AFP infestation of barangays forcing thousands of people to flee

Communist Party of the Philippines
19 July 2018

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) extends its solidarity with the thousands of minority people in Lianga, Surigao del Sur who were forced to leave their homes last July 16 after being subjected to more than a month of nonstop harassment and abuses by combat troops of the AFP’s 75th IB.

At least 1,600 residents of Barangay Diatagon, largely minority Manobos, marched for close to 10 hours to the town center of Lianga to seek safe haven from military attacks. Combat troops attempted to block the roads, prevented journalists from covering the story and stopped relief workers from extending assistance.

The evacuation of residents of Lianga is the second time since martial law was imposed last year in Mindanao, and the third since the 2015 killings of their community leaders.

Theirs is just the most recent case of mass exodus. Just over a month ago, several hundred residents from Barangay Banglay, Lagonglong town in Misamis Oriental fled their AFP-occupied community after being subjected to threats of reprisals by officials of the 58th IB following armed encounters with the NPA. Towards the end of June, residents of Barangay Bantaawan, Gingoog City left their community a week after it was occupied by a platoon of combat troops under the 58th IB. They have sought shelter in Cagayan de Oro City where various groups have extended support.

Several hundred barangays suffer from AFP infestation nationwide. Peasants and minority people are subjected to relentless attacks by AFP troops under Duterte’s Oplan Kapayapaan and total war against civilians. Millions of peasants suffer from de facto martial law conditions nationwide. Minority peoples are especially targeted. Extrajudicial killings, illegal arrests, forcible “surrender,” maltreatment, harassments and other military abuses run rampant.

Acting in behalf of big foreign capitalists and their local associates, Duterte is driving peasants away from their homes in order to take over their farms and ancestral lands. Lianga, in particular, is part of the resource-rich Andap Valley Complex Complex in which Duterte has given special interest to and is being coveted by big mining companies for its rich coal reserves. Among the companies operating or explorting in the area are Benguet Corp, Abacus Coal Exploration and Development Corporation, Great Wall Mining and Power Corp., ASK Mining and Power Corporation and Coalblack Mining Corporation. The AFP has deployed at least four battalions in the area including the 75th IB, as well as the 36th IB, 88th IB, and the 16th SFB.

By mounting relentless attacks against civlians, the Duterte regime is rousing millions of peasants and minority people to wage all-out resistance to defend their farms and ancestral lands against incursions by big capitalists. The New People’s Army will continue to mount tactical offensives against the fascist units of the AFP, in line with its task of defending the rights and interests of the oppressed and exploited.

Failed strike operation of the 3rd SFB and 401st IBPA against the NPA in Bayugan, Agusan del Sur

Press statement | July 12, 2018 | Bisaya»

The battle-ready and determined counter-attacks of the New People’s Army (NPA)-Front 8 effectively defeated the lightning strike of more than 300 forces of the 3rd SFB and 401st Bde under the command of Brig. Gen. Centino against the Red fighters in the mountains of Brgy. Mt. Carmel, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur last July 5 until July 11, 2018.

Within this period, the fascist AFP troops were engaged in four (4) clashes and sustained not less than 16 soldiers killed and 4 wounded. On the other hand, Red fighters were able to withdraw safely.

Without concern for the lives and livelihood of small miners and farmers, and in line with its militarist policy of “flattening the mountains,” the AFP ran amok and indiscriminately discharged 21 canon mortars, 32 rockets and indiscriminately fired its 50 caliber machine gun upon the mining areas in Brgy. La Purisima, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur and farms near the barangays of New Salem, Villa Undayon and Mt. Carmel in Bayugan, Agusan del Sur. The miners and farmers in these areas suffered unfathomable terror forcing them to evacuate.

According to reports from the NPA-Front 8 command, the following are the details of the firefight and bombings:

In July 5, at around 12 noon, 3rd SFB troops began its attacks against the NPA positioned in the mountains of Brgy. Mt. Carmel but was unable to advance further. The 3rd SFB reportedly sustained one (1) casualty. The AFP then fired 8 canon mortars and deployed its MG520 attack helicopter. The AFP also used drones for surveillance.

July 6, at 6:45 in the morning, another group from the NPA-Front 8 ambushed the attacking AFP troops in the same area. The NPA discharged its command detonated explosives against the attacking enemy. The AFP forces sustained not less that 16 soldiers killed including those missing and several more were wounded. The AFP then fired 4 canon mortars targeting the mining area and was supported by its war planes which launched three (3) bombings (firing 16 rockets) and indiscriminately bombed the mountains and farms near the barangays of New Salem, Villa Undayon and Mt. Carmel. Drones were again used for surveillance and helicopters were used to carry additional troops.

July 7, at 11 o’clock in the morning, the AFP again fired 9 canon mortars to the mining areas of Humalos, Bahay and Dakulang in Brgy. La Purisima, Prosperidad. This was followed by the firing of 8 rockets and indiscriminate aerial firing of machine gun. Drones were again used for surveillance by the AFP.

July 8, 10 o’clock in the morning, the AFP fired at least 8 rockets and indiscriminately fired machine guns upon the same areas.

July 11, at 9:13 in the morning, a group of NPA-Front 8 harassed AFP troops in the same area. The enemy sustained one (1) casualty and the Red fighters safely withdrew.

