The unrelenting violation of human rights by the fascist US-Duterte regime will intensify the further advance of armed revolution

Statement | December 10, 2018

The National Democratic Front-North Eastern Mindanao Region (NDFP-NEMR), joins the people and the defenders of human rights in commemorating the 70th year of the International Human Rights Day this December 10, 2018.

We extend our warmest salute for your constant struggle to uphold the sacredness of human rights against oppression and exploitation.

The Philippine government was one of the signatories of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 which instituted the value of the rights of all peoples. But the Philippine government has become the number one violator of human rights in all aspects. The US-Duterte regime has even surpassed its predecessor regimes in perpetrating grave human rights violations against the people, committing Hitler-like brutality to realize his ambition for dictatorial rule.

Through the US-Duterte regime’s mercenary and reactionary AFP/PNP, a brutal campaign of repression is implemented against the struggles of the people who resist his devastating programs and policies. Oplan Tokhang, Oplan Tambay, martial law, total war under Oplan Kapayapaan and many more authorized the countless killings, torture, arrests, threats and repression of the people. These are actions of a fascist and terrorist state.

In NEMR since 2016 to the present, more than 20 have become victims of extra judicial killings and more than 10 frustrated killings were committed by the AFP/PNP. Moreover, almost 300 victims have been charged with trumped-up criminal cases, while more than 50 have been jailed as political prisoners. These are all part of the US-Duterte regime’s attempts to destroy the people’s legitimate and progressive organizations that persist and fight his repressive moves.

The sustained military operations in areas targeted for imperialist plantations, mines and infrastructure has resulted to massive evacuations affecting thousands of Lumad and peasant families. Meanwhile, there have been several cases of bombings by AFP troops in areas near communities and farms.

Here in our region, almost 200,000 hectares of land are targeted for banana, oil palm, rubber and others. While almost 600,000 hectares of land have been given to operating mines and to others ready to operate. Most of these are owned by foreign capitalists in connivance with the big comprador bourgeoisie and land lords, driving away countless farmers and Lumad from their homes and livelihoods. At present, these plantations and mines are being protected by 8 battalions of AFP and PNP; 5,000- 6,000 members of SCAA and CAA and 10 paramilitary groups.

In the reactionary government’s desperation to destroy the revolutionary movement, it has invented countless forced surrenders of civilians as NPA members and Milisya ng Bayan and coercing them to join the CAFGU. The AFP/PNP force the establishment of CAA detachments in communities. Barangay and municipal officials are threatened to craft resolutions to show that residents allow the establishment of detachment. Oplan Lakbay Hukay is another scenario peddled recently by the AFP/PNP, the digging up of skeletons to use for propaganda and to tarnish the NPA’s prestige.

Another significant case against the US-Duterte regime is its sell-out of the Philippines to China and the US. Duterte has not made a move against China’s occupation of the islands of the West Philippine Sea within Philippine territory. This violates the national sovereignty of the Philippines. This signifies his servility to foreign capitalists whose sole interest is the plunder our natural resources.

Martial law and the violation of human rights are the instruments of a fascist, puppet and reactionary regime to preserve the oppressive and exploitative system. It will result in serious economic and political crises which will lead to widespread poverty and hunger of the Filipino people. It will intensify the further advance of armed revolution.

Thus, the people are called upon to bravely struggle, uphold your rights and just demands and join the people’s war to achieve total victory of the People’s Democratic Revolution. Persist in demanding for the resumption of peace talks to solve the root causes of armed struggle in the country.

Ka Maria Malaya

On Duterte’s pseudo-independent foreign policy

Statement by Prof. Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
December 9, 2018

Panelo should closely read my statements about the West Philippine Sea issue to appreciate that I use a wide range of Philippine and international sources as basis for my views. There is nothing wrong about any factual and reasonable estimate of the rent and damages that China should be paying for occupying the artificial islands and damaging the marine environment.

There is nothing wrong in using any source of information like Marx studying the theories and documents of capitalism in order to critique capitalism and project socialism. As a lawyer, Panelo should know that various types of witnesses can be availed of to establish facts and the truth.

At any rate, I advise Panelo to read my latest article, “Duterte has gone into a waiver of Philippine sovereign rights but China demands explicit surrender of these rights.” I am well-informed enough to know the differences between certain views of Justice Carpio and former Solicitor General Hilbay and the overt and covert traitorous actions of the Duterte regime with regard to the West Philippine Sea issue. Definitely, I follow Philippine events and trends so closely that I know who will benefit from contract shares, commissions and finders’ fees as a result of the sell-out of Philippine sovereign interests.

