Tribute to Kaupod Wilfredo “Fred” Sapa

November 15, 2017

He was willing to risk his life to serve the people! People’s broadcaster, who listened with the heart to the people, giving them his entire attention, he became the people’s voice during the dark days of the Marcos dictatorship.

Fearless as an active member of the Correspondents, Broadcasters and Reports Association – Action News Service (COBRA-ANS), he broadcast reports of widespread human rights violations by the martial law regime. He risked his life and his job.

As a very popular radio announcer who could render very understandable for the exploited masses the issues of socio-economic injustice, his booming voice and folksy narratives were enthusiastically welcomed by the masa.

We render high tribute to Kaupod Wilfredo “Fred” Sapa who served the people!

May his life of service to the people be an inspiration to the millenials!

May his noble memory live on in our unceasing struggle for freedom!

Our heartfelt condolences to his family, relatives, many colleagues and friends!

Luis G. Jalandoni
Senior Adviser, Negotiating Panel
National Democratic Front of the Philippines

CPP to Trump: The Philippines is not a piece of real estate

Information Bureau | Communist Party of the Philippines
16 November 2017

US President Donald Trump’s view of the Philippines as “the most prime piece of real estate” not only shows his imperialist, rascist contempt of the Filipino people by stamping a real estate value on their homeland. Worse, it pulls the Philippines into the vortex of its wars in Asia.

Trump’s announcement after the Asean trip that the Philippines is “the most prime piece of real estate…an unbelievably important military location, …a perfect spot,” shows the US government’s priorities in its designs on the Philippines. Aside from the already frequent military exercises, increased military equipment and training for the AFP, Trump also announced that he will be giving $2 million to support Duterte’s criminal drug war.

US imperialism has already manifested this view of the Philippines as its forward military base since the turn of the 20th century when it waged a bloody colonial war on the Philippines to use it against China. Until the 1950’s to the 1970’s, it has consistently used the Philippines as launching pad for its wars of agression on Korea and Vietnam. But this time, the president put it so bluntly, in an official White House statement to boot, raising the level of pressure the US will exercise to control this area in its Asian positioning.

With US imperialism’s muscle-flexing on the issue of the South China Sea and the Malacca Strait, Trump finds that “it’s very important that we get along with the Philippines, and we do.” He has welcome allies in an AFP that slaughters its own people in defense of US imperialist interests, and a president singing the same war-mongering tune against the DPRK—in fact, even singing a love ditty as the master orders it to, true to its puppet character.

The CPP salutes the patriotic forces who braved the water cannons and truncheons to show their protest against Trump. The NPA units who launched different forms of military actions to underscore their protest of the Trump visit also deserve commendation. In the end, it is the Filipino people, through their revolutionary and militant struggles, that will show Trump and his ilk that the Philippines is not a piece of real estate but a democratic, sovereign nation.

4 ka managsunod nga aksyon militar nalunsad sa NPA-NCMR

Sulat Pamahayag | November 15, 2017

Human sa malamposong ambus sa Bumbaran PNP kaniadtong November 9,2017 sa may alas 5:40 sa hapon ubos sa Mt.Kitanglad sub-Regional Command (MK-SRC)diin nasakmit ang tulo ka klasi sa armas sunod-sunod usab nga nagpahigayon sa laing aksyong militar ang ubang yunit sa NPA-NCMR.

Novembre 10, 2017 sa alas 11:00 sa buntag – harassment nga gilunsad sa blocking force sa BHB ngadto sa nagresponde nga PNP gikan sa Talacag,Bukidnon ug wala matino ang kaswalidad. Didto sa km.23, Ticalaan, Talacag, Bukidnon.

Novembre 12, 2017 sa may alas 12:00 pasado sa kadlawon, gipabusikaran sa usa ka team ubos sa South Central Bukidnon sub-Regional Command (SCB-SRC) ang duha sa KM 450 military truck sa DRC/8ib PA didto sa Barangay Salawagan, Quezon, Bukidnon nga gikan nagpahigayon ug operasyon sa bukirang bahin sa Quezon, Bukidnon, nakahiagom ug kaswalidad ang AFP ug luwas nga nakadeploy ang mga operatiba sa NPA.

November 12,2017 sa may alas 11:00 pasado sa buntag,nagpahigayon ug checkpoint ang yunit ubos sa Mt.Kitanglad sub-Regional Command (MK-SRC) didto sa sityo Malagsim, barangay Rogongon,Iligan city,sa dihang miagi ang usa ka motorsingle lulan ang 3 ka sakay niini,gipahunong kini sa BHB apan mibalik kini sa agi ug mibunot sa ilang pistola ug namusil .Sa maong kahimtang mibalos ang BHB ug naigo patay si Tsgt.Edgar Andal membro sa 4th mechanize battalion Phil.Army ug Cpl.Reamart Pamplona nga samaron nga nakadagan niadtong higayona.

November 12,2017 sa may ala una pasado sa hapon nagpahigayon ug patrolya ang usa ka yunit ubos Eastern Misamis Oriental North Eastrn Bukidnon Sub-Regional Command (EMONEB-SRC) sa lagonglong,Misamis Oriental, sa taho nga adunay operasyong militar sa lugar diin nahitabo ang engkwentro tali sa AFP luwas nga naka atras sa BHB.

Kining maong aksyong Militar kabahin sa pag tubag sa panawagan sa tibook rebolusyonaryong kalihukan ug sa katawhang Pilipino pagsugat ug pagsupak sa Rehimeng US-Duterte sa gipahigayong ASEAN summit dinhi sa Pilipinas.Pinangulohan sa Imperyalistang estados Unidos ubos ni Trump gihimo kini nga okasyon aron pagpakita sa iyang politikal,militar ug ekonomikanhong gahom nga magdala sa dugang polisiya nga liberalisasyon,mag resulta sa dili patas nga kasabutan pang ekonomiya,pagkalubong sa dagkong utang ,kaylap nga kapobrehon,pagpanghilabot sa pangsulod nga seguridad sa matag nasud sa ngalan sa “gubat batok terorismo”,gamit ang kabangis aron pagsumpo sa katawhan nga gusto ug kabag-ohan sa mga pobre og atrasadong nasud sa Rehiyong Asya Pasipiko.

