Further Comment on the Medical Condition of Duterte

By Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Politcal Consultant

In taking note of the report that Duterte is comatose. I have been cautious enough to say that the report needs to be verified or negated by Duterte´s public appearance or by a credible medical bulletin. I hope that Duterte will be able to appear to the public in Cebu City tomorrow, as announced by his spokesman Roque.

As correctly pointed out by Rep. Alejano, it is the right of the Filipino people to know the physical and mental health of Duterte. They would not want to be ruled by a madman or by some caretaker committee of pretenders in violation of the rule of succession in he 1987 Constitution.

Filipino doctors have observed the recent dark physiognomy, wobbly movement and insane self-contradictions of Duterte and have taken into account his medical record. They have the following two prognoses:

1. The Buerger´s disease of Duterte has worsened to the point of clogging the veins to his head (both face and brain) and 2. The frequent use of pain killers, especially fentanyl, has severely damaged his kidney, necessitating more frequent dialyses and withdrawal from public view.

The medical status of Duterte, which is of public interest in his case, has to be clarified and cannot be waved away by shallow explanations that he forgets to powder his face or that this has become darker than usual because of beauty tanning.

Release of POW Cui to Bong Go exposes Duterte’s tacit recognition of NPA’s status of belligerency

New People’s Army
Regional Operations Command
Southern Mindanao Region

July 29, 2018 | PRESS STATEMENT | Bisaya»

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Despite the much-ballyhooed declaration of the fascist AFP that Davao City is virtually free of the New People’s Army, the NPA Regional Operations Command, through its custodial force, released NPA Prisoner of War Menardo N. Cui, PNP Badge No. 0-28281, on July 27 in Sitio Indawhong, Brgy, Salaysay, Baguio District following his 7-month detention. GRP Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go was at hand to receive POW Cui, a move that only showed that the US-Duterte regime has failed to obliterate the reality that the NPA continues to be a belligerent force in the country.

The US-Duterte regime’s principal, Rodrigo Duterte, has declared the NPA and revolutionary forces as terrorists and criminals and scuttled the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. But by sending his closest emissary and chief representative, Duterte has unwittingly acknowledged the status of belligerency acquired by the NPA under international laws. The People’s Democratic Government has proven its status of belligerency whenever the NPA captures and detains prisoners of war for various lengths of time and accords them humane treatment under the Geneva Conventions and Protocol I.

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The revolutionary forces have acquired belligerent status under international laws by waging revolutionary armed struggle, building organs of political power, organizing the people and defending its own territory. It is by doing all these and achieving greater victories in people’s war that it has gained wide international recognition of the NPA’s status of belligerency and the recognition of the People’s Democratic Government.

The NPA-SMR, however, rejects Bong Go’s announcement for localized peace talks for these will only serve the pacification and surrender campaign and psy-war operations of the US-Duterte regime. The NPA is adamant not to be made party to local peace negotiations that reject the masses’ clamour for genuine land reform and national industrialization.

The NPA’s safe and orderly release of its POW is poles apart compared to the tyranny, fascism and anti-peace talks stance that characterize the regime of Bong Go’s principal Rodrigo Duterte. Despite martial law in Mindanao and Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s sway over AFP and PNP forces to vanquish NPA forces in her turf, the NPA persists in its areas of operation in Davao City. The People’s Democratic Government continues to conduct governance and police power, including granting clemency or archiving cases filed against enemy state forces on justifiable grounds. The same comport cannot be expected from the US-Duterte regime which prefers extra-judicial killing and arrest of innocent civilians and plunder of the nation’s coffers.

During the release, POW Cui expressed appreciation for the humane and lenient treatment by the NPA custodial force. POW Cui’s treatment stands in stark contrast to the cruel detention being inflicted to arrested Red fighters, including NPA Commander Zaldy Cañete, and 99 other political prisoners presently languishing in different jails in Southern Mindanao.

A day after the release, AFP troops deployed for combat and pursuit operations against the NPA custodial force were hit by command-detonated explosives in Sitio Kamarag, Brgy. Tambobong, Baguio District at around 10:25 am. Initial reports revealed that the enemy sustained at least 6 casualties in the NPA offensive.

