Thursday, April 2, 2020

CPP/NPA-SM: Panagutin nang mahal ang patuloy na paglabag ng AFP sa sariling ceasefie — NPA-Quezon

NPA-SM propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Apr 2, 2020): Panagutin nang mahal ang patuloy na paglabag ng AFP sa sariling ceasefie — NPA-Quezon

CLEO DEL MUNDO
SPOKESPERSON
NPA-QUEZON
APOLONIO MENDOZA COMMAND
NEW PEOPLE'S ARMY
APRIL 01, 2020



Kailangang managot ang Armed Forces of the Philippines sa patuloy nilang paglabag sa sariling deklarasyon ng unilateral ceasefire na nagresulta sa labanan sa pagitan ng 59IBPA at isang yunit ng NPA, kahapon ng hapon, Marso 31, sa bayan ng Gumaca.

Taliwas sa pahayag ng hepe ng 59IBPA na si Lt. Col. Edward Canlas, hindi totoong rumesponde sila sa “reklamo ng residente”, sa halip ay inatake ng kanilang tropa ang yunit ng NPA na nakahimpil sa barangay ng Mabunga para sa idaraos na paggunita ng ika-51 anibersaryo ng NPA.

Hindi rin dapat tanggapin ang paliwanag ni Canlas na naroon sila sa lugar para mamahagi ng polyeto kaugnay sa Covid-19.

Umay-na-umay na ang taumbayan sa sirang-plakang kwento ng pasistang sundalo na “inireklamo ng mga residente ang panghihingi ng bigas ng NPA”. Dapat ay hindi na ito inilalabas ng mga responsableng peryodista at pahayagan.

Ang kanilang presensya sa pulang purok at mga interyor na bahagi ng kanayunan sa panahon ng tigil-putukan ay malinaw na probokasyon at tahasang paglabag sa kanilang ceasefire.

Kung seryoso ang AFP sa kanilang ceasefire at suspensyon ng operasyong militar, marapat na sila ay nasa kanilang mga baraks sa kampo at hindi ginagamit na palusot ang krisis sa Covid-19 para maipagpatuloy ang kanilang kontra-rebolusyunaryong digma.

Katunayan, bago pa ang labanan, nasa isang buwan nang nag-ooperasyon ang mga sundalo sa mga bayan ng Atimonan, Agdangan, Unisan, Plaridel at Gumaca. Gumagamit sila ng drone at hindi tinatantanan ang nasa 30 barangay ng mga naturang bayan. Naganap ito kahit nagdeklara na sila ng ceasefire kasabay ng pagsisimula ng lockdown at community quarantine sa lalawigan.

Kung hindi ba naman isang kaululan ang palabas ni Brigadier General Norwyn Romeo Tolentino ng 201st Infantry Brigade sa kanilang community support program operations, bakit nagreresulta ito ngayon sa marahas na imbestigasyon at pananakit sa mga residente ng magkakatabing barangay sa pinangyarihan ng labanan? Siguradong apektado ang kabuhayan ng mga magsasaka dahil sa mga napinsalang pangtrabahong hayop nila gaya ng kabayo at kalabaw.

Labis na napopoot ang buong rebolusyunaryong kilusan sa pataksil at mapanlinlang na aktong ipinakita ng kasuklam-suklam na tropa ng 59IB sa pangyayaring ito.

Hindi ito maaring palampasin ng rebolusyunaryong kilusan.#

https://cpp.ph/statement/panagutin-nang-mahal-ang-patuloy-na-paglabag-ng-afp-sa-sariling-ceasefie-npa-quezon/

CPP/NPA-SM: NPA-SMR orders forces to help address Covid-19 health crisis

NPA-SM propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Apr 2, 2020): NPA-SMR orders forces to help address Covid-19 health crisis

RIGOBERTO F. SANCHEZ
NPA-SOUTHERN MINDANAO
MERARDO ARCE COMMAND
NEW PEOPLE'S ARMY
APRIL 02, 2020



The Regional Operations Command of the New People’s Army in Southern Mindanao, along with all of its units in the region, are one with the Filipino people in their struggle to rise above the Covid-19 health crisis and its economic toll against the toiling masses. We share the people’s condemnation of the US-Duterte regime’s inutility in the face of the pandemic.

In light of the situation, the Regional Operations Command of NPA-SMR commands all its armed units to adhere to the Party’s ceasefire order between 00:00 hrs of 26 March and 23:59 hrs of 15 April 2020, and desist from launching offensive actions against enemy troops and their installations. However, in light of the relentless combat operations still being carried out by AFP troops in the region, all NPA units must observe active defense at all times and ensure the safety of the masses and all Red fighters. All movements of AFP troops, including their insidious community support program (CSP), in violation of their unilateral ceasefire in our bases areas and guerilla zones must be monitored and promptly reported.

Additionally, in line with the Party’s directive, we order all NPA units in the region to assist all organs of political power and revolutionary organizations in addressing the health crisis in their areas of operation. Red commanders and fighters, especially medical officers, are ordered to launch widespread information dissemination, undertake health and sanitation campaigns, and draw up preventive measures. Timely and immediate reporting and monitoring must be undertaken to check incidents of the disease in the communities. Health workers must be mobilized and made to be on call for referrals and consultations.

Production campaigns, especially for food and other necessities, must immediately be drawn up and implemented to ensure food security in our bases and zones as the situation unfolds. Care must be considered to guarantee health and safety as we adopt these campaigns among our ranks and among mass organizations and organs of political power. NPA units must persevere in advancing the program of agrarian revolution as our main line in addressing the imminent and pervasive economic repercussions of this health crisis.

The NPA in Southern Mindanao has consistently stood for the welfare and interests of the masses, especially during times of calamities and crises. The fascist approach that the US-Duterte regime has opted to resort to, all the while disregarding the immediate needs of the masses, will surely intensify the inherent crisis of the semi-colonial and semi-feudal system and pull millions more of the Filipino people to the fold of the national democratic revolution.

In the run-up to declaring a national emergency concerning the pandemic, Duterte has ordered his fascist troops to stick to their costly counter-insurgency campaign, disregarding calls to use precious resources in preparing for an impending escalation of the health crisis.