Ka.Malem Mabini
Spokeperson NPA-NCMR

On the Talakag incident

Press Release | November 15, 2017

The New People’s Army (NPA) takes full responsibility and expresses remorse for the unfortunate and unnecessary death of an infant and injury to two adult civilians arising from the ambush by an NPA unit in Barangay Tikalaan, Talakag, Bukidnon last November 11.

We hope that the aggrieved families and friends could find it in their hearts, however difficult, to accept our profound apologies. The local NPA unit is already exerting efforts to make amends including extending necessary indemnification.

There is no justification for the aggravation suffered by the civilians in the Bumbaran incident. In waging armed revolution, all units of the NPA abide by the policy of giving the highest regard to the rights of civilians and should take pains to ensure that civilians are protected from harm.

The higher NPA command has already initiated an investigation in order to identify the weaknesses and mistakes and draw lessons to avoid a repeat of such an unfortunate incident.

Ka Oris
Spokesperson
NewPeople’sArmy

Related news: Regarding the ambush of the Bumbaran PNP patrol car

Mass action against DMCI land monopoly is progressing in Far South Mindanao

Press statement | 14 November 2017
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An incessant mass action against the David M. Consunji Incorporated (DMCI) land monopoly that started in August is progressing in Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato. Accumulated parcels of land totaling to about 195 hectares have been occupied and cultivated by nearly 140 T’boli-Manobo peasant families who have for so long struggled to repossess their ancestral lands purloined by the big landlord-comprador-warlord Consunji.

The reclaimed area is a portion of Consunji’s 10,990 hectare land holding in the South Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat boundary he speciously obtained through the government’s Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA) program. It is also within the 3,000 hectare coal mine of the DMC-Construction Equipment and Resources Incorporated (DMC-CERI).

The DMCI came into the area in the middle of 1980 after acquiring the logging concession Sarmiento Industries Incorporated. It subsequently continued the logging operations until the IFMA was constituted three decades ago.

In the process of its IFMA implementation, the DMCI viciously drove the T’boli-Manobos out of their lands by employing its private army and the mercenary government forces to secure its operations. Not long after, large plantations of Arabica coffee and commercial tree species were developed by its subsidiary Silvicultural Industries Incorporated (SII).

Thirty years of unrelenting struggle against Consunji’s tyranny has taught the T’boli-Manobos the importance of organizing their people and forging firm unity. Amidst DMCI and state coercion, the Lumads stand up for what is rightfully theirs – a land for their people to till.

In their initial undertaking, the Lumad peasants were able to occupy an estimated 150 hectare parcel which was apportioned to around a hundred families. The arrogated land is located within the boundaries of sitios Sinambalot, Bermuda and Celtics in Brgy. Monteverde, Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat.

Their triumph has conclusively influenced other Lumad communities to pursue with the struggle. Barely three months later, thirty-four families occupied a 45-hectare area within SII’s Dawang Coffee Plantations in sitios Tawan Dagat and Spartan in Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

The local Lumad and peasant organization have created various committees tasked to organize and oversee the land occupation, manage the production campaign, and supervise the education and training of the beneficiaries. An intensive education work is currently underway to equip the beneficiaries and their supporters with the necessary principles of their political struggle and the genuine agrarian reform.

Among the plans laid out by the group is putting up a farmers’ cooperative to carry out services for the beneficiaries and other peasants in the locality.

The T’boli-Manobos are optimistic that their struggle would inspire and impel other dispossessed Lumads and peasants to firmly unite and fight ceaselessly against Consunji and the state’s intensified incursions. Besides, they have definitely proven that a decisive action is very crucial in resolving their land problem.

Ka Efren Aksasato
Spokesperson, NDF-FSMR


Sulat pamahayag | 14 Nobyembre 2017

Padayong nagaabante ang aksyong masa batok sa pagmonopolyo og yuta sa DMCI sa Far South Mindanao

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Ang nagakalapad nga aksyong masa batok sa pagmonopolyo og yuta sa David M. Consunji Incorporated (DMCI) nga gisugdan kaniadtong bulan sa Agosto padayong nagaabante sa Sultan Kudarat ug South Cotabato. Mokabat na og 195 ektarya ang giokupa ug ginatikad sa dul-an 140 ka mga pamilyang T’boli-Manobo nga dugay nang nangandoyng mabawi ang ilang yutang kabilin nga giilog sa dakung agalong yutaan-kumprador-agalong manggubat nga si Consunji.

Ang nabawing luna kabahin sa 10,990.00 ektaryang kayutaan sa utlanan sa South Cotabato ug Sultan Kudarat nga malinglahong naangkon ni Consunji ilalom sa programang Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA) sa gubyerno. Nahisakop sab kini sa 3,000 ektaryang minahan sa karbon sa DMC-Construction Equipment and Resources Incorporated (DMC-CERI).

Miabot ang DMCI sa erya niadtong tunga-tunga sa dekada 1980 human nga napalit niini ang konsesyon sa logging nga Sarmiento Industries Incorporated. Gipadayon sa DMCI ang pag-logging hangtud namugna ang IFMA tulo ka dekada na ang milabay.

Sa dagan sa implementasyon sa IFMA, pugsanong giabog sa DMCI ang mga T’boli-Manobo gikan sa ilang kayutaan ginamit ang pribadong armadong grupo niini ug ang mersenaryong pwersa sa gubyerno. Wala midugay, gisugdan sa subsidyaryong kompanya niini nga Silvicultural Industries Incorporated (SII) ang pagpalambo sa halapad nga mga plantasyon sa kapeng Arabica ug komersyal nga mga matang sa kahoy.

Ang traynta ka tuig sa walay-puas nga pakigbisog batok sa pagpanglupig ni Consunji maoy mitudlo sa mga T’boli-Monobo sa kamahinungdanon sa pag-organisa sa ilang han-ay ug pagpanday og lig-ong panaghiusa. Taliwa sa pagpamig-ot sa DMCI ug sa estado, ang mga Lumad mibarug alang sa angayan nilang maangkon – yuta nga tikaron sa ilang katawhan.