The failure of the AFP to strike a big blow against the NPA and the people is a message for Duterte’s coming SONA on June 23, 2018.

History has shown that the people’s just war is the most effective instrument of the Filipino people to frustrate and defeat the brutal actions of the massive and strong forces of the anti-people and reactionary US-Duterte regime.

Ka Ariel Montero
Spokesperson
Regional Operational Command


Pamahayag | Hulyo 12, 2018

PAKYAS NGA STRIKE OPERATION SA 3rd SFB UG 401st IBPA BATOK SA BHB SA BAYUGAN, AGUSAN DEL SUR

Tungod sa kaandaman ug pursigidong paglunsad sa mga kontra-atakeng mga aksyong militar, malampusong gipakyas sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan (BHB)-Front 8 and pinakalit nga atake sa kapin 300 ka pwersa sa 3rd SFB ug sa 401st Bde. ubos sa kamandoan ni Brig. Gen. Centino batok sa mga Pulang manggugubat didto sa kabukiran sa Brgy. Mt. Carmel, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur niadtong Hulyo 5 hangtud Hulyo 11, 2018.

Sulod niining maong panahon, nahitabo and upat ka hugna sa panagsangka nga nagpahiagom sa mga pasistang tropa sa AFP sa dili momenos sa 16 ka patay ug 4 ka samaron. Samtang sa pikas bahin luwas nga nakaatras ang mga Pulang manggugubat.

Sa walay pagtagad sa kinabuhi ug panginabuhi sa mga gagmay’ng minero ug mga mag-uuma ug sa pagsubay sa militaristang palisiyang “patagon ang mga kabukiran,” hinuramentado ug pinatakang nagbuhi ang AFP og 21 ka bala sa kanyon ug 32 ka rocket nga bomba ug sa dili maihap nga pagpaarak sa 50 caliber machine gun gikan sa kahanginan ngadto sa mga minahan erya sa Brgy. La Purisima, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur ug sa mga umahan duol sa mga barangay sa New Salem, Villa Undayon ug Mt. Carmel sakop sa Bayugan, Agusan del Sur. Dili matukib ang gibating kalisang sa mga minero ug mga mag-uuma niining maong dapit maong napugos sila nga mobakwit.

Sumala sa taho sa komand sa BHB-Front 8, ang detalye sa mga nahitabong panagsangka ug pagpamomba mao ang mosunod:

Niadtong Hulyo 5, alas 12 sa udto, misugod sa pag-atake ang mga tropa sa 3rd SFB sa giposisyonan sa BHB didto sa kabukiran sa Brgy. Mt. Carmel apan wala kini makaabante. Nasundan kini sa harasment nga gihimo sa usa ka grupo sa BHB-Front 8 batok sa nangatake nga pwersa. Usa ang gikatahong kaswalti sa 3rd SFB. Nanganyon ang AFP nga nagpabuto og 8 ka bala ug nagpalupad sa ilang MG520 attack helicopter. Gisuportahan usab ang AFP sa mga drones alang sa surbeylans.

Hulyo 6, 6:45 sa buntag, giambus sa laing grupo sa BHB-Front 8 ang nag-atake nga mga tropa sa AFP didto gihapon sa maong lugar. Atol sa maong panagsangka gipabuthan og command detonated explosives sa BHB ang nangatake nga kaaway. Dili momenos sa 16 ang patay apil ang missing ug pila ka samaron ang naangkon sa mga pwersa sa AFP. Nagpabuto og 4 ka bala sa kanyon ang AFP punting sa mga minahan erya ug nagpaabag sa pwersang pangkahanginan nga 3 ka hugna nagbalik- balik sa pagpamomba (16 ka rockets ang gihulog) ug makalilisang nga pagpaarak sa mga kabukiran ug mga umahan duol sa barangay New Salem, Villa Undayon ug Mt. Carmel. Niabag gihapon ang mga drones alang sa surbeylans ug mga helicopter alang paghakot og dugang tropa.

Hulyo 7, 11 sa buntag, subling nagpabuto og kanyon ang AFP og 9 ka bala niini didto sa mga erya sa minahan sa Humalos, Bahay ug Dakulang sakop sa Brgy. La Purisima, Prosperidad ug gisundan sa 8 ka pagpamomba og rockets ug pagpaarak og machine gun gikan sa kahanginan. Anaa gihapon ang mga drones nga gigamit sa AFP alang sa surbeylans.

Hulyo 8, 10 sa buntag, pinatakang namomba na usab sa dili moubos sa 8 ka rockets ug pagpaarak ang mga pwersang pangkahanginan sa AFP sa mao gihapon nga mga lugar.

Hulyo 11, 9:13 sa buntag, giharas sa usa ka grupo sa BHB-Front 8 ang mga tropa sa AFP sa mao ra gihapon nga lugar. Usa ang tinong kaswalti sa han-ay sa kaaway ug luwas nga nakaatras ang mga Pulang manggugubat.

Ang maong kapakyasan sa AFP nga modulot unta og dakung kadaut ngadto sa BHB ug katawhan usa ka mensahe alang sa umaabot nga SONA ni Duterte karong Hulyo 23, 2018.

