On the May 13, 2019 elections in the Philippines

Interview with Prof Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant

By Rio Mondelo, Editor, Pinoy Abrod
April 30, 2019

RM 1: The senatorial race in the May 13, 2019 elections in the Philippines is of crucial importance because if Duterte’s candidates in Hugpong ng Pagbabago and PDP-Laban win in an overwhelming way, Duterte will have complete control of the government and will have two-thirds vote in the Senate to push his federalism project.  What are the chances of Duterte’s candidates and the opposition candidates in Otso Deretso, Labor Win, Makabayan,  People’s Choice and Catholic Vote?

People crowd at a school entrance yard to vote -Photo: REUTERS

JMS: If the elections are clean and honest, the senatorial candidates of Duterte will surely lose because they are  discredited  by their own gross crimes as well as by those of the Duterte regime.

Many of the candidates are notorious plunderers like Marcos, Estrada, Revilla, Enrile and Bong Go and butchers like Enrile as martial law administrator of Marcos and Bato de la Rosa as the chief butcher in the infamous Oplan Tokhang.  The Duterte slate stinks because of the shady track record of the candidates. It is so bad in contrast to the clean and brilliant record  of the opposition candidates. 

The broad masses of the people detest the Duterte regime  for the soaring prices of basic commodities and the rise of mass unemployment and poverty. The Duterte candidates are seen as stooges of a tyrant,  puppet of China, mass murderer, supreme protector of drug lords,  plunderer, incorrigible liar, antagonist of the Christian churches and women and generator of inflation.  

RM 2:  Because he will surely lose in the senatorial race in the elections if these would be clean and honest, what do we expect from Duterte?  Will he rig the elections?  Why?

JMS:  Duterte has total control of the Commission on Elections and the military and police personnel who will be deputized for election duties, especially in Mindanao, which is under martial law, and in the other areas designated as trouble spots by the Comelec, the military and the police.

Duterte is well-known to have a sly criminal mind.  He will certainly use his power over the Comelec and the armed services to rig the elections, especially because he wants to increase his despotic powers and prolong his stay in power by railroading charter change to a bogus federalism.

He is mortally afraid that the moment he steps down from power, he is liable for criminal prosecution by the International Criminal Court and for punitive actions by the Filipino people and their revolutionary forces.  Thus, he is driven like crazy to prolong his stay in power and gain more powers to oppress and exploit the people.

Even  before the elections, the  rigging has started. The whole of Mindanao and the so-called trouble spots are already under martial rule, the public school teachers and people from various walks of life are being red-tagged for the purpose of mass intimidation and extrajudicial killings.  Opposition candidates are at a huge  disadvantage.

RM 3: In view of Duterte’s control of Comelec and the armed services to be deputized for the elections and his determination to rig the elections because of his fear of prosecution, why should the opposition candidates still run for the Senate? 

JMS:  They need to run in order to arouse, organize and mobilize the people for realizing the real majority vote and, when and if elections prove to be rigged, there will be clear ground for the people to take offense and rise up to oust Duterte in the same manner that they rose up after Marcos cheated in the 1986 elections.  

Remember that before the 1986 elections there were the huge electoral rallies of the Aquino slate and the mass protest actions of BAYAN.  These forces eventually conjoined with the mass following of the Catholic and other Christian churches and those military and police officers who turned against Marcos in order to oust him after he cheated in the elections.

RM 4:  Duterte has excelled at fabricating poll surveys and fake news, dominating the print and electronic media with paid ads and payola for broadcasters and columnists and most important of all Duterte has succeeded in causing mass intimidation through red-tagging and mass murders in Oplan Tokhang and Oplan Kapayapaan in the short span of three years. 

In the case of Marcos, he had stimulated and collected the people’s wrath for at least 14 years before he could be ousted.  Under these circumstances, are the opposition forces strengthening themselves and building a broad united front in order to make huge rallies before election day and then to oust Duterte after he cheats in May?

