Monday, April 5, 2021

CPP-NPA leaders yield in Isabela

From the Manila Times (Apr 6, 2021): CPP-NPA leaders yield in Isabela (By Leander C. Domingo)

GAMU, Isabela: Leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in this province have voluntarily surrendered to the Army’s 86th and 95th Infantry Battalion (IB) of the 5th Infantry Division (5th ID) over the weekend.

Major Jekyll Julian Dulawan, 5th ID public affairs officer, said
Alias Popoy of NPA’s Squad Uno, Regional Sentro De Gravidad (RSDG), Komiteng Rehiyon-Cagayan Valley (KR-CV) was the first one to surrender to the 86th IB in Sitio Jet in Barangay San Guillermo in Isabela province.

Dulawan said Alias Popoy was recruited to the CPP-NPA in October 2020 by a certain Alias Andong.

Intelligence records show that Alias Popoy was among the CPP-NPA members and whose group had an encounter with the 86th IB in San Guillermo town in Isabela on March 15 where a certain Alias Yuni, a high ranking CPP-NPA official in Cagayan Valley, was killed.

Alias Popoy said he was able to sneak out, leaving his former comrades who threatened him if he left their organization.

“I am too tired having to hide from government authorities, experiencing starvation, moving from one place to another for food and shelter,” he said.

Alias Popoy said that while he felt bad fighting government troops, he was pressured and intimidated by his CPP-NPA cadres.

“With these, I decided to leave the terrorist movement and I was grateful that I was accepted by the government despite my affiliation with the terrorist group,” he said.

In San Mariano town, Isabela, Alias Kalahati/Rocket/Rudy also surrendered to authorities.

Alias Rudy, a leader of the Squad Dos of RSDG, KR-CV, was recruited in 2017 by a certain Alias Bang and Alias Kevin/Ron-Ron/Benjamin, a supply officer of Squad Tres of RSDG, KR-CV and who were recruited by Aliases Mandy, Rona, Zaldy and Lopez in 2016.

These NPA surrenderers said they have suffered enough since they joined the CPP-NPA movement which did not do them good and as promised by their recruiters.

Dulawan said the surrenderers are now under the custody of the authorities for their security while they are processing the benefits from the government under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program.

36 NPA rebels in Aurora yield

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Apr 5, 2021): 36 NPA rebels in Aurora yield (By: Tonette Orejas)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO –– At least 36 people presented as New People’s Army fighters in Aurora province surrendered to authorities at the Central Luzon regional headquarters in Camp Olivas here.

They yielded after a “series of negotiations” with military and police officers, according to Brig. Gen. Valeriano de Leon, regional police director, said in a statement.

He called the surrender part of the local peace engagement activities.

The rebels’ photographs released by Camp Olivas were pixelated, while their names or aliases were not mentioned in the statement.

The surrender made the 36 persons “eligible” to avail of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (e-clip) for rebel returnees.

De Leon said they would be provided with benefits such as livelihood, medical, education, housing, and legal assistance.

“Our government has several programs to retool you so that you could all become even more productive members of our society,” he said.

The military’s Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) reported the surrender of 364 rebels in four regions in the first three months of 2021.

The surrenderers in the Cordillera Autonomous Region, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon regions gave up 34 firearms, according to Nolcom chief Lt. Gen. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr.

He said the 396 rebels who surrendered in 2020 yielded 191 firearms

2 soldiers killed in ambush on Black Saturday

From the Visayan Daily Star (Apr 5, 2021): 2 soldiers killed in ambush on Black Saturday (BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN)

Army soldiers provide traditional military honors to their two fallen comrades at the Bacolod-Silay Airport, before the flag-draped coffins with their remains were returned to their families in Mindanao* Philippine Army photo

Two Army soldiers died on Black Saturday in an ambush staged by suspected New People’s Army rebels in Sitio Cambaga, Brgy. Yaoyao, Cauayan, Negros Occidental, a day after police troopers also rescued an injured communist rebel, following an encounter in Brgy. Nagbinlod, Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental.

Maj. Cenon Pancito, spokesperson of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, confirmed yesterday the death of the soldiers who belonged to the 15th Infantry Battalion and had been tasked to visit their Community Support Team unit stationed in the barangay.

The two slain soldiers were identified by the Philippine Army as Sgt. Jhoem Meguillo of Zamboanga City, and Cpl. Alaster Balboa of Midsayap, North Cotabato.

Pancito strongly condemned the ambush of the two soldiers, who, he said, were not on combat mode and in civilian attire, and travelling on board a motorcycle.

“These NPAs had just proven, once again, what cowards they are in waging a fight against the government troops,” he said. “Since they cannot face us in gunbattle, they resorted to staging an ambush even of soldiers in civilian attire, which is a clear violation of human rights and accepted rules of engagement,” he added.

While the 3ID mourns the soldiers’ death, “We vow to bring justice to these terrorists. The ultimate justice paid by our soldiers in bringing peace to Negros Island makes our resolve to hunt them down to be stronger than ever. They will pay the price,” he added.

Barangay Yaoyao in Cauayan is one of the areas in Negros where the NPA thrives, and was greatly affected by the CSP operations of the 15IB, its commander, Lt. Col. Erwin Cariño, said.

“We honor the heroism and sacrifices of our fallen comrades and we will ensure that justice will be served,” Cariño said.

A day earlier, troopers of the PNP Special Action Force and the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 7 rescued an injured NPA member, who was abandoned by his fleeing comrades, following an encounter in Sitio Hulway, Brgy. Nagbinlod, Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental.

The gunbattle, that lasted for about eight minutes, prompted the suspected NPA members to scamper to various directions and leave behind their injured comrade, as well as war materials, including a .45 caliber pistol and a 12 gauge shotgun with ammunition, two rifle grenades, a fragmentation grenade, a first aid kit, and personal belongings.

The injured NPA member, whose identity had not been established as of this time, was immediately treated, before he was brought to a medical facility in Negros Oriental.

It was also not established if the injured NPA member was among those who figured in an encounter on March 29 with SAF and RMFB 7 troopers in the same area where two suspected communist rebels died.

Ten communist rebels also died in an encounter with Army soldiers in Brgy. Trinidad, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental on March 23.*

PNP leads indignation rally vs CPP-NPA-NDF

From the Philippine Information Agency (Apr 5, 2021): PNP leads indignation rally vs CPP-NPA-NDF (By Edna A. Bagadiong) 

VIRAC, Catanduanes (PIA)- The Philippine National Police (PNP) Catanduanes Police Provincial Office (CATPPO) spearheaded the simultaneous Indignation Rally against the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) on March 29, 2021 at Virac Town Plaza.

The activity aims to denounce the activities of the NPA and Communism and instill awareness to the community of the motives and intensions of this group.

A motorcade was held prior to the brief program where participants carried placards and tarpaulins denouncing the deception and continuing recruitment of minors and indigenous peoples by the CPP, NPA, and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF). A candle lighting was also done.

In his message, PMaj Antonio I. Perez of Virac Municipal Station expressed his gladness that the public are already awakened against the lies and deceptions of the terrorist groups. He also urge the public to continue supporting the government to ensure the nation’s peace and security.