Sa unang hugna sa ilang mapangahasong paglihok, napusisyonan sa mga mag-uumang Lumad ang 150 ektarya nga nahimutang sa magkanait nga mga sityo sa Sinambalot, Bermuda ug Celtics sa Brgy. Monteverde sakop sa munisipalidad sa Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat. Miabot sa usa ka gatos ka pamilya ang misalmot ug nakabenepisyo dinhi.

Ang ilang kadaugan mahukamanong nakaimpluwensya sa uban pang mga komunidad aron makig-usa sa pakigbisog. Wala maabti’g tulo ka bulan, 34 ka mga pamilya ang miokupa sa mokabat og 45 ektarya nga luna hasulod sa Dawang Coffee Plantation sa SII sa mga sityo sa Tawan Dagat ug Spartan sa Brgy. Ned, sakop sa Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Ang lokal nga organisasyon sa mga Lumad ug mag-uuma mimugna og lain-laing mga komite nga natahasang moorgonisa ug modumala sa pag-okupa og luna, mamuno sa kampanyang produksyon, ug modumala sa edukasyon ug pagbansay sa mga benepisyaryo. Usa ka sunson nga gimbuhatong edukasyon ang kasamtangang ginapatuman aron maarmasan ang mga benepisyaryo ug ilang mga tigsuporta sa mahinungdanong mga prinsipyo sa ilang pulitikal nga pakigbisog ug sa tinuod nga reporma sa yuta.
Lakip sa mga planong gilatid sa grupo mao ang pagtukod og kooperatiba sa mag-uuma nga moserbisyo alang sa mga benepisyaryo ug uban pang mga mag-uuma sa ilang lokalidad.

Naglaom ang mga T’boli-Manobo nga ang ilang paningkamot makapadasig sab sa ubang mga Lumad ug mag-uuma nga lig-ong maghiusa ug mobarug, ug walay-puas nga makigbisog batok sa pagpangatake ni Consunji ug sa estado. Ilaha sab napamatud-an nga labaw sa tanan labing importante ang mahukmanong paglihok aron sulbaron ang ilang suliran sa yuta.

Ka Efren Aksasato
Tigpamâbâ, NDF-FSMR

Regarding the ambush of the Bumbaran PNP patrol car

Press statement | November 13, 2017
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NPA forces under the Mount-Kitanglad Sub-Regional Command (MK-SRC) successfully ambushed a patrol car of the Philippine National Police personnel of Bumbaran, Lanao del Sur Police Station at Km. 28, Talakag-Bumbaran Road in Talakag, Bukidnon last November 9, 2017 at 5:40 in the afternoon. SPO3 Arnel Carillo was killed in action while SPO1 Nathaniel Ibal, SPO1 Pacif ico Cabudoy and Police Inspector Joven Acuesta suffered wounds during the incident. PInsp. Joven Acuesta is the chief of police of Bumbaran. An M16 Armalite rifle with 10 magazines and two 9 mm caliber pistols were seized by the NPA. On the other hand, an NPA element was slightly wounded.

Meanwhile, civilians riding a Toyota Fortuner suffered bullet wounds as their vehicle passed through Km. 28 when the firefight ensued. According to the report of the field unit of MK-SRC, a couple of private utility vehicle passed through the blocking force of the NPA just about 2 minutes since the exchange of bullets between the two forces started. The NPA blocking force attempted to flag down the first vehicle, the said Toyota Fortuner, so that its passengers would be able to evade being injured, but to no avail. But the second vehicle, having heard the firefight going on, turned the vehicle around to the position of blocking force. The Toyota Fortuner passengers, namely Ali Sitti, Ali Aminsala and a certain Wanida suffered gunshot wounds. Wanida’s infant child, unfortunately, died during the said incident.

The NPA-North Central Mindanao Region expressly extend their condolence to and are asking for forgiveness from the relatives of the slain and wounded civilians. This is a painful occurrence which was unforeseen. We are currently finding means to connect with the relatives and friends of the aggrieved in an offer to indemnify the said incident. Whether we like it or not, the process of continuing a civil war entails certain unavoidable circumstances such as what happened.

This incident, however, could not understate what the US-Duterte regime has openly committed. The military and the police overemphasize the said ambush as barbarous whereas they downplay their airstrikes, bombings and indiscriminate firing of innocent civilians wantonly victimizing them by the thousands in Marawi City and in nearly all Lumad communities. While all forces of the New People’s Army adherently abide by the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. #

Ka Malem Mabini
Spokesperson, NPA-NCMR


Sulat Pamahayag | Nobyembre 13, 2017

AMBUS SA PATROL CAR SA BOMBARAN POLICE STATION

Malampusong nakalunsad og ambus sa usa ka patrol car sa Bumbaran Police Station sa Lanao del Sur ang mga pwersa sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan-Mt. Kitanglad-Sub-Regional Command (MK-SRC) didto sa KM 28, Talakag-Bombaran Road sa Talakag, Bukidnon niadtong Nobyembre 9, 2017 sa may alas 5:40 sa hapon. Napatay niini si SPO3 Arnel Carillo ug nasamdan ang Chief of Police (COP) nga si Police Inspector Joven Acuesta lakip na nilang SPO1 Pacifico Cabudoy ug SPO1 Nathaniel Ibal. Nasakmit ang usa ka M16 Armalite rifle nga may 10 ka magasin ug duha ka 9mm kalibreng pistola. Samtang naigo sab sa tiil ang usa ka elemento sa BHB.

Sa pikas bahin, wala tuyoang naangin ang mga sibilyan nga lulan sa usa ka Toyota Fortuner nga sakyanan. Base sa taho sa field unit sa MK-SRC, mga duha ka minutos gikan sa pagsugod sa ilang pagsinukliay og bala tali sa mga pulis, adunay duha ka nagsunod nga pribadong mga sakyanan ang gibabagan unta sa blocking force sa BHB aron dili makasulod sa killing zone apan wala kini mihunong. Ang nag-una sa duha ka pribadong sakyanan ang nakalapos sa nagsinukliay og buto samtang dihang nakabantay ang nagsunod nga ikaduhang sakyanan, nakaatras kini ug walay tatsa nga nakabalik sa posisyon sa blocking force. Resulta niini, nasamdan silang Ali Sitti, Ali Aminsala ug sa inahang si Wanida nga nagkugos sa iyang masuso nga anak nga naigo sab ug nakalas. Sila ang nagsakay sa Toyota Fortuner.