The Duterte regime is not pursuing an independent foreign policy, contrary to Panelo’s claim. It is pursuing a policy of subjecting the Philippines to the continuing over-all US dominance and to the incoming debt colonization of the Philippines by China and the surrender of the sovereign rights of the Filipino people in the West Philippine Sea. I do not have to go to the Philippines right away to be able to know Duterte’s foreign policy of subservience to several imperialist powers, especially the glaring obedience to China.

Panelo’s boss Duterte is so brave when he threatens and actually induces mass murders of poor people by his armed minions. But he is so cowardly and servile in dealing with China regarding the sovereign rights of the Philippines and the Filipino people. In contrast, Vietnam has demonstrated that it can file diplomatic protests against China on a bilateral and multilateral basis and still maintains diplomatic and trade relations with China. Obviously the Vietnamese authorities do not have shady deals with China and Chinese corporations like Arroyo and Duterte and their Chinese comprador partners have.

Without any danger of war with China, the Philippines can file diplomatic protests on a bilateral basis and in international forums, sue China in the US and other courts where Chinese assets exist in order to obtain rent and damage compensation and even demand Chinese departure from the artificial islands. The Philippines can also hire non-Chinese and more competent corporations in service contracts to help the Philippines and its Filipino experts to explore and develop Philippine oil and gas resources.

Panelo does not gain any additional point in argumentation over the issue by mocking at the comprehensive and long-term ideological position of the Communist Party of the Philippines. He exposes his ignorance about the immediate general line of the CPP in waging the new democratic revolution against the decrepit and bankrupt semicolonial and semifeudal ruling system. Also, only an idiot can presume that capitalism and imperialism are perpetual, especially at this time that the crisis of the world capitalist system is going into another major spasm.

Brutal and corrupt leaders of the Philippine semi-colonial and semifeudal ruling system of big compadors, landlords and bureaucrat capitalists like Marcos, Arroyo and Duterte and their subalterns like Panelo have no claim whatsoever to any moral or political superiority over the lowliest revolutionaries who are leading the workers, peasants and the rest of the people in their struggle for national and social liberation.

Panelo is in the Philippines but is ignorant of the fact that the CPP, the NPA, the NDFP and the mass organizations of workers, peasants, indigenous people, youth, women and other people have built the People’s Democratic Government through the local organs of political power. He is shooting his own foot by stupidly saying that these revolutionary forces and people have not built any political power in the past 50 years.

There are now two governments in the Philippines: the People’s Democratic Government in the countryside and the city-based reactionary government of the exploiting classes. He and Duterte will soon be out of power. They belong to a merely passing regime of short duration in a ruling system that will be overthrown eventually by the people’s democratic revolution.

It is Panelo who is grossly out of touch with reality in the Philippines and in his immediate vicinity. He is conspicuously suffering from senility or fragmentary thinking. He is the spokesman of Duterte and invites me to return to the Philippines. He has so easily forgotten the fact that Duterte only a few days ago said that I should not return to the Philippines and he threatened me with physical harm from himself no less should I return to the Philippines.###

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Duterte has gone into a waiver of Philippine sovereign rights but China demands explicit surrender of these rights

Statement by Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
December 8, 2018

Justice Carpio is overoptimistic and wrong that China will accept a mere service contract to give up China’s baseless claims over the West Philippine Sea and recognize the sovereign rights of the Philippines in accordance with the UNCLOS and the legal victory of the Philippines before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in July, 2016.

Former Solicitor General Hilbay is correct that the Duterte regime has already treasonously and stupidly made a waiver of Philippine sovereign rights by falling silent on these and putting these at par with the false claims of China in the MOU on the joint China-Philippine joint exploration and development of the oil and gas resources under the West Philippines Sea.

But China itself is not yet satisfied with the mere waiver by implication of the Duterte regime’s falling silent on the Philippines’ sovereign rights and putting these at par with the false claims of China. China wants an explicit and categorical surrender of Philippine sovereign rights to China.

Thus, China is using as leverage Duterte’s own inane obsession with getting high interest loans worth USD 9 to 24 billion for some 29 overpriced infrastructure projects. After more than two years since Duterte’s trip to China in October 2016, China has started no more than two infrastructure projects worth far less than USD 1 billion.

Even at this stage, Duterte cannot be sure that he can benefit from his false and stupid calculation that the burdensome and exploitative Chinese loans will buoy up his regime and the Philippine economy.

Even if the Chinese pledge of USD 9 to 24 billion loans were realized, these would further deteriorate the Philippine economy in conjunction with the accumulated loans from the traditional lenders whose interest rates are now rising rapidly in line with the US-initiated policy of quantitative tightening.

The Duterte regime is already moving into the second half of its 6-year term. These are lameduck years for Duterte amid the rising mass movement for his ouster, the bankruptcy of the reactionary government, stinking corruption of the bureaucracy and the military and a growing split between pro-US and pro-Duterte factions within the AFP and PNP.