JMS:  I presume that the opposition forces are doing their best  in order to strengthen themselves and to build a broad united front. There are less than two weeks before May 13 for the opposition to show the huge electoral rallies of the opposition candidates as well as the protest rallies of the progressive organizations. We hope these will still arise before election day. 

But even if these do not materialize, it is still important for the opposition to do the best possible now so that in the long run when Duterte continues to abuse the people and violate their national and democratic rights, and to amass power and wealth, the people would be in a position to rise up with the intensity and magnitude of mass actions against Marcos in 1986.  

There are certain factors that can run counter to the building of the broad united front.  The climate of mass intimidation due to widespread red-tagging and actual murders of social activists might have a dampening effect on certain sections of the population.  

There are also anti-Duterte reactionaries who are at the same time more anticommunist and more pro-imperialist than they are anti-Duterte.  These are the same elements that would be vulnerable to Duterte’s false assurances that he would step down in 2022 or as soon as his bogus federalism is ratified.            

RM 5:  Of course, it is well-known that you do not depend entirely on elections and legal mass actions within the ruling system, especially because rascals like Duterte have overwhelming advantages in terms of power and control over the armed forces and most owners of mass media.  In the meantime, what can the people do to assert themselves against an imminent rise of outright fascist dictatorship?

JMS:  The people should never give up the legal mass struggles no matter how much are the mass intimidation, red-tagging  and actual murders committed by the Duterte regime against them. By asserting and exerting their democratic rights to speak out and assemble and to create the broadest possible united front, the people themselves make it counterproductive for Duterte to insist on his regime of tyranny, treason, mass murder and plunder.

In the meantime, while all efforts are being exerted to develop the legal democratic struggle against the Duterte regime, the revolutionary forces of the Filipino people are also developing and advancing the people’s democratic revolution through protracted people’s war.  If Duterte rigs the elections, he will certainly use his fake electoral  victory to suppress the people further and try to go on a killing rampage against the national and democratic forces.

But the revolutionary forces of the people are invincible because their cause is just. They are deeply rooted among the toiling masses nationwide and can at will launch tactical offensives by surprise against the weakest points of the counterrevolutionary regime.  As Duterte brutally attacks the legal democratic forces, he unwittingly incites the mass activists to join the armed revolution as Marcos did previously in the 1970s and 1980s. The growth of the armed revolution is the surest guarantee that the  people’s resistance will continue and the Duterte regime will come to an end.###

On the Treason of Duterte and Esperon

By Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant, 
April 28, 2019

China should be sued before the appropriate courts for the violation of sovereign rights of the Filipino people in the West Philippine Sea and demand its withdrawal and payment for the destruction of the marine environment and resources and rent for the duration of its occupation of Panatag Shoal and the artificial islands it has built and militarized. 

Like his master Duterte, Esperon is a traitor and an idiot for asking China to protect the marine resources in the West Philippine Sea. He wants to legitimize China as the bantay salakay of the West Philippines Sea.

He is obfuscating the fact that China has violated the sovereign rights of the Filipino people over the West Philippine Sea, built and militarized artificial islands, taken over Panatag Shoal, usurped the marine and mineral resources and destroyed these in the West Philippines.

Related news:

PH may seek China’s help in protecting marine resources

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5 enemy troops killed in NPA offensives in North Cotabato, ComVal

New People’s Army Regional Operations Command Southern Mindanao Region
April 26, 2019 | PRESS STATEMENT | Bisaya»

New People’s Army units in the provinces of North Cotabato and Compostela Valley actively countered combat operations of Armed Forces of the Philippines troops this week, inflicting casualties in three separate tactical offensives. Shortly after, the fascist enemy deployed heavy bombardment that forced communities to evacuate and spun fake news in an attempt to smokescreen its defeat.

