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.

Celebrate the golden anniversary of the New People’s Army!

Fight and frustrate the all-out counterrevolutionary war of the rotten and fascist US-Duterte regime! Advance the people’s war until victory!

Negros Island Regional Party Committee
March 29, 2019 | Pilipino»

The Negros Island Regional Party Committee conveys its greetings on the historic golden anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA) which was established by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on March 29, 1969. Together with the masses in Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental and the whole country, we offer our Red salute to all the Red fighters and commanders of our beloved army of the best sons and daughters of the people. Let us celebrate the victories of the NPA in the last 50 years of service to the toiling masses and the people, and its continued accumulation of revolutionary strength in the military and political field.

These victories are significant to further strengthen our forces and to advance the people’s war amid the all-out counterrevolutionary war currently launched by the US-Duterte regime through Martial Law in Mindanao and de facto Martial Law in the rest of the archipelago including Negros Island.

The fascists in the AFP and PNP are beating their chests for they have captured those they tout as “big fishes” of Negros: Ka Frank Fernandez, the spokesperson of the National Democratic Front (NDF) here in the island and Ka Cleofe Lagtapon. But while these fascists bask in boisterous laughter, Negrosanons and the rest of the people are all the more disgusted with them and with their sheer arrogance and desperation in tailing, arresting and detaining Ka Frank and Ka Cleofe despite their old age and frail health.

The ruthless fascist terror, repression, lies and madness of the regime motivates the NPA, revolutionary forces and the masses to steel their fortitude even more and master various forms of struggle particularly in developing intensive and extensive guerilla warfare based on an ever-widening and deepening mass base.

The vital integration and implementation of tasks in the armed struggle, agrarian revolution and establishment of organs of political power can effectively preserve and develop revolutionary strength in the countryside towards a higher stage in the people’s war. The NPA and the people’s heroic efforts to frustrate the current regime’s counterrevolutionary war and the broad people’s movement against tyranny, corruption, burdensome economic policies and the continued sell-out of our national sovereignty to the US and even China, will completely isolate Duterte from the people until he is finally ousted from power.

We pay our highest tribute to the martyrs and heroes of the people’s war, the numerous Red commanders and fighters of our Red army who gave their lives to establish the people’s army and gallantly defend the masses from the abuses and atrocities of the armed minions of the local ruling class, the neocolonial state, and imperialism, and to advance the new democratic revolution in the Philippine through protracted people’s war.

In Negros Island, the masses shall never forget the exemplary life and struggle of comrades Apolinario Gatmaitan, Leonardo Panaligan, Roselyn Pelle, Armando Sumayang Jr, Rachelle Mae Palang and other martyrs and heroes from the ranks of the workers, peasants and farmworkers, women, youth and students, the urban poor, professionals and urban intellectuals, and other oppressed sectors of society. They chose to serve the masses and the revolution through the highest form of struggle. They lit the flames of armed struggle now ablaze in the whole island and the whole archipelago. They illuminate the path towards the bright revolutionary future of the heroic Filipino people who dare to struggle and to triumph.

The Revolutionary Armed Struggle in Negros

Armed struggle in the island commenced in as early as 1969 when a small armed unit was deployed to conduct mass work in mountainous areas of North Negros. A small unit of the Party and the staff of the Dumaguete Times were among those who propagated the national-democratic line and analysis of local issues. The first armed unit in North Negros was eager to launch military actions but was cornered due to its failure to establish its mass base before carrying out these actions against big and powerful enemies.

But during the early part of the ‘70s, coinciding with the Party’s efforts to prepare the Negros countryside for guerilla warfare, mass struggles spread like wildfire. Reactionaries failed to stop the workers, peasants and farmworkers who launched strikes against decades of exploitation by big landlord-compradors of the island’s hacienda system and sugar industry.

Through the Second Propaganda Movement, the youth who were able to study in urban centers like Manila returned to Negros and went to the countryside to take on important tasks in propagating Marxism and the national-democratic line, conducting social investigation, and guerilla zone preparation. The workers and peasants steeled in the mass movement, along with the youth, church people and other sectors who eagerly supported the struggle of the basic masses, eventually took up arms and became Red fighters.

Armed with lessons from initial experience, the Party through the NPA would establish in 1973, the revolutionary mass base among the poor peasants and settlers in the Cauayan-Hinobaan-Ilog-Candoni-Kabankalan-Sipalay or CHICKS area in southern Negros Occidental. This was accomplished through painstaking mass work, breakthroughs in the anti-feudal struggle, and successful punitive actions against the most despised despotic landlords and their armed goons. By 1976, the people’s army would reach even the interior barrios in nearby towns of Negros Oriental.

The establishment of the NPA in Negros had a significant and profound effect on the masses who had long yearned to have their own army. The presence of the NPA’s Red fighters in the countryside paved the way for the people to grasp the reasons behind their impoverishment, the hunger they experience, the injustice and varied forms of exploitation and oppression imposed by big landlords and compradors in the island who are also based in Manila and dominant in the political and economic life of semicolonial and semifeudal Philippine society.

The steady growth of the mass movement in the urban centers of the island from the ‘70s to the mid-80’s provided the armed revolution with as steady a source of full-time forces from the workers, students, church people, teachers, and from the ranks of former political prisoners, who were mobilized in the comprehensive development of guerilla fronts and establishment of new ones.

