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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bisaya:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NPA defies AFP’s intensified campaign in Daguma range

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Sgd) Ka Gary Angeles

Spokesperson, VPROC-NPA

ILPS condemns Duterte for slander and intimidation

Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
April 6, 2019

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), which I represent as Chairperson of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC), hereby condemns in the strongest terms the attempt of the notorious Duterte regime to slander the ILPS and misrepresent it as the international network and International Department of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) for the purpose of intimidating the legal and patriotic and progressive organizations of Filipinos in the Philippines and abroad.

Contrary to the false claim of the Duterte regime, the ILPS is a broad alliance of hundreds of anti-imperialist and democratic mass organizations in scores of countries from all continents. The ICC, its supreme leading organ, is elected by the International Assembly and is restricted by the ILPS Charter from having more than three members from the same country, thus preempting control of the ILPS by any single country or organization.

The Duterte regime’s attack on the ILPS is an extension of the anticommunist witch hunt, state terrorism and fascisation being carried out by the regime in the Philippines. It is meant to attain certain malicious objectives, such as the following:

  1. To red-tag and intimidate the ILPS and also to vainly reinforce its previous red tagging of legal patriotic and even religious organizations that are critical of the gross and systematic violations of human rights being perpetrated by Duterte.
  2. To mislead world public opinion and deflect attention from the complaints on human rights violations already submitted to the International Criminal Court by aggrieved victims and survivors of human rights violations, who cannot obtain justice from Philippine courts which are now under the draconian control of the tyrant Duterte.
  3. To blame the legal patriotic and progressive organizations and even religious organizations for supposedly causing the self-generated notoriety of the tyrannical, murderous and corrupt Duterte regime.

In the first place, the Duterte regime must be aware of its own crimes. Since he became president, Duterte no less has been publicly inciting and ordering the police to frame up and kill suspected drug users and peddlers in the thousands and assuring his armed minions of presidential protection and rewards in cash and promotions. Thus, more than 30,000 people have been extrajudicially killed in the fake war on illegal drugs undertaken by Duterte to monopolize the illegal drug trade.

The international and human rights agencies and organizations have been factual and truthful in their reporting of the mass murders and other human rights violations. Thus, Duterte is the subject of complaints to the International Criminal Court in The Hague by aggrieved Filipinos who cannot seek justice from the Philippines state because of Duterte’s unbridled brutality and tight grip on the judicial system.

Those being red-tagged by the Duterte regime include highly and widely respected Philippine organizations, like the IBON Research Foundation, GABRIELA, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, KARAPATAN, and the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL), and religious formations like the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines and the Iglesia Independiente Filipina (Philippine Independent Church).

The Duterte regime is maliciously spreading the big lie that its criminal ill repute or notoriety is because of the advocacy and social activism of the aforesaid organizations in support of the poor, exploited, and oppressed people and that these are merely CPP “front” or dummy organizations, which are used for raising funds abroad.

On their own account, the CPP and New People’s Army have time and again asserted and manifested their political, organizational and financial self-reliance because they enjoy the vigorous participation and abundant support of the people in the revolutionary struggle for national liberation, democracy, social justice, and all-round development.

Acting as the psywar agent of the Duterte regime, AFP Major General Parlade has gone to several countries in Europe and Southeast Asia to red-tag and slander the ILPS as a conduit of foreign funds for the CPP and revolutionary movement. He has done so at a time that the AFP is applying the brutal methods of Oplan Tokhang in Oplan Kapayapaan and escalating the selective and mass murders of people suspected of being linked to the New People’s Army.

Previously, it was another Duterte running dog, PNP General Albayalde who red-tagged the patriotic and progressive organizations on the outright lie that I identified them as CPP “front” organizations by maliciously misrepresenting a 1987 video, in which I sharply differentiated the forces of the armed revolutionary movement from the legal patriotic and progressive forces that had directly brought down the Marcos fascist dictatorship in 1986. ###

Quick response to Duterte’s threats to suspend writ of habeas corpus and declare revolutionary war

By Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
April 5, 2019

Duterte cannot engage in a revolutionary war because he is a counterrevolutionary agent of foreign monopoly capitalists, big compradors and big landlords.  He is a bureaucrat capitalist of the worst kind.  

He should not misappropriate and besmirch the noble calling of revolutionary. He is a tyrant, traitor, plunderer and mass murderer hell-bent on imposing a fascist dictatorship on the Filipino people through charter change to a bogus kind of federalism.

He is already engaged in de facto martial law nationwide and in the de facto  suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. He is increasingly engaged in mass intimidation, mass arrests and mass murders.The people are therefore already rising up against his reign of greed and terror. 

If he formally proclaims the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus or even martial law nationwide, he will only succeed in further enraging the people and inciting them to wage all forms of revolutionary resistance. The real revolutionary war  is against his ongoing counterrevolutionary war.

Related news: Duterte threatens to suspend writ of habeas corpus, declare ‘revolutionary war’

Biguin ang Oplan Kapayapaan! Labanan ang todo-gera ng rehimeng US-Duterte!

Magno Udyaw
Tagapagsalita
NPA – Mt. Province

Kaisa ng sambayanang Pilipino ang Leonardo Pacsi Command (New People’s Army – Mountain Province) sa pagkundina sa sunod-sunod na pasistang atake ng rehimeng US-Duterte laban sa mamamayan at sa rebolusyonaryong kilusan.

Sa ilalim ng Oplan Kapayapaan, walang-tigil ang pandarahas at pamamaslang ng mga ahente ng reaksyunaryong Estado sa masang magsasaka, manggagawa, at pambansang minorya.

Noong Marso 30, umabot sa 14 magsasaka sa 3 munisipyo sa Negros Oriental ang pinaslang sa magkakahiwalay na operasyon ng mga pwersa ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Philippine National Police (PNP). Tuloy-tuloy ang pananakot, panggigipit, at pambubomba sa mga komunidad ng Lumad sa Mindanao sa ilalim ng Martial Law.

Sa Mt. Province, patuloy ang okupasyon ng mga tropa ng AFP at PNP sa mga komunidad ng Bauko matapos ang dalawang matagumpay na aksyong-militar ng LPC noong Marso 29 at Marso 31, kung saan nagtamo ng pinsala (isang patay at di-bababa sa limang sugatan) ang mga tropa ng Estado.

Dagdag ang mga ito sa napakahaba nang listahan ng mga paglabag sa karapatang-tao ng rehimeng US-Duterte at ang armadong pwersa nito – mula sa pamamaslang sa libo-libong maralitang-lungsod sa ilalim ng gera kontra droga hanggang sa pambabraso at panunupil sa ligal na demokratikong kilusan at oposisyon.

Lalo lamang nakikita ng mamamayang Pilipino kung sino ang pinagsisilbihan ng AFP at PNP at para kanino ang “Kapayapaan” na ipinamamarali nito – ang mga panginoong maylupa, malalaking burgesta-kumprador, at imperyalista.

Pinalalakas ni Duterte ang AFP at PNP upang higit na makapaglingkod ang mga ito sa mga mapandambong na malalaking kumpanya sa enerhiya, logging, at mining.

Kung tutuusin, kaawa-awa ang mga katulad nina Patrolman Wilfredo Padawil at Police Corporal Eroeel Lapniten, na dahil sa kahirapan, kawalan ng disenteng trabaho, at sistemikong pang-aapi sa mga Igorot ay napipilitang isugo ang kanilang mga buhay para sa mga institusyong katulad ng AFP at PNP na korap, pasista, maka-dayuhan, at kontra-mamamayan.