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


Pagbuhi kang POW Cui ngadto kang Bong Go nagpakita sa pag-ila ni Duterte sa status of belligerency sa NPA

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Taliwala sa labihang gipanghambog nga deklarasyon sa pasistang AFP nga wala nay NPA sa Davao City, gibuhian sa New People’s Army Regional Operations Command, pinaagi sa custodial force niini, ang bihag sa gubat nga si Menardo N. Cui, PNP Badge No. 0-28281, niadtong Hulyo 27 sa Sitio Indawhong, Brgy, Salaysay, Baguio District human sa 7 ka bulan niyang pagkabihag. Anaa si GRP Special Assistant to the President Cristopher “Bong” Go nga maoy nidawat kang POW Cui, butang nga nagpamatuod lang sa kapakyasan sa rehimeng US-Duterte nga wagtangon ang kamatuoran nga nagpabiling usa ka pwersang nakiggubat o belligerent force ang NPA sa nasud.

Ang prinsipal sa rehimen nga si Rodrigo Duterte mideklara nga mga terorista ug kriminal ang NPA ug mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa ug gipahunong ang hinabing pangkalinaw tali sa National Democratic Front of the Philippines. Apan sa iyang pagpadala sa pinakasuod niyang emisaryo ug nag-unang representante, wala tuyoang giila ni Duterte ang status of belligerency nga anaa ang NPA ilalom sa kalibutanhong mga balaod. Ginapamatud-an sa Demokratikong Gobyerno sa Katawhan ang status of belliegerency niini sa matag higayon nga ang NPA adunay madakpan ug makustodiya nga bihag sa gubat sa usa ka takda nga panahon ug hatagan sila og tawhanong pagtratar ilalom sa Geneva Conventions ug Protocol I.

Nakab-ot sa rebolusyonaryong pwersa ang belligerent status niini pinaagi sa paglunsad og rebolusyonaryong armadong pakigbisog, pagtukod og mga organo sa pulitikanhong gahum, pag-organisa sa katawhan ug pagdepensa sa kaugalingon niining teritoryo. Pinaagi sa paghimo niini ug pagkab-ot og mas dagkung kadaugan sa gubat sa katawhan maong nakakab-ot og internasyunal nga pag-ila ang status og belligerency sa NPA ug sa Demokratikong Gobyerno sa Katawhan.

Bisan pa man, gisalikway sa NPA-SMR ang pahayag ni Bong Go alang sa localized peace talks tungod moalagad lamang kini sa kampanyang pasipikasyon ug pagsurender ug operisyong saywar sa rehimeng US-Duterte. Lig-ong nagbarog ang NPA nga dili mahimong kabahin sa lokal nga negosasyong pangkalinaw nga wala nag-asdang sa panawagan sa katawhan alang sa tinuod nga repormang agraryo ug nasudnong industriyalisasyon.

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Ang luwas ug hapsay nga pagbuhi sa NPA sa iyang POW dakung kalahian kun itandi sa pagpanglupig, pasismo ug kontra-hisgutanang kalinaw nga kinaiya sa rehimen sa prinsipal ni Bong Go nga si Duterte. Bisan pa sa balaod militar sa Mindanao ug sa gahum ni Presidential daughter ug Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte ngadto sa AFP ug PNP aron paphaon ang pwersa sa NPA sa iyang natad, padayong naglihok ang NPA sa mga erya sa operisyon niini sa Davao City. Padayong ginapatuman sa Demokratikong Gobyerno sa Katawhan ang pagdumala ug police powers, lakip ang pagtugyan og clemency ug pag-arkibo og mga kaso nga gipasang-at batuk sa mga pwersa sa kaaway subay sa makatarunganong kapasikaran. Ang samang kaayo dili madahom gikan sa rehimeng US-Duterte kinsa mas ginapili ang ekstra-hudisyal nga pagpatay ug pag-aresto og mga inosenteng sibilyan ug pagkawkaw sa bahandi sa nasud.

Atol sa iyang pagbuhi, nagpasalamat si POW Cui ngadto sa iyang NPA custodial force sa maayong pagtratar kaniya. Ang maong tawhanong pagtratar dakung kalahian sa mangtas nga pagbalhog sa mga giarestong mga Pulang manggugubat, lakip ang NPA Commander nga si Zaldy Cañete, ug uban pang 99 ka mga bilanggong pulitikal nga sa kasamtangang anaa sa lain-laing prisohan sa Southern Mindanao.

