On the AFP’s brutal killing of 15-year old Rondi Ondo

The CPP condemns in the strongest terms possible the AFP’s Eastmincom for the despicable killing of 15-year old boy Rondi Ondo last Saturday (April 21) in Barangay Astorga, Davao del Sur. Ondo, was with his uncle and cousin collecting coconuts when operating troops of the AFP fired upon them mistaking them for NPA fighters.

The CPP further condemns the AFP for claiming that Rondi was a “child soldier” of the NPA in a futile effort to cover-up their crime. Rondi’s mother, Marissa, vehemently denies that he was an NPA member. The AFP’s fake news mill is daily churning out increasingly incredulous lies in the mass media to fool the people.

This incident of child killing adds to the growing list of atrocities committed by the AFP against the peasant masses under Oplan Kapayapaan.

Message to the NDFP’s 45th anniversary

Ka Oris
Spokesperson, National Operations Command, NPA

The New People’s Army National Operations Command under the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines joins other NDFP allied organizations and the whole Filipino revolutionary movement in extending the warmest revolutionary greetings to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines on its 45th founding anniversary. We salute the NDFP for steadfastly advancing the cause of national liberation and genuine democracy against the reactionary rule of US imperialism, local feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism.

Upon its establishment 45 years ago, the NDFP immediately united the revolutionary mass organizations of workers, peasants, youth, women, teachers, church people, health and cultural workers, to boldly fight the newly-imposed martial rule and stood unwaveringly as the rallying point for the struggle of the Filipino people against the US-Marcos dictatorship’s widespread fascist terror. Since then, the NDFP struck deep roots and flourished among the laboring masses, forged the broadest unity with all antifascist and anti-dictatorial forces and elements, and marched at the helm of the battle that brought down the hated fascist dictatorship. The NDFP then continued the fight against all the succeeding regimes that implemented US-directed neoliberal globalization policies and state fascism and amplified corruption, impunity and abuse of power.

The NDFP with its allied organizations plays an indispensable role in building the New People’s Army, advancing the armed struggle, setting up revolutionary governments in the countryside, and advancing people’s struggles at various fronts. Its biggest revolutionary mass organizations of peasants, workers, youth and women serve as the NPA’s primary mass base and ever abundant source of new Red fighters. Organizations of youth and students, including young workers and young peasants, provide increasing numbers of cadres and warriors for the people’s army and important services to the armed struggle.

We salute the NDFP’s consistently firm stand for the national democratic revolution with a socialist perspective and its endeavors to propagate this line within the country and overseas. This has been affirmed most clearly during the post-Marcos years, in its fight and rejection of the imperialist and revisionist psy-war agents’ vigorous attacks to sabotage and destroy the alliance by spreading vitriol against the CPP, NPA and the protracted people’s war.

The NDFP’s continuing work among compatriots abroad, international solidarity work, and proto-diplomatic work continues to gather international support for the Philippine revolution. We likewise admire the NDFP’s invaluable contributions to the worldwide anti-imperialist united front and its support for anti-imperialist forces and struggles.

Today, the NDFP continues to grow, resolutely uniting the Filipino people to fight the fascist US-Duterte regime at all fronts, in the countrysides and cities, open and underground. We commend its exemplary representation of the revolutionary movement in the NDFP-GRP peace negotiations, that won agreements for the good of the Filipino people such as the Hague Joint Declaration and the CARHRIHL. It has constantly rejected the US-Duterte regime’s whims and caprices despite instigations to surrender, threats against the security of its panelists, and outright fascist terror against the revolutionary forces under the US-directed Oplan Kapayapaan and the US’ Pacific Eagle. The revolutionary movement’s substantive agenda for addressing the roots of the armed conflict were highlighted for the Filipino people and the international community to see, as opposed to the GRP’s bankrupt militarist agenda of ceasefire without substantive agreements. With the NDF’s unwavering stand for principled and just peace, we fully support and will continue to abide by the agreements it has signed in the past or the future peace negotiations.

As an allied organization of the NDFP, the NPA will march shoulder-to-shoulder with NDFP allied organizations in further advancing the national democratic revolution until complete victory. We join the painstaking task of arousing, organizing and mobilizing millions upon millions of Filipino people who are rising to overthrow the detested US-Duterte regime and to advance the national democratic revolution to higher levels. As the main armed component of the people’s war, we affirm our commitment to fight the fascist US-Duterte regime to its end.

Long live the National Democratic Front of the Philippines!

Long live the broadest unity of the Filipino people for national liberation and genuine democracy!

Long live the Filipino people!

NDFP vows to fight for national freedom, democracy and international solidarity as it celebrates 45th anniversary; honors international friends of the Filipino people

Press Release | 22 April 2018

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) vowed to persevere until victory in the fight for the people’s rights and welfare, national freedom and democracy as it celebrated its 45th year anniversary on April 24.

The NDFP International Information Office (NDFPIO) led in the celebrations in Europe as it gathered more than 100 European friends, solidarity activists, Filipino supporters and allies and dozens of organizations, in a joyous celebration under the theme: ¨Build the Broadest United Front to Strengthen the Organs of Political Power and the People´s Democratic Government (PDR), last April 21, 2018 at the Ru Pare Complex in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Opening the cultural program as emcees, Marikit Saturay of Anakbayan-Europe, and Thomas van Beersum of Revolutionary Eenheid (Revolutionary Unity) of the Netherlands echoed the NDFP’s vow to proceed until victory, by welcoming the guests with a militant flag performance by young cultural artists and activists from Belgium and The Netherlands.

After the opening performance the audience applauded vigorously as the photos of the NDFP’s recent martyrs were shown, remarkably young revolutionaries involved in the various work of the revolutionary movement – as New People’s Army guerrillas, peasant and women organizers, Lumad and Moro organizers – most of them young women guerrillas and peasant organizers.

In his speech, Prof. Jose Ma. Sison, NDFP chief political consultant in peace negotiations with the Philippine government, and one of the leading founders of the NDFP when it was formed on April 24, 1973 in Baguio City, related how the NDFP has helped to build the local organs of political power at the barangay, municipal or city, district and provincial levels in 73 of the 81 provinces of the Philippines to constitute the people´s democratic government.

The organs of political power, Sison explained, are the political structures and formations that serve as weapons to defend the people and communities against oppressive landlords, big business plunderers and landgrabbers, and the fascist military.

Sison stated that in the process of building the united front for revolutionary armed struggle, the NDFP has engaged in activities and campaigns to promote and realize full national sovereignty, democracy, social justice, economic development through land reform and national industrialization, cultural progress, peace and harmony among the people and international solidarity.

He said the NDFP has always been open and serious in forging national unity including alliance with the anti-Duterte political opposition to effect regime change if the Duterte regime continues to be adamant in opposing the national and democratic rights of the people.

Professor Sison stressed that the need for peace negotiations has become even more pressing in the face of the worsening economic crisis and imperialist exploitation and plunder of the Philippines, and that the broadest unity is vital to defend national democracy and justice.