The isolation and detestation of Duterte by the broad masses of the people are the result of the tyranny and brutality of the regime, rampant corruption, the rising unemployment and dwindling incomes, the mounting tax burden and soaring prices of basic goods and services, the treasonous sell-out to China and other major causes.

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Temporary unilateral ceasefire while on alert and heightening spirit of resistance to celebrate the Party’s 50th anniversary

December 3, 2018

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) hereby declare to all commands and units of the New People’s Army (NPA) and people’s militias a temporary unilateral ceasefire in unity with the Filipino people’s observance of traditional holidays and provide the people and their revolutionary forces a brief period to pay tribute to their heroes and martyrs as they mark and celebrate the Party’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

This unilateral declaration of temporary ceasefire shall be in effect on the following period:

12:01 a.m. of December 24, 2018 to 11:59 p.m. of December 26, 2018


12:01 a.m. of December 31, 2018 to 11:59 p.m. of January 1, 2019

During the days covered by this temporary ceasefire declaration, all units of the NPA and people’s militias shall cease and desist from carrying out offensive military campaigns and operations against uniformed armed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP).

With this temporary unilateral ceasefire declaration, AFP soldiers and PNP personnel can also take a brief leave from their incessant but mostly fruitless military offensives to visit their families during the holidays. Those who wish to visit their families and friends in areas within the guerrilla territories of the NPA can do so freely so long as they have not committed any crime and there are no outstanding warrants for their arrest.

However, all units and commands of the NPA are directed to stay on alert for active defense mode during this temporary ceasefire period. All Red fighters and commanders shall maintain a high degree of militancy and vigilance against hostile actions or movements by enemy armed forces, including those laying siege on communities and subjecting people to armed suppression and violence in the guise of so-called “peace and development operations” or “law enforcement,” and those mounting combat operations with the aim of encircling units of the NPA.

At no point during this temporary unilateral ceasefire period should the NPA leave the people defenseless and place their units in danger. This temporary unilateral ceasefire can be cut short or canceled if AFP military offensives, armed suppression against communities and attacks against activists by the Duterte regime worsen in the next few days and weeks. On the other hand, it can also be extended by a few days if positive conditions arise.

All Party organs and NPA units must continue to closely assess the situation, monitor enemy movements, immediately report the situation and any incident on the ground.

Temporary unilateral ceasefire amid Duterte all-out war of suppression

We are declaring this temporary unilateral ceasefire in solidarity with the traditional observance of Christmas and New Year holidays, which this year coincides with the special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

The Central Committee declares this 5-day temporary unilateral ceasefire amid all-out military offensives by the US-Duterte regime in the countryside and relentless attacks against the legal democratic movement and all opposition forces which compel the people to heighten all forms of resistance against the regime’s ruthless armed suppression, mass murder, terrorist violence and brazen exercise of absolute power.

The all-out military offensives being mounted by the AFP compel the NPA to mount tactical offensives to counter enemy armed suppression and repel the violence being inflicted by the Duterte regime and the AFP against the people.

Celebrating the CPP’s 50th anniversary through heightened resistance against the US-Duterte regime

Duterte’s cruel and ruthless all-out war compel all revolutionary forces to wage firm resistance while celebrating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the CPP. In the coming year, let us celebrate the victories and achievements of the Party and people by waging relentless struggle.

Let us celebrate 50 years of unrelenting revolutionary struggles by the Filipino people guided by the correct leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Let us also look forward to the bright future of greater revolutionary victories as the crisis of the ruling semicolonial and semifeudal system worsens rapidly and compels the people to bring their national democratic revolutionary struggle to greater heights and closer to complete victory.

The Central Committee urges all revolutionary forces to celebrate the Party’s upcoming 50th anniversary on December 26 by heightening all forms of resistance against the US-Duterte fascist regime. We must all struggle arduously to frustrate Duterte’s scheme of extending martial law in Mindanao, exercising de facto nationwide martial law powers, giving the military full control of various government agencies and programs and employing the military and police to manipulate the results of the 2019 elections to ensure local government control by pro-Duterte and pro-AFP officials and put congress under his majority control in order to push charter change for his federalism project next year so he can impose his dictatorship with the support of allied regional warlords and political dynasties.

The US-Duterte regime is pipedreaming when it declares it can completely defeat the armed revolution by middle of next year. It is set on being roundly frustrated as the NPA continues to gain strength nationwide, mount tactical offensives, carry out agrarian revolution with the peasant masses and build organs of political power across the entire country.

The US-Duterte regime is extremely hated by the people for its tyranny, corruption, mass killings, overlordship of shabu smuggling and drug trade, excessive foreign loans, burdensome taxes, inflation and other anti-people economic policies, subservience to the US and sellout to China. Determined to oust Duterte from power and make him account for all his crimes, the Filipino people are bound to unite and rise up in greater numbers in the coming months, pushing the military and police to withdraw support in the same way manner that Marcos and Estrada were ousted from power.

