Tuesday, August 31, 2021

65 villages in Davao de Oro benefit from BDP

From the Manila Times (Aug 31, 2021): 65 villages in Davao de Oro benefit from BDP (By Ruth Palo)

A total of 129 projects under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict's (NTF-Elcac) Barangay Development Program (BDP) have already been implemented in 65 barangay (villages) in Davao de Oro.

Out of the 129 projects, 119 of which are infrastructure projects while the other 10 are livelihood projects and other forms of assistance.

The NTF-Elcac has so far identified 65 qualified barangay in the province. The villages have identified their priority projects through community consultations on the Retooled Community Support Program facilitated by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and provincial and local government units.

These projects include 64 road projects; 26 water systems; seven electrification; seven school buildings; seven health centers; one evacuation center; two flood control; one slope protection; four streetlights; seven assistance to indigents; and three livelihood programs.

The BDP, a hallmark program of NTF-Elcac with the end goal of bringing development to former conflict-prone communities, has identified 822 barangay across the country benefiting from the program.

These villages were former guerilla fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

Davao de Oro has been a stronghold of armed rebels. In fact, 11 NPA units had been identified operating in the area in 2016.

Currently, according to the provincial government, only one NPA unit remains in Davao de Oro and more than 800 former rebels have returned to the folds of the law, which resulted in the improved business competitiveness rating of the province.


Bulatlat: Kerima Lorena Tariman: Hero of the landless and rural poor

Posted to the pro-CPP/NPA/NDF online propaganda publication Bulatlat (Aug 31, 2021): Kerima Lorena Tariman: Hero of the landless and rural poor (By Emily Vital)

Sacadas of Negros, 2018. (Photo by Nonoy Espina)

Much has been said about Kerima Lorena Tariman’s poetry. The primary muse of her verses, the farmers and agricultural workers, honored her as much as her colleagues and friends in the cultural field.

In 2000, she left the University of the Philippines to immerse in peasant communities in Isabela. She was arrested on May 25 of the same year, the military claiming she was a New People’s Army (NPA) guerrilla. After her release from detention, she helped establish the national youth cultural group Kabataan para sa Tunay na Kalayaan (Karatula) where she also served as its first chairperson.

She left the comforts of the city again after the ouster of President Joseph Estrada. She would only resurface and reconnect with her city-based colleagues when her husband Ericson Acosta was arrested in Samar. She led the campaign for Acosta’s release, mobilizing artist-friends from UP, Philippine High School for the Arts and other groups.

Kerima and Ericson joined the Unyon ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) after the latter’s release from prison in 2013. She used her skills as a journalist (she was managing editor of UP Diliman’s official student publication Philippine Collegian) and as a cultural worker to bring to the fore the plight of Hacienda Luisita and Negros agricultural workers.

In a statement, Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Asyenda Luisita (AMBALA) remembers Kerima as “a silent, humble yet brave and sharp activist leader.”

She was part of the “bungkalan” campaign or cultivation of Hacienda Luisita lands for food production. For five decades – before the Supreme Court issued its decision declaring the farm workers as rightful owners of the vast sugarcane plantation – the Cojuangco-Aquino clan forbid the planting of food crops.

She was part of the team who put into writing the history of decades-long struggle of Hacienda Luisita farm workers for land. In September 2013, she and ten farmers and supporters were detained temporarily while conducting a fact-finding mission on the anomalous distribution of land to the agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Kerima also supported and promoted agroecology or sustainable agriculture. Together with her colleagues at UMA, they produced a manual highlighting the best practices of Hacienda Luisita and Negros farmers on organic farming, and the bungkalan movement as part of grassroots-led land reform.

Read: Bungkalan: Mga Aral mula sa Hacienda Luisita at Negros

Kerima was among those who conceptualized the creative activities during the commemoration of the Hacienda Luisita massacre in 2004. She mobilized fellow artists who produced visuals and staged performances, including the reenactment of what happened and music videos honoring the seven martyrs.

She helped establish the Tanghalang Balen ning Luisita (TABLU) in 2016, the cultural group of Hacienda Luisita youth. “Her bold ideas and innate creativity guided the young cultural artists in performing arts for the people,” AMBALA said in Filipino.

Read: Cultural caravan recalls Hacienda Luisita massacre, pushes farm workers’ right to land

UMA said Kerima showed the same passion and commitment in helping the sacadas (seasonal farmworkers) in Negros island. “She investigated the conditions of agricultural workers in the plantations, and memorized the face of exploitation in the sugar industry,” UMA said in Filipino.

Kerima also wrote a primer about the conditions of sugar workers, and led the publication of a special issue of UMA’s newsletter which focused on tiempo muerto (dead season). In a Facebook post, Nadja de Vera, Kerima’s colleague at UMA, showed a photo of the payslip of an agricultural worker in Hacienda Raymunda in Silay, Negros Occidental. The sacada received P500 for one month of backbreaking work.

According to UMA, it was in Negros where Kerima learned fully well the limitations of the legal mass movement. In Hacienda Luisita, she witnessed how farm workers were detained, charged with common crimes, and their crops destroyed. In Negros, farmers who cultivated idle lands were killed or imprisoned for false charges.

UMA said that Kerima, after witnessing so much brutality wielded by the state against the rural poor, decided to take up arms. “She might have chosen a different form of struggle but she had the same revolutionary objective: to break the land monopoly of landlords and big corporations,” UMA said.

As a red fighter

The war being waged by the New People’s Army (NPA) is essentially an agrarian revolution.

In a statement, the Roselyn Jean Pelle Command-NPA Northern Negros said Ka Ella, Kerima’s nom de guerre, played an important role in fighting conservatism among their ranks and in carrying out integral tasks such as agrarian revolution, mass base building and armed struggle.

The NPA command said Ka Ella joined them in the last quarter of 2018, and that she helped systematize the propaganda and education work of NPA units in Northern Negros. She helped publish the NPA front’s publication “Nagabagang Duta,” and taught fellow fighters how to use electronic gadgets for performing their tasks.

“Ka Ella was simple. She was not arrogant despite her achievements. She was a silent and persistent worker. She was warm toward comrades and the masses,” the NPA-Northern Negros said, adding that while the Negrenses mourn the death of Kerima, her memory and sacrifices “inspire them to continue fighting against the feudal and semi-feudal exploitation.”


Southeast Asia on alert for Al-Qaeda and IS links after Kabul attack

Posted to Free Malaysia Today (Aug 31, 2021): Southeast Asia on alert for Al-Qaeda and IS links after Kabul attack (By Nikkei Asia)

Counter-Terrorism Division officers arresting a terror suspect in Sabah. (Bernama pic)

JAKARTA: Law enforcement agencies in multiple Southeast Asian nations are on high alert against terrorist groups potentially emboldened by the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and a deadly Islamic State attack at the Kabul airport.

In Indonesia, the national police’s counterterrorism detachment known as Densus 88 began monitoring social media and other sources for Taliban sympathisers.

Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, has a constitutional guarantee of religious freedom for minority faiths. But the country is no stranger to terrorism, with extremist groups seeking to impose Islamic law. Authorities fear a spillover effect from instability in Afghanistan.

Hours before extremist group ISIS-K launched the suicide attack against the airport in Kabul, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi met Thursday with senior Taliban official Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai in Doha to urge that Afghanistan “does not become a breeding ground for terrorist organisation and activities,” the minister tweeted.

Indonesia later denounced the attack, which killed 13 US military members and scores of Afghans.

“There are groups in this country who sympathise with the Taliban,” Boy Rafli Amar, the head of Indonesia’s National Counterterrorism Agency, warned on Aug 19, pledging to bolster surveillance.

His comments came after a meeting with mayor Gibran Rakabuming Raka of the city of Surakarta, also known as Solo. The city is associated with Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, the spiritual leader of the Southeast Asian extremist group Jemaah Islamiyah. Gibran is the eldest son of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Indonesia’s national police arrested 58 Jemaah Islamiyah members between Aug 12 and Aug 20 who are suspected of planning a terrorist attack for Aug 17, Indonesia’s Independence Day.

Islamic extremism threatens the Widodo government’s goals of rebuilding the pandemic-ravaged economy with foreign investment and tourism.

