Monday, April 24, 2017

Hunt for 3 remaining ASG in Bohol still ongoing -- Arevalo

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 24): Hunt for 3 remaining ASG in Bohol still ongoing -- Arevalo

The hunt is still on for the remaining three Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits who made the ill-advised landing in Inabanga town, Bohol last April 10.

Col. Edgard Arevalo, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs chief, said the neutralization of the three is only a matter of time as they are now running out of ammunition, supplies aside from being wounded.

Last April 22, four ASG bandits, including Joselito Milloria (also known as Abu Alih), a former resident of Inabanga, were killed after a series of gun battle with government forces in Barangay Bacani, Clarin town.

"The hunt continues for the remaining two or three terrorists who were part of the (ASG) bandits that attempted to establish foothold in Bohol but failed. We have reports indicating that they were also wounded and running out of supplies,” Arevalo added.

The slain bandits are part of the estimated 11-man band of ASG sub-leader Muamar Askali alias "Abu Rami" who made an incursion in Inabanga town, Bohol last April 10, reportedly to abduct some tourists for their kidnap-for-ransom scheme.

However, this attempt fizzled out as they were neutralized by responding government forces who pounced on them in their enclave at Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Napo, Inabanga town, resulting in the death of Askali and three other ASG members last April 11.

Also killed were three soldiers, a police officer and an elderly couple.

No security threat for ASEAN meeting in PICC -- AFP Joint Task Force-NCR

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 24): No security threat for ASEAN meeting in PICC -- AFP Joint Task Force-NCR

There are still no security threats detected for the ASEAN Summit and Related meetings to be held from April 26-29 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

This was disclosed by AFP Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) deputy commander Col. Victor Tomas in an interview Monday.

"We are very fortunate to say that there are no threats detected for the coming ASEAN meetings (at the PICC in Pasay City)," he said.

The above-mentioned military unit will serve as the Philippine National Police (PNP) back-up in securing the said event along with other government security agencies.

But despite this, Tomas said security for the meetings will still be tight so that they will not be caught flat-footed by any contingency.

"We don't want to be overconfident so what we are doing is we are (still conducting) intelligence build-up and (target) hardening," he said.

MILF: Editorial -- Strike a balance

Editorial posted to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Website (Apr 24): Editorial -- Strike a balance

The wars on drugs and violent radicalism in Mindanao by the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte are yielding positive development. With some qualifications, these campaigns deserve the support of everyone. We cannot imagine a country full of drug addicts and extremists!

It has to be conceded that drug trafficking and the number of drug users are reduced to a good level. Similarly, the strengths of violent radical elements or popularly tagged as “terrorists” in Mindanao are neutralized or reduced significantly. These are milestones under the current administration.

However, in the case of the GPH-MILF peace process, the over-emphasis on results and perhaps also on secrecy rather than on process and the strict observance of the ceasefire agreement especially the Terms of References of the Coordinating Committee on Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) and the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) in the conduct of these campaigns, created many complications on the ground. For instance, if the time on target is 14 hundred hour, which means 2:00 PM, and coordination is done only one hour before -- and the operating troops are already on the ground, then what can we expect from this situation?

In several instances, fighting between government and MILF forces ensued from this late or delayed coordination. It is good, as always, the timely intervention of GPH and MILF CCCHs and AHJAGs, as well as the International Monitoring Team (IMT), prevented the escalation of the fighting.

Like the previous administrations, primacy of the peace process is still the policy of the Duterte administration. The only difference is that under the current dispensation, wars on drugs and on violent extremism take greater attention, which is a highly commendable decision. There is little way to examine other approaches which can be effective; or are there other ways to handle these problems effectively.

