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.###

Reference:
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.#

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. ###

ILPS condemns arrest of Julian Assange, demands his immediate release as journalist

Office of the Chairperson
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
April 14, 2019

We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), strongly condemn the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange by British authorities under the direction of the US government. We defend his rights as a journalist and demand his immediate release.

Assange has earned the ire of the US for exposing the truth about US behind-the-scenes machinations in its drive to carry out foreign interventions and launch wars of aggression for regime change and economic plunder. Wikileaks has published volumes of material documenting the crimes of US imperialism around the world.

The arrest of Assange is based on a charge of engaging in theft of US state secrets. Assange is accused of conspiring with US Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning to crack a password on a Defense Department computer network for classified documents and communications to download classified records and transmit them to WikiLeaks. 

The charge sheet released to the public by the US State Department states that between January 2010 and May 2010, Manning downloaded databases from US government departments and agencies containing nearly “90,000 Afghanistan war-related significant activity reports, 400,000 Iraq war-related significant activity reports, 800 Guantanamo Bay detainee assessment briefs, and 250,000 US State Department cables.” 

These materials including videos and classified documents revealed the crimes of US imperialism that the US wanted to keep secret from the world. One of the most damning evidence of US crimes is a video footage from an Apache helicopter viewed by millions around the world showing Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen, his driver Saeed Chmagh, and several others as the Apache shoots and kills them in a public square in Baghdad. A group of adults and children in a minivan arrives and attempts to rescue the wounded but they are also fired upon. 

The arrest of Julian Assange exposes the utter hypocrisy of the US, its most trusted running dog, Britain, and other Western governments of their avowals for democracy, freedom of the press and freedom of speech. 

Experts and scholars say that this is a direct assault on the basic rights of journalists protected by the First Amendment in the US Constitution. But the ruling regime in the US will even trample upon its own constitution, as it has done in justifying the use of torture and other criminal practices. 

Every US ruling regime has time and again proven that it can tear to pieces universally accepted conventions on international relations in order to carry out interference in the internal affairs of other countries and launch wars of aggression and plunder in pursuit of US imperialist interests. 

For almost 7 years, the US and its lackeys tried every foul means to get their hands on Assange and stop him from carrying on with his journalistic work. Julian Assange was able to survive almost seven years of threats, harassments and pressure from the US and its lackeys because of his own courage in defending his rights and the overwhelming support of the people of the world and some sympathetic governments.

Despite all the threats and pressures, Assange continued with his journalistic work while holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. His defiance inspired whistleblowers in the belly of the beast like Edward Snowden to come forward and expose the crimes of US imperialism around the world.

The US is an imperialist power in decline. But it is still capable of doing the most hideous crimes against the people of the world in its desperation to prevent its total collapse. The people of the world must therefore continue to resist this monster wherever it rears its head until it is mortally wounded and collapses like all the empires before it. And, the work of such courageous journalists like Julian Assange serves the goal of humankind in ridding the world of the evils of imperialism and human oppression. ###

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. ###

Duterte prepares to rig the May 13 elections with propaganda and secret orders

Press Statement by Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
April 13, 2019

In a full month before the May 13, 2019 elections, we can expect an avalanche of propaganda from the Duterte regime to conjure the illusion of Duterte’s perpetual popularity, foretell the “victory” of its senatorial and local executive candidates and cover his secret orders to the Commission on Elections and the military to rig the elections. 

The propaganda drive of the regime to spread lies involves the frenzied use of government agencies and resources, paid opinion poll surveys, red-tagging of opposition candidates and parties, planted news stories and columns, TV and radio broadcasts, the troll armies in the social media, tarpaulins and posters, herded paid crowds, and so on.

The Duterte regime is overspending public and private resources and over-exerting itself in trying to create the false illusion of popular support in order to pave the way for election rigging in favor of the regime’s candidates and for the charter change to a bogus kind of federalism by which absolute powers are concentrated in the hands of Duterte as fascist dictator on top of his regional and provincial agents among his fellow oligarchs, dynasts and warlords.

The Duterte ruling clique intends to draw attention away from the widespread indignation of the people over the regime’s tyrannical, treasonous, mass murdering, plundering and inflationary policies and acts; and to overshadow the groundswell of support for the opposition candidates from Catholic and other Christian voters, the patriotic and progressive organizations and other people offended by the crimes of the regime.

The broad united front of patriotic and progressive forces and all other opposition forces are therefore challenged to do do their best to arouse, organize and mobilize the broad masses of the people for the electoral struggle to defeat the anti-national and anti-democratic Duterte regime and make evident their victory with far larger electoral rallies and mass protest actions than the meetings of the paid and herded crowds of the regime.