Focusing on the achievements of the international solidarity work of the NDFP, Luis Jalandoni, chief international representative of the NDFP and senior adviser to the NDFP peace negotiating panel, related how the NDFP began its international solidarity work abroad and how the Filipino people’s struggle for national freedom and democracy drew immediate international support with the successful convening of the International People’s Tribunal in Belgium in 1980, organized by European friends of the NDFP. The IPT, Jalandoni stressed, declared the US-Marcos regime unfit to govern and the NDFP as the genuine representative of the Filipino people.

Since then, Jalandoni said, the NDFP has forged warm and friendly relations with revolutionary and militant organizations, among them, in East Timor, Mozambique, the African National Congress in South Africa, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) of Arafat, Zimbabwe, Cuba, the Sandinistas of Nicaragua, India, Indonesia, Australia, Japan, Latin America, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and forces and political parties and organizations in Europe, where the NDFP International Office is based.

He stated that during all those 45 years, the NDFP has also forged solidarity relations with many churches, human rights organizations, trade unions, workers organizations, youth and women’s groups and development organizations, including many European parliamentarians and UN-affiliated formations.

Julie de Lima, member of the NDFP peace negotiating panel and chairperson of the Reciprocal Working Committee on Social and Economic Reforms (RWC-SER), which spearheaded in crafting the NDFP draft on the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER), underscored that the CASER is the cornerstone for achieving a just and lasting peace in the Philippines, and would be the key to solving the root causes of the armed conflict — poverty, unemployment, backwardness and underdevelopment.

De Lima emphasized, however, that the forging of the CASER has been proven to be the most difficult, since its core of implementing genuine land reform and free distribution of land to the landless, rural development and national industrialization run counter to the interests of big landlords, the compradors and big businesses, who effectively control the political and economic structures in the Philippines, including Philippine Congress.

Duterte, she stressed, is the most blatant in refusing to negotiate and in flouting his US puppetry and unashamedly allowing the plunder of the Philippine’s resources.

A highlight of the celebration was the recognition accorded by the NDFP to several of its international friends. Among the honorees were Tatiana Lucman, an activist and translator from Indonesia, Rainer Werning, a book author and editor from Germany, Jan Fermon, a Belgian lawyer who expertly defended Professor Sison to have him removed from the so-called terrorist list, Dagmar Eberhard, a medical doctor and Mike Forschner, an IT expert, both from Germany, Wim and Annie van Wijk, husband and wife from the Netherlands who have long been in the solidarity movement for the Philippines, Jan Beentjes, an ex-Dutch soldier and translator (posthumous), and Willem Geertman, a Dutch missionary in the Philippines who was killed by military operatives on July 3, 2012 in Pampanga province (posthumous).

Heartwarming songs were rendered by Filipino cultural artist Jefry Guiban from Belgium, who sang “Makiisa, Manindigan” a music composed by Philippine-based composer Karl Ramirez, and Ms. Janine Santos, a music scholar at the Louvain University in Belgium, who serenaded the awardees.

Among the solidarity greetings and messages received by the NDFP were from the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany, International Committee in Support of the People’s War in India, Red Party of Norway, Kurdistan National Congress, Kurdistan-Philippine Solidarity Organization, Marxist-Leninist Group of Netherlands, Communist Party of Mexico, Workers’ Party of Belgium and the Nepalese Progressive Front-Europe.

Apart from acknowledging the various Filipino migrant organizations and European solidarity groups and friends who were present in the celebration, the NDFP also acknowledged the attendance of Mr. Alvaro Sanchez, charge de’ affaires of the Venezuelan Embassy in the Hague.

Another feature of the celebration was the showing of the video-documentary, “Inside the New People’s Army” produced by the Redfish Media Collective in Berlin, Germany and recently shown on RT Television. It showed that two governments exist in the Philippines – the reactionary regime of Duterte, and the revolutionary movement, led by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the NDFP. The film showed how the NPA guerrillas are organizing the people and their communities in Mindanao, Duterte’s homebase, so they can effectively fight big comprador landlords, and landgrabbers, and big businesses plundering and destroying the environment.

The cultural celebration closed with a rousing performance by the young cultural activists and the singing of the “Internationale”.

Guests were later treated with a sumptuous and delicious dinner prepared and donated by Filipino migrant organizations in the Netherlands.###

Mensahe ng Pambansang Katipunan ng Magbubukid sa Ika-45 Anibersaryo ng National Democratic Front of the Philippines

Andres Agtalon
Tagapagsalita ng PKM

Ipinagbubunyi ng rebolusyonaryong hanay ng Pilipinong magsasaka at manggagawang bukid sa malawak na kanayunan ng bansa ang ika-45 anibersaryo ng National Democratic Front of the Philippines. Isang Pulang pagbati ang ipinaaabot ng Pambansang Katipunan ng Magbubukid sa NDFP, at sa lahat ng magkakaalyadong organisasyon sa balangkas nito, sa patuloy na pag-ani ng mga tagumpay sa pagsusulong ng demokratikong rebolusyong bayan, sa kabila ng matinding kontrarebolusyonaryong atake ng kasalukuyang rehimeng US-Duterte at maging ng nagdaang papet at pasistang mga rehimen. Pinagpupugayan ng PKM gayundin ang di-matatawarang sakripisyo ng huwarang mga bayaning martir mula sa saligang rebolusyonaryong mga pwersa sa gitna ng buhay-at-kamatayang pakikibaka laban sa imperyalismo, pyudalismo at pasismo.

Makabuluhang okasyon ang araw na ito upang muling pagtibayin ng PKM ang mga paninindigan ng NDFP sa dalawang-yugtong rebolusyong Pilipino, sa makauring pamumuno ng proletaryado sa pamamagitan ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas, at sa armadong pakikibaka na isinusulong ng Bagong Hukbong Bayan. Patuloy na pinalalalim ng mga kasapi ng PKM ang kanilang pag-unawa sa 12-Puntong Programa ng NDFP at masikhay na nag-aambag sa pagpapatupad nito, kabilang at lalo na ang mga puntong kaugnay ng pagsusulong ng rebolusyong agraryo, pagtatayo ng mga organo ng demokratikong kapangyarihang pampulitika, at pagbubuo ng Pulang hukbo at sistema ng tanggulang bayan.

Ang nagpapatuloy na pyudal at malapyudal na pagsasamantala sa kanayunan – na ibayo pang pinalulubha ng iba’t ibang kontra-mamamayan at maka-imperyalistang patakaran gaya ng bagong batas sa buwis na TRAIN, agresibong mga maniobra ni Duterte para sa charter change at huwad na pederalismo, walang-humpay na militarisasyon sa kanayunan, at ang martial law sa Mindanao – ay araw-araw na mga obhetibong salik na nagtutulak sa uring magsasaka na mulatin, organisahin at pakilusin ang sariling hanay para sa pakikibaka sa lupa, karapatan at buhay.

Sa pangunguna ng PKM, at sa patnubay ng Rebolusyonaryong Gabay sa Reporma sa Lupa at ng antipyudal na linyang makauri, hakbang-hakbang na isinusulong ng rebolusyonaryong kilusang masa ng maralitang magsasaka, panggitnang magsasaka at manggagawang bukid, kasama ang kababaihan at kabataan ng kanayunan, ang mga kampanya at pakikibaka para sa minimum na layuning ibaba ang upa sa lupa, pawiin ang usura, itaas ang sahod, labanan ang komersyanteng pagsasamantala, at iba pa, at sa maksimum na layunin ng libreng pamamahagi ng lupa.