Present during the event were elements of PNP-CATPPO, Virac Municipal Police Station, Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo (KKDAT) officers and members from to towns of Bato, San Andres, San Miguel and Virac, BJMP and BFP Virac, Philippine Army and Municipal Mayor Sinforoso M. Sarmiento, Jr. (PIA5/Catanduanes)

Cops hunt 2 men linked to Holy Thursday blast in Cotabato City

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 5, 2021): Cops hunt 2 men linked to Holy Thursday blast in Cotabato City (By Edwin Fernandez)

POST BLAST SCENARIO. Police officers conduct a post-blast investigation at the blast site in Barangay Bagua Mother, Cotabato City on April 1, 2021, that killed one and injured two others. City police officials said they are currently zeroing in on two “persons of interest” believed to be behind the attack. (Photo courtesy of Ferdinandh Cabrera)

COTABATO CITY – Police here are hunting down two “persons of interest” believed to be behind the Holy Thursday explosion near an old police outpost that killed one passerby and hurt two others.

“We are pursuing a lead, in due time they will be behind bars,” said Maj. Rene Dale Gabuat Cairel, city police station 4 commander, in a radio interview Monday.

He refused to identify the two individuals to preempt ongoing police operation.

Cairel said the blast, which happened at around 6 pm. along Jose Lim Sr. Extension Road, fatally hit Hasmad Kader with a shrapnel, and wounded two passersby.

Hasmad died on Saturday while undergoing treatment at the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center.

Two other victims, Marguilama Kalim and her son, Yusuph Talusan Kalim were on board a motorcycle near the old outpost of the police station 4 in the area when one of the three planted improvised explosive devices went off.

Army and police bomb disposal experts also found and successfully deactivated two more IEDs fashioned from 81mm mortars with a mobile phone as a trigger mechanism near the blast site.

Cairel said a review by police investigators on closed-circuit television camera footage from establishments near the blast site showed the presence of the two suspicious individuals in the area before the blast.

Zambo Sibugay dad killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 5, 2021): Zambo Sibugay dad killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen (By Teofilo Garcia, Jr.)

Google map of Mabuhay town, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Motorcycle-riding assailants killed a councilor in the Mabahuay town of Zamboanga Sibugay and wounded his driver in a drive-by shooting Monday afternoon, police said.

Brig. Gen. Ronaldo Genaro Ylagan, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) director, said he ordered an investigation into the killing of Mabuhay Councilor Alvarez Dammang, 45, who succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds.

Ylagan said the councilor's driver, Alamsa Sabturani, was in critical condition as of this posting.

Investigation showed that Dammang and Sabturani were aboard a motorcycle heading to the town of Talusan when shot by one of two men aboard another motorcycle around 1:10 p.m. Monday in Barangay Poblacion, Mabuhay.

Ylagan said the suspects, armed with an M-16 Armalite rifle, sped towards Barangay Mahayay, Talusan.

The incident occurred over a month after a gunman shot to death Mabuhay Vice Mayor Restituto Calogne.

Two others--Edgar Pampanga, the municipal engineer, and Hadji Abduhari Gapor, a former town councilor--were injured in the attack on February 26 in front of the Mabuhay municipal hall.

Bayan's comments on BDP funds not important: Sara

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 5, 2021): Bayan's comments on BDP funds not important: Sara (By Che Palicte)

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (Davao City Information Office File photo)

Mayor Sara Z. Duterte dismissed Monday the claim of leftist Bagong Alyansang Makabayan–Southern Mindanao Region (Bayan-SMR) that the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) budget was a "waste of people’s money" amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

“I refuse to answer that. Their comments are not important,”
Mayor Sara said in an interview over Davao City City Disaster Radio.

In a statement on March 31, Bayan-SMR said Davao City is set to receive the largest chunk of the NTF-ELCAC's allocation of PHP1.6 billion under the agency's Barangay Development Program (BDP).

The group questioned where the budget would be spent.

During BDP's virtual launching here in February, the city government proposed that a huge chunk of this city's PHP1.6 billion allocation would go to road concreting projects in rural areas.

Under the BDP, an initiative under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC), around PHP1 billion would go to road projects in the barangays, while the rest of the budget would fund basic infrastructures such as water system and health centers.

The local government's 82 barangays will get a share of PHP20 million each to fund the identified projects.

At least PHP347.5 million will go to the water system, PHP192.5 million for school facilities, PHP37 million for health centers, PHP30 million for electrification, PHP25 million for evacuation centers, and PHP1 million for non-infrastructure projects.

Mayor Sara said the budget priorities reflected a human-centered approach to bring peace and development in rural areas "where government intervention is mostly needed, expected, and should be delivered on a regular and constant basis".

PH Embassy probes claim Tunisia suicide bomber was Filipina

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 5, 2021): PH Embassy probes claim Tunisia suicide bomber was Filipina (By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz)

Statement of the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, Libya on Monday (April 5, 2021)

The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, on Monday said it is working with authorities to identify and confirm claims that the suicide bomber in the Kasserine region of Tunisia was a Filipino woman.

In a statement, the embassy said Tunisia’s Garde Nationale Tunisienne killed a suspected terrorist during a counterterrorism operation whose wife blew herself up with an explosive belt.

“The incident left three people dead, including a baby the suicide bomber was carrying in her arms. News reports from local media in Tunisia and international media claimed that the suicide bomber is a Filipino national,”
the embassy said.

The incident occurred on Thursday last week in the remote Mount Selloum area of Kasserine, near the Algerian border, a known jihadist hideout.

Another Islamic extremist was also killed on the same day during a separate operation in Mount Mghila, also in the Kasserine region.

Duterte stands by Lorenzana’s remark on Julian Felipe Reef

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 5, 2021): Duterte stands by Lorenzana’s remark on Julian Felipe Reef (By Azer Parrocha)

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is standing by the strong statement made by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana demanding the immediate departure of the remaining 44 Chinese vessels from the Julian Felipe Reef in the West Philippine Sea, Malacañang said Monday.

Lorenzana on Saturday told the remaining 44 Chinese vessels to leave, saying they had no more reason to take shelter there since the weather has cleared.

In response, the Chinese Embassy in Manila called Lorenzana’s remark “unprofessional”, maintaining its historical claim over the feature which is within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

“Of course, the President stands by the statements of our Secretary of Defense,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview over CNN Philippines.

Roque, however, pointed out that the presence of Chinese ships in the area would not lead to war.

“I hasten to add that the President has been clear that this is not an issue that will lead to war between friendly nations. We are hoping that our friendly relations will soon resolve this latest impasse,” he added.

In a Palace press briefing aired over PTV-4, Roque cited Duterte’s speech during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2020 where the latter affirmed the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s (PCA) ruling in favor of the Philippines’ arbitration case against China’s expansive maritime claims in the disputed sea.

