Sunday, March 28, 2021

AMLC orders freeze of UCCP Haran bank deposits, assets

From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 28, 2021): AMLC orders freeze of UCCP Haran bank deposits, assets (By Gigie Arcilla)

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The Anti-Money Laundering Council issued a freeze order on the bank deposits and assets of a religious group’s center allegedly used to finance or support terrorism.

In a Resolution No. TF-36 dated March 12, 2021, the AMLC order covers the three bank accounts of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines' (UCCP) Haran Center with the Philippine National Bank amounting to more or less PHP600,000, and a real property under the name of Brokenshire Integrated Health Ministries, Inc.

The freeze order stemmed from the AMLC’s investigation that the assets are used to finance terrorism in violation of Republic Act 10168 otherwise known as The Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act.

The UCCP Haran Center located on Fr. Selga Street, Madapo Hills, Bankerohan, Davao City, Davao del Sur, has become a sanctuary for beleaguered indigenous peoples (IP) in Mindanao.

Reports, however, showed these IPs, because of their ignorance and being unlearned, are exploited, enticed to join anti-government protest actions, brain-washed to hate the government, and soon to become members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA).

According to government security officials, in the guise of formal education, the IPs, including minors, are indoctrinated with a series of communist ideologies, principles, and beliefs into being “Red warriors” by Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) members posing as teachers in the so-called learning institution.

“At first, they are being used as a force multiplier in the conduct of series of protest actions against the government, then to join ‘exposure’ during the CPP/NPA anniversary celebrations, and to join the ‘tour of duty’ wherein they were taught how to use firearms and explosives as their defensive and offensive tools to defend their ancestral lands,” a press statement on Saturday read.

It added that these IPs are exposed to armed activities, forced labor, involuntary servitude, and are used in armed conflict and other exploitative purposes.

In mid-September of 2020, some four members of an IP group from Davao del Norte pressed charges before the City Prosecutor's Office against NPA leaders and administrators and board of directors of the UCCP Haran Center.

At least 48 personalities connected with the UCCP Haran Center were charged with child abuse, forced labor, trafficking in person, and violation of humanitarian law, said lawyer Marlon Bosantog, Legal Affairs Director of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

The four IP complainants, who are members of the Ata-Manobo tribe and were minors "during the time of the commission of the crimes", accused Haran officials of "harboring communist terrorist group (CTG)" and forcing them against their will.


The Regional Peace and Order Council of Region 11 (RPOC-11) on January 15, 2020, approved a resolution seeking the immediate closure of the UCCP Haran Center.

Davao del Norte Gov. Edwin Jubahib said the IPs inside the facility are being exploited by the communist rebel movement for "various terroristic activities."

Davao Oriental Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang, RPOC-11 chairperson, accused the center of violating the Indigenous People’s Rights Act, as well as of committing child abuse and serious illegal detention offenses while engaging in human trafficking.


The UCCP Haran Center reportedly became popular after a Salugpungan school, a CPP/NPA-ran learning center, particularly in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, was closed in 2018 on public demand.


It was also allegedly implicated in the case of kidnapping with serious illegal detention, trafficking in persons, and child abuse after the successful rescue operation of 19 IP minors inside the University of San Carlos Campus, Retreat House, Talamban, Cebu City on February 15, 2021.

One of the witnesses of the case claimed most of the rescued minors are from Talaingod, Davao del Norte who were initially housed at the UCCP Haran Center, Davao City.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

PCOO premieres anti-terrorism docu ‘CTG’

From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 28, 2021): PCOO premieres anti-terrorism docu ‘CTG’

The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) premiered Sunday an in-depth documentary focusing on the gains and challenges of our government in eradicating the New People’s Army (NPA) and their acts of terrorism against the Filipino people.

"Aside from the intensive campaign against illegal drugs, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has also strongly pushed for ending the communist armed conflict nationwide," PCOO Secretary Martin M. Andanar said.

Andanar said the 52 years of existence of the communist terrorist group has been a major contributor to the disruption of peace and security in the whole country.

"As time goes by, the communist armed struggle has had extremely negative effects not only in the economy but also in attaining peace and security for our country," he said.

He added that for decades, the Filipino people have experienced brutal abuses, fraud, and bloody violence that have hampered our collective development as a nation.

The full-length documentary explains the organizational structure of the movement as told by former rebels who are now working with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Viewers will also learn about the tragic stories of the victims of atrocities committed by the communist terrorist groups (CTGs).

The late Ka Ruben Guevarra, former Central Committee member and Military Commission of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), said he had to leave his loved ones and go to the mountains to serve the terrorist group.

Meanwhile, according to Lola Agnes, a former rebel who was the first female commander of the NPA in the Bicol region, she once embraced the ideology of the terrorist group. Later on, she realized she was deceived. She recalled that they recruit by taking advantage of the poor people.

One of those who lost faith in the movement was Louie. He shared that the sacrifices he made while he was still a member of the NPA were all for naught.

Now, the former rebels only hope for one thing – that no one gets to be deceived by the NPA anymore.

The “CTG” documentary shows a group of former rebels in Bukidnon, trained to recruit back the people they once deceived and help them return to the folds of the government.

It also follows the untold stories of our modern heroes – the valiant members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who are at the forefront of our battle against the terrorist group.

Meanwhile, National Security Adviser and National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Vice-Chair, Secretary Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., said the over five decades of government intervention to dismantle the Communist Party of the Philippines - NPA - National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) has resulted in 113,000 casualties. There were 100,000 deaths recorded related to the CPP-NPA-NDF's terror attacks on civilians and uniformed personnel.

"Ang number one political security threat ay ang Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army - National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) dahil gusto nilang pataubin, patalsikin ang gobyerno, upang sila ang mamuno sa Pilipinas at ginagawa nila ito ng 52 years na (The number one political security threat is the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army - National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), because they want to topple the government, so they can take over the leadership in the Philippines and they have been doing this for 52 years)," Esperon said.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines

The “CTG: An Anti-terrorism Documentary" was aired at 9:30 pm on PTV-4 and IBC-13. It was also live-streamed on the Presidential Communications Operations Office and other government-affiliated social media pages.

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AFP ready to deploy more Covid-19 vaccines

From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 28, 2021): AFP ready to deploy more Covid-19 vaccines (By Priam Nepomuceno)

Photo courtesy of PAF

With additional 1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine set to arrive on Monday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has expressed its readiness to help in the deployment of the vaccines even in far flung areas of the country.

"We will support in areas where we can, depending on our own operational deployments. We will also be providing sea, air, and land mobility/transportation assets for use in the deployment of PNP (Philippine National Police) personnel and vaccinators, as well as in the transportation of vaccines," AFP spokesperson Marine Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said in a statement on Sunday.

He said the AFP medical personnel also continue to provide key assistance in vaccine deployment.

"We continue to help provide medical health front-liners in the vaccine deployment. Specifically, these are vaccinators that include nurses and trained medical aid men to augment the teams from LGUs (local government units) and DOH (Department of Health)," he added.

Arevalo said the AFP and the police under the supervision of the LGUs, will continue to man the checkpoints.

The AFP reported that a total of 31,519 personnel have been inoculated with Covid-19 vaccines as of March 25.

The figure includes 30,530 personnel who were vaccinated with Sinovac jabs and 989 personnel who were inoculated with AstraZeneca vaccines.

The AFP has also delivered 60,300 Sinovac vials and 1,520 doses of AstraZeneca jabs to 47 military treatment facilities.

President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to witness on Monday the arrival of around 1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine purchased by the Philippine government from Chinese drugmaker Sinovac Biotech.

On Feb. 28, Duterte welcomed the arrival of 600,000 doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccine donated by Chinese government. China donated additional 400,000 on March 24.

Around 100,000 of the first batch of 600,000 doses of CoronaVac vaccine were donated by Chinese military to the AFP.

Apart from Sinovac vaccines, the Philippines has so far received 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines through the Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility for the country’s health front-liners.

NDF/Sison: Anti-Communist Campaign of State Terrorism Necessitates Intensified Resistance by the People

Posted to the National Democratic Front Philippines (NDFP or NDF) Website (Mar 28, 2021): Anti-Communist Campaign of State Terrorism Necessitates Intensified Resistance by the People (By Prof. Jose Maria Sison)

Dear Comrades and Friends,

As author of the book Upsurge of People’s Resistance in the Philippines and the World, I wish to welcome all who are participating in this book launch and thank the renowned personages who have agreed to review the book.

Having expressed myself so much in the book, I have been asked by the organizers of this book launch to talk at some length about the New People’s Army (NPA) by way of celebrating its 52nd founding anniversary tomorrow. Thus, I have decided to discuss Duterte’s vow to destroy the NPA and consider why he will certainly fail to realize his objective. His anti-communist campaign of state terrorism cannot destroy the NPA but necessitates the intensified resistance by the people and the NPA.

Duterte’s Peace Pretense and War Obsession

Even before becoming president, Duterte tried in vain to hoodwink the Filipino nation and even the revolutionary movement that he wanted to be the first “Left” and “socialist” president and that he would bring about peace by negotiating with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in order to form a coalition government.

But from the beginning of his rule, Duterte was already hellbent on conducting an all-out war policy against the revolutionary movement and the people under the guise of letting the reactionary armed forces continue his predecessor’s Oplan Bayanihan.