Ang mga tulad din nina Padawil at Lapniten ay ang target ng IP-centric approach, kung saan malawakang nagrerekluta ang AFP at PNP sa hanay ng mga Igorot upang ipaing ang mga ito sa mga operasyon sa Cordillera, isang malawak na kabundukan na pinaglalawayan ng mga dayuhang korporasyon.

Higit pang lumilinaw ang katotohanan ng gera sibil sa pagitan ng iilang naghaharing-uri at ang armadong pwersa nito sa isang panig, at ng malawak na masang api at ang isinusulong nitong armadong pakikibaka sa kabila.

Sa kagyat, dapat magpunyagi ang mamamayang Pilipino na biguin ang pasista at kontra-mamamayang Oplan Kapayapaan. Sumandig tayo sa ating sama-samang pagkilos upang labanan ang todo-gera ng rehimeng US-Duterte.

Nananawagan ang LPC sa mamamayan ng Mt. Province, Cordillera, at buong bansa na ibaling sa rebolusyonaryong paglaban ang galit sa kawalan ng katarungan sa ilalim ng naghaharing sistema. Sumapi sa NPA – ang tunay na hukbo ng mamamayan – at ipagtagumpay ang Digmang Bayan na mag-aanak ng tunay na kalayaan at kapayapaan!

71st IB is guilty of the murder of 2 civilians in Mabini, ComVal

New People’s Army
ComVal – Davao Gulf Sub-Regional Operations Command
Southern Mindanao Region
PRESS STATEMENT | March 31, 2019 | Bisaya»

The ugly twin heads of fascism and impunity has again victimized hapless civilians in Southern Mindanao under the US-Duterte regime’s brutal implementation of martial law and Oplan Kapayapaan. On the early hours of March 28, two civilian youths were murdered while another was severely wounded by members of the 71st Infantry Battalion in Sitio Mangurayan, Brgy. Anitapan in Mabini, Compostela Valley. 

Ground reports that reached NPA units in Compostela Valley painted a gruesome story of the 71st IB’s wanton disregard for the lives of civilians and their consequent effort to sweep their crime under the rug. Armed with only flashlights and an improvised marble gun, Franklin Tirol, Zaldy Tirol and one other, all farmers and part-time small-scale miners, were doing night-time hunting (panulo) of frogs, civet cat (milo) and other edible animals when, without warning, at around 1:00 in the morning, they were mercilessly fired upon for several minutes by members of the 71st IB. Killed instantaneously was Franklin while his cousin Zaldy died from sustained wounds a few hours after arriving at the hospital. AFP troops likewise arrested the third companion who also sustained severe gunshot wounds. 

Learning that its troops rained bullets over civilians, the 71st IB’s Civil Military Operations was quick to do damage control in the media and immediately churned out fake news to wash the blood off their hands. The fascist liars claimed that the youths were members of the NPA and even showed photos of the slain civilians as though these legitimized the commission of murder and the “seized” weapons that included improvised explosive device and other paraphernalia. They even absurdly insisted that one of their forces sustained gunshot wounds. 

However, the condemnation and adamant denial of Franklin Tirol’s mother that the two were members of the NPA belied the ridiculous claims of the 71st IB. Helpless and grieving, she fears for her right to demand justice for the murder of her son and nephew. Even a cursory survey of the masses in the community would prove that the murdered youths were in fact civilians. 

This is not the first time that the 71st IB displayed such stark disregard for human rights and got away with it. In the province, its forces are known as “child-killer battalion” who murdered 7-year old Sunshine Jabinez in September 2011 in Pantukan and 8-year old Roque Antivo in April 2013 in Mabini. Later that same year, on December 6, 2013, they killed Pedro Tinga, a 57-year old Mansaka tribal leader, in Maco. Not only were the culprits of these atrocious crimes remained scot-free, but the 71st IB itself enjoyed impunity for sowing terror in their areas of operation, especially since Duterte’s implementation of martial law in Mindanao. Its troops clearly follow in the fascist footsteps of their former notorious commander Jovito “The Butcher” Palparan, who has already been found guilty for the rape and murder of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño. 

The US-Duterte regime’s campaign of massacre and genocide against peasants and indigenous people is clearly the hallmark of Duterte’s tyrannical rule. The murders in Mabini happened just 2 days before yesterday’s Negros massacre where 14 farmers (eight in Calaon City, four in Majuyod town and 2 in Catalina City) were massacred by police officers and soldiers under the guise of an anti-criminality drive on March 30.

NPA units under the Comval – Davao Gulf Sub-Regional Operations Command have already been directed to ensure that revolutionary justice be afforded to the families of the victims. Perpetrators of the crime must be identified, investigated and indicted in the people’s court and, following a trial conducted by organs of political power and in accordance to existing conditions in the guerilla base, appropriate punishment must be meted out. 

We urge the officials of the local governments in Mabini and Compostela Valley to aid the family in seeking justice for the murder of the two youths. They must immediately demand the release of arrested youth who is currently detained under false charges and suffering trauma from the incident. The crimes of the 71st IB, including the ones that they skirted responsibility on, must be exposed and severely condemned. We also call upon the foot soldiers of the 71st IB who know the truth of the AFP’s culpability and deceit in covering up the heinous crime. There is no glory, even as you are being paid blood money to carry out crimes against the masses in Compostela Valley, in serving a fascist killing machine that victimizes your fellow peasants and Lumad. 

Finally, we urge the Lumad and peasant masses in Compostela Valley province to show their indignation by continuing to demand that the 71st IB pay for their crimes against the people and thoroughly driving them out of the province. Only by exhausting all forms of resistance, such as linking arms with the people’s movement against the US-Duterte regime’s escalating fascism and impunity and most especially joining the revolutionary armed struggle being waged by the NPA, will the state-sponsored terrorism be stopped and the brutal enemy be made to face revolutionary justice. 

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

Bisaya:

Sad-an ang 71st IB sa linuog nga pagpatay sa 2 ka sibilyan sa Mabini, ComVal

Ang ngil-ad nga kaluha nga pasismo ug kawalay-tulubagon subling namiktima og alaot nga mga sibilyan sa Southern Mindanao ilalom sa mangtas nga pagpatuman sa rehimeng US-Duterte sa balaod militar ug sa Oplan Kapayapaan. Sayo sa kabuntagon niadtong Marso 28, duha ka batan-ong sibilyan ang gipamatay samtang laing usa pa ang grabehang gisamdan sa mga membro sa 71st Infantry Battalion sa Sitio Mangurayan, Brgy. Anitapan sa Mabini, Compostela Valley. 

Gihulagway sa mga taho gikan sa mga masa ang ngilngig nga sugilanon sa walay kaluoy nga pagpanamastamas sa 71st IB sa kinabuhi sa mga sibilyan ug ang ilang pagsulay nga tabonan ang ilang krimen. Dala ang walay lain kun dili flashlight og minugna nga jolen gun (marble gun), nanulo og baki, milo ug uban pang mananap ang mga mag-uumang sila Franklin Tirol, Zaldy Tirol ug laing usa pa sa dihang walay pasidaan silang gipamusil sulod sa pila ka minuto sa mga membro sa 71st IB. Diha-dihang namatay si Frnaklin samtang ang ig-agaw niyang si Zaldy namatay usab pila ka oras pagkahuman gihatod sa ospital. Giaresto usab sa mga tropa sa AFP ang samdan nilang kuyog. 