Gipadangat sa tibuok pwersa sa BHB-North Central Mindanao Region ang pahasubo ug kinasing-kasing nga pagpangayo og pasaylo ngadto sa kabanay sa mga naangin nga sibilyan. Usa kini ka sakit nga panghitabo nga wala tuyoa. Nangita na kami karon og mga pamaagi sa pagdugtong sa kabanay ug kahigalaan sa mga naangin aron sa pag-indemnify. Gustuhon man nato ug sa dili, dili kalikayan nga sa proseso sa padayong pagpaasdang sa gubat sibil sa Pilipinas aduna gyuy pipila ka panghitabo nga ingon niini.

Pero gamay ra kini nga hitabo nga gustong ipadaku sa kapulisan ug sa militar. Dili kini ikakumpara sa gihimo sa reaksyunaryong gobyerno sa rehimeng US-Duterte sa matngon nga paghulog og gatusan ka bomba ug sa paturagas nga pagpang-istraping nga mipatay sa mga enosenteng sibilyan didto sa Marawi City ug sa uban pang mga komunidad sa Lumad. Samtang ang tibuok pwersa sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan hugot nagatamod sa mga lagda sa Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. #

Ka Malem Mabini
Tigpamaba, NPA-NCMR

Possibilities are High for Reviving the Soviet Spirit of Russia in the Philippines

Press Release | November 7, 2017
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Having experience colonization and modern-day slavery in its fields and factories, the peoples of the Philippines are currently aspiring for national liberation and genuine democracy against their colonizers and exploiters. They are looking up and learning from the revolutions of several nations, including the North American revolutions, to enlighten them on how to struggle and to win.

It is an opportune time to celebrate the Great October Socialist Revolution because the Filipino people could take up a thing or two about the Soviet Russian experience during the era of Tsarism and the First World War.

Just like the Filipinos, the Russian peoples consisting of various nationalities have also aspired genuine liberation from the yoke of the so-called “militarist-feudal” imperialism in Russia during the time of their leader, Vladimir Ulyanov, also known as Lenin to his comrades-in-arms. Their country was plagued by imperialist oppression and plunder even after decades of the Stolypin reforms similar to the defunct land reform program of the Aquino regime in the Philippines in the 1980s.

The feudal-militarist ruler in Russia exploits their peasantry and proletariat while they collude with the British, French, Belgian and German financial aristocrats. The 1905 revolution and then the parliamentary struggles inside and outside the State Duma have harnessed the potential of millions of workers and peasants throughout the whole of Russia into building similar to that of the Philippine’s people power and they have called these as Soviet power.

Soviets are revolutionary organs of power consisting of peasants, workers and soldiers of the revolutionary army. They were organized by the Bolshevik Party of the Russian proletariat. The revolutionary army mainly came from the Tsarist army who turned away their rifles from the people and their foreign enemies and trained them instead to their aggressor, the Tsar himself.

Soviets gained ground in pressing their need for peace, land and liberty. Most of the small nationalities surrounding Russia heeded these slogans of Lenin’s Bolshevik Party and worked hard for these demands. With the Tsarist expensive wars of aggression against Japan and Germany in a tug-of-war for colonies, the people of Russia could not bear the brunt anymore. Exploitation increased on taxation, on industrial production for the war and on requisition of farm outputs.

The 1917 February and October revolution triumphantly broke the chain of Tsarism and imperialist aggression. Lenin led them all the way to the victory of the Soviets and to the solidarity of the Eastern European peoples in hailing the first socialist Soviet republic in the whole world. Since then, the socialist system has engendered the acceleration of the existence and downfall of the imperialist system.

The Philippines had their share of the Soviet spark that ignited the darkening of our colonial history. The first Filipino communists, led by the unionist Crisanto Evangelista, secretly entered Russia through China in 1928 in order to learn the Russian Soviet experience. They founded the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on November 7, 1930, concelebrating the 13th anniversary of the October Revolution in Russia. They founded the Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon (HUKBALAHAP) on March 29, 1942 and lead the guerilla warfare against Japan in an anti-fascist and pro-Allied united front during World War II. Throughout Luzon, these guerillas have implemented land confiscation from pro-Japanese landlords and traitors.

Enlightened by China-style guerilla warfare against the British and American imperialism and the local military-bureaucratic warlordism in China, the young Filipino communists led by Jose Maria Sison rebuilt on December 26, 1968 the PKP under the theoretical guide of Mao Tse-tung Thought.

Mao Tse-tung built their Soviet-style revolutionary government in Shanxi, a mountainous northern China loess plain, after their legendary Long March in anticipation for the intensified Japanese invasion in the whole of China in 1936. Enthusiastic support from their peasantry, the Chinese workers, middle class and city-dwellers came to these base areas, especially in Bao’an and Yenan, which culminated to an almost nationwide, self-reliant, anti-fascist counter-offensive against Japan in 1945. Yenan then became a catchword for revolutionaries in China.

The Philippines can and should aspire to put to action China or Russia’s soviet power experience in order to win in the Philippine revolution. The seeds have been sown since 1968 and the fruits have dispersed their seeds throughout the archipelago. Lenin’s notion of the transmission belts and Mao’s “three magic weapons” of the Party, the army and the mass base has been put to test for the past 48 years despite a temporary setback in the 1980s to the early 1990s.

The raw materials for building Filipino people’s revolutionary united front and Soviet power have been there from the start. With the impending intensification of the neoliberal policies of the Philippine state and the imposition of US dominance in Southeast Asia since its Asian-pivot policy since 2011, the Filipino people are again called to arms. The world has witnessed two world wars and are expecting a third that may spark in the Asia-Pacific region given that China has empowered itself militarily and economically as an imperialist power for the past four decades of policy regime changes after Mao Tse-tung’s time.