Gipakita sa kasinatian nga ang makatarunganong gubat sa katawhan ang epektibong hinagiban sa katawhang Pilipino aron mopakyas ug mopildi sa bangis nga binuhatan sa daku ug kusgan nga armadong pwersa sa usa ka anti-katawhan ug reaksyonaryong rehimeng US-Duterte.

Ka Ariel Montero
Spokesperson
Regional Operational Command
BHB-NEMR

Series of 21 tactical offensives launched by the NPA-NEMR within a week against the tyrannical AFP and US-Duterte regime

Press statement | July 13, 2018 | Bisaya»

To greet the third State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on July 23, 2018, the NPA-NEMR launched 21 military actions since July 5 until July 12, 2018. More than 27 soldiers were killed and many more wounded from the forces of the 3rd SFB, 29th IB, 36th IB, CAFGU and paramilitary.

Most of the casualties from the AFP forces were hit by punitive actions of the NPA through the detonation of command detonated explosives, sniping and harassments against operating enemies.

Despite these victories, the NPA-NEMR must further intensify the launching of widespread tactical offensives and counter-attacks against the fascist armed forces of the anti-people and traitor reactionary US-Duterte regime. First, to defend and advance the just interests of the people from the constant anguish and oppression brought about by anti-people laws and policies, martial law and state terrorism of the Duterte government. Second, deliver a critical blow to the fascist troops by launching widespread punitive and annihilative actions to make them pay for their crimes and abuses against the people. And third, to advance the people’s war.

The people and the revolutionary forces have no other way to achieve its national and democratic goals but to take and advance the people’s war. Especially now that the US-Duterte regime has unilaterally cancelled the slated peace talks between the GRP and NDFP. It has intensified its militarist solution in solving the root causes of the 50 year civil war in the Philippines by implementing sustained combat and psychological operations against the people, deception and fake surrender of civilians, forcibly training civilians as CAFGUs and forcing the establishment of detachments in the barrios.

The AFP and US-Duterte regime’s continuing call for local peace talks is nothing but an attempt to deceive, to conceal their token engagement in peace talks which would have sincerely examined and solve the social and economic problems that are the primary reasons for armed conflict. It is clear that the real intention of the AFP and Duterte in holding local peace talks is to force the NPA and the entire revolutionary forces to surrender and compel them to accede to their demands, while they continue to exploit and oppress the Filipino people under the ruling system.

The New People’s Army is firm and sincere in its commitment to serve the people and persistently advance their national and democratic interests to build a free, democratic and just society which is the concrete foundation to achieve a lasting and just peace.

Ka Ariel Montero
Spokesperson
Regional Operational Command
NPA-NEMR


Pamahayg | Hulyo 13, 2018

21 SUNOD-SUNOD NGA MGA TAKTIKAL NGA OPENSIBA GILUNSAD SA BHB-NEMR SULOD SA USA KA SEMANA ISIP TUBAG SA KABANGIS SA AFP UG REHIMENG US-DUTERTE

Isip pagsugat sa nagsingabot nga ikatulong State of the Nation Address (SONA) sa Presidente sa Pilipinas nga si Rodrigo Duterte karong Hulyo 23, 2018, gilunsad sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan-North Eastern Mindanao Region (BHB-NEMR) ang mokabat sa 21 ka nagkalain-laing aksyong militar sa tibuok rehiyon gikan Hulyo 5 hangtud Hulyo 12, 2018. Mokapin sa 27 ang patay ug ubay-ubay nga mga samaron ang nahiagoman sa mga pwersa sa 3rd SFB, 29th IB, 36th IB, CAFGU ug paramilitar.

Kadaghanan sa mga kaswalti sa mga pwersa sa AFP, naigo sa mga atritibong aksyon sa BHB pinaagi sa pagpabuto sa mga command detonated explosives, isnayping ug harasment batok sa nag-operisyon nga kaaway.

Taliwala niining maong mga kalampusan kinahanglan pang pakusgon sa BHB-NEMR ang paglunsad sa kaylap nga mga taktikal nga opensiba ug mga kontra-atake batok sa mga pasistang armadong pwersa sa anti-katawhan ug anti-nasudnon nga reaksyonaryong rehimeng US-Duterte. Una, aron panalipdan ug iasdang ang makatarunganong interes sa katawhan batok sa padayong pagpaantos sa tumang kalisod ug pagpangdaugdaug kanila gumikan sa mga kontra-katawhang mga balaod ug palisiya, martial law ug terorismo sa estado nga gipahamtang sa gobyernong Duterte. Ikaduha, ipahiagom sa mga pasistang tropa ang makamatay nga hampak pinaagi sa kaylap nga mga atritibo ug pangpuong aksyon aron pabayron sila sa ilang mga krimen ug pagpangabuso ngadto sa katawhan. Ug ikatulo, aron pakusgon ang gubat sa katawhan.

Walay laing mapilian ang katawhan ug mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa aron kab-uton ang nasudnon ug demokratikong pangandoy niini gawas sa pagsubay ug pagpakusog sa gubat sa katawhan. Labaw na karon nga makiusa ka bahing gikansela sa rehimeng US-Duterte ang nakatakdang panaghisgot pangkalinaw tali GRP ug NDFP. Gipasamot pa niini ang militaristang solusyon sa pagsulbad sa gamot hinungdan sa 50 ka tuig nga gubat sibil sa Pilipinas pinaagi sa walay hunong nga mga kombat ug saykolohikal nga operisyon batok sa katawhan, pagpanghaylo ug peke nga pagpasurender sa mga sibilyan, pugos nga pagpatraining sa mga sibilyan alang sa pag-CAFGU ug pagpamugos sa pagtukod og mga detatsment sa kabaryohan.