Foreigners have often been a target in terrorist attacks. In 2002, Jemaah Islamiyah carried out bomb attacks in Bali that killed over 200 people. More bombings targeted Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta in 2009.

Jemaah Islamiyah members received military training in Afghanistan during the 1990s, and the group is alleged to have ties to Al-Qaeda.

Indonesian police have also been keeping close watch on Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, a local group that pledges allegiance to IS.

In the Philippines, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, noting the Kabul attack, said his country is constantly on the watch for homegrown extremist groups.

“Taliban or no Taliban, we have always considered local extremism as a big concern,” Lorenzana told the Philippine News Agency. “Afghanistan is not the only country that could provide encouragement or inspiration to local terrorists.”

The Philippines has entered into information-sharing agreements with neighbours Indonesia and Malaysia to guard against terrorist activities, Lorenzana added.

Muslims make up only about 6% of the Filipino population in what is a majority Christian country. But in the southern island of Mindanao, some Muslims aspire to establish their own independent state. Armed militants have battled the government for nearly half a century.

In 2017, the government carried out a five-month military operation following an attack on Marawi, a city in Mindanao, involving the extremist group Abu Sayyaf. More than 1,100 people died on both sides.

About 200 members of terrorist groups are still lurking in Mindanao, according to a senior military official.

Law enforcement agencies think the terror groups are unlikely to regain their strength since domestic and international support was cut off following the fighting in Marawi. But the military and the national police remain on high alert.

Malaysian police launched an investigation Saturday in conjunction with overseas security agencies after media reports said two nationals had been detained by the Taliban. Both detainees were alleged to be involved with IS.

Malaysian authorities are on guard for the risk that nationals who travel to Afghanistan return home to conduct terror attacks.

Some members of Asean had hoped the US withdrawal from Afghanistan would leave the superpower free to play a greater role in their region. A resurgence of extremist groups would represent a negative consequence of this realignment.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed the links between Jemaah Islamiyah and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan during the joint news conference with US Vice-President Kamala Harris on Aug 23.

“Extremist ideas and capabilities were exported from there all over our region, and they pose a security threat to Singapore, too,” Lee said.

The evacuation of Afghans is fuelling concerns in Southeast Asia over the spread of extremism.

Afghans have become the largest contingent of refugees taken in by Indonesia, according to the English-language Jakarta Post newspaper. There are reportedly 7,490 Afghan refugees residing in the country.


2 soldiers hurt in Basilan explosion

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 31, 2021): 2 soldiers hurt in Basilan explosion (By Teofilo Garcia, Jr.)

Government troops are tracking down the attackers who bombed and snatched the firearm of one of the two soldiers injured at a checkpoint in Lamitan City, Basilan province on Tuesday.

Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway, 101st Infantry Brigade commander, has ordered all units under his command to intensify intelligence monitoring and checkpoint operations to arrest the suspects behind the attack.

Gobway said Cpl. Cyrus Bunda and Private Arny Vember Basco of the 68th Infantry Battalion were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) blew up around 8:50 a.m. at a checkpoint in Barangay Campo Uno, Lamitan City, Basilan.

He said three unidentified persons onboard a motorcycle appeared and one of them repeatedly shot Basco with a caliber .45 pistol and carted away the R4A3 rifle with an attached M-203 of Bunda, who fell unconscious due to the explosion. Basco sustained a gunshot wound in the body.

He said the suspects sped towards Barangay Cabobo, Lamitan City.

The two injured soldiers were rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Gobway said they have yet to determine whether the attackers are affiliated with the Basilan-based Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).


MILF: UNYPAD Women Affair Committee holds Islamic Leadership and Management Training in Pagalungan

Posted to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Website (Aug 31, 2021): UNYPAD Women Affair Committee holds Islamic Leadership and Management Training in Pagalungan (By Guihanah Balabagan)

Photo courtesy of Dhen Ibni Abbas Singson

In a bid to continuously educate its officers and members with knowledge on Islam, the Women Affairs Committee (WAC) of United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) North Cotabato Cluster II (NCCII) conducted the two-day Islamic Leadership and Management training on August 21-22, 2021 at Datu Alimot Elementary School, Barangay Galakit, Pagalungan.

Around 25 selected participants coming from different chapters including their chairwomen joined in the activity.

UNYPAD NCCII Chairwoman, Nida P. Makatabang, said the activity was designed to develop the knowledge and skills of Bangsamoro Women.

“This Islamic leadership and Management training will build them to become more potential members and officers and responsible Bangasamoro leaders,” she said.

Present in the activity was UNYPAD National President Dr. Rahib L. Kudto who discussed Islamic Leadership and Organizational Management.

He said, "You are all leaders because you are women bringing lights and guidance to your home and that is indeed leadership. What we are just doing here is to expand your understanding and implementation of the leadership that must be based on Islamic ways.”

Anisa Matula, UNYPAD Vice-Chairperson for External Affairs of WAC-NCCII, explained and discussed some concepts on Islamic leadership and she facilitated some workshops.

Atty. Badrodin Mangindra, Legal Counsel of UNYPAD, said, "The real empowerment of a woman is always in their home.”

“A woman is really loved and respected by her children because she is doing her responsibility -- to protect and guide her offspring towards good deeds,” he explained.

UNYPAD National chairwoman, Baisanie Makabuat, UNYPAD Secretary General Yusoph Lumambas, UNYPAD Deputy Secretary for Administration Datuan Magon, UNYPAD national staff on Campaign and Advocacy Tho Bin Abdullah and other UNYPAD national officers were present to supervise the training and impart their messages.

[The MILF Website (luwaran.com) is maintained by the Committee on Information, MILF Central Committee to keep the public informed of the organization's achievements/activities.]


MILF: Ceasefire mechanisms of ihe MILF spearhead peace advocacy against violent extremism

Posted to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Website (Aug 30, 2021): Ceasefire mechanisms of ihe MILF spearhead peace advocacy against violent extremism (By Abduljaamie Bin Shouk)

Kabacan, North Cotabato - The Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) and the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) jointly conducted Peace Advocacy against Violent Extremism with the theme: “Unity is Sustaining the Gains of the GPH-MILF Peace Process” held at 8th Avenue Katidtuan-Hotel, Resorts, and Convention Center, Kabacan, North Cotabato on August 28, 2021.

Such activity was packed with insightful messages delivered by different peace key actors including representatives from the International Monitoring Team (IMT), Local Monitoring Team (LMT), Special Geographic Area (SGA) of BARMM, Philippine National Police of Kabacan, 602nd Infantry Brigade of Philippine Army, Joint CCCH-AHJAG of the Philippine Government, Madaris Education of Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE), and the Sub-committee on Qur’anic Affairs of the MILF.

Hon. Habib Guiabar from LMT-MILF formally welcomed the guests and participants on this event. He expressed his warmest gratitude to the organizers for the realization of such event which manifested one of the gains of the peace process by being able to conduct peaceful activity that is far from the situations before where people are hiding at the jungle in the quest for the attainment of genuine peace.

MILF-CCCH Chairman Butch Malang officially opened the program and he emphasized the mandate of ceasefire mechanisms that is to facilitate various forms of conflicts and disputes in different conflict-affected areas within and outside the BARMM to enable a conducive environment for smoother implementation of the GPH-MILF Peace Agreements.

Sheikh Mas-od Lantong Mohammadali, the Chairman of MILF Sub-Committee on Qur’anic Affairs and con-current consultant of the MILF-CCCH, enlightened the participants on the topic “Qur’an is a Message of Peace and a Complete Way of Life.” He emphasized that Islam as a religion was taken from the word “Salam” which means peace. It is a way of life that enjoins whatever is beneficial to mankind both in this world and in the hereafter and forbids all forms of harm and destructions including violent extremism, in reference to the authentic teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah (practices) of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Madaris Education of MBHTE-BARMM was also represented by no other than its Director-General Sheikh Tahir Nalg who discussed about “Education as a tool to end conflict and violent extremism.” In his message, he highlighted that one of the gains that the Bangsamoro earned from the establishment of BARMM is the enhancement of its educational system that integrates Islamic and secular education. It is envisioned that through this effort, the Bangsamoro, especially the young ones, will be equipped with a balanced education that is free from violent and extreme ideologies.

