Patnubay de Guia
NDF-Southern Tagalog Region
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Southern Tagalog Region (NDFP-ST) denounces the unceasing military operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Southern Tagalog despite ceasefire and suspension of military and police operations (SOMO/SOPO).
After the AFP declared its yuletide truce from December 16 to January 2, battalion-size operations continue in the town of
In the Quezon province, military elements carried out Special Warfare Group (SWAG) operations in the town of
The military also actively pursued combat operations in the Quezon-Bicol border. Forces of the 49th Infantry Battalion under the 9th Infantry Brigade conducted complementary military offensives in Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte in the Bicol region parallel to the combat operations of the 201st Infantry Brigade in the towns of Tagkawayan, Calauag and Guinayangan in the Quezon province. Elements of the 201st Infantry Brigade in Quezon also covered the town of
In preparation for escalating Oplan Bayanihan in the whole country, movements of state security forces were also carried out during the truce. Just recently, the brigade headquarters of the 202nd Infantry Brigade has been transferred from the town of
These incidents refute the statements of the AFP that they were complying with the ceasefire even after the Aquino regime belatedly extended its SOMO/SOPO until January 15. Because in reality, it was like no truce was declared. After all, peace and development teams were not pulled out in the communities. And these have resulted to numerous human rights violations such as illegal arrests, detention and torture. These only affirmed the lack of sincerity and genuine interest by the AFP, PNP and the Aquino administration to honor the synchronized ceasefire agreement between Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the NDFP.
From the start, the US-Aquino regime was never committed in looking for common political solutions acceptable for both the NDFP and GPH to address the roots of the civil war in the country. The regime only exploits the peace negotiations and ceasefire to cause damage to the revolutionary movement and force the revolutionary people to capitulate. And now, with the failure of Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan, state security forces are in frenzy exhausting everything in its capacity to keep up with its target of significantly reducing, if not totally annihilating, the revolutionary movement in the region to no avail. The deliberate violation of ceasefire by the AFP and the PNP that fortify the redeployment and reshuffling of forces in the region is geared for intensified offensives in the succeeding months. Since they are already carrying out combat operations during the ceasefire, it is certain that they will escalate their offensives after the SOMO and SOPO are lifted.
Aquino’s ceasefire declaration, the AFP’s SOMO and the PNP’s SOPO are just parts of their grandiose show in covering up the continuous suppression perpetrated by state security forces in the pretext of peace and development operations. The pretenses of Oplan Bayanihan have already been unmasked to the vast masses. The bloody and violent track of Aquino’s “righteous path” has been unleashed. With these, the Aquino regime has gone desperate. They are outraged with the resoluteness exhibited by the Filipino people to resist the regime’s fascist rule in the country.
The persistent struggle of the Filipino people defied the regime’s Oplan Bayanihan. Surely, the AFP will become more aggressive in suppressing the political struggles of the people, especially the armed struggle being waged in the countryside. They will meet the abhorrence of the Filipino people with further atrocities. For certain, the military situation in the region will change. The revolutionary movement across the country must heighten its fight against the counterrevolutionary war of suppression by the fascist reactionary government.
In the face of these events, NDFP-ST calls on the NPA, allied organizations, organs of political power and the entire revolutionary people of Southern Tagalog to heighten and bolster their resolve to frustrate the counterrevolutionary onslaughts of the US-Aquino regime, raise their ability to fight in all fronts and gear up for more intense armed and political struggles to effectively deliver the share of the revolutionary movement in Southern Tagalog in achieving the dramatic leap of the people’s war in the whole country to a new height.