Be this as it may, we would like to see a balanced approach. Good results for these twin campaigns are greatly desired but not at the expense of sacrificing another valued engagement, the search for genuine and lasting peace in Mindanao. The government and the MILF are already partners in overseeing that the three tracks of implementations are pursued vigorously namely, the ceasefire or security-related track through the CCCH, AHJAG, IMT, and the Local Monitoring Team (LMT), the normalization process track including transformation of MILF camps into peaceful communities, decommissioning of MILF weapons and combatants, disbandment of private armed groups, etc., and the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

By striking a balance between good results and observance of protocols of the GPH-MILF peace process has no substitute. In long term, this is more beneficial to the parties and for the search for the peaceful settlement of the Bangsamoro Question in Mindanao. The parties have to nurture and maintain their high trust and confidence with each other. Thanks to the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) on March 27, 2014, which was the reckoning point for the real partnership of government and MILF. Before that signing, peace panels of government and MILF cannot speak together in one forum.

Moreover, while there are tangible achievements on the wars on drugs and violent extremism, but the final victory takes a long haul. War on drugs involve men and groups who are crazy over money and users or addicts who are also insane. In the same vein, extremism starts with idea, fuelled by frustration and global injustice, and the manipulation of the powers that be in the world. A close study of Abubakar al-Baghdadi would tell us that he was once held in custody by the United States Army in Baghdad but for unknown reason he was freed in 2009 after Abu Mus’ab Zarqawi, the successor of Osama bin Laden, died during US aerial campaign in Iraq. An idea will not die with the physical death of the one professing it. Thus, the twin campaigns are not easy for picking.

MILF: OBYA-ARMM organizes Lanao Youth Congress

Posted to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Website (Apr 24): OBYA-ARMM organizes Lanao Youth Congress

The Office on the Bangsamoro Youth Affairs of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OBYA-ARMM) organized the 1st Provincial Youth Congress last April 19 in Marawi City.

About 200 youth leaders attended the activity.

In a press release issued by OBYA and posted online by Mindanews, ARMM Chief-of-Staff and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-ARMM) Regional OIC-Director Rasol Mitmug Jr. said that, “The regional government is committed to uplifting the youth across the region, and it is good to see the youth themselves are also committed to taking action”.

The event aims to give chance to Meranaw youth to engage each other not only to discuss their concerns but to come up with solutions and proposals both for the local and regional government.

“It is always good to see youth leaders express willingness to serve their communities and fellow Bangsamoros, and our office is committed to harnessing that potential and building a relationship with the youth sector. The regional government looks forward to working with you,” said Amir Mawallil, OBYA Executive Director.

Among other issues tackled during the youth congress were unemployment and underemployment, waste management, and peace and security.

“Our people have faced far greater adversities in the past and we have overcome these challenges with youth leaders at the forefront of the struggle. There is a lot expected from the youth and looking at you present here today, I can say that the future holds so much promise. Thank you for reminding us what it was like to be a youth leader again,” Mitmug said as he thanked the youth at the end of the open forum.

Also present in the said event were Jehanne Mutin, chairperson of the Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women, Abdulhamid Alawi, ORG Records Division chief, Dim Radia, administrator of the region’s Cooperative Development Agency, Al-Trekee Dayan, Regional Sports Coordinating Office Director, and Anwar Upahm, ARMM-HELPS program manager.

It is important to note that the Province of Lana Del Sur and the Meranaw people are staunch supporters of the on-going peace process, as well as the passage of an enabling act for the creation of a Bangsamoro Ministerial Form of government in Southern Philippines.

CPP/NDF-PKM: Paigtingin ang mga pakikibakang magbubukid, buwagin ang mga asyenda at isulong ang rebolusyong agraryo!

NDF-PKM propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Apr 23): Paigtingin ang mga pakikibakang magbubukid, buwagin ang mga asyenda at isulong ang rebolusyong agraryo!

Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid

24 April 2017

Ang laban sa Hacienda Luisita, gaya ng sa iba pang malalawak na lupaing pag-aari at kontrolado ng malalaking panginoong maylupa at dayuhang korporasyon, ay salamin ng maigting na buhay-at kamatayang pakikibaka ng magsasakang Pilipino laban sa pyudal at mala-pyudal na pagsasamantala at pasismo ng estado.

Nararapat na panghawakan ng mga magsasaka ang pinagtibay na pusisyon ng National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) at ng Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) para sa libreng pamamahagi lupa na isang mayor na resulta ng nakalipas na ika-apat na serye ng usapang pangkapayapaan.

