On US manipulation of the UN Commission on Human Rights for its anti-Cuba actions

By LUIS G. JALANDONI
NDFP Chief International Representative
Member, NDFP National Executive Committee

The US government is once again using the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) which is holding its 61st Session from March 14 to April 22, 2005 as a forum to carry out anti-Cuba intrigues and manoeuvres and using its economic and political clout to bend other countries against Cuba. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) denounces the US for such actions and supports the Cuban people and government in defending their national sovereignty and their right to chart their own independent course as a people.

 

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GRP and PNP are engaged in disinformation about legal situation of Prof. Jose Maria Sison

By FIDEL V. AGCAOILI
Chairperson, NDFP Human Rights Committee

PNP director for intelligence General Roberto Delfin recently announced that two months hence the Dutch government would make formal charges of terrorism against Prof. Jose Maria Sison and deport him to a country other than the Philippines. Subsequently, press secretary Ignacio Bunye publicly called on Prof. Sison to return to the Philippines.

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AFP officer exposes ignorance of International Humanitarian Law

By FIDEL V. AGCAOILI
Co-Chair, GRP-NDFP Joint Monitoring Committee
Member, NDFP Negotiating Panel

Lieutenant Colonel Franklin del Prado, spokesperson of the Philippine Army's 6th Infantry Division, exposes his profound ignorance when he claims that the New People’s Army’s use of a land mine in an ambush on an AFP platoon in Sultan Kudarat is a violation of international humanitarian law.

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AFP and PNP worst violators of children’s rights

By LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel

The AFP and PNP, identified by the GRP’s own Commission on Human Rights as the worst human rights violators, are also the worst violators of children’s rights. A big number of victims of their military operations such as forced evacuations, food and population control, indiscriminate bombardment and firing, and illegal searches and arrests, are children and women. From 21 January 2001 up to 5 December 2004, KARAPATAN, the leading human rights organization in the Philippines, documented 3,560 cases of HR violations involving 198,308 victims, 18,977 families, 123 communities and 1,106 households.

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Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is out of touch with reality

By LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel

Just like her statement that there is actually peace in Mindanao, GRP President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is again out of touch with reality in presuming that the GRP can just go ahead with peace talks with the NDFP.

The raging battles in Sulu, with the AFP suffering the loss of two colonels and more than 100 soldiers, demonstrate the presumptuousness of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. She declared that signing of a GRP-MILF peace agreement would be a mere formality because there is actual peace in Mindanao. She set aside such substantive agenda as the issue of ancestral domain and the numerous violations of the ceasefire agreement with the MILF.

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“This miron is so pikon, it’s already halata”: An open sagot to Manuel Buencamino

By RHEA VILLARUEL
Member, Kabataang Makabayan (Patriotic Youth)

Manuel Buencamino’s open letter to Prof. Jose Maria Sison (“Don’t be so ‘pikon’ and so yesterday”, Today, 14 January, Opinion Page) didn’t belong to a broadsheet usually read on mornings. His rehashed potshots against Prof. Sison were so old they must have been printed before on old newspapers best read during siesta time. Alam mo na, to summon instant drowsiness.

But the article’s shallowness and senselessnes may induce nightmares, as well. It is not recommended reading at all. Kaya, ‘wag na lang.

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On prolonged ceasefire and relief and rehabilitation operations

By LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), as a matter of principle, undertakes all efforts possible to provide assistance to the communities adversely affected by calamities. In areas under its political control, the revolutionary organs of political power carry out relief and rehabilitation with the able assistance of the mass organizations, the units of the New People’s Army, and other revolutionary forces. In other areas, the NDFP provides assistance to the extent possible without endangering the security of its forces and the people. It encourages and assists the civilian agencies and organizations that undertake relief and rehabilitation work.

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Europe tour of Romulo, Deles and Gonzales is useless and conterproductive

Prof. JOSE MARIA SISON
NDFP Chief Political Consultant

The Europe tour of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles and Presidential Chief of Staff Norberto Gonzales is useless and counterproductive, if the objective is to force my return to the Philippines.

Not even the Dutch government or the European Union can force my return to the Philippines because as a recognized political refugee I am protected by the Refugee Convention and by Article 3 and entirety of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

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Prof. Jose Maria Sison has a well-grounded fear of persecution

By LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel

It is outrageous for the GRP delegation consisting of Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo, Presidential Chief of Staff Norberto Gonzales and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles to declare that Prof. Jose Maria Sison "need not fear political persecution in the Philippines".

GRP President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Foreign Secretary Romulo know fully well that Mr. Norberto Gonzales recently proposed the assassination of Prof. Sison at a high level meeting on security and argued that such assassination would put an end to their problems. A reliable source who was present at the aforesaid meeting conveyed this information to the NDFP Negotiating Panel last month.

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CPP, NPA and NDFP uphold human rights

By Prof. JOSE MARIA SISON
NDFP Chief Political Consultant

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) actively upholds and stands for the full range of human rights by carrying out the new democratic revolution through protracted people’s war. It fights for the national and social liberation of the Filipino people against US and the local exploiting classes. It protects and promotes the basic freedoms and democratic rights of the people.

The constitutional Guide for Establishing the People’s Democratic Government sets forth the fundamental rights of the people. The constitutions of the CPP and other revolutionary forces define the rights and duties of their members and leading organs in consonance with democratic principles. The Basic Rules of the New People’s Army require respect for human rights and humanitarian law.

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