With the Party’s leadership and inspired by 50 years of victories, the Filipino people are ever determined to wage resistance against the ruthless attacks of the US-Duterte regime. Duterte’s overthrow will be a glorious victory for the Filipino people.

A thousand clandestine rallies, meetings and assemblies

Duterte has directed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to launch all-out attacks to prevent the masses from mounting large assemblies on December 26 in the vain hope of suppressing the people’s celebration of their revolutionary victories and achievements during the CPP’s 50th anniversary.

We call on all Party organs, units and commands of the New People’s Army (NPA), all revolutionary mass organizations, activists and supporters of the revolutionary cause to mount a thousand clandestine meetings, assemblies and mass rallies across the nation, inside and outside the guerrilla base areas, in their schools, offices and homes, as well as abroad in the coming weeks and months. Duterte and his military cabal will be blind and deaf as hundreds of thousands mark the Party’s golden anniversary.

The revolutionary people are set to recite poems, sing and dance in joyous celebration of their victories and achievements attained with the Party’s leadership and guidance, even as they further strengthen their determination to wage arduous resistance against the US-Duterte fascist regime and persevere in difficult struggle for however long it takes to end the semicolonial and semifeudal system and achieve complete national and social liberation.

NDFP condemns arrest of Casambre couple

NDFP Negotiating Panel | Press Statement

Fidel V. Agcaoili
Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel
December 7, 2018

Photo by PILC

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) vehemently condemns the arrest last night of Rey Claro Casambre, executive director of the Philippine Peace Center and his wife Cora as they were on the way home to Molino, Cavite.

Casambre was arrested on trumped-up murder and frustrated murder charges related to an incident in Lupon, Davao Oriental on September 13, 2018. Also in the charge sheet and currently experiencing intense harassment and surveillance are others who have assisted the NDFP negotiating panel in various capacities as resource persons, writers, researchers and staff during the peace negotiations.

As was done to the other arrested NDFP consultants, the arresting team planted firearms, ammunition and explosives in the Casambres’ vehicle to ensure their prolonged and unjust detention.

Casambre is the fourth NDFP consultant active in the peace negotiations to be arrested this year. A long-time peace advocate who has closely monitored and conducted extensive research on the Philippine peace process, Casambre was a frequent speaker in fora organized by multi-sectoral groups calling for the resumption of the peace negotiations. He also often granted interviews to the media on issues related to the peace talks.

The Duterte regime’s unjust arrest of Casambre on ludicrous charges virtually closes the doors to any possibility of resuming the peace negotiations with the Duterte regime. To ensure the smooth resumption of the formal peace talks, the detained peace consultants should be released immediately.#

Government neglect and AFP’s inhumaneness in the time of calamity

Valentin Palamine Regional Operations Command
New People’s Army, Far South Mindanao Region
Press statement | 4 December 2018

It has been two months from the time when a contagious disease begin to spread rapidly in several Lumad communities in Upper Suyan village, Malapatan town in Sarangani Province. Local civilian organizations confirmed that towards the end of November, at least 22 B’laan residents have died due to its complications. A large number of those who are infected as well as the fatalities are children. Reports said that the disease has measles-like symptoms.

The communities affected by the epidemic are Datal Nay, Upper Kiogam, Lower Kiogam, Dlumay, Alna, Maybaka, Mahayag, Glandang, Matsuli ang Upper Kihan, all located in the Upper Suyan village.

The NPA unit operating in the area eventually act when the epidemic arise by rendering medi- cal services and assisting the residents. The Party committee formally informed the Upper Suyan barangay council, the LGU-Malapatan and the provincial government of Sarangani regarding the malady and suggested that the local government must inspect the affected areas and conduct a medical mission. But the local government failed to make immediate actions.

When the medical mission was finally organized, the LGU decided that it will be conducted in areas close to the barangay center only. The difficulties of the patients to get into the place for treatment were not considered, and it dishonestly claimed that there is no traversable road leading into the affected areas. The LGU also insisted on taking military escorts to the medical mission.

The NPA considered the conditions as calamitous and it decisively carried out humanitarian duties. While the reactionary government has not made any pronouncement on the state of the area, the 73rd IB-AFP furtively resumes its offensive operations. A day before the start of the medical mission, AFP combat troops arrive in Lino, Mahayag ang Maybaka communities in Upper Suyan village. The troops came from Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental and took a one- week trek to reach Upper Suyan. The patients and their families were terrified by the presence of the fascist forces and consequently, they decided not to come to the medical mission.