The daring and successful tactical offensives of the NPA in Negros during this period marked the island’s status as a “social volcano” of simmering contradictions between the ruling class and the ruled, the exploiters and the exploited. Effective tactics and techniques in warfare, along with the warm support from the peasant masses and the people, furthered the NPA’s confidence to fight the private armies or the armed strength of big landlord-compradors in the island and the armed forces of the entire reactionary state as represented by the AFP, PNP and its paramilitaries.

Although the revolutionary movement and armed struggle in Negros achieved an unprecedented upsurge during the ‘80s, it was also during this time that the wrong line of Arturo Tabara and his revisionist clique within the Visayas Commission and the Negros Regional Party Committee began to take shape and was later implemented in the whole region. The wrong line of strategic counter-offensive or SCO, characterized by premature regularization of guerilla units and urban insurrectionism, brought one failure after another to the NPA and resulted in the decline of its mass base and the revolutionary movement in the island.

Because of this disorientation, the whole revolutionary movement was left vulnerable to the ruthless attacks of Oplan Thunderbolt, the AFP’s “counter-insurgency” program in Negros during the last part of the ‘80s which brought untold damage to the lives and livelihood of the masses. Intense militarization, bombings of communities and other abuses of the enemy was engaged through putschist and purely-militarist actions that strained the revolutionary forces and neglected painstaking mass work. It was the wrong line pushed by the Tabara clique which further devastated the revolutionary movement in the island. It led to factionalism, their conception of a bankrupt party and bandit armed force, particularly the bogus Revolutionary Proletarian Army or RPA which is now exposed and notorious in Negros as mercenaries of despotic landlord-compradors and rotten politicians.

As with the stand of the new breed of proletarian revolutionaries during the First Great Rectification Movement who reestablished the Party and people’s army in 1968-1969 from remaining good elements of the old Communist Party and the Hukbong Mapagpalaya ng Bayan, the proletarian revolutionaries of Negros in the ‘90s took on the task of reinvigorating the revolutionary movement from the remaining cadres who stood up for rectification of errors and reaffirmation of basic principles and the 70 fighters left of the NPA, who composed a mere 3% of the whole strength of the revolutionary movement during the time of disorientation.

The success of the Second Great Rectification Movement (SGRM) on the island is considered one of the most significant triumphs of the Party in Negros for this not only decisively saved the revolutionary movement in the region but also brought it to a favorable position from which to further advance.

The two-platoon strength left of the NPA after it was devastated by disorientation, became seeds that ushered the growth of the armed revolution in Negros along the correct path of the people’s democratic revolution with a socialist perspective.

The Apolinario Gatmaitan Command (AGC), the regional operations command of the NPA in Negros, together with the operational command of different guerilla fronts in the whole island, continue to reap the confidence, support and affection of the masses. The people’s army is the principal instrument established by the Party to engage and to eventually crush the armed strength of the AFP, while building its mass base and organs of political power, engaging in production work, cultural work, providing political education to the masses, and other tasks.

The NPA has proven its iron discipline in accomplishing revolutionary tasks through the guidance and absolute leadership of the Party. Its deep roots within the masses is an assurance that it can no longer be thwarted by any suppression campaign of the enemy, as it has proven during the Marcos dictatorship era when revolutionary forces were still inexperienced and just starting out, and with the successive counterrevolutionary campaigns of puppet regimes which were also successively frustrated by the NPA and the whole revolutionary movement.

The NPA continues to strengthen itself together with the revolutionary masses to face and frustrate the all-out counterrevolutionary war of the US-Duterte regime. The savage attacks of the state against the revolutionary forces and people of Negros gives the NPA a thousand and one targets for launching tactical offensive that will bring additional weapons to the arsenal of the people’s army, sharpen the political and military capability of thousands of Red commanders, fighters and the masses steeled in fierce struggle.

Between tactical offensives that deliver solid headblows to the enemy, the revolutionary masses of Negros are ever-ready to develop further its practice of guerilla warfare of the masses, improve the structure and function of hundreds of units of people’s militia and self-defense units in the barrios for punitive actions and attritive attacks that will render a thousand and one blows to the enemy’s body. Full-time guerilla units of the NPA are also improving deployment and movement of its basic formations in guerilla zones, and the undertaking of partisan operations in urban centers to punish hardcore criminals within the ranks of class enemies and the reactionary state.

Challenges in Duterte’s brutal counterrevolutionary war in Negros

The fascist terror unleashed by the US-Duterte regime’s armed forces, from unbridled killings of peasant leaders and activists, the massacre of farmworkers in Sagay, and the continuing rampage of Oplan Sauron in peasant communities in Guihulngan City, Escalante City and other parts of Negros, are bankrupt moves of a rotten and shaky regime isolated from the masses. The AFP’s arrogant declaration of “all-out war” and Duterte’s imposition of de facto martial law in Negros through his Memorandum Order 32 and Executive Order 70 are indications of the accelerating decay of the semicolonial and semifeudal ruling system which is now led by a demented murderer.

The ruthless fascist attacks by the US-Duterte regime coupled with government policies that continue to burden the people, compel the people, most especially the peasant masses, to support the people’s army and the armed struggle by directly enlisting and offering their full-time commitment to the NPA, by taking up arms to advance the revolution.