Kasabay ng parehong minimum at maksimum na layunin, naglulunsad ang PKM ng iba’t ibang tipo ng kooperasyon sa produksyon gaya ng palitan ng paggawa, kolektibong bungkalan at iba pa, at pinagagana ang mga ganap na samahang masa nito bilang rebolusyonaryong kooperatiba. Pinatataas ng kooperatibisasyon ang produksyon sa sakahan at sa iba pang gawaing pang-ekonomya para sa kabuhayan ng mga komunidad at
sa pangangailangan ng digmang bayan. Nakapag-aambag gayundin ang sama-samang produksyon sa rebolusyonaryong kaisahan ng PKM at sa pagpapaunlad ng pandama at kaalaman nito sa panimula o batayang sosyalistang mga kaparaanan.

Ang mga tagumpay ng PKM sa rebolusyong agraryo ay nagsisilbing mayamang aral at inspirasyon sa ligal na kilusang magsasaka sa iba’t iba nitong pagkilos gaya ng militante at organisadong pag-okupa at pagbubungkal sa malalawak na lupaing hacienda at plantasyon ng mga panginoong maylupa at multinasyunal na agrokorporasyon, at sa iba pang antipyudal, antipasista at anti imperyalistang nitong pakikibaka. Ang panawagan ng PKM para sa libreng pamamahagi ng lupa sa mga nagbubungkal ay makalilikha ng isang makapangyarihang kilusang bayan na magbubuklod at magpapakilos sa pinakamalawak na hanay ng magsasaka at maralitang mamamayan para sa tunay na reporma sa lupa at sa bagong demokratikong rebolusyon.

Nagagalak ang PKM na, sa balangkas ng pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan ng magkakaalyadong organisasyon ng NDFP, patuloy na nakaaani ng malawak na suporta at tulong ang rebolusyonaryong kilusang magbubukid mula sa rebolusyonaryong kilusan ng manggagawa at maralita, at sa makabayan at demokratikong hanay ng petiburgesyang lungsod. Sa kabilang banda, makaasa ang iba’t ibang rebolusyonaryong organisasyon ng saligang mga pwersa na buung-buo rin ang pagsuporta ng PKM sa iba’t iba nilang pambansa-demokratikong adhikain.

Nais ding kilalanin ng PKM ang magiting, matalino, at matatag-sa-prinsipyong paggampan ng NDFP sa tungkulin nitong katawanin ang buong pambansa demokratikong kilusan sa usapang pangkapayapaan, lalo na sa paggigiit nito sa prinsipyo ng libreng pamamahagi ng lupa at iba pang maka-magsasaka at maka-mamamayang mga probisyon ng Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms o CASER.

Kasalukuyang tuluy-tuloy at sistematikong pinatitindi ng rehimeng US-Duterte, sa pamamagitan ng berdugo, mersenaryo at maka-imperyalistang AFP, ang brutal na pasistang panunupil at dahas sa kanayunan upang tangkaing gapiin ang mga pagsulong at tagumpay sa rebolusyong agraryo at digmang bayan ng PKM, Bagong Hukbong Bayan at Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas. Makaaasa ang NDFP at ang sambayanang nakikibaka na buo ang loob ng PKM na aktibong itong lalahok sa pagbigo sa hibang na pangarap ng rehimeng US-Duterte hanggang sa ito mismo ay mapatalsik.

Ibayong palalawakin at patatatagin ng PKM ang hanay nito mula sa antas baryo, munisipalidad, pataas, upang tuluy-tuloy na ilunsad ang rebolusyong agraryo at ang rebolusyonaryong kilusang kooperatiba. Ibayong magsisikap ang PKM sa tungkulin nito na magbigay ng iba’t ibang suporta sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan kabilang, lalo na, ang mas papalaking bilang ng mapasasampang bagong Pulang mandirigma, habang pinatatag ang mga yunit pananggol-sa-sarili sa mga baryo.

Sa ika-45 taon ng NDFP, gayundin sa panahong nananabik ang lahat ng rebolusyonaryong organisasyon at mamamayan sa ika-50 anibersaryo ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas, muling ipinahahayag ng PKM ang kahandaan nitong gawin ang lahat ng makakaya upang maisulong ang digmang bayan mula sa kasalukuyang estratehikong depensibang yugto tungong yugtong pagkakapatas. Walang duda, kaisa ng NDFP, Partido at Hukbo ang Pambansang Katipunan ng Magbubukid sa pagmartsa ng sambayanan. Pasulong. Hanggang tagumpay!

Ipagbunyi ang ika-45 na taon ng NDFP!
Mabuhay Ang Lahat Ng Magkakaalyadong Rebolusyonaryong Organisasyon Ng NDFP!
Mabuhay Ang Pambansang Katipunan ng Magbubukid!
Mabuhay ang ika-49 na taon ng Bagong Hukbong Bayan!
Mabuhay Ang Partido Komunista Ng Pilipinas At Ipagdiwang Ang Nalalapit Na Ika-50 Anibersaryo Nito!

Strengthen the NDFP and carry forward the people’s democratic revolution!

Message of the Communist Party of the Philippines to its allies in the National Democratic Front of the Philippines on the occasion of the NDFP’s 45th founding anniversary

April 24, 2018 | Pilipino»

The Filipino people’s revolutionary forces today are holding celebrations across the country and around the globe to mark the 45th anniversary of the founding of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The leadership and entire membership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) join this celebration and extend profound greetings of solidarity to their allies in the NDFP.

Uniting the Filipino people
The theme of the NDFP’s 45th anniversary celebrations, “Build the broadest united front to strengthen the organs of political power and the people´s democratic government” correctly points out to the current historic role being played by the NDFP. Indeed, the NDFP plays an important role in building the broadest unity of the Filipino people as they wage revolutionary armed struggle and civil war against the ruling reactionary regime.

The NDFP was established in 1973 based on the initiative and preparations made by the Party since the latter’s reestablishment. It initially brought together the national democratic organizations that went underground upon martial declaration in 1972 by the Marcos dictatorship. They are united by the Filipino people’s aspiration for national and social liberation as crystallized in the Party’s Program for a People’s Democratic Revolution and the NDFP’s 12-Point Program. The NDFP’s immutable commitment to advance the revolution has enhanced its prestige among the people. It continues to draw support and attract new allies. The NDFP has now 18 affiliate revolutionary organizations.

The NDFP is the most consolidated united front organization of basic revolutionary forces under proletarian leadership. It is established on the foundation of the basic alliance of workers and peasants, chiefly expressed by the Party’s leadership of the New People’s Army, as well as by revolutionary mass organizations among various sectors of the toiling masses. It is further composed of various organizations among the petty-bourgeoisie. It reaches out and wins over the middle bourgeoisie and establishes temporary alliances with other class forces to isolate the main enemy.