The NDFP noticed that Duterte had no intention of fulfilling his promise to amnesty and release all political prisoners even as he tried in vain to prejudice the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations by appointing certain progressive individuals as “representatives” of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). The CPP rebuffed Duterte’s shallow ploy but nonetheless he appointed said individuals on the basis of their own personal merits of integrity and competence.

The NDFP had an accurate evaluation of Duterte as a puppet of US and Chinese business interests and as an agent of plunderers like the Marcoses and Arroyos but continued to respond positively to the calls of a broad range of peace advocates and was ever ready to engage in peace negotiations with the Duterte regime if only to let it unfold publicly what really is its position on the question of a just peace within the framework of The Hague Joint Declaration of the the GRP-NDFP.

Even while the four rounds of peace negotiations were going on, the reactionary armed forces and police of Duterte were attacking the forces of the NPA and at the same time Duterte was frequently complaining to the press against the NPA’s acts of self-defense and misrepresenting these as offensive acts. But he never properly presented his complaints to the Joint Monitoring Committee under the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) like the NDFP was doing.

As early as September 2016, patriotic and democratic mass organizations were already complaining that the Duterte regime was acting contrary to Duterte’s promises of making certain basic social and economic reforms and the amnesty and release of all political prisoners. The CPP issued on December 26, 2016 a statement criticizing Duterte’s unfulfilled promises and his manifest adherence to the US-dictated neoliberal economic policy and all-out war policy.

In January 2017, Duterte launched his own strategic plan of anti-communist military suppression which he called Oplan Kapayapaan and from month to month he took an increasingly belligerent attitude towards the revolutionary movement until he issued Proclamation No. 360 to terminate the peace negotiations on November 23 , 2017 and then Proclamation No. 374 to designate the CPP and the NPA as “terrorist” organizations om December 5, 2017.

All the while the Duterte regime was acting according to US orders to trick and attack the revolutionary forces in exchange for US military assistance under Operation Pacific Eagle-Philippines beyond US congressional oversight related to human rights. Duterte himself took this as beneficial to his own scheme of fascist dictatorship to carry out a policy of state terrorism against the CPP, NPA and the entire revolutionary movement.

It became obvious that Duterte never had any serious and sincere intention to negotiate a just peace with the NDFP. Since then, Duterte had been announcing that he could destroy the CPP and the NPA from year to year, trying to appear strong and brave but trying to obscure the fact that he was in fact failing to destroy the NPA. Just like his reactionary predecessors from Marcos onward, Duterte is already a proven failure after trying in vain for five years to destroy the armed revolution by sheer military force.

The Certain Failure of Duterte’s War Objective

As his regime enters the last year of his presidential term, the tyrant Duterte boasts of being confident of being able to destroy the CPP and the NPA, especially after railroading the law of state terrorism and further concentrating resources on the military and police. But he cannot destroy the armed revolution. Instead, he is unwittingly favoring the growth in strength and advance of the armed revolutionary movement because of his brutal campaign to preserve the ruling system and aggravate such basic problems of the people as foreign monopoly capitalism, domestic feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism.

In a semicolonial and semifeudal country like the Philippines, the worsening conditions of chronic crisis and extreme exploitation and oppression of the toiling masses of workers and peasants are favorable for the growth in strength of the CPP, NPA and other revolutionary forces in the people’s war. The bankruptcy of the neoliberal economic policy and the rapidly worsening crisis of overproduction and depression in the world capitalist system, especially since 2008, has squeezed the Philippine economy.

During his presidency, Duterte has aggravated the chronic crisis of the ruling system and the exploitation and oppression of the people. He has been subservient to foreign monopoly capitalism by keeping the Philippines underdeveloped and impoverished by its dependency on the export of raw materials, semimanufactures and laboring men and women ; and on very onerous foreign loans to cover the ever widening trade and budgetary deficits.

He has no idea of developing the Philippine economy beyond “pork barrel” economics, using increased domestic taxation and foreign borrowing to engage in infrastructure-building projects. Worst of all, corruption has wrought havoc on the Philippine economy with the graft-laden infrastructure projects, military overspending and runaway imports of food and basic commodities and luxury manufactures.

From time to time Duterte has pretended to be forging an independent foreign policy. But he has merely succeeded in proving himself a traitor and a puppet of two imperialist masters. He assures the US of retaining its dominant position in the Philippines. And he has conceded to China the sovereign and maritime rights of the Filipino people over the West Philippine Sea and has given to China the license to plunder the natural resources in the various islands of the Philippines in exchange for a promised loan of USD 24 billion at extremely onerous terms.

He is tyrannical and genocidal. He has framed up his political opponents in order to imprison or kill them. He has ordered the abduction and murder of NDFP consultants who are supposed to be under the protection of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees. He has openly ordered the mass murder of so many people to tout himself as a strong man and to intimidate the broad masses of the people. His armed minions have murdered more than 33,000 poor people who are arbitrarily listed as drug suspects and now he has extended the policy and method of Tokhang mass murder to those who are tagged as “communists” and “terrorists”.

He pretends to be against the illegal drug trade. But in fact he has made himself the supreme drug lord. Thus, the smuggling and trading of illegal drugs have escalated in collaboration with Chinese criminal syndicates. He pretends to be against corruption. But he has allowed his own family and his military and bureaucrat cronies to plunder the public treasury and economy; and has absolved his plundering predecessors and allies, especially the Marcoses and the Arroyos, of their crimes.

Since early last year, he has allowed the Covid-19 pandemic to spread in the Philippines, by welcoming more than 500,000 Chinese casino gamblers and tourists to enter the country from January to March last year. And he has used the pandemic as an opportunity to rob the people of promised funds for mass testing, medical care and economic assistance and to incur further massive foreign loans and raise the total public debt to an even more unsustainable level.

The Duterte regime is justly detested by the people. And yet, Duterte wants to perpetuate his rule by pushing charter change or by rigging the 2022 presidential elections to elect his hand-picked successor. The opposition has to pay attention to the fact that Duterte can easily rig the vote count as he did in 2019. Duterte conjures the false illusion of being popular by using public money to generate propaganda idolizing him and demonizing the opposition, the critics, social activists, human rights defenders and the various mass organizations and institutions.

Military overspending and corruption to carry out state terrorism and promote fascism in the name of the anti-communist campaign of military suppression has long backfired since the very start. The broad masses of the people are aware that Duterte and his favorite generals have pocketed huge amounts of public money by overfunding fake localized peace talks, fake surrenders, fake E-CLIP rewards, fake triad operations, fake community support and fake development projects.

Conditions Are Favorable for Armed Revolution

The rapidly worsening crisis conditions in the Philippines have come to the point that the broad masses of the people are outraged and are crying out for justice, freedom, ouster of the regime and system change against tyranny and treason, the widespread loss of jobs, homes and land, mass poverty and hunger, inflation of the prices of basic commodities, corruption at every level of officialdom and the brutality of the reactionary military and police.

Under the current circumstances, the CPP, NPA and other revolutionary forces of the people are thriving and developing fast as they did during the Marcos fascist dictatorship. The longer Duterte stays in power, the more the ruling system weakens and the more the revolutionary movement gains strength and scores greater victories. The broad masses of the people desire revolutionary change against US imperialist domination and the local exploiting classes of big compradors, landlords and bureaucrat capitalists.

The CPP is gaining prestige and strength in leading the armed revolution being carried out by the NPA and the masses. It upholds Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, as the correct theoretical guide to action, pursues the general political line of new democratic revolution with a socialist perspective and directs the strategic line of waging protracted people’s war by encircling the cities from the countryside to accumulate strength until conditions ripen for the strategic offensive to knockout the counterrevolutionary state power in the cities.

In sharp contrast to the Duterte program of treason, tyranny, state terrorism, mass murder, plunder and mass intimidation and deception, the CPP, the NPA and the entire revolutionary movement of the Filipino people are fighting for full national independence and people’s democracy, social justice, economic development through genuine land reform and national industrialization, a patriotic, scientific and mass culture and anti-imperialist solidarity and peace among all peoples of the world.

NDF/Malenko: Review of Upsurge of People’s Resistance in the Philippines and the World

Posted to the National Democratic Front Philippines (NDFP or NDF) Website (Mar 28, 2021): Review of Upsurge of People’s Resistance in the Philippines and the World

By Irina Malenko
March 28, 2021

Dear Ka Joma, dear Ka Julie, dear comrades,

Thank you so much for your invitation and for this great honour, to review Prof. Sison’s new (and likely most voluminous) book, “Upsurge of People’s Resistance in the Philippines and the World”. It contains all his works completed under the conditions of COVID-19 lockdown. While so many people around the world are suffering from depression caused by such harsh conditions, Prof. Sison has shown us a great example how we, as communists, should avail of this time as of opportunity for working even harder towards our socialist goals. His fighting spirit, his commitment, perseverance and dedication are a true inspiration for all of us during these challenging times.

In fact, few of articles and statements included into this book were already familiar to me, because I had the honour to translate them into Russian language in 2020 and to introduce them to the Russian-reading audiences in Eastern Europe where these works were met with great interest of our comrades who are fighting for the restoration of socialism. They were so impressed with these works and their validity for our mutual international struggle that our comrades in Russia and the Ukraine have asked Professor Sison to become Editor Emeritus of our international theoretical Marxist magazine, “Marxism i Sovremennost” (“Marxism In Modern Times”). Here I can mention such works as “Imperialism in Food and Agriculture and the Emergence of Deadly Pathogens”, “Lenin at 150: Lenin Lives” and several others.