The revolutionary movement in Negros holds strong unity, sufficient strength and mass support, the correct line and close leadership of the Party required for the armed revolution to further advance in the island and to contribute to the current nationwide efforts to develop the people’s war towards the advanced phase of strategic defensive. If the NPA and the masses could, through the guidance of the Party, commence the armed revolution in Negros and the rest of the country from almost nothing in 1969, broaden and strengthen itself during the harshest conditions under the Marcos dictatorship, and prevail over the grave damage brought about by shortcomings and errors during the time of disorientation, the subjective forces of the revolution are now in a most favorable position to implement the Party’s general calls to achieve all-round victories in advancing the people’s democratic revolution in the coming years.

The golden anniversary of the NPA is a most opportune moment to kindle the spirit of selfless service to the people, and to resolutely accomplish the tasks of the Party, Red army, and the masses in advancing the people’s war:

1. Increase the NPA’s membership several times over. Systematically plan and implement propaganda and education campaigns among the people and the mass organizations to boost recruitment and support for the people’s army. Recruit to the NPA large numbers of cadres and activists from the ranks of workers and intellectuals.

2. Develop in a planned way the capability of the people’s army through continuous ideological building and upholding the absolute leadership of the Party; systematic training in theory and practice to raise capability in combat, movement and operations of the platoon formation, intelligence, partisan operations, and others; continuous raising of political consciousness; instilling the offensive stance; conscious iron discipline; and implementation of the mass line.

3. Develop further the various levels of leadership and command in the region to undertake immediate analysis of the situation, planning and supervision of military and political work, wise maximization of the breadth and depth of the people’s army, and to direct the coordination and cooperation of different guerilla forces.

4. Intensify annihilative basic tactical offensives to deliver solid blows to the enemy and confiscate weapons for the people’s army. Well-planned and successful tactical offensives weaken the enemy and strengthen the people’s army, provide momentum and vigor to anti-feudal fights and other people’s struggles, and broaden democratic political power. Continuously combat military conservatism.

5. Increase and widen units of people’s militia, self-defense units in the barrios and self-defense corps of mass organizations. Ensure the Party’s effective leadership and the command of the people’s army in these units, and further develop their knowledge and skill in advancing guerilla warfare of the masses.

LONG LIVE THE NEW PEOPLE’S ARMY!
LONG LIVE THE FIGHTING FILIPINO PEOPLE!
ADVANCE THE PEOPLE’S WAR UNTIL VICTORY!



Pilipino

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Komiteng Rehiyunal ng Partido sa Isla ng Negros
Marso 29, 2019

Nagpupugay ang Komiteng Rehiyunal ng Partido sa Isla ng Negros sa makasaysayang ginintuang anibersaryo ng Bagong Hukbong Bayan (BHB) na itinatag ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP) noong Marso 29, 1969. Kasama ng masa ng sambayanan sa Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental at buong bansa, isang Pulang saludo ang alay natin sa lahat ng Pulang mandirigma at kumander ng pinakamamahal nating hukbo ng pinakamabuting mga anak ng bayan. Ipagdiwang natin ang mga tagumpay ng BHB sa nakaraang 50 taon ng paglilingkod nito sa masang anakpawis at sambayanan at ng tuluy-tuloy na pag-iipon ng rebolusyonaryong lakas sa larangan ng militar at pulitika.

Mahalaga ang mga tagumpay na ito para sa ibayong pagpapalakas sa ating pwersa at pagsusulong ng digmang bayan sa gitna ng todo-largang kontrarebolusyonaryong gyera na inilulunsad ngayon ng rehimeng US-Duterte sa pamamagitan ng Batas Militar sa Mindanao at de facto martial law sa iba pang bahagi ng kapuluan, kabilang na ang Isla ng Negros.

Naghahambog ngayon ang mga pasista sa AFP at PNP sapagkat nadakip nila ang anila’y “malalaking isda” ng Negros: si Kasamang Frank Fernandez na tagapagsalita ng National Democratic Front (NDF) dito sa isla, at si Kasamang Cleofe Lagtapon. Ngunit habang humahalakhak ang mga pasistang ito, ang mga Negrosanon at buong sambayanan ay higit pang namumuhi sa kanila at sa kanilang palalo at desperadong hakbang sa pagmamanman, pagdakip, at pagpiit kina Ka Frank at Ka Cleofe sa kabila ng kanilang edad at maselang kalusugan.

Ang walang-habas na pasistang teror, panunupil, kasinungalingan at kahibangan ng rehimen ang nagtutulak ngayon sa BHB, mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa at masa upang higit na magpakatatag, at magpakabihasa sa iba’t ibang anyo ng paglaban lalo na sa malaganap at masinsing pakikidigmang gerilya batay sa papalawak at papalalim na baseng masa.