Having witnessed the bankrupt imperialist policies and reforms due to recurring convulsions of the world economic system, peoples and countries who had a taste of Soviet and democratic power in the past century preferred socialism as an economic system which needs to resurge. This new century is dawning wherein imperialism may encounter a crisis that is unprecedented. It may be terrible, but it’s fine.

The Filipino proletariat is in the right place today for launching anti-imperialist struggles. Together with the peasantry and the middle class, they can exploit the advantage of being able to break away from exploitation, national oppression and foreign domination in the economic, political, cultural and military fields should imperialist war break out once more. They have the CPP as the vanguard in liberating the nation first from US imperialism. They can foster solidarity outwardly with the peoples and democracies of the world against world war and against Asiatic and Pacific aggression of the imperialists. Their migrant workers also have a critical role in popularizing and gaining worldwide support for the Philippine revolution.

Internally, they can launch socio-economic development for workers and peasants, with local allies and international support, despite enforced evacuations due to disasters, militarism in Mindanao and national fascism. Areas discreetly claimed as revolutionary organs of power in the countryside are taking advantage of land reform and production campaigns, legal and extra-legal options, community initiatives for development and new methods of social networking combining internet technologies and word-of-mouth reportage.

Regarding their people’s army, the New People’s Army imbibes the spirit of whole-heartedly serving the people and the revolution. They utilize all available forms of propaganda to reach out to broad workers and peasant population. They are the most effective machinery of the Party in increasing and strengthening the mass base and in gaining both local and international support for the war. They educate the masses with the current trends in politics and various forms of open and underground organizations for them to perform heavier and heavier tasks. They can hit even the most fascist target wherever and whenever they can, with the people vigorously assisting them in launching tactical offensives.

These seeds, which may be termed Filipino Soviets, are still in their germination stage. But the aggravating crisis conditions could surely empower them for swift victory. All power shall soon be theirs.

Hail the Great October Socialist Revolution!
Long live the Communist Party of the Philippines!
Death to imperialism!
Long live proletarian internationalism!

Ka. Norcen Mangubat
Spokesperson
CPP – North Central Mindanao Region


Pamahayag sa Midya | Nobyembre 7, 2017

Dakung Posibilidad sa Pagbuhi-balik sa Diwang Sobyet sa Rusya dinhi sa Pilipinas

Sa pagsinati sa kolonyalisasyon ug modernong pagpangulipon sa ilahang mga luna ug pabrika, ang katawhan sa Pilipinas sa kasamtangan nagtinguha alang sa nasudnong kalingkawasan ug tinuod nga demokrasya batok sa mga kolonyalista ug madaug-daugon. Taas ang ilahang panglantaw ug nagakat-on gikan sa mga rebolusyon sa lain-laing nasud, lakip na ang rebolusyong Amerikano, aron mahigmata sila kung unsaon makigbisog ug modaug.

Usa kini ka kahigayonan aron i-selebrar ang Bantugang Sosyalistang Rebolusyong Oktubre tungod kay makakuha ang katawhang Pilipino og pipila ka mga kasinatian sa Rusong Sobyet panahon sa Tsarismo ug sa Unang Gubat Pangkalibutan.

Susama sa katawhang Pilipino, nagtinguha usab ang mga katawhan sa Rusya, gikan sa lain-laing nasyunalidad, alang sa tinuod nga kagawasan gikan sa gapos sa ginatawag nga “militarista-pyudal” nga imperyalismo sa Rusya panahon sa ilang lider nga si Vladimir Ulyanov, nga nabantog sa pangalang Lenin ngadto sa iyahang mga kauban sa pakigbisog. Nag-antus ang ilahang nasud sa imperyalistang pagpahimulos ug pagpangawkaw human sa pipila ka dekadang mga repormang Stolypin nga susama sa namatay’ng reporma sa yuta sa rehimeng Aquino sa Pilipinas niadtong 1980.

Gipahimuslan sa pyudal-militarista nga mga pangulo sa Rusya ang ilang mga mag-uuma ug proletaryado samtang nakigkunsabo sila sa mga aristokrasya sa pinansyang British, French, Belgian ug German. Gisangkapan sa rebolusyong 1905 ug sa parlyamentaryong pakigbisog sa gawas ug sulod sa State Duma ang potensyal sa minilyon ka mga mamumuo ug mag-uuma sa tibuok Rusya ngadto sa pagtukod og susama sa people power sa Pilipinas, ug gitawag nila kining gahum sa Sobyet.

Rebolusyonaryong organo sa gahum ang mga Sobyet nga gilangkuban sa mga mag-uuma, mamumuo ug kasundalohan sa rebolusyonaryong hukbo. Gi-organisa sila sa Bolshevik Party sa proletaryong Ruso. Ang mga rebolusyonaryong hukbo naggikan nag-una sa Tsarist nga hukbo nga niwahing sa ilang mga armas gikan sa pagpunting sa katawhan ug sa ilang mga langyaw’ng kaaway ngadto sa gipunting sa ilang manunulong, lakip mismo sa Tsar.

Nakaginansya ang mga Sobyet og luna sa pagduso sa ilang panginahanglan sa kalinaw, yuta ug kagawasan. Kadaghanan sa mga gagmay’ng nasyunalidad nga nagpalibot sa Rusya nagpasiugda niining mga slogan sa Lenin’s Bolshevik Party ug mahago nga milihok alang niini nga mga demanda. Sa gastusong gyerang agresyon batok sa Japan ug Germany sa lumbaay alang sa mga kolonya, dili na maantus sa katawhan sa Rusya ang palas-anon. Nagkagrabe ang pagpahimulos sa pagpamuhis, sa produksyong industriyal alang sa gyera ug sa demanda alang sa abot sa uma.

Ang rebolusyong Pebrero ug Oktubre sa 1917 malampusong nakabugto sa kadena sa Tsarismo ug imperyalistang agresyon. Gipangulohan sila ni Lenin ngadto sa hingpit nga kadaugan sa mga Sobyet ug ngadto sa panaghiusa sa mga katawhan sa Eastern Europe sa pag-abiba sa unang sosyalistang republikang Sobyet sa tibuok kalibutan. Sukad niadto, nahimugso sa sosyalistang sistema ang pagpapaspas sa pagtumaw ug pagkahimugso sa imperyalistang sistema.