Ito ay bunga ng matibay na pagiggiit at pakikibaka ng masang magsasaka para sa tunay na reporma sa lupa na kinatatampukan ng mga masisiglang pakikibakang magbubukid sa buong bansa.

Ang panawagang libreng pamamahagi ng lupa ay magpapapakilos sa milyun-milyong mga magsasaka at manggagawang bukid para sa higit na pagpapalawak ng baseng masa ng rebolusyon, pagpapalakas at pagpapasaklaw ng Pulang kapangyarihan pampulitika sa kanayunan at pagrerekluta ng pinakamaraming mandirigma ng Bagong Hukbong Bayan.

Bitbit ang panawagang ito, ilang ulit na mapalalaki ang kasapian ng mga pambansa demokratikong samahang magsasaka, mangingisda, kababaihang magbubukid, mga manggagawa sa agrikultura at kabataan sa kanayunan.

Gayundin, makakabig nito sa rebolusyon ang kasapian ng iba pang organisasyong magsasaka, mga tradisyunal na samahan ng agrarian reform beneficiaries, at iba pa. Mapapanday ang maraming mga lider-magsasaka at masang aktibista mula sa kampanya para sa libreng pamamahagi ng lupa.

Ang mga manggagawa, kabataan at estudyante, propesyunal, taong-simbahan, kababaihan at iba pang progresibong sektor ay mainam na makipamuhay sa mga magsasaka at magsulong ng rebolusyong agraryo sa kanayunan. Likhain natin ang malakas na anti-pyudal na kilusang masa sa buong bayan.

Laban sa Hacienda Luisita

Ngayong Abril 24, 2017, ookupahan ng mga magsasaka, manggagawang bukid at mga taga-suporta ng Hacienda Luisita ang binakurang bahagi ng malalawak na lupain na patuloy na inaangkin ng mga Cojuangco-Aquino at mga kasosyo nito. Dati na itong binubungkal ng mga magsasaka mula 2004-2005, sa panahon ng welga at masaker sa Hacienda Luisita.

Ang sama-samang bungkalan sa Hacienda Luisita ay militanteng paraan ng paggigiit ng karapatan sa lupa. Limang taon na mula nang magdesisyon ang Korte Suprema na ipamahagi ang lupain ng asyenda, ngunit wala pa ring kontrol sa lupa ang mga magsasaka at tinaguriang “benepisaryo.”

Muling gumawa ng iba’t-ibang maniobra ang pamilyang Cojuangco-Aquino upang hindi maipamahagi ang lupa sa mga magbubukid. Isinagawa ang huwad at mapanlinlang na ‘tambiolo raffle land reform’ noong 2013, nagtambak ng mga militar at gwardya sa buong Hacienda Luisita upang harasin at takutin ang mga magbubukid at mamamayan. Nilansi at binulok ang ilang lider-magsasaka upang manghati sa hanay ng mga taga-Luisita.

Sumanib na rin ang pamilyang Lorenzo ng Mindanao sa mga Cojuangco-Aquino bilang isang pangunahing mamumuhunan ng Central Azucarera de Tarlac. Pinalaganap ang masahol na sistemang ‘aryendo’ o leaseback upang tuluyang mawalan ng kontrol sa lupa ang mga magsasaka.

Ang marahas na mga maniobra ng mga panginoong maylupa at mga internal na kahinaan ng kilusan sa loob mismo ng Hacienda Luisita ang sumagka sa naipundar na lakas at paglaban ng mga magsasaka at manggagawang bukid. Ang rebolusyonaryong kilusan ay nakahandang magwasto upang harapin ang mga hamon sa muling pagpapasigla at pagpapaigting ng pakikibaka.

Paigtingin ang mga pakikibakang magbubukid at rebolusyong agraryo

Sa mga susunod na buwan, ilulunsad pa ang mas maraming bungkalan at okupasyon ng lupa, kampuhan at barikadang magsasaka sa mga malalawak na hacienda at landholdings.