Ang masikhay at integradong pagsusulong ng armadong pakikibaka, rebolusyong agraryo at pagbubuo ng mga organo ng kapangyarihang pampulitika, ay mabisang makapagpepreserba at makapagpapaunlad sa rebolusyonaryong lakas sa kanayunan at tungo sa mas mataas na antas ng digmang bayan. Ang magiting na pagharap at pagbigo ng BHB at masa sa kontrarebolusyonaryong gera ng kasalukuyang rehimen at ang malapad na kilusang bayan laban sa tiraniya, korupsyon, pahirap na mga patakarang pang-ekonomya, at tuluy-tuloy na pagbebenta ng pambansang soberanya sa US at maging sa China, ang lubusang maghihiwalay kay Duterte sa mamamayan hanggang tuluyan itong mapatalsik.

Pinakamataas na pagpupugay ang ating iginagawad sa mga martir at bayani ng digmang bayan, ang di-iilang Pulang kumander at mandirigma ng ating Pulang hukbo na nagbuwis ng buhay upang itatag ang hukbo ng mamamayan, magiting na ipagtanggol ang masa mula sa abuso at pananalasa ng mga armadong galamay ng lokal na naghaharing uri, neokolonyal na estado, at imperyalismo, at isulong ang bagong demokratikong rebolusyon sa Pilipinas sa pamamagitan ng matagalang digmang bayan.

Sa Isla ng Negros, hindi malilimot ng masa at sambayanan ang dakilang buhay at pakikibaka nina Kasamang Apolinario Gatmaitan, Leonardo Panaligan, Roselyn Pelle, Armando Sumayang Jr, Rachelle Mae Palang, at iba pang martir at bayani mula sa hanay ng mga manggagawa, magsasaka’t manggagawang-bukid, kababaihan, kabataan-estudyante, maralita, propesyunal at intelektwal sa kalunsuran, at iba pang aping uri at sektor ng ating lipunan. Pinili nilang maglingkod sa masa at sa rebolusyon sa pamamagitan ng pinakamataas na anyo ng pakikibaka. Sinindihan nila ang apoy ng armadong pakikibaka na ngayon ay naglalagablab sa buong isla at sa buong kapuluan. Tinatanglawan nito ang maaliwalas na rebolusyonaryong kinabukasan ng magiting na sambayanang Pilipino na nangangahas makibaka at magtagumpay.

Ang Rebolusyonaryong Armadong Pakikibaka sa Negros

Sing-aga ng 1969 ay napasimulan na ang armadong pakikibaka sa isla nang ipakat at kumilos ang isang maliit na armadong yunit sa bulubunduking bahagi ng North Negros. Ang maliit na yunit ng Partido at kawanihan ng pahayagang Dumaguete Times ay kabilang sa mga nagpalaganap ng pambansa-demokratikong linya at pagsusuri sa mga lokal na isyu. Ang unang armadong yunit sa North Negros ay masigasig na naglunsad ng mga aksyong militar, ngunit nabitag sila sa kabiguang itayo ang baseng masa bago ikasa ang mga aksyong ito laban sa malaki at makapangyarihang kaaway.

Ngunit noong maagang bahagi ng dekada ’70, kaalinsabay ng patuloy na pagsisikap ng Partido na ihanda ang kanayunan ng Negros para sa pakikidigmang gerilya, hindi napigil ng mga reaksyunaryo ang paglaganap ng apoy ng pakikibakang masa ng mga manggagawa, magsasaka, at manggagawang-bukid na naglunsad ng mga welga laban sa deka-dekadang pambubusabos ng malalaking panginoong maylupa-kumprador na nagpapasasa sa sistemang hasyenda at produksyon ng asukal sa isla.

Sa pamamagitan ng Ikalawang Kilusang Propaganda, ang mga kabataang nakapag-aral sa mga sentrong lungsod gaya ng Maynila ay nagbalik sa Negros at tumungo sa kanayunan upang gampanan ang mahahalagang tungkulin sa pagpapalaganap ng Marxismo at ng pambansa-demokratikong linya, pagsasagawa ng panlipunang pagsisiyasat, at paghahanda ng mga erya upang maging sonang gerilya. Ang mga manggagawa’t magbubukid na napanday sa kilusang masa, kasama ng kabataan, mga taong-simbahan at iba pang sektor na masugid na sumuporta sa mga pakikibaka ng batayang masa, nang lumaon ay humawak ng armas at naging mga Pulang mandirigma.

Bitbit ang mga aral mula sa panimulang karanasan, noong 1973 ay maitatayo na ng Partido sa pamamagitan ng BHB ang mga rebolusyonaryong baseng masa sa hanay ng mga maralitang magsasaka at setler sa erya ng Cauayan-Hinobaan-Ilog-Candoni-Kabankalan-Sipalay o CHICKS sa timog ng Negros Occidental. Nagawa ito sa pamamagitan ng masinsing gawaing masa, mga breyktru sa anti-pyudal na pakikibaka at matatagumpay na punitibong aksyon laban sa mga pinakakinamumuhiang mga despotikong panginoong maylupa at kanilang mga armadong galamay. Pagdating ng 1976 ay naabot na rin ng hukbong bayan ang mga interyor na baryo sa mga karatig na bayan ng Negros Oriental.