Adunay kabahinan ang Pilipinas sa Sobyet nga kiblat nga nagpadilaab sa pagdagtum sa atong kolonyal nga kasaysayan. Ang unang mga komunistang Pilipino, nga gipangulohan sa unyonistang si Crisanto Evangelista, sekretong misulod sa Rusya, pinaagi sa paglusot sa Tsina, niadtong 1928 aron makakat-on og kasinatian sa Rusong Sobyet. Gitukod nila ang Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP) niadtong Nobyembre 7, 1930, alang sa pagsaulog usab sa ika-13 nga kasumaran sa Rebolusyong Oktubre sa Rusya. Gitukod nila ang Hukbong Bayan Laban sa mga Hapon (HUKBALAHAP) niadtong Marso 29, 1942 ug gipangulohan ang gerilyang pakiggubat batok sa Hapon sa usa ka kontra-pasista ug pabor-sa-alyansa nga nagkahiusang prente panahon sa Ikaduhang Gubat Pangkalibutan. Sa tibuok Luzon, gi-implementar niini nga mga gerilya ang pagkumpiska sa kayutaan gikan sa mga maki-Hapones nga mga agalong yutaan ug mga traydor ug libreng giapud-apod sa mga mag-uuma.

Sa dan-ag sa estilong-Tsino nga gerilyang pakiggubat batok sa imperyalistang British ug Amerikano ug sa lokal nga warlordismong militar-burukrata sa China, subling gitukod sa mga kabatan-unang komunistang Pilipino, nga gipangulohan ni Jose Maria Sison, niadtong Disyembre 26, 1968 ang PKP ilalom sa teoretikal nga giya sa Panghuna-hunang Mao Tse-tung.

Gitukod nilang Mao Tse-tung ang ilahang istilong-Sobyet nga rebolusyonaryong gobyerno sa Shanxi, usa ka bukirong bahin sa amihanang China, human sa ilahang makasaysayanong Long March alang sa pag-antisipar sa nagkakusog nga pagpanulong sa Hapones sa tibuok Tsina niadtong 1936. Niabot niining mga baseng erya ang madasigong suporta gikan sa mga mag-uuma, sa mga mamumuong Tsino, ug sa mga hatungang hut-ong ug mga lumulupyo, ilabina sa Bao’an ug Yenan, nga mipungkay sa usa ka halos nasudnon, nagkinaugalingon, kontra-pasistang kontra-opensiba batok sa Hapon niadtong 1945. Nahimo na dayong islogan ang Yenan alang sa mga rebolusyonaryo sa China.

Ang Pilipinas mahimo ug kinahanglang magtinguha nga ikinabuhi ang kasinatian sa sobyet nga gahum sa China o Rusya aron mapadaug ang rebolusyong Pilipino. Natanom na ang mga binhi niadto pang 1968 ug nakahatag na og mga bunga sa tibuok nasud. Nasulayan ang hukbo ug ang baseng masa sa panghunahuna ni Lenin sa mga transmission belt ug ni Mao sa “tulo ka gamhanang hinagiban” sa Partido, sa nilabay’ng 48 ka tuig taliwala sa temporaryong pag-atras niadtong 1980 ngadto sa sayong bahin sa 1990.

Ang mga hilawng materyales alang sa pagtukod sa rebolusyonaryong nagkahiusang prente sa katawhang Pilipino ug sa Sobyet nga gahum anaa na sukad pa sa sinugdanan. Sa mapanumpuong nagkakusog nga palisiyang neoliberal sa estado sa Pilipinas ug sa pagpahamtang sa pagdominar sa US sa Southeast Asia sukad sa palisiyang Asian-pivot niadtong 2011, subling nanawagan sa katawhang Pilipino nga mag-armas. Nasaksihan sa kalibutan ang duha ka pangkalibutang gubat ug nagdahom sa ikatulo nga posibleng moulbo sa Asia-Pacific Region sa kahimtang nga napalig-on sa China ang kaugalingon sa pangmilitar ug pang-ekonomiya isip imperyalistang gahum sa nilabay’ng upat ka dekadang kabag-ohan sa palisiya sa rehimen human sa kapanahunan ni Mao Tse-tung.

Sa pagsaksi sa pagkabangkarote sa mga imperyalistang palisiya ug reporma tungod sa subling kaguliyang sa pangkalibutang sistema sa ekonomiya, mas gipaboran sa mga katawhan ug mga nasud, nga nakasinati sa gahum sa Sobyet ug demokrasya sa nilabay’ng siglo, ang sosyalismo isip ekonomikanhong sistema nga kinahanglang subling ibangon. Nagbanag-banag na kini niini nga siglo, kung asa posibleng sagubangon sa imperyalismo ang wala sukad nahitabong krisis. Makalilisang kini, apan maanindot.

Anaa ang katawhang Pilipino sa hustong kahigayunan karon alang sa paglunsad og mga kontra-imperyalistang pakigbisog. Kauban ang mga mag-uuma ug ang hatungang hut-ong, pwede nilang pahimuslan ang bentaha sa katakus nga gub-on ang pagpangdaug-daog, nasudnong pagpihig ug langyaw’ng dominasyon sa natad sa ekonomiya, pulitika, kultura ug militar kung moulbo na usab ang imperyalistang gubat. Anaa silay PKP isip dugukan sa pagpalingkawas una sa nasud gikan sa imperyalismong US. Mahimo nilang mopalambo og panaghiusa sa mga katawhan ug mga demokrasya sa kalibutan batok sa gubat pangkalibutan ug batok sa Asiatic ug Pacific nga pagpangatake sa mga imperyalista. Anaa usa’y kritikal nga papel ang mga migranteng mamumuo sa pag-popularisa ug pagtigom sa tibuok-kalibutang suporta alang sa rebolusyong Pilipino.