From the Hay-ato Ulama El-Muslimina Bil-Filibbin, Inc., Secretary-General Sh. Abdulhadie Gumander discussed their roles in assisting the Bangsamoro Government in upholding Moral Governance. Several types of research are conducted to identify the most viable concepts in this regard which will serve as the guide of the Bangsamoro Leaders towards their commitment to implement morally upright governance leading towards peaceful and progressive Bangsamoro.

Maj Gen Datuk Hamdan Bin Hj Ismail, the Head of Mission of the IMT – M16 also graced the program and delivered his keynote speech which highlighted the preservation of gains of the peace process for a stable and secured generation. He enjoined everyone to support the GPH-MILF peace efforts by strong collaboration among all the stakeholders and adherence to the peace agreements and protocols set forth. He also encouraged everyone to sustain the spirit of mutual understanding for the sake of peace and a brighter future for the next generation. The Government of Malaysia has been supporting the GPH-MILF Peace Process for about 16 years, and he assured their continued support for lasting peace and success for the Bangsamoro.

For the message of support and commitment, also present were Col. Joel Mamon, Head of Combined Secretariat of the GPH CCCH and AHJAG, PCpl. Genesis Pasa Bendor of PNP-Kabacan, Sh. Saad Delna who represented the Office of MP Aida Silongan, Hon. Kelly Antao, the Coordinator of SGA-BARMM, and leaders of MILF Political Committees from Ligawasan, Kapalawan, and North Cotabato Provinces. These personalities reassured their support and commitment to become agents of peace in their respective areas of responsibility and also encouraged unity and collaboration among all stakeholders to effectively counter the influence of violent extremism.

To formally close the program, Chairman Anwar Alamada of MILF-AHJAG said that everyone has a tendency to become extreme but becoming violent should be avoided at all times because of its disastrous impact. He further stated that extremism is fueled by oppression and injustices, and the Ceasefire Mechanisms, under the leadership of the GPH-MILF Peace Implementing Panels, are exerting their full efforts to mitigate, if not eradicate, the problems arising from violent extremism.

This program was made possible in partnership with the Union of Muslim Youth Organizations (UMYO), Moro International Students Association (MISA), League of Bangsamoro Organizations (LBO), and Bangsamoro Multimedia Network (BMN).

Unity is a condition of harmony which results to peaceful and progressive community. This event manifested the serenity and fulfillment that are brought by unity among the key stakeholders including the Ulama, the Leaders, the Business Sector, and the mass people. Indeed, in unity, there is strength to promote peace and harmony in society.

[The MILF Website (luwaran.com) is maintained by the Committee on Information, MILF Central Committee to keep the public informed of the organization's achievements/activities.]


CPP/Publication: Larab | August 28, 2021

Propaganda publication posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 28, 2021): Larab | August 28, 2021


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CPP/Publication: Silyab Pokus | August 2021

Propaganda publication posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 30, 2021): Silyab Pokus | August 2021


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CPP/Cultural: Kahapon ang Karahasan, ang Pagtutuos Kinabukasan

Cultural propaganda posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 31, 2021): Kahapon ang Karahasan, ang Pagtutuos Kinabukasan

AUGUST 30, 2021


CPP/News: Kalinga police, military spearhead Covid-19 super-spreader activities

Propaganda news story posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 31, 2021): Kalinga police, military spearhead Covid-19 super-spreader activities

AUGUST 31, 2021

While civilian mobility is strictly monitored and restricted, police and military units of Kalinga go unscathed after violating health protocols and spearheading Covid-19 super-spreader activities in August.

New People’s Army (NPA)-Kalinga command spokesperson Ka Tipun Gil-ayab slammed on Saturday the 50th IB, Cordillera Police Regional Office and the Kalinga Provincial Police Office for spearheading a series of ‘youth leadership’ summits in some municipalities of Kalinga. Gil-ayab further exposed that the participants’ parents said that they were forced by the military to take part.

Kalinga province was placed under the stricter General Community Quarantine in the earlier parts of August which supposedly limits ‘mass gatherings’ and similar activities. Despite this, the 50th IB hosted two summits in Lubuagan and Pasil town.

The Lubuagan youth summit was attended by about a hundred youth participants, coming from five villages, who were crammed into the small classrooms of Lubuagan Central School in Sitio Pudpud, Barangay Poblacion. A week later, it pushed through with the Pasil summit.

Residents reported to the local NPA command that social distancing was not observed during the duration of the summit. They conducted ‘team building’ activities prompting physical contact among participants. Gil-ayab said that there were no face masks, alcohol and sanitizers distributed. Eating sessions were held at the same time and in crammed spaces, he added.

“The activities lasted for almost three days just to give way for the supposed lectures which usually started from seven o’clock until 10 in the evening,” Gil-ayab said. “Undeniably, these could be potential Covid-19 super-spreader activities,” he added.

In a military press release, the summits were said to be part of the Community Support Program as requirements in the End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) projects conducted for the barangays of Kalinga.

“In truth,” said Gil-ayab, expressing the parents’ sentiments over the youth summits. “The parents view that such activities are not needed as their children are not exposed to drugs.” Gil-ayab said that the parents were actually worried that the activity would expose their children to Covid-19 but could not complain as the military imposed a ‘quota’ of attendees (from 10-20 participants per barangay).

Prior to these summits, Gil-ayab noted that some residents of Barangay Gawaan in Balbalan town were forced to quarantine after attending a meeting called by the military and police after four of their elements tested postive to Covid-19. Residents complained of restricted movements and livelihood activities due to the irresponsible incident.

Kalinga province records 318 active Covid-19 cases as of August 30 and with a total of 5,679 Covid-19 infections and 89 deaths.


CPP/News: 50 peasant youths joined Kabataan Makabayan

Propaganda news story posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 31, 2021): 50 peasant youths joined Kabataan Makabayan

AUGUST 31, 2021

Last August 21, about 50 youths pledged as new members of Kabataan Makabayan in a barrio in Eastern Visayas. With the theme, “Youth, support the mass movement in the barrios! Join the New People’s Army! Resist the fascism of the AFP!” members of the revolutionary youth organization, KM, attended the conference wherein they discussed various issues of peasant youths, their calls for safe resumption of face-to-face classes and the criminal culpability and fascist attacks of the Duterte regime against their sector.

“The youth do not see any future under the Duterte regime,” says Ka Mori, chairperson of the barrio’s KM chapter. KM members and NPA fighters also staged cultural performances for the event.

Ka Rebo, political instructor of the NPA unit who spearheaded the conference, shared that one of the main topics discussed during the activity was the historical role of youth in advancing the revolution and their primary task of opposing militarization in their barrio.

In the guise of Retooled Community Support Program, young people and their families do not experience peace as military units bombard their communities with bombs and cannons, while killings, illegal arrests and forced surrenders persist.

Amid the regime’s fascist attacks, new blood continues to emerge and revolutionary young people traverse the path of armed struggle. The youth remains the well-spring of the movement that will never dry up and will continue to feed the ocean of the people’s war until victory.


CPP/CIO: Duterte’s corruption and crimes will spell his doom

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 31, 2021): Duterte’s corruption and crimes will spell his doom


AUGUST 31, 2021

Over the past two weeks, the Filipino people have been seething with outrage in the face of the left, right and center exposés of large-scale corruption and anomalies of Duterte and his close officials. The recently released reports of the Commission on Audit details these anomalies. Senate hearings over the past few days reveal additional information that corruption under the Duterte regime is directed from Malacañang itself.

It is becoming clear that Duterte himself is behind the plunder of not less than ₱42 billion in people’s money amid the pandemic. The involvement of his closest underling Sen. Bong Go, former budget undersecretary Lloyd Christopher Lao (the underling’s underling), and his so-called economic adviser Michael Yang in the overpriced face mask and face shield deal with the Chinese small startup company Pharmally is one of the starkest evidence. The 2017 video showing Pharmally officials meeting up with Duterte in Davao City show clear corruption links. Surely, this is only the tip of the iceberg.