On March 18, merely two days after Duterte went on national television to ask the NPA for a ceasefire in consideration of the Covid-19 pandemic, some 10 AFP combat aircrafts, including Agusta attack helicopters, drone surveillance aircraft and Huey helicopters for aerial troop deployment, launched massive aerial bombardment that started at around 4:00 in the morning until late in the afternoon in several farms and houses in adjacent sitios of Brgy. Cabuyuan, Mabini town in Davao de Oro province. Several rounds of artillery shelling followed, as peasant families around the area scrambled to safety. Masses reported that the enemy bombed the vicinity no less than 20 times. A couple of days later, six civilians were reportedly arrested and taken to the enemy’s detachment by operating ground troops.

Already anxious of the unfolding pandemic, the masses’ situation was made worse by the indiscriminate aerial bombardment and shelling, pushed at least 50 families to evacuate to the nearby lowland barrios, and rendered them all the more vulnerable to the disease. To justify this atrocity, the 1001st Infantry Brigade falsely claimed that its troops engaged NPA fighters in the vicinity. No such armed engagement occurred that day.

The masses condemn this senseless, excessive and expensive bombardment, even as their already dire economic situation is being exacerbated by the unfolding health crisis. Elsewhere in the region, troop deployment for combat and intelligence operations were monitored in the provinces of Bukidnon, Davao del Norte, North Cotabato and Davao Oriental.

We urge the masses in the region to exhaust all forms of protest to denounce the US-Duterte regime’s inutility and fascist approach by demanding the reallocation of its humongous military and counter-insurgency budget towards health and relief services and immediate cessation of military operations. Debt servicing, especially for foreign debts, must be immediately stopped in favor of providing food relief to the basic masses. Lands appropriated for export agri-corporations must be used for intensifying food production.

As we celebrate the 51st anniversary of the NPA this year, the Covid-19 health crisis is an opportune time to prove the Red army’s mettle as the genuine army of the people.

CPP: Duterte is mortally afraid of the people

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Apr 2, 2020): Duterte is mortally afraid of the people

COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE PHILIPPINES
APRIL 02, 2020



Duterte last night threatened to order the shooting of people in the streets demanding relief amid the military lockdown. He resorted to blaming the Left for the growing restiveness in a vain attempt to cover up his government’s failure to address the urgent public health and socio-economic crisis.

By making repeated threats to kill the hungry and desperate, has once again exposed himself as incapable of basic compassion expected of a human being. Even at these times of humanitarian crisis, he has resorted to the use of military and police power as his key solution.

He is fooling the people by claiming that he cannot perform his duties if there is chaos in the streets. This is a desperate attempt to free himself of blame. He is obscuring the fact that there is growing unrest among the people because, in the first place, they have not received the aid he promised. There would be no chaos if only his government performs its expected duties of ensuring the people’s welfare. The meager funds and some relief packs they have received from the local government and private organizations are not enough.

More than one week after his rubber stamp congress granted him emergency powers, people are voicing out their indignation. There are mounting criticism over red tape and corruption. Why have they not yet received anything out of the P275-billion fund? They want to know what is taking him too long. At the same time, they demand to know when the medical kits will be available for mass testing.

Duterte has also heaped blame on local government officials, who for three weeks now have been desperately mobilizing scant resources to address the needs of their constituency without national government support. Last night, Duterte contemptuously denounced them as “pulitikos.” He shoved the LGUs aside and declared his “government” will do all the distribution by itself. Not only is he creating a logistics nightmare for the DSWD workers. He is also creating conditions for large-scale corruption.

Duterte is revealing his incompetence in handling the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, without resorting to the use of barefaced military and police power. In the guise of suppressing “fake news,” he has ordered the arrest of prosecution of people who are questioning the government’s response to the crisis. Tens of thousands have been arrested for violations of his lockdown.

Yesterday’s spontaneous mass action of Sitio San Roque residents demanding government aid was fully a justified act as they have been put in desperate straits by Duterte’s military lockdown and failure to provide for the social and economic needs of the people. More and more communities of poor people neglected by his government are bound to rise up in spontaneous protests in the following days and weeks across Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

On the other hand, the government’s response of arresting and detaining the people, is a patent act of military and police repression of an authoritarian regime. By arresting and threatening to kill the hungry and desperate, Duterte is revealing himself mortally afraid of the people.

His threats, however, are only provoking the people to raise their voices more. Broad sections of society—from doctors to movie and television personalities, students, lawyers and students—are being roused by Duterte’s callousness and his inept government.

The people’s restiveness over the public health emergency and the desperate socio-economic conditions resulting from the military lockdown is quickly becoming political restiveness. Duterte himself is inciting the people to put up a challenge.

Duterte has painted himself into a corner. He has become extremely isolated from the people. There is a growing consensus among the people that Duterte is incapable of handling the emergency situation and proving himself unworthy of all his powers.

There is a groundswell of clamor for Duterte’s ouster. People are using social media and all available means to express their disgust. They are displaying courage in the face of threats of being arrested by Duterte’s police and military. Their collective outrage is bound to come together in one form or another. Not even the quarantine and physical distancing measures can stop the brewing political showdown.

https://cpp.ph/statement/duterte-is-mortally-afraid-of-the-people/

CPP/PRWC: CPP pays highest tribute to slain 2nd in command

PRWC propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Apr 2, 2020): CPP pays highest tribute to slain 2nd in command

PRWC MEDIA
APRIL 02, 2020

The Executive Committee of the Central Committee of the CPP paid the highest tribute to Julius Giron, one of the Party’s national vice chairpersons, in a tribute statement released March 30. Giron, known as Ka Alban, his doctor and an aide, were killed in cold blood by military troops last March 13. He was then undergoing treatment for acute pancreatitis.

The CPP calls his death a “a great loss to the Party and the revolution.” At the time of his death, he stood as one of the Party’s national vice chairperson. He is a member of the Party’s Executive Committee, Political Bureau and Central Committee.

in the 1970s and 1980’s, Ka Alban played a key role in building the unity and strength of the Igorot people to resist national oppression and carry forward their for self-determination. In the 90’s, he was one of the stalwarts of the Party’s rectification movement. In 2016, he played key role in the major feat of preparing and convening the Party’s Second Congress.

“Kasamang Alban might be lost to us, but his exemplar and lessons are a great legacy left us,” the CPP stated.