Sa pangsulod, pwede nilang ilunsad ang sosyo-ekonomikanhong kalamboan alang sa mga mamumuo ug mag-uuma, kauban ang mga lokal nga higala ug internasyunal nga suporta, taliwala sa pugos nga pagpamakwit tungod sa kalamidad, militarisasyon sa Mindanao ug nasudnong pasismo. Gipatuman sa mga erya sa kabanikanhan sa rebolusyonaryong organo sa pulitikanhong gahum ang pagpatuman sa tinuod nga reporma sa yuta ug kampanya sa produksyon, ligal o extra-ligal man, mga community initiative alang sa kalamboan ug bag-ong pamaagi sa social networking pinaagi sa pagkumbina sa teknolohiya sa internet ug pagtaho.

Mahitungod sa ilang hukbo sa katawhan, nahuptan sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan ang diwa sa tibuok-kasing-kasing nga pag-alagad sa katawhan ug sa rebolusyon. Gipahimuslan nila ang tanang pwedeng magamit nga porma sa propaganda aron kab-uton ang lapad nga populasyon sa mga mamumuo ug mag-uuma. Sila ang pinaka-epektibong makinarya sa Partido sa pagpa-usbaw ug pagpakusog sa baseng masa ug sa pagtigom og lokal ug internasyunal nga suporta alang sa gubat. Gi-edukar nila ang mga masa sa kasamtangang dagan sa pulitika ug lain-laing porma sa abli ug tago nga mga organisasyon aron mapapelan nila ang mga nagkabug-at nga mga tahas. Maigo nila bisan ang pinaka-pasistang target bisan asa ug bisan kanus-a nila gusto, kauban ang mainantusong pag-abag sa katawhan kanila sa paglunsad og mga taktikal nga opensiba.

Kini nga mga binhi, nga pwedeng tawagong Pilipinong Sobyet, anaa pa sa ilahang ang-ang sa pagbuswak. Apan ang nagkagrabeng krisis nga mga kahimtang seguradong mopagahum kanila alang sa paspas nga kadaugan. Ang tanang gahum, sa dili madugay, mahimo nang ma-ilaha.

Mabuhi ang Bantugang Sosyalistang Rebolusyong Oktubre!
Mabuhi ang Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas!
Kamatayon sa Imperyalismo!
Mabuhi ang proletaryong internasyunalismo!

Ka. Norcen Mangubat
Tigpamaba
CPP – North Central Mindanao Region

NPA-in-action: 5 military killed

Press Release
November 5, 2017
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Despite of Duterte’s almost-half-a-year martial law in Mindanao, several operatives of the New People’s Army – North Central Mindanao Region (NPA-NCMR) were still able to launch tactical offensives. Among these was the military action in Agusan del Norte by the end of October.

On October 25, 2017, 3:00 PM, NPA – Western Agusan del Norte – Agusan del Sur Subregional Command (NPA – WANAS) forces simultaneously harassed a police station in Brgy. San Mateo, Butuan City and a camp of the 23rd IB in Brgy. Balungagan, Las Nieves in Agusan del Norte. In the said operations, NPA killed five while wounded three enemies.

Until present, the US-Duterte regime did not cease from its brutal attacks against the revolutionary forces, not only in the region but also all over the country. These military actions would serve as another blow to the Duterte regime’s failure in defending itself from the intensification of the revolutionary movement that would eventually burry this regime and the bureaucrat-capitalist system to the dustbin of history. #

Ka Omar Ibarra
Spokesperson
WANAS, NPA-NCMR


SULAT PAMAHAYAG
Nobyembre 5, 2017

Subling pag-atake sa NPA: 5 ang napatay sa kasundalohan

Taliwala sa magtunga-sa-tuig nang martial law sa Mindanao, nakahimo pa gihapon paglunsad og serye sa mga taktikal nga opensiba ang lain-laing yunit sa New People Army sa North Central Mindanao Region (NPA-NCMR). Usa niini ang aksyong militar nga gilunsad sa Agusan del Norte sa hinapos sa Oktubre.

Niadtong Oktubre 25, sa may alas 3:00 sa hapon, dungan-dungan nga gi-haras sa mga pwersa sa NPA-Western Agusan del Norte-Agusan del Sur Subregional Command (NPA-WANAS) ang istasyon sa kapulisan sa Brgy. San Mateo, Butuan City ug ang kampo sa 23rd IB sa Brgy. Balungagan, Las Nieves sa Agusan del Norte. Niini nga mga operasyon, napatay ang lima ka kaaway samtang tulo ang nasamdan.

Hangtud karon, wala maglurang ang rehimeng US-Duterte sa bangis niining mga atake sa rebolusyonaryong pwersa, dili lang sa rehiyon kundili lakip sa tibuok nasud. Magsilbing dugang hapak ang mga aksyong militar sa rehimen sa pakyas nga pagpugong ni Duterte sa labaw pang pag-abante sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan nga sa kaulahian maoy maglubong sa iyang rehimen ug tibuok burukrata-kapitalistang sistema sa basurahan sa kasaysayan.

Ka Omar Ibarra
Tipamaba
WANAS, NPA-NCMR

Resist imperialist collusion for all-out liberalization!

Resist imperialist rivalries and rising threats of war!
Communist Party of the Philippines
November 4, 2017

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) calls on the people of Asia and the world to unite and intensify their resistance against inter-imperialist collusion and rivalries through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and other imperialist instrumentalities which subject the toiling people to worsening forms of oppression and exploitation.

The upcoming APEC summit in Vietnam on November 8-10 and the successive ASEAN and East Asia Summit to be held in the Philippines on November 12-13 and 14 will serve as occasion for the imperialist powers to project their military and political power in the Asia-Pacific region and wring further liberalization policies from the Philippines and other backward economies. US imperialist chieftain Donald Trump is set to visit the Philippines, as well as Japan, China, South Korea and Vietnam.

There is collusion among the the leading global capitalist powers such as the US, Japan, China and Russia, in so far as pushing for all-out liberalization is concerned. The imperialist powers are united in the push to break down trade and investment barriers in order to allow unrestricted plunder of mineral and agricultural resources and cheap labor in the semicolonial and semifeudal countries.