More and more cases are bound to surface. Everyone who has any knowledge of Duterte’s crimes and corruption and who has an iota of sympathy for the Filipino people’s plight must come forward and reveal what they know. Indeed, workers, peasants and the toiling masses, rank and file private and public employees, the youth, women, even ordinary soldiers and police officers, demand all the truth

Hidden behind his shock and awe tactics are Duterte’s biggest crimes and corruption. Under the Covid-19 lockdown and declaration of national emergency, Duterte claimed extraordinary powers which gave him, his officials and favored Chinese companies government-funded deals amounting to hundreds of billions of pesos in overpriced equipment and other purchases.

It is now also clear, that the “Boracay clean-up” is one big smokescreen to grab the land and drive away local residents and force small local tourist operators out of business, to favor a big Chinese casino operator who wants to have exclusive control of the island. It is apparent that Xi Jinping, himself, through a recent phone call with Duterte, demanded fulfillment of Duterte’s promise to allow the construction of the Boracay casino. This is in tandem with Paolo Duterte’s Boracay Island Development Authority (BIDA) bill in congress that will place Boracay under Duterte’s full control.

Big Chinese companies are deeply involved in Duterte’s corruption. Without a doubt, Duterte and his officials are involved in the acceptance of large-scale bribes from these Chinese government-endorsed companies. One only needs to recall how Gloria Arroyo and her minions are believed to have received billions upon billions of pesos of bribe money from the ₱16.45 billion NBN-ZTE deal in 2007 to imagine the scale of Duterte’s corruption in collusion with his Chinese masters.

The large amounts being pocketed by Duterte and his minions comprise one of their biggest motive for their scheme to remain in power beyond 2022. However, Duterte’s corruption and criminal activities will ultimately also spell his doom as the Filipino people are outraged at how the big bureaucrat capitalists continue to aggrandize wealth and power while millions suffer from death and hunger.


CPP/NPA-Bicol: Bicol RTF-ELCAC failed! The armed revolutionary movement in the region continues to advance!

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 30, 2021): Bicol RTF-ELCAC failed! The armed revolutionary movement in the region continues to advance!


AUGUST 30, 2021

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If the Bicol Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict-Task Force Katuninongan asin Kauswagan (Bicol RTF-ELCAC) has anything to show for its two years of existence, it is that the armed struggle in Bicol continued to gain headway. Despite all the attacks, dirty schemes and surrender campaigns, no unit of NPA-Bicol had been severely damaged, no guerilla front had been decimated and no mass base had been dissolved. Red fighters and commanders continue to increase their knowledge and skills in studying the science and art of waging guerrila warfare—both in theory and practice. Most of all, they failed to extinguish the ever-deepening understanding of the correctness and necessity of armed revolutionary struggle.

With the aid of both the AFP and PNP in the region, the Bicol RTF-ELCAC stands as a machinery of a whole-of-nation brand of terrorism and militarization – from campaigns of mass murder and massacre in Masbate, Operation Manhunt Charlie in Sorsogon, SACLEO in Camarines Norte and widespread RCSP-Baranggayan and destructive focused military operations both in Albay and Camarines Sur. This has been combined with systematic campaigns of deception ranging from bloating the numbers of surrenderrees, parading civilians, children and even agents of the police and military as NPA members who have been arrested or have surrendered, orchestrated encounters and bogus community projects.

In spite of all these, the Bicol RTF-ELCAC completely failed. It is because such machinery has not an inch of intention to resolve the roots of the armed struggle in the region. The Bicol RTF-ELCAC merely served as a fascist instrument to further deprive the Bicolano masses of their right to life, land and a prosperous future.

Instead, the Bicol RTF-ELCAC only exacerbated Duterte’s crimes that push the masses to wholeheartedly support and join the people’s war. The advancement of the people’s war is deeply rooted and continues to be embraced by the Bicolano masses. They unceasingly pursue agrarian revolution in the face of prevalent landgrabbing and destruction of local production. They unremittingly strengthen their revolutionary mass organizations because of the persistent dangers of neoliberalism and fascism to their rights and livelihood. They continuously take arms and join the New People’s Army because state terror and oppression continues.

The determination of the Bicolano masses to advance the revolution endures and will continue to endure. In this light, the revolutionary movement in Bicol challenges itself to daringly and resolutely step up the guerilla warfare in the region. The Romulo Jallores Command-NPA Bikol will continue launching tactical offensives that would punish the armed sycophants of Duterte like the Bicol RTF-ELCAC and will seek preliminary justice for its victims. Every NPA unit in the region will more firmly engage with the masses and their revolutionary organizations in consolidating the achievements and advancements made by both the mass and revolutionary movements in Bikol.


CPP/NDF-Bicol: Salute to all revolutionaries forcibly disappeared by the terrorist state

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 30, 2021): Salute to all revolutionaries forcibly disappeared by the terrorist state


AUGUST 30, 2021

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One cannot explain the pain of someone who lost a loved one. No cadaver to prove that he or she is gone. No grave to mark where he or she was laid to rest. Uncertain on whether he or she will still come back or not. This is the kind of immeasurable pain that every wife, parent, child or sibling of a desaparecido experience everyday.

NDF-Bikol, today joins in the commemoration of the International Day of the Desaparecido. The revolutionary movement salutes all progressive and nationalist individuals who were victims of abduction and enforced disappearance in the region and the whole country.

The violent abduction and enforced disappearance of suspected members of the revolutionary movement is a distinctive mark of the slaughterer that is Duterte. He employs all kinds of dirty and brutal tactics in order to gain much power, further enrich himself – even to the extremes of being called the king of death and violence.

In Bikol, there has been numerous victims of enforced disappearances since the time of Marcos’ dictatorship. The desaparecidos in the region are those who were the most courageous and perservering in advocating the interests of the people. They include Nona Sta. Clara, known scholar, social worker and teacher of the people who was abducted and disappeared along with Atty. Angelica Llnareses in 1989; farmer-leader Julito Potentado and 20 other peasants who were abducted in Lagonoy, Camarines Sur at the height of Oplan Bantay Laya under the US-Arroyo regime. Also, during those troubled times, a cadre and commander – Rogelio “Ka Mading” Calubad together with his son Gabriel was taken and disappeared by members of the AFP.

This abominable practice is still continued by the fascist cohorts of Duterte. Under his regime, there has been four victims of enforced disappearance in the region. One of them is Ed Navalta, Camarines Sur People’s Organization coordinator who was forcibly abducted from his home in Ragay, Camarines Sur on March 2021. Since then, there has been no clear news of his whereabouts nor his current situation.

No matter how many times they deny it, there is no one else behind the enforced disappearances of the likes of Nona, Julito, Rogelio and Ed other than the terrorist state who has been floundering to silence the struggle of the people and stem the advance of the revolutionary movement.

But the interminable destitution and the insoluble crisis brought about by a semi-feudal and semi-colonial system of the Filipino society, that has been further degenerated by the US-Duterte regime, is the reason why the people have been unwavering in their actions and struggle. No matter how vicious the face of fascism they are confronted with, they will not stop until they have exonerated and made accountable those who have abused and exploited them.

No amount of violence will suppress the spirit of struggle of the Bikolanos or the people in rest of the country. The butchers can only kill, maim, abduct and disappear the body. The spirit of struggle remains vibrant in the hearts of each of the oppressed and exploited. This is further enriched and given life by the revolutionary movement who upholds the class interests of the people.

Together with NDF-Bikol, the united struggle of the Bikolano masses will frustrate and thwart the absolute suppression of their rights through the giant wave of the revolution.

Surface all the Desaparecidos!

Justice to all victims of Abduction and Enforced Disappearances!

Continue to advance the Revolutionary Struggle!


CPP/NPA-Camarines Sur: A Tribute for Kerima, “Ka Akira, Kyla” Tariman

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 30, 2021): A Tribute for Kerima, “Ka Akira, Kyla” Tariman


AUGUST 30, 2021

Read in: Pilipino

The Tomas Pilapil Command-BHB East Camarines Sur offers its red salute to the martyrdom of Ka Kyla. At the same time, we extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Like all of you, we feel unfathomable anguish towards the death of Ka Kyla in the hands of the butcher military in Negros on August 20. But despite her death, we are certain that this will only intensify the long drawn rage of the thousands of oppressed masses she had onced lived with, taught, organized and roused not only in the Negros region but here in Bikol as well, where she stayed from 2008 until 2010.