Paiigtingin din ang mga kampanya at pakikibakang anti-pyudal sa mga malalawak na dayuhang plantasyon, mga minahan, mga lupaing inireserba para sa mga pamantasan at militar, mga lupaing kinakamkam ng mga panginoong maylupa, burgesya kumprador at iba pa. Magpapakilos ng libu-libo sa mga aksyon at protestang magsasaka sa mga probinsya at rehiyon.

Isasagawa ang mga ito nang may malinaw na direksyon sa pagkakamit ng mas maraming tagumpay sa minimum na programa ng rebolusyong agraryo kabilang ang pagpapababa ng upa sa lupa at pagpawi sa usura, pagpapatataas ng presyo ng mga produktong bukid, pagpapataas ng sahod at pagpapabuti ng kalagayan ng mga manggagawang bukid at iba pang ganansyang makakabenepisyo sa milyun-milyong pamilyang magsasaka, manggagawa sa agrikultura at pambansang minorya sa buong kapuluan.

Ang panawagang “Buwagin ang mga Hacienda” ay dadagundong sa pagpapaigting ng antipyudal, anti-pasista at anti-imperyalistang pakikibaka ng mamamayan.

Bibiguin natin ang Oplan Kapayapaan at ang pasismo ng estado na pumapaslang sa mga magsasaka, pambansang minorya at mamamayan sa kanayunan. Umaabot na sa 50 ang biktima ng mga pampulitikang pamamaslang at 48 dito ay mga magsasaka. Ang pakikibaka para sa tunay na reporma sa lupa ay tigib ng dugo ng mamamayan subalit handa nating harapin ang lahat ng kahirapan at sakripisyo.

Isulong ang rebolusyong agraryo! Pataasin ang antas ng rebolusyonaryong pakikibaka ng mamamayan!
Ipatupad ang rebolusyonaryong reporma sa lupa sa mas masinsin at malawak na saklaw!
Magsasaka at manggagawang bukid, sumapi sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan!

Biguin ang Oplan Kapayapaan ang pasismo ng estado!
Isulong ang digmang bayan sa mas mataas na antas!

CPP/NDF: Rally the masses by the millions; forward the people’s war for genuine peace

NDF-Southern Mindanao propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Apr 23): Rally the masses by the millions; forward the people’s war for genuine peace


Rubi del Mundo, Spokesperson
NDFP Southern Mindanao

24 April 2017

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Southern Mindanao joins the millions of revolutionary forces in celebrating its 44th founding anniversary today with renewed vigor and determination to advance the people’s war in the quest for genuine and lasting peace. We are all the more inspired to mobilize the masses in their millions following the successful conduct of the Second Congress of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

In the region this past year, the ranks of revolutionary organizations holding fast the banner of the national democratic line are progressively expanding, as its members and allies actively take part in intensifying revolutionary activities and campaigns. We have seized this most opportune time to conduct extensive organizing among different sectors in the region and have especially contributed to the strengthening of the true people’s army, the New People’s Army. Most importantly, under the leadership of the CPP, we have mobilized our revolutionary masses to wage struggles to fortify the united front against imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism.

We commend the conduct of the 1st Regional Congress of the Christians for National Liberation last March 14-15. The event is a testament to the perseverance of religious revolutionaries to bring their churches closer to the toiling masses.

During the 48th anniversary of the CPP last December, the revolutionary artists under the fold of Artista at Manunulat para sa Sambayanan (ARMAS) in Southern Mindanao gave us an stirring production that bannered the call the People’s War is for People’s Peace.

More and more revolutionary organizations are sure to mark their significant contributions in the people’s war and the peace process this year.

While the revolutionary movement has taken unprecedented strides to forward the negotiations, the same cannot be said of the peace saboteurs in GRP Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s regime. It is alarming to note that while there appears to be a mutual understanding between Duterte and his peace panel and the entire revolutionary movement, the reactionary armed forces of the AFP and the PNP are less interested in providing a favorable atmosphere for the success of the negotiations than they are at ensuring that their all-out war take down as many innocent civilians and ravage as many communities as possible. In SMR alone, already 24 peasant and Lumad civilians have been killed by the AFP and their agents while more than seven cases of bombardment have been documented in or near civilian communities since the declaration of their all-out war against the revolutionary movement in early February.