The Red fighters keep up with their duties while more and more patients refused to go to the medical mission for check-up. On November 29, a Red fighter was ambushed by the 73rd IB forces in Sulkili community, Kihan village in Malapatan while he was on his way to assist the masses. The reactionary forces took advantage of the medical mission to contain the revolu- tionaries in a defensive state.

Our warmest Red salute to Ka Pedped who sacrificed his life while serving the sick and needy B’laan masses!

According to reports from NPA-Sarangani Province and civilian organizations, the communi- ties affected by the disease are suffering from very depressing conditions. Previously, these communities have been displaced by the enduring AFP military campaign and indiscriminate bombardments. The reactionary government’s negligence further worsens the residents’ unsound situation.

The VPROC appeals to all the revolutionary forces, progressive groups and individuals, human rights advocates, patriotic health professionals, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and the religious and civil groups to delve into the state of the distressed Lumad communities in Upper Suyan, Malapatan. We encourage your fraternal support and endeavor to deliver appropriate medical needs, foods and other basic provisions for the patients and their families. We also call for an independent medical mission as well as an impartial pathological study on the fatal disease.

Ka Gary Angeles
Spokesperson, VPROC-NPA

Return the 14 Salugpongan students to their parents! Stop attacks on Lumad schools!

Coni Ledesma
NDFP Special Office for the Protection of Children
4 December 2018

NDFP Special Office for the Protection of Children head Coni Ledesma

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines Special Office for the Protection of Children (NDFP SOPC) strongly condemns the continuing illegal detention and endangerment of students of the Salugpongan School in Talaingod, Davao del Norte by elements of the 56th IB, PNP-Talaingod and the Alamara paramilitary group.

The students, age 15 to 17 years old, along with their teachers and school staff have been suffering harassment at the hands of the Alamara since classes opened last June. The harassment stepped up in October, with the flow of food and school supplies blocked by the paramilitaries and finally, with the padlocking of the school on November 28. Locked out of their dormitories, the students were forced to evacuate and seek sanctuary elsewhere.

Leaders of a humanitarian mission led by former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and ACT Partylist Rep. France Castro who rescued the students, teachers and staff off the streets were arrested and slapped with the absurd charge of kidnapping and human trafficking. The arrestees, collectively known as the Talaingod 18 have since been freed on bail, but were harassed by the police as they left the court house.

The 14 students rescued by Ocampo’s group, however, are still being detained by the Talaingod Municipal Social Welfare Office (MSWO) even if their parents had already come to claim them. The MSWO refuses to release the students without clearance from the Talaingod PNP, as if they were criminals. The MSWO is also ridiculously demanding that the parents present proof of their ability to support their children, hinting that the latter could be forcibly institutionalized or placed in foster care and permanently separated from their parents! The MSWO might as well ask this for majority of the suffering and toling masses mird in poverty.

There are even unconfirmed reports that the military, Alamara and MSWO have been putting strong pressure on parents to file compaints against Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and the 18 arrestees before they could see or have their children released. They are using the detained children as hostage for the filing of the case against Bayan Muna Rep Satur Ocampo. Partylist Rep France Castro and the others in the Talaingod 18.

The SOPC deplores the hypocrisy of the Talaingod PNP and MSWO who did not lift a finger when the lives and welfare of the Salugpongan students were being threatened by the Alamara at the instigation of the 56th IB. Now they act as witting tools not only in persecuting the students’ rescuers, but in detaining the students and preventing them from being reunited with their families.

Amid widespread condemnation of the arrest of the Talaingod 18, DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano stuck out like a sore thumb as he publicly commended the Talaingod PNP for arresting Ocampo’s group and repeated the ridiculous accusations of kidnapping, human trafficking and child abuse.

In reality, it is the Duterte regime that has been violating the rights of Lumad children. There have been 535 cases of attacks on Lumad schools under the Duterte regime, an average of one to two attacks per day. According to the Save our Schools (SOS) Network, the attacks range from encampment in schools, torture, threats and harassment, denial of humanitarian aid, illegal arrests, Red-tagging, false/forcible surrenders, and destruction and forcible closure of schools.

Up to 2,209 Lumad students have been forced to drop out and 56 Lumad schools forcibly closed due to intense military operations in Mindanao. In Sarangani province, 63 students and 12 volunteer teachers survived aerial bombings in their communities. A total of 7,766 Lumad students and 451 volunteer teachers were threatened, harassed and intimidated by the AFP, paramilitaries and local government units.

Up to 385 or 72% of the total documented cases of attacks on schools occurred under martial law in Mindanao.

Enough of these cruel violations of children’s rights!

The SOPC calls for an end to the trauma of the 14 Salugpongan students and their reunification with their families.

It moreover demands an end to the harassment and forccible closure of Lumad schools.