Ka Kyla had served under our front in East Camarines Sur as an admirable comrade. She was transferred to Camarines Sur after her stint in Sorsogon. There, she had participated in revolutionary mass work in the towns of Calabanga, Tinambac, Goa, Lagonoy, Garchitorena, Presentacion and Caramoan.

She easily won the hearts of the masses. She was an excellent instructor who raised the awareness of countless of masses. One cannot discount her contributions in fortifying the revolutionary mass organizations.

She uncovered the life of a red fighter and Party member through the lenses of MLM. For one, she twice exhibited great courage in responding to the attack of the enemy. After one ecounter, she was separated from her unit. As she travelled in search of the NPA unit she needed to regroup with, she met a masa. Because she was armed and was a stranger to the masa, she was not attended to. Despite that, she thanked him for letting her rest as she went on her way. She eventually joined the NPA unit who was also searching for her and was finally able to report what happened to them.

Ka Kyla was diligent, alert and vigilant. She had made use of her writing prowess in order to understand the things that confounded her. In all of the places her revolutionary work brought her to, she had written down and documented, for collective assessment, the circumstances, observed weaknesses and possible resolutions necessary for the development of the revolutionary agrarian reform. She had been able to impart much valuable research for the advancement of the revolutionary work in the province. Her open and critical eye for the conditions provided for the improvement of the practice to consolidate the mass movement. Something that the Bicolano masses continue to do and benefit from to this day.

Bicolanos will never ever forget the great contribution that Ka Kyla gave to the region. A Bicolano, who had shared her intelligence, talents and notable abilities to the land of her birth and to other parts of the country for the intensification of the national revolutionary movement.

Ka Kyla could bank on the fact that the Camarines Sureño will fortify their ranks along with the rest of the people of the country in order to prevent the fascist and oppressive regime from subduing the revolutionary movement. All the lessons, guidance, love and deep service she gave will forever endure in our hearts. This is the example we carry with us, as we study and practice MLM in order for us to realize our dreams of genuine liberation, peace and prosperity.


CPP/NDF-Bicol: Highest salute for Ka Kyla!

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 30, 2021): Highest salute for Ka Kyla!


AUGUST 30, 2021

Read in: Pilipino

In the midst of our sorrow for the passing of Kerima Tariman or Ka Kyla to the massess she lived with and served for in the Bicol region, PKM-Bikol accords the highest recognition to her significant contribution to strengthen the peasant movement in the region, particularly in the province of Camarines Sur.

We take pride in the fact that Ka Kyla had been part of our struggle. She unconditionally imparted her skills and talents to rouse the farmers in East Camarines Sur, where she stayed for almost three years. She had patiently taught them Pambansang Demokratikong Paaralan (PADEPA) courses, Party education and social issues. At the same time, she had been a student of the peasantry in the university of life and struggle. She humbly enjoined in the sacrifices and suffering experienced by poor peasants and for the advancement of this just war.

She neither displayed weakness nor weariness in travelling great distances to reach the masses she faithfully served. She was always prepared in attending the meetings of the Party branches and mass organizations. She was ever ready to educate them with or without the aid of technology. In determining and studying how to carry out the programs of the Party in the guerilla fronts, particularly in the implementation of the agrarian revolution, Ka Kyla had documented her observations, queries, criticisms and suggestions regarding its implementation.

She displayed courage and great determination in facing the enemy. She had not wavered. After each defensive that she had encountered, she naturally returned to her daily work and accepted the fact that this was all part of the life of a Red fighter and Party member. It had been clear to her that the intense aggression of the enemy proves the fundamental difference between the class determination of the NPA against the mercenary army serving the interest of the ruling class.

She endured the great sacrifice she had to bear being away from her family and son. She had shown that what she was fighting for was not only for her only son but for the many other sons and daughters of the oppressed peasants. She wanted to contribute for a bright and better tomorrow. She was a mother and comrade to the thousands of youth who had become part of her life and struggle.

Despite the fact that she was transferred to another area, every Red fighter and commander she had a chance to work with promises to uphold and advance the revolution in the communities she once worked in, all that she taught and experienced with them which endeared her to the masses. As she leaves us, we offer our gratitude to the significant contribution she left us to achieve the further advancement of the revolution in the province. You will forever live in our hearts, Ka Kyla.


CPP/NDF-Bicol: Regarding Badoy’s visit to Bikol: NTF-ELCAC, fascist machinery and part of attempt to preserve Duterte’s tyranny

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 30, 2021): Regarding Badoy’s visit to Bikol: NTF-ELCAC, fascist machinery and part of attempt to preserve Duterte’s tyranny


AUGUST 30, 2021

Read in: Pilipino

It is election time once more. Bureaucrat capitalists who have been slumbering away are once again out of their holes to shove empty promises and declarations down the public’s throats. Leading them all is the Duterte faction – from the spread of thousands of troll farms on social media to the use of all civilian agencies just to sell the dictator. The region have seen Duterte’s stooges like NSA Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade, PNP Chief Eleazar, and now, NTF-ELCAC Spokesperson Lorraine Badoy begin with their visits and muscle flexing. All with one intent: try to change the public’s opinion on Duterte’s war against the people, buy the loyalties of their political allies and peddle the victory of tyranny for the upcoming elections.

The people knows that the NTF-ELCAC and all its local counterparts were established to serve Duterte’s tyranny. Hundreds of billions of funds have been secured for these machineries not just to guarantee its capacity for unparalleled fascism but to stand as a fount of corruption for Duterte, his fanatical military officers and political pets. These do not differ from DOH, DENR and other agencies ran by Duterte’s most devoted minions according to his self interests. Billions of funds that have been marked missing, anomalously used and were corrupted from these agencies went to Duterte and his cronies’ pockets. With the budget deliberations currently happening, these agencies fall head over heels for their own chunks of corruption funds.

For the next year, NTF is campaigning for an additional P47 billion for its Barangay Development Program (BDP). In its first year, the government already wasted P16.4 billion from the public coffers. They dangle this stunning amount in exchange for the loyalties of local government officials and bureacrat capitalists in Bikol and the whole country.

But more than the people’s money, it is the people’s lives and welfare that is at stake in the collaboration of NTF-ELCAC and the politicians who tout Duterte’s tyranny. Poverty remains rampant in Bikol because the regime only focused on projects that stand as corruption wells and further capitalists’ interests. The farmers have no land to till, their products are sold cheaply while the price of farm inputs continue to skyrocket. Workers’ wages do not increase and the number of unemployed and underemployed rapidly multiplies. The Bikolano masses’ pockets are already burnt through with the surge of prices of commodities, utilities and other services which should have been free for the people. Worst of all, they are ceaselessly abused, killed and massacred.

NTF-ELCAC and the Duterte faction must not be allowed to brazenly malign and deceive the Bikolano masses and the whole nation. They must not be permitted to use the hard-earned money from the public’s blood and sweat to fund their personal interests and to further exploit the people themselves. They should also not be allowed to insolently sell Duterte’s tyranny as solution to the masses’ demands. Clearly, Duterte’s total war against the people and whole of nation approach brought nothing but the military’s dominion and unmatched oppression, chaos and violence.


CPP/NDF-Bicol: Rally against the inefficiency and utter neglect of Bikolano politicians of RTF-ELCAC atrocities

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 30, 2021): Rally against the inefficiency and utter neglect of Bikolano politicians of RTF-ELCAC atrocities


AUGUST 30, 2021

Read in: Pilipino

Bicolano politicians did nothing to protect their kababayans against the complete damage brought by the RTF-ELCAC. Only a few words can describe their performance since being elected into office and since the inception of RTF-ELCAC: absolutely deplorable.