Sa dihang nahibaloan nga mga sibilyan ang gipaulanan og bala sa ilang tropa, dali-daling naningkamot ang Civil Military Operations sa 71st IB nga mipagula og peke nga balita sa midya aron manghunaw sa ilang responsibilidad sa krimen. Gipagarpar sa mga pasistang bakakon nga kuno mga membro sa NPA ang mga batan-on, ug gani nagpakita pa og mga litrato sa ilang napatay nga mga sibilyan sa panalagma nga hatagan og pasangil ang ilang krimen, “nakumpiskang” mga himan sama sa improvised explosive device ug lain pang kagamitan. Namakak pa sila nga kuno samdan ang usa nila ka tropa.

Apan ang pagkundenar ug kusganong panghimakak sa inahan ni Franklin Tirol nga ang duha mga membro sa NPA nagbutyag sa bakak sa 71st IB. Walay paglaom ug nabakho, nabalaka usab siya nga iduso ang iyang katungod nga makaangkon og hustisya alang sa iyang anak ug pag-umangkon. Bisan ang taphaw nga pagpangutana sa mga molupyo sa komunidad magpamatuod nga sibilyan ang gipamatay nga mga batan-on. 

Dili kini ang unang higayon nga gipakita sa 71st IB ang ilang yanong kawalay-pagtagad sa tawhanong katungod apan naluwas gihapon sa tulubagon. Sa probinsya, ilado ang ilang pwersa nga “child-killer battalion” kinsa mipatay sa 7-anyos nga si Sunshine Jabinez niadtong Setyembre 2011 sa Pantukan ug sa 8-anyos nga si Roque Antivo niadtong Abril 2013 sa Mabini. Niadto usab Disyembre 6, 2013, gipatay usab sa pwersa sa 71st IB si Pedro Tinga, ang 57-anyos nga lider sa Lumad nga Mansaka sa Maco. Gawas nga nagpabiling gawasnon ang mga sad-an niining makalilisang nga mga krimen, apan padayong naga-angkon og kawalay-tulobagon ang 71st IB sa pagsabwag og kalisang sa ginalihokan niining mga erya. Tataw nga gisunod sa ilang pwersa ang pasistang buhat sa kanhi nilang kumander nga si Jovito “The Butcher” Palparan, kinsa napamatud-an nang sad-an sa pagpanglugos ug pagpatay sa mga estudyante sa UP nga sila Sherlyn Cadapan ug Karen Empeño. 

Ang kampanya sa pagmasaker ug genocide sa rehimeng US-Duterte batuk sa mga mag-uuma ug Lumad tataw nga timaan sa malupigong paghari ni Duterte. Ang pagpamatay sa Mabini nahitabo 2 lang ka adlaw ayha ang Negros masaker diin 14 ka mag-uuma (walo sa Calaon City, upat sa munisipyo sa Majuyod ug 2 sa Catalina City) and walay kaluoy nga gipangmasaker sa mga pulis ug sundalo ilalom sa pasangil nga kampanya kontra-kriminalidad niadtong Marso 30. 

Gimandoan na ang tanang yunit sa NPA ilalom sa Comval – Davao Gulf Sub-Regional Operations Command nga ipaneguro nga mahatagan og rebolusyonaryong hustisya ang mga pamilya sa biktima. Kinahanglang ilhon, imbestigahan ug pasakaan og kaso ang mga sad-an sa Hukumang Bayan ug, human sa pagtaral nga ipahigayon sa mga organo sa pulitikanhong gahum ug subay sa nagtunhay nga kahimtang sulod sa baseng gerilya, pahamtangan og angay nga silot.

Atong gina-awhag ang mga opisyal sa mga lokal nga reaksyunaryong gobyerno sa Mabini ug Compostela Valley nga tabangan ang mga pamilya sa pagkab-ot og hustisya alang sa pagpatay sa duha ka batan-on. Kinahanglan usab nga i-demanda ang pagbuhi sa giaresto nilang kuyog nga sa kasamtangan padayong anaa sa kamot sa kaaway taliwala sa gisinati niining trauma. Kinahanglang ibutyag ug kusganong ikundena ug papanubagon ang 71st IB sa mga salaod niini. 

Ginaawhag usab nato ang mga yanong sundalo sa 71st IB nga nahibalo sa kamatuoran sa salaod sa AFP ug sa paningkamot niini nga tabonan ang maong linuog nga krimen. Walay dungog, bisan pa sa pagdawat og suholan nga nabulit sa dugo, diha sa pag-alagad sa pasistang makinarya sa pagpamatay nga nagapangbiktima sa susama natong mga Lumad ug mag-uuma. 

Labaw sa tanan, atong ginaawhag ang masang Lumad ug mag-uuma sa Compostela Valley nga ipakita ang ilang kasilag pinaagi sa padayong pagdemanda nga papanubagon ang 71st IB sa mga salaod niini sa katawhan ug hingpit nga pagpalayas kanila sa probinsya. Pinaagi lang sa lain-laing porma sa pagsukol, sama sa pagsalmot sa nagkakusog nga kalihokan sa katawhan batuk sa nagkagrabeng pasismo ug kawalay-tulubagon sa rehimeng US-Duterte ug labaw na ang pagsampa sa rebolusyonaryong armadong pakigbisog nga ginalunsad sa NPA, masanta ang terorismo sa estado ug mapahamtangan og rebolusyonaryong hustisya ang mangtas nga kaaway.

WE ARE THE NPA: We serve the people and the revolution until victory and for socialism!

RIGOBERTO F. SANCHEZ
Spokesperson, New People’s Army
Regional Operations Command
Southern Mindanao Region

March 29, 2019 | PRESS STATEMENT | Bisaya»

On the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of the true army of the people, the New People’s Army, Red fighters and commanders in Southern Mindanao, along with our tens of thousands of people’s militia, reiterate our commitment to serve the people and the armed revolutionary people’s war until victory and for the attainment of socialism. With the US-Duterte regime’s free falling deterioration to being the most fascist, corrupt and anti-people puppet regime since Marcos, the path of revolutionary armed resistance is clearer more than ever.

The past year has yet again proven the distinct contrast between Red fighters of the NPA and the brutal dogs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. While the NPA consistently serves the interests and welfare of the workers, peasants, Lumad and all other sectors of society, the fascist enemy in Southern Mindanao has been squarely reduced to a rabid, mercenary and brutal organized group of hooligans out to do the bidding of the ruling class of landlords, bourgeoise comprador, bureaucrat capitalists like Rodrigo Duterte and their imperialist masters.

The AFP’s fascism in the region under Duterte’s martial law has rivalled and in other cases surpassed the dark days of Marcos’ martial law. Training their guns on farmers, workers, the Lumad, activists, minors and other civilians, extra-judicial killings have not only become standard fare for the AFP’s brutal troops but tremendously enjoyed Duterte’s utmost support and impunity. Since February this year, AFP troops have managed to abduct and detain for almost 2 days two underage girls in Kitaotao, Bukidnon; killed a Lumad student in Talaingod, Davao del Norte and murdered 2 civilians and fatally injured one other in Mabini, Compostela Valley. As far as Duterte and the AFP are concerned, the bloody trail of deaths and abuses under martial law in Mindanao is part and parcel of establishing the dictatorship which will perpetuate Duterte in power or ensure he escapes responsibility for the crimes he has committed against the people.