Red fighters under the Mt. Apo Sub-Regional Command launched snipe operation against a platoon of operating 19th IB troops in Sitio Upper Tiwayan, Brgy. Badiangon in Arakan, North Cotabato, at around 9am on April 23. Later, at around 10am, another unit of Red fighters gave battle to fully-armed reinforcement troops at a crossing road in Sitio Anoling. After these two offensives, Red fighters safely withdrew from their positions, while 2 enemy officials were killed in action.

The enemy troops, however, went haywire following these NPA military actions. During the second offensive and minutes after Red fighters had already disengaged, the 19th IB’s reinforcement troops fired indiscriminately, effectively hitting their escort, CAFGU Jonel Bayaan, who was onboard a motorcycle with another CAFGU member. Bayaan, a resident of Brgy. Katindo, is also an active member of the paramilitary group Bagani in the area. An hour later, the 19th IB launched artillery fire 14 times and fired from MG-50 helicopter gunships in the midst of farms and communities. The AFP’s indiscriminate bombardment forced hundreds of civilians in Brgy. Badiangon and other adjacent barangays to flee their homes.

Meanwhile, on April 24, at around 9:45am, the 71st IB—notorious child-killer and rights abusers in Compostela Valley—were hit in a demolition operation by Red fighters under the ComVal-Davao Gulf Sub-Regional Command in Brgy. Cabuyuan, Mabini town. Three enemy troopers were killed while several others were wounded. The 71st IB promptly launched artillery fire and aerial bombing several times after the NPA’s military action.

Spinning fake news, such as misrepresenting an active CAFGU and paramilitary member as a civilian caught in NPA crossfire or concealing the fact that it is their indiscriminate bombings that instigate forced evacuations, has become a standard-operating procedure in the US-Duterte regime’s martial law in Mindanao.

To be sure, this year’s heightened militarization of rural areas in North Cotabato and Compostela Valley and in other parts of Southern Mindanao is not merely to serve Duterte’s manic but ultimately futile attempt to defeat the NPA and realize his pernicious plans to sell-out Mindanao to his imperialist masters. It also serves to browbeat the masses and ensure his ilk and minions are elected in positions in the reactionary government necessary to maintain his tyranny.

Southern Mindanao Regional Operations Command
New People’s Army


5 ka kaaway patay sa opensiba sa NPA sa North Cotabato, ComVal

Aktibong gialkontra sa mga yunit sa New People’s Army sa North Cotabato ug Compostela Valley ang operisyong kombat nga gilunsad sa mga tropa sa Armed Forces of the Philippines karong semana, diin daghan ang kaswalti sa kaaway human sa 3 ka managlahing taktikal nga opensiba.

Naglunsad og operisyong isnayp ang mga Pulang manggugubat ilalom sa Mt. Apo Sub-Regional Command batuk sa usa ka platun nga nag-operisyong 19th IB sa Sitio Upper Tiwayan, Brgy. Badiangon sa Arakan, North Cotabato, mga alas-9 sa buntag niadtong Abril 23. Pagka-alas 10 sa buntag, laing yunit sa mga Pulang manggugubat ang nakigsangka sa nag-reimpors nga armadong tropa sa krosing sa Sityo Anoling. Human niining duha ka opensiba, luwas nga naka-widro gikan sa ilang posisyon ang mga Pulang manggugubat, samtang 2 ang patay sa kaaway.

Apan nagkaguliyang ang tropa sa kaaway human niining mga aksyong militar sa NPA. Atol sa ikaduhang opensiba ug pila ka minuto human nihawa ang mga Pulang manggugubat, nagkalamukat nga namusil ang mga tropa sa 19th IB, diin naigo ang ilang eskort nga CAFGU nga si Jonel Bayaan, kinsa nagsakay og motor kuyog ang lain pang CAFGU. Si Bayaan, residente sa Brgy. Katindo, aktibong membro usab sa paramilitar nga Bagani sa erya. Usa ka oras ang milabay, nanganyon og 14 ka higayon ang 19th IB ug nagpabuto gamit ang ilang MG-50 helicopter gunship taliwala sa mga komunidad ug umahan. Ang walay-puas nga pagpamomba sa AFP maoy hinungdan sa pagbakwit sa gatusan ka sibilyan gikan sa Brgy. Badiangon ug uban pang kanit nga barangay.