“Hindi po nagbabago ang posisyon ng ating Presidente. Eto po yung kanyang nabanggit na salita sa UN General Assembly. Hindi po natin isasakripisyo, hindi natin ipamimigay ang ating national territory at ang ating mga exclusive economic zone (The President’s position has not changed. He mentioned this during his speech at the UN General Assembly. We will not sacrifice or give away our national territory and EEZ),” he said.

Roque said Duterte also believes that friendly relations between the Philippines and China will result in the peaceful resolution of this impasse.

“Ang posisyon po ng Presidente, paninindigan natin ang ating karapatan pero hindi po to isang bagay para tayo po ay gumamit ng dahas. Kampante po ang ating Presidente na dahil nga po mero tayong malapit na pagkakaibigan mareresolba ang hidwaan na ‘to (The President’s position is that we will fight for our rights, but this is no reason for us to use force. Our President is confident that our strong ties would resolve this impasse),” he added.

He also reiterated support for Lorenza’s demand for Chinese vessels to leave the Julian Felipe Reef.

“I think Secretary Lorenzana was correct in pointing out that we consider that area as part also of Philippine territory and exclusive economic zone,” he said.

‘Sovereignty non-negotiable’

In a separate statement, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo expressed opposition over the “unjustified stay” of Chinese vessels at the Julian Felipe Reef, saying it could result in “unwanted hostilities” between the two countries.

“While we recognize the historical and cultural ties with China that have evolved into a productive relationship, its present territorial incursions is producing an unwelcome stain in their bond and may trigger unwanted hostilities that both countries would rather not pursue, as destructiveness consequences are not only undesirable, they are abhorrent as well and anathema to the peace of the region,” Panelo said.

Panelo insisted that the country’s sovereignty is “non-negotiable” despite the Philippines’ improved ties with China.

“Let it be clear to all countries of the world that are protective of their own sovereignties. Like them, we are fiercely protective of ours. We can negotiate on matters of mutual concern and benefit, but make no mistake about it -- our sovereignty is non-negotiable,” he added.

He said the matter of territorial dispute has to be resolved in the “diplomatic negotiating table or by the dictates of international law.”

The National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea earlier expressed concern over a Philippine Coast Guard report that about 220 Chinese fishing vessels, believed to be manned by Chinese maritime militia personnel, were sighted in line formation at the Julian Felipe Reef on March 7.

The reef is located approximately 175 nautical miles west of Bataraza, Palawan.

The Department of Foreign Affairs expressed support over the DND's demand for the remaining Chinese ships' withdrawal from the Julian Felipe Reef.

"[T]he Philippines’ position on this continued Chinese presence in the WPS has been unequivocal, as articulated by the recent statement of the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea and the statement today by the Department of National Defense," the DFA said.

On March 21, the Philippines filed a diplomatic protest over the presence of around 200 Chinese ships at the Julian Felipe Reef.

The DFA on Monday “strongly” denounced the Chinese embassy’s “unprofessional” comment against Lorenzana.

“The DFA strongly denounces the Embassy’s attempt to impugn the Secretary of National Defense -- a Cabinet official of the Republic of the Philippines -- by calling his statement ‘unprofessional,’” the DFA said in a statement.

Enough of 52 years of oppression, Panelo to NPA

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 5, 2021): Enough of 52 years of oppression, Panelo to NPA (By Lade Jean Kabagani)

ENOUGH. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo advises the New People's Army in his Easter Sunday message to stop committing atrocities and violence. Instead, he said the rebels should realize that their revolution has achieved nothing after more than 50 years. (PNA file photo)

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo called on the New People's Army (NPA) to listen to the people's cry to stop committing atrocities and violence.

Panelo lamented that for decades, communist rebels have done nothing but to destroy lives, kill the innocent, and illegally collect revolutionary taxes.

“Sa halip na sirain ninyo ang ating bansa ay kung maari lang, huminto na kayo sa inyong ginagawang pagpatay sa ating mga kababayan, pagsisira ng mga ari-arian, pangingikil sa mga negosyante, pagpapahirap sa mga mahihirap (Instead of destroying our country, please stop killing our countrymen, destroying properties, extorting from businesses and torturing the poor),"
he said during his daily commentary show “Counterpoint” on Sunday.

The sufferings caused by the NPA for more than 52 years should be halted.

"Enough is enough. Sa 52 years na, eh wala naman kayong nagawang kabutihan para sa inyong pinaglalaban. Sa halip lalong nalugmok sa putik ng pagkasira ng lipunan, pagkamatay ng mga miyembro ninyo pagkasira ng pami-pamilya kung hinugot niyo para sumama sa himagsikan (After 52 years, you have achieved nothing with your revolution. Instead you sank deeper, destroyed society, your comrades died, families destructed, of those you urged to revolt)," he added.

Panelo recounted that the NPA was formed after Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria "Joma" Sison joined forces with Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon in 1969.

It was the start of a bloody revolution of the communist rebels who engage government forces and resulted in deaths, including innocent civilians.

Panelo cited the testimonies of former rebels who returned to the fold of the law.

"Ang reklamo ng mga sumuko, ang mga lider nila sa halip na namumundok, eh maganda ang buhay sa siyudad (The rebel returnees complained that their leaders enjoyed luxurious lives in the city instead of joining them in the mountains)," he said.

He said Sison has been living comfortably in the Netherlands, while the NPA members are living awful lives in the mountains.

Easter message

"Ito pong Easter Sunday, sana ito po ay maging inspirasyon sa inyo at sa ating lahat na mayroong panahon ng paghihirap, mayroong panahon ng pagdaranas, panahon ng himagsikan, mayroong panahon ng rebelyon pero mayroon ding panahon ng kapayapaan, mayroong panahon ng kasaganahan, mayroong panahon ng pagbubuklod-buklod pagpapatawaran sa isa't-isa (This Easter Sunday, may it give you an inspiration that there are times of crisis, revolution, and rebellion. But there are also times of peace, prosperity, unity, and forgiveness)," Panelo said, addressing NPA members.

He said it's time for the NPA members to surrender and start anew.

Amid the prevailing health crisis, the government continues to push for efforts and effective solutions to address insurgency.

One of them is the Barangay Development Program, a counter-insurgency plan aimed at delivering government programs in conflict-afflicted and geographically isolated villages that have been considered "cleared" of the influence of NPA rebels.

Panelo said the communist insurgency has been the biggest problem of every administration for the past 50 years.

"The administrations of all, as well as of President Rodrigo Duterte, have to concentrate on quelling your rebellion – your murderous rebellion,” he said.

He noted that the government, instead of focusing on more important societal problems such as providing livelihood, education, work, and land, must quell terrorism.

"As we always say in this program, let us tread the path of the roses, let us tread the path of righteousness, let us tread the path of love and forgiveness," he said.

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

CPP/NPA-Albay: 93rd Special Action Company, instrumento ng RTF-ELCAC, pinarusahan ng NPA!

Posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Apr 5, 2021): 93rd Special Action Company, instrumento ng RTF-ELCAC, pinarusahan ng NPA!


APRIL 05, 2021

Matagumpay ang mga operatiba ng Santos Binamera Command – NPA Albay (SBC – NPA Albay) sa pananambang sa isang back-to-back na sasakyan ng mga elemento ng Philippine National Police (PNP) nitong nakalipas na Abril 3, 2021 sa Brgy. Aliang, Ligao City, bandang 8:30 ng umaga.

Binabaybay ng isang yunit ng 93rd Special Action Company (93rd SAC) ang kahabaan ng Ligao-Pio Duran nang pumasok sa killing zone kung saan nakatanim ang command detonated explosives (cdx) ng mga Pulang mandirigma ng SBC – NPA Albay. Dalawa ang patay at dalawa ang sugatan sa hanay ng PNP – SAC.

Ang pananambang sa nasabing yunit ay dagdag na bigwas sa mga yunit sa ilalim ng Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC). Ang mga ito ang pangunahing instrumento ng gera kontra-mamamayan ng rehimeng US Duterte. Ang nasabing aksyong militar ay tugon ng NPA – Albay sa panawagan ng mamamayan para sa hustisya at pagpapanagot sa pandarahas, kalupitan at panunupil ng mga operasyong kombat at operasyong saywar tulad ng RCSP na nananalasa sa kanayunan at kalunsuran ng probinsya at dagdag na hustisya sa kanila.

Hinahamon ng SBC – NPA Albay ang mga kagawad ng media sa mas matalas na pagpapalalim kaugnay sa sibilyang nadamay sa nasabing pananambang at paglalabas ng katotohanan mula sa perspektiba ng mamamayang Bikolano. Malinaw at tiniyak ng mga kagawad ng SBC – NPA Albay na wala sa itinakdang killing zone ang mga sibilyan nang maganap ang nasabing operasyon.

CPP/NDF-MAKIBAKA-Southern Mindanao: Taas nga pasidungog ngadto sa BHB, ang tinuod nga hukbo sa masang linupigan!

Posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Apr 3, 2021): Taas nga pasidungog ngadto sa BHB, ang tinuod nga hukbo sa masang linupigan!


APRIL 03, 2021

Ginaila ang Marso isip Kalibutanhong Bulan sa Kababayen-ang Mamumuo—usa ka panahon aron saulogon ang militante ug rebolsyonaryong pakigbisog sa kababayen-an alang sa katungod, kaangayan, ug kalingkawasan gikan sa tanang porma sa diskriminasyon ug pagpahimulos. Labaw pa sa usa ka kasaulugan, ang Marso bulan usab sa pagsukol.

Dungan sa paghinumdum sa Bulan sa Kababayen-an, buot ipaabot sa Makabayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan sa Southern Mindanao (MAKIBAKA-Southern Mindanao) ang Pulang pagtimbaya sa ika-52 anibersaryo sa tinuod nga hukbo sa katawhan, and Bagong Hukbong Bayan.

Ginasaludohan usab sa MAKIBAKA-Southern Mindanao ang tanang mga Pulang manggugubat nga naghalad og kinabuhi alang sa pag-asdang sa demokratikong rebolusyon sa katawhan batok sa pasista, korap, ug reaksyunaryong rehimeng US-Duterte. Sa 52 ka tuig, nilahutay, nagpabiling lig-on ug prinsipyado ang BHB ug ang tibuok rebolusyonaryong kalihukan taliwala sa bangis nga atake sa estado.

Nahiagoman sa kababayen-ang Pilipino ang mas grabeng kapit-os tungod sa mga epekto sa pandemyang Coronavirus Disease-2019 (Covid-19). Sukad Marso 2020, wala gihapon natubag sa reaksyunaryong panggamhanan ni Duterte ang mga panawagan sa katawhan alang sa ayuda sa panginabuhi, ug dugang badyet alang sa serbisyong panglawas. Niburot ang nasudnong utang sa Pilipinas, samtang ginahatagan og prayoridad ang modernisasyon sa AFP imbes nga palambuon ang Covid testing ug contact tracing. Niabot na sa sobra 600,000 ka kumpirmadong kaso sa COVID-19 ang nasud Pilipinas, apan nagpabiling nangulahi ang pagpaneguro sa luwas nga bakuna—giuna ang korapsyon ug pagpangupit og pondo imbes nga dugangan ang ayuda alang sa mga kabus ug mamumuo nga nawad-an og panginabuhian. Nagpadayon pud ang mga demolisyon sa mga dakbayan ug sentrong lungsod taliwala sa panawagang moratorium ug temporaryong paghunong sa konstruksyon sa mga dagkong proyektong pang-imprastruktura.

Gawas sa ekonomikanhong kapit-os, nigrabe ang pulitikanhong pagpamig-ot batuk sa mga ligal nga organisasyong masa, mga unyon, mga relihiyoso, ug uban pang mga sektor sa katilingbang Pilipino nga buot mubutyag sa kahiwian sa estado ug magpasibaw sa mga panawagan alang sa hustisya. Dinhi mismo sa rehiyon, daghang mga aktibista ug tigpanalipud sa katungod sa mga mag-uuma ug mamumuo ang gipasakaan og tinumu-tumong mga kaso.

Nagkaigting sad ang mga atake sa rehimen batok sa katawhang Lumad. Kaniadtong Pebrero, gisulong ug iligal nga giaresto sa pwersa sa Philippine National Police (PNP) ang mga estudyante, datu, ug boluntaryong magtutudlo sa usa ka Lumad Bakwit School sa Cebu City. Ginakundena sa MAKIBAKA-Southern Mindanao ang pag-aresto ug padayong pagpriso kang Roshelle Porcadilla, usa ka magtutudlo gikan sa han-ay sa mga Lumad, ug ang ginahimong dili tawhanong pagtratar ug tortyur sa PNP, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ug local government unit (LGU) sa Talaingod, Davao del Norte kaniya samtang anaa siya sa presohan.

Ang pag-aresto kang Teacher Roshelle ug sa iyahang mga estudyante ug mga kaubanan nagpamatuod sa dautang laraw sa National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) ug ni Duterte nga bungkagon ang mga napundar nga kadaugan sa pakigbisog sa kalumaran sa Mindanao. Dili pud halayo nga mahitabo usab ang pag-atake sa mga alipores ni Duterte batok sa sangtwaryo sa UCCP Haran, Davao aron pugsanong papaulion ang mga Lumad nga nagbakwit tungod sa subsob nga militarisasyon sa kabanikanhan pinaagi sa “rescue operations” isip takuban.

Bisan sa Bulan sa Kababayen-an, makasubo pamalandungon nga walay puas gihapon ang mga abuso ug kapintas batok sa mga kababayen-an, Lumad, ug sa mga tawo ug grupo nga nanalipud alang sa edukasyon, katungod ug pagdepensa sa yutang kabilin.

Busa, ginadasig sa MAKIBAKA-Southern Mindanao ang tanang kababayen-an nga mubarog ug mulihok aron sa pagpakgang sa mga pasistang atake sa rehimen ni Duterte. Pinaagi lamang sa pagsalmot sa rebolusyon, hingpit nga makab-ot sa kababayen-an ug katawhan ang kagawasan.

Mabuhay ang kababayen-ang nakigbisog!
Mabuhay ang Bagong Hukbong Bayan!
Mabuhay ang Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas!
Iasdang ang demokratikong rebolusyon sa katawhan hangtud sa kadaugan!

CPP/NPA-Mindoro: Panagutin ang 203rd Brigade sa iligal na pagdakip sa mga sibilyan! Palayain ang magkapatid na sina Kadlos at Jeremy “Eming” Lukmay!

Posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Apr 3, 2021): Panagutin ang 203rd Brigade sa iligal na pagdakip sa mga sibilyan! Palayain ang magkapatid na sina Kadlos at Jeremy “Eming” Lukmay!


APRIL 03, 2021

Mahigpit na kinokondena ng Lucio de Guzman Command – New People’s Army Mindoro (LdGC – NPA – Mindoro) ang iligal na pagdakip ng 203rd Brigade Philippine Army sa magkapatid na Kadlos at Jeremy ‘Eming’ Lukmay noong umaga ng Huwebes, Marso 25, 2021. Si Kadlos at Eming ay mga residente ng Sitio Kilapnit, Barangay Panaytayan, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro. Si Kadlos Lukmay ay guro ng daycare center sa Kolitob, kasalukuyang buntis, may asawa at may isa pang anak, habang estudyante ng senior high school sa Fe del Mundo National High school ang kanyang kapatid na si Jeremy “Eming” Lukmay.

Alas otso ng umaga ng Marso 25 ay nasabat ng mga berdugong kaaway ang magkapatid sa bundok ng Mayas, habang sila ay papunta sa kanilang lupain upang magkaong. Pinasaringan ng kaaway ang magkapatid nang makitang nakabota si Eming habang may dala ring maliit na kaldero at sinabing hindi sila magkakaong kundi pupunta sa kasalan na idadaos ng Bagong Hukbong Bayan (BHB). Mula dito ay dinampot ang dalawa, kasama ang isa pang sibilyan na si Adliw. Hindi pinayagan ang tatlo na tumingin sa kanilang paligid, bagkus ay sinabihan na yumuko lang habang naglalakbay kasama ang mga pasistang sundalo.

Dinala ang tatlo malapit sa kalsada kung saan nangyari ang labanan sa pagitan ng isang yunit ng LdGC-NPA-Mindoro kinahapunan ng Marso 25. Pinadapa lang ang tatlo habang nasa proseso ng labanan. Alas otso ng gabi, ilang oras matapos ang labanan, ay pinakawalan ng mga sundalo si Adliw habang sinama pa rin ng mga ito ang magkapatid na Lukmay. Dito na huling namataan ang dalawa. Ilang araw matapos ang labanan ay kinalampag ng mga kaanak nito ang kampo ng Hagines nang mabalitaang dito raw dinala ang dalawa subalit itinanggi ng kaaway ang presensya ng magkapatid sa naturang kampo. Higit isang linggo na ang nakalilipas ngunit hindi pa rin nahahanap ang magkapatid.

Patunay ang ganitong insidente sa karahasan at kabagsikan ng pasistang reaksyunaryong tropa ng US-Duterte sa mga sibilyan higit lalo kapag nagkaroon ng sagupaan sa pagitan ng AFP at NPA. Higit lalo sa panahon kung saan nagkukumahog ang reaksyunaryong rehimen na isulong ang ‘final push’ nito sa pagdurog sa rebolusyonaryong kilusan. Ang mga inosenteng sibilyan ang pinagbabalingan ng hindi makatarungang galit ng pasistang tropa sa tuwing may labanan na ang layunin ay takutin ang mamamayan at pigilan na magkaisa upang igiit ang kanilang mga karapatan at karaingan.

Labis ang pagsusumikap ng berdugong AFP sa paghahasik ng takot sa hanay ng mamamayan matapos ang labanan noong Marso 25, 2021. Bukod sa pagdampot nito sa magkapatid na Lukmay, ilang oras matapos ang labanan ay walang patumanggang nagpakawala ng 11 bala mula sa Howitzer sa mga gulod na kalapit ng pinangyarihang labanan. Bunga nito, napakaraming bahayan, kaingin, at maging buhay ang napinsala ng insidente. Bukod pa rito, sapilitang tinipon sa elementary school ang mga Mangyan na residente ng Sityo Boluntad at Tagascan ng Barangay San Vicente at hindi pinapayagan ang mga itong lumabas para pumunta sa kanilang kaingin kung kaya’t labis na takot at gutom ang inabot ng mga katutubong Mangyan .

Ang mga pangyayaring ito dagdag na maitatala sa hindi mabilang na pagsupil ng AFP sa karapatang pantao ng mamamayan at tahasang paglabag sa panuntunan hinggil sa pakikidigma. Ipinapakita lamang nito ang mersenaryong katangian ng AFP. Hindi sila kumikilala ng batas o karapatan, sukdulang isakripisyo nila ang buhay ng mga inosenteng sibilyan para lamang magkamal ng pabuyang salapi o promosyon. Sila ang pangunahing tagapaghasik ng terror sa mamamayan!

Marapat lang na kondenahin, dumugin ng protesta, at panagutin ang pasistang AFP sa pagdakip sa mga inosenteng sibilyang si Kadlos at Eming Lokmay, gayundin sa walang habas na pambobomba sa komunidad ng mga katutubo at sa panggigipit sa karapatang pantao ng mga sibilyan!

Sa ganitong kalagayan, walang ibang sasaligan ang aping mamamayan kundi ang rebolusyonaryong kilusan! Pinapakita lamang ng mga insidenteng ito na higit lalong dapat magkaisa ang mga mamamayan upang labanan ang terorismo at kabuktutan ng rehimeng US-Duterte! Ang inutang na dugo ng mga pasistang kaaway ay tutumbasan ng rebolusyonaryong hustisya ng demokratikong rebolusyong bayan, pangunahin sa pagsusulong ng armadong pakikibaka!

Sa inhustisyang inihahasik ng reaksyunaryong rehimeng US-Duterte sa ating bayan, makatuwirang tanganan ang armas at sumapi sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan, baguhin ang hindi makataong kairalan, at itayo ang makatarungang lipunan!

Palayain si Kadlos at Eming Lokmay!
Panagutin ang pasistang AFP sa kasalanan nito sa mga Mindoreño!
Biguin ang ‘final push’ ng pasistang rehimeng US-Duterte!
Isulong ang demokratikong rebolusyong bayan hanggang sa tagumpay!

CPP/NPA-Front Eleven-Southern Panay: NPA: Sa 52 ka Tuig Wala Napapa kag Labi nga Nagabaskog

Posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Apr 3, 2021): NPA: Sa 52 ka Tuig Wala Napapa kag Labi nga Nagabaskog


APRIL 03, 2021

Mabuhay ang ika S2 nga anibersaryo sang New People’s Army!

Sa 52 ka tuig, sa husto kag hugot nga pagpamuna sang Partido Komunista ng Pilpinas, nagpamatu ang New Peoples Amy ilang matuod-tuod nga hukbo sang, masa. Maig-on sii nga ginakaptan ang armas hilang timo nga hinganiban sang pumuluyo sa pagtumpag sa mapiguson kag mahimuslanon nga kalingban.