These politicians only collaborated with the RTF-ELCAC to further their own economic, military and political interests. They will hold on to anything that this ambitious, power-hungry and atrocious Duterte regime offers them, just to ensure that they remain in power. Like leeches, they are even proud to boast to this tyrant playing king in Malacañang that they have implemented the Whole of Nation Approach doctrine even if it means putting their constituents in danger. They led the way in yielding and presenting mass civilians as rebel surrenderees – masses whom they shook hands with and embraced during electoral campaigns. They supported the wastage of more than P19 billion for the NTF-ELCAC in exchange of corruption funds that they will use in the upcoming elections.

It is not only the pandemic but the RTF-ELCAC as well that submerge the Bikolanos deeper into their graves. The people continue to suffer from a hand-to-mouth existence due to the uncontrollable collapse of the economy and the incessant increase in the number of human rights violations that they face and is facing under this reprehensible task force.

Instead of defending the victims of the RTF-ELCAC’s atrocities, these two-faced politicians instead permitted the AFP and PNP to launch intensified military and police operations. They let SACLEO, RCSP and FMO creep into almost all the provinces in the region. In the RTF-ELCAC’s two years of existence, they allowed the number of human rights victims to balloon in Bikol. Since its creation on August 2019 and until August 2021, there has been no less than 79 victims of extrajudicial killings, six cases of massacre, seven individuals abducted and forcibly disappeared, 74 victims of illegal arrest and 22 victims of threats, harassment and intimidation.

Militarization in the region worsened with the return of the 49th IBPA and the conception of the 22nd IBPA. Both army and police often argue their worn out alibi that those killed were nanlaban. At the same time, those arrested were taken by virtue of warrants arbitrarily produced by court officials under the dictates of the reactionary state as well as illegal arms and bombs deliberately planted by state forces as evidence.

Now that the 2022 national elections is drawing near, these Bikolano politicians are definitely out to woo the people once more for their precious votes. The Bikolanos know fully well that they do not deserve to return or remain in their positions with their records of criminal culpability and adherence to state terrorism.

NDF-Bikol rallies the Bikolanos to be ever firm in their stand against the deceptive Bikolano politicians who surrendered their rights instead of defending them. They stand tall over the bootlickers of the evil Duterte regime whom they shall crush together with other bureaucrat capitalists. In the end, the people’s faith in the revolutionary movement will make them prevail over these criminal executioners until they cease to exist.


CPP/NDF-Bicol: Hail the heroism of the Bicolano masses!

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 30, 2021): Hail the heroism of the Bicolano masses!


AUGUST 30, 2021

With the commemoration of the National Heroes’ Day, the NDF-Bikol acclaims the Bicolano masses for their ever-strengthening determination to advance the people’s war in the face of the many challenges and hardships being flung at them by the worsening crisis and state terrorism under the US-Duterte regime.

The revolutionary movement in the region also pays the highest honor to the Bicolano people and revolutionaries who offered their lives for the advancement of the national democratic revolution and achieve genuine liberation and democracy.

The US-Duterte regime remains unsuccessful in defeating the revolutionary movement because the armed struggle is deeply carved within the lives and history of the Bicolano masses. The Bicol prides itself in having a very widespread mass base because majority of the Bicolano masses consciously embrace the aspirations and program of the democratic revolution. From Camarines Norte to Masbate, the revolution is etched in every generation of Bicolano families’ blood. It would take more than the Pacific ocean for Duterte and his terrorist disciples in the Joint Task Force Bicolandia and the Bicol RTF-ELCAC to drain and deprive the revolutionary movement in Bikol of its scale and depth.

The accomplishments of the revolutionary movement in launching agrarian revolution, armed struggle and establishing Red organs of political power are due to the life and sacrifice devoted by the Bicolano masses in advancing their revolutionary aspirations.

From confronting militarization, launching campaigns such as increasing the prices of agricultural products, mass protests against landgrabbing, community production before and even more during the pandemic and mass recruitment to join the NPA, the true essence of bayanihan is practiced daily by the Bicoano masses. True heroism lies in their daily perseverance to forge their class unity in confronting and fighting the worsening crisis of the semifeudal and semicolonial system.

The revolutionary movement in the region pledges to forge its proletariat leadership and guidance over the mobilization and struggle of the Bicolano masses even more. The revolutionary movement shall equal the selfless support and participation of the Bikolano masses to the armed revolutionary struggle by steadfastly serving the people’s interests and striving to intensify the people’s war towards complete victory.


CPP/NDF-Bicol: Duterte is Liable for the -8.4% Contraction of Bicol’s Economy

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 30, 2021): Duterte is Liable for the -8.4% Contraction of Bicol’s Economy


AUGUST 30, 2021

Read in: Pilipino

The Bicolano masses will surely repudiate and condemn Duterte’s barefaced attempt to stay in power in the face of a deepening crisis that he himself worsened. No one else but Duterte should be held accountable for the -8.4 contraction of Bicol’s economy. He has buried the country deep in debt, plundered the funds for ayuda and the pandemic and completed the neoliberal policies which only further sabotaged the economy.

The deep contraction of the region’s economy only proves the failure of the neoliberal Bicol Regional Development Plan (BRDP) which Duterte designed. Nothing should be expected from an economic plan that is devised to allow the influx of anti-people and pro-foreign investments and projects while gradually killing the basic economic factors that would push the people to genuinely overcome the crisis.

Even by the reactionary government’s own statistics, the devastating effects of BRDP to agriculture, employment and livelihood are clear and even worsened by the regime’s neglect of the pandemic and the calamities that hit the region. The region’s agriculture sector plunged by 6% since 2015. An estimate of 300,000 Bicolano workers have also lost their jobs due to the lockdown. The number of Bicolano families who have access to adequate nutrition decreased to 24%. The Bicol region also experienced one of the highest inflation rates because of the TRAIN Law. Despite these, the ayuda received by the Bicolano masses was sorely lacking to the point of mendicancy. Because of these conditions, it is expected that an additional 2.6 million Bicolanos would be considered poor.

More than these statistics, the actual experience of the Bicolano masses prove the tomfoolery of the neoliberal design that Duterte attempts to complete. They are suffering daily from rising costs of production and commodities, decreasing wages and prices of agricultural products, destruction of farmlands, lack of ayuda, piling up of usurious debts and landgrabbing. These happen along with the rampant militarization and terroristic violence of the military and police that put the Bicolanos further in crisis.

Despite all these, Duterte and his neoliberal stooges in the region will certainly continue implementing the BRDP. This only means unfathomable suffering for the Bicolano masses.

Amidst the worsening crisis, the Bicolano masses are well-aware that there is no other solution to their misery but the triumph of the people’s democratic revolution. They are well-aware that one of the basic programs of the revolution is the advance of both genuine land reform and national industrialization as true foundations of the economy. To achieve this, they are waging a people’s war and therefrom are molding their proletariat strength through the pursuit of agrarian revolution, armed struggle and establishment of organs of political power. An essential part of this is their dauntless unity in exacting, holding accountable and overthrowing the fascist, corrupt, treasonous and mass murderer US-Duterte regime.


CPP/NDF-Eastern Visayas: NDF-EV: Glory and honor to the 19 martyrs of Dolores!

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 30, 2021): NDF-EV: Glory and honor to the 19 martyrs of Dolores!


AUGUST 30, 2021

Revolutionary forces and the broad masses in Eastern Visayas raise their fists high in salute of the 19 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who were martyred in the brutal aerial bombardment by the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Dolores, Eastern Samar.

It is fitting to mark this year’s National Heroes Day by giving glory and honor to the Martyrs of Dolores. They were among the brightest and best sons and daughters of the people who courageously fight the fascist terror and grave hardship brought upon the people by the reactionary system. They are heroes of the revolution and of the people’s heroic struggle for democracy and liberation. All units of the NPA and revolutionary mass organizations in Eastern Visayas are today called upon to give tribute to the Martyrs of Dolores.

The people must condemn the wanton overkill, arrogance, and murderous policy of the fascist Duterte regime and the AFP displayed in their airstrike against the platoon of the NPA in Dolores. The attack was their attempt to savagely suppress the struggle of the people for genuine peace and democracy, freedom and progress, against a fascist, puppet, plunderous, criminally-negligent and tyrannical rule of the Duterte regime. The martyrs of Dolores were killed while defenseless, in no position to battle, and without mercy or restraint from the fascist murderers of the AFP.