Sa lain pa, niadtong Abril 24, mga alas-9:45 sa buntag, naigo sa usa ka operisyong demolisyon sa mga Pulang manggugubat ilalom sa ComVal-Davao Gulf Sub-Regional Command ang iladong child-killer ug abusadong 71st IB sa Brgy. Cabuyuan, Mabini. Patay ang 3 ka tropa sa kaaway samtang pipila ang samdan. Diha-dihang naglunsad og pagpanganyon ug aerial bombing ang 71st IB human sa aksyong militar sa NPA.

Ang pagmugna og peke nga balita, sama sa pag-ingong sibilyan nga naigo sa NPA ang usa ka CAFGU nga membro sa Bagani o ang paglilong sa kamatuoran nga ang walay-puangod nga pagpamomba sa AFP maoy hinungdan sa pwersadong pagpamakwit sa mga sibilyan, nahimo nang standard-operating procedure sa balaod militar sa rehimeng US-Duterte sa Mindanao.

Sa walay pagduda, ang paggrabe sa militarisasyon sa kabanikanhan sa North Cotabato ug Compostela Valley ug uban pang bahin sa Southern Mindanao karong tuig dili lang naga-alagad sa lunatiko apan siguradong mapakyas nga paningkamot ni Duterte nga pildihon ang NPA ug sa pagpatuman sa iyang magun-ubong mga plano aron ibaligya ang Mindanao ngadto sa iyang mga imperyalistang amo. Gigamit usab kini aron hadlukon ang masa ug ipaniguro nga mabutang ang mga itoy ni Duterte sa mga posisyon sulod sa reaksyunaryong gobyerno nga kinahanglan sa pagpabilin sa iyang tiraniya.

Fight against Duterte’s tyranny, fight for justice

PRESS STATEMENT | April 22, 2019

SLAIN COUNCILOR, HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Reelectionist Escalante City Councilor Bernardino Patigas is killed on April 22, 2019.

Since Duterte assumed power and became the head bureaucrat capitalist in the country, uninterrupted killings and crimes have plagued the Philippines. Duterte is spilling the blood of the Filipino masses in his vicious wars to establish himself as fascist dictator. Duterte’s utter disregard for human rights, human life per se and justice exposes his anti-people, anti-poor character. 

Today the Negrosanons, especially the people of Northern Negros, is grieving the merciless killing of human rights defender and Escalante City incumbent councilor Bernardino “Toto” Patigas, Sr, 72 years old, late this afternoon. Councilor Patigas was active in supporting the struggles of sugar workers and peasants for wage, benefits and land to till and consistently stood for human rights. He was an Escalante massacre survivor during Marcos’ martial law, founding member of the North Negros Alliance of Human Rights Advocates and highly regarded servant of the people for most of his life. And now he is the 70th victim of Duterte’s de facto martial law in Negros.

This heinous crime was done after forces of the AFP Central Command and PNP Regional Office 7 ran amuck during Oplan Sauron II (or the sychronized enhanced managing of police operations) leaving 14 dead bodies and devastating hundreds of families. If we recall, last February, HR advocates in north Negros exposed a hit list of the military that ushered in the spread of Oplan Sauron in Negros Occidental. These are aftermaths of Duterte’s Memorandum Order 32 and Executive Order 70. There is no doubt that the same diabolical minds that created Oplan Sauron are behind this attack against human rights advocates.

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in Negros strongly condemns the brutal killing of Councilor Patigas and condoles with his family, friends and colleagues. Together with all Negrosanons, the NDF demands justice for Councilor Patigas and all victims of state fascism. 