Ginahatag ang pagkilala sa determinasyon kag kaisog sang mga hangaway kag kumander sa pagpaninguha nga pangibabawan kag labi nga pataason ang lebel sang inaway banwa. Sa dalayon, ginakilala man ang pagkabaganihan sang mga rebolusyonaryong martyr kag ginahatag sa ila ang pagsaludar sa pagsakripisyo sang pinakamataas kag pinakadungganon sa tanan.

Sa 52 ka tuig, malayo na ang nalab-ot sang pagbato sang pumuluyo. Mas malig-on kag hamtong na sa pag-atubang sa mga pagpanghangkat sang rebolusyon. Sining naglipas nga isa ka tuig, padayon ang MNC (Mt. Napulak Command) sa pag-amot sa rehiyunal kag pungsudnon nga pagpaninguha nga paslawon ang desperado nga atkae sang taghumatayon nga rehimeng US-Duterte. Ang pagkainutil sang rehimen sa pagsabat sa kapigaduhon kag pagkawalay tagipusuon sa atubang sang pandemya ang mismo nagatuga sang labi nga pagkahamula sini sa pumuluyo. Amo nga, sa tunga sang nagalala nga krisis, mas nagalapad ang sakop sang masang anakbalhas nga nagadangop sa armado nga paghimakas.

Mainit ang pagbaton sang pumuluyo sa NPA. Mas labi nga nagalapad ang erya nga ginahulagan sini imbes nga tuyo sang kaaway nga pakitidon ini. Sa pihak sang subong nga paglunsar sang RCSP (Retooled Community Support Program) sa masobra 30 ka baryo sa erya nga sakop sang MNC, nakabukas ini sang mga bag-ong baryo guwa sa kubkob sang kaaway kag kadungan sini, sarang man nga makamaniobra nga wala nagapaupang sa mas o menos 600 ka pwersa sang kombinado nga pulis kag militar nga yara sa erya. Padayon gihapon nga maangutan ang masa kag maubayan sila sa pag-atubang sa nagamantas nga atake sang kaaway. Subong, sa pihak sang mga pagpamahog kag pilit nga peke nga pagpasurender sa ila, ginapangita sang masa ang NPA agud sukton ang AFP sa mga ginapanghimo nga pagpamintas kag ang gindulot sini nga kakugmat sa pamensaron kag hu-ol sa pangabuhian. Ang labi nga pagpasingki sang militarisasyon sa kaumhan labi lamang nga nagasindi sa kaakig sang pumuluyo.

Mas nagadamo ang naga-entra sa NPA. Nagdugang sang 25% numbero sang katapuan sang MNC. Indi mapunggan ang pagdamo sang NPA kag paslaw gid ang rehimeng US-Duterte sa pila na ka taning nga papason ini. Sa tunga sang nagaatake nga kaaway, padayon nga nagapalapit ang mga pamatan-on para magtuon kag lubos panahon nga nagasampa sa NPA. Ang nagalala nga krisis kag ang madulom nga puturo nga ginatanyag sini ang rason sang indi malikawan nga padayon nga pagdamo sang mga pamatan-on nga nagabitbit sang armas. Sila na mismo ang nagdesisyon para sa ila nga kaugalingon–manindugan nga mag-alagad sa pumuluyo kag magpakigbahin sa pagbag-o sang kahimtangan. Sa sini, labi pa gid nga nagabaskog ang NPA. Tanda ang mga matunog nga linupok sa kaumhan nga nagapatuloy sa pag-atake sa pasista, berdugo nga AFp kag PNP. Sa ini nga panahon, nakalunsar ang MNC sang 20 ka nagkalainlain nga porma sang aksyon militar nga nagtuga sang kaswalti nga 1 ka platun (9 patay kag 14 pilason) sa tropa sang kaaway. Ini ang pagpanukot sa mga pagpang-abuso kag kapintas nga ginahimo sang pasista nga AFP kag PNP. Ini man ang paghatag sang hustisya sa pumuluyo, labi na sa inosente nga mga mangunguma nga ginapahog, ilegal nga ginadakop, ginsakit kag ginpatay.

Ang pag-antus sang pumuluyo ang nagatulod sa ila labi nga pagbato. Ang nagalala nga krisis sa pangabuhian kag ang sampaw nga huol tuga sang pandemya nga ginasabat sang rehimeng US-Duterte sa inutil sini nga mga solusyon kag pasingki nga militarisasyon ang mismo magapatay sa iya. Indi asta san-o nga mapatuto ang pumuluyo nga ginapigos. Indi asta sano nga mapaulipon ang pumuluyo nga ginahimuslan. Samtang nagapadayon ang pagpamigos kag pagpanghimulos, padayon ang pagbato. Ini ang basehan sang armado nga paghimakas sang pumuluyo. Ini ang rason ngaa nga sa malawig nga panahon, padayon ini nga ginalunsar sa kaumhan wala nalutos. Wala ini nahubsan sang suporta sang malapad nga masa kag labi ini nga nagabaskog.

Mataduk man ang kabukiran nga ginabagtas sang NPA, wala ini nagakalingkang bangud ara sa iya luyo ang masa nga nagapalangga. Tubtob subong, upod sa masa kag sa hugot nga pagpamuno sang Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas, maisog ini nga nagaatubang sa mas masingki nga atake sang pasista nga rehimeng US-Duterte. Ang kaisog sang pumuluyo sa padayon nga pagbato ang nagabun-ag sa mas nagadamo nga mga isganan, makahas nga mga pamatan-on nga lubos kag bug-os panahon, tagipusuon kag pamensaron nga nagahatag sang ila nga kaugalingon para sa kadalag-an sang rebolusyon.

CPP/NDF-RCTU-Southern Mindanao: Pulang pagsaludo ngadto sa tinuod nga sundalo sa katawhan sa ika-52 nga anibersayo sa New People’s Army!

Posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Apr 3, 2021): Pulang pagsaludo ngadto sa tinuod nga sundalo sa katawhan sa ika-52 nga anibersayo sa New People’s Army!


APRIL 03, 2021

Ang mga rebolusyonaryong mamumuo ilalom sa RCTU-SMR nagapadangat sa among Pulang pagsaludo isip pagtimbaya ngadto sa New People’s Army sa iyang ika-52 nga anibersaryo sa pagkatukod. Ang pagkatukod sa New People’s Army usa ka dakung kadaugan sa hut-ong pinahimuslan sa nasud tungod natibuok sulod sa organisasyon ang hiniusang kagustuhan sa masang Pilipino nga mosukol pinaagi sa armadong pakigbisog nga gigiyahan sa prinsipyong Marxismo-Leninismo-Maoismo ilalom sa Partido Komunista sa Pilipinas. Hangtud karon padayon nagagampan ang New People’s Army sa istorikong misyon niini isip hinagiban sa katawhan sa pagsukol ug paglumpag sa reaksyunaryong estado sa nagharing hut-ong.