Under the America First policy, the Trump regime seeks to further break down economic barriers to favor US monopoly capitalists. The Trump government has turned its back on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and similar multilateral agreements in favor of bilateral arrangements with individual countries. Trump aims to push around its economic weight (buttressed by its military presence) to force countries to break down trade and investment barriers to favor US monopoly capitalist companies.

On the other side of the multipolar world, China is pushing for “economic integration” of ASEAN and APEC countries under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. Like the US, China aims to push for all-out liberalization under its “one belt, one road” project to tighten the integration of these countries into its Factory Asia “global value chain” to take advantage of cheapest available labor. To facilitate rapid transportation of capital goods and consumption commodities, China aims to construct a network of rails and ports. This infrastructure binge, in turn, will help absorb its surplus steel.

There is rivalry and intense contradictions between the leading capitalist powers especially amid the protracted crisis of the global capitalist system. While the US imperialists remain the biggest military power, China continues to strengthen its armed capability and is fast developing its capability to project power overseas. Russia remains the biggest nuclear rival of the US.

The ASEAN is one of the flashpoints of rising inter-imperialist rivalry, mainly over control of the South China Sea trade route which has resulted in US and China saber-rattling.

The US imperialists under Trump are drumbeating threats to launch a war against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in order to justify efforts to build-up its military presence and strengthen its foothold in South Korea and around the South China Sea. The US is using the Duterte regime as an additional noise-maker to foment a war against the DPRK to which North Korea has responded to by fast building its capacity to launch an inter-continental ballisic missile (ICBM) to deliver nuclear payloads as a deterrent against a US attack against it.

Instead of pushing for the demilitarization of the South China Sea and, thus, reduce the possibility of the Philippines being pulled into a vortex of war, the Duterte regime is further stoking the tensions by turning a blind eye on China’s occupation of Philippine claims in exchange for promises of Chinese loans and capital infusion, on the one hand; and, on the other, allowing the US military to continue using Philippine territorial seas for its power projection operations and Philippine ports for docking, refuelling and provisioning of US warships.

The US military has also set its sights on strengthening its military presence in the Malacca Straits, the narrow international sea passageway from the Indian Ocean through Malaysia’s waters to Southeast Asia. The “ISIS threat” and “high seas piracy” in the Malaccas now being played up by the Duterte regime is being used by the US to justify its growing presence and joint exercises with the militaries of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore as well as with Australia as a counterpoint to China’s own efforts to increase its presence in that part of the region. Duterte and the US military are now singing the same tune with regard “drugs and terrorism” in order to justify the Plan Colombia-type US intervention in the Philippines.

US imperialist chief Trump’s visit to the Philippines in line with the ASEAN Summit will further cement the master-puppet relationship with the Duterte regime. He will surely be pleased by the Duterte regime’s vigorous push for further economic liberalization, particularly with its rush to further open the economy to full foreign control by trimming down the “negative list” of areas of the economy reserved to Filipinos. Under the guise of “federalism,” Duterte is also rushing charter change in order to remove restrictions against foreign ownership of local enterprises, something which the US imperialists have long sought.

Trump also aims to secure US military presence in the Philippines through US military bases and facilities under the EDCA, rotating forces of the US military, regular dockings of US naval warships, joint military exercises and so on. The Trump visit will highlight the US role in Marawi, specifically, its role in leading the arrest operations against Isnilon Hapilon (whose capture or death was offered a $5 million reward by the US State Department), and in the conduct of electronic surveillance, aerial bombings and drone strikes.

The imperialist chief’s visit will altogether trump Duterte’s claims of upholding an independent foreign policy and prove it to be an empty brag. Duterte has largely proved himself to be subordinate to US policy dictates, especially with regard US counter-insurgency doctrine and US “war on terror.” To obscure his subservience to US imperialism, Duterte claims of being a target of a CIA assassination plot, when in fact he is a closet puppet of the US government. Duterte is no Fidel Castro.

As the imperialists and their subalterns congregate in their high-flying summits, the CPP calls on the Filipino people and their revolutionary forces to mount protests in the cities and launch tactical offensives in the countryside to underscore their demand for national and social liberation.

The Filipino people must confront the Duterte regime’s subservience to US imperialism, particularly, its counterinsurgency doctrine and “war on terror” which serve as pretext for US military presence, intervention and control of the AFP. They should also denounce the regime’s push for all-out economic liberalization in order to comply with US and China dictates and attract foreign investments.

Duterte wasting time with local peace talks

Information Bureau | Communist Party of the Philippines
2 November 2017

The revolutionary forces under the leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and allied with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) reject local peace negotiations being pushed by local bureaucrats and military officials and supported by GRP president himself.

Mayor Sara Duterte of Davao City recently created a Davao City Peace Committee supposedly to negotiate with local forces of the New People’s Army (NPA). Similar efforts by the 8th ID in Eastern Visayas have been reported. Yesterday, GRP President Duterte expressed support for such efforts and called on NPA Red fighters to surrender with promises of housing and jobs.

Duterte’s local peace talks will surely fail in its aim of dividing the revolutionary forces waging a nationwide people’s war. The Duterte regime is wasting time and the people’s money in setting-up these useless local peace committees which will go nowhere and achieve nothing. These are mere rehashes of worn-out psywar surrender programs such as the “balik-baril program” and the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) riding on the popular clamor for peace talks.

The entire NPA is united under the central leadership of the CPP. The Party and all units of the NPA support the Negotiating Panel of the NDFP in its representation of all revolutionary forces in negotiations with the GRP with the aim of forging agreements to settle the outstanding socio-economic and political questions that compel the people to wage armed struggle.

By pushing for local peace talks and enticing the surrender of NPA fighters with silly incentives, Duterte reveals himself to have a very shallow appreciation of the profound social problems which are at the root of the raging civil war in the Philippines.

While waging nationwide armed struggle to confront Duterte’s “full-scale” all-out war and resist its fascist attacks against the people, the Party and all revolutionary forces reiterate its call for the resumption of the 5th round of the NDFP-GRP peace negotiations in order to pursue discussions on the release of all political prisoners and the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER).