Ginatanyag nga “Peacetalk” ni Duterte sa CPP-NPA-NDF Lunsay Pasalig kag Pagpanginto

Press release | Hunyo 22, 2018
Ka JB Regalado
Spokesperson, Leonardo Panaligan Command
New People’s Army, Central Negros Guerrilla Front

Ginadayaw sang LPC-NPA ang KAUGMAON-KMP kag bug-os nga pumuluyo sa Central Negros sa ila ginhimo nga serye sang Peace Caravan, diin gintambungan sang masobra 3,000 ka pumuluyo sadtong Mayo 10, 2018 kag Hunyo 12, 2018 nga ginkulminar sa Guihulngan, Negros Oriental. Maisog sila nga nagapanawagan sang gilayon nga pagpauntat sang extra-judicial killings kag human right’s violations nga direkta ginkomiter sang state security forces partikular na sang AFP kag PNP sa ila kampanya kontra-druga, kontra-terorismo kag kontra-insurhensiya idalum sa kampanyang militar Oplan Kapayapaan sang US-Duterte nga rehimen.

Ginasinggitan man nila ang pagpa-untat sang militarisasyon sa mga kaumahan sa Central Negros kag bug-os nga isla. Ginatib-ong man nila ang pagpatuman sang CARHRIHL kag pagpadayon sang Peacetalks sa tunga sang NDFP kag GRP agud gilayon nga mahambalan sang magkatimbang nga bahin ang Comprehensive Agreements on Socio and Economic Reforms.

Kadungan sa ila ginapanawagan ang gilayon man nga pagpauntat sang TRAIN law diin naghatag sang perwisyo sa naga-antus na nga daan nga pumuluyong Pilipino sa kapigaduhon, kawad-on sang duta kag palangabuhian. Suno man sa ila, ginahangkat nila ang rehimeng US-Duterte kag ang AFP sa sinsero sini nga paghilway sang mga political prisoners labi na ang mga NDFP Consultants sa madinalag-on nga paghambalanay sang kalinong sa pungsod kag maugat ang kawsa sang gyera sibil.

Dalayawon ini nga lihok sang mga mangunguma kag pumuluyo nga nakahangup kag nagatib-ong sang demokratikong interes sang malapad nga pumuluyong Pilipino ilabe na ang pagpatuman sang matuod nga reporma sa duta kag pungsodnon nga industrialisasyon.

Samtang ginakondenar man sang NPA ang ginhimo nga “Peace Rally” sang AFP labi na sang 62nd IBPA sa Mabinay, Negros Oriental sadtong Hunyo 12, 2018. Desperado nga gingamit sang militar ang ika-120 ka tuig nga pagsukat sang “adlaw sang paltik nga kahilwayan” sa pagtursi kag pagbaliskad sang kamatuoran batok sa CPP/NPA/NDF. Ang pagdramatisa sang ila “psywar” kag “black-propaganda” kontra sa NPA, isa ka “sarswela sang ila mga kabutigan.” Tanda ini sang ila muklat nga pagsabotahe sa pagpadayon sa Peacetalks sa tunga sang NDFP kag GRP.

Ang liwat kag temporaryo nga pagkansela ni Duterte sa naka-skedyul na nga Peacetalks, isa ka duso-butong nga desisyon kag mga palayag. Indi siya sinsero sa pagsolbar sang ugat kag kawsa sang gyera sibil sa pungsod. Upod sa AFP gusto sini nga ipatuman ang kampanya tudo gyera batok sa CPP-NPA-NDF. Ang kamatuoran, madugay na nga nagahandum sang tunay, makatarunganon kag malawigon nga kalinong ang pumuluyong Pilipino. Gani indi rason nga nagakinahanglan pa nga konsultahon ang “stakeholders” bangud bisan sin-o man, nagaduso nga ipadayon ang Peacetalks luwas lang ni Lorenzana sang DND kag pila pa sa mga spoiled brats sang US-CIA sa pungsod. Ang matuod lunsay pasalig, panginto kag “lipserving” na lang ang ginatanyag nga Peacetalks ni Duterte kag sang AFP sa CPP-NPA-NDF.

Wala sang asahan pa ang malapad nga pumuluyo sa US-Duterte nga rehimen kundi ang maisog kag matutom nga paghimakas. Suportahon ang armadong rebolusyon nga ginasulong sang CPP-NPA para sa tunay kag makatarunganon nga kalinong sa pungsod.

Cancellation of the June 28 NDFP-GRP peace talks shows Duterter’s partiality to militarism and deceit over the pursuit of just and lasting peace

Press Statement | 20 June 2018
Ka Joaquin Jacinto
Spokesperson, NDFP-Mindanao

The NDFP-Mindanao rejects the latest attempt of the the US-Duterte regime to once again sabotage and derail the peace process by arbitrarily cancelling the resumption of the 5th round of the NDFP-GRP formal peace negotiations, which is set to commence on June 28 as agreed upon by both parties after a series backchannel talks.

This is already the fourth time Duterte violated basic protocols of the NDFP-GRP peace talks as stipulated under the The Hague Joint Declaration, which ensures that no party in the negotiations takes upon itself the right to dictate arbitrary terms upon the other. Duterte cannot just dictate and impose his will on the process. This latest infringement only reveals the high degree of contempt with which Duterte’s regime shows in all its blabber of pursuing genuine peace.

Talk of peace from Duterte’s mouth is apparently nothing but a subterfuge to veil its fascism, as manifested in its militarist policies such as the continuing imposition of martial law in Mindanao. Duterte and his military minions have waylaid the peace talks in favor of the all-out military suppression and encirclement campaign of the AFP, which is set to launch Marawi-style large-scale military offensives against the revolutionary movement and the people in the next three months until the end of the year in several hinterland communities all over Mindanao, particularly in Caraga, Davao, Cotabato, Misamis, Lanao and Zamboaga.

With this latest breach in the talks, Duterte once again deprives the masses of workers, peasants and Lumad in Mindanao a sound platform to re-assert their demands for genuine agrarian reform, national industrialization, national sovereignty as well as their basic rights and freedoms, especially since the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER) is the center of the 5th round of talks once it formally resumes. In particular, it deprives peasants, Lumad and Moro of a venue to further defend their land against the aggressive encroachment of imperialist plantations and mining firms.

The US-Duterte regime foists “peace consultations” as its excuse for calling off the talks. It even went as far as “inviting” individuals from the revolutionary movement as “resource persons” to these so-called “consultations.” However, looking back at the lessons gleaned from past peace talks (especially the one in 1986), this “excuse” looks more like a grand ruse to lure revolutionary forces into exposing themselves to arrests and attacks by the AFP and the PNP.

This is also to lay the ground for Duterte’s and the AFP’s insistence to hold the peace talks in the Philippines and conduct “localized peace talks,” which are clearly intended to sow confusion and division among revolutionary forces and the people in general. Apart from the demand for the venue of the talks to be transferred to the Philippines, which a glaring violation of the The Hague Joint Declarations, Duterte has also demanded the return of Prof. Jose Maria Sison to the country as a pre-condition, one which exposes Prof. Sison to mortal danger.

These so-called “peace consultations” are dubious as democratic avenues for the masses to assert their socio-economic demands and aspirations because these are launched alongside the AFP’s military operations and COPD, and, at the same time, Peace and Order Councils (where the AFP hold sway) of local government units will be mobilized to spearhead such activities. Being so, we fear that these “consultations” will only be used to dissuade the public from supporting the peace talks by propagating black propaganda as well as fake and poison news against the national-democratic revolutionary movement. If the GRP is truly serious about consulting the people, it should hold them during and within the terms of the formal peace negotiations.

On the part of the NDFP and the revolutionary forces, its representatives have long conducted thorough consultations among the masses of peasants, workers, Lumad and Moro and, from which, verified the validity of CASER. But even with this, the US-Duterte regime has proven itself as the chief saboteur of the peace process by attacking, arresting, harassing and even killing NDFP consultants, such as in the case of NDFP consultant Lora Manipis and her husband, who remain missing until this time and are feared dead.

Thus, the NDFP-Mindanao calls on the Filipino people to unite under the banner of just peace, expose and oppose efforts by the US-Duterte regime to sabotage and derail the peace talks, and continue to press for the resumption of the formal peace negotiations. We call on the people further to wage all forms of struggle to allow the peace process to continue and prosper.

We call on the various regional commands of the New People’s Army and People’s militias in Mindanao to launch more tactical offensives to counter on-going large-scale offensives of the AFP that endanger the very lives and livelihood of workers, peasants, Lumad and Moro in the island and threaten various efforts, including the NDFP-GRP peace talks, to attain just and lasting peace.###

International Lawyers’ Resolution on the Philippines Calling for Resumption of Peace Negotiations in a Foreign Neutral Venue

International Lawyers’ Resolution on the Philippines Calling for Resumption of Peace Negotiations in a Foreign Neutral Venue

WHEREAS, we are in receipt of depressing information and disturbing reports that the political, economic and social situation in the Philippines have turned from bad to worse, resulting in continuing injustice and impunity and in deprivation and discrimination;

WHEREAS, various forms of violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law and the failure of the Philippine government to fulfill its obligations and pledges under international legal covenants and instruments it has entered into continue with disregard or impunity;

WHEREAS, such situation calls for accountability and mechanisms to ensure respect for human rights and international humanitarian law and needs institution of basic social, economic and political reforms;

WHEREAS, we are keenly aware that there is an ongoing armed conflict in the Philippines for the longest time and we welcome serious efforts to resolve this through peace negotiations;

WHEREAS, the formal talks in the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to address the roots of the armed conflict are being held in Norway and the Netherlands;

WHEREAS, such talks are being hosted and facilitated by the Royal Norwegian Government (RNG) as the mutually-agreed Third Party Facilitator;

WHEREAS, we are informed that the Philippine government is again persistently demanding that the peace negotiations be held in Manila, a position divergent from a binding agreement between the parties that it be held in a foreign neutral venue;

WHEREAS, that mainly for security reasons, history and universal practice teach us that most, if not all, peace negotiations between two warring parties were generally held in a foreign neutral venue outside the country or territories where their respective armed forces are;

RESOLVED , that we members of the governing Bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) strongly join the calls urging the GRP and the NDFP to honor and abide by their agreements and resume their peace negotiations in a foreign neutral venue in order to try to resolve the basic issues of the Philippine armed conflict so that the Filipino people can attain a just and stable peace.