Usa ka adlaw human sa pagbuhi kang POW Cui, naigo sa command-detonated explosive ang tropa sa AFP kinsa gi-deploy alang sa operisyong kombat ug paggukod sa custodial force sa NPA sa Sitio Kamarag, Brgy. Tambobong, Baguio District, mga alas 10:25 sa buntag. Matud sa pasiunang taho, nakahiagom ang kaaway og dili moubos sa 6 ka kaswalti human sa maong opensiba.

NSA Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., is an active purveyor of fake news

NDFP archive photo

By Fidel V. Agcaoili
Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel
Press Statement | July 21, 2018

The claim of National Security Adviser (NSA) Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., that Prof. Jose Maria Sison is seriously ill is false.

Prof. Sison is very well and has fully recovered from his arthritis last year.

He is up and about, conducting interviews here and there with journalists, student scholars, academics and foreign solidarity friends, and issuing statements left and right especially on the brewing Duterte fascist dictatorship in the Philippines as Chief Political Consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), as well as on significant events in the world as Chairperson of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS).

His mind remains as sharp as ever and his analysis of political situations as incisive, brilliant and comprehensive as before.

On the other hand, Esperon remains a pathological liar. In 2006, as AFP Chief of Staff, Esperon made the ridiculous claim that the extrajudicial killings of activists were happening because of “internal purges” in the movement, even producing a document allegedly captured from a New People’s Army (NPA) camp as evidence.

His allegation was dismissed by Prof. Philip Alston, then UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, as “especially unconvincing” and the document presented as bearing “all the hallmarks of a fabrication and cannot be taken as evidence of anything other than disinformation.” Prof. Alston concluded that “there is no reasonable doubt that the military is responsible for a significant number of the killings and that subsequent evidence points to the continuing nature of that practice.”

But Esperon does not stop with his false claim on Prof. Sison’s health.

He even implies that the GRP administrations of Fidel V. Ramos and Joseph E. Estrada have conspired with the NDFP in attempting to topple the Manila government by signing The Hague Joint Declaration, the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

Such nonsense!

On the so-called localized peace talks, I strongly suggest that Esperon reads the statements of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the National Operational Command of the NPA, and the NDFP territorial units and regional commands, before he embarks on this road show meant only to line the pockets of bureaucrats, military commanders and faked surrenderers. ##

The Tangled Web of Lies and Deception of Col. Alberto Desoyo of the Philippine Army 303rd Brigade

Press Realease | July 4, 2018 | Ilonggo»
Ka JB Regalado
Spokesperson, Leonardo Panaligan Command, New People’s Army
Central Negros Guerrilla Front

On July 3. 2018, Col. Alberto Desoyo of the Philippine Army 303rd Brigade simultaneously spread lies of disinformation and Psy-war operation to the tri-media and social media.

Desoyo distorted the truth stating that the “CPP-NPA-NDFP cancelled the peace talks between the NDFP and the GRP”. The truth is, after the AFP Command conference last June 14, 2018, it was Duterte himself who immediately announced that he will not continue the peace talks with the NDFP which was scheduled on June 28. 2018 in Oslo, Norway. The said schedule was mutually agreed by both negotiating parties last June 9, 2018. he reasoned out that the “stakeholders” have yet to be consulted despite the calls and demands of the Filipino people to resume the peace talks.

The “stakeholders” referred to by Duterte are not the Filipino people at large especially the peasant and the working class .Instead, the pro-imperialist bureaucrat capitalists, the elite and fascist Armed FOrces of the Philippines(AFP)

Together with the shallow alibi of Duterte is the insistence to hold the peace talks in the Philippines. The Duterte position violates and denies (pagdalasa) The Hague Joint Declarations that defines the nature , character, agenda and mechanism of the Peacetalks. Duterte is not sincere to the genuine and lasting peace in the country. He does not respect neither the Filipino people’s aspiration for for the implementation of genuine lard reform and national industrialization which are the content of the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER).

While Delfin Lorenzana of the Department of National Defense (DND) maneuvers as well to sabotage the peace talk and spread vicious proopaganda against the CPP-NPA-NDFP under the US Central Intelligence Agency’s directions.