But most of this book’s contents were indeed new for me. The publication of this book is undoubtedly a great event of deep significance for the world’s Marxist Leninist Maoist parties and activists, for all the progressive anti-imperialist forces. This significance and importance has several various aspects.

In the first place, this book provides excellent analysis of the current situation in the world, of the continuous and deepening capitalist crisis, of deepening and sharpening of all the capitalist contradictions and of the possibilities that this situation creates for our struggle for social justice, true democracy, for workers and peoples rights and for our mutual socialist future.

There is an expression in English that is claimed to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times”. You all probably know this ironic expression.

We live indeed “in interesting times” – times of the extremes, of seemingly sheer madness and of what sometimes seems as absurd events. It is important not to become feeling overwhelmed by them, but to subject this environment to a meticulous and calm Marxist analysis. And this is exactly what Prof. Sison is doing in this book. He correctly identifies our time as the period “of the transition to a new era of unprecedented anti-imperialist resistance by the peoples of the world and the resurgence of the world proletarian revolution”. And his analysis and conclusions allow us to see these “interesting times” not just as dark, reactionary times of great upheavals, trials and tribulations, but also as times of great opportunities for enhancing and widening of our struggle and for its ultimate success.

Those of us who have lived through the tragedy of destruction of socialist achievements and of a temporarily triumph of capitalist resurrection in the late 1980s-1990s are in fact, very happy and upbeat to realize that we are now definitely in transition to a great resurgence of anti-imperialist struggles and the world proletarian revolution! Finally! I remember that in my teens, although USSR where I lived, was formally still socialist, many things didn’t feel right. I was too young and my knowledge of Marxism was too limited at that time, to realize that we were living in a declining society ruined by years of opportunists in power. But I instinctively felt this, and my biggest dream was to fight for the socialist future of the mankind. Now I’m in my 50s, and this time has surely come!

While reading the book, I couldn’t help but marking for myself which articles and other works I’d like to translate into Russian language as soon as possible, so that as many of our Russian reading comrades as possible will also realize all the opportunities but also the great responsibility that the demands of this time are providing us with and are putting upon our shoulders. For instance, I’d like to translate “In Transition to the Resurgence of the World Proletarian Revolution”, “An Update on the International Situation” , “On the International Situation, Covid-19 Pandemic and the People’s Response” and several other works.

Prof. Sison excellently exposes the failings and the crimes of capitalism in its dealings with COVID pandemic. As he rightly pointed out, “As a result of the pandemic, the vile character and failings of the world capitalist system are exposed “. We are witnessing these failings every day, and unfortunately many of us, our friends and our loved ones have become victims of these crimes. In my family and friends circle, 3 people have passed away as a result of failings of the capitalist medical system. While in Soviet Union there was a special dedicated system of specialized infection diseases’ hospitals that coped with such situations brilliantly, in capitalist Russia this system was virtually abolished as many beds there were vacant while there were no infection outbreaks, and capitalist government declared it to be “inefficient”. Now the Russian people are paying the deadly price for this “capitalist efficiency”. And the same situation we also see in other countries – just to give you an example, in Curacao where some of my relatives reside, for 160.000 inhabitants there are just 17 intensive care beds with ventilators! As Prof. Sison rightly points out, “Repressive measures are easily adopted but the requirements for medical testing and treatment and providing cash and other forms of economic relief for those deprived of livelihood are grossly lacking.”. The ruling classes are demonstrating astonishing depths of greed and corruption throughout this pandemic. In fact, using Prof. Sison’s words, they are “enjoying the Protraction of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Duterte made it indubitably clear that he could not reopen the economy soon to pre-COVID-19 levels because the supposed gains he had made against the pandemic would be quickly wasted. He admitted the continuing rise of infections but not his own culpability for spreading the pandemic, lack of plan, incompetence, and obsession with using the pandemic to grab more power and more public funds and in the process deprive the people of medical testing, treatment and economic assistance. He has taken advantage of the pandemic to grab emergency power, enact the law of state terrorism, curtail press freedom and rechannel hundreds of billions of pesos of public funds to private accounts”. This is exactly the same what we are witnessing in other capitalist countries, including the main imperialist ones.

Of course, also of great importance are Prof. Sison’s works on Marxist theory, his scientific development of Marxist theory under the current conditions of our time and the educational value of his works and his participation in webinars for the young communists around the world. Here I’d like to mention such works as “A Comment on Dialectical Materialism, Idealism and Mechanical Materialism”, “General View of Lenin’s Theory on Modern Imperialism as Indispensable Integral Part of his Revolutionary Legacy”, “Some Questions on Dialectical Materialism”, On Dialectical Materialism”, “On Historical Materialism”, “On Scientific Socialism”, “On the Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State- Q&A in the Engels Series”? “Discussion on Anti-Dühring by Friedrich Engels”, Discussion on Political Economy: Part III of Anti-Dühring By Friedrich Engels”, “On Socialism: Part III of Anti-Dühring by Friedrich Engels”, “Socialism: Utopian and Scientific”.

In particular I’d like to mention Prof. Sison’s analysis of comrade Mao’s works, such as “On Practice and On Contradiction In First Episode of Mao Series” and “On the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution”. The reason is that in Eastern Europe, in Russia in particular, there is still a lot of prejudges towards Maoism and comrade’s Mao theoretical legacy, stemming from Khrushchev’s times and, frankly, almost complete lack of knowledge of Mao’s works. Many our communists are still suffering from this, and I hope that Prof. Sison’s works will encourage them to read comrade Mao’s books and to properly study his legacy in order to make a proper, informed judgement on Maoist revolutionary theory.

As for the educational input, I think it is very important that prof. Sison finds time and opportunity to give lectures to young comrades on such topics as “On the Land Problem, Peasant Class and Agrarian Revolution in Special Course on the Peasant Movement” and “Special Mass Course on the Youth Movement”.

Finally, this book allows comrades in various countries to gain deeper knowledge and insight into the heroic struggle of the Filipino people and of the current conditions they are facing. We can rarely if at all find such information in the mainstream capitalist media in our respective countries! Here I’d like to mention such works as “On the Current Character of the Philippine Economy”, On the Current Character of Philippine Society”, “The Anti-Terrorism Act in the Philippines in Relation to The CPP and The Revolutionary Movement”, “Semifeudalism in the Philippines – The semifeudal mode of production in the Philippines in the light of international and national developments in the past three decades”, “Cultural Imperialism in the Philippines”, The Filipino People Must Rely on Themselves In the Struggle for National and Social Liberation” and others. Getting to know more about this struggle helps us to deeper appreciate the role of our Filipino comrades as those who have persevered throughout the darkest days and who continue to persevere as a true torch bearer of struggle for socialism. Having witnessed collapse of some armed struggle movements caused by its leadership’s opportunism (Ireland as an example), we can all learn so much from our Filipino comrades, from their staunch perseverance.

Reading this excellent and very timely book brought up in my mind not just many memories, but also many parallels between the conditions of the current crisis and the ways of the struggle of our respective comrades in various countries, as well as between the treacherous nature and repulsive repressive actions of the imperialist forces and the comprador bourgeoisie around the globe. For instance, reading about Duterte’s continuous roaming between the US and China reminded me instantly of the ruling clique in the Russian Federation: just this week, Russian FM Lavrov during his visit to China was complaining to his Chinese counterpart that the relations between RF and Western European countries “became virtually non-existent” because the latter “have ripped them into smithereens” and assuring him that the relations between RF and China are a top priority for the Russian diplomats. Western countries are continuously imposing new sanctions on RF, as you all probably know. Yet, just after Lavrov’s return to Moscow Russian space agency launched… 36 (!) British communication satellites into space (it might well include their use for military purposes and thus unfriendly to PRC). Moreover, this year Russian space agency is planning 8-10 more such launches of British satellites, while Britain continues its harshest anti Russian and anti Chinese policies!

The last part of the book contains Messages and Letters. Two of them caught my special attention, “In Honor of Ka Fidel Agcaoili: A Great Filipino Patriot and Communist Fighter” and “Highest Respects to Comrade Nina Alexandrovna Andreeva and Profound Condolences to Her Family and the Bolshevik Party”, – because I knew both these comrades personally and I fully share Ka Joma’s deep feelings and thoughts about them… You know, I have a habit: when any of my comrades pass away, I can never delete their email addresses or phone numbers… And every time when I use my mail or my phone and come across their names there, it makes me feel that they are still with us and gives me a boost of energy to continue this work for our mutual cause.

I could say a lot more about the broad scope of subjects and issues raised by the respected author of this book, but my time is, of course, limited. All I can add here, is that the list of Prof. Sison’s works on my planned translations’ list is constantly growing! Perhaps, Ka Joma and Ka Julie, you could help me to make a good selection for the Russian edition of your most important works? That would be really great.

I would like to finish my review with the words from this book that became ingrained in my memory after reading it: “Oppressors tell people to bow their heads. Now they are raising their fists!” This is precisely what we are witnessing today, all around the planet!

Capitalism leaves us with no choice, but to raise our fists!

Thank you for your attention.

CPP/NPA-Sorsogon: Intel operative ng 31st IB, patay sa operasyon ng NPA

Posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Mar 28, 2021): Intel operative ng 31st IB, patay sa operasyon ng NPA


MARCH 28, 2021

Napatay sa operasyong partisano ng NPA ngayong araw si Raymundo Fombuena alyas Kaday sa Barangay San Antonio, Barcelona, Sorsogon. Isa siyang lokal na maton at elemento ng CAFGU na aktibo sa mga operasyong paniktik ng 31st IB laban sa rebolusyonaryong kilusan.