Brussels, Belgium, 21 June 2018.

References:

Jeanne Mirer
IADL President
‭+1 (313) 515-2046‬

Jan Fermon
IADL Secretary General
‭+32 475 44 18 96‬

(Members of the Bureau in attendance include those from Algeria, Belgium, Brazil, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Palestine, Philippines, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa and Togo.)

On the separate statements of the GRP and NDFP teams

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant
June 21, 2018

I advice the public and the press that they read and study carefully and compare critically the two separate statements issued by the GRP and NDFP teams after their talks from June 18 to 20. The NDFP stands its ground consistently, especially for peace negotiations in a neutral venue abroad and the validity of previous agreements since 1992.

The GRP side is inconsistent and self-contradictory. It seems to wish that the gains and agreements made in the back channel talks be preserved but it has informed the NDFP that Duterte will review everything (process and agreements) since decades ago in 3 months. It is highly probable that he would come up with more demands unacceptable to the NDFP or he would outrightly continue his unrevoked termination of the peace negotiations through Proclamation 360.

In fact, in the next three months, his military, police and paramilitary forces will intensify their offensives and of course the revolutionary forces have to defend themselves and launch their own offensives. There is no ceasefire in the next three months because Duterte wants to launch his military offensives first and find out the results.

It is the responsibilty of Duterte that he continues to terminate the peace negotiations, aggravates the armed conflict and shows no interest in peace negotiations unless these are a farce and under his control, surveillance and duress, with plenty of opportunities for him to poison or shoot to kill NDFP personnel anytime he wants at the venue that he dictates.

Duterte continues to kill the peace negotiations. While he does this, the NDFP can always stand for peace negotiations not necessarily with the Duterte regime of unbridled terror and greed. The broad united front of patriotic and progressive forces and the people´s war are advancing and can oust the Duterte regime in due time.###

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‘Tambay’ crackdown another brazen attempt to enforce undeclared martial law nationwide

Information Bureau | Communist Party of the Philippines
June 21, 2018

Karapatan called the crackdown on tambays “patently illegal” as these affect the rights of individuals against illegal arrests, illegal search and seizure, and impede their rights to mobility.
The STAR/Edd Gumban

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) stand together with the broad democratic sectors in denouncing the Duterte regime’s latest wholesale violation of human rights – the so-called “tambay” crackdown. This latest move serves as a double-edged sword for the burgeoning autocrat – claiming for himself excessive powers to incarcerate whoever his regime wants to, while raising the climate of fear as the police force run roughshod with impunity over the people’s fundamental rights, including the right against illegal arrests and illegal search and seizure.

By arbitrarily arresting citizens without cause, the “tambay” crackdown serves as a blanket warrant for everyone who opposes the Duterte regime’s tyrannical moves. It is this cheap dictator wannabe’s way of forcefully saying “Martial Law is here” without actually making an official declaration.

Flexing his autocratic muscles, Duterte ordered the crackdown against supposed “tambays” just a little more than a week ago. Since then, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) swiftly followed the president’s words to the letter, arresting more than 7,000 individuals in a week or about a thousand arrests per day.

With this brazen move, Duterte has once again outrightly disregarded even reactionary laws, considering that vagrancy has already been decriminalized in 2012.

The “tambay” crackdown, which in past days have resulted in the arrests of unsuspecting Filipinos, including workers and students who were only standing at the wrong place at the wrong time, is a rehearsal for the nationwide implementation of martial law. Duterte is again testing the waters in employing autocratic powers. If his dictatorial moves are not met with strong resistance he cannot quell, he will inevitably turn his use of force a notch higher.

Moreover, this fascist move – which up to this point has not only victimized workers and students, but mostly the poor, the homeless, the jobless, and the out-of-school youth – is patently anti- poor as it not only violates the rights of the downtrodden but also obscures their widespread problems of joblessness, homelessness, high cost of education and spiralling prices. For the Duterte regime’s playbook, any problem that it can’t solve can be taken cared of by either incarceration or death.

GRP and NDFP representatives agree to continue peace negotiations and to overcome obstacles and impediments

NDFP Press Statement
Utrecht, The Netherlands
June 20, 2018

Representatives of the NDFP Negotiating Panel headed by Chairman Fidel V. Agcaoili and representatives of the GRP headed by GRP Negotiating Panel Member Hernani A. Braganza met in Utrecht, The Netherlands on June 18-20, 2018. The GRP representatives sought to explain to the NDFP the decision of the GRP to postpone the mutually approved schedule of the formal meetings in the peace negotiations to take place in Oslo, Norway on June 28-30, 2018.

Representatives of the Royal Norwegian Government (RNG), including Special Envoy Idun Tvedt, sat in the meetings in their role as Third Party Facilitator (TPF).