However, revolutionary forces and the masses are aware that the call for justice falls on deaf ears under the US-Duterte regime when Duterte himself is the perpetrator of senseless killings and injustice and is the main promoter of impunity. Justice can only be given by the people’s democratic government through its New People’s Army. Utmost justice can only be attained by overthrowing the semicolonial and semifeudal system starting with the US-Duterte regime.

Councilor Patigas’ murder as well as the murder of fellow human rights defender and peasant lawyer Atty. Ben Ramos and the killings of Negrosanons who struggle for their rights like the Sagay 9 massacre victims and SEMPO 1 and 2 victims further inflame the people’s wrath and gives strength to their resistance against Duterte’s fixation to perpetuate his tyranny. The people will surmount the terror that Duterte and his cabal wants to escalate. They will launch an all-out resistance and tread the path of revolution. Duterte makes it crystal clear that the principal means to topple his regime is through armed struggle.

Justice for all victims of state fascism!

Fight tyranny!

Resist de facto martial law in Negros!

Overthrow the US-Duterte regime!


National Democratic Front of the Philippine – Negros Island

The people seek the ouster of Duterte with mass movement as in the case of Marcos

Comment by Jose Maria Joma Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant
April 22, 2019

It is correct for people to think and act in order to oust him as soon as possible. They will not be frightened and shaken down by mere matrices and threats of Duterte against groups of journalists and lawyers, whom he accuses of conspiracy.

Even some officers and men of the AFP and PNP think of withdrawing support from the Duterte regime and joining the ouster mass movement against it when the protest mass actions become gigantic.

In the first place, Duterte is responsible for the growing ouster mass movement against him because of the intolerable crimes of treason, mass murder, plunder and others that he has committed against the people.

The desire of the people to oust Duterte has become a mass movement and not the mere conspiracy of a few because of the intolerable crimes of Duterte and his evil regime against the people.

Bagong “peace panel” ni Duterte, isang kontra-rebolusyonaryong military panel

Melito Glor Command
New People’s Army Southern Tagalog
April 15, 2019 | Press Statement

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

Kahungkagan ang muling pagbubuo ng sira-ulo at ulyaning si Duterte ng bagong “peace panel” nito matapos buwagin ito noong nakaraang buwan. Sa kahangalan niya, nangangarap pa siyang mapasusuko ang rebolusyonaryong kilusan at mapapaniwala ang taumbayan na makakamit nito ang kapayapaan sa bansa.

Taliwas sa ipinangangalandakan ni Duterte, isang military panel ang planong buuin bilang pamalit sa binuwag na GRP peace panel matapos talikuran ang usapang pangkapayapaan. Isinakatuparan ni Duterte ang pagbuwag ng naunang peace panel sa layuning isantabi at hindi na matupad ang nararapat na balangkas ng usapang pangkapayapaan at maipagkaloob ang mga reporma na pagkakaisahan dito. Matatandaang nauna na niyang itinalaga ang isang retired general sa OPAPP na magtitiyak sa pagkawasak ng usapang pangkapayapaan.

Layunin ni Duterte na mapawalambisa ang mga naunang napagtibay na kasunduan at napagkaisahan sa pagitan ng GRP at NDFP. Wala siyang ibang tunguhin kundi ihatid ang usapan sa kapitulasyon ng rebolusyonaryong kilusan at isuko nito ang prinsipyo at mga karapatang ipinaglalaban ng taumbayan upang malayang makapaghari si Duterte sa bansa.
Samantala, ang pagbubuo ng panibagong military panel ay singkahulugan ng pag-aming bigo ang localized peace talks ng rehimen. Dahil hindi na nito malinlang ang sambayanan, gumawa na lamang ito ng bagong pakana upang isalba ang kanilang kahihiyan.