The truth is, the US-Duterte regime crudely announced the cancellation of the scheduled peace talk in order not to stall/ hinder execution of military operations against the CPP-NPA. Within 3-6 months, the AFP together with Duterte is hoping to decimate the NPA force by 50% on a nationwide scale and to declare a lot of areas “insurgent-free”. It is also their intention to arrest NDFP Consultants to reduce the 5th Round of Peace Talks as talk to surrender.

What Col Desoyo says that the AFP, particularly, the 303rd Philippine Army Brigade wants the “Peace Talks to continnue” is mere propaganda ploy.

Not a shed sicerity was shown by the AFP in the Peace Talk. Instead, they intensified the militarization in the rural areas.

In Central Negros alone, from March 26 to June 24, 2018the 303rd Brigade Philippine (303rd Bde PA) launched aa a series of 5 Battalion Operations. The militarization has further intensified last June 12, 2018 with the reinforcement of 94th Infantry Brigade (IBPA).

There ware loads of cases recorded by the Leonardo Panaligan Command-New People’s Army (LPC-NPA) committed by the 62nd IBPA, 79th IBPA and 94th IBPA in violation of CARHRIHL kag Human Rights of the people particularly in the countryside of Guihulngan and Canlaon in Negros Oriental and Magallon, Isabela and La Castellana in Negros Occidental. Examples are the use and stay of the AFP personnel in the schools, churches, houses of peasants as military camp; The forced confessions as members of the NPA, as supporters of NPA and the instigation to surrender.

Desooyo is lying when he said that there were a lot of NPA surendered in the island.

the AFP instigation that the NPA surenderes is a ploy of “psy-war tactics” of the military. While the “CLIP program” is designed to gain the trust of the people, deception and disinformation.

Despite these, because of the correct leadership of the CPP, in just 5 months alone (February to June 2018), the LPC-NPA increased its force by 30-35 %.
It came from the ranks of the intellectual, Working class and the young and best sons and daughters of the peasantry. They have the high moral and preparedness to comprehensively face the all-out war of Oplan Kapayapaan of the US-Duterte regime. These new NPA recruits are courageous and determined in building the Mass base, carrying forward the Armed Struggle and the Agrarian Revolution. They are supported by a wide mass of people who aspire a genuine, just and lasting peace in the country where democracy and social justice will prevail.


Col. Alberto Desoyo sang 303rd BdePA, Naglubid sang mga Kabutigan kag Pagpatalang

Press release | Hulyo 4, 2018
Ka JB Regalado
Spokesperson Leonardo Panaligan Command, New People’s Army
Central Negros Guerrilla Front

Hulyo 3, 2018 naglanog ang mga linubid nga mga kabutigan sang 303rd BdePA halin sa mga pahayag ni Col. Alberto Desoyo sa media, kadungan sa mga ginpalapta nga mga dis-impormasyon kag psywar operations sang AFP sa pungsod paagi sa tri-media kag social media.

Gintursi pa ni Desoyo ang kamtuoran nga kuno “ang CPP-NPA-NDF ang nagkansela sang Peacetalks sa tunga sang NDFP kag GRP”. Ang matuod, matapos ang Command Conference sang AFP sadtong Hunyo 14, 2018 si Duterte mismo ang gilayon nagpahayag nga indi niya ipadayon ang pag-istoryahanay sa kalinong sa NDFP sa gintalana nga liwat nga pagbukas sang peacetalk sa Hunyo 28, 2018 sa Oslo, Norway. Resulta ini sang back channel talks diin ginkasugtan sang magkatimbang nga bahin sadtong June 9, 2018. Rason niya nga ikonsulta pa sini ang mga “stakeholders” sa pihak sang mga singgitan kag panawagan na sang pumuluyong Pilipino nga ipadayon ang Peacetalks.

Ang “stakeholders” nga ginasiling ni Duterte indi pa ang malapad nga pumuluyong Pilipino ilabe na ang sahing mangunguma kag mamumugon kundi ang mga maki-imperyalista, burukrata kapitalista mga elitista kag pasistang AFP sa pungsod.