The meeting could not start on time on June 18 because the GRP team had to seek clarification from its Principal of the statement made by GRP Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque that the Third Party Facilitator had been dismissed. With the role of the TPF clarified, the meeting begun in the afternoon of the first day. The NDFP side assured the other side that the NDFP principal took note of the clarification. The role of the TPF is of key importance while there is need to hold formal peace negotiations in a foreign neutral venue in compliance with the pertinent provision in the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

The NDFP team listened to the explanation of the GRP team on the reasons for postponing the resumption of the formal talks and agreed that the peace negotiations continue despite the cancellation of the scheduled formal talks in Oslo on June 28 to 30. The agreements reached in the four rounds of informal talks in March, April, May and June 2018, remain valid and have the effect of continuing the peace negotiations under the direction of the principals and reaffirmation of previous agreements. In this regard, the two sides must comply with JASIG and its provision for a foreign neutral venue, consistent with the general practice of warring parties to negotiate peace outside of their country or their respective territories.

In the meantime, both sides expressed their intention to conduct separate unilateral consultations and in due course bilateral consultations according to their respective needs on the premise that the GRP and NDFP Negotiating Panels are mandated by their respective principals in accordance with existing agreements and that the GRP and NDFP are mutually determined to overcome obstacles and impediments to the peace negotiations.

The NDFP side will conduct consultations on the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) to review the remaining outstanding issues in the sections on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ARRD) and National Industrialization and Economic Development (NIED), as well as to polish its draft on Environmental Rehabilitation and Compensation and Upholding People’s Rights in order to prepare for the continuation of negotiations on CASER. It will also hold unilateral consultations with its working group on Political and Constitutional Reforms (PCR).

Finally, the two sides expressed their commitment to protect and preserve the gains that had been achieved in the four rounds of informal talks that produced documents containing important agreements to move the process forward.

The NDFP delegation expressed its gratitude to the Royal Norwegian Government for their invaluable and unwavering support to the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations in their role as Third Party Facilitator.#

On Duterte’s demand to hold talks in Philippines

Information Bureau | Communist Party of the Philippines

June 20, 2018

By insisting to hold NDFP-GRP peace negotiations in Manila, Duterte is putting forward a demand it knows is totally unacceptable to the revolutionary forces. It is like the NDFP insisting that peace talks be held in the territories under the political authority of the revolutionary forces–something that Duterte will definitely not accept.

In the demand to hold the talks in the Philippines, Duterte is practically scrapping The Hague Declaration of 1992 and, by consequence, the entire peace NDFP-GRP peace negotiations itself. He also wants to trash all the past efforts of the Royal Norweigian Government as Third Party Facilitator.

Duterte is showing complete antipathy towards holding serious peace negotiations with the NDFP, and merely wants to hold hostage and completely paralyze the talks. He wants to use the cancellation of the agreements to resume talks with the NDFP to justify his total war under Oplan Kapayapaan, and advance his scheme to establish a fascist dictatorship and impose nationwide martial law.

By practically scrapping peace talks, Duterte is removing all impediments to the campaign of all-out offensives, aerial bombardments, forcing thousands of civilians to “surrender” as armed rebels, extrajudicial killings ala Tokhang, and other grave abuses by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against the peasants, national minorities and other oppressed peoples.

Duterte vainly hopes to crush the NPA militarily before the end of 2018.
The NPA will surely frustrate the aims of the Duterte regime by waging extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare. Duterte is rousing the Filipino people to unite, fight back and oust his despicable fascist regime.

Condemn Duterte-AFP’s all-out war to occupy Liguasan Marsh

Information Bureau | Communist Party of the Philippines

June 20, 2018

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) strongly condemns the Duterte regime and the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) all-out war which targets the Moro civilian population living in areas surrounding the 220,000-hectare Liguasan Marsh, in a brazen attempt to force the hand of the Moro people to accept the ignominies of Duterte’s Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), cripple the Moro people’s resistance, and at same time occupy and control the area’s vast natural resources.

Under the guise of running after so-called terrorists, the AFP has mounted relentless large-scale offensives and aerial bombardments in wide areas around the Liguasan Marsh.

Starting June 10, combined forces of the 33rd Infantry Battalion, 61st Division Reconnaissance Company, and the Philippine National Police’s Fourth Special Action Battalion launched sustained “surgical” airstikes and ground attacks which has now lasted for days. These attacks supposedly target gunmen of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and destroy bombmaking facilities located along parts of Maguindanao and North Cotabato provinces bordering the Liguasan Marsh.

Hiding under the thin veneer of eradicating terrorism, Duterte’s armed forces have literally occupied the towns along Liguasan Marsh, gravely disrupting the life and livelihood of thousands of families. The AFP reports its massive ground operations and air strikes killed about 25 BIFF fighters and destroyed a bomb factory, a claim the BIFF denies. Such operations have caused tremendous hardships on the Moro population, displacing at least 20,000 individuals from the affected areas which include the towns of Pagalungan, Datu Montawal, Raja Buayan, and SK Pendatun in Maguindanao, and Pikit in North Cotabato.

With Mindanao under martial law, the AFP applies unemcumbered the US-directed Marawi tactics of laying siege on entire civilian communities using overwhelming firepower and large number of forces, thereby rapidly establishing military power over the Bangsamoro area and control of the vast marshland.