Ang padayong pagpasiatab sa AFP ug rehimeng US-Duterte nga local peace talks usa lamang ka palusot ug panglingla aron tabunan ang ilang pagkawalay seryoso sa panaghisgot pangkalinaw nga sinserong mougkat ug mosulbad sa mga katilingbanon ug ekonomikanhong problema nga nag-unang hinungdan sa pagsilaob sa armadong panagbangi. Dayag nga ang tinuod nga tumong sa AFP ug ni Duterte sa pagpahigayon sa local peace talks mao ang pagpasurender sa BHB ug tibuok rebolusyonaryong pwersa ug paludhon subay sa ilang gusto, samtang padayong pahimuslan ug daugdaugon ang katawhang Pilipino sa nagharing sistema.

Bug-os ug hugot ang kaakuhan sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan nga kinasing-kasing nga alagaran ang katawhan ug pursigidong iasdang ang nasudnon ug demokratikong interes niini aron pandayon ang gawasnon, demokratiko ug makiangayong katilingban nga maoy konkretong sukaranan sa pagtunhay sa malahutayon ug makatarunganong kalinaw.

Ka Ariel Montero
Tigpamaba
Regional Operational Command
BHB-NEMR

Walang magaganap na localized peace talks sa Timog Katagalugan!

Jaime “Ka Diego” Padilla
Spokesperson, NPA-Southern Tagalog
(Melito Glor Command)
15 July 2018

NPA-Southern Tagalog spokesperson Jaime “Ka Diego” Padilla / Photo: Boy Bagwis | PinoyWeekly.org

Ang inilalakong lokalisadong usapang pangkapayapaan ng rehimeng US-Duterte at mga mapandigmang heneral ng AFP at PNP ay isang pangangarap ng gising at hindi kailanman magaganap. Hindi katanggap-tanggap ang ganitong proposal ng gubyernong Duterte. Pambabastos ito sa mga napagtibay nang mga naunang kasunduan sa pagitan ng Government of the Republic of the Philippines at National Democratic Front of the Philippines tulad ng The Hague Declaration of September 1, 1992 at Breukelen Joint Statement of June 14, 1994 at iba pang mga naunang kasunduan para sa pagkakamit ng isang tunay at makatarungang kapayapaan. Sa esensya ay pagpatay ito sa muling napasimulang paggulong ng usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng NDFP at GPH.

Matapos ang tuso at mapanlinlang na lokalisadong peace talks na ipinatupad ng rehimeng US-Corazon Aquino, napatunayang hindi para sa mamamayan ang ninanais na kapayapaan na inilalako ng lokalisadong peace talks ng reaksyunaryong gobyerno kundi kapayapaan para lamang sa kanilang uri na walang hinangad kundi ang pasipikasyon ng buong pwersa ng NPA. Hindi kinayang lutasin ng ganitong iskema ang malaon at lumalalang kahirapan sa bansa. Kung kaya’t mahigpit na nilalabanan at tinututulan ng CPP-NPA-NDFP ang inilalakong lokalisadong usapang pangkapayapaan ng nasabing rehimen, mga kasunod na administrasyon at hanggang sa kasalukuyang rehimeng US-Duterte.

Batid ng buong rebolusyunaryong hanay na ang NDFP lamang ang binigyan ng Komite Sentral ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas ng karapatan na umupo sa mesa ng usapang pangkapayapaan at makipag-usap sa reaksyunaryong gubyerno bilang kumakatawan sa rebolusyunaryong kilusan. Inaakala ng rehimen at mga heneral nito na susuong sa kanilang patibong ang rebolusyunaryong kilusan sa pamamagitan ng lokalisadong usapang pangkapayapaan sa layunin nitong pagwatak-watakin ang rebolusyonaryong hanay at ihiwalay ang sentro ng pamunuan ng CPP-NPA-NDF sa nakikibakang mamamayan.

Nanatiling buo at matatag ang suporta at pananalig ng buong rebolusyunaryong kilusan sa NDFP Negotiating Panel bilang tanging opisyal na kinatawan ng CPP-NPA-NDFP sa usapang pangkapayapaan sa reaksyunaryong Gubyerno ng Pilipinas (GRP). Walang pagmamaliw rin ang ibinibigay na suporta at paggalang ng buong rebolusyonaryong hanay, lalo sa Timog Katagalugan, kay kasamang Jose Maria Sison bilang Chief Political Consultant ng NDFP sa isinasagawang usapang pangkapayapaan at hindi ito dapat kwestyunin ng gubyernong Duterte. Ang pagkukwestiyon sa kanya ng parrot na tagapagsalita ng gobyernong Duterte na si Harry Roque ay pagpapatunay ng kanyang kamangmangan sa takbo ng rebolusyonaryong kilusan at sa usapang pangkapayapaan.