Mula pa noong 2018, naging masugid si Kaday sa pagmomonitor sa kilos at presensya ng NPA sa mga baryo ng Barcelona at pag-uulat sa kanyang mga handler sa detatsment ng 31st IB sa Barangay Casay, Casiguran, Sorsogon. Pinakahuli sa kanyang mga operasyon ang humantong sa sagupaan ng NPA at reaksyunaryong militar sa Barangay Togawe, Gubat, Sorsogon noong Disyembre 9, 2020.

Isa siya sa mga pangunahing pinakilos ng 31st IB sa pananakot, panggigipit at sapilitang “pagpapasurender” sa mga sibilyan sa magkaratig na Barangay San Antonio at Barangay Sta. Lourdes ng Barcelona. Kabilang din siya sa death squad na pumaslang kay Barangay Kagawad Bernabe Estiller ng Sta. Lourdes noong Nobyembre 8, 2019.

Bilang operatiba sa paniktik ng AFP, si Kaday ay lehitimong target ng aksyong militar ng NPA. Ang kanyang pagkamatay ay pagbibigay hustisya din sa kanyang mga naging biktima.

CPP/Central Committee: Frustrate the vicious counterrevolutionary war of the US-Duterte fascist regime! Strive to carry forward the people’s war!

Posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Mar 28, 2021): Frustrate the vicious counterrevolutionary war of the US-Duterte fascist regime! Strive to carry forward the people’s war!


MARCH 28, 2021

I. Global capitalist system remains in recession

II. State terrorism intensifies as Duterte schemes to perpetuate fascist reign beyond 2022

III. The NPA perseveres amid all-out counterrevolutionary suppression

IV. Strive to carry out the fighting tasks of the NPA

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The Central Committee firmly salutes all Red fighters and commanders of the New People’s Army (NPA) on the occasion of its 52nd anniversary. On this day, we give our profound recognition to the resolute and vigorous efforts, achievements and sacrifices being made by the NPA in defending the people and waging people’s war in the face of the vicious and dirty counterrevolutionary war of the US-Duterte fascist regime.

We pay the highest tribute to all the Red fighters and Party cadres who gave their lives while serving the people and their revolutionary cause. Their names are forever etched as heroes and martyrs in the annals of the Filipino people’s epic struggle for national and social liberation.

On this day, it is fitting that together with the entire NPA, the Party pays special tribute to Antonio Cabanatan (Ka Manlimbasog), former member of the Central Committee, the Political Bureau and Executive Committee who, together with his wife, Florenda Yap (Ka Osang), was abducted last year, secretly detained and tortured for months before being brutally killed by Duterte’s cowardly murderers.

Ka Manlimbasog, who retired in 2017 from active revolutionary duties, was among the courageous pathfinders who led in the expansion of the people’s army in the Visayas and Mindanao. He made immense contributions to the growth and strengthening of the revolutionary movement.

The Party also salutes Rosalino Canlubas (Ka Yuni) NPA regional commander of Cagayan Valley and deputy secretary of the regional Party committee who died in an encounter last March 15 in Isabela. Ka Yuni was among the young cadres elected to the Second Central Committee for his brilliant contributions in waging armed struggle in Southern and Western Mindanao.

Let us make use of this occasion to take stock of our strength by pointing out both our achievements and shortcomings over the past year. Let us aim to further develop our strengths and overcome our weaknesses in order to more effectively wage people’s war by extensively and intensively carrying out guerrilla warfare on an ever widening and deepening mass base. We must also study the enemy’s strength and weaknesses in order to devise the plan, strategy and tactics to frustrate his relentless and brutal war against the people.

The people’s war being waged by the NPA, under the absolute leadership of the CPP, is part of the 500-year continuum of armed resistance by the Filipino people against foreign aggressors and oppressors, with the first victory at the Battle of Mactan in April 27, 1521 where Datu Lapu-Lapu defeated the horde of Spanish conquistadores led by Ferdinand Magellan. For five centuries, under 300 years of Spanish colonial rule and more than a century of US colonial and semicolonial oppression, the Filipino people have arduously waged revolutionary armed resistance to attain genuine national freedom.

The ever worsening socioeconomic conditions of the Filipino people remain ever favorable for waging extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare. By its corruption, anti-people policies and fascist suppression, the US-Duterte regime has aggravated the crisis of the ruling semicolonial and semifeudal system and has imposed more hardships and oppression on the broad masses of the Filipino people.

The past year has brought untold suffering on the broad masses of workers, peasants, semiproletariat and the petty bourgeoisie as a result of the bungled response to the Covid-19 pandemic. By relying primarily on police and military restrictions, instead of the necessary public health measures, the reactionary regime has collapsed the economy and the people’s livelihood while failing to control the continuing spread of infections.

Instead of addressing the pandemic by providing enough resources for public health response, the US-Duterte regime chose to purchase more bombs and artillery for its all-out military offensive in the vain hope of crushing the New People’s Army before the end of its official term of office. In seeking to defeat the NPA, the Duterte ruling clique aims to paralyze all forms of resistance by democratic and progressive forces to pave the way for extending its dynasty of corruption, fascism and national treachery beyond 2022.

The relentless enemy operations target the peasant masses and inflict gross abuses against them. They aim to disunite the people and crush their resistance by placing their villages under military garrison rule, with the vain objective of isolating the people’s army and forcing it into a purely military situation where it is vulnerable to large-scale attacks.

At the same time, the enemy seeks to destroy the legal democratic mass movement in the urban areas, as well as the conservative opposition.

The revolutionary armed struggle continues to persevere in the face of the enemy’s brutal counterrevolutionary war. Units of the NPA are striving hard to overcome the difficulties and hardships arising from the enemy’s vicious offensives. They are determined to strengthen their links with the peasant masses, defend and help them wage resistance and advance their antifeudal and antifascist struggles. By overcoming its weaknesses and surmounting difficulties, the NPA is determined to frustrate the enemy’s all-out offensives and grow in strength.

Global capitalist system remains in recession

The global capitalist system was engulfed in a worldwide recession last year with ill-prepared and ill-equipped governments failing to manage the Covid-19 pandemic with decrepit health systems debilitated by years of neoliberal budget cuts. Most governments resorted to imposing lockdowns and restrictions on production, trade and movements of people. These measures collapsed entire economies, shuttered small businesses and big companies, further concentrated capital in the hands of a few monopoly capitalists.

As many as 33 million lost their jobs permanently and another 81 million temporarily. Foreign direct investments fell by 42% from $1.5 trillion in 2019 to $859 billion last year, and are expected to further decline by 5-10% this year. Across the world, economies were virtually kept afloat only by massive amounts of foreign borrowing which piled $24 trillion more to the global mountain of $281 trillion foreign debt, to more than 355% of global gross domestic product (GDP).

Big pharmaceutical companies started to roll out Covid-19 vaccines last December. Touted as a humanitarian cause, the production, sale and distribution of the vaccines, however, further expose capitalist rapacity for profit and the self-serving interests of the imperialists. The distribution of vaccines have been lopsided in favor of the big capitalist countries. As of early March, close to 380 million vaccinations have been served, with more than half (55%) concentrated in the United States, China, the European Union and the United Kingdom, while the rest shared by 125 other countries.

Except for the anticipated billions of dollars in profits that are set to be pocketed by big pharmaceutical companies (the biggest of which received public money for the development and production of vaccines), prospects are still uncertain for the timely acquisition and roll out of the vaccines. It remains to be seen when enough supply of vaccines will be available for all countries, and whether the vaccines will effectively curb the spread of the virus and the different variants that are emerging. More than two months after the roll-outs, several countries have returned to lockdown measures in the face of spikes in the number of new cases.

The 2020 global recession has aggravated the long-running economic stagnation since 2008 that has afflicted the major centers of capitalism weighed down by problems of capitalist overproduction and falling rates of profits. Despite the economic collapse and production shutdown, productive capacity remained high resulting in continuing supply gluts in major commodities, particularly steel, grains, crude oil and petroleum products, especially after disruptions in international trade and sharp market decline.

Production and unsold inventories of steel in China hit historic high levels last year. To prevent a fall in the prices of crude oil, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the OPEC agreed last month to extend production cuts. But there is a glut in petroleum products refined in China which has pushed down rates of profits and forced the closure or downsizing of a number of refineries in Singapore, Australia and elsewhere.

After years of oversupply, there is a temporary shortfall in the supply of semiconductors in the face of the sudden rise in demand for personal computers, tablets, smartphones, cameras and other electronic gadgets for communications, work-at-home arrangements, distance learning and home entertainment brought about by pandemic measures. Eighty percent of global chip production is concentrated in South Korea and Taiwan.

There is now a race between US and Chinese monopoly capitalists to pour billions of dollars of investment in the production of electronic chips. In particular, under the recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act, the Biden government is also pushing for state support and investment to promote domestic semiconductor production in the hope of grabbing the biggest share of rising demand. This is combined with state investments in military research and production. Similarly, China recently declared semiconductor research and production as one of its 5-year plan priorities together with artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, space research and other frontier technologies.