The NDFP is a united front that steadfastly serves the revolutionary armed struggle being waged by the NPA. For four decades and a half, allied organizations of the NDFP have extended political and material support to the NPA. From the ranks of the NDFP allies have emerged Red fighters and commanders of the NPA.

As a solid united front, the NDFP has served as the strong underground core of broad people’s movements. It served as the mainstay in the broad anti-dictatorship struggle against the Marcos regime. In 1981, it represented the Filipino people in the case against the Marcos regime before the International People’s Tribunal. It has unwaveringly represented the national democratic interests of the Filipino people in the past three decades of successive pseudo-democratic regimes since 1986.

Building and representing the people’s democratic government
By waging protracted people’s war and building the armed strength of the people, organs of political power are being established across the country, primarily in the countryside. These are built from the village level up on the foundations of peasant revolutionary mass organizations. There is a proliferation of revolutionary committees nationwide at the village level. These mobilize the people to carry out land reform and antifeudal struggles, as well as undertake efforts to raise the people’s livelihood. These provide educational, health, economic and other public services. Local conflicts are settled through arbitration. Peace and order is maintained through the mobilization of militias and self-defense units. Drug and other criminal syndicates are prevented from operating in these areas.

The NDFP serves as framework for establishing revolutionary organs of governance at the municipal, district, provincial and regional levels. The national entirety of these organs of political power comprises the people’s democratic government (PDG), albeit in rudimentary form. It administers justice and exercises such state prerogatives as taxation. It implements environmental and other policies in line with the people’s nationalist and democratic aspirations.

Under the Party’s absolute leadership, the NPA serves as the PDG’s armed force. It defends the PDG, helps strengthen and expand its authority and enforces its policies. It engages in civil war against the ruling Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) which represent the ruling classes of big bourgeois compradors and big landlords under US imperialist hegemony.

The NDFP represents the PDG until it can be formally established. As such, the NDFP has established proto-diplomatic relations with states and other international agencies. It has also represented the PDG in peace negotiations with the GRP since 1986. For more than 25 years, this has been governed by the terms set by The Hague Joint Declaration signed in 1992. The NDFP jointly signed with the GRP the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) in 1998.

Peace negotiations with the Duterte regime
In 2016, the NDFP spiritedly pursued peace negotiations with the Duterte regime after the latter made public declarations of being “Leftist” and anti-American and promising to release political prisoners, support land reform and pursue an independent foreign policy. As a way of engaging and encouraging such declarations, which no reactionary regime made prior, the NDFP acceded to an indefinite ceasefire which lasted a good six months.

In four rounds of peace talks, the NDFP vigorously asserted and advanced the cause of fundamental social reforms and sought the broadest support of all progressive and positive forces. The NDFP came up with a more detailed program which addresses the central socio-economic and political issues of the civil war. The NDFP’s draft on Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER) is a practical blueprint of necessary and applicable reforms. It was able to further strengthen and broaden its ties with various patriotic and democratic classes and sectors, as well as with elements of the ruling classes.

Duterte, however, turned his back against his own declarations of reform and mounted an increasingly brutal and cruel war of suppression under Oplan Kapayapaan, targeting unarmed peasants and minority peoples defending their land. Aerial bombing, curtailment of rights to travel and engage in commerce, food and aid blockades, illegal arrests, torture and killings are the norm under Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao and virtual martial law across the country, especially in the rural areas.

Duterte refused to fulfill his promise to issue a general amnesty proclamation to release all political prisoners. He stubbornly demanded the NDFP to commit itself to a prolonged ceasefire prior to any agreement on substantive issues, contrary to the established agenda and succession of issues. Failing to use the peace talks to tie the hands of the revolutionary forces, Duterte declared the termination of peace negotiations with the NDFP in November last year, and subsequently declared the Party and NPA as terrorists and ordered the arrest of the NDFPs’ peace consultants.

Amid increasing isolation brought about by strong resistance to his tyranny, Duterte has recently made overtures to revive peace talks, but has yet to make substantive measure to bring the talks back to track.

Build the broadest anti-fascist united front against the Duterte regime
The Filipino people are currently suffering gravely under the tyranny and terrorism of the US-Duterte regime. As the strongest united front organization, the NDFP plays an important role in building the Filipino people’s broadest unity to isolate and resist the US-Duterte regime. By waging revolutionary resistance, both in the urban underground as well as in rural armed struggle, the NDFP helps strengthen the people’s determination to fight and defeat the despicable regime.

In line with the principles of united front building, the basic revolutionary forces must be resolutely strengthened to serve as solid foundation, rampart and scaffolding for building the broadest anti-fascist united front against the Duterte regime. To do so, the broad masses of workers and peasants must be mobilized in a big way to expose and actively resist the fascist attacks of the Duterte regime against the people. Solid blows by New People’s Army against Duterte’s fascist machinery will rouse widespread resistance against the regime’s tyranny and terrorism.

All revolutionary forces allied with the NDFP must help in building the broadest anti-fascist united front against the Duterte regime. They must exert effort to link up the struggles against Duterte’s fascist terrorism with the people’s anti-imperialist and antifeudal struggles. By doing so, the NDFP is being further strengthened as a united front for advancing the people’s democratic revolution.

The Filipino people’s determination to advance the national democratic revolution is being further steeled amid the worsening crisis of the semicolonial and semifeudal system. Under the leadership of the Party, the strength of the NPA and reach of the NDFP, they look forward to attaining complete victory in their struggle for national and social liberation.

Palakasin ang NDFP at isulong demokratikong rebolusyong bayan!

Mensahe ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas sa mga kaalyado nito sa National Democratic Front of the Philippines sa okasyon ng ika-45 na anibersaryo ng NDFP

Abril 24, 2018

Naglulunsad ngayong araw ang mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa ng sambayanang Pilipino sa buong bansa at sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng mundo ng mga pagdiriwang upang gunitain ang ika-45 anibersaryo ng pagtatatag ng National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Nakikiisa ang pamunuan at buong kasapian ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP) sa pagdiriwang na ito at nagpapaabot ng pagbati ng taos na pakikiisa sa NDFP.

Pagbubuklod sa sambayanang Pilipino
Ang tema ng ika-45 anibersaryo na pagdiriwang na ito ng NDFP, “Itatag ang pinakamalawak na nagkakaisang prente para palakasin ang mga organo ng kapangyarihang pampulitika at ang demokratikong gubyernong bayan” ay wastong tumutukoy sa kasalukuyang istorikong papel na ginagampana ng NDFP. Tunay ngang importante ang ginagampanang papel ng NDFP sa pagtatatag ng pinakamalawak na pagkakaisa ng sambayanang Pilipino sa pagsusulong nila ng ng armadong rebolusyonaryong pakikibaka at gera sibil laban sa naghaharing reaksyunaryong rehimen.