The EC-CC further enjoined all Party leaders and members to “cherish his memory and steadfastly march in his proletarian revolutionary path.”

https://cpp.ph/statement/cpp-pays-highest-tribute-to-slain-2nd-in-command/

CPP/PRWC: AFP bombs upland Davao community, two days after Duterte ceasefire

PRWC propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Apr 2, 2020): AFP bombs upland Davao community, two days after Duterte ceasefire

PRWC MEDIA
APRIL 02, 2020

The NPA-Southern Mindanao Region (NPA-SMR) reported that AFP forces carried out aerial bombing runs in upland villages in the town of Mabini in Davao de Oro last March 18, two days after Rodrigo Duterte declared a unilateral ceasefire.

This was revealed to the public yesterday by Rigoberto Sanchez, NPA-SMR spokesperson. He disclosed that around 10 combat aircrafts were used to conduct aerial bombardment which started at 4 a.m. and lasted until late afternoon. It targeted several farms and houses in Barangay Cabuyuan of the said town, forcing 50 families to scramble to safety.

“Already anxious of the unfolding pandemic, the masses’ situation was made worse by the indiscriminate aerial bombardment and shelling,” Sanchez said. “(This) pushed them to evacuate to the nearby lowland barrios, and rendered them all the more vulnerable to the disease.”

“The residents reported that the enemy bombed the vicinity no less than 20 times,” Sanchez said. Days later, six civilians were reportedly arrested and taken to the enemy’s detachment by operating ground troops.

To justify this atrocity, the 1001st Infantry Brigade falsely claimed that its troops engaged NPA fighters in the vicinity.

“No such armed engagement occurred that day,” Sanchez added.

https://cpp.ph/statement/afp-bombs-upland-davao-community-two-days-after-duterte-ceasefire/

CPP/PRWC: NPA orders Covid-19 monitoring in Davao areas

PRWC propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Apr 2, 2020): NPA orders Covid-19 monitoring in Davao areas

PRWC MEDIA
APRIL 02, 2020

The NPA command in South Mindanao has ordered its units to closely monitor and immediate report of cases of Covid-19 infection in their respective areas of responsibility. The NPA-SMR command covers Davao City and other Davao regions which are dominated by the Duterte family dynasty. Cases of local transmission have been reported recently in the region.

In a statement issued last April 1, Rigoberto Sanchez, NPA-SMR spokesperson, ordered all NPA units in the region “to assist all organs of political power and revolutionary organizations in addressing the health crisis in their areas of operation.”

“Red commanders and fighters, especially medical officers, are ordered to launch widespread information dissemination, undertake health and sanitation campaigns, and draw up preventive measures.”

The revolutionary movement in SMR is no stranger to coping with natural tragedies. In 2012, it led the reconstruction of communities after the region was hit by supertyphoon Pablo (international name: Bopha). For decades, the NPA in the region has consistently stood for the welfare and interests of the masses, especially during times of calamities and crises.

https://cpp.ph/statement/npa-orders-covid-19-monitoring-in-davao-areas/

CPP/PRWC: PKM fears Duterte’s response to Covid-19 might lead to another “Kidapawan”

PRWC propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Apr 2, 2020): PKM fears Duterte’s response to Covid-19 might lead to another “Kidapawan”

PRWC MEDIA
APRIL 02, 2020

The Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid (PKM) in Southern Mindanao yesterday expressed fears that the response of the Duterte regime to the current crisis brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic might lead to another tragedy similar to the Kidapawan massacre four years ago.

The PKM yesterday enjoined the people to remember the Kidapawan massacre in light of the people’s unrest over the Duterte regime’s callousness and inutility in addressing their needs in the face of the public health emergency.

In 2016, state forces under the Aquino regime opened fire at protesting peasants and their families who were clamoring for emergency food aid amid a prolonged drought which runied their crops and livelihood.

“With the advent of yet another calamity following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, we see no difference in the hostile and negligent response of the US-Duterte regime,” said Restituto Baguer, PKM-SMR spokesperson. “The Covid-19 pandemic (not only) puts majority of Filipinos—peasants and agri-workers—at risk of the disease but in graver economic situation as well.”

Baguer boldly predicted that “An extensive mass uprising is in the offing as poor peasants are currently restricted to their barrios and most of their produce are left to rot. As in the cities, they have no food relief, no medical subsidy, or any livelihood safety nets.”

The PKM is an underground peasant organization affiliated with the NDFP.

https://cpp.ph/statement/pkm-fears-dutertes-response-to-covid-19-might-lead-to-another-kidapawan/

CPP/PRWC: 59th IB troops attack NPA despite Duterte CF order

PRWC propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Apr 2, 2020): 59th IB troops attack NPA despite Duterte CF order

PRWC MEDIA
APRIL 02, 2020



Another armed encounter erupted the other day in the Southern Tagalog region after troops of the 59th Infantry Battalion raided an NPA camp in Gumaca town, Quezon. This was the second armed attack in two days carried out by the AFP desptie Duterte’s declaration of unilateral ceasefire.

Cleo del Mundo, NPA-Quezon spokesperson, disclosed in a statement issued April 1 that troopers of the 59th IB attacked an NPA unit last March 31 in Barangay Mabunga, Gumaca. She belied claims made by a Lt. Col. Edward Canlas that the soldiers were “responding” to residents’ complaints.

Del Mundo revealed that the 59th IB has been conducting combat operations in at least five towns in the province of Quezon, in violation of their commander-in-chief’s direct order.

Last March 28, the forces of the 80th IB attacked a unit of the NPA in the mountainous area of Barangay Puray, Rodriguez, Rizal. The armed clash resulted in one soldier killed. The AFP’s spot report also indicated that the 2nd Division Reconnaisance Company was mobilized to carry out blocking operations.

“Hindi dapat tanggapin ang paliwanag ni Canlas na naroon sila sa lugar para mamahagi ng polyeto kaugnay sa Covid-19,” del Mundo said. “Umay-na-umay na ang taumbayan sa sirang-plakang kwento ng pasistang sundalo na “inireklamo ng mga residente ang panghihingi ng bigas ng NPA.”

(“Canlas’ claim that they were in the area to distribute Covid-10 pamphlets are unacceptable. The people are fed up with the soldiers’ never-ending bogus claim that residents are complaining about the NPA asking for rice.”)