Upod sa manabaw nga rason sa pagpamalibad ni Duterte, nagagiit pa ini nga tigayunon ang peacetalk sa Pilipinas. Ini nga panindugan ni Duterte nagalapas kag nagadalasa sang The Hague Joint Declarations nga amo ang nagatalana sang kinaiya, katuyuan, agenda kag mekanismo sang Peacetalk. Indi sinsero si Duterte sang tunay kag malawigon nga kalinong sa pungsod. Wala man ini nagarespetar sang handum sang pumuluyo Pilipino sa pagpatuman sang matuod nga reporma sa duta kag pungsodnon nga industrialisasyon nga amo ang unod sang Comprehensive Agreement on Socio and Economic Reforms.

Samtang si Delfin Lorenzana sang DND nagamaniobra man sang pagsabotahe sang Peacetalk kag nagapalapta sang mga pagpakalain batok sa CPP-NPA-NDF sa mando sang US-CIA’s.

Ang kamatuoran, garapal nga gin-anunsyo sang US-Duterte ang pagkanselar sang gintalana na nga skedyul sang pagpakigsugilanon sa kalinong para indi na mapunggan ang ginkasa na nga operasyon militar batok sa CPP-NPA. Sa sulod sang 3-6 ka bulan, handum sang AFP upod kay Duterte nga mapagamay ang kusog sang NPA sa 50% na lamang sa bilog nga pungsod kag madamo sang mga erya ukon lugar nga madeklarar nga “insurgency-free.” Tuyo man sini nga pang-arestuhon ang mga NDFP Consultants agud ang ika-5 nga round sang Peacetalk mahimo na lamang nga pag-istoryahanay sang pagpasurender.

Propaganda na lamang ang ginasugid ni Col. Desoyo nga gusto sang AFP partikular 303rd BdePA nga nagapanawagan ini nga “ipadayon ang Peacetalk.”

Wala sang may ginpakita ang AFP nga may sinseridad ini sa Peacetalk. Sa baylo, ila ginpasingki ang militarisasyon sa mga kaumahan.

Sa Central Negros lang, halin sadtong Marso 26, 2018-Hunyo 24, 2018 nag-agum ini sang 5 ka serye sang Battalion Operations nga ginlunsar sang 303rd Brigade Philippine Army.

Labi pa nga ginpasingki ang militarisasyon sang gindugang ang 94th IBPA sadtong Hunyo 12, 2018 sa Central Negros.

Madamo sang recorded nga mga kaso kag sirkumtansya nga nakuha sang LPC-NPA angot sa nakomiter sang 62nd IBPA, 79th IBPA kag 94th IBPA nga mga paglapas sa CARHRIHL kag pagbayolar sang tawhanon nga kinamatarung sa pumuluyo dira sa mga kaumahan partikular sa binukid sang Guihulngan kag Canlaon sa Negros Oriental kalakip na sa Magallon, Isabela kag La Castellana sa Negros Occidental. Ehemplo sini ang pagtiner sa mga buluthuan, simbahan, puluy-an sang mga mangunguma kag iban pa diin ginhimo nga kampo militar. Pilit nga pagpa-ako nga mga katapo sang NPA, suporter sang NPA kag paghaylo sa pagsurender.

Kabutigan man ang ginsugid ni Desoyo nga madamo sang nagsurender nga NPA sa isla.

Ang mga pagpanghaylo sang AFP sa NPA nga magsurender isa ka padugi sang “psywar tactics” sang militar. Samtang ang “CLIP program” pasalig, panginto kag pagpatalang.

Sa baylo bangud sang husto nga pagpamuno sang Partido Komunista sang Pilipinas, sa sulod sang 5 lang ka bulan (Pebrero 2018-June 2018), ang LPC-NPA naglab-ot sa 30-35% ang pagdako sang kusog. Ini naghalin sa hanay sang mga intelektwal, mamumugon, mga hubin kag maayo nga anak sang mangunguma. Taas-moral kag handa ini sa tanan nga tion agud komprehensibo nga atubangon ang tudo-gyerang Oplan Kapayapaan sang rehimeng US-Duterte. Ining mga bag-o nga rekrut sang NPA, maisog kag determinado sa pagtukod sang baseng masa, pagsulong sang armadong paghimakas kag agraryong rebolusyon. Suportado sang malapad nga pumuluyo nga nagahandum sang tunay, makatarunganon kag malawigon nga kalinong sa pungsod diin mapaluntad ang demokrasya, kahilwayan kag hustisya sosyal.

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)