Ang pagtatayo ng BHB sa Negros ay may makabuluhan at malalim na epekto sa masa na matagal nang nag-aasam na magkaroon ng sarili nilang hukbo. Ang presensya sa kanayunan ng mga Pulang mandirigma ng BHB ang siyang naging daan upang maunawaan ng masa ang mga dahilan ng kanilang pagdarahop, ang nararanasan nilang gutom, inhustisya at iba’t ibang anyo ng pang-aapi at pagsasamantala ng malalaking panginoong maylupa at kumprador sa isla na karamihan ay nakabase rin sa Maynila at siya ring nangingibabaw sa pulitika at ekonomiya ng mala-kolonyal at mala-pyudal na lipunang Pilipino.

Ang tuluy-tuloy na paglaki ng kilusang masa sa mga sentrong lungsod ng isla noong dekada ‘70 hanggang sa kalagitnaan ng dekada ’80 ay nagbigay sa armadong rebolusyon ng katulad ding bukal ng mga buong-panahong pwersa mula sa mga manggagawa, estudyante, taong-simbahan, guro at mula sa hanay ng mga dating bilanggong pulitikal na napakilos para sa komprehensibong pagpapaunlad ng mga larangang gerilya at pagtatayo ng mga bagong larangan.

Ang mapangahas at matatagumpay na taktikal na opensiba ng BHB sa Negros sa panahong ito ang siyang nagtampok sa isla bilang isang “panlipunang bulkan” ng umaalimpuyong kontradiksyon sa pagitan ng naghahari at pinaghaharian, ng mapagsamantala at pinagsasamantalahan. Ang mahusay na taktika at teknika sa pakikidigma, kaakibat ng mainit na suporta mula sa masang magsasaka at mamamayan, ang nagbigay ng ibayong kumpyansa sa BHB upang labanan ang mga private army o armadong kapangyarihan ng malalaking panginoong maylupa-kumprador sa isla at ang armadong lakas ng buong reaksyunaryong estado na kinakatawan ng AFP, PNP at kanilang mga paramilitar.

Bagamat namalas sa Dekada ’80 ang walang kaparis na pagsulong ng rebolusyonaryong kilusan at armadong pakikibaka sa Negros, sa panahon ding ito ay nahuhulma na ang maling linya nina Arturo Tabara at ng kanyang rebisyunistang grupo sa loob ng Visayas Commission at Negros Regional Party Committee na di naglaon ay ipinatupad sa buong rehiyon. Ang maling linya ng stratehikong kontra-opensiba o SCO, na kinatawan ng adelentadong regularisasyon ng mga yunit gerilya at insureksyunismong lungsod, ang naghatid ng sunud-sunod na kabiguan sa BHB at pagkitid ng baseng masa ng rebolusyonaryong kilusan sa isla.

Dahil sa disoryentasyon, higit na naging bulnerable ang buong rebolusyonaryong kilusan sa mabangis na atake ng Oplan Thunderbolt, ang “kontra-insurhensiyang” plano ng AFP sa Negros noong huling bahagi ng dekada otsenta na nagdulot ng walang-kaparis na pinsala sa buhay at kabuhayan ng masa. Ang matinding militarisasyon, pambobomba sa mga komunidad at iba pang abuso ng kaaway ay hinarap sa pamamagitan ng putsista at lantay-militar na mga aksyon na gumasgas sa pwersa at nagkaligta sa matiyagang gawaing masa. Ang maling linya na itinulak ng grupo ni Tabara ang ibayong sumalanta sa naipundar na lakas ng rebolusyonaryong kilusan sa isla. Dumulo ito sa paksyunalismo, pagsulpot ng kanilang bangkaroteng partido at bandidong armadong pwersa, partikular na ang pekeng Revolutionary Proletarian Army o RPA na ngayon ay nalantad na at notoryus sa buong Negros bilang bayarang galamay ng mga despotikong panginoong maylupa-kumprador at bulok na pulitiko.

Gaya ng paninindigan ng mga bagong-sibol na proletaryong rebolusyonaryo sa panahon ng Unang Dakilang Kilusang Pagwawasto na muling nagtatag sa Partido at hukbong bayan noong 1968-1969 mula sa natitirang mabubuting elemento ng lumang Partido Komunista at Hukbong Mapagpalaya ng Bayan, nito namang dekada’90 ay magiting na itinaguyod ng mga proletaryong rebolusyonaryo sa Negros ang muling-pagpapalakas sa rebolusyonaryong kilusan mula sa natitirang kadre na tumindig para sa pagwawasto at pagtangan sa mga batayang prinsipyo, at sa nalalabing 70 mandirigma ng BHB na nasa 3% na lamang ng kabuuang pwersa ng rebolusyonaryong kilusan sa panahong ng disoryentasyon.

Ang tagumpay ng Ikalawang Dakilang Kilusang Pagwawasto (IDKP) ay itinuturing na isa sa pinakasignipikanteng tagumpay ng Partido sa Negros, dahil hindi lamang nito mapagpasyang sinalba ang rebolusyonaryong kilusan sa rehiyon kundi inihatid pa ito sa isang paborableng posisyon para sa ibayong pagsulong.

Ang dalawang-platung-lakas na BHB sa isla na nalabi matapos salantahin ng disoryentasyon, ay naging binhi na muling nagpayabong sa armadong rebolusyon sa Negros sa tamang landas ng demokratikong rebolusyong bayan na may sosyalistang perspektiba.