Uphold the Lumad children’s right to an education that teaches them the value and importance of defending their land and culture!

AFP’s EastMinComm setting stage to extend martial law, legalize hit squads with sham ‘engagements’ with NPA

New People’s Army
Regional Operations Command
Southern Mindanao Region

December 4, 2018 | PRESS STATEMENT | Bisaya»

The lies the spinmeisters of the AFP’s Eastern Mindanao Command and Region 11’s Philippine National Police are getting more ridiculous in their desperate bid to ensure that martial law and the atmosphere of hysteria persist in Davao City and elsewhere in Southern Mindanao. In addition, these fabricated stories are being capitalized by no less than GRP Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to institutionalize an “anti-SPARU unit” that will legitimize more and more summary killings against activists, suspected sympathizers of the revolutionary movement and critics of the US-Duterte regime’s anti-people programs and policies. As resistance to fascism and tyranny continues to grow, the Duterte regime is hell-bent in weaving fantastical tales meant to sow fear and exonerate the excesses of martial rule.

The latest of these tall tales includes the orchestrated encounter in the closed down Victorio Beach Resort in Purok 10, Talomo Cemento in Davao City. The AFP and the Davao City Police Office claim that a “shootout” ensued following the local police and AFP troopers’ operation to arrest NPA members supposedly in hiding in the resort. Prior to this, last September 21, another operation supposedly happened in Brgy. Langub in Maa, Davao City where the local police raided a house and arrested members of the NPA.

Duterte decries that these so-called “engagements” prompted him to consider forming death squads to “counter” the NPA’s SPARU units. In truth, he wants to curry more favor from the AFP and PNP to allow him to stay in power by making sure that the latter’s profiteering ventures overflow with augmented budget for intelligence and operation funds. In Davao City alone, the proposed local budget for 2019 is being prepped to increase by P1B, which will include additional reserve to be corrupted by the AFP and the PNP. Not content with the killing spree of civilians perpetrated by uniformed state agents under Oplan Tokhang, martial law and Oplan Kapayapaan, the fascist tyrant intends to fatten up his fascist thugs and further spread the culture of impunity in the regime’s armed forces.

Elsewhere in the region, the proclivity to spew out lies has become an AFP strategy. Most recently, similar fictitious “engagements” in North Cotabato were claimed by the AFP in Brgy. Lanao Kuran, Arakan on October 19 while a day care center was burned down by soldiers and paramilitaries masquerading as NPA members in Brgy. Mahongcog, Magpet on November 15.

Not one of these stories has any modicum of truth in them. In Davao City, these fabrications are a deceitful means to crackdown on legal protests being peacefully carried out by progressive groups resisting imperialist plunder, contractualization, fascism and the US-Duterte regime’s anti-people policies. Davao City’s local government has long been planning to outlaw peaceful protests and demonstrations. Elsewhere, these misinformations serve the sole purpose of the AFP’s all too evident intent to extend the implementation of martial law in Mindanao and provide Duterte a convenient leeway for his anti-people schemes such as the Build, Build, Build program to encroach on and displace Lumad and peasant communities.

NPA death squads are a figment of the US-Duterte regime’s hare-brained imagination. All NPA units in Southern Mindanao adhere to the strictest rule regarding the dispensation of revolutionary justice against AFP, PNP and paramilitary personnel who have committed the gravest crimes against the people. This is a far cry from the almost daily executions being carried out by the armed forces of the US-Duterte regime who not only enjoy the kid-glove protection of Duterte himself, but the added benefit of receiving accolades and financial reward in the process. It is to the AFP and the PNP’s utmost advantage that an air of paranoia be maintained in order to perpetuate the regime’s despotic rule.

Scare tactics aside, the AFP’s EastMinComm has in reality become increasingly desperate. The fact that it finds it necessary to resort to concocting fantastic tales and engagements proves not only that it is running out of excuses to justify its fascism but also that it is becoming very much aware that its troops are no match to the NPA whose forces continue to enjoy the love and support of the masses.

Southern Mindanao Regional Operations Command
New People’s Army

Ginahawan sa EastMinComm sa AFP ang dalan alang sa pagpalungtad sa balaod militar, pagligalisa sa mga hit squad gamit ang mga mini nga ‘engkwentro’ tali sa NPA

Samot nga nahimong kataw-anan ang mga bakak sa Eastern Mindanao Command sa AFP ug Philippine National Police sa Region 11 sa ilang desperadong paningkamot nga ipanegurong magpabilin ang balaod militar ug ang sitwasyon sa kalisang sa Davao City ug uban pang bahin sa Southern Mindanao. Dugang pa, ginahimong puhonan ni GRP Pres. Rodrigo Duterte kining mga minugna nga mga sugilanon aron tukoron ang “kontra-SPARU nga mga yunit” nga moligalisa sa pagpamatay sa mga aktibista, ginasuspetsahang simpatisador sa rebolusyonarong kalihukan ug kritiko sa mga kontra-katawhang programa ug palisiya sa rehimeng US-Duterte.

