International Lawyers’ Resolution on the Philippines Calling for Resumption of Peace Negotiations in a Foreign Neutral Venue

International Lawyers’ Resolution on the Philippines Calling for Resumption of Peace Negotiations in a Foreign Neutral Venue

WHEREAS, we are in receipt of depressing information and disturbing reports that the political, economic and social situation in the Philippines have turned from bad to worse, resulting in continuing injustice and impunity and in deprivation and discrimination;

WHEREAS, various forms of violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law and the failure of the Philippine government to fulfill its obligations and pledges under international legal covenants and instruments it has entered into continue with disregard or impunity;

WHEREAS, such situation calls for accountability and mechanisms to ensure respect for human rights and international humanitarian law and needs institution of basic social, economic and political reforms;

WHEREAS, we are keenly aware that there is an ongoing armed conflict in the Philippines for the longest time and we welcome serious efforts to resolve this through peace negotiations;

WHEREAS, the formal talks in the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to address the roots of the armed conflict are being held in Norway and the Netherlands;

WHEREAS, such talks are being hosted and facilitated by the Royal Norwegian Government (RNG) as the mutually-agreed Third Party Facilitator;

WHEREAS, we are informed that the Philippine government is again persistently demanding that the peace negotiations be held in Manila, a position divergent from a binding agreement between the parties that it be held in a foreign neutral venue;

WHEREAS, that mainly for security reasons, history and universal practice teach us that most, if not all, peace negotiations between two warring parties were generally held in a foreign neutral venue outside the country or territories where their respective armed forces are;

RESOLVED , that we members of the governing Bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) strongly join the calls urging the GRP and the NDFP to honor and abide by their agreements and resume their peace negotiations in a foreign neutral venue in order to try to resolve the basic issues of the Philippine armed conflict so that the Filipino people can attain a just and stable peace.

Brussels, Belgium, 21 June 2018.

References:

Jeanne Mirer
IADL President
‭+1 (313) 515-2046‬

Jan Fermon
IADL Secretary General
‭+32 475 44 18 96‬

(Members of the Bureau in attendance include those from Algeria, Belgium, Brazil, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Palestine, Philippines, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa and Togo.)

Unite to oppose the National ID system

Information Bureau | Communist Party of the Philippines

May 26, 2018

With the Senate leadership recently usurped by Duterte apologist and minion Tito Sotto, with the Supreme Court, now free of Duterte arch-critic Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, and with the rubber-stamp lower house of Congress, the enactment of the National ID system by the fascist Duterte now seems to be imminent. This totalitarian measure was first proposed more than two decades ago and has long been fiercely resisted by democratic sectors.

Wielding his new unbound powers, Duterte is now testing the waters with his push to enact the fascist National ID system. If he could get away with this, it is likely that he will push with far more insidious measures such as the plan for charter change to give Duterte greater authority, including less restrictions on his power to declare martial law, and pave the way for perpetuating himself in power under one or another pretext.

The National ID system will practically be reviving the detested cedula system which the Spanish colonial power used to control the movement of people and suppress their democratic rights. In the hands of Duterte, the National ID system is bound to be a weapon of suppression, a weapon of mass monitoring and surveillance to track everyone’s movement, and to bribe and arm-twist, especially against Duterte’s political critics and dissenters.

The Party urges all democratic sectors to unite firmly and oppose vigorously the National ID system, advance their resistance against Duterte’s various dictatorial schemes and his fascist abuses under Oplan Kapayapaan and Mindanao martial law, fight the regime’s anti-people and burdensome policies especially against the workers, peasants and oppressed economic classes, and put an end to widespread and large-scale corruption, surrender of the country’s sovereignty and subservience to foreign imperialist interests.

Please read further below the slightly edited statement by the CPP Information Bureau first issued on September 5, 2017.