Ang Apolinario Gatmaitan Command (AGC) na rehiyunal na kumand ng BHB sa Negros, sampu ng iba pang kumand sa operasyon sa iba’t ibang larangang gerilya sa buong isla, ay patuloy na umaani ng kumpyansa, suporta at pagkalinga ng masa. Ang hukbong bayan ang pangunahing instrumento na itinayo ng Partido para labanan ang armadong AFP at sa kalaunan ay durugin ito, habang gumagampan din ng tungkulin sa pagbubuo ng baseng masa, organo ng kapangyarihang pampulitika, gawaing produksyon, gawaing pangkultura, edukasyong pampulitika ng masa, at iba pa.

Pinatunayan na ng BHB ang bakal na disiplina sa pagtupad sa rebolusyonaryong tungkulin sa giya at absolutong pamumuno ng Partido. Ang malalim na ugat nito sa masa ng sambayanan ay katiyakan na hindi na ito magagapi ng anumang kampanyang pagsupil ng kaaway, gaya ng napatunayan na nito sa panahon ng diktadurang Marcos, kung kailan ang rebolusyonaryong kilusan ay bubot pa at nagsisimula pa lamang, hanggang sa sunud-sunod na mga kontrarebolusyonaryong kampanya ng mga papet na rehimen na sunud-sunod din na binigo ng BHB at ng buong rebolusyonaryong kilusan.

Patuloy na nagpapalakas ang BHB kasama ng rebolusyonaryong masa sa pagharap at pagbigo sa todo-largang kontrarebolusyonaryong gyera ng rehimeng US-Duterte. Ang walang habas na atake ng estado laban sa mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa at mamamayan ng Negros, ang nagbibigay sa BHB ng isanlibo’t isang target para sa paglulunsad ng mga taktikal na opensiba na maghahatid ng karagdagang armas sa arsenal ng hukbong bayan, makapagpapatalas sa kakayahang sa pulitika at militar ng libu-libong Pulang kumander, mandirigma at masa na napanday sa maigting na pakikihamok.

Sa pagitan ng mga taktikal na opensiba na dumadagok sa ulo ng kaaway, handa ang rebolusyonaryong masa ng Negros upang higit na paunlarin ang praktika ng pakikidigmang gerilya ng masa, ang pagpapahusay sa pormasyon at pagkilos ng daan-daang yunit milisya at mga yunit-pananggol sa mga baryo para sa punitibong aksyon at atritibong bira na maghahatid ng isanlibo’t isang suntok sa katawan ng kaaway. Higit ding pinahuhusay ng mga buong-panahong yunit gerilya ng BHB ang pakat at pagkilos ng mga batayang pormasyon nito sa mga sonang gerilya, at ang paglulunsad ng mga operasyong partisano sa mga sentrong bayan o lungsod upang parusahan ang mga sagadsaring kriminal sa hanay ng mga kaaway sa uri at reaksyunaryong estado.

Mga hamon sa pagharap sa brutal na kontrarebolusyonaryong gera ni Duterte sa Negros

Ang pasistang teror na pinakawalan ng armadong pwersa ng rehimeng US-Duterte sa Negros mula sa sunud-sunod na pamamaslang sa mga lider-magbubukid at aktibista, ang pagmasaker sa mga manggagawang-bukid sa Sagay, at ang nagpapatuloy na lagim ng Oplan Sauron sa mga komunidad ng mga magsasaka sa syudad ng Guihulngan, Escalante at iba pang bahagi ng Negros, ay mga buhong na hakbang ng isang bulok at mabuway na rehimen na hiwalay sa masa. Ang hambog na pagdedeklara ng “all-out war” ng AFP at ang pagpapatupad ni Duterte ng de facto martial law sa Negros sa pamamagitan ng kanyang Memorandum Order 32 at Executive Order 70 ay indikasyon ng ibayong pagkabulok ng mala-kolonyal at mala-pyudal na naghaharing sistema na ngayon ay pinamumunuan ng isang hibang na mamamatay-tao.

Ang mabangis na pasistang pananalakay ng rehimeng US-Duterte na kaalinsabay ng mga patakaran ng pamahalaan na patuloy na nagpapahirap sa mamamayan ang higit pang nagtutulak sa masa, lalo na sa masang magsasaka na sumuporta sa hukbong bayan at armadong pakikibaka, sa pamamagitan ng tuwirang pagsampa at pag-aalay ng kanilang buong-panahon sa BHB upang humawak ng armas at isulong ang rebolusyon.

Tangan ng rebolusyonaryong kilusan sa Negros ang matibay na pagkakaisa, sapat na lakas at suportang masa, wastong linya, at mahigpit na pamumuno ng Partido para ibayong sumulong ang armadong rebolusyon sa isla at makapag-ambag sa kasalukuyang pambansang pagsisikap na paunlarin ang digmang bayan tungo sa abanteng subyugto ng stratehikong depensiba. Kung nakayanan ng BHB at masa, sa gabay ng Partido, na pasimulan ang armadong rebolusyon sa Negros at sa ibang bahagi ng bansa mula sa wala noong 1969, makapagpalawak at makapagpalakas sa panahon ng pinakamarahas na kondisyon ng diktadura ni Marcos, at makabangon mula sa matinding pinsalang dulot ng mga kahinaan at pagkakamali sa panahon ng disoryentasyon, nasa pinakamainam na katayunan ngayon ang suhetibong mga pwersa ng rebolusyon sa isla para ipatupad ang pangkalahatang mga panawagan ng Partido para sa pagkakamit ng lahatang-panig na mga tagumpay ng demokratikong rebolusyong bayan sa mga susunod na taon.