Pinakaulahi niining mga butbot mao ang hinimo-himong engkwentro sulod sa saradong Victorio Beach Resort sa Purok 10, Talomo Cemento sa Davao City. Ginaangkon sa AFP ug sa Davao City Police Office nga kuno adunay nahitabong “shootout” human gisulayan sa lokal nga pulisiya ug sa mga tropa sa AFP nga arestuhon ang mga membro sa NPA nga nagtago sa maong resort. Ayha niini, niadtong Setyembre 21, lain pang operisyon ang matud pa nahitabo sa Brgy. Langub sa Maa, Davao City diin gireyd sa kapulisan ang usa ka balay ug giaresto ang mga membro sa NPA.

Gikundena ni Duterte ang maong mga “engkwentro” isip hinungdan sa iyang pagduso nga tukoron ang mga death squad aron “santaon” ang mga yunit sa SPARU sa NPA. Sa pagkatinuod, gusto lang niyang palipayon ang AFP ug PNP aron tugotan siyang magpabilin sa gahum pinaagi sa pagseguro nga magpadayon ang pagpangwarta sa kasundalohan ug kapulisan gamit ang mas dakung pundo sa paniktik ug operisyon. Sa Davao City pa lang, giplano na nga paburoton og dugang P1B ang badyet alang sa tuig 2019 nga molangkob sa mas dakung pundo nga gatasan sa korap nga AFP ug PNP. Wala pa nakuntento sa mga pagpatay nga hinimoan sa mga ahente sa estado ilalom sa Oplan Tokhang, balaod militar ug Oplan Kapayapaan, nagtumong ang pasistang si Duterte nga himuon pang bulahan ang iyang mga pasistang tigpanumpo ug labaw pang ipakaylap ang kultura sa kawalay tulubagon sa armadong pwersa sa iyang rehimen.

Sa laing dapit sa rehiyon, nahimo nang estratehiya sa AFP ang kahilig nga magpakaylap og bakak. Niining ulahi, susamang mga minugna nga balita sa “engkwentro” sa North Cotabato ang gipakuyanap sa AFP sa Brgy. Lanao Kuran, Arakan niadtong Oktubre 19 samtang gisunog sa mga sundalo ug paramilitar nga nagpakanang mga membro sa NPA ang usa ka day care center sa Brgy. Mahongcog, Magpet niadtong Nobyembre 15.

Walay bisan usa niining mga sugilanon ang tinuod. Sa Davao City, usa ka malimbungong paagi kining mga bakak aron pitulon ang mga ligal nga protesta sa mga progresibong grupo nga nagbatuk sa imperyalistang pagpangawkaw, kontraktwalisasyon, pasismo ug mga kontra-katawhang palisiya sa rehimeng US-Duterte. Dugay nang giplano sa lokal nga gobyerno sa Davao City nga himuong krimen ang malinawong mga protesta ug demonstrasyon. Sa laing dapit, ginagamit kining mga bakak aron palungtaron pa ang pagpatuman sa balaod militar sa Mindanao ug hatagan si Duterte og lugway alang sa iyang kontra-katawhang mga iskema sama sa programang Build, Build, Build nga mopahawa sa mga Lumad ug mag-uuma gikan sa ilang komunidad.

NPA death squads are a figment of the US-Duterte regime’s hare-brained imagination. All NPA units in Southern Mindanao adhere to the strictest rule regarding the dispensation of revolutionary justice against AFP, PNP and paramilitary personnel who have committed the gravest crimes against the people. This is a far cry from the almost daily executions being carried out by the armed forces of the US-Duterte regime who not only enjoy the kid-glove protection of Duterte himself, but the added benefit of receiving accolades and financial reward in the process. It is to the AFP and the PNP’s utmost advantage that an air of paranoia be maintained in order to perpetuate the regime’s despotic rule.

Handuraw lang sa burong nga imahinasyon sa rehimeng US-Duterte ang mga death squad sa NPA. Nagtamod ang tanang yunit sa NPA sa Southern Mindanao sa istriktong balaod kalabot sa pagpahamtang og rebolusyonaryong hustisya batuk sa mga sakop sa AFP, PNP ug ilang mga paramilitar kinsa nakahimo og pinakamangtas nga krimen ngadto sa katawhan. Lahi kaayo kini sa halos inadlaw nga mga pagpatay nga hinimoan sa armadong pwersa sa rehimeng US-Duterte kinsa nagbaton dili lang sa pag-amoma mismo ni Dutete apan labaw pa sa iyang taas nga pag-ila ug ganti nga salapi. Hingpit nga bentaha alang sa AFP ug PNP nga magpadayon ang kahadlok sa katawhan aron magpabilin ang mangtas nga paghari sa rehimen.