The advanced capitalist countries are injecting trillions of dollars worth of stimulus packages to accelerate the revival of their domestic economies, but are running the risk of economic overheating and generating a debt bubble that could burst in the coming years. Pushing US debt beyond twice the size of its economy, the Biden government recently approved a US$1.9-trillion economic stimulus package that will distribute cash to almost every American to promote consumption and provide subsidies for domestic production. Other major capitalist countries are planning to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to stimulate their own economies, including Japan ($710 billion), Germany (US$250 billion), the United Kingdom ($210 billion) and France (US$120.5 billion). China aims to achieve a 6% economic expansion by financing the operations of state-owned corporations.

Majority of the undeveloped economies will suffer the prolonged effects of the global economic recession. The increase of 124 million in the number of people living in extreme poverty (less than US$2 per day) in 2020 is unprecedented, and is anticipated to further rise by 150 million in 2021. Social inequality has sharply worsened as workers and peasants suffer the worst effects of the economic lockdowns. Desperate measures to revive economies of cash-strapped backward countries will force them to borrow more money and carry out further liberalization of their economies and depress workers’ wages as they compete to draw in foreign capital and investments.

There are early indicators that the new US government under Biden is set on charting a path of military aggressiveness amid intensifying interimperialist rivalries. Biden declared that he will more vigorously secure US economic and political interests especially in the face of growing challenges of imperialist rival China. It recently conducted military exercises using two carrier strike groups in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait directly challenging China’s claims over these international waters. It revived efforts to build the Quadrilateral Security Dialog between the US, Japan, India and Australia in the hope of getting American military forces and weapons forward-deployed in these countries and putting more economic, military and political pressure on China.

In the Middle East, just around a month into office, Biden ordered a missile attack in Syria, violating its sovereign territory, against what it claims was arms transport from Iran. While it extended the New Start agreement with Russia, which sets limits to strategic offensive arms, the US has yet to announce a rollback of development and production of nuclear arms and intermediate-range missiles promoted under the Trump government. Contrary to earlier promises, he has yet to reinstate the nuclear deal with Iran nor lift sanctions against the country despite Iran’s expressed willingness to comply with previous agreements.

China is more aggressively asserting its control of Hong Kong and Taiwan and continues to maintain armed presence in the South China Sea to fend off US maritime challenges. Border conflicts have erupted with India and are threatening to intensify. Russia recently opened a naval base in Sudan to maintain armed presence in the Red Sea, in conjunction with its air base in Syria and naval base in Yemen, to maintain the capacity to control strategic transit routes in the Middle East and a gateway to Africa.

In the face of rising temperatures of interimperialist rivalries, military spending by rival powers continue to rise despite the severe world economic crisis. Last year, global military spending rose by 3.9% to US$1.83 trillion, two-thirds of which is accounted for by the US and China. Exports of major weapons remain close to highest levels since the past 30 years, with the US share increasing to 37%.

The worsening socioeconomic conditions and attacks on civil rights engender people’s resistance across the world amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Strikes continue to erupt in the US and Europe as transportation, factory, fast-food and retail workers demand pay raise and safe working conditions. Since February, sustained mass protests have been mounted by hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar against the military coup. Widespread peasant protests in India against neoliberal reforms are also continuing. Mass protest actions are also being mounted in Brazil, Greece, Thailand, Russia and other countries raising people’s demands amid the pandemic and rising police and military repression.

Amid the global crisis of capitalism, openly fascist regimes are rising in an increasing number of countries. Brazen attacks against democratic rights are being carried out. The gross socioeconomic conditions and state repression are creating conditions making armed resistance necessary and urgent. Extreme exploitation under the neoliberal policy of unbridled greed, the rigors of state terrorism and fascism and the wars of aggression are generating all forms of people’s resistance on a global scale. The anti-imperialist and democratic mass struggles and the armed revolutionary movements are preparing the ground for the resurgence of the world proletarian revolution.

State terrorism intensifies as Duterte schemes to perpetuate fascist reign beyond 2022

With around 450 days left before its official term of office expires, the Duterte regime is becoming increasingly desperate and brutal as it seeks to crush all roadblocks to its scheme to impose a fascist dictatorship on the people and perpetuate its political dynasty in power. Its corruption, wanton spending for the military and police and all-out neoliberal policies have bankrupted the reactionary state, buried the country deep in mountains of debt, aggravated the crisis and exposed the rotten core of the ruling semicolonial and semifeudal system.

Over the past year, the Duterte regime refused to mobilize state resources to put into place necessary public health measures such as mass testing and rapid contact tracing to manage the pandemic. It refused to ramp up the capacity of the public health system that has been debilitated by years of budget cuts. Instead, it took advantage of the health crisis to impose anti-democratic restrictions, railroad the Anti-Terror Law and further license the police and military to engage in mass murder with impunity.

Bureaucratic corruption worsened as Duterte claimed extraordinary powers to divert public money to the private accounts of his family and cronies and to military overspending. Even the purchase of vaccines was impeded by negotiations involving rival bureaucrats seeking bribes and kickbacks. The Philippines was adjudged by scientists as among the countries with the worst response to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, Filipinos remain vulnerable to Covid-19 infections. The country is now amid a new surge in the number of infections primarily because necessary public measures remain absent even after factories, malls, and other economic enterprises were opened, and even as new variants of the virus have emerged.

The worst aspects of the semicolonial and semifeudal system are aggravated by the failed response to the Covid-19 pandemic. By relying on lockdowns to manage the spread of the pandemic, the Duterte regime caused the collapse of the Philippine economy leading to a severe crisis. The country’s GDP fell by as much as 9.5% in 2020. But while tens of thousands of small and medium-sized business owners went bankrupt and shuttered, big bourgeois compradors quickly recouped their initial losses and made billions in pesos in profits, enjoying tax breaks and other incentives.

Refusing to realign public funds for corruption and military overspending, the Duterte regime resorted to large amounts of foreign borrowing supposedly to fund pandemic response. In 2020, the government borrowed ₱2.1 trillion in new loans pushing the total public debt to ₱9.8 trillion by end of the year. Continuous borrowing has pushed this further to ₱10.33 trillion. The public debt has become far more unsustainable than ever before.

The broad masses of the Filipino people bore the brunt of the lockdowns and repressive measures. The socioeconomic conditions of workers, peasants, the semiproletariat and lower petty bourgeoisie deteriorated sharply. Last January, as much as 10.5 million Filipino workers lost their jobs, pushing unemployment and underemployment rates to historic highs. They suffered wage cuts, loss of income, rising prices, more onerous taxes and other oppressive measures amid the severe economic crisis.

Pro-liberalization and rabid Duterte minions are pushing to accelerate further liberalization of the economy by amending the 1987 constitution to allow full foreign ownership of the country’s economic and natural resources and business enterprises, and to possibly serve as Trojan Horse to push for removing term limits. They seek to finish off all elements of national capital and make the economy the exclusive domain of foreign monopoly capitalism and its big comprador partners.

Last February, the reactionary congress also railroaded the Create Law to reduce corporate taxes from 30% to 25% in favor of foreign firms and big bourgeois comprador partners. This is expected to result in a shortfall of ₱251 billion in tax collections which will ultimately be shouldered by workers and low-income earners either in the form of new taxes or new burdensome foreign debt.

The Create Law is being touted as the key to drawing in new foreign investments, falsely described as the engine for economic growth, even at a time that the world capitalist system is on a global decline. Last year, new foreign investment applications in the country dropped by 71% from from ₱370.11 billion to ₱112.12 billion. In fact, foreign investments, mostly in export-oriented enterprises, do not contribute to strengthening the country’s economic foundations, and merely take advantage of cheap labor and access to natural resources.

Because of the Duterte regime’s corruption, militarism and dependence on foreign loans, the country is bound to suffer a more severe economic crisis and continuing ill-effects of the pandemic in the coming years. Oppressive lockdowns and widespread joblessness are causing grave hardships on the masses, stoking widespread anger, rousing them to fight back and inciting more and more people to join the armed resistance to fight and seek the ouster of the US-Duterte regime.

Duterte is securing continued US support to his fascist regime under the new Biden government. He offered to rescind the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) “termination” or to forge some other agreement that will allow the US military unlimited access to the country in exchange for bigger military support. He declared willingness to allow the US to stockpile weapons in the country and make it serve as a strategic outpost in the region. Signifying US support, the US Pentagon promised to increase military aid and sales of helicopters and other military hardware to the satisfaction of the Philippine military.

While extending military aid to the Duterte regime, the US imperialists are exerting increasing pressure on the Philippine government to drive back growing Chinese political influence, economic interests and military intervention. While the regime continues to kowtow to Chinese dictates, pro-US officials are more openly pushing back against China, as shown by the cancellation of the Sangley Point airport project and open protest to the Chinese law authorizing its Coast Guard to fire at non-Chinese vessels.

But they have yet to successfully push back against the seven artificial islands built by China as military bases in the West Philippine Sea and against the ongoing erection of cellphone towers by the China-led Dito Telecom within AFP military camps, despite a number of pro-US officials having expressed opposition. China is mounting military and diplomatic counterpressure by building up its military forces in the South China Sea with the docking of more than 220 naval militia vessels in the Juan Felipe Reef, well within the Philippine exclusive economic zone.

The severity of the crisis of the ruling system has resulted in the shrinking of the economic and political resources for mutual accommodation of the different factions of the ruling classes. As in the past, the ruling Duterte clique seeks to perpetuate itself in power in order to continue accumulating wealth and power through bureaucrat capitalist operations. The crisis is heightening the drive to monopolize political power and combines with the authoritarianism of the tyrant Duterte.