Ang ginintuang anibersaryo ng BHB ay napakainam na pagkakataon upang pag-alabin ang diwa ng walang pag-iimbot na paglilingkod sa sambayanan at upang ubos-kayang tupdin ang kasalukuyang mga tungkulin ng Partido, Pulang hukbo at masa sa pagsusulong ng matagalang digmang bayan:

1. Ilang ulit na palakihin ang kasapian ng BHB. Sistematikong magplano at magpatupad ng mga kampanyang propaganda at edukasyon sa hanay ng mamamayan at mga organisasyong masa para sa pagpapasampa at pagtangkilik sa hukbo. Magpasampa sa hukbo ng malaking bilang ng kadre at aktibistang manggagawa at intelektwal.

2. Planadong paunlarin ang kapabilidad ng hukbong bayan sa pamamagitan ng patuloy na pagbubuo sa ideolohiya at pagtataguyod sa absolutong pamumuno ng Partido; sistematikong pagsasanay sa teorya at praktika para pataasin ang kakayahan sa kombat, pagkilos at operasyon ng pormasyong platun, paniktik, operasyong partisano, at iba pa; tuluy-tuloy na pagpapataas ng kamulatang pampulitika; pagkintal ng diwang opensiba; mulat na disiplinang bakal; at pagsasabuhay sa linyang masa.

3. Ibayong paunlarin ang iba’t ibang antas ng pamumuno at kumand sa rehiyon para sa maagap na pag-aaral sa sitwasyon, pagpaplano at pagsubaybay sa pagpapatupad ng mga gawaing militar at pampulitika, matalinong pagmaksimisa sa latag at sinsin ng hukbo, at pagdirihe sa koordinasyon at pagtutulungan ng iba’t ibang pwersang gerilya.

4. Paigtingin ang mga anihilatibong batayang taktikal na opensiba upang patamaan ng solidong bigwas ang kaaway at makasamsam ng sandata para sa hukbo. Ang mga taktikal na opensibang mahusay na pinagpaplanuhan at nagtatagumpay ay nakapagpapahina sa kaaway habang nakapagpapalakas naman sa hukbo, nagbibigay-tulak at sigla sa pakikibakang antipyudal at iba pang paglaban ng masa, at nakapagpapalawak ng demokratikong kapangyarihang pampulika. Tuluy-tuloy na bakahin ang konserbatismong militar.

5. Palawakin ang mga yunit ng milisyang bayan, yunit-pananggol ng baryo at yunit pananggol-sa-sarili ng mga organisasyong masa. Tiyakin ang mabisang pamumuno sa kanila ng Partido at kumand ng hukbo, at patuloy na paunlarin ang kanilang kaalaman at kakayahan sa pagsusulong ng pakikidigmang gerilya ng masa.

MABUHAY ANG BAGONG HUKBONG BAYAN!
MABUHAY ANG NAKIKIBAKANG SAMBAYANAN!
ISULONG ANG DIGMANG BAYAN HANGGANG TAGUMPAY!

The New People’s Army in Mindanao has unwaveringly served the people and gained victories for the People’s War

Ka Joaquin Jacinto
Spokesperson, National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Mindanao
Press Statement | 29 March 2019

On the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA)

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Mindanao (NDFP-Mindanao), together with all revolutionary forces in the island, celebrates the New People’s Army’s (NPA’s) 50th founding anniversary with unbounded joy. It lauds the NPA for gaining victories through the years towards the aim of bringing the people’s democratic revolution to complete victory and paving the way for a socialist Philippines.

We salute all Red fighters and commanders and members of the People’s militia and barrio self-defense units who sacrificed their lives for the people’s democratic revolution. They displayed unwavering resolve to overcome difficulties, which must serve as an inspiration to and should be emulated by all revolutionaries. 

The revolutionary masses, together with the NPA, have been hard at work in carrying out the programs of agrarian revolution through anti-feudal mass campaigns and united front work.  Hundreds of thousands of poor peasants and Lumad have benefitted from the agrarian revolution’s minimum program, such as reduction of land rent, increase in the wages of farm workers, increase in the farm gate prices of agricultural products and reduction of usury.

The US-Duterte regime is desperate to overturn such gains of the people and crush the CPP, the NPA and the entire revolutionary movement by mid-2019 through the implementation of Oplan Kapayapaan and imposition of martial law in Mindanao.  These fascist policies have sowed terror throughout Mindanao’s countryside through non-stop combat operations, characterized by aerial bombings, artillery shelling and the extensive use of drones for surveillance; as well as psy-war operations through the infiltration of the AFP’s so-called “community support program” and the installment of army and paramilitary detachments in most of Mindanao’s rural communities. 

These have also caused untold suffering on the people in the form of extra-judicial killings, massacres and the massive displacement of peasant, Lumad and Moro communities, especially in Compostela Valley, Caraga, Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, the Zamboanga Peninsula, the Lanao provinces and North Cotabato. Illegal arrests and the filing of trumped up charges against mass leaders, activists, church people and other professionals, including the media, have also increased.