Walang ibang landas na dapat tahakin ang mamamayan sa kasalukuyang kalagayan kundi patuloy na isulong ang rebolusyon. Hindi seryoso si Duterte na humarap at umupo sa usapang pangkapayapaan at ipagkaloob ang isang tunay, makatarungan at pangmatagalang kapayapaan sa bansa. Kailangang pagkaisahin at buuin ng mamamayan ang sariling hanay sa isang malapad na alyansa na magpapabagsak sa rehimeng Duterte upang makamit ang tunay na kapayapaang maglilingkod sa kanilang mga interes.###

Jaime “Ka Diego” Padilla
Tagapagsalita, Melito Glor Command
New People’s Army – Southern Tagalog

Fake news ng 85th IBPA, pagtatakip ng kanilang kapalpakan

Isang malaking kasinungalingan at resulta ng kanilang kapalpakan ang ipinakalat na balita ng Bravo Coy ng 85th Infantry Battalion ng Philippine Army na diumano’y engkwentro nila sa New People’s Army (NPA) sa San Francisco, Quezon nitong ika-10 ng Abril 2019.  Ang tunay na nagbarilan ay sila-sila mismong mga sundalo ng reaksyunaryong estado. 

Dalawang pangkat ng Bravo Coy ang nagsalpukan sa Sitio Labrahan, Barangay Butanguiad, alas-3 ng madaling araw ng Miyerkules. Ang isang pangkat nila ay nagpanggap na mga NPA na nakabihis ng tsino at parka. Kumpirmadong napatay ang isang sundalo at hindi mabilang ang sugatan. 

Bagama’t naobliga ang AFP na amining misencounter ang naganap, bago ito ay agad na inanunsyo ng 85th IBPA na nakapatay sila ng NPA.  Subalit hindi nila mapagtakpan na isa itong bagong gradweyt na regular na sundalo, batay sa nakuhang ID dito nang dalhin sa punerarya sa bayan ng San Francisco. 

Hindi din nila maitatago sa mga mamamayan na ang napatay ay isa sa mga sundalong patuloy na nag-ooperasyon sa mga barangay ng Butanguiad, Casay, Santo Niño, at Don Juan Vercelos, at nandarahas sa mga mamamayan dito.

Focus and sustained operations

Mula pa Marso 5, 2019, patuloy na nagsasagawa ng operasyon ang mga sundalo sa nasabing mga barangay sa tabing ng pagsesensus. Sa selektibong pagsesensus, partikular na hinahanap ang mga lider at kasapi ng Coco Levy Fund Ibalik sa Amin (CLAIM) at Anakpawis Partylist.  Binabantaan ang mga residente at sinisiraan ang CLAIM at Anakpawis Partylist bilang diumano’y mga terorista at front organizations ng CPP-NPA-NDF.  

Isa itong malinaw na pandarahas at pananakot sa mga mamamayan lalo na sa mga magniniyog at kasapi ng mga naturang organisasyon. 

Sa gitna ng malawakang paglaban ng mga magniniyog dahil sa dumadausdos na kabuhayan, layunin ng mga isinasagawang operasyon ng 85th IBPA na supilin ang kanilang mga lehitimo at ligal na paglaban.

Bumulusok na sa P11 kada kilo ang presyo ng kopras nitong nakalipas na buwan sa nasabing bayan at iba pang karatig-lugar.  Pinakamababang presyo ito sa loob ng halos dalawang dekada. 

Gayundin, malinaw na layunin ng mga operasyon ng sundalo na supilin at idiskredito ang mga progresibong partylist tulad ng Anakpawis ngayong mid-term elections.