In the face of these attacks against the masses, workers, peasants, Lumad and other sectors are heroically waging struggles for ownership of land, fair living wages and other democratic rights. We find inspiration in the peasants who stand against the greed of the landed gentry like the Lorenzos in Tagum City, the landgrabbing of school reservation in Arakan, North Cotabato and other feudal and semi-feudal exploitations being perpetuated against them. We are roused by the numerous strikes of agricultural workers in different banana plantations and their successive victories against the exploitative schemes of foreign capitalists in Compostela Valley.

We are spurred on to oppose the injustice being done to poor victims of Typhoon Pablo and support their just occupation of housing units that are being used as profiteering ventures and token for patronage politics by local GRP officials. We hail the hundreds of peasants and Lumad victims of militarization who have stormed the GRP agencies to denounce state fascism and demand support, relief and justice.

In the quest for genuine and lasting peace, these struggles being fought valiantly by the masses in the region are the very essence of the peace negotiations between the NDFP and the GRP. Only through the national democratic revolution can the society’s ills be fully addressed, complemented by forging an agreement on socio-economic reforms and subsequent constitutional and political reforms with the Manila government through the peace talks.

The entire revolutionary forces in Southern Mindanao are fully behind the national leadership’s earnest endeavor to engage the Duterte regime in the peace negotiations in order to achieve significant gains for the Filipino people’s welfare despite the malicious attempts of peace spoilers entrenched in the reactionary bureaucracy and the armed forces. The saboteurs in the Duterte regime are moving heaven and earth to prod the virtual pacification of the revolutionary movement through peace negotiations.

The reactionary armed forces of the AFP and the PNP, spurred by the warmongerings of the US-lapdog Delfin Lorenzana, are hell-bent in waging its vicious all-out war while duplicitously demanding the NPA to yield to a bilateral ceasefire agreement. While the revolutionary forces are open to forging a bilateral ceasefire agreement, the Filipino masses demand that they be protected from extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests, harassments, and other violations that are the highlights of the GRP’s previous 5-month ceasefire. Only the New People’s Army can ensure the people’s protection from the very menace of the AFP and the PNP’s all-out war.

In addition, some misinformed GRP local officials, twist our openness for principled talks and insist on so-called “localized peace talks.” Worse, instead of recognizing the belligerent authority of the People’s Democratic Government, they parrot the line of the ultra-Right and militarists for the NPA to “end extortion,” “cease from claiming so-called revolutionary territories” or precondition the talks with the an unprincipled ceasefire. We reiterate that the NDFP Panel, which is currently being negotiated with by the GRP Panel, is the sole negotiating entity of the revolutionary movement in the peace process. It is an urgent task at this juncture for all revolutionary forces to draw the correct line with regards to the negotiations and ensure that the Filipino people are not swayed by this injudicious grandstanding.

Long live the National Democratic Front of the Philippines!
Long live the NPA and the CPP!
Long live the struggling masses!
People’s War is for People’s Peace!

CPP/NDF: On the 44th Anniversary of the NDFP

NDF-Panay propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Apr 23): On the 44th Anniversary of the NDFP

Concha Araneta, Spokesperson
NDFP Panay

23 April 2017

A thunderous and resounding applause to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. This acclamation so befits the NDFP as it reaches the height of its achievements in 44 years of serving the Pilipino people.

The year 2016 up to the present has put the NDFP in the forefront of Philippine politics as well as hugged frontline news abroad when it engaged the Duterte regime in the longest peace negotiation in our country.

With the guidance of the CPP as its principal the NDFP peace negotiators with much presence of mind, flexibility and openness have adroitly handled impositions by Duterte even before the start of the 4 th round. This is so because of the NDFP’s persistence to push through the agreements on Social Economic Reforms which would effect milestone reforms and substantial changes for the masses.