Duterte’s scheme to impose fascist dictatorship on the people and perpetuate his political dynasty and ruling clique in power involves charter change or outright declaration of martial law or a “revolutionary government” (a grab of absolute power). It also has an option to hold and rig the 2022 presidential elections to have Duterte’s daughter or political minion elected. The TIM partner of Smartmatic has reportedly been acquired by his dummy, Dennis Uy, and it enables to rig the vote count in the elections in 2022 as he did in the 2019 elections.

A critical part of Duterte’s scheme to rule as a fascist dictator or perpetuate his dynastic rule is to crack down on the legal democratic forces and heighten its armed counterrevolutionary drive. These aim to paralyze the national democratic forces and thus weaken the broad range of democratic forces arrayed against his tyrannical regime. These also aim to consolidate his control of the military and police by giving them extra powers.

Duterte’s war of suppression has become ever more brutal and deadly. It is being directed by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), Duterte’s civil-military junta, which now is practically in control of the entire state bureaucracy and armed machinery. Emboldened by the Anti-Terror Law and Duterte’s “kill all” instigation, police and military forces are mounting a continuous crackdown characterized by coordinated raids, mass arrests and massacres. Over the past months, the AFP and PNP raided homes and offices of mass leaders and activists of legal non-communist organizations in Panay, Southern Tagalog, Bicol and Northeast Mindanao, following similar raids in Negros and the National Capital Region dubbed as Synchronized Enhanced Managing of Police Operations (SEMPO). Victims have invariably been red-tagged by the NTF-ELCAC. As Duterte’s schemes to perpetuate himself and his dynasty in power become ever clear in the coming months, these attacks will likely be carried out in more regions, more frequently and more viciously.

For close to four years now, the US-Duterte regime has waged an increasingly cruel counterrevolutionary war with the aim of suppressing the peasant masses and defeating the NPA. It has adopted the dirtiest and most brutal tactics of suppression against the peasant masses under the AFP and PNP’s joint Oplan Katatagan. Entire villages and communities have been placed under military garrison and hamlet-style control. Peasants are subjected to extrajudicial killings, illegal searches and arrests, interrogations, food and economic blockades, forcible recruitment, curfews, retaliation and collective punishment after NPA tactical offensives, and relentless intimidation and psywar campaigns (“community support programs”, forcible “mass surrenders”, E-CLIP, BDP) in the vain hope of cutting the links between the NPA and its peasant mass base.

The Duterte regime continues to step up its drive to expand the AFP machinery and acquire new military weapons as it wages ceaseless nationwide offensives against the NPA. Despite budgetary constraints and urgent need to fund public health programs and stimulate economic production, the Duterte regime squandered billions of pesos for additional helicopters, drones, fighter planes, missiles, bombs, artillery and combat weaponry. It allotted more than ₱19 billion for the NTF-ELCAC to serve as its pork barrel fund.

The enemy has mounted large-scale military offensives one after another since 2018. These “focused military operations,” involving both combat and psywar operations, typically cover several towns, scores of villages in intertown or interprovincial border areas, mobilizing several hundred ground troops composited from two or several AFP battalions and PNP combat troops. These are backed by drone surveillance and the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of aerial bombardment and strafing, and light and heavy artillery shelling, in utter disregard of the safety of civilians residing in nearby communities. This is combined with a relentless campaign of psywar and suppression against the peasant masses and minority communities with the aim of overwhelming and terrorizing the people.

In a desperate attempt to achieve its declared aim of crushing the NPA before the end of Duterte’s term, the AFP is mounting an all-out nationwide offensive mobilizing close to 150 battalions of AFP and PNP combat forces, with more than 80% concentrated in eight priority regions, with 14 to 20 battalions each. Since last year, the AFP has aimed to recruit at least 9,000 more paramilitary forces to add to the 70,000-strong CAFGU.

The enemy’s counterrevolutionary war and all-out offensives, however, are bound to fail as the New People’s Army perseveres along the path of people’s war, expands and consolidates its mass base and strengthens itself militarily and politically. The brutality of the enemy’s war further exposes the rottenness of the semicolonial and semifeudal system and rouses the masses’ deep hatred of the fascists and the ruling system.

The NPA perseveres amid all-out counterrevolutionary suppression

In the face of the US-supported counterrevolutionary war and large-scale military offensives being mounted by the AFP and PNP, the New People’s Army continues to persevere along the path of protracted people’s war enjoying deep and wide support of the peasant masses and the Filipino people. It has frustrated the US-Duterte regime’s annually declared plan to “defeat the NPA.” It is determined to foil the regime’s plan to end the armed revolution before its term ends and carry forward the people’s democratic revolution to overthrow the class rule of US imperialism, the big bourgeois compradors and big landlords.

When it was founded on March 29, 1969, the NPA had only 60 fighters with nine automatic rifles and 26 inferior firearms and had a mass base of 80,000 around the second district of Tarlac province. By integrating armed struggle, agrarian revolution and mass base building, the NPA has developed to a nationwide army with several thousand young Red fighters drawn from the ranks of oppressed and exploited masses. They are armed with high-powered rifles seized from the enemy, as well as with self-manufactured explosives and indigenous weapons. With a mass base running to millions, the NPA operates in more than 110 guerrilla fronts and aims to build more.

The Party established and strengthens the NPA to perform the central revolutionary task of seizing political power by smashing the reactionary state and building the people’s democratic government. To develop the NPA from a small and weak force, to a big and strong army, the Party has adapted the strategic line of protracted people’s war to encircle the cities from the countryside. It has adopted and implemented the principle of centralized leadership and decentralized operations as means of waging revolutionary war in the Philippine archipelago. The protracted people’s war will develop through three stages: strategic defensive, strategic stalemate and strategic offensive. The strategic defensive stage will likely cover the longest period where the NPA needs to accumulate armed strength by waging extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare on an ever widening and deepening mass base.

In waging protracted people’s war, the NPA integrates the three components of armed struggle, agrarian revolution and mass base building. In armed struggle, the NPA mounts tactical offensives, picking only the battles that it has certainty of winning, targeting the isolated and weak parts of the enemy armed forces. It employs the guerrilla methods of concentrating forces to strike, dispersal to deny the enemy of a focused target and shifting areas to avoid enemy encirclement. At all times, NPA units avoid enemy detection by using the physical terrain and relying on the masses.

In waging agrarian revolution, the NPA carries out the Party’s Revolutionary Guide to Land Reform. In the strategic defensive phase, the NPA arouses, organizes and mobilizes the peasant masses in mass struggles and campaigns for rent reduction, lowering interest rates on loans, increasing wages of agricultural and farm workers, raising farm gate prices, lowering rentals on farm equipment, setting up cooperatives and mutual help groups to increase production and income from sideline occupation. Over the years, land abandoned or donated by landlords have been occupied and managed by peasant associations with the help and guidance of the NPA and the local branches and higher committees of the Party.

In building the revolutionary mass base, the Party and NPA organizes local Party branches, the revolutionary mass organizations of peasants, youth, women and children, cultural workers, and village militia units of the NPA. On the basis of the organized strength of the masses, village mass assemblies or conferences are held to elect barrio revolutionary committees which are tasked to administer local policies encompassing land reform and production, health policies, education, military affairs, peace and order, and so on. These committees form the kernel of the people’s democratic government that will be fully established upon nationwide seizure of political power.

The protracted people’s war has developed from the early substage of the strategic defensive to its middle phase since the mid-1980s. However, there were grave setbacks and losses in the late 1980s to the early 1990s arising from errors of military adventurism and premature regularization or building vertical forces without the proportional horizontal forces. Overconcentration of forces for military work weakened efforts at mass base building which undermined the political support foundations for the people’s army and made it vulnerable to enemy attacks and losses in the battlefield. Revisionists and traitors sought to systematically abandon the strategic line of people’s war by muddling the Party’s analysis of Philippine society, classes and the mode of production with the aim of leading the revolutionary forces to the road of defeat.

The CPP Central Committee launched the Second Great Rectification Movement in 1992 to reaffirm the basic principles of the Party, its analysis of the semicolonial and semifeudal conditions in the country and its program for a people’s democratic revolution by waging protracted people’s war. In particular, it repudiated and rooted out the erroneous line of insurrectionism and premature regularization and directed the New People’s Army to redeploy its forces balancing both military and political or mass work.

The 5-year plan of the Central Committee (2018-2022) seeks to complete the requirements of the middle-phase in terms of building the platoon as the basic formation, the number and spread of guerrilla fronts, the correct balance of vertical and horizontal units in the NPA’s force structure, the mainly annihilative nature of tactical offensives supplemented by widespread attritive actions, the correct integration of armed struggle, agrarian revolution and mass base building, and the resolution of various types of “Left” and Right weaknesses.

The Party aims to resolve the imbalances between military and political work which has prevented sustained growth over the past years. These include the problem of overdispersal and overreaching of NPA units on the one hand, and the problem of overconcentration and self-constriction on the other hand. In some areas, the NPA grew in strength militarily but failed to sustain the antifeudal mass movement. In other areas, NPA units were dispersed for mass work but could not sustain army building and armed struggle. Either way, gains made in the military or political fields become difficult to sustain and make the people’s army and the mass base prone to weakness and retrogression.