Sa matalino at mahusay na pamamatnubay, pagsubaybay ni Kasamang Joma sa peace talks, nananatiling matatag na hinahawakan at pinaninindigan ng NDFP ang lahat na napagkaisang kasunduan sa nakaraan at sa nilalaman ng CASER, CAPCR na binalahura ng gobyernong Duterte at mga kasapakat nitong mapandigmang heneral, malalaking burgesya-kumprador, malalaking despotikong panginoong maylupa at amo nitong imperyalismong US.

Kawalan ng respeto hindi lamang sa NDFP, kundi maging sa sariling negotiating panel ng GRP, sa Third Party Facilitator at sa magandang resulta ng apat na beses na back channel talks ang pagkansela sa itinakdang 5th round ng formal peace talks noong Hunyo 28. Ang kunwaring konsultasyon sa mga stakeholders ng usapang pangkapayapaan ay walang ibang kahulugan kundi ang pagsangguni ng rehimen sa mga naghaharing-uri sa bansa. Sila ang itinuturing na sambayanan ni Duterte sa kanyang mga talumpati at pamamahayag, hindi ang malawak na masa ng mga maralitang manggagawa, magsasaka, maralitang lungsod, mababang petiburges at iba pang maralitang sektor sa lipunang Pilipino. Bahagi ito ng hangal na layunin ng rehimeng US-Duterte na ihiwalay sa mamamayan ang CPP-NPA-NDFP, kasabay nito ay durugin, lumpuhin, pahinain at pilayan sa loob ng 3 buwang takda ng AFP-PNP sang-ayon sa plano nila sa naganap na Cabinet Cluster-E meeting sa Malacañang. Bunsod nito, inilarga ng AFP-PNP ang kanilang todo-todong malakihang operasyong militar at pulis sa rehiyon ng Timog Katagalugan at sa buong bansa.

Ang ganitong hakbangin ng rehimeng US-Duterte ay pagpapakita ng kawalang kaseryosohan nitong wakasan ang deka-dekadang armadong tunggalian. Walang ibang layunin si Duterte at mga mapandigmang heneral ng AFP-PNP kundi itali at piitin ang mga kamay ng NPA at itulak itong makipagkumpromiso at sumuko.

Tulad ng mga nagdaang rehimen, deteminadong haharapin, lalabanan at bibiguin ng CPP-NPA-NDFP ang lahat ng imbing pakana ng rehimeng US-Duterte at AFP-PNP. Buong giting na lalabanan ng CPP-NPA-NDFP ang bawat operasyong militar laban sa rebolusyonaryong pwersa at mamamayan sa buong rehiyong Timog Katagalugan at sa buong bansa.

Tatapatan ng rebolusyunaryong hustisya ang bawat karahasang inihahasik ng mga opersayong militar at pulis sa mga sona at mga larangang gerilya sa rehiyon at sa bansa. Hindi papayag ang rebolusyonaryong kilusan na maglabas-masok ang militar at pulis sa mga larangang gerilya ng NPA upang maghasik ng dahas at takot sa mamamayan nang hindi makakatikim ng pinsala mula sa mga yunit ng NPA.

Bibiguin ng NPA at mamamayan ang mga pakana ng rehimeng Duterte at AFP-PNP. Walang larangan sa ilalim ng Melito Glor Command ang haharap sa kanilang pekeng localized peace talks. Haharapin ng magigiting na Kumander at Pulang mandirigma ang mga berdugong AFP-PNP upang ipagtanggol ang mamamayan at kamtin ang tunay at pangmatagalang kapayapaan sa bansa. Tanging sa landas ng matagalang digmang bayan mahahawan ang landas sa pagkakamit ng tunay, makatarungan at pangmatagalang kapayapaang nakabatay sa hustisyang panlipunan.###

“Localized Peace Talks” ng Rehimeng US-Duterte, tinutulan at kinundena ng Celso Minguez Command

BHB Sorsogon
July 17, 2018

Mariing tinututulan at kinukundena ng Celso Minguez Command ang mapanlinlang na alok ng “localized peace talks” ng pasista at pahirap na rehimeng US-Duterte nitong nakaraang petsa 13 ng Hulyo.

Isa itong mapanghating taktika ng mapanlinlang na rehimeng US-Duterte. Nililito nito ang tao sa tunay na pakay ni Duterte at kanyang Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) na itulak ang mga nasa lokal na rebolusyonaryong pwersa na pumasok sa kanilang mga pakana at pagpapasuko.
Wala itong balak na harapin ang pagsasaayos, pagpipinal at pagpirma sa Kumprehensibong Kasunduan para sa Panlipunan at pang-Ekonomyang Reporma o CASER kung saan ipagtitibay sana ng magkabilang panig ng GRP at NDFP ang usapin na pagpapatupad ng tunay na reporma sa lupa at industriyalisasyon.

Ang layunin ng pagkakaroon ng usapang pangkapayapaan ay upang malutas ang mayor na suliranin ng mamamayang Pilipino tungkol sa lupa. Ang pagtibay sana sa CASER ang isang hakbang upang malutas ang dahilan kung bakit may armadong tunggalian sa kasalukuyan. Ngunit dahil hindi ito kayang harapin ng pahirap na rehimeng US-Duterte na mas nais ipatupad ang mga neoliberal na patakaran ng imperyalista nitong amo ay aatrasan na lang niya ang pagtalikod sa pambansang usapang pangkapayapaan at pagsusulong ng mapanghating localized peace talks.