Unless he steps back from his evil scheme to rig the elections and ensure charter change to bogus federalism, Duterte unwittingly prepares for his overthrow in the same manner that Marcos was overthrown by urban mass uprising after his fake electoral victory in 1986 or creates the combustible conditions for an unprecedented nationwide intensification of people’s war to counter the escalation of fascist attacks on the people.###

Duterte is mortally afraid of the New People’s Army as he steps up the mass murder of unarmed people

Press Statement by Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant

If Duterte and his armed minions were to be believed, the New People’s Army no longer exists because it has been supposedly decimated several times over by fake surrenders and fake encounters. 

The more Duterte presents himself as a victorious conqueror, the more he exposes his frustration and cowardice by speaking to the public only behind a thick bullet-proof glass. His false claims of victory are belied by the NPA’s intensifying offensives on a nationwide scale.

In fact, he has been most successful at ordering his death squads to kill unarmed social activists, including priests, journalists, teachers, health workers, lawyers, and human rights advocates. He has ordered his armed minions to arrest and plant evidence on NDFP consultants and to kill them if there are no witnesses as in the case of Randy Malayao.

He has extended the methods of Oplan Tokhang to Oplan Kapayapaan by red-tagging, framing up, and murdering an increasing number of victims who are opposed to his regime. He has publicly expressed contempt for human rights so many times.

He has also excelled at using his armed forces to bomb and displace rural communities of indigenous peoples and peasants to make way for socially and environmentally destructive enterprises such as open pit mining, logging, monocrop plantations and casino islands by foreign and local corporations from which he receives huge amounts of bribe.

The bloodbath that the sociopath Duterte masterminds has become so wanton and massive that he is worried to death that the day of reckoning for him is fast coming. He cannot deny that the tactical offensives of the NPA have become more effective than ever before on a nationwide scale.

He estimates that the NPA has the capability to go after him to exact justice for his grave crimes of mass murder, tyranny, treason, and corruption. Obviously, he is mortally afraid that the NPA intends to apprehend, try, and punish him for his grave crimes. 

He has long been afraid of traveling by road even in his own region. He can only use the helicopter to hop from one military camp to another whenever he wants an audience in order to rant against his critics and boast of his penis and dish out vulgarities and trivialities.

Despite the Duterte regime’s psywar that it is about to destroy the revolutionary movement, the Communist Party of the Philippines, the NPA, the revolutionary mass organizations, the NDFP and the rural-based people’s democratic government are growing stronger precisely because of the tyrannical, treasonous, brutal and corrupt character of this regime.

It is reasonable for the people to expect the NPA to seek the punishment of Duterte for heinous crimes. But entities other than the NPA are also eager to punish him. These include the relatives and friends of his murder victims and the military and police officers and their personnel who are offended by his criminal misuse of the military and the police.

Both active and retired military and police officers, for either patriotic or pro-US reasons, are becoming increasingly vocal against Duterte’s sell out of the country’s sovereign rights to China and his crimes of mass murder and plunder and are preparing themselves for Duterte’s day of reckoning upon the people’s uprising as in the overthrow of Marcos in 1986. ###

Hinggil sa Pagbuwag ni Duterte sa GRP Peace Panel

Ka Cleo del Mundo, Tagapagsalita, Apolonio Mendoza Command NPA-Quezon
PAHAYAG | Marso 29, 2019

Hindi maaaring hiwa-hiwalay ang pagpapatupad ng reporma sa lupa at paglutas ng suliranin ng mamamayan.

Anong kabulastugan itong ginawang pagbuwag ni Digong Duterte sa sarili niyang peace panel at pagsusulong ng lokal na usapang pangkapayapaan? Na sinuportahan naman ng kagaya ni Senator Panfilo Lacson dahil diumanoy hindi naman pambansa ang saklaw ng insurgency.

Pambansang kalayaan mula sa dominasyon ng dayuhang imperyalistang US at mga lokal na naghaharing uri ang hangad ng CPP-NPA para sa sambayanang Pilipino, kung gayon ay isinusulong ang demokratikong rebolusyong bayan sa buong kapuluan. 

Pambansa ang dominasyon at pang-aaping nagaganap. Dapat wasakin ang makinaryang burukratiko at militar ng estado sa pambansang saklaw, pati na ang malalaking kumprador at panginoong maylupa. Dapat parusahan ang mga pasistang kriminal at traydor sa buong bansa.

Dagdag pa ng dating pulis na si Lacson ay sapat nang lutasin sa antas ng munisipyo ang problema. Para sa kaalaman ni Lacson, ang pundamental na problemang pinag-uugatan ng armadong tunggalian ay kawalan ng tunay na reporma sa lupa sa buong bansa.

Nasa 75% ng 110 milyong populasyon ng bansa ang naghahangad na uring magsasaka para sa lupang mabubungkal. Sa pagpapatupad lamang ng libreng pamamahagi ng lupang matataniman saka malulutas ang ugat ng digmang magsasaka sa kanayunan ng bansa.

Kung gayon, hindi maaaring hiwa-hiwalay ang pagpapatupad ng reporma sa lupa at paglutas ng suliranin ng mamamayan kagaya ng ipinapanukala ng mangmang na si Duterte.

Mula sa maamong mukha ng rehimeng US-Duterte sa pagpasok nito sa usapang pangkapayapaan sa NDFP noong 2016, nahubad ang kanyang maskara bilang pasista-teroristang pangulo ng Pilipinas nang umatras siya sa peace talks noong maagang bahagi ng 2017. 

Ang hakbanging pagbuwag sa sarili nitong peace panel ay nangangahulugan na wala nang balak ang rehimeng US-Duterte na makipag-usap sa NDFP upang solusyunan ang ugat ng armadong tunggalian sa Pilipinas. Lubos na pinapatunayan lamang ni Duterte ang kanyang pagiging adik sa gera at paggamit ng karahasan para patahimikin ang sinumang kalaban.

Ang alam na kapayapaan ni Digong Duterte ay ang katahimikan ng libingan. Subalit walang kapayapaang inihatid ang gera kontra-droga, gera kontra-Moro at gera laban sa CPP-NPA ni Duterte na ngayoy lampas na sa 20,000 ang naging biktima ng kanyang hibang na mga gera.

Limampung taon na ang New PeopleArmy ngayong Marso 29, 2019. Patuloy na tinatangkilik ng sambayanang Pilipino ang pambansa-demokratikong pakikibaka ng CPP-NPA-NDFP.

Habang kamamatayan na lamang ni Duterte ang pangangarap niyang mapupuksa ang CPP-NPA, handa naman ang rebolusyunaryong kilusan kahit ilampung taon pa para tiyakin na malutas ang ugat ng armadong tunggalian sa pambansang saklaw.#

Revolutionary justice carried out as NPA hits AFP troops in two engagements in ComVal

New People’s Army
ComVal – Davao Gulf Sub-Regional Operations Command
Southern Mindanao Region
April 7, 2019 | PRESS STATEMENT | Bisaya»

Red fighters under the ComVal-Davao Gulf Sub-Regional Command battled AFP troops in two separate engagements in Mabini and Maco towns in Compostela Valley, which resulted in heavy enemy casualty and thus dispensed revolutionary justice against the fascists whose hands are bloodied with the recent murder of two civilians and other serious abuses against the masses in the province.

On April 3, at around 6:45am, Red fighters engaged troops of the 71st IB in Sitio Bagong Silang, Brgy. Teresa in Maco town, where 4 fascist soldiers were confirmed killed and several others, including the Alpha Coy commander 1Lt. Serwin E. Matas, were severely wounded. Earlier, on March 30, three soldiers of the 66th IB were likewise killed in battle at around 9:30am in Sitio Dasuran, Brgy. Golden Valley in Mabini town. Contrary to fake news by the AFP, there was no casualty on the side of the NPA.

Last week, troops of the 71st IB murdered Franklin and Zaldy Tirol, both civilian farmers, in the early hours of March 28 in Sitio Mangurayan, Brgy. Anitapan, Mabini and tried desperately to falsely misrepresent the two as members of the NPA killed in an armed encounter.

In the aftermath of the March 30 and April 3 engagements, the fascist enemy launched heavy artillery from 105 howitzer canon several times, indiscriminately rained rocket fire using MG520 attack helicopters and airlifted their casualties from the encounter site. For several days, the AFP continued to use helicopters to forward-deploy troops, send out supplies and conduct aerial reconnaissance.

Already lacking support from the masses in the area, the enemy was lured deep into the guerilla base where they became vulnerable to offensives by the NPA. Furthermore, the AFP’s consequent heavy use of modern military equipment and materiel—at the expense of taxpayers’ money—is merely to conceal their failure to court the support of the masses who continue to suffer abuses in their counter-revolutionary war.