National ID system in the hands of murderous strongman will have dreadful results

Duterte’s feverish push to implement a National ID system is part of his machinations to establish a totalitarian state of mass surveillance, population control, social, political and criminal profiling and mass murder.

The draft law of the National ID system has been bulldozed by Duterte’s supermajority of political allies in the House of Representatives. Will the GRP Senate pass the proposed ID system with similar dispatch and prove itself to be no more than a rubberstamp than the lower house is?

The Party joins the Filipino people in opposing the National ID system. In the hands of the Duterte regime, especially its security, military and police agencies, the National ID system will serve as an additional weapon for fascist suppression. There will be dreadful results once such a weapon is placed in the hands of a strong-man tyrant as Duterte who is obsessed with summary killings and mass murder as “solution” to social problems, to silence his political opponents and suppress people’s resistance.

Such a system has long been proposed by the AFP and PNP and US military and security advisers to facilitate mass surveillance through the centralization of the collection and storage (or databasing) of personal information. Past regimes have failed to push the National ID system confronted with popular opposition. The US imperialists will congratulate Duterte if he succeeds on ramming the repressive system.

Duterte’s proposed system aims to collect an inclusive list of personal information in violation of civil rights. Duterte’s National ID system will be a deathblow to privacy rights. In the hands of a repressive and oppressive state, the collection of such information will surely be weaponized and used as a tool for mass surveillance, social, political and criminal profiling.

In many capitalist countries, centralized databases of personal information collected officially as well as illegally have been used by military and security agencies for mass surveillance and “terrorist profiling” leading to stigmatizing of social, religious and political groups and false accusations against individuals.
To conceal its insidious aims and dupe the people to support the proposed identification system, the Duterte regime makes false claims that the National ID will serve to expedite the delivery of government service. Such claims are put to dispute by the fact that the Duterte regime continues to cut the budget for public education and public health and other important social services.

How can a National ID system help facilitate the provision of public health when government hospitals are, in fact, being commercialized and privatized in whole and in part? If the priority of government is to provide everyone with free public health, free education, free public housing, public transportation and so on, there is no need for a National ID system for the people to benefit from these. A national system of identification has nothing to do with the efficiency in the provision of public service.

Neither does computerization make a clean government. This is starkly demonstrated by continuing widespread corruption in government agencies which has computerized its record-keeping and processing. Manipulation of election results in the Philippines have become more widespread, albeit less obvious, through automation.

Ang Paghimakas December 2017 Issue

NDF-EV denies clearing Ong family of Northern Samar of involvement in illegal drugs

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas flatly denies the recent news report in the Daily Tribune newspaper claiming it has cleared the Ong political family in Northern Samar of involvement in illegal drugs. “The NDF-EV has not cleared key members of the Ong dynasty as claimed in the Daily Tribune, and these are rather still being investigated as suspected drug lords,” said NDF-EV spokesperson Fr. Santiago “Ka Sanny” Salas. “These include Northern Samar Gov. Jose Ong, Jr., the former congressman Emil Ong, and the latter’s son who is an incumbent congressman, Edwin Ong. This false report in the Daily Tribune appears to be part of the Ongs’ well-funded media campaign since June to cover up their criminal activities, in light of the long-running exposes by NDF-EV and the Duterte regime’s own anti-drugs campaign.

“It should be noted that Laoang Mayor Hector Ong, brother of Emil and Jose, has already been accused of narco trafficking by the Duterte government along with his wife Madeline.”

Fr. Salas also said the Ong brothers seem to be so desperate they would dare to manufacture a false report about the NDF-EV clearing them, along with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). “It is very curious why the Ongs would go to the extent of using the NDF-EV and PDEA in the same breath to clear their names. Such a public relations campaign also means spending a lot of money. Why would the Ongs go to that extent, even using NDF-EV, if they are indeed innocent and if they have nothing to fear from the Duterte government? Is it because they can no longer convince the public of PDEA’s vouchng for them especially after a PDEA agent was arrested for peddling drugs in Catbalogan, and the agency’s regional heads are also being reorganized over fears of their links to drug lords such as in Region 6?”