Duterte’s war policy against the Moro people not only brazenly disregards their aspiration for genuine peace, but also has profit at its core. Duterte, the burgeoning autocrat, seeks control over the huge reservoir of natural gas in Liguasan Marsh. Estimates show that the Cotabato Basin, of which Liguasan Marsh is a huge portion, contains about 202 million barrels of oil and about 821 billion cubic feet of natural gas. American oil engineers estimate that the natural gas in Liguasan Marsh alone amount to over $580 billion.

The Duterte regime connives with many foreign investors who have already expressed intent not only in exploring the natural gas reserves, but also in building vast plantations in the marshland. In 2013, Malaysian businessmen have already expressed willingness to invest $575 million to cultivate 66,000 hectares of Liguasan into an oil palm plantation.

Duterte’s standing order to pass his version of the BBL is intrinsically connected with these so-called economic opportunities. An essential part of the BBL includes the controversial wealth-sharing provisions which opens up the Bangsamoro resources to foreign plunder and puts the Moro people at a great disadvantage. The use of pervasive and excessive force directly seeks to force the Moro people to surrender to Duterte’s BBL.

The CPP and all revolutionary forces of the Filipino people are in complete solidarity with the Moro people in their aspiration and struggle for their right to self-determination and defense against the brutal Duterte regime. We fully support the Moro people’s determination to persevere and intensify their fight by sustaining both unarmed and armed resistance against the regime’s manic attempts to oppress and exploit their people and resources. The Filipino and Moro peoples stand united against this unprecedented catastrophe called the Duterte regime and its war to lay waste on the Bangsamoro.

NDFP opposes Duterte scheme to hostage its negotiators while the AFP launches brutal military offensives

Statement of Prof. Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consutant
June 19, 2018

By dictating the venue of the peace negotiations, in violation of the standing agrement on a neutral foreign venue, Duterte is killing the peace negotiations. He knows very well that the NDFP will never submit itself to negotiating in a venue under his control and manipulation, and the revolutionary forces and people represented by the NDFP are determined to fight the tyrannical regime of Duterte with various forms of struggle.

It is easier to oust the Duterte regime than to have any kind of peace agreement with this tyrannical regime.

The desperate and futile strategy of Duterte and the AFP is the following:
Carry out the AFP campaign plan to destroy the NPA before the end of 2018 by launching offensives and using Tokhang methods in communities. At the same time, using the peace pretense, Duterte tries to dictate to the NDFP to negotiate in Manila and come under the control, manipulation and intimidation of Duterte and the military.

If the NDFP refuses, the CPP and NPA become targets of anti-terrorist campaign and proclamation of martial law or state of emergency nationwide, If NDFP accepts Manila as venue, the NDFP negotiators and related persons, including myself, become hostages for compelling NDFP capitulation as a result of the campaign plan to destroy the NPA before end of 2018. Thus, Duterte is extremely eager to have me back in Manila as his hostage.

It is clear that the GRP is determined to destroy the NPA even if impossible and to use and kill the peace negotiations one way or the other. There is no choice for the revolutionary forces and people represented by the NDFP but to intensify people´s war and carry out extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare, without any distraction from peace negotiations and any kind of ceasefire.

The latest developments and pronouncements of Duterte have exposed the Duterte regime as anti-peace and hell-bent on imposing fascist dictatorship on the people. The legal patriotic and progressive forces are on the correct track by striving to militate and mobilize the broad united font and the broad masses of the people to oust the Duterte regime. It is easier to oust the Duterte regime than to have any kind of peace agreement with this tyrannical regime.###

The US-Duterte regime prefers widespread militarization of the countryside instead of seriously carrying out the agreed peace talks

Press statement | June 19, 2018 | Bisaya»

The US-Duterte regime is showing its disinterest and insincerity to the prescribed peace talks between the GRP and NDFP by unilaterally cancelling the scheduled resumption of the formal negotiations this June 28, 2018 in Norway, despite the fact that it has been signed by both panels. Instead of seriously discussing the root causes of armed struggle in the Philippines and come up with agreed upon resolutions to the social problems of the Filipino people, it has given precedence to the militarist solution along the line of Oplan Kapayapaan by deploying massive AFP forces in the countryside to implement fascist and tyrannical attacks against the people.

In the countryside of Caraga region within the area of NEMR, the AFP/PNP continue to launch military operations and deploy forces to harass and control residents in more than 200 barrios. Since May 2018 and upon news of possible resumption of peace talks between the GRP and NDFP along with the possibility of a “stand down” or ceasefire, the AFP immediately deployed additional forces in the barrios of the region and imposed the establishment of detachments.

In the last week of May, 3rd SFB forces launched military operations in the municipalities of Bayugan and Sibagat, Agusan del Sur. It claimed to help in brigada eskwela activities. The troops, however, continued to stay in the barrios for several days after the start of classes, and imposed the construction of a CAFGU/CAA detachment in Sitio San Roque, Magsaysay, Sibagat.