Del Mundo urged media reporters to check facts on the ground.

https://cpp.ph/statement/59th-ib-troops-attack-npa-despite-duterte-cf-order/

NDF/Sison: An update on the international situation to the International Coordinating Committee of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle

Jose Maria Sison propaganda statement posted to the National Democratic Front Philippines (NDFP or NDF) Facebook Page (Mar 30, 2020): An update on the international situation to the International Coordinating Committee of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle



By Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson Emeritus

Dear Colleagues,

As Chairperson Emeritus of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, I am happy to share with you my views on the international situation and try to clarify the major events and issues, the trends and direction of the crisis of the world capitalist system and what the peoples of the world can do in order to advance their anti-imperialist and democratic struggles for national liberation, democracy and socialism.

Background to the Current Situation

The Great Depression of the 1930s led to World War II as basically an inter-imperialist war in which the Allied Powers had to include the Soviet Union in order to defeat the Axis Powers. As a result of the war, one third of humanity came under the governance of socialist states and the struggles for national liberation broke out in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

But the US also emerged as the strongest imperialist power. It proclaimed the Cold War in 1947 in order to confront the rise of socialism and the national liberation movements. It waved the flag of anti-communism against the socialist challenge and offered neocolonialism as the alternative to decolonization as a process of national liberation from colonialism and imperialism.

The Soviet Union recovered from the death of more than 25 million people and the destruction of 85 per cent of its industrial capacity by the Nazi invasion, rebuilt its productive on an unprecedentedly scale and caught up with the US in the development of nuclear weapons in order to put the US in a nuclear stalemate.

After the death of Stalin, however, Krushchov rose to power in order to impose modern revisionism on the Soviet Union in1956. He used methods of decentralization to breach the socialist state and economy. He was followed by Brezhnev who used methods of recentralization in order to further strengthen the monopoly bureaucrat capitalism and engage in social-imperialism.

Under the leadership of Mao, the Communist Party of China and China emerged as the strongest defenders of the socialist cause and the world proletarian revolution against Soviet modern revisionism and social-imperialism, from the start of the Sino-Soviet ideological debate and disruption of state-to-state relations in 1959 to the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution of 1966 to 1976.

In the meantime, the national liberation movements surged forward. The Korean people fought US imperialism to a standstill in 1953. The Vietnamese people dealt a resounding defeat to US imperialism in 1975. The Cuban people moved out of the orbit of US imperialism in 1961 and inspired the peoples of Latin America to fight US imperialism. The process of decolonization accelerated in Africa from 1950s to the 1980s. The apartheid regime in South Africa came to an end in the 1990s.

Soon after the death of Mao in 1976, the capitalist roaders led by Deng Ziaoping successfully carried out a counterrevolutionary coup in China against the proletarian revolutionaries and the socialist state of the working class. The Dengist counterrevolution carried out capitalist reforms and opening up China for reintegration in the world capitalist system. It was able to suppress the mass uprisings against corruption and inflation in scores of Chinese cities in 1989 and it pleaded to US for further investments, trade and technological concessions in order to stabilize the economy.

In December 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed and its satellite revisionist-ruled states in Eastern Europe disintegrated. The bourgeoisie took full control of all the countries in the Soviet bloc. US imperialism became the sole superpower and sought to fill the vacuum left by Soviet social imperialism in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The ideologues and publicists of US imperialism proclaimed the death of socialism and the end of history with the supposed permanence of capitalism and liberal democracy.

Strategic Decline of US Imperialism As Sole Superpower

Having become the sole superpower, US was at its strongest in propagating and imposing on the world the policy of neoliberal globalization and unleashing wars of aggression in the Middle East (in Iraq, Libya, and Syria), in Central Asia (Afghanistan) and in the countries near or adjoining Russia (former Yugoslavia, Georgia and Ukraine).

It sought to expand NATO to the borders of Russia and use it for aggression in Central Asia. It overestimated its role and its capabilities as sole superpower and continued to a adopt and implement policies that appeared to advance its interests but which in fact were extremely costly and aggravated the problems that had caused its strategic decline since the middle of the 1970s.

Since becoming the sole superpower, the US has spent more than USD 6 trillion to unleash endless wars of aggression that have rapidly increased its public debt. And yet these wars have not resulted in expanding stable economic territory abroad to offset the crisis of overproduction in the imperialist homeland. By assisting China in capitalist restoration and development, the US has also unwittingly aggravated its crisis of overproduction.

This is reminiscent of how the US undermined itself by stepping up war production, building hundreds of military bases abroad and engaging wars of aggression and at the same assisting the reconstruction of the capitalist countries ruined in World War II and thereby bringing about the crisis of overproduction of the US and world capitalist system. As a result, the US became afflicted by stagflation in the mid-1970s.

In trying to solve the problem of stagflation, the US adopted neoliberalism and favored the military-industrial complex to strengthen the US military as well as to sell weapons to the oil-producing countries. But neoliberalism never solved the crisis of overproduction and excessive military spending which had been the root causes of stagflation.

The increased production of the military-industrial complex was profitable within the US economy and in sales to oil-producing countries. But it was counterproductive and unprofitable in the failure of the wars of aggression to expand stable economic territory for US imperialism abroad. In assisting the development of capitalism in China, it has ultimately brought about a new economic and political rival, despite the previous notion of the US that it could exploit China as a new big market.

The neoliberal policy regime has abetted the wrong notion of the US that it can without limits accelerate the centralization and accumulation of capital in the hands of the monopoly bourgeoisie supposedly in order to create more jobs by using in its favor tax cutbacks, wage freezes, erosion of social benefits, privatization of profitable public assets, antisocial and anti-environmental deregulation and denationalization of the economies of client-states. But the crisis of overproduction within an imperialist country arises from shrinking the domestic market by pushing down the incomes of the working and consuming public.

Another blinding factor in neoliberal policy is the manipulation of the money supply and interest rates supposedly to expand or contract them in order to prevent inflation or stagnation and to always favor the monopoly bourgeoisie by expanding the public debt and subjecting the working class to further austerity measures and reduction of real wages. At the same time, legal and political measures have been undertaken by the monopoly bourgeoisie to attack job security and curtail trade union and other democratic rights.