Itinatag ang NDFP noong 1973 batay sa inisyatiba at paghahandang ginawa ng Partido mula nang muli itong itinatag. Panimula nitong binuklod ang mga organisasyong pambansa-demokratiko na naging iligal nang ikdelara ng diktadurang Marcos ang batas militar noong 1972. Binubuklod sila ng hangarin ng sambayanang Pilipino para sa pambansa at panlipunang paglaya na inilinaw sa Programa para sa Demokratikong Rebolusyong Bayan ng Partido at sa 12-Puntong Programa ng NDFP. Ang di nagbabagong paninindigan ng NDFP na isulong ang rebolusyon ay nagtataas sa prestihiyo nito sa bayan. Patuloy itong umaani ng suporta at bagong mga alyado. May 18 rebolusyonaryong organisasyong kaanib sa NDFP.

Ang NDFP ang pinakakonsolidadong nagkakaisang prenteng ng mga batayang rebolusyonaryong pwersa sa ilalim ng proletaryong pamumuno. Itinatag ito sa pundasyon ng batayang alyansang manggagawa at magsasaka, na pangunahing naisasakongkreto sa pamumuno ng Partido sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan, gayundin sa iba pang mga rebolusyonaryong organisasyong masa sa hanay ng iba’t ibang sektor ng masang anakpawis. Binubuo rin ito ng iba’t ibang organisasyon sa hanay ng petiburgesya. Inaabot at kinakabig nito ang panggitnang burgesya at nagtatatag ng pansamantalang alyansa sa iba pang mga pwersang maka-uri upang ihiwalay ang pangunahing kaaway.

Ang NDFP ay nagkakaisang prenteng matatag na sumusuporta sa rebolusyonaryong armadong pakikibaka na isinusulong ng BHB. Sa apat at kalahating dekada, nagbibigay ang mga alyadong organisasyon ng NDFP ng suportang pampulitika at materyal sa BHB. Mula sa hanay ng mga alyado ng NDFP ay lumitaw ang mga Pulang mandirigma at kumander ng BHB.

Bilang solidong nagkakaisang prente, ang NDFP ay nagsilbing matatag na lihim na gulugod ng malawak na mga kilusan masa. Nagsilbi itong pinakamaaasahang pwersa sa malawak na pakikibakang anti-diktadura laban sa rehimeng Marcos. Noong 1981, kinatawan nito ang sambayanang Pilipino sa kaso laban sa rehimeng Marcos na isinampa sa International People’s Tribunal. Walang-tigatig nitong kinatawan ang pambansa-demokratikong interes ng sambayanang Pilipino sa tatlong dekada ng magkakasunod na pseudo-demokratikong mga rehimen mula 1986.

Pagtatatag at pagkakatawan sa bagong demokratikong gubyerno
Sa pagsusulong ng matagalang digmang bayan at pagtatatag ng armadong lakas ng bayan, naitatayo ang mga organo ng kapangyarihang pampulitika sa buong bansa, pangunahin sa kanayunan. Itinatatayo ito mula sa antas baryo pataas sa pundasyon ng mga rebolusyonaryong organisasyong masang magsasaka. Laganap sa buong bansa ang mga rebolusyonaryong komite sa antas baryo. Pinakikilos nito ang mamamayan para isulong ang reporma sa lupa at mga pakikibakang anti-pyudal, at nagsisikap na itaas ang kabuhayan ng mamamayan. Nagbibigay ito ng pampublikong serbisyo sa edukasyon, kalusugan, ekonomya at iba pa. Pinaplantsa nito ang mga lokal na hidwaan sa pamamagitan ng arbitrasyon. Pinananatili ang kapayapaan at kaayusan sa pamamagitan ng pagpapakilos ng mga milisya at yunit pananggol sa sarili. Hinahadlangan sa mga eryang ito ang operasyon ng mga sindikatong kriminal tulad sa droga.

Nagsislbing balangkas ang NDFP para sa pagtatatag ng mga rebolusyonaryong organo ng pamamahala sa antas bayan, distrito, prubinsya at rehiyon. Ang pambansang kabuuan ng mga organo ng kapangyarihang pampulitikang ito ang bumubuo ng demokratikong gubyernong bayan (DGB), bagaman sa panimulang anyo pa lamang. Pinamamahalaanan nito ang katarungan at gumagamit sa mga karapatang pang-estado tulad sa pagbubuwis. Ipinatutupad nito ang mga pangkapaligiran at iba pang patakaran alinsunod sa makabayan at demokratikong hangarin ng bayan.

Sa ilalim ng absolutong pamumuno ng Partido, ang BHB ay nagsisilbing armadong pwersa ng DGB. Ipinagtatanggol nito ang DGB, pinalalakas at pinalalawak ang awtoridad nito at ipinatutupad ang mga patakaran nito. Nakikipaggerang sibil ito sa naghaharing Gubyerno ng Republika ng Pilipinas (GRP) na kumakatawan sa mga naghaharing uring malalaking burgesyang kumprador at malalaking panginoong maylupa sa ilalim ng paghahari ng imperyalismong US.

Kinakatawan ng NDFP ang DGB hanggang di pa ito pormal na itinatatag. Gayon, nakapagsimula ito ng proto-diplomatikong sa ibang mga estado at ahensyang internasyunal. Kinatawan din nito ang DGB sa pakikipagnegosasyong pangkapayapaan sa GRP mula 1986. Sa nagdaang mahigit 25 taon, isinasagawa ito sa ilalim ng mga alituntuning itinakda ng The Hague Joint Declaration na pinirmahan noong 1992. Kasama ng GRP na pinirmahan ng NDFP ang Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) noong 1998.

Pakikipagnegosasyong pangkapayapaan sa rehimeng Duterte
Noong 2016, buong sigasig na nakipagnegosasyong pangkapayapaan ang NDFP sa rehimeng Duterte matapos magdeklara na ito’y “Kaliwa” at anti-Amerikano at mangakong palalayain ang mga bilanggong pulitikal, susuportahan ang reporma sa lupa at isusulong ang independiyenteng patakarang panlabas. Para salubungin at hikayatin ang gayong mga deklarasyon, na hindi pa ginawa ng alinman sa mga naunang reaksyunaryong rehimen, pumayag ang NDFP na pumasok sa walang taning na tigil-putukan na tumagal nang halos anim na buwan.

Sa apat na beses na usapang pangkapayapaan, buong sigasig na iginiit at isinulong ng NDFP ang panawagan para sa mga repormang panlipunan at nanawagan para sa pinakamalawak na suporta ng lahat ng pwersang progresibo at positibo. Dinetalye ng NDFP ang programa nitong tumutugon sa mga isyuung sosyo-ekonomiko at pulitikal na nasa sentro ng digmang sibil. Ang borador ng NDFP sa Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER) ay isang praktikal na plano para sa kinakailangan at maipatutupad na mga reporma. Ibayo nitong napalakas at napalawak ang ugnay nito sa iba’t ibang patriyotiko at demokratikong uri at sektor, maging sa mga elemento ng naghaharing uri.

Subalit tinalikuran ni Duterte ang sarili niyang mga deklarasyon at naglunsad ng papatinding brutal at malupit na gerang mapanupil sa ilalim ng Oplan Kapayapaan, na tumatarget sa mga di armadong magsasaka at minorya na nagtatanggol sa kanilang lupa. Ang paghuhulog ng bomba, pagsupil sa mga karapatan sa pagbiyahe at komersyo, pagboblokeyo sa pagkain at tulong, iligal na mga pag-aresto, tortyur at mga pagpatay ay karaniwan na sa ilalim ng batas militar sa Mindanao at ng di deklaradong batas militar sa buong bansa, laluna sa kanayunan.