3rd SFB PA forces coerced several civilians, residents of Brgy. New Tubigon and Sitio San Roque in Brgy. Magsaysay in the municipality of Sibagat, to surrender as NPA, and deceived them into going to Cagayan de Oro City to collect the promised 75,000.00 livelihood assistance for “NPA surrenderees.” But no cash assistance were ever received by the civilians, instead they were made to undergo a general check-up by the 4th IDPA as preparation for CAA training. After the general check-up they were brought back to the Training Center of the 3rd SFB PA in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur to continue with the month and a half training. Terrorized, the families of the victims have not filed complaints.

In addition, the 3rd SFB forces tried to hide the crime committed by CAFGU member Bunso “Lipak” Niñofranco, 17 years old and assigned in the CAA attachment in Brgy. New Tubigon, Sibagat. Bunso Niñofranco is responsible for the rape of an 8 year old boy by penetrating the child’s anus while the latter’s head was rammed into a toilet bowl at a school in New Tubigon. The child developed a fever after his ordeal and was traumatized. The cadreman of the New Tubigon detachment, Sgt. Tayaban of the 3rd SFB, frightened the child’s parents into silence, promised to give them money and a carabao. Terrified, the victim’s family suffered in silence and is deprived of justice.

In the same month of May, 75th IB troops scoured the mountains of Lianga, Surigao del Sur. They forced the residents to build a CAA detachment in Km. 9, Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur despite the people’s opposition. The AFP forced the people to accept its deceitful program of Indigenous Peoples Education in the communities despite the existence of DepEd recognized Lumad schools.

While since May 30, more than 200 forces of the 36th IB, 42nd DRC, and Scout Ranger Coy launched military operations in the municipalities of Cantilan, Madrid, and Carmen, Surigao del Sur. It is trying to ensure that its forces are positioned in the areas of large scale foreign mining projects opposed by residents and several members of the LGU because of its devastating effects.

On the other hand, more than 200 troops of the 29th IBPA have been launching military operations since June 8 in the municipalities of Jabonga and Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte. It harassed residents and disrespectfully entered houses and searched the belongings of the farmers and Lumad in Zapanta Valley, Brgy. Bangayan, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte. Terrorized, more than 500 residents were forced into abandoning their community and evacuate to the barrio center.

29th IBPA forces shot and killed CAFGU member Dongdong Dehulde in Dakulang, Bangonay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte at around 8 o’clock in the evening of June 13 and accused the NPA of committing the act.

The fascist troops of the 29th IB encamped in the center of Zapanta Valley suffered 5 casualties resulting from a series of 12 counter-attacks by sniping and harassment, launched by the NPA-Front 16 to make the fascist pay for their crimes and abuses committed against the people.

The AFP, aside from launching combat operations, are simultaneously implementing civil military operations through its devious COPD, Bayanihan Team Activity and community support program in more than 100 barrios in the region that have no detachment. It reinforces AFP forces encamped in or being built, detachments in the countryside in not less than 90 barrios. Most of these barrios have or are being targeted for capitalist mines, infrastructures and other economic projects of the ruling class.

These AFP armed forces stay or encamp in populated areas, in public facilities in the barrios and in civilian houses. The military control the movement of residents by making them write in logbooks and restricting farm time and when late in returning, are accused of meeting with the NPA. There are barrios in which residents are obliged to ask permission from the military to buy rice and are limited to bringing only 5 to 15 kilos per family. They are even accused of purchasing the rice for the NPA. Military psy-war, tyranny and abuse committed against the residents are widespread. These fascist troops are also responsible for several cases of political killings. Military rule is evident in the countryside of the region.

As such, the AFP and the US-Duterte regime are but paying lip service in their declaration of wanting genuine peace. The truth is, the peace it wishes upon the people is peace in the cemeteries. The repression and deprivation of basic rights of farmers, workers and more, are the primary objective of the regime, for the unopposed plunder and exploitation of Philippine resources and labor force of the Filipino people by imperialists, big comprador bourgeoisie and big landlords.

The US-Duterte regime is more than ever driving the people to resolutely follow the path of the people’s war to realize their the national and democratic aspirations. Through this, the people will concretely achieve lasting and just peace.

The NPA-NEMR sincerely support the peace talks. But in the face of continuing AFP/PNP military offensives, the NPA is obligated to launch counter-offensives to defend itself and the people. Thus, the Regional Operational Command–BHB-NEMR commands all units of the NPA and People’s Militia in the region to prepare for the massive military offensives of the AFP/PNP and without hesitation, launch tactical offensives.

Together, let us fight and destroy all forms of oppression and exploitation. Persistently uphold the people’s human rights and class interests. Strongly expose and oppose overt militarization of the countryside through armed and unarmed struggle.

Ka Ariel Montero
Spokesperson
Regional Operational Command
New People’s Army, North Eastern Mindanao


Pamahayag | Hunyo 19, 2018

KAYLAP NGA MILITARISASYON SA KABANIKANHAN ANG MAS GIPASULABI SA REHIMENG US-DUTERTE KAY SA SERYOSONG PAGPATUMAN SA NAHIUSAHANG PANAGHISGOT PANGKALINAW

Gipakita sa rehimeng US-Duterte ang pagkawalay-interes ug dili sinsero sa nasabutang panaghisgot pangkalinaw tali sa GRP ug NDFP pinaagi sa makiusa ka bahin nga pagkansela sa nakatakdang eskedyul sa pagpadayon sa pormal nga negosasyon karong Hunyo 28, 2018 didto sa nasud sa Norway bisan pa nga napirmahan kini sa duha ka panig. Imbis seryosong hisgutan ang gamut-hinungdan sa armadong panagbangi sa Pilipinas ug momugna sa hiniusang kasulbaran sa katilingbanong problema sa katawhang Pilipino, mas gipasulabi niini ang militaristang solusyon subay sa Oplan Kapayapaan pinaagi sa pagdeploy og daghang pwersa sa AFP diha sa kabanikanhan aron mopahamtang sa pasista ug teroristang pangatake ngadto sa katawhan.