Ang panawagan para sa isang “localized peace talks” ay paulit-ulit nang ipinilit ng mga nagdaang rehimen sa mamamayang Sorsoganon. Kailanman ay hindi ito tinanggap at paulit-ulit na rin itong itinatwa ng CMC at ng mga Sorsoganon. Pagpapatunay ito na hindi malilinlang ni Duterte at kanyang mga armadong pwersa sa panibago nitong pagpapanggap na para ito sa kapayapaan samantalang nagpapatuloy ang mga operasyong militar na nagdadala ng mga pananakot, pananakit at pamamaslang sa mga Sorsoganon.

Wala itong kahihinatnan at hindi ito magtatagumpay. Hindi dito papasok ang Celso Minguez Command kasabay ng iba pang mga Command ng Bagong Hukbong Bayan (BHB) sa buong Pilipinas.

Nirerespeto ng CMC na ang marapat na kinatawan ng CPP-NPA-NDF sa usapang pangkapayapaan ay ang NDFP at ito lamang ang may awtoridad na magsagawa ng anumang kasunduan sa GRP para sa kapakanan ng mamamayang Pilipino. Kinikilala din ng CMC ang lahat ng kasunduan at balangkas na pinirmahan ng NDFP at GRP bilang gabay sa pagsasagawa ng usapang pangkapayapaan.

Naniniwala ang CMC na ang papel BHB ay ang pagsusulong ng armadong pakikibaka, pagtatanggol sa mga mamamayang inaapi at lumalaban para makamit ang hustisyang panlipunan. Sa patuloy na paghadlang ng pasista at pahirap na rehimeng US-Duterte sa pagtugon sa panlipunan at pang-ekonomiyang pangangailangan ng mamamayan ay makatitiyak din ang mamamayang Sorsoganon na magpapatuloy din ang armadong pakikibaka upang matiyak ang pagkamit sa rebolusyonaryong mithiing ito ng mamamayan.

Samuel Guerrero
Tagapagsalita
Celso Minguez Command (BHB-Sorsogon)

In the news: Threat letter a hoax, police chief says

IVY C. TEJANO | SunStarDavao.com.ph
July 17, 2018

DAVAO City Police Office director Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum dismissed the threat letter and tattered Philippine flag as a hoax left by a disgruntled city government worker.

Davao City Police Office Director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum (Photo: SunStarDavao)

“It was simply a hoax, nothing to worry. The woman was invited for investigation, and her motive for doing such act is just personal grudge and hatred. This stemmed after his son was killed in a buy-bust operation last year,” Tagum said.

A 62-year-old woman was shown on closed circuit television (CCTV) as the one nearest the plastic bag that contained a tattered flag and a threat letter allegedly from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) and the New People’s Army.

The woman, identified as Luisa Manlangit Datio, a resident of Barangay 76-A Bucana, admitted that it was her on the CCTV, but denied leaving the plastic bag. The police, however, brushed this off saying no suspect would admit an unlawful act.

DCPO spokesperson Senior Inspector Ma. Teresita Gaspan earlier said the footage from the CCTV installed at the San Pedro Square showed Datio approaching the concrete bench in front of the City Hall at around 3:23 a.m. on July 11.

Joyce Valencia, who works for Davao City Environment and Natural Resources (Cenro), discovered the items two hours later. Valencia was cleaning the part at around 5:30 a.m. on the same day when she found the plastic bag.

As to the security and safety measures, Gaspan said the city has been on heightened alert for some time now and this has not changed.

Police Regional Office (PRO) in Davao Region spokesperson Chief Inspector Milgrace Driz, on the other hand, assured that all its personnel assigned in respective cities/municipalities in the region are doing their best to provide security.

Driz also reminded the public to stay vigilant always, and coordinate with the police and the military should there are suspicious stuffs and/or individuals nearby. She added that the police have intensified its intelligence monitoring.

Local revolutionary formations spurn ‘localized peace talks’

Information Bureau | Communist Party of the Philippines
July 18, 2018

AFP PHOTO / Noel CELIS

More and more regional committees of the CPP, field commands of the NPA and local revolutionary formations have issued separate statements firmly rejecting and condemning the Duterte regime’s so-called “localized” peace talks. These declarations are clear indications that Duterte’s localized peace talks are set to fail.

Revolutionary forces across the country at various levels belie claims by Duterte officials that the rejection of the sham localized talks came only from peace negotiators of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) based in The Netherlands, and not from forces on the ground. These statements are virtual slaps on the face of Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

Local revolutionary forces echo the earlier statement issued by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) denouncing Duterte’s local peace talks which smokescreen its total war against the people and widespread military abuses under Mindanao martial law and Oplan Kapayapaan. They also point out how such pretend talks will fail in their respective areas.

This outpouring of rejections came after Malacañang repeatedly defended its plan to issue an executive order for localized peace talks in order to pretend to be for peace after having terminated formal negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the NDFP.

Rejections
The following are highlights of statements issued by various local revolutionary forces:

In Northern Luzon.
The NPA-Venerando Villacillo Command (NPA-VCC) in Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino provinces explained that localized peace talks will not resolve the root of the armed conflict. “Only the 5th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, armed state forces, intelligence units, local elite and foreign imperialist capitalists would benefit from localized peace talks,” NPA-VCC said. The 5th ID based in Gamu, Isabela province is the primary AFP unit operating in most parts of Northern Luzon.