Sa kasamtangan, ang katawhang Pilipino nagasinati sa kinagrabehang kalisod ug kagutom tungod sa pagpasagda sa gobyerno ni Duterte. Dili moubos sa 14 milyong Pilipino ang walay trabaho. Padayon usab nga nagadaghan ang ihap sa mga mag-uuma nga nawad-an og panginabuhian, kinsa mokabat na sa dili moubos sa 2 milyon gikan 2017 sukad sa
pag-implementar sa Rice Tariffication Law, ug sa dugay nang ginapatuman nga land-use conversion sa mga yutang agrikultural ug kawalay tiunay nga repormang agraryo.

Misulbong usab ang mga presyo sa palaliton hilabina sa mga pagkaon tungod sa walay suporta ngadto sa agrikultura ug pagpasagda sa mga kartel sa agrikultura sa paghakop sa binilyong ginansya. Grabe ang gisinating kalisod sa mga kabus sa lungsod tungod gawas sa walay saktong panginabuhian, halos walay ayuda ang gobyerno ni Duterte ngadto kanila. Daghan usab ang mga nawad-an og panimalay ug nadislokar tungod sa ambisyoso ug tinubdan sa korapsyon nga Build-Build-Build Program ni Duterte.

Ang pagka-inutil ni Duterte samot mitingkad panahon sa Covid-19 pandemya. Gawas sa walay pagpangandam, palpak ang pamaagi sa pag-alkontra sa sakit tungod sa dili seryoso ug walay katakus ang gipadumala sa Task Force nga gitukod. Usa ka tuig na ang milabay gikan sa pagkuyanap sa pandemya sa nasud apan karon wala gihapon masugpo ang pagkuyanap sa sakit ug gani mas midaghan pa ug mas mipaspas pa karon ang pagkuyanap. Ang P126 bilyon nga utang sa nasud alang sa pagsugpo sa Covid wala matagamtaman sa katawhan ug gani ang mga bakuna nga ginagamit karon sagad hinatag sa ubang nasud.

Ang klarong nabulahan sa kasamtangan mao si Duterte, iyang pamilya, mga higala niini, ug ang imperyalistang mga nasud sama sa US, China, ug Japan. Ang bahandi ni Duterte ug mga oligarkiya sa nasud misaka og 381% gikan 2016 hantud 2019. Sa pikas bahin, ang nasudnong utang sa Pilipinas mikabat na sa kinatas-an sa kasaysayan ngadto sa P9.8 trilyon.

Gawas sa gigutman ug gipalisdan sa walay pulos nga gobyernong Duterte ang katawhan, gipasamot pa ang kasakit ug pagpandaug-daug pinaagi sa pagpanumpo ngadto sa katawhang mobarog alang sa ilang katungod ug kaayohan sa katilingban. Gipahamtang sa pasistang Duterte ang dikatudruya niini pinaagi sa Martial Law ug Anti-Terror Law. Libo-libong mag-uuma, mamumuo, kabus sa lungsod, lumad, moro, abogado, ug mga propesyunal ang gipamatay sa berdugong Duterte sa lima ka tuig nga paghari niini. Padayon sab ang pagpasaka og mugna-mugnang kaso sa mga aktibista nga legal nga nakigbisog.

Sa ingon niining kahimtang sa nagkagrabeng kalisod ug pagpanumpo sa nagharing hut-ong, walay laing masaligan ang katawhan nga mohatag kanila og rebolusyonaryong hustisya kundili ang New People’s Army. Pinaagi sa pagpahamtang og silot batuk sa mga kriminal ug mapahimuslanon, mohatag kini og dugang kadasig karon ngadto sa katawhan aron mobarog alang sa ilang demokratikong katungod. Ang paglumpag sa reaksyunaryong estado ug paglupig sa reaksyunaryong hukbo mao ang pungkay sa paghatag og hustisya sa katawhan.

Bisan pa man sa grabeng pag-atake sa reaksyunaryong estado ngadto sa armadong pakigbisog nga ginalunsad sa NPA, dako ang among pagsalig nga mapatigbabawan ug mapildi kini sa among tinuod nga hukbo sa katawhan tungod sa kahustohon sa programa sa rebolusyon. Milungtad ug milig-on ang New People’s Army tungod sa mabayanihong pagsalmot sa hut-ong mamumuo ug sa uban pang hut-ong sa armadong pakigbisog. Pinaagi sa pagtuon sa taas nga kasinatian sa rebolusyon, paghupot ug saktong pagpraktika sa MLM, siguradong nga makab-ot sa katwahang Pilipino ang kadaugan sa demokratikong rebolusyon.

Mabuhay ang ika-52 nga anibersaryo sa New People’s Army!
Mabuhay ang Demokratikong Rebolusyon sa Katawhan!
Saludo ngadto sa tinuod nga sundalo sa katawhan!

CPP/NDF-Southern Mindanao: Southern Mindanao revolutionary orgs salute NPA on 52nd anniversary

Posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Apr 4, 2021): Southern Mindanao revolutionary orgs salute NPA on 52nd anniversary


APRIL 04, 2021

Four revolutionary organizations representing different oppressed sectors in Southern Mindanao region forwarded highest praises to the New People’s Army (NPA) on its 52nd founding anniversary last March 29. Members of the Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan (Makibaka), Kabataang Makabayan (KM), Revolutionary Council of Trade Unions (RCTU), and Artista at Manunulat ng Sambayanan (ARMAS) congratulated Red commanders and fighters for their dedication to serve the people.

“For more than five decades of waging armed revolution, the NPA remains to be the genuine army of the people for its selfless aspiration for social justice and national liberation,” ARMAS-SMR said in a statement. The revolutionary group of artists, writers and cultural workers said that Red commanders and fighters continue to banner the highest interest of the Filipino people who have long yearned to be emancipated from the ills of a semi-colonial and semi-feudal society.

Founded in 1969, the NPA started as an army of 60 fighters in the province of Tarlac with only 34 weapons—only 25 of which were high-powered—and now lays its forces in 120 guerilla fronts throughout the country.

Despite GRP Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s more than 4 years of monstrous counterrevolutionary war, the NPA endures, according to Macario Santillan, spokesperson of RCTU-SMR, because of the correctness of the program of the national democratic revolution and the people’s support and active participation in the armed struggle.

Hardship and struggle in the time of pandemic

In their statements, which were read during the programs held in different guerilla fronts around the region, the revolutionary organizations highlighted the dire situation of their respective sectors, saying that the burden that the youth, women, workers, and cultural workers carry only doubled due to the Duterte regime’s failed response to the spread of Covid-19.
Karina Magtanggol, spokesperson of KM-SMR, reported
that around 65,000 students have decided not to enrol in schools this academic year, twice more than last year’s number. “Some students even committed suicide due to the countless modules and schoolwork they had to accomplish, coupled with the immense pressure of the blended learning and other pressing problems,” she added.

Makibaka-SMR, through its spokesperson Ka Teresa, meanwhile, pointed out the Duterte regime’s continued disregard for healthcare, noting that while Covid-19 cases in the country already skyrocketed to 600,000 and the vaccination program remains lagging, corruption and fascism have become Duterte’s first priority. “Foreign debt has ballooned, while AFP modernization is set as priority over aggressive Covid testing and contact tracing,” Makibaka-SMR added.