Failing to make any significant gains against the NPA, however, the AFP in the region have resorted to all sorts of fake news and shenanigans to smokescreen their utter failure in the counterinsurgency campaign Oplan Kapayapaan. They have made a milking cow of the Enhanced Comprehensive Livelihood Integration Program (E-CLIP), from which their officials have pocketed millions, all the while recycling past surrenderees or else rounding up civilian peasants and Lumad and forcing them to surrender as members of the NPA. AFP troops employed psywar tactics in order to force local government units or tribal councils to come up with so-called “declarations” naming the CPP, NDFP and the NPA as persona non-grata (unwelcome persons). Before long, however, the AFP spin doctors will have to explain why Red fighters are still able to launch tactical offensives against their troops or deflect their attacks in areas they previously “cleared” from “communist influence.”

The Eastern Mindanao Command of the AFP has belabored the need for the so-called localized peace talks in lieu of the formal negotiations between the GRP and NDFP panels scuttled by Duterte himself and insisted on the “crucial role” of the local government units and other agencies of the reactionary government. Reading through the sweet talk and false obeisance, the AFP actually wants to subvert civilian authority and ensure that LGUs and other agencies tow the fascist line in their counter-insurgency campaign. The enemy desperately wants to ensure that these localized peace talks are being conducted in conjunction with their psywar campaign of intimidation and harassments, fake mass surrenders of civilians, alongside enforced disappearances, bombings, forced evacuations and extra-judicial killings. The AFP in fact is sending a veiled threat against all peace-loving local officials, human rights advocates and sympathizers of the revolutionary cause in the region, or else face the fatal consequences.

Meanwhile, the New People’s Army in the region continues to be the center of gravity for the masses’ hope and earnest struggle in resolutely resisting the present tyrannical US-Duterte regime. Fifty years into the revolutionary armed struggle, the NPA remains and has proven its mettle to be the main instrument of the Filipino people in realizing genuine national democracy to defeat US imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism.

Tempered in the realities and hardships of the people’s war, NPA units in Southern Mindanao are able to promptly adjust their mode and conduct of political and military work in consideration of the fluid military situation. During the implementation of Oplan Bantay Laya 1 and 2 when the region became the priority target of the brutal counterinsurgency campaign, the NPA in Southern Mindanao strengthened in numbers and in skill in guerilla warfare. All indications—including and mostly especially the worsening fascism as a result of heightened AFP militarization—point to the NPA emerging from the present challenges to become a far stronger people’s army that is resilient in withstanding the enemy’s suppression campaigns and more creative in advancing the revolution.

NPA units in the region are also able to help the peasant and Lumad masses wage agrarian revolution in order to retain their right to till and campaign for more just share, higher wages, higher farm gate prices for their produce and better working conditions. They have likewise aided the mass organizations and organs of political power in their campaign against the intrusion of multi-national companies, mining corporations and plantations that threatens to drive Lumad and peasants away from their farms and ancestral lands.

With the unwavering support of the masses and the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines, NPA forces in Southern Mindanao are emboldened to achieve heights and bearing in carrying out our urgent tasks in the CPP’s 5-year plan, which include overthrowing the current fascist US-Duterte regime, waging the anti-fascist, anti-feudal and anti-imperialist struggle, and bringing forward the people’s war to the advanced phase of the strategic defensive stage.

In serving the people and advancing their interests above all, the NPA in Southern Mindanao distinctly defines its class line and ensures that the intervening years will see greater and bigger achievements in the revolutionary armed struggle. For Red fighters and commanders in the region, there is no better way to celebrate this golden momentous occasion but by resolutely waging the people’s war until our nationwide victory.


Bisaya:

KITA ANG BHB: Atong gialagaran ang katawhan ug ang rebolusyon hangtud kadaugan ug alang sa sosyalismo!

Sa pagsaulog sa ika-50 kasumaran sa pagkatukod sa tinuod nga hukbo sa masa, ang Bagong Hukbong Bayan, ginapalig-on balik sa mga Pulang manggugubat ug mga kumander sa Southern Mindanao, luyo sa pid-an ka libong membro sa atong milisyang bayan, ang atong kaakohan nga alagaran ang katawhan ug ang armadong rebolusyonaryong gubat hangtud sa kadaugan ug alang sa pagkab-ot sa sosyalismo. Sa walay undang nga pagtiurok sa rehimeng US-Duterte ngadto sa pinaka-pasista, kurap ug kontra-katawhang papet nga rehimen sukad ni Marcos, labawng klaro alang kanato ang dalan sa rebolusyonaryong armadong pagsukol.

Subling gipamatud-an sa milabayng tuig ang tataw nga kalahian tali sa mga Pulang manggugubat sa BHB ug sa mangtas nga irong-buang sa Armed Forces of the Philippines. Samtang makanunayong gialagaran sa BHB ang interes ug kaayohan sa mga mamumuo, mag-uuma, Lumad ug uban pang sektor sa katilingban, naut-ot ngadto sa usa ka pintas, mersenaryo ug brutal nga kriminal nga grupo ang pasistang kaaway sa Southern Mindanao kinsa nahimong tigpatuman sa mga mando sa nagharing hut-ong sa mga agalong yutaan, burgis-komprador, burukrata kapitalista sama ni Rodrigo Duterte ug ilang mga imperyalistang amo.

Gitupngan ug sa ubang bahin gilabwan pa sa pasismo sa AFP sa rehiyon ilalom sa balaod militar ni Duterte ang ngitngit nga panahon sa balaod militar ni Marcos. Sa ilang pagpunting sa ilang mga armas ngadto sa mga mag-uuna, mamumuo, mga Lumad, aktibista, menor-de-edad ug uban pang mga sibilyan, nahimong dili lang naandang buhat sa brutal nga tropa sa AFP ang extra-judicial nga pagpatay apan nakahiagom usab kini og mainitong suporta ug kawalay-tulubagon gikan kang Duterte. Sukad Pebrero niining tuiga, gidakop ug gipreso sa tropa sa AFP sulod sa halos 2 ka adlaw and 2 ka menor-de-edad nga mga babaye sa Kitaotao, Bukidnon; gipatay ang usa ka Lumad nga estudyante sa Talaingod, Davao del Norte ug mangilngig nga gipatay ang 2 ka sibilyan samtang nasamdan ang usa pa nila ka kuyog sa Mabini, Compostela Valley. Alang ni Duterte ug sa AFP, ang maduguong kadena sa mga pagpatay ug abuso ilalom sa balaod militar sa Mindanao kabahin lang sa pagtukod sa diktaduryang mopalungtad kang Duterte sa gahum o moseguro nga makaikyas siya sa responsibilidad sa iyang mga krimen batuk sa katawhan.

Tungod pakyas sa pagkab-ot og signipikanteng kadaugan batuk sa BHB, walay nahimo ang AFP sa rehiyon kun dili ang pagmugna og mga peke nga balita ug uban pang kabuang aron tabunan ang ilang tumang kapildihan sa ilang kampanyang kontra-insurhensiya nga Oplan Kapayapaan. Gihimo nilang gatasan ang Enhanced Comprehensive Livelihood Integration Program (E-CLIP), diin minilyon ang nakurakot sa ilang mga opisyal, samtang nangresaykel og karaang mga surrenderee kun dili man nanghulga og mga sibilyan nga mohural isip mga membro sa BHB. Gigamit sa mga tropa sa AFP ang pagpanaywar aron pugson ang mga lokal nga gobyerno ug mga tribal council nga magmugna og tumo-tumong “deklarasyon” nga nag-ila sa CPP, NDFP ug NPA nga persona non-grata. Apan sa dili madugay, kinahanglang ipasabot sa mga butboton sa AFP nganong makalunsad gihapon og mga taktikal nga opensiba ang mga Pulang manggugubat batuk sa ilang mga tropa o mapakyas ang ilang mga atake sa mga erya diin kanhi nilang giingon nga “limpyo” na sa “impluwensya sa mga Komunista.”