The unit of the NPA covering the front in Eastern Samar were warmly welcomed and embraced by the peasant masses. They had their sympathy and support because they fought against the armed criminal elements and drug syndicates who enjoy the protection of the local police and military. Since the dawn of the people’s army in the province, the NPA fought with the masses against the despotic landlords and land-grabbers who victimized many small peasants and land-owners. In the last harvest season, many peasant masses had their rice fields destroyed by the flood and pests. Livid, they called their crops “na-Duterte.” The NPA unit actively helped them with their work in the farmlands.

Aside from helping in production, they also rendered medical services and political work to the residents. They helped spread awareness regarding the pandemic and conducted a public health campaign among communities where medical facilities are almost non-existent and which the reactionary state has long neglected.

The local masses took the NPA as their true army. Many of the NPA members whom the AFP slaughtered with their 4,000-pound bombs and strafed with their brand new fighter jets and attack helicopters were local peasant youth who were new recruits to the people’s army. They were among the brightest of the Filipino youth who continue to join the people’s army by the numbers and aspire for revolutionary change in the midst of the grave devastation caused by the worsening economic, political, and health crisis.

The fascist regime’s intimidation and deception could not veer them away from wanting to learn and discover and to actively participate in armed revolution. Only in revolutionary struggle did they find the path towards truly solving the widespread poverty, hunger, oppression, loss of livelihood, and dark future under the plunderous, repressive and corrupt rule of the Duterte regime. Let us pay tribute to the impassioned and patriotic Filipino youth who join the people’s army in genuine service to the people. As the regime becomes more cruel and ruthless, more sons and daughters of the people, especially the youth, are urged to make a stand and fight.

All revolutionary forces in Eastern Visayas are called on to give the highest tribute to the Martyrs of Dolores. All units of the NPA and revolutionary mass organizations are called to hold cultural programs and offer songs, dances, poems and other cultural performances that celebrate the life and sacrifice of all our revolutionary martyrs. Let us raise our fists high and remember them as our heroic defenders, our guides, comrades, teachers, doctors, close friends and companions in times of tears and joy. Let us emulate their shining example of selfless sacrifice and service to the people and the revolution.

As the people face the worsening fascist attacks of the terrorist regime, let the Martyrs of Dolores, along with all of our revolutionary martyrs, serve as inspiration in carrying forward the just war for which they have offered their lives. Let us honor their memory by determinedly waging revolutionary struggle to end the fascist tyranny of the Duterte regime. In due time, the echoes of the people’s resistance shall ring louder than any bomb or weapon of the enemy; the earth they have scorched shall be engulfed in the flames of the revolution.#


CPP/NDF-ARMAS-Bicol: Salute to Comrade Kyla! A noble martyr of the Filipino revolution!

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 30, 2021): Salute to Comrade Kyla! A noble martyr of the Filipino revolution!


AUGUST 30, 2021

Read in: Pilipino

We, members of the Artista at Manunulat ng Sambayanan-Bikol, raise our fists in salute of Kerima Lorena Tariman (Comrade Kyla). Red salute to Ka Kyla!

As an artist of the people, Ka Kyla had not just contributed her talents in the arts in the area she worked in Camarines Sur, but also, the discipline and creativity in all types of revolutionary work she undertook.

She had expressed her love for the arts through her love for the masses that she had loyally served. In every home they would stay in, she warmly shared political propaganda and Party education, her experiences and her comrades’ stories. Before they would embark on another journey, the masses could not help but be touched by the songs they would leave behind to show their gratitude and a promise of meeting once more someday. Ka Kyla had taught us how important this is to the arousal, organization and mobilization of the masses. How to integrate cultural work to the daily lives of a Red fighter and how it shall serve the interests of the people.

With her death, each one of us feel wrath against the fascist military who ended her life and a hundred thousand others. What else can we expect from the mercenaries who follow any of all the criminal regimes? It is their sworn duty to kill the likes of Ka Kyla – those who dared to stand up for what is just and fought for the interests of the oppressed.

But there is nothing for us to worry. Though they have buried her body to the ground, the rhythm of her memories and lessons will never be erased from our hearts and minds. These will remain alive for all the Red fighters, revolutionaries and contemporaries of Ka Kyla – with the harmony of every song and poem that she had imparted with all of us. Her partaking in all the sacrifices, obstacles and hardships in the many struggles we faced together shall always reamin alive. The joyful experiences that she had shared with us and the way she had strived to advance in our daily revolutionary work shall also remain flourishing in our minds.

Ka Kyla’s great contributions to the advancement of the revolution in Bikol shall remain a powerful weapon for all the revolutionaries who continue the struggle against the exploitative and oppressive ruling class. The aspirations of ending this semifeudal and semicolonial system of every revolutionary is also what the scores of the Filipino masses hope for. Every comrade who sacrificed their lives will be assured that what they began will never go in vain.


Kalinaw News: BIFF Nears its End as Surrender of Former Violent Extremists Continue in Maguindanao

Posted to Kalinaw News (Aug 31, 2021): BIFF Nears its End as Surrender of Former Violent Extremists Continue in Maguindanao

CAMP SIONGCO, Awang, DOS, Maguindanao – An elite force Commander of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) – Karialan Faction and eleven (11) of his followers yielded anew to the Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) at Headquarters of 1st Mechanized Brigade in Barangay Kamasi, Ampatuan, Maguindanao on the morning of August 30, 2021.

The voluntary surrender of the twelve (12) former violent extremists coming from the BIFF-Karialan Faction was presented by Colonel Pedro Balisi, Commander of the 1st Mechanized Brigade, and Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Banaag, Commander of 6th Infantry (Redskin) Battalion along with the Local Government Unit of Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao led by Hon. Datu Sajid Andre Ampatuan and Barangay Officials of Shariff Saydona Mustapha.

Lt. Col. Banaag disclosed that the former extremists brought along with them ten (10) assorted high-powered firearms, ammunition, and explosives which includes: one (1) M16 A1 Caliber 5.56mm, one (1) M79 Grenade Launcher, one (1) M14 Rifle-Caliber 7.6mm, one (1) M14 Rifle-Caliber 7.6mm, one (1) Caliber .50 Sniper Rifle, one (1) Caliber .30 Sniper Rifle with Scope, two (2) Caliber .30 Sniper Rifles, two (2) RPG Launchers, two (2) components of IED Jet Matic Pump with two (2) Blasting Caps, and various ammunition.

“The continued surrender of the BIFF leaders and members is just a manifestation that their ranks are weakening. The sustained military operations against them resulted in the decline of their membership and to the near destruction of their group”, Col. Balisi said. Moreover, he said, “JTF Central and the peace-loving people of Maguindanao will soon be able to achieve victory in winning the peace that we are fighting for when the extremist groups are totally wiped out.”

Major General Juvymax R Uy, Commander of the 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division and the Joint Task Force Central was elated with the decision of these former extremists. “We are grateful that you have denounced the BIFF and have finally cut your support with them. You also surrendered equipment used to destroy lives and properties. Rest assured that this kind of act will never be put to waste”, Maj. Gen Uy said.

He also commended the concerted efforts of the 1st Mechanized Brigade troops together with other security forces of the government and the local officials of Shariff Saydona Mustapha in facilitating the surrender of the former extremists. “Your exemplary performance of duty have contributed a lot in ensuring the safety of the people and putting an end to violent extremism in order to attain lasting peace and development in our area of operations”, Maj. Gen. Uy said.

The former extremists are now undergoing custodial debriefing, documentation, and processing of the benefits they will receive under the AGILA-HAVEN Program of Maguindanao Province to help them have a sustainable income and to start peaceful life with their families in the mainstream society.

The recent surrender is the 6th group who yielded to government security forces in Maguindanao only for the month of August. It can be recalled that 13 former violent extremists surrendered in President Quirino last August 6, 2021, and another 10 surrendered in Shariff Aguak on August 13. It was again followed by the surrender of 4 former violent extremists in Datu Hoffer Ampatuan town on August 18, another 10 from Datu Saudi Ampatuan on August 24, and 6 former violent extremists surrender in Datu Salibo town on August 25.