Tumanggi si Duterte na tuparin ang pangakong ilalabas na proklamasyon ng pangkalahatang amnestiya para palayain ang lahat ng bilanggong pulitikal. Nagmatigas siyang igiit sa NDFP na matagalang makipagtigil-putukan bago pa man mabuo ang kasunduan sa sustantibong mga usapin, taliwas sa napagkasunduang adyenda at pagkakasunud-sunod ng mga ito. Matapos bigong gamitin ang usapang pangkapayapaan para itali ang kamay ng mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa, idineklara ni Duterte ang pagtatapos ng negosasyong pangkapayapaan sa NDFP noong Nobyembre ng nakaraang taon at pagkatapos ay idineklarang terorista ang PKP at BHB at ipinag-utos ang pag-aresto sa mga konsultant pangkapayapaan ng NDFP.

Sa gitna ng lumalalang pagkahiwalay at malakas na paglaban sa kanyang tiraniya, nagpalipad hangin si Duterte na buhaying muli ang usapang pangkapayapaan, subalit wala pa itong ginawang makabuluhang hakbangin para muling buhayin ang pag-uusap.

Itatag ang pinakamalapad na anti-pasistang nagkakaisang prente laban sa rehimeng Duterte
Matindi ngayon ang pagdurusa ng sambayanang Pilipino sa ilalim ng tiraniya at terorismo ng rehimeng US-Duterte. Bilang pinakamalakas na organisasyong nagkakaisang prente, importante ang papel ng NDFP sa pagbubuo ng pinakamalapad na pagkakaisa ng mamamayang Pilipino para ihiwalay at labanan ang rehimeng US-Duterte. Sa pagsusulong ng rebolusyonaryong paglaban, kapwa sa kilusang lihim sa kalunsuran at armadong pakikibaka sa kanayunan, napalalakas ng NDFP ang determinasyon ng mamamayan na labanan at biguin ang kinamumuhiang rehimen.

Alinsunod sa mga prinsipyo sa pagtatag ng nagkakaisang prente, dapat ubos-kayang palakasin ang mga saligang rebolusyonaryong pwersa upang magsilbing solidong pundasyon, muog at balangkas sa pagbubuo ng pinakamalapad na nagkakaisang prenteng anti-pasista laban sa rehimeng Duterte. Tungo rito, dapat malawakang pakilusin ang mga manggagawa at magsasaka para ilantad at aktibong labanan ang mga pasistang atake ng rehimeng Duterte laban sa bayan. Ang mga solidong bigwas ng BHB sa pasistang makinarya ni Duterte ay makapupukaw ng malawakang paglaban sa tiraniya at terorismo ng rehimen.

Dapat magtulung-tulong ang lahat ng rebolusyonaryong pwersang kaalyado ng NDFP sa pagbubuo ng pinakamalapad na nagkakaisang prenteng anti-pasista laban sa rehimeng Duterte. Dapat magsikap silang iugnay ang paglaban sa pasistang terorismo ni Duterte sa mga anti-imperyalista at antipydaul na mga pakikibaka. Sa gayon, napalalakas ang NDFP bilang isang nagkakaisang prente para sa pagsusulong ng demokratikong rebolusyong bayan.

Ang kapasyahan ng sambayanang Pilipino na isulong ang pambansa-demokratikong rebolusyon ay lalong napapanday sa gitna ng lumalalang krisis ng malakolonyal at malapyudal na sistema. Sa ilalim ng pamumuno ng Partido, kaakibat ng lakas ng BHB at malawak na abot ng NDFP, tinatanaw nila ang pagkamit ng ganap na tagumpay sa kanilang pakikibaka para sa pambansa at panlipunang paglaya.

CASER as Lynchpin for Building the People´s Strength in the GRP-NDFP Peace Negotiations

NDFP Reciprocal Committee on Socio-Economic Reforms Chair Julie de Lima

By J. de Lima
Chairperson, NDFP Reciprocal Working Committee on Social & Economic Reforms

Comrades and friends,
It is widely recognized that the implementation of a comprehensive agreement on social and economic reforms is the lynchpin for achieving a just and lasting peace in the Philippines. It is the second and most important of the substantive agenda in the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations. However, it has proven to be the most difficult to negotiate.

Although the exchange of drafts on the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms took place at the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) on March 16 1998, negotiations on the agenda could start only in 2001 due to the fact that the GRP tried to undermine CARHRIHL by demanding a renegotiation of two articles and an exclusive jurisdiction of the GRP office of the president over the joint monitoring committee.

The next GRP president, Estrada, called for an indefinite recess, a suspension of peace talks due to the NPA capture of four prisoners of war, including a general, and eventually terminated the peace negotiations in may 1999. The resumption of formal talks in the peace negotiations took place in March 2001 with CASER as the main agenda only after the mass movement toppled President Estrada in January 20, 2001.

Formal meetings of the RWCs on SER between 2001 and 2004 produced only a common draft of the Preamble and the Declaration of Principles, which however still contain a few unresolved terms and provisions even after exhaustive bilateral discussions. The RWCs have submitted these to their respective Negotiating Panels for resolution. The current 2017 NDFP Draft Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) takes off from the NDFP draft CASER published in 2009 and widely distributed nationally and internationally.

What can be construed as biggest achievement in moving the peace negotiations forward is the exchange of their respective full drafts of the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) by the reciprocal working committees of the GRP and the NDFP and the partial agreement on a common draft on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ARRD) and on National Industrialization and Economic Development at the level of the technical working groups in November 2017; albeit with issues still to be resolved at the level of the two RWCs-SER.

The resumption of the formal meetings in 2016 has not significantly moved the negotiations on CASER to the level of the Negotiating Panels as these have had to deal with so many peripheral issues such as those demanded by the GRP on ceasefire (NDFP capitulation) and their violations of and /or refusal to honor obligations under such existing agreements as The Hague Joint Declaration, the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), especially since the presidency of Macapagal-Arroyo and down to the current presidency.

Three other presidents before the current one have passed up the opportunity of achieving a just and lasting peace and saving our country and its people from sinking into ever deeper conditions of crisis, underdevelopment and mass poverty. The current GRP president, after publicly announcing an intention to to be the first ”Left” and ”socialist” president of the Philippines, is the most blatant not only in refusing to negotiate but also in his drive to serve the US and other monopoly interests by intensifying the oppression and exploitation of our people and the plunder of our natural resources under an evolving US-sponsored and supported tyrannical and fascist dispensation.

Under the current situation in the Philippines, we need to pursue even more vigorously not just the campaign to resume the peace negotiations but more importantly and urgently the campaign to empower the people for accomplishing these reforms, while they must also act to stop the spread of tyranny and fascism in the land. These campaigns are inseparably linked and necessitate the building of the broadest united front of all classes and sectors, including sections of the exploiting classes and the bureaucracy.