Sa matinding kagutuman at kahirapan na dinadaganan pa ng pasismo ng estado, walang susulingan ang mamamayan kundi ang lumaban at lumahok sa armadong pakikibakang inilulunsad ng NPA sa pamumuno ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas. Sa malao’t madali, bibiguin at ibabagsak ng rebolusyonaryong kilusan at mamamayan ang pasista at diktador na rehimeng US-Duterte.#

Duterte kills GRP-NDFP peace negotiations, prods the people to intensify armed revolution

By Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
April 17, 2019

In the experience of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in negotiating with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP), the reactionary pro-US military officers at the highest level have always interfered to stop the peace negotiations for the following reasons:

1. that the GRP negotiating panel cannot obtain the surrender of the armed revolutionary movement of the people through a protracted and indefinite ceasefire and 2. that the NDFP negotiating panel is gaining credit for pushing social, economic and political reforms to address the roots of the armed conflict.

Since The Hague Joint Declaration of September 1, 1992, the reactionary diehards in the military have always acted to shorten the peace negotiations under every GRP administration whenever the NDFP rebuffs their precondition for the surrender of the New People’s Army and their maneuvers to block the negotiations of social and economic reforms.

The reactionaries facilely and deceptively say that the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations have been running for 27 years since 1992. But in fact, under every administration from the Ramos regime to the current Duterte regime , peace negotiations are held only for a few months before the reactionary military diehards intervene to pressure their commander-in-chief to slow down or to declare the suspension or termination of the peace negotiations.

Under the pressure of the military, Duterte has terminated and practically killed the peace negotiations since he issued Proclamation 360 on November 23, 2017. And he has proceeded to drive more nails into the coffin of the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations.

He has rendered peace negotiations impossible between the official panels of the GRP and NDFP that are duly authorized by their respective principals. While Duterte is in power, there will be no peace negotiations between the GRP and the NDFP because of the following:

1. Duterte has formally terminated the peace negotiations with the NDFP with Proclamation 360.

2. He has designated the CPP and the NPA as terrorist.

3. He has rejected the substantive agenda of the peace negotiations stipulated by The Hague Joint Declaration and the Joint Agreement on the Sequence, Formation and Operationalization of the Reciprocal Working Committees.

4. He has wantonly violated the safety and immunity guarantees under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) by ordering the arrest of NDFP consultants and their murder if there are no witnesses, as in the case of Randy Malayao.

5. He has unilaterally scrapped the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law and has dismantled the GRP section of the Joint Monitoring Committee.

6. He has unleashed his military and police dogs to red-tag, frame up and kill at will social activists and suspected revolutionaries in his all-out war and pursuit of fascist dictatorship.

In view of the foregoing, there can be no genuine peace negotiations between the GRP and the NDFP while Duterte remains in power.

The so-called localized peace negotiations are patently false. No one would ever be authorized by the NDFP National Council to negotiate with the GRP or its military under conditions completely under the control of the murderous Duterte regime. And no revolutionary in his right senses would ever surrender himself to the brutal and corrupt enemy.

The CPP, NPA and NDFP are highly centralized and have a collective style of decision-making and working. No individual or part of these organizations would ever fall for a trap like the fake localized peace talks under the control and manipulation of a rapacious and bloodthirsty enemy.

It is obvious to the Filipino people and their revolutionary forces that they have no choice but to concentrate on intensifying the people’s war for a people’s democratic revolution. In fact, no reactionary regime after the Duterte regime would ever be interested in negotiating peace with them unless they intensify the people’s war and win ever greater victories.

It is actually favorable to the Filipino people and their revolutionary forces to be confronted by a tyrannical, treasonous, murderous, corrupt, and swindling Duterte regime as in the time of the fascist dictator Marcos. It is far easier to fight and win victories against a regime that makes no pretenses about being patriotic and democratic than against previous regimes that had patriotic and democratic pretenses.

While there are no GRP-NDFP peace negotiations, for as long as Duterte is in power, I find it more useful and worthwhile to concentrate on exposing the crimes of Duterte and demanding the end of his regime without being distracted by back channel talks and flip-flops by the mentally, politically and morally deranged Duterte.

As I indicated before, I am happy to have more time to do research on Philippine and global issues, write and publish my books and articles and engage in more study meetings with Filipinos and their solidarity friends in the anti-imperialist and democratic struggle.

