terrorists” and “common criminals,” categorically ended the peace talks by issuing Presidential Proclamation No. 360, and ordered a “shoot to kill” order against the New People’s Army. He also threatened to arrest and imprison leaders and members of legitimate progressive organizations, who are dangerously lumped with the armed revolutionary movement. He now uses the “communist bogey” in order to give credence to his tyranny.

Duterte now brandishes his notion of “revolutionary government” under the pretext of converting to the federal form of government. To gain the people’s sympathy, he even vows to “resign” once this is achieved. But, talk is cheap, thus, the people cannot take this statement hook, line and sinker. By the manner he mobilizes the AFP, PNP and other state security forces to suit his plans, relinquishing his powers would never, not even tangentially, cross his mind. The pronouncements and measures his regime has undertaken are all part of a grand ploy to usurp and monopolize political power, making himself the country’s next dictator, and eliminate any and all critics and dissenters (whom his regime tags as “destabilizers”).

Thus, the NDFP-Mindanao calls upon the Filipino people to strengthen their unity and firmly oppose the US-Duterte regime’s looming tyranny. We must redouble our effort to broaden and strengthen our militant protests, take to the streets in our hundreds of thousands, in order to overthrow this regime that has bombarded the nation with nothing but death and destruction.

Oust the US-Duterte regime!

Ka Joaquin Jacinto
Spokesperson
NDFP-Mindanao