Collaboration and Contention Between US and Chinese Imperialism

Because the US was in need of expanding its market due to the recurrent and worsening crisis of overproduction, it adopted China as its main partner in neoliberal globalization and at first conceded to it low technology for sweatshop consumer manufacturing and a big consumer market in the US and elsewhere. The US calculated that it could concentrate on manufacturing the big items (especially by the military-industrial complex), financializing the US economy and ultimately making direct investments in China.

But it was depressing its own consumer manufacturing and disemploying millions of workers. The export income of China swelled as the US suffered trade deficits. From being the biggest creditor of the world, the US became the biggest debtor at the end of the 1980s. Further, the US expanded its foreign investments and technology transfer after China pleaded for these in the aftermath of the nationwide mass protests against inflation and corruption in China in 1989.

The US set preconditions for China to privatize the state-owned enterprises, desist from providing state subsidies to enterprises, liberalize further its policy on foreign investments and imports and enter the World Trade Organization (WTO). China agreed but in fact continued to use state planning and state-owned enterprises and copy without permission US and other foreign technology in order to achieve its own strategic economic and security goals.

The US-China economic and trade partnership appeared to be running smoothly, especially after China joined the WTO in 2001 The US and other imperialist powers and their economic technocrats were glad that every time there was a major global financial and economic crisis the high growth rate of China’s GDP served to buffer the stagnant growth rate of the world economy. But when the global financial crash occurred in 2008, the US began to accuse China of unfair economic practices in their relationship.

The crash resulted in a global depression that is still running now and is adversely affecting China’s economy. The growth rate has conspicuously slowed down. China experienced in 2015 a stock market crash that wiped out 30 per cent of stock values. Foreign investors have transferred their plants to other countries with cheaper labor in the Asian mainland. The huge mountain of unpaid debts by Chinese local governments and corporations and high ratio of public debt to GDP have become exposed even while China deploys capital for its Belt Road Initiative (BRI).

Trump began in 2018 to accuse China of maintaining a two-tiered economy of state monopoly capitalism and private monopoly capitalism, stealing US technology, providing state subsidies to economic enterprises, manipulating finance and the currency, adopting Chinese brands on products previously patented by US and other foreign companies and using both imported and self-developed technology to build the military might of China.

Trump has taken special note of the challenge of Made in China 2025 and has countered with protectionist calls in sharp contrast to the longrunning US line of neoliberal globalization. He has called for raising US consumer manufacturing and imposing high tariffs on imports from China. The obvious objective is also to cut down the export surpluses from which China has drawn the surplus capital for expanding its domestic economy and external economic relations.

US imperialism has been strained by its own stagnant economy, the loss of competitiveness of US products, the extreme cost of overseas US military bases and endless wars of aggressions and the rapid rise of its public debt. The wars of aggression has cost at least USD 6 trillion and failed to expand and stabilize the US economic territory abroad. The US strategic decline has accelerated and become more conspicuous.

Despite its emergence as the winner in the Cold War and as sole superpower in 1991, the US has a further declined strategically as a result of the high costs of its military bases overseas and its wars of aggression and its investment, trade and technological concessions to China. Although still the No. 1 imperialist power, the US has become one among several imperialist powers in a multipolar world and has less space for unilateral actions than ever before.

China has become the main economic competitor and political rival of the US. It has become so ambitious as to design and implement the Belt Road Initiative in order to make a radical departure from the pattern of maritime global trade which the Western colonial powers had established since the 16th century. At the same time, it seeks to dominate the Indo-Pacific maritime route. But it has serious economic problems, especially its sitting on a mountain of bad debts by local governments and corporations, the high ratio of public debt to GDP and the onerous terms of Chinese foreign loans which are vulnerable to debtors’ default and revolt.

In Southeast Asia, the peoples are confronted with the extraterritorial claims of China over the 90 per cent of the South China Sea in violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. But in other regions of the world, certain governments that assert national independence and the socialist cause, have taken advantage of inter-imperialist contradictions and availed of China’s cooperation in order to counter sanctions and acts of aggression instigated by the US and its traditional imperialist allies.

Worsening Crisis of World Capitalist System and Intensification of Contradictions

The crisis of the world capitalist system is rapidly worsening and all major contradictions are intensifying. The contradictions are those between labor and capital in imperialist countries, those between the imperialist powers and the oppressed peoples and nations, those between the imperialist powers and states that assert national independence and the socialist cause and those among the imperialist powers.

The contradictions between labor and capital within imperialist countries and among imperialist powers are rising as the crisis of overproduction worsens as a result drastically reduced incomes of the working class and the middle class in imperialist countries and in the rest of the world capitalist system. The workers and the shrinking middle class have become restless and rebellious due to unemployment, reduced incomes, rising prices of basic commodities, austerity measures, the curtailment of democratic rights and the rise of chauvinism, racism and fascism.

Among the imperialist powers, the US and China have emerged as the two main contenders in the struggle for a redivision of the world. Each tries to have its own alliance with other imperialist powers. The traditional alliance of the US, Europe and Japan is generally effective in such multilateral agencies like the IMF, World Bank and WTO and in NATO and other military alliances. On the other side, China has maintained closest all-round relations with Russia and they have broadened their alliance in BRICS, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, BRICS Development Bank, the Belt and Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Fund.

Afraid of mutual destruction through nuclear warfare, the major imperialist powers continue to avoid direct wars of aggression against each other by undertaking proxy wars despite the frequent US wars of aggression against underdeveloped countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. They have developed the neocolonial ways and means of shifting the burden of crisis to the underdeveloped countries. They engage in a struggle for a redivision of the world but so far they have not directly warred on each other to acquire or expand their sources of cheap labor and raw materials, markets, fields of investment and spheres of influence.

They make the oppressed peoples and nations of the underdeveloped countries suffer the main brunt of the recurrent and worsening economic and financial crisis of the world capitalist system. They make them the main source of superprofits through direct investments and loans and extractive enterprises. The policy of neoliberal globalization has served to accelerate the rate of exploitation and resource-grabbing. To suppress the people’s resistance to oppression and exploitation, they provide their client-states with the means of state terrorism and fascist rule by the bureaucratic comprador bourgeoisie. They also use their respective client-states for proxy wars and counterrevolutionary wars for maintaining and expanding economic territory.

Despite shifting the burden of crisis to the oppressed peoples and nations, the imperialist powers are driven to extract higher profits from their own working class under the neoliberal policy regime.
They suppress the resistance of the proletariat and people to the ever rising rate of exploitation in both the developed and underdeveloped countries. They have escalated oppression by enacting and enforcing so-called anti-terrorist laws and are wantonly using state terrorism and emboldening fascist organizations and movements to counter the growing revolutionary movement of the proletariat and the people.

