By ANDRES AGTALON
Spokesperson, Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid
The Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid (PKM, National Peasants Association), a revolutionary peasant organization allied with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), today called on all its organizations in typhoon Yolanda-devastated areas to launch intensified land occupation and contribute to the immediate rehabilitation, recovery, and expansion of the revolutionary mass base.
PKM spokesperson Andres Agtalon said that “super typhoon Yolanda’s aftermath not only paralyzed the reactionary government but the big landlords themselves.”
“Farmers cannot rely on big landlords to help out in rebuilding their lives and agriculture in typhoon-devastated areas. The PKM led by revolutionary government committees together with the New People’s Army can seize the initiative and launch intensified land occupation for the immediate rehabilitation, recovery, and expansion of the revolutionary mass base,” says Agtalon.
“The occupation of vast lands is just, in the face of the Aquino regime’s ineptitude and incompetence in helping out the survivors and victims of the typhoon,” Agtalon added.
At the same time, Agtalon said, “the PKM and the NPA should frustrate all efforts by the landlord Aquino regime to perpetuate big landlords’ control over the lands occupied by revolutionary peasants.”
“The Aquino regime and its cohorts’ maneuvers to return the lands to big landlords, and to local and foreign agribusinesses, must be confronted with militant mass struggles,” Agtalon said.