Leading Party committees and NPA centers of command are striving to strike the correct balance in the deployment of their forces, in the conduct of military and political work and in expansion and consolidation. At the same time, since the end of 2017, they have faced the relentless attacks and vicious counterrevolutionary suppression drive mounted by the enemy against the peasant masses and against the people’s army. Some parts of the NPA and the mass base have sustained losses in the face of relentless and extensive enemy attacks which aggravated prevailing internal weaknesses and vulnerabilities. However, the large majority of NPA commands across the country remain in a position to lead the people’s army in waging extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare on an ever widening and deepening mass base. They are developing methods and tactics to preserve their forces, defend the masses and strike at the fascist criminal and murderers.

A thousand threads bind the NPA and the peasant masses. These remain strong despite the relentless efforts of the enemy forces to cut them. The NPA and the masses have adapted methods to continue revolutionary work–organizing, education, propaganda, mass campaigns, Party building, NPA recruitment–even right under the enemy’s nose. In resisting and surmounting the enemy’s military garrisons and psywar drive, the NPA and the peasant masses draw lessons and inspiration from the experience of the Vietnamese people and revolutionary forces in fighting and overcoming the fascist hamlets.

Units of the NPA are also persevering in expansion work to widen the area of operations of guerrilla fronts and to build new guerrilla fronts. In doing so, the NPA is able to widen its area of maneuver, force the enemy to further spread its forces thin and make enemy encirclement operations more difficult and costly. Even in areas under the enemy’s priority, NPA units have successfully expanded to new territory or recovered old areas. NPA commands and Party committees continually oversee the deployment of its forces to avoid the problem of overdispersal or self-constriction.

With the broad support of the masses and mastery of terrain, the NPA continues to work hard to surmount the enemy’s focused military operations and launch tactical offensives, hitting at the isolated or detached enemy outposts. It is determined to mount even more annihilative tactical offensives (ambuscades and raids) with the main objective of seizing the enemy’s weapons complemented by attritive military actions (harassments, sniping and demolition of enemy facilities).

The perseverance of the NPA to wage revolutionary armed struggle inspires and emboldens the Filipino people to wage anti-imperialist, anti-feudal and anti-fascist mass struggles and to fight the US-Duterte fascist regime and its reign of state terror amid the severe socioeconomic crisis and worsening forms of oppression and exploitation under the semicolonial and semifeudal system

In the countryside, the peasant masses and minority communities are emboldened to wage antifeudal struggles and resist land grabbing and encroachment on ancestral domain by big landlords and big mining, ecotourism and energy companies. The poor fisherfolk are also inspired to fight for their rights and welfare against impingement by big commercial fishing as well as state-supported Chinese fishing operations within the country’s fishing grounds.

In the cities, democratic forces arrayed against the tyrannical regime continue to expand. An alliance of conservative opposition and progressive and democratic forces has been established to challenge the Duterte dynasty in the 2022 elections. At the same time, the oppressed classes and democratic sectors continue to wage mass campaigns and struggles to fight for their rights and welfare. They are demanding wage increases, safe workplaces and risk pay, urgent economic aid to compensate for the loss of income due to the lockdowns and restrictions, salary increases for health workers, teachers and government employees, budget increases for safe opening of schools, free mass testing and free mass vaccination for Covid-19, and so on. They are showing resilience and courage in fighting the all-out armed terrorist attacks by state forces. Many of them are being roused to join the NPA or seek safe haven in the NPA’s guerrilla base areas.

Strive to carry out the fighting tasks of the NPA

In the coming years, the New People’s Army must strive to carry out the critical and difficult tasks in order to advance the interests and welfare of the peasant masses and defend them against abuses and attacks by state forces, strengthen the NPA, frustrate the enemy’s vicious counterrevolutionary war and continue to carry forward the people’s war to a higher level. The situation demands great sacrifices and iron discipline, as well as determination, daring, creativity and boundless trust on the masses on the part of every Red fighter and Party cadre.

In fighting the enemy, the NPA upholds the strategic line of protracted people’s war and firmly unites and fights vigorously alongside the masses. It ensures the nationwide spread of the armed struggle, as well as the spread within each region and subregion. The Party and the NPA use the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist viewpoint and methods to solve the most pressing problems in advancing the people’s war, learn from experiences of other countries, as well as from the history of revolutionary struggle in the country.

The NPA must further deepen and strengthen its revolutionary mass base. This is the key to frustrating and overcoming the enemy’s counterrevolutionary war. The ties between the NPA and the masses must be further reinforced by more vigorously carrying forward the antifeudal mass movement as the key to arousing, organizing and mobilizing the peasant masses in the countryside. The NPA must always pay attention to the well-being of the peasant masses and give highest priority to advancing and fulfilling their antifeudal demands in line with the Party’s minimum program for land reform. The NPA and revolutionary forces in the countryside must aim to mobilize the peasant masses in their numbers to fight for their rights and welfare and to demand an end to oppressive anti-peasant policies, regulations and laws; as well as to carry out campaigns to raise agricultural production and income especially amid the grave economic crisis. Propaganda and education work must be untiringly carried out among the masses to raise their political consciousness, rouse their indignation and steel their determination to fight the enemy forces. All NPA units must link themselves to the peasants masses and perform their role as political guides, production brigades, doctors and dentists, teachers, cultural workers and other duties as the people’s army.

The NPA should always endeavor to unite the peasant masses, relying primarily on the poor and lower-middle peasants and farm workers, winning over the middle-middle peasants, neutralizing the rich peasants and enlightened landlords, taking advantage of the contradictions between the enlightened landlords and the despotic landlords to isolate and destroy the power of the feudal despots.

The NPA and the peasant masses must continue to fight tooth and nail against the enemy’s attacks and the occupation or garrisoning of villages. The NPA must untiringly and creatively conduct political work among the masses to raise their determination to resist the enemy’s all-out suppression campaign. The presence of abusive military and police troops in civilian villages who subject the masses to relentless intimidation and abuse must be denounced and opposed. Ensure that revolutionary propaganda, education, campaigns and antifeudal struggles are carried out interminably even in the presence of military forces in the villages. The fascist restrictions they impose must be overcome by adapting methods of secret communications and meetings, as well as tactics of open disobedience, resistance and struggle. The local Party branch, revolutionary mass organizations and village militias units must continue to be built and strengthened. The masses must devise different tactics of resistance to advance their socioeconomic struggles and to protest enemy armed presence and abuses in their villages. These should be combined with armed actions mounted by NPA units in coordination with village militia units. The gross abuses committed by AFP and PNP forces in the countryside must be actively exposed in the media and social media.

The New People’s Army must continue to heighten recruitment of new Red fighters from the peasant masses, as well as from workers and urban petty bourgeois intellectuals. Party branches are tasked to encourage their cadres and members, mass activists and members of militia units to join the NPA, and recommend names for enlistment in the people’s army. Together with the NPA units, they are also responsible for ensuring that families of Red fighters are well taken care of, regularly providing them with material and financial support. Members of militia units can have a three- or six-month tours of duty to help augment the local NPA front unit. Particular emphasis must be given to the Party recruitment of workers and youth intellectuals to help in ideological and political training in the NPA. Mass activists in the cities and town centers, especially those being persecuted by the fascist regime, must be encouraged to join the NPA or be placed under its protection.

The NPA must continue to strengthen itself in a comprehensive manner. Its units must regularly conduct politico-military training to raise the capability of Red fighters. It must raise their political consciousness and ideological commitment by untiringly conducting propaganda and education among their ranks. It must ensure the distribution of copies and collective discussion of Ang Bayan, statements of the Party and regional publications in all NPA units. It must aim to attain 100% literacy of all Red fighters. Their physical and mental well-being must be ensured. Every NPA unit must conduct criticism and self-criticism to overcome weaknesses and strengthen unity and cohesion. The capability of each NPA unit to arouse, organize and mobilize the masses must be raised by strengthening their ability to conduct social investigation, propaganda, education and mass campaigns. All units must regularly conduct physical exercises, target shooting, combat drills and war games to raise their military alertness and ability to act as one.

The NPA must wave-upon-wave expand its territory or area of operations, striking a balance between expansion and consolidation. On the one hand, it should never allow its units to be constrained to limited areas of operation for extended periods of time; and, on the other hand, it should not overstretch or overspread NPA units. Leading Party committees and NPA commands must regularly review the deployment of NPA forces in line with the NPA’s force structure principles and the laws of development of guerrilla warfare. Regional, subregional and front level commands and Party committees must plan out the timetable and program for NPA expansion to coordinate the different NPA units and the conduct of war. There must be a plan to link the interior areas with the plains, road networks and coastal areas. Local Party members, mass activists and village militia members must be mobilized to help in the expansion of the NPA to adjacent villages and municipalities.

The NPA must wage extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare. The NPA must mount tactical offensives that it is certain of quick victory. It must select the detached, isolated and weak military, police and paramilitary forces as targets for annihilation to seize their weapons and supplies. The NPA must aim to strike at enemy paramilitary detachments, tactical outposts and supply lines. They must also plan to hit and disable the enemy’s helicopters, drones, bomber planes and other aerial assets. Fighting units of the NPA can increase and intensify their tactical offensives and engage in battles with short rest periods. They must also deploy units or teams of Red fighters to carry out strikes against the enemy’s transport and communication lines. Militia units of the NPA must be extensively mobilized to carry out tactical offensives within their capability. Partisan units of the NPA must be deployed in cities and town centers to carry out arrest or punitive actions against fascist criminals who are responsible for the campaign of mass murder and state terrorism against the masses.