The reform proposals of the NDFP draft CASER can serve as the basis of unity for building the broadest united front. In this regard, we need more than ever before to popularize this document as a tool for arousing, organizing and mobilizing the people against the developing fascist tyranny in the service of domestic, US and other foreign exploiters, plunderers, and oppressors of the people.

Thank you.###

CPP on the arrest of Australian Missionary Patrica Fox

Information Bureau | Communist Party of the Philippines
 | April 19, 2018

Rights defenders are the people’s friends, Duterte is not

Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox gestures as she is interviewed by reporters after she was released from custody at the Bureau of Immigration in Manila. Photo: AP

Human rights defenders, including foreigners such as Australian missionary Patricia Fox, are friends of the Filipino people, especially the toiling masses of workers and peasants. They help the people express their aspirations for peace and social justice and expose their grievances amid the brutality and cruelty of the Duterte regime. The people warmly welcome them into their communities, homes and hearts.

In contrast, Duterte the Terrorist is the Filipino people’s enemy. Their hatred for Duterte is intense for dropping bombs, murdering people and the wholesale curtailment of people’s rights. He is despised for his rehabilitation of the Marcoses, alliance with the Arroyos and other icons of fascism and corruption and for plundering government coffers together with his big business and foreign monopoly capitalist friends.

For his brutal and cruel wars of suppression and destruction, Duterte is considered persona non grata by the people who have suffered under his ruthless regime. The people demand retribution. Thus, Duterte morbidly fears the people. Hindi siya makalabas ng Malacañang na hindi siya balot-ng-bakal. Takot na takot siya sa mga binomba at ipinapatay niya. He cannot freely move around the country, especially in the rural areas and in the urban slums, without being escorted by battalions of fascist soldiers.

NDFP condemns shameful treatment of Sr. Patricia Fox by the Duterte regime

April 19, 2018

Contemptuously disrespecting the 27 years of dedicated service of Australian missionary Sr. Patricia Fox, 71, who generously helped farmers, indigenous people and other Filipino mass organizations, the Bureau of Immigration arrested and detained Sr. Patricia Fox on April 16. Immigration authorities arrested her on the allegations by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) that she participated in anti-government rallies. Much worse, President Duterte himself declared he had ordered the arrest of Sr. Patricia.

Sr. Patricia denied joining anti-government rallies. “These were not anti-government rallies. As a religious, I have been joinig pro-human rights rallies, for farmers, for their land rights, to release politiaal prisoners,” she stated.

Sr. Patricia was made to sleep on the floor inside the Bureau of Immigration – Civil Security Unit. Suffering from back pains, she was provided only one blanket as a mattress, but no extra blanket to protect her from the cold draft of the air-conditining unit.

She could sleep for only two hours. She had to take three pain relief pills to ease her back pain. Her detention resulted in her failure to take her injection Monday night for her back pain.

Although she was released the follwoing day, the Bureau of Immigration stated that she has to undergo investigation for possible deportation. The BI is holding her passport.

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines vigorously condemns this violation of Sr. Patricia’s basic human rights. It is a flagrant violation of the GRP-NDFP Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). The Duterte regime must be held responsible for the shameful treatment and harassment of Sr. Patricia Fox. Her right to continue her dedicated service to the Filipino people must be respected.

Member, National Executive Committee
National Democratic Front of the Philippines

NDFP condemns the forcible disappearance of NDFP consultant Lora T. Manipis and Jeruel B. Domingo

April 17, 2018

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines vigorously condemns the forcible disappearance of NDFP Consultant Lora T. Manipis and her husband Jeruel B. Domingo.

At the time of their disappearance on February 24, 2018, they were arranging for activities related to the peace process between the Duterte government and the NDFP. They were also holding dialogues with indigenous people and peasants who have been adversely affected by the large-scale open pit mining operations in Tampakan, South Cotabato and surrounding areas.

Duterte regime’s fascist forces have been putting pressure on the family of NDFP Consultant Lora T. Manipis for two years. Intelligence agents of the regime have subjected the house of Lora T. Manipis’ family to intense surveillance. These agents interrogated her daughter several months ago while she was in school.

The forcible disappearance of NDFP Consultant Lora T. Manipis and her busband, Jeruel B. Domingo and the harassment of their daughter and family are flagrant violations of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), which the Duterte regime has solemnly reaffirmed as effective and binding peace agreements. which must be respected and implemented.

The NDFP therefore demands that the Duterte regime immediately surface NDFP Consultant Lora T. Manipis and her husband Jeruel B. Domingo! The NDFP also reiterates its demand for the immediate and unconditioanl release of NDFP Consultant Rafael Baylosis, who has been illegally arrested, detained and falsely charged with trumped up criminal offenses.

NDFP Consultants Lora T. Manipis and Rafael Baylosis are needed for consultations on Social and Economic Reforms and Political and Constitutional Reforms, necessary substantive agenda of the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations.

Member, National Executive Committee
National Democratic Front of the Philippines

Surface NDF Consultant Lora T. Manipis and Jeruel B. Domingo!

Press statement | April 8, 2018 | Bisaya»

The National Democratic Front Far Southern Mindanao condemns the involuntary disappearance of NDF consultant Lora T. Manipis and husband Jeruel B. Domingo who both vanished without trace since February 24, 2018. Witnesses last saw the couple in Kidapawan City and they had not made any contact with their family and comrades since then.

At the time of their disappearance, they were arranging for activities related to the peace process. They were also actively holding dialogs with indigenous people and peasants who have been affected by the large-scale mining operations of X-trata Mining in Tampakan, South Cotabato.

Comrade Lora is a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Far Southern Mindanao. Comrade Lora or Ka Al was organized as a student activist before she joined the New People’s Army. She has spent more than a decade serving the masses of Far Southern Mindanao as an organizer and a revolutionary leader who helped achieve the rapid expansion in the region’s mass base and wage successful mass struggles.

Comrade Jeruel or Ka Jamjam who came from a protestant family, is an exemplary Red fighter and Commander, tested in hardships and sacrifices in doing painstaking revolutionary work in the guerrilla bases and zones of Saranggani and South Cotabato provinces.
Several months ago, intelligence agents had interrogated Ka Al’s daughter while she was in school. The house of Ka Al’s family was also subjected to intense surveillance for the past two years.

The revolutionary movement vigorously condemns the forced disappearance of Ka Al and Ka Jamjam, the fascist act which was most likely to be perpetrated by the armed agents of the US-Duterte regime.

The regime’s ruthlessness towards Ka Al and Ka Jamjam is an outright violation of signed agreements with the NDFP, particularly the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law that are supposed to protect their rights and ensure their safety even when peace negotiations are suspended.

We condemn the couple’s forced disappearance, the unbridled violation of their rights and the reactionary government and military’s refusal to surface them. Fascist violence is pervasive under the US-Duterte regime where the state’s ruthlessness is directed against those who have selflessly resisted the abuses and fought for human rights and social justice.