The series of surrenders can be attributed to the relentless manhunt of JTF Central Forces for several months against the remnants of BIFF and Daulah Islamiya extremists who are on the run after a number of armed clashes with security forces. This effort is also being complemented by the Province of Maguindanao through its AGILA-HAVEN Program, urging violent extremists to return to the folds of the law and embrace a peaceful and sustainable life ahead.

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Kalinaw News: 115 individuals in the Muslim Community benefited from the Philippine Army’s feeding program, Aurora Reservists, stakeholders

Posted to Kalinaw News (Aug 31, 2021): 115 individuals in the Muslim Community benefited from the Philippine Army’s feeding program, Aurora Reservists, stakeholders

BALER, Aurora-Some 115 individuals in the Muslim community have benefited from a joint community pantry spearheaded by the Philippine Army’s 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion; Aurora Ready Reserve Infantry Battalion (ARRIBn) and stakeholders at the Muslim’s mosque of Barangay Buenavista, Dipaculao, Aurora on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

Lt. Col. Reandrew P. Rubio, commander of 91st IB said that the army troopers participated in the Community Pantry initiated by the 307th Community Defense Center (CDC), 3rd Regional Community Defense Groups (3rd RCDG), Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM) headed by its Battalion Commander of ARRIBn Major Edward Pineda.

“The community pantry, spearheaded by Major Pineda offering free health and social services for our Muslims community will continue to do the same even at the grassroots level,” Rubio said.

Services rendered during the activity were feeding program with 28 beneficiaries, gift-giving with 42 beneficiaries, community pantry with 30 beneficiaries, and blood pressure consultation with 15 beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, Major Pineda said that the community pantry aims to bring the government services not only to the Muslim’s community but also to the people of Aurora and even in the far-flung Barangays of the province.

Pineda thanked their partners for helping bring government services to Muslim communities.

“I am very thankful to our sponsors and donors who made this activity came into reality, the welfare of the people is our priority. This activity may seem to be ordinary things for those who have much in life, but these mean a lot for the less fortunate ones. This is our commitment, we share what we have,” Pineda said.

“Let us work together and support each other in order to achieve genuine and long-lasting peace that we have dreamed of for so long,” he said.

Khalid Abdulla, Imam and President of the Muslim Community in the town of Dipaculao said that he is very thankful for the generosity of the Philippine Army for taking steps to support the Muslim community.

While the government is battling for covid-19, Abdulla said there are Samaritans who really helps people like them with the grace of Allah-the God of Mercy, the God of love.

Also witnessed the activity were Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT) National Service Training Program (NSTP) Director Lorna Barbasa, Barangay Buenavista Chairman Ferdinand Lapitan, representatives from the office of Mayor Danilo Tolentino and personnel of Dipaculao Police Station led by Police Captain Edwardo S. Mendoza.

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Kalinaw News: 455 children in Maubog Integrated School, Pantukan Davao de Oro benefited from Educational Outreach Program

Posted to Kalinaw News (Aug 31, 2021): 455 children in Maubog Integrated School, Pantukan Davao de Oro benefited from Educational Outreach Program

Pantukan, Davao de Oro – “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and the world better than you found it.“ – Marian Wright Edelman

455 children in Maubog Integrated School, Pantukan Davao de Oro were benefited from Educational Outreach Program of Kiwanis International held in Sitio Maubog, Brgy Tibagon, Pantukan Davao de Oro on 28th of August 2021.

The effort was made possible through the avid support of Kiwanis International in partnership with 48th Infantry (GUARDIAN) Battalion, 7th Infantry (KAUGNAY) Division, Philippine Army led by Lt. Col. Enrique G Rafael, that facilitated the conduct of early kick-off program “Brigada Eskwela”.

Recipients are Pupils from Maubog Integrated School and Parasan Elementary School / Maubog Integrated School Extension at Sitio Sapang Lubog, Brgy Tibagon, Pantukan Davao De oro.

Through the unrelenting support and effort of our generous stakeholders from various partners & friends of Kiwanis, the Brigada Eskwela program was able to provide school supplies to the children like Sen Bong Go notebooks and ballpens; toys, sandwiches, and bananas for the children; face masks and face shields; thermal scanner; alcohol and paints, paintbrush & nails for the school restoration in preparation for the school opening.

Through this initiative, the importance of the community is recognized in making schools the best place for learners to acquire the values and competencies needed to contribute to nation-building.

Melissa Quirol, OIC of Parasan Integrated School said she never had in mind that the 48IB will respond to the request letter conveyed to the Battalion. She added that she was surprised by the supplies they received more than they expected.

“A heartfelt thanks to Kiwanis Club International for the in-kind donations extended to our school in Maubog Integrated School and Parasan Integrated school Maubog IS extension for Oplan Balik Eskwela Program under Oplan Brigada Activity, with the initiative and coordination of the 48IB, the said event was successful. On behalf of the Department of Education, Division of Davao de Oro, Pantukan North District, we thank you so much.” The Principal of the School, Maubig Integrated School, Maria Teresa Chavez said.

On the other hand, Lt. Col. Rafael said, “we are reaching out to the people to assist as part of our mandate to serve and protect the people particularly those vulnerable sectors of our society and living in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas. With the help of the different stakeholders to especially to the Kiwanis International, the Philippine Army as a whole will continue to extend government programs and stakeholders’ support to help the community.”

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Kalinaw News: Collaboration with stakeholders in private sector strengthened through forum

Posted to Kalinaw News (Aug 30, 2021): Collaboration with stakeholders in private sector strengthened through forum

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental – In collaboration with the Misamis Oriental Police Provincial Office (MisOr-PPO), the 58th “Dimalulupig” Infantry Battalion facilitated the Security Management Forum at Headquarters 58IB, Sitio Migbanday, Poblacion, Claveria, Misamis Oriental, August 28, 2021.

Lt. Col Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB, spearheaded the forum together with Police Lt. Col. Adolfo C Mercado, Chief PIU of MisOr PPO, and Maj. Hermilando T. Corvera Jr, Executive Officer of 58IB. Various security managers/officers from the corporate sector in Eastern Misamis Oriental attended the forum, which focused on Critical Investment, Infrastructure, and Protection Security Operations (CIIPSO).

Among the participating security officers and representatives are from different companies in Eastern MisOr such as Del Monte Philippines Incorporated, Philippine Sinter Corporation, Gardenia Bakeries Philippines Incorporated, Coca Cola Beverages Philippines Misamis Oriental Plant, San Miguel Corporation SL Harbor, San Miguel Brewery, Axelum Incorporated, Wilmar Edible Oil Philippines Incorporated, Minergy Power Corporation, STEAG State Power Inc., Jejors Construction Corporation, Ulticon Builders Inc., Cagalawan Enterprises, Equi-Parco Construction Company, Venray Construction Corporation, and Mindanao Vallum Security Services Corporation.

During the forum, 58IB discussed the current threat situation thereby affecting the critical installations and projects all around Eastern Misamis Oriental. Following that, questions and concerns were addressed by the panelists, and an exchange of ideas transpired to intensify the campaign against NPA’s extortion activities and atrocities against heavy equipment and machinery by these huge firms, as the NPA continues to pester and threaten them. After the forum, the participants agreed to create an organization called SOFEMO Security Organization for Eastern Misamis Oriental. Induction of officers followed upon its creation. The 58IB and PPO-MISOR commanders serve as the advisers of SOFEMO.

Lt. Col. Ricky L. Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB expressed gratitude to the members of the Security Organization for their support and cooperation. “With your participation and, above all, your cooperation, you have made this activity possible. Furthermore, you agreed and decided to form this SOFEMO group, which will tremendously benefit us all because it will intensify our efforts to secure and protect vital installations for future development. This isn’t just for our benefit. It goes above and beyond. We are here to work together for the greater good, which is why you are here in the first place. This entire discussion, as well as the formation of your security organization, is just the start. We were able to freely discuss your issues and concerns, and we did our best to address them. You can rest confident that the Army is doing all possible to prevent the NPA’s atrocities and other violent activities. What we ask from you is your fervent cooperation in not succumbing to their extortion tactics or engaging in negotiations with them. I’m looking forward to working with you to build a stronger, more fruitful partnership.”

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