In the underdeveloped countries, US imperialism and its puppet regimes are unleashing the worst forms of aggression and state terrorism against the people in order to perpetuate the neoliberal policy of unbridled greed. Since the end of World War II, the wars of aggression and campaigns of terror unleashed by US have resulted in 20 to 30 million killed in Korea, Indochina, Indonesia, Afghanistan , Iraq, Libya, Syria and other countries. To complement its neoliberal economic policy, US imperialism has adopted and implemented the so-called neoconservative policy of using the full-spectrum of violent and suasive means, especially its high-tech military weaponry, to maintain global hegemony in the 21st century.

But the US, which is now conspicuously in strategic decline economically and politically, cannot have its way as it pleases. Previously powerful socialist countries, such as the Soviet Union and China, have succumbed to capitalism as a result of modern revisionism. But as new imperialist powers, China and Russia are operating to hem in US imperialism, aggravate the crisis of the world capitalist system, sharpen the inter-imperialist contradictions and generate conditions that are more exploitative and oppressive than before but incite and drive the people to wage revolutionary resistance.

Even when it emerged as the strongest imperialist power after World War II, US imperialism suffered outstanding defeats, such as in China, north Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and other Indochinese countries. It has been unable to stop the decolonization of colonies and semi-colonies which is still an ongoing process. The proletariat and people have persevered in protracted people’s war in the Philippines, India, Kurdistan, Turkey, Palestine, Peru, Colombia and elsewhere. The spread of arms where US imperialism have unleashed wars of aggression, such as in the Middle East and Africa, can open the way to the rise of more armed revolutionary movements.

There are effective governments like the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, Venezuela and Syria that assert national independence and the socialist cause. They enjoy the support of the people, stand up against US imperialism and take advantage of the contradictions among the imperialist powers in order to counter sanctions, military blockade and aggression. The people and revolutionary forces led by the proletariat can strengthen themselves in the course of anti-imperialist struggles.

Mass Protests Signify Transition to the Resurgence of World Proletarian Revolution

The unprecedented rise and spread of gigantic anti-imperialist mass protests in both the underdeveloped and developed countries since last year is a consequence of the bankruptcy and grave crisis of the world capitalist system and the domestic ruling systems. It manifests the inability of the imperialist powers and their client-states (neocolonies and dependent states) to rule in the old way. It signifies the transition to unprecedentedly greater global anti-imperialist struggles and the resurgence of the world proletarian revolution from major setbacks since 1976.

The massive, sustained and concurrent mass protests in many countries of Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa bring to the surface the deep-going hatred of the people for the extreme oppression and exploitation that they are suffering. The proletariat and people of the world are fighting back. We are definitely in transition to a great resurgence of anti-imperialist struggles and the world proletarian revolution.

The broad masses of the people are rising up against the worst forms of imperialist oppression and exploitation, such as neoliberalism, austerity measures, gender discrimination, oppression of indigenous peoples, fascism, wars of aggression and environmental destruction. The starting issues and inciting moments for the mass protests may be of wide variability but they always involve the intolerable oppression and exploitation by imperialism and its reactionary agents.

In the last 50 years, we have seen imperialism, neocolonialism, modern revisionism, neoliberalism and neoconservatism attack and put down the proletariat and people of the world. Now, the people are resisting as never before and generating new revolutionary forces, including parties of the proletariat and mass organizations. These will ultimately result in the spread of armed revolutionary movements and the rise of socialist states and people’s democracies with a socialist perspective.

The financial crash of 2008 has led to worse crisis of the world capitalist system and to a far bigger fall of the financial and economic system in 2020 at a rate faster than that of the Great Depression of 1929 onwards. The neoliberal policy regime has become more bankrupt than ever resulting in unprecedented overaccumulation and inflation of assets of the financial oligarchy and monopoly bourgeoisie, unsustainable debts of households, corporations and central banks, depression of the economy as the consuming public is impoverished and the escalating contest of the fascist and anti-fascist currents throughout the world.

The bailouts and lower interest rates are designed to favor the monopoly bourgeoisie at the expense of the proletariat and people. In accordance with the neoliberal bias, more capital is being put into the hands of the monopoly bourgeoisie by the central banks for stimulating the economy from the top. And yet the economy continues to stagnate and fall. The crisis of overproduction keeps on worsening and making the financial bailouts fail. The so-called middle class in all the developed and underdeveloped countries is dwindling faster. The stage is set for the revolt of the 99 per cent of the people against the filthy 1 per cent.

The current plunge of the world capitalist system coincides with the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. This has resulted in lockdowns and other repressive measures in many countries. It has resulted in the disemployment of working people and further breakdown of production. While suffering economic and social deprivations, the people do not receive adequate health care because the public health systems have been undermined and drastically weakened by the privatization of hospitals and the unbridled profit-making of drug companies. The economic and social crisis, aggravated by the pandemic, has high potential of causing bigger and more widespread protest mass actions.

Since its founding in 2001 the International League of Peoples’ Struggle has played a major role in inspiring and generating the anti-imperialist and democratic struggles of the peoples of the world through mass organizations in so many concerns. We have become the largest and strongest international united front against imperialism and fascism and for national liberation, people’s democracy and socialism.

We have made significant contributions to the upsurge of mass protest actions on a global scale. And we are further encouraged by this upsurge to further strengthen our ranks and to engage in consultative and consensual relations with similar international formations in order to expand the united front against imperialism and fascism.

We are confident that we are going to become stronger as the world capitalist system continues to break down and generate more favorable conditions for the rise of revolutionary forces. We are determined to invigorate the subjective forces of the anti-imperialist and anti-fascist mass movement that can bring about the resurgence of the world proletarian revolution and the greater victories of national liberation and socialist movements.###

https://ndfp.org/an-update-on-the-international-situation-to-the-international-coordinating-committee-of-the-international-league-of-peoples-struggle/

NDF/PKM-SMR: Mobilize peasants in the millions to defeat Covid-19 pandemic, demand justice for Kidapawan massacre

PKM-SMR propaganda statement posted to the National Democratic Front Philippines (NDFP or NDF) Website (Apr 2, 2020): Mobilize peasants in the millions to defeat Covid-19 pandemic, demand justice for Kidapawan massacre

Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid
Southern Mindanao Region

Today, the revolutionary peasants of Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid (PKM) in Southern Mindanao Region commemorate the 4th year anniversary of the Kidapawan massacre, the brutal shooting of barricading peasants of North Cotabato by state forces on April 1, 2016 in Kidapawan City. We continue to denounce and reject the appalling semi-colonial and semi-feudal system that mercilessly claims the lives of Filipino peasants, both with hunger and bullets.