The NDF-EV spokesperson called on the Duterte government to go after and punish drug lords like the Ongs instead of tolerating a war against the poor through the extrajudicial killings of drug users and pushers. “There are small-time drug addicts and pushers because of grinding poverty, which they so desperately wish to escape even to the extent of involvement in illegal drugs. As long as the Duterte regime go only after these small fry, the killings will never end, especially because the regime itself has remained silent on land reform, national industrialization and other basic socio-economic reforms. And how sure are we that the police and military are not going on this killing spree to cover up their own involvement in illegal drugs and to protect their criminal turfs? So long as big drug lords are treated leniently while drug victims who are poor are harshly treated and murdered, Duterte’s so-called war on drugs will never end and the poor will never be uplifted, especially without any peace talks to discuss socio-economic reforms.”

 

National Democratic Front of the Philippines Eastern Visayas

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“Youth Revolution for Socialism” poster design contest

Warmest greetings of solidarity!Youth Revolution for Socialism poster design contest

In connection with the 45th founding anniversary of the Kabataang Makabayan (KM, Patriotic Youth), the International Information Office of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is inviting young visual artists and graphic designers to join in the poster design contest, "Youth revolution for socialism!".

The contest is open to everyone between the ages 12 and 30 years old. Entries should be submitted before 30 April 2010. For more details, please contact:

Youth revolution for socialism!
Poster design contest

c/o NDFP International Information Office
Amsterdamsestraatweg 50
3513 AG Utrecht
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 30 2310431
E-mail: [email protected]

In solidarity,

Karina Miranda
Liaison Officer
Kabataang Makabayan – Europe
(KM, Patriotic Youth, is an allied organization of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines)

Contest rules, “Youth Revolution for Socialism” poster design contest

CONTEST RULES:

  1. The contest is open to all visual artists and graphic designers, aged 12 years old and not older than 30 years old as of 30 April 2010.

  2. A participant can submit more than one entry but may only be awarded one prize. The panel of judges shall ultimately decide which entry will be awarded the prize.

  3. All entries should be two-dimensional,no smaller than A4 (210 x 297 mm), and rendered on paper or canvas. Name and contact information of the participant, or any identifiable mark, should not appear on any part of the entry. These should be written down on a separate sheet of paper, accompanying the entry.

  4. Entries in digital form should be saved in TIF format, rendered in CMYK at 300 dpi, and should be no smaller than A3 (297 x 420 mm). Name and contact information of the participant or any identifiable mark should not appear on any part of the entry, nor in the file name. Each entry should be contained in one CD or DVD with the name and contact information of the participant written on the disc.Youth Revolution for Socialism poster design contest

  5. Entries should be wrapped up firmly before sending by post to:

    Youth revolution for socialism!
    Poster design contest
    c/o NDFP IIO
    Amsterdamsestraatweg 50
    3513 AG Utrecht
    The Netherlands

    The organizers will not be responsible for any damage to the entries incurred during postal delivery. All entries should be submitted before 30 April 2010.

  6. Entries should reflect the competition's theme: “The experience of the youth in the current global financial crisis, and their role in advancing the movement for socialist revolution.”A panel of judges will evaluate the entries based on the following criteria:

    a. Interpretation of the theme (40%)
    b. Visual impact (30%)

    c. Composition (30%)

  7. Entries should be original designs by the participants themselves. Every participant guarantees that their entries do not violate any copyright laws. The organizers shall not be liable for any copyright violation resulting from any entry.

  8. Upon submission of their entries, participants grant the organizers exclusive right to reproduce the entries for the panel of judges. Upon the consent of the participants, the organizers are granted the right to exhibit all or any of the contest entries beyond 30 April 2010, in venues agreed upon by the participant and the organizers.