We hold GRP Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and his fascist regime accountable for the forced disappearance of Ka Al and Ka Jamjam and other fascist crimes. Their forced disappearance exposes the regime’s lack of genuine interest in the peace process and its penchant to use dastardly ways to suppress the revolutionary forces. It exposes the tyranny of Duterte’s terrorist regime and its mockery of the peace process and towards individuals like Manipis and Domingo who have been working tirelessly for a just peace and for the resumption of the peace talks. Since the start of Duterte’s regime, there are already 6,227 victims of human rights atrocities in the Far South Region, comprising 20 victims of extrajudicial killings, 22 illegal arrest and detention, and 6,185 victims of displacement and evacuation (data from July 2016 to December 2017).

Manipis and Domingo join other NDFP consultants who were abducted by the enemy such as Leo Velasco, Rogelio Calubad, Prudencio Calubid, NDFP staff members Philip Limjoco, Leopoldo Ancheta, Federico Intise and his wife Nelly, the two latter also came from Far Southern Mindanao.

We fear that Manipis and Domingo may have already been executed by intelligence and military operatives, or are suffering from intense torture and other violations of international humanitarian law.

The NDFP and the entire revolutionary movement demand the immediate surfacing of involuntarily disappeared consultant Manipis and husband Domingo. We urge human rights advocates to demand for the release and surfacing of the couple especially as NDFP Consultant Manipis performs vital role in the peace negotiations.

Ka Marcella Arsenio
Spokesperson, NDF-FSMR

Sulat pamahayag | Abril 9, 2018

Igawas si NDF Consultant Lora T. Manipis ug si Jeruel B. Domingo!

Gipanghimaraut sa National Democratic Front Far Southern Mindanao ang dili kinabubut-ong pagkahanaw sa NDF consultant nga si Lora T. Manipis ug iyang kapikas nga si Jeruel B. Domingo nga parehong walay timailhan nga nangawala sukad pa kaniadtong Pebrero 24, 2018. Ulahing nakit-an sa mga saksi ang magtiayon didto sa Kidapawan City ug sukad niadto wala na sila nakalambigit sa ilang pamilya ug mga kaubanan.

Sa panahon sa ilang pagkahanaw, sila nagahikay og mga aktibidad nga may kalabot sa prosesong pangkalinaw. Aktibo silang nagapahigayon og mga dayalogo tali sa mga lumad ug mag-uuma nga naapektohan sa large-scale mining operations sa X-strata Mining sa Tampakan, South Cotabato.

Si Kaubang Lora usa ka consultant sa National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Far Southern Mindanao. Si Kaubang Lora o Ka Al naorganisa isip usa ka aktibistang estudyante ayha siya misampa sa New People’s Army. Kapin usa ka dekada na siyang nag-alagad sa mga masa sa Far Southern Mindanao isip usa ka organisador ug rebolusyonaryong lider nga mitabang sa pagkab-ot og paspas nga pagpalapad sa baseng masa sa rehiyon ug pagpasiugda og malampusong mga pangmasang pakigbisog.

Si Kaubang Jeruel o Ka Jamjam nga naggikan sa usa ka pamilyang protestante usa ka mapanig-ingnang Pulang manggugubat ug Kumander nga nasulayan na sa mga kalisdanan ug sakripisyo sa pagpatuman og makugihong rebolusyonaryong gimbuhaton sa mga baseng gerilya ug mga sona sa mga probinsya sa Sarangani ug South Cotabato.

Pipila ka bulan na ang milabay, gisukit-sukit sa mga ahente sa intelidyens ang anak nga babaye ni Ka Al samtang anaa kini sa eskwelahan. Gipailalom sab sa hugtanong surbeylans ang panimalay sa pamilya ni Ka Al sulod sa milabayng duha ka tuig.

Ang rebolusyonaryong kalihukan kusganong nagapanghimaraut sa pinugus nga pagkahanaw nila ni Ka Al ug Ka Jamjam, usa ka pasistang binuhatan nga malagmit nga gihimo sa mga armadong ahente sa rehimeng US-Duterte.

Ang kabangis sa rehimen ngadto kanilang Ka Al ug Ka Jamjam usa ka direktang paglapas sa mga napirmahang kasabutan tali sa AFP, partikular ang Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantess (JASIG) ug ang Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) nga unta maoy moprotekta sa ilang mga katungod ug mosiguro sa ilang kahilwasan bisan og suspendido ang negosasyong pangkalinaw.

Among gipanghimaraut ang pinugus nga pagkahanaw sa magtiayon, ang mapatuyangong paglapas sa ilang mga katungod ug sa pagdumili sa reaksyunaryong gubyerno ug militar nga sila igawas. Ang pasistang kabangis malukupon ilalom sa rehimeng US-Duterte diin ang kasalbahis nakatutok batok ngadto sa walay kahakog nga misukol sa mga pagpangabuso ug nakigbisog alang sa tawhanong katungod ug katilingbanong hustisya.

Manubag si GRP Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ug ang iyang pasistang rehimen isip maoy responsable sa pinugus nga pagkahanaw nila ni Ka Al ug Ka Jamjam ug sa uban pang mga pasistang krimen. Ang ilang pinugus nga pagkahanaw nagabutyag sa kakulang og tinuod nga interes sa rehimen diha sa prosesong pangkalinaw ug ang kahinam niining mogamit og tinalawang mga pamaagi aron sumpoon ang mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa. Gibutyag niini ang pagpanglupig sa teroristang rehimen ni Duterte ug ang pagbugalbugal niini sa prosesong pangkalinaw ug ngadto sa mga indibidwal sama nila ni Manipis ug Domingo nga walay kapuul nga milihok para makab-ot ang makatarunganong kalinaw ug para sa subling pagpadayon sa hinabing pangkalinaw. Sukad sa pagsugod sa rehimeng Duterte, anaa nay 6,227 ka mga biktima sa pagpanglapas sa tawhanong katungod sa Far South Region, nga naglakip sa 20 ka mga biktima sa ekstrahudisyal nga pagpamatay, 22 ka mga biktima sa iligal nga pagpang-aresto ug detensyon, ug 6,185 ka mga biktima sa pagpalagpot ug ebakwasyon (datos gikan Hulyo 2016 hangtud Disyembre 2017).

Sila ni Manipis ug Domingo midugang sa uban pang mga NDFP consultants nga gidagit sa kaaway sama nila ni Leo Velasco, Rogelio Calubad, Prudencio Calubid, mga myembro sa NDFP staff nga sila Philip Limjoco, Leopoldo Ancheta, Federico Intise ug iyang asawa nga si Nelly. Ang duhang naulahi naggikan sab sa Far Southern Mindanao.

Among gikabalak-an nga lagmit sila ni Manipis ug Domingo giihaw na sa mga operatiba sa intelidyens ug militar, o kaha nagaantos sa grabeng pagtortyur ug uban pang mga kalapasan sa internasyunal nga tawhanong balaod.

Ginapangayo sa NDFP ug sa tibuok rebolusyonaryong kalihukan ang hinanaling pagpagawas sa dili kinabubut-ong nahanaw nga consultant nga si Manipis ug iyang bana nga si Domingo. Among ginaawhag ang mga human rights advocates nga pangayoon ang pagpalaya ug pagpagawas sa magtiayon labi na nga si NDFP consultant Manipis nagatuman og mahinungdanong papel diha sa negosasyong pangkalinaw.

Ka Marcella Arsenio
Tigpamâbâ, NDF-FSMR