The NPA must frustrate the enemy’s focused military operations and all-out offensives, combat operations and psywar and suppression against the masses. It must do its utmost to render the enemy’s expensive surveillance equipment and superior weaponry useless by denying the enemy of targets. Units of the NPA must maintain a high level of military discipline and put into place strict measures of secrecy in temporary encampments (tracks, smoke, light and noise) and in movements to avoid enemy detection by scouts, spies, drone surveillance, electronic monitoring and use of geo-tracking devices. It must develop new secret supply routes. It must carry out counterintelligence and dismantle the enemy’s network of spies. The NPA must closely monitor and analyze the enemy’s plans and movements, and carry out guerrilla maneuvers to move away from the enemy’s focus, avoid enemy encirclement and make the enemy beat the air and waste its resources.

NPA platoons must deploy squads or teams of Red fighters to strike from the enemy’s rear or flanks to disrupt its plans and movements. Together with the NPA, local Party branches and revolutionary mass organizations must plan and devise the political and military tactics and methods for exposing, confronting, fighting and defeating the enemy’s campaign of suppression at the village and inter-village levels. Militia units and self-defense committees should be mobilized to carry out extensive military strikes and armed actions to disrupt the enemy’s offensive plans.

The Party must strengthen its leadership of the NPA at all levels. Military conferences must be organized at regular intervals to serve as venue for military cadres to share information, assess and sum-up experiences, coordinate and come up with tactics and plans of action within their areas of operation. Party branches must be organized and must function regularly within NPA companies and platoons. It is the responsibility of the Party branches to raise the political consciousness and revolutionary determination of NPA Red fighters and strengthen their unity, lead in criticism and self-criticism and remolding.

The severe political and economic crisis of the ruling system favors the advancement of the people’s war. The broad masses of the Filipino people are being roused to fight to end the grave sufferings, poverty, hunger and abuses under the tyrannical regime. The national democratic revolution becomes ever more necessary and urgent in the face of the sharpening crisis and intolerable forms of oppression and exploitation. For the Filipino people, there is no way out but to wage revolutionary struggles to overthrow their oppressors and exploiters.

End the US-Duterte fascist regime!
Strive to strengthen and expand the New People’s Army and its mass base!
Intensify guerrilla warfare and frustrate the enemy’s vicious counterrevolutionary war!
Carry forward the people’s war!
Long live the New People’s Army!
Long live the Communist Party of the Philippines!

CPP/NPA-Mindoro: Labanan ang panibagong pambobomba ng rehimeng Duterte sa mga katutubo at magsasaka sa Mansalay-Roxas, Oriental Mindoro

Posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Mar 27, 2021): Labanan ang panibagong pambobomba ng rehimeng Duterte sa mga katutubo at magsasaka sa Mansalay-Roxas, Oriental Mindoro


MARCH 27, 2021

Kondenahin at buong lakas na labanan ang panibagong serye ng pambobomba na ginagawa ng rehimeng Duterte sa pamamagitan ng 203rd Brigade sa mga katutubo at magsasaka sa Mansalay at Roxas, Oriental Mindoro. Pagsasakatuparan ito sa utos ng baliw na si Duterte na “patayin ang lahat ng mga NPA at Komunista!”

Malademonyong binomba ng pasistang rehimen at ng 203rd Brigade ang mga pamayanan at sakahan ng mga katutubo mula hapon ng Marso 25 hanggang Marso 26. Batay sa natanggap na ulat ng LdGC, mula gabi ng Marso 25 hanggang maghapon ng Marso 26, umabot sa 11 bala ng kanyong howitzer ang pinasabog ng 203rd Brigade sa mga sakahan at komunidad ng katutubo at magsasaka sa hangganan ng Mansalay at Roxas. Dahil dito, lumikas na ang libu-libong residente sa hindi bababa 15 sityo ng dalawang bayan, laluna ang mga nakatira sa Brgy. Panaytayan at San Vicente. Apektado ang tinatayang higit 15,000 populasyon ng dalawang barangay.

Ginawa ng 203rd Brigade sa pamumuno ni Col. Augusto Villareal ang pambobomba dahil sa pagkatalo ng mga ito sa labanan matapos na lusubin nila ang isang yunit ng LdGC-NPA Mindoro sa sityo Kulitob, Panaytayan, Mansalay noong ika-2 ng hapon ng Marso 25. Matagumpay na naisagawa ng isang iskwad ng yunit ng LdGC ang aktibong pagdepensa laban sa umatakeng kaaway. Napatay ang 5 at nasugatan naman ang 3 sa pasistang tropa ng 203rd Brigade habang ligtas na nakaatras nang walang pinsala ang pwersa ng NPA. Nakaiwan lamang ng ilang kagamitang militar ang yunit ng NPA sa lugar ng pinaglabanan.

Kasuklam-suklam ang pambobomba ng rehimen sa mamamayan. Tanging mga sakahan, bahay at mamamayang katutubo at magsasaka ang tinatamaan nito. Mga demonyo lamang na walang malasakit sa kapakanan ng mamamayan ang makasisikmura ng ganitong atrosidad.

Lalong nakagagalit ang ganitong makahayop na akto ng 203rd Brigade sa harap ng panibagong pagsikad ng mga kaso ng Covid-19 sa Mindoro at buong bansa dahil sa kapalpakan ng rehimeng US-Duterte. Nagwawaldas ito ng pera ng taumbayan sa mga biniling bomba at mga kagamitang pandigma upang gamitin laban sa mamamayan. Ginawa pa mandin ito sa panahong naghahanda ang mga katutubo at magsasaka ng kanilang mga sakahan at taniman para makaagdong sa kahirapang dulot ng pandemya at ng mga kontra-magsasaka’t kontra-katutubong patakaran ng rehimen.

Buong lakas nating labanan ang kabuhungang ito! Kailangang buklurin ang lakas ng mamamayan para pagbayarin nang mahal ang teroristang rehimeng Duterte.

Tinatawagan namin ang lahat ng mga Mindoreño na gawin ang buong makakaya upang tulungan ang mga katutubo at magsasakang biktima ng pambobomba ng 203rd Brigade. Nananawagan din kami sa lahat ng mga opisyal ng LGU na tumindig laban sa terorismo ng rehimen at ipagtanggol ang kanilang nasasakupang mamamayan. Igiit na igalang at ipatupad ang karapatang pantao at Internasyunal na Makataong Batas alinsunod sa kasunduang Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) sa pagitan ng GRP at NDFP.

Tinatawagan namin ang lahat ng mamamayang Mindoreño na may kapasidad na humawak ng armas na sumapi sa NPA. Walang ibang epektibong paraan upang sugpuin ang halang-ang-kaluluwang estado ng rehimeng Duterte at ang kanyang armadong pwersa kundi tapatan ng mas malakas na armadong paglaban ng sambayanang Pilipino.

Sa okasyon ng ika-52 anibersaryo ng NPA, makakaasa ang lahat na lalong pag-iibayuhin ng LdGC ang pagpapalakas sa sarili para pagbayarin nang mahal ang rehimen at ang kanyang berdugong armadong pwersa.###

CPP/NPA-Quezon: Tuloy-tuloy ang misencounter ng Army sa Quezon

Posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Mar 27, 2021): Tuloy-tuloy ang misencounter ng Army sa Quezon


MARCH 27, 2021

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Kahapon ng umaga, isa na namang misencounter ang nangyari sa mga sundalo ng 201st Infantry Brigade ng Philippine Army na nag-ooperasyon sa Sityo Pinaglaraan, Barangay Cawayan ng bayan ng Gumaca.

Iniulat ng mga nakarinig ng putukan ang inakalang labanan sa pagitan ng sundalo at NPA na nagkaroon ng ilang minutong barilan, pero maya-maya pa ay nagsigawan ang magkabilang pangkat na pare-pareho silang sundalo.

Ayon sa pahayag ni Ka Cleo del Mundo, ang ganitong kapalpakan sa focused military operations ng Armed Forces of the Philippines ay resulta ng paghahabol ng mga sundalo sa kanilang dedlayn na wakasan ang rebelyon ng CPP-NPA sa bansa, kung saan napipilitang magdeploy ng malaking bilang ng tropa sa maliit na saklaw.

“Resulta rin ito ng mapanlinlang na paraan ng AFP na magsuot ng uniporme ng NPA o kaya ay magbihis-sibilyan sa kanilang mga operasyon,” dagdag ng tagapagsalita ng NPA sa Quezon.

Noong Marso 5, pagkatapos mapalaban ang isang yunit ng AMC-NPA sa umaatakeng sundalo ng 85IBPA, naglabas ng balita ang 201st Infantry Brigade na nagkaroon ng kasunod na labanan sa Sityo Sinuutan ng Barangay Malabahay sa bayan ng Macalelon.

Mariin itong pinabulaanan ni del Mundo. Aniya, walang ibang labanan noong araw na iyon bukod sa nangyari sa Sityo Colong, Barangay San Francisco-B ng Lopez kung saan hindi bababa sa tatlong (3) sundalo ang namatay matapos silang masabugan ng bomba.

Matatandaan na noong buwan ng Pebrero, pinabulaanan din ng AMC-NPA at tinawag na fake news ang inilabas na balita ng 201st Infantry Brigade, na ayon sa NPA ay para pagtakpan ang sunud-sunod na misecounter sa hanay ng AFP.#