Balik-balik ang pagarpar sa Eastern Mindanao Command sa AFP sa panginahanglan kuno sa ginaingong localized peace talks hulip sa pormal nga negosasyon tali sa mga panel sa GRP ug NDFP nga gibasura ni Duterte mismo ug ginapamugos ang “mahinungdanong papel” sa mga local government unit ug uban pang mga ahensya sa reaksyonaryong gobyerno. Kun tukion ang malinlahong pulong ug pagpakaaron-ingnon, gusto sa pagkatinuod sa AFP nga ipakawalay-bili ang sibilyan nga awtoridad ug ipaneguro nga ang mga LGU ug uban pang mga ahensya mosubay sa pasistang linya sa ilang kontra-insurhensiyang kampanya. Desperado ang kaaway nga ipahigayon kining mga localized peace talk dungan sa ilang kampanyang saywar nga pagpanghasi ug pagpanghadlok, peke ug dinaghang pagpasurender sa mga sibilyan, apil ang mga enforced disappearance, pagpamomba, pugos nga pagbakwit ug mga pagpatay. Sa pagkatinuod, bahad kini batuk sa mga lokal nga opisyal nga gusto og tinuod nga kalinaw, mga tigpanalipod sa tawhanong katungod ug mga simpatisador sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan sa rehiyon.

Sa pikas bahin, ang Bagong Hukbong Bayan sa rehiyon padayong nagbarog isip sentro-de-grabidad sa paglaom ug determinadong pakigbisog sa masa diha sa lig-ong pagsukol sa kasamtangangang mangtas nga rehimeng US-Duterte. Sulod sa 50 ka tuig sa atong rebolusyonaryong armadong pagsukol, nagpabilin ug padayon natong ginapamatud-an ang atong baruganan isip nag-unang instrumento sa masang Pilipino sa pagkab-ot sa tinuod nga nasudnong demokrasya aron pildihon ang imperyalismong US, pyudalismo ug burukrata kapitalismo.

Anad sa reyalidad ug kalisod sa paglunsad og gubat, paspas ug matngong nagapahaom ang mga yunit sa BHB sa Southern Mindanao sa ilang moda ug kondukta aron ipatuman ang ilang mga pulitikal ug militar nga gimbuhaton subay sa nagabag-ong kahimtang militar. Panahon sa pagpatuman sa Oplan Bantay Laya 1 ug 2 diin ang rehiyon ang nahimong nag-unang target sa brutal nga kampanyang kontra-insurhensiya, midaghan ang BHB sa rehiyon ug milambo sa paglunsad sa gerilyang pakiggubat. Ang tanang kasamtangang timailhan—lakip ug labaw na ang nagkamangtas nga pasismo nga resulta sa nagkakusog nga militarisasyon sa AFP—naga-ingon nga mapatigbabawan sa BHB ang kasamtangang mga hagit aron mahimong mas kusog nga hukbo sa katawhan, kinsa lig-ong ginapakyas ang kampanyang pagpanumpo sa kaaway ug mas mamugnaon sa pag-asdang sa rebolusyon.

Padayong ginatabangan sa mga yunit sa BHB ang masang mag-uuma ug Lumad sa pag-asdang sa agraryong rebolusyon aron ipabilin ang ilang katungod sa pagtikad sa yuta ug ikampanya ang mas makatarunganong bahinay, usbaw sa suholan, mas taas nga presyo sa palit sa ilang abot ug mas tawhanong kondisyon sa pagtrabaho. Ginatabangan usab nila ang mga organisasyong masa ug mga organo sa pulitikanhong gahum sa ilang mga kampanya batuk sa pagsulod sa mga kompanyang multi-nasyunal, minahan ug mga plantasyon nga nagahulgang mopalayas sa mga mag-uuma ug Lumad gikan sa ilang mga umahan ug yutang kabilin.

Sa walay puas nga suporta sa masa ug sa absolutong pagpamuno sa Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas, dasig ang mga pwersa sa BHB sa Southern Mindanao nga kab-oton ang mga kadaugan sa pagpatuman sa atong mga hinanaling tahas sulod 5 ka tuig nga plano sa PKP, lakip ang pagpalagpot sa kasamtangang pasistang rehimeng US-Duterte, paglunsad sa anti-pasista, anti-pyudal ug anti-imperyalistang pakigbisog, ug pag-abante sa gubat sa gubat sa katawhan ngadto sa abanteng ang-ang sa yugto sa estratehikong despensiba.

Pinaagi sa pag-alagad sa masa ug pag-asdang sa ilang interes labaw sa tanan, tin-aw nga gikinabuhi sa BHB sa Southern Mindanao ang makihut-ong niini nga linya ug gipaneguro nga ang mosunod nga katuigan mahimong saksi sa mas dakung kadaugan sa rebolusyonaryong armadong pakigbisog. Alang sa mga Pulang manggugubat ug kumander sa rehiyon, walay laing mas haom nga pamaagi sa pagsaulog sa atong bulawanong okasyon kun dili ang kinasing-kasing nga paglunsad as gubat sa katawhan hangtud sa atong nasudnong kadaugan.

Aabot ba tayo ng singkwenta kung hindi tayo mahal ng masa?

Talumpati ni Cleo Del Mundo sa ika-50 taong anibersaryo ng NPA
March 29, 2019

NPA-Quezon (Apolonio Mendoza Command) spokesperson Ka Cleo del Mundo

Aabot ba tayo ng singkwenta kung hindi tayo mahal ng masa?
Maidadaos ba natin ang pagdiriwang na ito kung hindi tayo nakakatagal sa mga baryo?
Hindi matalo-talo ang NPA dahil tinatangkilik tayo ng masang magsasaka at manggagawa at buong bayan!

Ang mga bagay na iyan ang araw-araw na bumabagabag at hindi nagpapatulog sa terorista at manyak na si Digong Duterte at kanyang mga Heneral. Si Duterte na lamang ang naniniwala sa kanyang sarili na mapupuksa ng kanyang berdugo at bayarang Armed Forces of the Philippines ang CPP-NPA-NDF sa kalaghatian ng taong 2019.

At dahil diyan tiyak na mananalo ang rebolusyon! Magagapi natin ang imperyalismo, pyudalismo at pasistang paghahari ni Duterte at ng mga susunod pang reaksyunaryong rehimen!

Pagpupugay sa buong sambayanan sa okasyon ng ikalimampung anibersaryo ng New People’s Army! Taas kamaong pagbati sa mga pulang kumander at pulang mandirigma ng magiting at tunay na hukbo ng mamamayan — ang Bagong Hukbong Bayan!

Mga kasama ngayong araw ang hudyat ng buong taon nating pagdiriwang ng anibersaryo ng New People’s Army. Ipagdiwang natin ito sa pamamagitan ng paggunita at pagdakila sa ating mga martir ng rebolusyon!

Ipagdiwang natin ito sa pamamagitan ng patuloy na pagtatayo at pagpapalakas ng base ng rebolusyon para biguin ang desperadong tangka ng AFP na wasakin ang mga samahang masa! 

Ipagdiwang natin ito sa patuloy na pagsusulong ng rebolusyong agraryo para labanan ang pagkakait ng lupang mabubungkal sa uring magsasaka, pagbagsak ng presyo ng kopra at mga produktong bukid, at isalba ang mamamayan sa tagtuyot at kagutuman!