Sa mga kabanikanhan sa rehiyon sa Caraga sa langkob sa NEMR, walay hunong ang AFP/PNP sa paglunsad og mga operisyong militar ug pagdeploy og mga pwersa aron manghasi ug kontrolon ang mga lumulupyo sa mokapin sa 200 ka baryo. Gikan niadtong bulan sa Mayo 2018 ug paglanog sa mga balita sa posibleng pagbalik sa panaghisgot pangkalinaw tali sa GRP ug NDFP uban sa posibleng “stand down” o ceasefire nagdeploy gilayon og dugang pwersa ang AFP sa mga kabaryohan sa rehiyon ug namugos nga magtukod og mga detatsment.

Niadtong katapusang semana sa Mayo naglunsad og operisyong militar ang mga pwersa sa 3rd SFB sa mga lungsod sa Bayugan ug Sibagat, Agusan del Sur. Gipasiatab niini nga motabang kuno sila sa mga aktibidad sa brigada eskwela. Apan pila na ka adlaw ang milabay gikan pagsugod sa klase, nagpabilin pa gihapon sa mga baryo ang maong mga pwersa ug namugos nga magtukod og detatsment sa CAFGU/CAA didto sa Sityo San Roque, Magsaysay, Sibagat.

Pugos nga gipasurender sa mga pwersa 3rd SFB PA ang ubay-ubay nga mga sibilyan nga mga lumulupyo sa Brgy. New Tubigon ug Sityo San Roque sa Brgy. Magsaysay sa lungsod sa Sibagat isip mga BHB, ug giilad nila nga paadtoon sa Cagayan de Oro City aron dawaton ang gisaad nga 75,000.00 alang kuno sa livelihood assistance sa mga “NPA surrenderee”. Apan walay cash assistance nga nadawat ang maong mga sibilyan hinoon gipailalom sila sa 4th IDPA sa general check-up alang sa ipahigayon nga training sa CAA. Gibaharan pa sila sa kaaway nga prisohon kun dili mo-training. Pagkahuman sa general check-up gipabalik ang maong mga tawo didto sa Training Center sa 3rd SFB PA sa Sibagat, Agusan del Sur, ug sa kasamtangan padayong gipailalom sa training sulod sa usa ug tunga sa bulan. Bunga sa kahadlok wala na makareklamo ang mga pamilya sa mga biktima.

Dugang pa, gitapin-an sa mga pwersa sa 3rd SFB ang krimen nga nahimo sa usa ka membro sa CAFGU nga si Bunso “Lipak” Niñofranco, 17 anyos ug na-assign sa CAA detatsment sa Brgy. New Tubigon, Sibagat. Si Bunso Niñofranco ang responsable sa pag-rape sa usa ka 8 anyos nga batang lalaki pinaagi sa pinugos nga pagpasulod sa iyang kinatawo sa lubot sa bata samtang gimudmod ang ulo sa biktima sa iniduro sa kasilyas didto sa eskwelahan sa New Tubigon. Resulta sa maong panghitabo, gihilantan ug na-trauma ang maong bata. Gihadlok pa sa kadreman sa detatsment sa New Tubigon nga si Sgt. Tayaban sa 3rd SFB ang mga ginikanan sa bata aron dili magsaba ug gisaad-saaran lang nga bayaran sa kwarta ug kabaw. Tungod sa kahadlok sa mga pamilya sa biktima nag-antos kining nagpakahilom ug wala makaangkon og hustisya.

Sa mao gihapon nga bulan sa Mayo gisuhid sa mga tropa sa 75th IB ang mga kabukiran sa lungsod sa Lianga, Surigao del Sur. Gipugos ang mga lumulupyo nga magtukod og CAA detatsment sa Km. 9, Brgy. Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur taliwala sa pagdumili sa katawhan. Gipamugos pa sa AFP nga dawaton sa mga komunidad ang malinglahong programa niini sa Indigenous Peoples Education bisan anaa nay nagtunhay nga mga eskwelahan sa Lumad nga giila na sa DepEd.

Samtang sugod niadtong Mayo 30 gilunsad usab sa 200 kapin nga pwersa sa 36th IB, 42nd DRC, ug Scout Ranger Coy ang operisyong militar sa mga lungsod sa Cantilan, Madrid, ug Carmen, Surigao del Sur. Giseguro niini nga mga pwersa ang pagposisyon sa mga lugar kun asa nahimutang ang dakung proyekto sa langyaw’ng minahan nga gisupak sa mga lumulupyo ug pila ka membro sa LGU tungod sa makadaut nga epekto niini.