The Cordillera People’s Democratic Front (CPDF) also said that their forces will not participate in any localized peace talks with the reactionary government. CPDF spokesperson Simon Naogsan declared: “Among Cordillerans, national oppression is perpetrated by the reactionary state ruled by big landlords, comprador bourgeoisie and US imperialism. We cannot expect these problems to be answered by local governments.” He also expressed unequivocable support for the negotiating panel of the NDFP in its representation of all revolutionary forces in national level negotiations with the GRP.

In Bicol
The NPA-Celso Minguez Command (NPA-CMC) in Sorsogon dubbed the Duterte regime’s localized peace talks as a “deceptive offer.” Samuel Guerrero, NPA-CMC spokesperson, explained that the Duterte regime is pushing for these deceptive talks to hide the fact that it does not really plan to finalize and sign the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) which addresses the fundamental people’s demands for genuine land reform and national industrialization. He added that “the people of Sorsogon will not be deceived by the renewed schemes of Duterte and his armed forces…” Guerrero maintained the NPA-CMC will never participate in these bogus talks.

In the Visayas
NDFP-Negros Island spokesperson Frank Fernandez said in peddling localized peace talks, Duterte is “playing blind to the every day struggles of Filipinos” and showing indifference to the dire conditions of the Filipino people “that are not exclusive to individual communities” but prevail across the nation. Fernandez maintained that the revolutionary forces in Negros reject the localized peace talks as these are only designed to “smokescreen the brutal and ruthless all-out war that has beset the country and divert attention from Duterte’s unwillingness to pursue agrarian reform, national industrialization and national sovereignty.”

Concha Araneta, NDFP-Panay spokesperson, stressed that not one region has been – or will ever be – enticed and fooled by the reactionary regime to hold peace talks at the regional, provincial, city or municipal level. “NDF-Panay and all revolutionary forces in the region totally reject any call for local peace talks with the local bureaucracy or any other entity blessed by the anti-peace liar and chief fascist representative of the ruling class in the country.”

In Southern Mindanao
NDFP-Southern Mindanao Spokesperson Rubi del Mundo said localized peace talks are being rejected by revolutionary forces in Southern Mindanao, from where Duterte himself came from. “It is nothing but a hollow attempt to draw a veil over the ravages of Martial Law in Mindanao and the escalating bloodbath of Oplan Kapayapaan affecting millions of civilians in the country,” del Mundo said. “In advocating for localized peace talks, Duterte, in truth, appeals to the corrupt nature of his fellow bureaucrat capitalists by encouraging them to subvert previously agreed-upon guidelines and machineries and the advances borne out of the past 25 years.”

Futile move
This barrage of rejections will continue as other regional and local commands and formations of the CPP, NPA, and NDFP are set to issue their own statements. All these statements affirm that all revolutionary forces under the leadership of the CPP – from Luzon to Mindanao– reject this pretend ‘localized’ peace talks.”

We repeat: The broad masses demand not ‘local peace talks’ but an end to Duterte’s total war against civilians, the aerial bombings, the military occupation of communities, the sham campaign of forcing people to enlist as “surrenderers,” widespread killings and other abuses. The people are being roused to arms by Duterte’s Oplan Kapayapaan.

Pursuing pretend localized peace talks is a futile move as these talks are set to completely fail. Even Mayor Sara Duterte of Davao City has given up on her pet project of local peace talks knowing how foolish she would appear talking to her own shadow. Her father’s regime should see how foolish his government is in relentlessly pursuing this patently stupid act.

Duterte not interested in just and lasting peace

NEWS RELEASE | July 17, 2018

Recently, Malacañang announced an upcoming executive order on “localized peace talks” as a substitute to the Duterte-sabotaged formal negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

“This is additional evidence exhibiting Duterte’s true intentions of pursuing total war against the Filipino people instead of genuine and lasting peace,” said Hope Bondoc, NDFP Central Visayas spokesperson.

“Duterte has long been anti-peace. His engagement of peace negotiations with the NDFP was mere dilly-dallying to buy time until he can consolidate his regime,” she added.

The GRP and NDFP peace panel achieved 4 rounds of peace talks before Duterte called off the 5th round through Presidential Proclamation 360 last November 2017. The following month he issued PP 374 tagging the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People’s Army (NPA) and its supporters as terrorists. The Department of Justice then came up with a terrorist proscription petition red-tagging 656 individuals as CPP-NPA officers and members.

With his rising unpopularity and intensifying blows delivered by the NPA, Duterte was forced to give in to backchannel talks. But he had no intention of consummating the 5th round where the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms was to be tabled. His Cabinet’s security cluster made sure of that. He canceled saying he “wanted to engage the public before working out agreements with communist leaders” contrary to the Filipino people’s deafening call for the resumption of GRP-NDFP peace talks. Duterte now plans to resurrect “localized peace talks” despite being proven fruitless in the past regimes while setting unacceptable conditions for the resumption of formal peace negotiations.

“After two years of hypocrisy and US prodding, Duterte escalates his total war against all hindrances to his dictator ambitions. He babbles on about peace and love of country. Yet, he instigates spates of killings, human rights violations, massive corruption and foreign aggression. But the Filipino people who are suffering under his regime cannot be fooled any longer,” said Bondoc.