Ipagdiwang natin ito sa mas pinaigting na armadong paglaban ng NPA at buong sambayanan!

Mga kasama, mula 2016 ang NPA sa ilalim ng Apolonio Mendoza Command, sa pangunguna ng inyong mga pulang kumander at pulang mandirigma ay nagpakita ng mas pinaigting na pagpupursige at katapangan para itaas ang antas ng ating armadong pakikibaka sa mga larangan ng digma sa buong lalawigan ng Quezon.

Nagkakailang matutunog na taktikal na opensiba ng Apolonio Mendoza Command ang yumanig sa Southern Luzon Command ng AFP at mga lokal na naghaharing uri. Nakakumpiska tayo ng mga matataas na kalibre ng baril, nawasak natin ang mga kagamitang militar ng 85th IBPA, nagtamo sila ng maraming kaswalti, at naparusahan natin ang mga may mabibigat na krimen sa mamamayan at rebolusyunaryong kilusan.

Hindi kayang pagtakpan ng rehimen ang kabulukan ng mga programa ng kampanyang supresyon ng AFP sa ilalim ng Oplan Kapayapaan kagaya ng mga pekeng pagpapasurender, panlilinlang sa magsasaka sa pamamagitan ng pangako ng mga proyektong pangkabuhayan, pandarahas sa pinaghihinalaang kasapi ng kilusan at matatagal na pagkakampo sa mga sentro ng barangay na nagdudulot ng takot sa taumbaryo.

Kaya naman patuloy ang pag-ani ng suporta ng NPA mula sa mamamayan. Katunayan, ang kamakailang pagpapatupad ng rebolusyunaryong pamamarusa ng NPA sa isang napatunayang rapist ay umani ng popular na pagsuporta hindi lamang ng mga naging biktima at karaniwang mamamayan. Kundi pati ang mga kagawad ng pambansang pulisya na nag-imbestiga ay sumang-ayon sa ginawang pamamarusa ng NPA sa kriminal.

Mga kasama, ang pagdiriwang natin ng ginintuang anibersaryo ng NPA ay higit na mabibigyang buhay kung patuloy tayong magpapasampa sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan. Dapat maging bahagi ang buong sambayanan sa patuloy na pagmumulat, pag-oorganisa at pagpapakilos para sa demokratikong rebolusyong bayan.

Ituro natin na ang rebolusyon, at hindi ang eleksyon sa Mayo, ang tanging daan para sa pagkakamit ng isang tunay na malaya at masaganang lipunan na magbibigay daan sa kasunod na sosyalistang rebolusyon.

Mabuhay ang New People’s Army!

Mabuhay ang Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas!

Mabuhay ang sambayanang lumalaban!

Boldly intensify guerrilla warfare and wage all-out resistance against the US-Duterte fascist regime! Carry forward the people’s war to greater heights!

Message of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines on the occasion of the NPA’s 50th founding anniversary

March 29, 2019

[This is an abridged version of the statement of the CPP Central Committee. The complete version of this statement will be released in the coming days.]

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines, together with the Filipino people and all their revolutionary forces, extends most militant greetings to all the valiant Red commanders and fighters on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Let us celebrate the victories accumulated through five decades of waging people’s war, as well as those achieved in the past year of waging armed resistance against the ruthless attacks of the US-Duterte fascist regime.

Let us honor all the heroes and martyrs of the people’s war who gave their lives for the revolutionary cause. Let us recognize as well the contributions of all veterans who served the NPA and who now continue to serve the revolution in other forms. The achievements of the past 50 years could not have been accomplished without their sacrifices. Their names will forever be etched in the annals of the Filipino people’s epic resistance. Their examples inspire us to carry forward the difficult tasks ahead.

Let us also firmly salute the thousands of Red commanders and Red fighters of the NPA, both the old-timers and new recruits. They are driven by the desire to defend the people and advance their aspirations. They are ever determined to wage armed struggle. They are models of courage and selflessness.

The worsening crisis of the semicolonial and semifeudal ruling system underscores the need for waging a national democratic revolution. This is made more starkly clear by the Duterte regime’s abuse of power, corruption, widespread violations of human rights, mass murder, war crimes, subservience to US imperialism, excessive foreign borrowing, onerous taxes and sellout of the country’s wealth and patrimony.

Duterte is the face of the rottenness of the entire ruling system. His anti-people, anti-national and anti-democratic policies are causing the people grave social and economic hardships. He has unleashed brutal wars accompanied by widespread abuses and fascist violence. In his lust for more power, he is set on establishing a fascist dictatorship in order to perpetuate dynastic rule and secure the entire system through barefaced force.

The broad masses of the Filipino people are suffering from worsening crisis conditions and have no other recourse but to wage revolutionary mass resistance and armed struggle to put an end to their grave situation. The crisis of the ruling system generates ever favorable circumstances for the accelerated growth of the revolutionary forces. Duterte’s tyranny and reign of terror is pushing more and more people to support and join the NPA.

THE CURRENT WORLD SITUATION is characterized by unresolved capitalist depression leading to ever worsening conditions of oppression and exploitation, as well as by growing inter-imperialist contradictions between the big powers. US imperialism insists on asserting unipolar power causing tensions and risking antagonism within the prevailing multipolar institutions.

Economic stagnation continues to engulf the US and Europe. The capitalist world is trembling over the prospect of a slowdown of the Chinese economy. Desperate to overcome economic stagnation, the US is shaking up existing trade and investment liberalization agreements. 

Amid persistent conditions of stagnation, imperialist agencies themselves are raising fears of an impending economic storm. They have warned of the international financial system collapsing under the weight of global debt. Capitalist overproduction is resulting in heightening contradictions between big imperialist powers over trade and economic arrangements. Economic stagnation in the US is pushing it to assert ultranationalism and hegemonic power more vigorously, heightening contradictions with rival powers. Other imperialist powers are racing to increase their own military capacity. 

Billions of workers and peasants across the world are suffering increasingly intolerable conditions. They are fighting back and are ever ready to respond to the call to wage revolutionary resistance under the banner of genuine communist parties. Across the world, people are waging resistance in different fronts against worsening social and economic measures under the neoliberal policy regime, as well as against imperialist intervention and military aggression. 

THE FILIPINO PEOPLE continue to suffer from deteriorating socio-economic conditions marked by rising prices, measly incomes, widespread joblessness, rural displacement and lack of basic social services. The US-Duterte regime rampages on with its war of suppression and scheme to establish a fascist dictatorship.

The import-dependent and export-oriented Philippine economy remains in an acute state of crisis. The country’s trade deficit last year ended at a record high as a result of global economic stagnation and weak demand for Philippine semimanufacture exports. Joblessness is at historic highs under Duterte. To mask the severity of the jobs crisis, Duterte’s statisticians have simply stopped counting millions of jobless as unemployed. Duterte’s promise of job creation with his infrastructure program remains unfulfilled.

Prices of food and other basic commodities continue to rise while wages remain grossly low. Prices of fuel products have increased by at least seven times over the past few weeks. 

The expected deluge of rice imports will cause grave negative impact on millions of local rice farmers, mostly tenants and farm workers, who are set to suffer loss of income. Infrastructure, tourism and energy projects, as well as the expansion of mining and plantation operations are causing widespread rural displacement. Up to 1.7 million jobs in the agricultural sector were lost last year. To placate rising rural restiveness, Duterte has mounted public stunts of fake land reform that misrepresent the handing out of land transfer certificates requiring peasants to pay regular amortization as “land distribution.”