Luyo sa mga taktika sa pagpanghadlok niini, grabe na ka desperado ang EastMinComm sa AFP. Ang kamatuoran nga gikinahanglan niining magmugna og salikwaot nga mga sugilanon ug engkwentro nagpamatuod dili lang nga nahutdan na kini og pasangil sa iyang pasismo apan nakaamgo na kini nga dili kaya tupngan sa iyang tropa ang mga pwersa sa NPA kinsa nagpadayong nagbaton sa gugma ug suporta sa masa.

Accelerating trend towards martial law nationwide and full-blown fascist dictatorship of Duterte

Statement by Prof. Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
November 28, 2018

In view of certain recent acts of the tyrant Duterte, he is accelerating the realization of his scheme to declare martial law nationwide and impose a full-blown fascist dictatorship on the people.

Duterte is closing all doors to peace negotiations. He has caused OPAPP Secretary Dureza to resign in order to put OPAPP under total military control in line with Duterte’s policy of militarizing his cabinet. He is giving way to the demands of the military.

The military want to control OPAPP to prevent serious GRP peace negotiations with the NDFP by imposing the precondition of surrender on the NPA. .They also want to place the billlions of pesos of OPAPP and Pamana funds under the control of the military. The issue of corruption against Dureza’s undersecretaries is a mere pretext because the Office of the President itself is the stinking center of corruption.

The military officers and some mayors have become notorious for pocketing privately E-CLIP funds for fake surrenderers. Now, they want to take over the PAMANA under OPAPP. The racket in PAMANA is also in the invention of fake beneficiaries and in favoring political favorites among local officials.

In a flagrant expression of lawlessness and barbarism or even madness, Duterte has announced the formation of death squads with the license to kill just anyone who is suspected of being or still becoming NPA. He has specified as targets of the death squads any istambay (idler), any critic, any activist or just anyone whom the death squads suspect or think of becoming or being NPA.

He wants Oplan Kapayapaan to compete with Oplan Tokhang in murdering thousands of people. He is obviously becoming desperate because Oplan Kapayapaan has failed to defeat the NPA in the guerrilla fronts. Not a single guerrilla front has been destroyed even in Mindanao where he has concentrated 75 of his total of 98 maneuver battalions under conditions of martial law.

Now, the NPA is increasingly carrying out tactical counteroffensives in the countryside of Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon. But the NPA is not yet fielding commando teams to urban areas in consideration of the CPP policy that the character the urban mass struggle is legal and defensive.

It is only Duterte who has conjured the illusion that the urban areas are already swarming with “sparrow units” in urban areas in order to have the pretext for forming his death squads to threaten and use against his urban-based legal opponents.

Duterte has gone out of his mind. As Catholic Bishop David has observed, he is mentally sick. He needs psychiatric help and should be removed from his position.###

MO 32: Duterte’s “Modus Operandi” that intensifies militarization and human rights violations in Negros Island

PRESS STATEMENT | November 27, 2018

Ka Frank Fernandez
National Democratic Front of the Philippines – Negros

Rodrigo Duterte’s memorandum order (MO) 32 is actually his “modus operandi” that uses bloodthirsty violence and outright chicanery against the people to prolong his cling to power. This is ground work for nationwide martial law and ensures that the outcome of the May 2019 elections will be in his favor. With Congress and Senate under Duterte’s control, his trick federalism will easily pass legislation indicating the consolidation of his fascist dictatorship. The imperialist US, also China, and the local big compradors and landlords will surely take advantage of the situation to protect and further their economic and political interests.

MO 32 signals the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) to intensify militarization, extrajudicial killings and human rights violations in Camarines Sur, Samar, Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental. This gives them authority to forcibly suppress the legitimate struggles of the peasants, workers and other exploited classes and sectors. Ironic to Duterte’s justification of fighting “lawless violence” in Negros, the 47 political killings in the Island under the US-Duterte regime are closely linked with the forces of the law. MO 32 was announced thirty-three days after the brutal massacre of nine farm workers in Sagay City by elements of AFP-led Special Civilian Armed Auxiliary.

Today marks the first year after Duterte declared Presidential Proclamation 360 unilaterally cancelling the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. The prospects of genuine peace talks under the US-Duterte regime is grim especially with the MO 32 announcement. Duterte only uses ‘peace’ as bait for the cooptation of the revolutionary movement and shows no interest in addressing the roots of armed conflict.

The Filipino people’s rage against Duterte and his clique is mounting with every fascist measure. This outrage must become a political force that will frustrate full scale martial law and, in time, overthrow the US-Duterte regime. ###