These latest engagements, which delivered heavy blows against enemy troops, scoff at the AFP’s gimmicks such as persona non-grata proclamations supposedly issued by local government units against the NPA. The fact that Red fighters are able to maneuver in their areas of operation and engage the enemy at their initiative prove that they thoroughly enjoy the support of the masses, unlike the AFP troops who are hated by the masses and thus wade blind and deaf into the revolutionary movement’s base areas.

Aside from their long list of crimes and abuses, the 71st IB and 66th IB are also being employed as investment defense force, aka highly paid guard dogs, of banana plantations and other capitalist ventures that displace farmers and Lumad and destroy the environment, such as the Apex Mining Company. This is the reason why the masses are rejoicing this appropriate meting out of revolutionary justice against two of the most rabid AFP troops in the region.

Duterte’s recent threat to declare a “revolutionary war” is mere bluster, a hollow intimidation being supported only by his fascist minions in the AFP and the PNP. At the very least, it is misnomer for an already existing bloody war for the benefit of the semi-feudal and semi-colonial reactionary system and one that the Filipino masses continue to bravely engage through the people’s war.

DANIEL IBARRA
Spokesperson
ComVal – Davao Gulf Sub-Regional Operations Command
New People’s Army – Southern Mindanao

Bisaya:

Rebolusyonaryong hustisya gipatuman, tropa sa AFP igo sa 2 ka panagsangka sa Comval

Malampusong giatubang sa mga Pulang manggugubat ilalom sa ComVal-Davao Gulf Sub-Regional Command ang tropa sa AFP sa duha ka panagsangka sa Mabini ug Maco sa Compostela Valley, nga miresulta sa daghang kaswalti sa kaaway ug sa ingon mipahamtang og rebolusyonaryong hustisya batuk sa mga pasista kinsa sad-an sa pagpatay sa 2 ka sibilyan ug uban pang seryosong pagpangabuso batuk sa mga masa sa probinsya.

Niadtong Abril 3, mga alas 6:45 sa buntag, gikasangka sa mga Pulang manggugubat ang tropa sa 71st IB sa Sitio Bagong Silang, Brgy. Teresa sa Maco, diin 4 ka pasistang sundalo ang kumpirmadong patay ug pipila ang grabehang samdan, lakip ang commander sa Alpha Company nga si 1Lt. Serwin E. Matas. Bag-o niini, niadtong Marso 30, tulo (3) usab ka sundalo sa 66th IB ang patay mga alas 9:30 sa Sitio Dasuran, Brgy. Golden Valley sa Mabini. Sukwahi sa peke nga balita sa AFP, walay kaswalti nga nahiagoman ang NPA.

Niaging semana, gipatay sa tropa sa 71st IB ang mag-ig-agaw nga sila Franklin ug Zaldy Tirol, parehong mga mag-uuma, kabuntagon niadtong Marso 28 sa Sitio Mangurayan, Brgy. Anitapan, Mabini ug desperadong gipasanginlan ang duha nga kuno mga membro sa NPA kinsa namatay sa engkwentro.

Pagkahuman sa mga panagsangka niadtong Marso 30 ug Abril 3, pila ka higayong nanganyon ang pasistang kaaway gamit ang 105 howitzer, nagpaulan og rocket fire gamit ang MG520 attack helicopter ug nagkarga sa ilang mga kaswalti gamit ang mga helicopter. Sulod sa pila ka adlaw, padayong migamit ang AFP og mga helicopter aron i-deploy ang ilang tropa, magpadala og suplay ug maglunsad og aerial reconnaissance.

Daan nang walay suporta gikan sa masa sa erya, nakati ang kaaway nga mosulod sa gerilyang base diin nahimo silang bulnerable sa mga opensiba sa NPA. Dugang pa, ang pagsalig sa AFP sa paggamit og modernong himang militar—gamit ang kwarta sa katawhan—pamaagi lang aron tabunan ang ilang kapakyasan nga kuhaon ang suporta sa masa kinsa padayon nilang ginabiktima sa ilang kontra-rebolusyonaryong gubat.

Kining bag-ohay lang nga mga panagsangka, nga naghatag og dakung hapak sa kaaway, nagpahimakak sa mga gimik sa AFP sama sa proklamasyong “persona non-grata” nga kuno gipagula sa mga local government unit batuk sa NPA. Ang kamatuoran nga kaya gihapong momaniobra sa mga Pulang manggugubat sa ilang eryang gilihokan ug atubangon ang kaaway sa ilang kaugalingong inisyatiba nagpamatuod lang nga hingpit nga gitagamtam sa NPA ang suporta sa masa, dili susama sa tropa sa AFP nga gikasilagan sa masa maong buta ug bungol nga nagasulod sa mga base sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan.