Cases of human rights abuses continue to rise as the Duterte regime’s military and police forces go on a rampage in an intensification of its war of suppression. Extrajudicial killings of peasant leaders and activists are on the rise. The military persists in summarily accusing civilian residents of being members or supporters of the NPA and rounding them up as “surrenderees.” Children’s rights are wantonly violated by the military with recent reports of arbitrary detention of minors. 

Duterte now heads what is virtually a civil-military junta in the form of the so-called National Task Force to “end local communist armed conflict.” Invoking the so-called “whole of nation approach” (a rehash of the previous “whole-of-government” policy) under the National Internal Security Program, various government agencies and local government officials are reduced to serving as adjuncts of the AFP in its counterinsurgency drive. The military and police use blanket Red-tagging and terrorist-labeling, surveillance and harassment to target activists, progressive organizations and party-list groups. 

The ruling classes of big business oligarchs and bureaucrat capitalists are mired in deep factional struggles. Rival political and economic cliques are furiously competing for franchises and kickbacks and cuts in overpriced government infrastructure projects and contracts. Conflicts over pork barrel allocation indicate intense power play between Duterte and other cliques, including the Arroyos with whom he is in an electoral and political alliance.

These ruling class rivalries combine with the people’s discontent over deteriorating socio-economic conditions to cause a deep crisis in the ruling political system. This is made even worse by Duterte’s bent to monopolize power and perpetuate his family’s bureaucrat capitalist rule resulting in heightening antagonisms.

All indicators show Duterte wants to establish himself a fascist dictator either by railroading charter change in congress to establish a “federal” system of government under which he centralizes power and appoints allied warlords and political dynasties as regional and local leaders; or by outrightly declaring emergency rule and claiming autocratic powers.

He is using nationwide de facto martial law powers, as well as his fake drug war, to ensure the outcome of the midterm elections in May, or to scuttle it altogether. Duterte is setting up the scenario for widespread fraud. He is using threats of inclusion in his made-up “narcolist” against his rivals, as well as Red-tagging, threats and harassment against progressive, patriotic and democratic party-list organizations to prevent them from gaining more seats in parliament.

THE REVOLUTIONARY ARMED STRUGGLE being waged by the New People’s Army continues to advance nationwide. In 2018, the NPA surmounted the enemy’s all-out offensives and focused military operations. 

Last year, the NPA mounted several hundred tactical offensives across the country. The NPA was able to seize at least 107 high powered rifles from the enemy armed forces and police, private armies and security agencies serving big mining operations. 

Since 2015, the AFP has declared its strategic aim of crushing the NPA in eastern Mindanao. At the outset of 2018, the AFP deployed as much as 75% of its combat troops in the island. This gave the revolutionary forces in Luzon and Visayas the opportunity to expand and step up their work. With the steady growth of the NPA in Luzon and Visayas regions, the AFP has been forced to reduce its troop deployment in Mindanao to 65% by the end of 2018 and further down to 60% recently. Most units of the NPA in Mindanao continued to steadily advance and expand its ranks.

The enemy suffered at least 600 casualties in 2018, with more than 380 killed in action, more than 40% higher than the previous year. Units of the AFP that suffered the most casualties were those deployed in focused military operations in north central and northeastern Mindanao provinces where NPA units were able to carry out active defense and frustrate the enemy’s offensives. The AFP would meet defeat after defeat with at least 185 enemy troops killed in action across eastern Mindanao.

In the face of the steady nationwide growth of the NPA, Duterte’s security officials have already toned down on their earlier braggadocio of defeating the NPA by middle of 2019. They have instead moved their “deadline” to the end of 2022.

While waging armed struggle, the NPA and the peasant masses continue to establish and strengthen mass organizations of peasants, women, children and cultural activists. Supported by the NPA, peasant mass organizations continue to carry out land reform struggles. Under the auspices of the organs of political power, literacy and numeracy programs for children and adults, mass clinics and health campaigns and other mass campaigns to address the well-being of the people are being carried out.

Amid deteriorating socio-economic conditions and the fascist rampage of the US-Duterte regime, the justness and necessity to wage revolutionary armed struggle is exceedingly clear to the Filipino people.

At the same time, the masses of workers and peasants and the broad range of democratic sectors are resolutely carrying forward legal struggles to defend and assert their democratic rights. Legal progressive and national democratic forces are tenaciously waging resistance amid martial law conditions in Mindanao and de facto nationwide martial law under which they face threats of arrest, detention, torture and murder by state forces.

The united front against Duterte’s tyranny continues to expand bringing together a broad range of forces to oppose Duterte’s scheme to establish an open fascist dictatorship and plans to manipulate the outcome of the elections through force or rigging the electronic counting and canvassing system.

They demand justice for all victims of widespread abuses of human rights. They seek legal redress. They continue to mount assemblies and demonstrations to exercise the people’s collective rights and manifest their opposition to Duterte’s reign of terror and call for the ouster of the fascist despot.

UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE PARTY, the NPA is determined to bring forward the people’s war to the advanced phase of the strategic defensive and bring it closer to the threshold of the strategic stalemate. It must continue to carry out and develop extensive and intensive guerilla warfare based on an ever widening and deepening mass base.

In accordance with the Central Committee’s 5-year Program, the Party directs the New People’s Army to boldly intensify guerrilla warfare nationwide and wage all-out resistance against the US-Duterte fascist regime.

The NPA must continue to develop nationwide strength, spread and advance, and attain more effective cooperation and coordination in advancing guerrilla warfare across the country. We must strengthen the NPA several times over and raise its capability in annihilating enemy units. Let us build more and more units of people’s militias, self-defense units of mass organizations and raise their capability in waging mass guerrilla warfare. Let us build partisan units.

Let us conduct campaigns of recruitment. Let us mount campaigns to generate material and other forms of support. Let us step up recruitment of cadres from among the workers and intellectuals.

Let us strengthen the NPA through ideological building, strengthening the Party’s absolute leadership, systematic training to raise the combat capability of NPA units, raising the quality of its weaponry, raising the political consciousness of Red fighters, and their will to fight and offensive spirit, and strengthening their iron discipline and their inextricable link with the masses.

Let us continue to strengthen the NPA commands to develop planning, coordination and leadership of the work of the NPA. Let us systematically carry out the development, training and promotion of military cadres.

We must fully utilize the armed strength of the NPA and the deep and wide support of the people in order to deliver bigger and more frequent blows against the enemy. We must frustrate the enemy’s all-out war, gradual constriction, win-hold-win, triad campaigns and focused military operations.

Let us mount well-planned tactical offensives with the aim of annihilating enemy units and seizing its weapons. The NPA must target the worst fascist criminals, punish them for their abuses and smash their culture of impunity. We must also carry out partisan operations in order to punish the enemy in the cities and in their main lines of communication and transportation.

Let us completely overcome military conservatism and exert efforts to always take tactical initiative. Let us root out and repudiate the wrong ideas that bring about such weaknesses such as overestimating the enemy’s strength and underestimating the strength of the people and their army. We must strengthen our resolve to overcome the fear of sacrifices and aspiring for comforts.

We must strengthen the NPA’s vertical forces which serve as the leading force in mounting tactical offensives. Relative to horizontal forces, vertical forces are more concentrated and can move more quickly, by itself or with horizontal units, when necessary to hit at the isolated and vulnerable units of the enemy. In between battles, they must also help in waging mass campaigns and struggles, participate in production, conduct trainings, education and political work.