Further, the Duterte government’s insistence on “localized peace talks” demeans the people’s demands for genuine land reform, national industrialization and national sovereignty; and is merely a ploy for the revolutionary movement to capitulate.

The US-Duterte regime has deployed 35 AFP combat battalions in Moro areas in Mindanao to suppress the on-going struggle of the Bangsamoro. The massive combat operations, including aerial bombings and artillery shelling, have led to the mass murder and displacement of thousands of the Moro people. 

The Duterte regime has also railroaded the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law with the intent to contain the Bangsamoro struggle for the right to self-determination within the framework and control of the reactionary government and focus the full force of the AFP and PNP against the revolutionary movement. However, the US-Duterte regime’s outright acts of fascism and the imposition of the bogus BOL has only further ignited their armed resistance. The NDFP and the entire revolutionary movement continues to promote and support the Bangsamoro’s fight for their genuine right to self-determination.

Clearly, Duterte is delusional if he thinks he can destroy the revolutionary movement.  For as long as the root causes of the armed conflict are not resolved, the flame of the people’s war can never be extinguished and instead will continue to intensify and rage on towards total victory.

LONG LIVE THE 50TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE NEW PEOPLE’S ARMY!
LONG LIVE THE 50TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE PHILIPPINES!
LONG LIVE THE FILIPINO PEOPLE!

Release Ka Frank Fernandez and his companions!

Free all political prisoners! Fight the fascist, terrorist US-Duterte regime!

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) – Negros condemns the arrest of NDFP peace consultant and NDFP Negros Spokesperson Ka Frank Fernandez, 71, along with his wife, Cleofe Lagtapon, 66, and their companion Gee-Ann Perez, 20. We denounce the trumped-up charges filed against them and strongly demand that the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and its state forces present them to their legal counsel and family. Furthermore, they must be immediately released on the basis of justice, propriety and for humanitarian considerations.

Ka Frank was with his wife in Laguna to seek medical attention. Considering their old age and the status of his health, the military and police are ridiculous in planting firearms and explosives. This has been a protocol for state forces to crimininalize NDFP consultants who are actually assured safety while performing their duties as peace consultants through the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). 

According to reports, Ka Frank and his companions were arrested on March 23, 2019 around 5 o’clock in the morning but up to now their lawyers and family have no access to them. This is an outright violation of their human rights. The Filipino people is well aware of the AFP and PNP’s brutal and merciless nature. Ka Frank and his companions are in real danger of physical and psychological torture.

Ka Frank and his companions’ arrest along with the imprisonment of other NDFP consultants stink of the desperation of the US-controlled Armed Forces of the Philippines to sabotage the peace process.

Every move of Duterte and his cohorts exposes their single-mindedness in instating Duterte’s fascist dictatorship and disposing of just and lasting peace. 

Duterte’s clones in the military and police mistake the arrest of Ka Frank as a setback for the revolutionary movement. If we recall the 2016 Peace Forum held in Negros Island, Ka Frank himself clearly put things in perspective, “the people know that the revolutionary movement is alive, not because of Frank Ferndandez, but the masses keep the revolution alive.” 

Thus, Ka Frank’s arrest will only further ignite the fervor of every peace-loving Filipino and, of course, all revolutionary forces to intensify the fight against Duterte’s fascism and terrorism.### 

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National Democratic Front of the Philippines – Negros

NDFP Strongly Condemns the Unjust Arrest of Frank Fernandez and Companions and Demands Their Immediate Release

Fidel V. Agcaoili, Chairperson NDFP Negotiating Panel
Press Statement | March 25, 2019

NDFP Panel Chair Fidel V. Agcaoili

Frank Fernandez is a publicly known consultant of the NDFP in the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations as NDFP spokesperson in Negros. He holds Document of Identification Number PP 978544 as provided for in the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

The JASIG is an agreement between the two Parties in armed conflict. It has been duly approved by their respective Principals. And there is a required protocol for its termination. So, no matter how many times President Rodrigo Duterte unilaterally flip-flops from resuming and then terminating the peace talks, the JASIG remains in full force and effect unless otherwise terminated according to the terms of the agreement. In fact the immunity guarantees of Frank Fernandez extends even after the actual termination of the peace talks.

Moreover, Frank Fernandez, who is 71 years old and has been ill for some time, had to come down from Negros for medical treatment, accompanied by his wife, Cleofe Lagtapon, and a companion, Gee-Ann Perez. For humanitarian considerations alone, he should not have been arrested and allowed to receive unhampered medical treatment. With his unjust arrest, the Duterte regime runs the risk of adding another detainee to the list of three political prisoners who died in prison from June 2016, in violation of international humanitarian law and the minimum prison standards recognized by civilized nations.

Frank Fernandez and his companions were reported to have been arrested last Sunday in Nagcarlan, Laguna. However, details of where they are incarcerated are still unclear. This poses grave danger to their health and lives. Its incumbent upon their custodial units to forthwith present Frank Fernandez and his companions to their relatives and lawyers in order for him to receive his medicines and assure that their rights and well-being are respected.

We demand that Frank Fernandez and his companions be released immediately as a matter of principle, justice and humanity.###