This reactionary government, then under the US-Aquino regime, responded with fatal hostility to the rightful demands of the destitute farmers stricken by the El NiƱo calamity. The peasants were rallying for the government to immediately dispense emergency disaster relief and agrarian subsidies from calamity funds, but were hailed with gunshots instead. Two unarmed civilians died in the aftermath of the carnage. This rotten system, which subjugates peasants under perpetual state of landlessness, backward agriculture, depressed wages, sordid poverty, and state-neglect, summarily puts them at gunpoint and renders them more vulnerable in times of calamity.

With the advent of yet another calamity following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we see no difference in the hostile and negligent response of the US-Duterte regime, which puts majority of Filipinos—peasants and agri-workers—at risk of the disease but in graver economic situation as well. Peasants who live in hand-to-mouth subsistence are currently restricted in lockdowns and enhanced community quarantines with no food relief, medical subsidy, or livelihood safety nets. And with Duterte’s highly militaristic approach to the outbreak, with his heavy deployment of fascist AFP troops poised to quell any resistance, an extensive mass uprising is sure to be in the offing.

From the onset, Duterte’s neoliberal policies have already systematically plunged our peasants into deep socio-economic crisis even prior to the COVID-19 crisis. For instance, the Rice Tarriffication Law has crippled local rice production in favor of imported rice from foreign countries. Duterte has allowed the massive landgrabbing of prime agricultural land from peasants, especially in Southern Mindanao, to make way for vast plantations of foreign-owned agri-corporations.

The country’s export-oriented and import-dependent economy will surely suffer the effects of food insecurity now that trading borders between countries have been strictly regulated as the pandemic ensues.

Thus, we call on all peasants, agri-workers, and their associations to build stronger political unities and carry out the program of agrarian revolution in the countryside. To mitigate the effects of the pervading outbreak on our livelihood and food sustenance, we call on the peasant class to implement programs such as collective farming and product bartering, organic agriculture, and develop fruit and vegetable farms for food consumption.

We must demand the free distribution and widespread cultivation of idle public lands, the immediate and unconditional installation of agrarian reform beneficiaries in the lands that were previously plundered from them by transnational and multi-national corporations, and that peasants be provided with comprehensive support in order to ensure their productivity in line with doing away with our dependence from imported agricultural products. Agri-corporations that have long benefited from the reactionary government’s support for export economy must be forced to allay part of the food and relief requirements to undertake these production programs. We must also demand for a halt to all payments being enforced against peasants by onerous usury agreements and other debts.

Furthermore, we urge everyone to relive the militant unity of the North Cotabato peasants in the face of calamity in their struggle to dismantle the semi-colonial and semi-feudal system. We must stand united in the call to hold the US-Duterte regime accountable for its negligence and incompetence, demand revolutionary justice for the victims of Kidapawan massacre and all injustices perpetuated against the peasantry, and rely, first and foremost, on our collective strength to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis that is sure to ensue.

RESTITUTO P. BAGUER
Spokesperson, PKM-SMR

https://ndfp.org/mobilize-peasants-in-the-millions-to-defeat-covid-19-pandemic-demand-justice-for-kidapawan-massacre/

WESTMINCOM: Army troops recover enemy cadaver, FAs in Sibugay

Posted to the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Apr 2, 2020): Army troops recover enemy cadaver, FAs in Sibugay
Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City- April 2, 2020.

Troops of the 44th Infantry Battalion recovered an enemy cadaver and two M16A1 Assault Rifles in Barangay Balagon, Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay Province, Thursday morning, April 2, 2020.

This was a day after the foiled attack of the Communist Terrorist Group in the said area. “The troops were resting after conducting community visitation and information dissemination on COVID-19 pandemic in far-flung areas when they were harassed by the armed CTG,” said Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, Commanding Officer, 44th Infantry Battalion.

This is the 2nd attempt of the CTG to create havoc in the province. The group tried to assault the troops of the 44IB in Barangay Penaranda, Kabasalan, same province on March 21.

“This is a clear manifestation of the duplicitous tactics and insincerity of the CTG on their declaration of ceasefire,” said Col. Leonel Nicolas, Commander, 102nd Infantry Brigade.

“Our troops on the ground will continue to observe the ceasefire during this COVID-19 crisis but rest assured that all units remain alert and vigilant in protecting the communities from any atrocities by the CTG,” he added.

President Rodrigo Roa Durterte appealed to the Communist Party of the Philippines on March 19, to order its armed wing, the New People’s Army, to observe the ceasefire from March 26 to April 15, 2020 due to the Covid-19 crisis. Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, Commander of the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan, strongly condemned the CTG's atrocities against the government troops.

“The people of Zamboanga Peninsula is already suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, and yet these terror groups continue their activities that sow fear to the people,” Maj. Gen. Ponio said.

“I once again appeal to the CTG to stop the attacks and allow the government to focus its efforts in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Our doors will always be open for those who wish to surrender and avail the benefits of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

However, be reminded that we will not be silent and we will not allow any threat group to take advantage of the current situation,” Maj. Gen. Ponio added.

The slain NPA member was identified as Elmar Sumasay, a.k.a. Junmar, a member of Guerilla Front – Feleciano A, Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC). Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Commander of the Western Mindanao Command denounced the attacks saying,

"These terror plots of the NPA are acts of desperation and betrayal." "Nonetheless, our troops will remain steadfast in assisting the government in delivering basic social services during this battle against the COVID-19, while they continue to safeguard the people in their areas of operation," Lt. Gen. Sobejana added.

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NPA rebels attack troops in anti-Covid drive in Zambo town

From the Mindanao Examiner (Apr 2, 2020): NPA rebels attack troops in anti-Covid drive in Zambo town

Communist rebels attacked soldiers assisting in the government’s campaign against the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease, or Covid-19, in Zamboanga Sibugay province in southern Philippines, officials reported Thursday.