On the other hand, we must build our horizontal or front guerrilla forces to ensure widespread and intensive guerrilla warfare by developing guerrilla fronts in a comprehensive manner–in the military, political, economic, organizational and cultural fields.

Mass work in the guerrilla fronts is of armed propaganda type. It consists of carrying out military work, tactical offensives, combating enemy offensives and raising the military capability of the army and people by building their self-defense units and units of the people’s militias. It should also result in building local Party branches and groups, section committees, mass organizations and organs of political power. We must raise the capacity of local revolutionary forces to carry out their tasks on their own in order to unburden the local army units of details of administrative work and allow it to concentrate in various aspects of military work.

In every guerrilla front, there must be a principal unit to serve as anchor of all combat maneuvers and resistance. Local guerrilla forces serve as centers of gravity of people’s militias and village self-defense units.

THE PEOPLE’S ARMY must assiduously carry out the tasks set upon it by the Party. Party cadres leading the NPA, together with Red commanders and fighters must always be good at learning and drawing lessons as they carry out these tasks from one level to the higher, always mindful of the overall plan. Led by the Party, the NPA is ever determined to surmount and frustrate the enemy’s all-out offensives, fight the fascist rampage of the Duterte regime and punish it for all the brutal crimes it has committed against the people.

With its current nationwide strength and spread, the NPA is in a position to carry the people’s war forward to unprecedented levels in the coming years. Inspired by the victories of their people’s army, the Filipino people are ever determined to wage the national democratic revolution and attain victory in the foreseeable future.

NPA AT 50 | Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the New People’s Army, intensify and widen guerrilla warfare to hasten the ouster of the fascist terrorist US-Duterte regime

Karlos Manuel 
Spokesperson, Efren Martires Command
March 29, 2019

The toiling masses and their supporters today celebrate in wide swathes of the Eastern Visayas countryside the 50th anniversary of the founding of the New People’s Army under the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines. They salute the Red fighters who gallantly laid down their lives in the tactical offensive yesterday, March 28, in Victoria, Northern Samar, and all other martyrs who made the ultimate sacrifice in five decades of the just war for national and social liberation. The NPA was founded fifty years ago with a few dozen Red fighters and inferior weapons against the rising fascist dictatorship of Marcos and prevailed over all attempts in the ensuing years to nip it in the bud and ground it into the dust. 

Today the NPA has thousands of Red fighters with high-powered rifles nationwide and is far more ready to bleed and defeat another rising fascist dictatorship in the US-Duterte regime that is already steeped in mass murder, war crimes, corruption, treason, narcopolitics and wholesale state terrorism. 

The people are thus ever more emboldened to wage armed revolution because of the lack of fundamental changes and because they have a powerful weapon in the NPA that is deeply rooted among them and that they cherish. 

Under the US-Duterte regime, the people remain afflicted more than ever by socioeconomic ills such as mass landlessness and mass unemployment, declining prices of agricultural products, rising costs of basic commodities, high taxation, and emaciated social services while military and police forces are fattened. 

Furthermore, the people hate the US-Duterte regime for its mass murder and other gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in its “war on drugs” and state repression through the “counterinsurgency” and anti-Moro wars. At least 545 barangays are affected by militarization in Eastern Visayas. In 2018, there were 15 victims of extrajudicial killings in the region, while mass evacuations because of intensified military operations have occurred in Samar and Leyte, most recently in San Jorge and San Jose de Buan towns in Western Samar. The soldiers of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army violate international humanitarian law by camping in civilian communities and using civilians as human shields, illegally intervening in the election campaign as well as harassing those whom they accuse of supporting the NPA.

Thus the NPA can take confidence in having established itself in the region and is poised to intensify and widen guerrilla warfare according to capabilities. To do this, it carries out the integral tasks of armed struggle, agrarian revolution and mass base building. The NPA wins over the peasants by helping carry out the agrarian revolution from lowering land rent, eradicating usury and other minimum demands to the maximum program of confiscating and redistributing the land to the landless. The mass organizations, Party branches and organs of political power are also built in the countryside towards founding the people’s democratic government.

It is the principal task of the NPA to carry out tactical offensives in the duration of the May 2019 election period and beyond. This is the correct response to the heightened counterrevolutionary war and state terrorism of the US-Duterte regime. Moreover, the guerrilla offensives further weaken the rule of the dictatorial US-Duterte regime and register that revolution and not the bourgeois election is the real solution to the Philippine crisis. 

The NPA carries out annihilative tactical offensives to confiscate more firearms and further strengthen itself. It also carries out attritive tactical offensives along with the people’s militia to wear out the enemy. It must carry out special operations to punish the worst human rights violators, plunderers and other criminals among legitimate military targets and the worst minions of the US-Duterte regime sentenced by the people’s court. This serves notice to them that they cannot go on without being punished for their crimes against the people.

The NPA looks forward to widening and intensifying offensives and raising the level of people’s war in the next few years. The US-Duterte regime is daydreaming that it can finish off the NPA and the revolutionary movement during Duterte’s term. It is Duterte who is bound to be overthrown by a convergence of the broad united front and further hastened by the sound and fury of the people’s war in the countryside.#

Summary: Ginseselebrar yana han katawhan ha hiluag nga kabubkiran han Eastern Visayas an ika-50 nga anibersaryo han pagkatukod han Bagong Hukbong Bayan ilarum han absoluto nga pamumuno han Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas. Ginsasaludaran nira an mga Pula nga mangaraway nga maisugon nga naghalad han ira kinabuhi ha taktikal nga opensiba kakulop, Marso 28 ha Victoria, Northern Samar, ngan an ngatanan nga martir ha sakob han 50 katuig han makatadungan nga gerra para ha nasyunal ngan pankatilingban nga katalwasan. 

Yana an NPA mayda yukot-yukot nga Pula nga mangaraway nga armado han magbakod nga pusil ha bug-os nga nasud ngan andam kaupay agud paduguon ngan pakyason an nagkakamang nga diktadura han rehimen US-Duterte nga grabe an mga sala han panmatay, krimen ha gerra, kurapsyon, pagtraydor ha nasud, narkopulitika ngan hiluagan nga terorismo han estado. Ginkakangalsan han katawhan an rehimen Duterte tungod ha militarisasyon hini ha 545 nga baryo ha Eastern Visayas, 15 nga biktima han ekstrahudisyal nga panmatay ha rehiyon, ginpakusog nga operasyon han militar ha Samar ngan Leyte, pagkampo han militar ha mga komunidad, paggamit ha mga sibilyan komo human shield, iligal nga panginlabot ha eleksyon, ngan panharas ha mga gin-aakusaran nga tagsuporta han BHB.

Hilarum nga nakagamot an BHB nga nakaestablisar na ha rehiyon ngan andam nga parayhakon an gerilya nga pakiggerra. Prinsipal nga buruhaton hini yana nga maglansar han mga taktikal nga opensiba ha panahon han eleksyon Mayo 2019 tubtub ha unhan agud paluyahon an rehimen Duterte, ngan irehistro nga diri eleksyon kundi rebolusyon an tinuod nga solusyon ha krisis ha Pilipinas. Pahihitas-on han BHB an balitang han gerra han katawhan ha masunod nga mga tuig. Nag-iinop hi Duterte nga mapupuypoy hini an BHB ngan rebolusyunaryo nga kagiusan ha iya termino. Hiya an segurado nga patatalsikon han hiluag nga nagkakaurusa nga prente ngan han nagkukusog nga gerra han katawhan ha kabubkiran.