There is a rising interest in the revolutionary resistance of the Filipino people for national and social liberation because of the flagrantly antipeople, antinational and antidemocratic character of the Duterte regime. The peoples and revolutionary forces of the world expect the Filipino people and their revolutionary forces to fight and defeat the tyrannical regime of Duterte. ###

Psywar campaign to deceive and divide the revolutionary movement through fake peace talks is stupid and futile

By Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Political Consultant
April 16, 2019

Based on their latest statements, it is now clear that Duterte and his running dog General Galvez are not at all interested in serious peace negotiations through panels duly authorized by the NDFP National Council and the GRP president as the principals at the national level.

They continue to drive nails into the coffin of the peace negotiations which Duterte has terminated and killed formally since November 23, 2017 with his Proclamation 360. The tyrant Duterte is most despicable for throwing away the draft agreements made by his own negotiating panel with the NDFP negotiating panel.

Duterte and Galvez are interested merely in a psywar campaign to stage fake localized peace talks and fake surrenders between military officers and their military assets (disguised as surrendering rebels) in a stupid and futile attempt to deceive and divide the broad masses of the people.

Such psywar campaign is a mere minor adjunct of the all-out war campaign to attack the people through red-tagging, mass intimidation, fake surrenders, bombing of communities, mass murder, forced evacuations and other atrocities in order to perpetuate the oppressive and exploitative ruling system of big compradors, landlords and corrupt bureaucrats headed by Duterte.

All commands of the New People’s Army at all levels have rejected since a long time ago the offer of localized peace talks as an inutile tactic of deception to divide and defeat the armed revolutionary movement. It will be fun to ridicule Duterte and Galvez from month to month for failing to negotiate with a single real NPA commander or even to make any credible fabrication in this regard. 

The Filipino people and the revolutionary forces have no choice but to intensify the armed revolution for national and social liberation on a nationwide scale against the tyrannical, treasonous, murderous, plundering and swindling Duterte regime. 

The regime is about to rig the May 13, 2019 elections in order to fake the victory of at least eight of its senatorial candidates and ram through charter change to a bogus federalism, which centralizes the powers of government in the hands of a fascist dictator.

The Filipino people and their revolutionary forces are confronted with the escalation of oppression and exploitation which at the same time drives them to resist and provides them with the opportunities to make advances and win victories in the people’s democratic revolution.

In the meantime, while the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations remain terminated by Duterte, I have now plenty of time to focus on activities that are definitely more productive and useful than negotiating with reactionary diehards and incorrigible puppets of imperialist powers. These activities include my constant research on Philippine and global issues, writing books and articles and study sessions with Filipinos and their foreign solidarity friends. ###

NDFP and the Filipino people must be alert to Duterte’s militarism in the name of peace

Press Statement by Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
April 14, 2019

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Filipino people should be alert to Duterte’s militarist purposes in announcing that he wishes to reopen the peace talks with the use of a militarized negotiating panel under the militarized office of the presidential adviser, General Galvez.

The NDFP does not want to be baited into accepting a war panel of the Duterte regime whose purpose is merely to seek the impossible, such as the surrender of the revolutionary forces, especially the New People’s Army.

Duterte must first answer the following prejudicial questions: 

1. Why did he terminate the peace negotiations and annul all agreements painstakingly made since the The Hague Joint Declaration of 1992?

2. Why did he terminate and dismantle the GRP section of the Joint Monitoring Committee formed under the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Humans Rights and International Humanitarian Law?

The NDFP must remind Duterte that he cannot dictate the terms of whatever kind of negotiations he seeks from the revolutionary movement pf the people. 

By all indications, Duterte is merely play-acting in the name of peace while carrying out an all-out war and scheming to rig the May 2019 elections in order to pave the way for a fascist dictatorship through charter change to a bogus federalism. ###