Officials said troops were resting in the village of Balagon in Siay town from a daylong information drive when New People’s Army rebels attacked them, sparking a firefight.



The rebels broke into smaller groups and fled, leaving behind personal belongings and their medical kit. It was not immediately known whether the rebel group suffered casualties, but the military said all its soldiers – members of the 44th Infantry Battalion - are all accounted for. 
 
“The troops were already resting after conducting community visitation and information dissemination on Covid-19 crisis in far-flung areas when they were harassed by the armed communist terrorist group,” said Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, the battalion commander.

It was the second attack on soldiers in recent weeks after rebels also assaulted them in Penaranda village in neighboring Kabasalan town.

Col. Leonel Nicolas, commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade, said despite the rebel attack, troops will continue to assist in the government efforts to contain the spread of the virus through community information drive and at the same time protect civilians from threats posed by the NPA.

The attack on soldiers came despite a unilateral ceasefire declared by the communist group following President Rodrigo Duterte’s truce to allow security forces to help the government in battling the respiratory virus. 
 
“This is a clear manifestation of the duplicitous tactics and insincerity of the communists on their declaration of ceasefire. Our troops on the ground will continue to observe the ceasefire during this Covid-19 crisis, but rest assured that all units remain alert and vigilant in protecting the communities from any atrocities by the rebels,” Nicolas said.

Maj. Gen. Gene Ponio, commander of the 1st Infantry Division, strongly condemned the attack, calling it “atrocities against government troops.”

“The people of Zamboanga Peninsula is already suffering on the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, and yet these terror groups continue with their attacks to sow fear to the people,” Ponio said.

“We urge the rebels to stop the attacks and enjoin the government in its efforts of stopping the spread of Covid-19. Our doors will always be open for those who wish to surrender and avail the benefits of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program,” he added

Ponio was referring to the government’s amnesty program called E-Clip, a peace-building and social protection program that provides interventions and financial aid to those who surrender so they live peacefully with their family and become productive citizens of society.

The NPA has been waging a violent campaign for many decades now in an effort to put up a communist state in the country. (Zamboanga Post)

https://mindanaoexaminernewspaper.blogspot.com/2020/04/npa-rebels-attack-troops-in-anti-covid.html

Military distributes improvised COVID-19 protective gears to quarantine checkpoints

From the Philippine Information Agency (Apr 2, 2020): Military distributes improvised COVID-19 protective gears to quarantine checkpoints (By Christine Lyn G Viajante)

ILIGAN CITY, Apr. 2 (PIA) - The 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade (2nd Mech) of the Philippine Army distributed handmade face masks and face shields to frontliners manning the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) checkpoints in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte's national highway.

From Iligan to the towns of Linamon, Kauswagan, Bacolod, Kapatagan and Sultan Naga Dimaporo, the brigade handed-over improvised basic personal protective equipment (PPE) to show support and concern to frontliners composed of health volunteers, police, members of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Coast Guard, and other Civil Security Units who are clearly exposed to the highly infectious coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


The 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army produces facemasks for frontline personnel against COVID-19. (Richel Umel)

Thinking of the urgency and need to protect the uniformed personnel, Brigadier General Facundo Palafox IV of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade said the armored brigade organized a team of male and female soldiers who work overtime to make these improvised basic protective health equipment.

"Initially, we produced more than 600 face shields and more than a thousand triple-layered facemasks," Palafox said.

With a phrase shown in front 'stay home, save lives', the face shields also set as a reminder to checkpoint passers that the most efficient way to prevent the coronavirus from spreading is to stay within the safety of their homes.

Meanwhile, Palafox urged his fellow soldiers of the Armored Division to stay safe while serving the public.

"Who will secure our general public against the infected when we are all sick? No one. So, we must stay safe, fit and healthy while protecting ourselves from this invisible enemy," Palafox added.

Moreover, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) recently issued a directive to all its members to wear facemasks at all times whether inside or outside military camps. (CLV/PIA ICIC)

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1037834

4SF BatCom bids farewell; thanks NGO, LGU for support

From the Philippine Information Agency (Apr 2, 2020): 4SF BatCom bids farewell; thanks NGO, LGU for support (By Rene V. Carbayas with reports from 4th SFBn PA)

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ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Apr 1 (PIA) – Lt. Col. Achilles A. Dela Cruz, Commander of the Fourth Special Forces Battalion bids farewell to the troops and to all the stakeholders as he ended his term with more than two-year stint as the Commanding Officer of this unit.

At the Change of Command Ceremony conducted on March 31 at the Headquarters, 4th Special Forces Battalion in Barangay Cabunbata, LtCol Dela Cruz relinquished his command and turned-over to the incoming Commanding Officer of the “Dolphin Warriors” Battalion.

In his speech, LtCol. Dela Cruz thanked those who, in one way or another, contributed to the overall accomplishment of the unit’s mission.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa aking mga kasamahan, sa ating mga leaders dito sa Basilan, at sa lahat ng partner NGOs, sa inyong tulong upang mapadali na magampanan namin ang aming tungkulin na gawing mapayapa, at panatilihing mapayapa ang aming areas of operation,” LtCol. Dela Cruz said.





Lt. Col. Dela Cruz was also grateful of the opportunity given to him to serve the people of Basilan Province, saying that he will continue to love Basilan and its people.

“I don’t mind serving here for more years but the dynamism in our organization must continue. I am very confident that Lt. Col. Ampati will bring this unit to much greater heights,” he added.




Meanwhile, the newly installed Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Alex D. Ampati, assured the outgoing Commander and all stakeholders that he will continue the peace efforts and initiatives of the unit.

“Rest assured, I will try all efforts to be at par with your performance so that whatever accomplishment you had it will be maintained for the betterment of the unit and the whole community,” he said.

The Change of Command Ceremony was presided by Brigadier General Fernando M. Reyeg, the Commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan/101st Brigade, 1ID, PA.

The activity was witnessed by the respective leaders of the provincial and municipal local government units headed by Congressman Mujiv S. Hataman and Governor Jim Hataman-Salliman, together with the different partner-NGOs, and the commanders of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Basilan. (NBE/RVC/PIA9-Basilan with reports from 1Lt Clint AG Ramos/4SFBn-CMO)

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1037759