The NDFP Central Visayas expressed its unwavering support to the NDFP Negotiating Panel in the GRP-NDFP Peace Talks and NDFP Chief Political Consultant Jose Maria Sison. It strongly condemned Martial Law in Mindanao and forewarned of Duterte’s gimmicks to facilitate nationwide military rule.

“The rage of the Filipino masses holds Duterte and his cohorts’ doom. The revolutionary movement is resolute in uniting the people against a tyrannical and puppet regime. Beyond Duterte’s overthrow, the expanding revolutionary forces, with the CPP’s leadership, will work toward achieving agrarian reform and national industrialization. Thus laying the ground for a just and lasting peace,” she added.

Pax Enguerra
Media Liaison
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3 dead, 4 wounded as NPA clash with AFP in Cordillera

By SHERWIN DE VERA
nordis.net
July 16, 2018

BAGUIO CITY — Three soldiers were killed while four others were wounded in separate armed clashes between the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Northern Luzon Command (NolCom) and the New People’s Army (NPA) forces in the Cordillera over the weekend. The clashes occurred in Mountain Province and in Abra with no casualties reported on the part of the rebels.

ENCOUNTER. Photo by Jing Day-asen

According to Nolcom reports, NPA fighters of the Kilusang Larangang Gerilya (KLG) Ampis led by a certain Ka Digbay fired upon operating troops of the 81st Infantry Battalion in Sitio Dandanac, Tamboan, Besao, Mountain Province on Sunday, July 15.

NolCom’s spokesperson Lt. Col. Isagani Nato said the three-hour firefight resulted to the death of three soldiers and wounding of two others. The army troopers also lost a K3 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), two R4 rifles, an M203 grenade launcher and a handheld Harris radio.

The army official said that before Sunday’s encounter, the same army unit fought it out with the rebels on Saturday, at around 8:40 am in the vicinity of the same village. A soldier was hit at the right arm and pelvic area.

Another encounter took place in the adjacent province of Abra on Saturday, July 14, where personnel of the 24th IB pursued members of KLG North Abra. The soldiers tracked the rebels from their abandoned camp in Danac West, Boliney that they found at around 8:00 am in the same day.

A 20-minute exchange of fire occurred that started at around 3:10 pm in Barangay Ud-udiao, Sallapadan town. One soldier was wounded on the right leg.

NolCom withheld the names of the casualties pending the notification of their families.

In June, nine police officers were wounded and another one killed when the NPA’s Leonardo Pacsi Command ambushed them in Sagada, Mountain.

Nato stressed that NolCom will conduct relentless operations against the rebels to bring “peace, stability and development.”

Just last week, the Communist Party of the Philippines expressed their readiness to confront Duterte’s “let us go to war” pronouncement. # nordis.net

Lorenzana, militarists delusional about localized peace talks

NDFP National Council
Public Information Office

Press Statement | July 16, 2018

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and the other militarists in the Duterte regime are delusional if they think that localized peace talks are the key to defeating the armed revolutionary movement.

The localized peace talks came on the heels of Malacañang’s announcement that an executive order would be issued calling for “public consultations” about the peace talks between the GRP and the NDFP.

This worn-out tactic, which has been tried by every regime since that of Fidel Ramos, has always failed because it had no takers among the armed revolutionaries.

The past reactionary governments which consistently failed to secure the wholesale capitulation of the revolutionary forces through national-level peace negotiations always resorted to localized talks as a fallback, thinking that what they could not achieve in one fell swoop, they could do piece by piece.

Localized talks are a classic divide and rule tactic. The idea is to hoodwink local CPP leaders and NPA commanders into agreeing to local ceasefire arrangements, and later on induce them to surrender.

Localized peace talks are also a vain attempt to isolate NDFP chief political consultant Jose Ma. Sison from the mass of revolutionaries, because of the crucial role he plays in the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations. It could hardly be a coincidence that the latest vilification try against Professor Sison (from rabid anti-communist Rigoberto Tiglao) has come on the eve of the Duterte regime’s issuance of its guidelines on the localized talks.

Localized peace talks are also supposed to complete the armed revolutionary movement’s alleged disintegration, riding on the AFP’s bogus claims that NPA guerrillas and their supporters are feeling the heat of military operations and are surrendering in droves.

NPA National Operations Command spokesperson Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos has exposed the fakery in these mass surrenders by pointing out that ordinary civilians, ex-guerrillas and even paramilitary elements are being presented as surrenderees so that high-ranking military officials could pocket the millions of pesos in funds allotted for this program.

But the most important reason why localized peace talks have never succeeded is because the NPA, led by the CPP, is strong and united organizationally. Regional CPP leaders and NPA commanders fully support the NDFP Negotiating Panel in the peace negotiations with the GRP. The CPP, NPA and other allied organizations of the NDFP are of one mind that the peace talks must address wholly the social, economic and political roots underlying the armed conflict. It is starkly clear to them that these problems cannot be addressed through localized peace talks and piecemeal reforms.

Regional revolutionary forces are already issuing statements repudiating the Duterte regime’s localized peace talks scheme. Only deluded minds like those of Lorenzana and his band of militarists are desperate enough to make another stab at this failed and worthless tactic. ###