Gawas sa ilang taas nga listahan sa mga krimen ug pagpangabuso, ginagamit usab ang 71st IB ug 66th IB isip investment defense force, o mga binayrang irong-tiggukod, sa mga plantasyon sa saging ug uban pang kapitalistang pamatigayon nga nagapangilog og yuta sa mga Lumad ug mag-uuma ug naggaguba sa kinaiyahan, sama sa Apex Mining Company. Kini ang hinungdan nganong gikalipay sa masa ang saktong pagpahamtang og rebolusyonaryong hustisya batuk sa duha sa pinakamangtas nga tropa sa AFP sa rehiyon.

Pulos pagarpar ang bag-ohay lang nga hulga ni Duterte nga magdeklara sya og “rebolusyonaryong gyera,” usa ka haw-ang nga pagpanghadlok nga walay laing gasuporta kun dili ang iyang pasistang mga itoy sulod sa AFP ug PNP. Sa pagkatinuod, daan na kining nagtunhay nga maduguong gyera alang sa padayong pagpatunhay sa malakolonyal ug malapyudal nga reaksyunaryong sistema apan maisugong ginasuklan sa masang Pilipino pinaagi sa gubat sa katawhan.

NPA defies AFP’s intensified campaign in Daguma range

Valentin Palamine Regional Operations Command
Far South Mindanao Region, NEW PEOPLE’S ARMY
Press statement| 06 April 2019

On the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of the New People’s Army, the revolutionary forces in Daguma range are concretely carrying out an enduring yet triumphant resistance against the reactionary state’s unrelenting aggression.

The AFP’s intensified operations in the region that started in January is a continuance of its series of futile campaigns in the past.  The peasant and Lumad masses in the area are keenly aware that the incessant attacks of the reactionary forces in their territory are meant to suppress their struggle for land and to protect the mining and logging encroachment.

On the latter part of January, successive actions against the enemy forces were carried out by the NPA-Sultan Kudarat at the onset of the AFP operations.  The series of offensives set off with the harassment of a Marine detachment in Maat community in Sangay village, Kalamansig town on January 22.  Two soldiers were wounded in the attack.

An ambush was set up to foil enemy reinforcements.  On January 24, the NPA effectively pinned down a Marine convoy traversing the highway in Kabukbukan, Kipungot village in Palimbang town.  Command detonated explosives were employed, causing sizable damages at the enemy at once.  One of the vehicles was badly smashed while the other one lose control and fell into a ravine.  The fascists were unable to put up a fight.  Villagers reported that at least 20 soldiers were killed and a number were injured.

A separate ambush incident carried out by a group of NPA Red fighters happened on January 25 in Paril village, Kalamansig town.  The NPA’s command detonated explosive hit the rear portion of a military truck carrying Marine troops.   Two soldiers were killed and another two were wounded.

Towards the end of January, additional forces were deployed by the AFP in the remote villages of Kalamansig, Sen. Ninoy Aquino and Palimbang towns.  A Philippine Navy ship and military choppers were used to deliver their reinforcements that include troops and military machineries, equipment and provisions for a sustained operation in the mountains.

The recent campaign concentrated mainly in the mountainous areas of Kalamansig surrounding DMCI’s (D. M. Consunji Incorporated) forest plantations and projected mining site.

On February 3, an enemy column was ambushed by a sapper team of the NPA in Kiblis community, Hinalaan village in Kalamansig. Five enemy soldiers were wounded in the firefight.

A separate armed encounter between a group of NPA fighters and MBLT-2 troops took place on February 5 in Kapuyan Blag, Datu Wasay village in Kalamansig town.  Twenty-eight Marine elements were killed and a number were injured in the aftermath of the incident.  According to reports, the fascists have had a misencounter while maneuvering against the Red fighters and subsequently were caught in a shelling mishap.

While the Philippine Marines maintain its enduring campaign in west Daguma, the 33rd IB-PA conducted its periodic operation in the east last month.  On March 10, a sapper team of the NPA ambushed 33rd IB soldiers aboard a military truck.  The clash happened in Titulok village, Bagumbayan town while the enemy forces were on their way to the operations.  At least 23 military men were injured in the event.

Even as the fascist AFP is strengthening its brutal campaign, the people’s army and the revolutionary masses in Daguma are unfaltering in waging the people’s war.  The NPA is firm in upholding people’s interests while the Lumads are dauntless in their vow to fight for their land to the very end.   They are determined and prepared to fight the escalating counterrevolutionary violence, and defy and overthrow the fascist dictator US-Duterte regime.

(Sgd) Ka Gary Angeles

Spokesperson, VPROC-NPA