The most meaningful and most significant gain in the fourth round of the peace talk held this month of April is the affirmation and validation of GRP and NDFP that the free distribution of land is the basic principle of genuine agrarian reform.

This is the first time that the GRP has accepted and agreed to the demand of the peasant masses for free distribution of land. This has proven that the centuries-old struggle of the poor peasants is just and right. A struggle having been paid by their blood and lives.

The NDFP has well asserted and championed its program for a national democratic revolution and has further reached millions during the peace process. This has raised higher its prestige and popularity among our people especially the basic sectors of peasants, workers, urban poor and the youth.

It is notable that church leaders of various denominations have been most enthusiastic in supporting the peace endeavour and in pushing the talks to continue. Here in Panay and nationwide a number of local government officials from congressmen, governors, mayors, city and town councils welcome this move for peace and have passed resolutions of support,
opened up schools and other forums to peace dialogues as well as resources and other forms.

There has also been favorable acceptance of the NDFP agrarian reform and national industrialization proposals by a considerably large portion of our professionals and local small and medium entrepreneurs. There are even landlords who have come to understand and are open as to their role in the industrialization of the economy if ever their lands would be distributed to the poor tillers.

The member-organizations of the NDFP are expanding and increasing and are deeply-rooted among the exploited and oppressed classes and sectors. From the original 12 member-organizations on its founding on April 24, 1973 we now number 17 as of this date. Individual
members have reached to hundreds of thousands nationwide while here in Panay we have more or less a score of thousands well-placed in all its provinces. This past 12 months we have successfully launched the Panay Regional Congress of the CNL or Christians for National Liberation and we have also held the Panay Regional Conference of Kabataang Makabayan or

The NDFP is the biggest and most widespread organization of the revolutionary movement because it is the alliance of all revolutionary forces who carry the true interests of the majority of the Pilipino people from the lowest peasants to the middle classes in our society.

The allied organizations of the NDFP in Panay who are well-rooted among the peasants, laborers, youth and students, urban poor, teachers, health workers, employees and other professionals as well as the religious sector are leading the mass struggles of their sectors.

It was not seldom that the struggles and protest actions that they have led resulted to tangible
benefits to the masses of peasants, workers, students and other working people. This is one reason why the overwhelming majority of our people today avidly support the peace talk and their concerted actions have pushed Duterte to resume the peace negotiation inspite of attempts to block it by the militarists and US stooges in his government.

Under the CPP’s leadership and with the NPA as its fighting arm, the NDFP has greatly contributed to the advance of the people’s war in our country. A good majority of the ranks of the New People’s Army come from member organizations of the NDFP. In Panay the bulk of the people’s army come from members of Kabataang Makabayan, Pambansang Katipunan ng mga
Magbubukid and Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan.

As we have reached our height and prestige the revolutionary movement cannot forget our revolutionary heroes and martyrs who have given their ultimate. I would want to honor a few of them. Tay Andres Togonon a peasant turned Marxist-Leninist till the end, comrade Joe Tangente a seminarian, Geronimo ‘G7’ Gerez from KM and our brave women from MAKIBAKA — Mary
Gene Dumaplin, Rowena Torato and Ma. Luisa ‘Luing’ Posa-Dominado.

The people’s war we are waging today is for people’s peace. It is because of the advance, the strength and the resilience of our people’s war that the reactionary government has been pushed to sit down and listen to the people’s demands. Without admitting it, sitting across the table with the NDFP, implies the GRP admits to the quasi-governmental role of the NDFP
representing the people’s revolutionary government.

We must launch more gigantic, more militant and more frequent mass struggles that would lead to bigger successes to our peoples’s war. Our mass organizations must grow bigger and stronger. The people’s gains cannot be wasted and they have to be defended by its army. The NPA in Panay must further grow bigger and stronger in order to defend the people and their gains.

Whether the negotiation would come to its conclusion or not, the NDFP has proven that it upholds the genuine interests of the Pilipino people, that the peace we offer is peace based on justice and that people’s war is truly for people’s peace.

Carry out the free distribution of land!
Carry out national industrialization!
Uphold and support the peace talks!
Salute to the NDFP on its 44 th year!