Sa laing bahin, gilunsad usab sa mokapin 200 ka tropa sa 29th IBPA ang operisyong militar niadtong Hunyo 8 didto sa lungsod sa Jabonga ug Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte. Nanghasi kini sa mga lumulupyo ug walay pagrespeto nga nagsaka-saka sa mga kabalayan ug nangutingkay sa mga butang sa mga mag-uuma ug Lumad didto sa Zapanta Valley, Brgy. Bangayan, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte. Bunga sa kahadlok napugos ang kapin 500 ka mga lumulupyo sa maong lugar nga mobakwit didto sa sentro sa baryo.

Gipusil-patay pa sa mga pwersa sa 29th IBPA ang usa ka membro sa CAFGU nga si Dongdong Dehulde didto sa Dakulang, Bangonay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte niadtong alas 8 sa gabii sa Hunyo 13 ug gipasumangil pa kini ngadto sa BHB.

Nakahiagom kining maong mga bangis nga tropa sa 29th IB nga nagpondo sa sentro sa Zapanta Valley og 5 ka kaswalti bunga sa 12 ka sunod-sunod nga mga kontra-atake pinaagi sa isnayping ug harasment nga gilunsad sa BHB–Front 16 aron pabayron ang mga pasista sa ilang krimen ug pagpangabuso ngadto sa katawhan.

Gawas pa niining mga operisyong kombat sa AFP dungan-dungan nga gilunsad usab nila ang mga civil military operations gamit ang pakanang COPD, Bayanihan Team Activity ug community support program sa kapin 100 ka baryo sa rehiyon nga wala pay mga detatsment gitukod. Midugang kini sa mga pwersang militar sa AFP nga anaa na nagkampo o naghimo og detatsment sa kabanikanhan sa dili momenos 90 ka baryo. Kadaghanan niining maong mga baryo mao usab ang gitukuran ug planong tukuran sa mga kapitalistang minahan, plantasyon, imprastraktura ug uban pang ekonomikanhong proyekto sa mga nagharing hut-ong.

Kining maong mga armadong pwersa sa AFP nagpundo o nagkampo sa sentro sa populasyon, sa mga pangpublikong pasilidad sa baryo ug sa mga kabalayan sa sibilyan. Gikontrol sa militar ang lihok sa mga lumulupyo pinaagi sa pag-logbook ug paglimita sa oras sa pag-adto sa mga umahan ug kun malangan pagadudahan nga nakigkita sa BHB. May mga baryo nga gi-obliga ang mga lumulupyo nga mananghid sa militar kun mopalit og bugas ug gilimitahan lang og tag-5 hangtud sa 15 kilos matag pamilya. Gani akusahan pa sila nga iya sa BHB ang gipalit. Kaylap ang pagpangsaywar, pagpanghadlok ug pagpangabuso sa mga militar ngadto sa mga lumulupyo sa baryo. Responsable usab kining maong mga pasistang tropa sa daghang kaso sa politikal nga pagpamatay. Dayag na kaayo ang pagharing militar sa kabanikanhan dinhi sa rehiyon.

Mao nga tumoy sa dila lang ang mga pasiatab sa AFP ug sa rehimeng US-Duterte nga naninguha kini og tinuod nga kalinaw. Apan ang tinuod nga pangandoy niini mao ang kalinaw sa katawhan ngadto sa sementeryo. Pagsumpo ug paghikaw sa mga batakang katungod sa mga mag-uuma, mamumuo ug uban pa ang nag-unang tumong sa rehimen, bugti sa kahapsay sa pagkawkaw ug pagpahimulos sa mga imperyalista, dagkung burgesyang kumprador ug dagkong agalong yutaan sa mga bahandi sa Pilipinas ug kusog sa katawhang Pilipino.

Labaw pang gitukmod karon sa rehimeng US-Duterte ang katawhan sa hingpit nga pagsubay sa dalan sa gubat sa katawhan aron kompletohon ang nasudnon ug demokratikong pangandoy niini. Ug sa ingon, konkretong makab-ot sa katawhan ang malahutayon ug makatarunganong kalinaw.

Ang BHB-NEMR matinud-anong nagasuporta sa panaghisgot pangkalinaw. Apan tungod sa padayong opensibang militar sa AFP/PNP maobligar ang BHB nga molunsad og mga kontra-opensiba aron panalipdan ang kaugalingon ug ang katawhan. Busa nagmando ang Regional Operational Command – BHB-NEMR ngadto sa tanang yunit sa BHB ug Milisyang Bayan sa rehiyon nga mangandam batok sa dinagkung opensibang militar sa AFP/PNP ug walay pagduha-duha nga maglunsad og mga taktikal nga opensiba.

Hiniusang suklan ug buntugon ang tanang porma sa pagpanglupig ug pagpahimulos. Pursigidong ipanghingusog ang tawhanong katungod ug makihut-ong nga interes sa katawhan. Kusganong ibutyag ug batukan ang naghingaping militarisasyon sa kabanikanhan pinaagi sa armado ug dili armadong pakigbisog.

Ka Ariel Montero
Tigpamaba
Regional Operational Command
New People’s Army, North Eastern Mindanao