The organizations also condemned the reactionary local government under presidential daughter Mayor Sarah Duterte for its treatment of the urban poor in many areas in Davao City. Santillan and Magtanggol attributed the dislocation of urban poor communities and the devastation of their livelihood to railroading of the ambitious Build, Build, Build program and other “modernization projects.”

The Duterte’s fascism worsened attacks and abuses against unarmed civilians and groups, especially those that expose and oppose the regime and call for social justice. Makibaka highlighted the case and condemned the treatment of Roshelle Porcadilla, a teacher of a Lumad school, who was arbitrarily arrested and suffered psychological torture in the hands of the PNP, following illegal raid conducted against the Lumad bakwit school in Cebu City last February.

The revolutionary organizations likewise scored the US-Duterte regime’s culture of impunity, macho-fascism, and neoliberalism, which is being propagated by the reactionary state propaganda machine. ARMAS-SMR denounced the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) for peddling the illusion of progress and trying to mask Duterte’s inutile, corrupt, and fascist regime. “Its so-called Dutertards or DDS flood all spaces with their blatant lies, fake news, and misrepresentations,” it said.

Without the Red army, the people have nothing

For the revolutionary forces in the region, the NPA is irreplaceable as the champion of the Filipino people, and is therefore endeared to the oppressed.

“With the masses’ unwavering support, the NPA will undoubtedly march forward step-by-step and the people’s protracted war will advance stage-after-stage towards victory,” ARMAS – SMR said.

“In this political climate of worsening crisis and suppression under the ruling class, the masses can depend on no one else to deliver them revolutionary justice but the New People’s Army,” Santillan stressed. He added that by punishing the oppressors of the people, the NPA gives inspiration and fervor to the masses to stand for their democratic rights.

“It is the dismantling of the reactionary state and the defeat of the reactionary armed force that is the peak of giving justice to the people,” he said.

ARMAS-SMR congratulated the NPA for the “daring and successful” tactical offensives its units launched against the AFP and PNP. According to the CPP, the NPA conducted over a hundred TOs in the past year.

The revolutionary groups highlighted that with even more of the oppressed masses from various sectors choosing to join the NPA, the victory of the democratic revolution is well within reach for the Filipino people. They likewise paid tribute to all martyrs from the NPA.

“The New People’s Army endured and strengthened because of the heroic participation of the working class and all classes in the armed struggle,” RCTU’s Santillan ended.

Kalinaw News: Two Abu Sayyaf members embrace peace, yield Firearms

Posted to Kalinaw News (Apr 5, 2021): Two Abu Sayyaf members embrace peace, yield Firearms

HADJI MOHAMMAD AJUL, Basilan Province – Two lying-low Abu Sayyaf Group members voluntarily surrendered at the Headquarters, 15th Special Forces Company here in Barangay Tuburan Proper on Thursday, 01 April 2021, as peace and development efforts in the locality are intensified.

One ASG returnee was identified as Abu Hatab, a former follower of the deceased ASG sub-leader Abdurajak Janjalani and later joined the group of Hamsiraji Sali. The other returnee was identified as Abu Jig, 32 years old, a resident of Barangay Macalang, Albarka, Basilan Province and a follower of ASG sub-leader Nurhassan Jamiri. They yielded one (1) caliber 30 US Garand rifle, one (1) M203 caliber 40 Grenade Launcher, one (1) fragmentation grenade, clips, and several rounds of live ammunitions.

Captain Sherwin D. Latiera, the Commanding Officer of 15SFC, welcomes the voluntary surrender of the two ASG members who have been lying-low for years and encourages the remaining members to lay down their arms and embrace peace.

“Pahalagahan natin ang ating buhay. Mas masarap ang mamuhay ng tahimik at mapayapa. Kagaya ng mga kapatid natin na ASG na ngayon ay nagbalik-loob sa pamahalaan, may panahon pa kayo upang magbagong buhay. Narito kami upang tumulong.”, Captain Latiera expressed.

The said ASG returnees will be enrolled in the Program Against Violent Extremism (PAVE) where they will undergo psychosocial interventions and trainings in preparation for their reintegration to the mainstream society as responsible and productive citizens.

Presently, there are almost three hundred ASG returnees who already laid down their arms here in Basilan Province as peace and development efforts by the Local Government Unit are intensified and continually gains ground.

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Kalinaw News: Two Soldiers die on the deceptive attack of CPP-NPA terrorists

Posted to Kalinaw News (Apr 4, 2021): Two Soldiers die on the deceptive attack of CPP-NPA terrorists

CAUAYAN, Negros Occidental – Two Army soldiers conducting information collection in support to the Community Support Program (CSP) teams in the area were ambushed by the NPA terrorist, Saturday, April 3, 2021 at So Cambaga, Brgy Yao-yao, Cauayan, Negros Occidental.

The soldiers were on the area to support the Community Support Program (CSP) team to help facilitate the resolutions of identified issues of the CSP while they “were fired upon and treacherously killed” by the NPA fighters.

Barangay Yao-yao is one of the areas in Negros Occidental where NPA terrorist thrive. The Community Support Program (CSP) operations in the area greatly affected the Communist Terrorist Groups.

15IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col Erwin Cariño said that “Our Soldiers sacrificed a lot and risk their lives in the service of the country to protect the people in Negros so we can have peace.”

“We honor the heroism and sacrificed of our fallen comrades and will ensure that justice will be served.” Cariño added.

Your Army will remain steadfast and strong in our commitment to ensure the safety of the Negrenses and eradicate the terroristic influence brought by this Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs). Cariño further added.

Col Leonardo Peña, 302nd Brigade Commander, condemns this barbaric act perpetrated by the CPP-NPA Terrorists, in their desperation to hamper the peace and progress brought by the presence of our soldiers in the communities thru various activities of our Community Support Operators in the area.

“These senseless attack proves once again that this Communist Terrorist Groups are Human Rights violators. Our slain soldiers are just doing their job to help in the progress of the communities in the far flung barangays. Their ultimate sacrifice in the name of service to God, to our country, and to our people will not be put in vain, for we will legally seek justice and file appropriate criminal case to those culprits.

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Kalinaw News: Teroristang CPP-NPA at NDF walang Pagpapahalaga at Pagbibigay-galang sa Sagradong Buhay ng Tao

Posted to Kalinaw News (Apr 4, 2021): Teroristang CPP-NPA at NDF walang Pagpapahalaga at Pagbibigay-galang sa Sagradong Buhay ng Tao

Abril 4, 2021, Camp Jorge Downes, Ormoc City – Ang inyong kasundaluhan mula sa 93rd Infantry (Bantay Kapayapaan) Battalion ay tumugon sa impormasyong binigay ng isang sumukong NPA na nagsasabing may isa silang kasamahang inilibing sa Sitio Kapitungan, Brgy Libo, Carigara, Leyte. Ayon sa kanya, ang naturang NPA ay nasugatan noong nagkaroon ng sagupaan ang tropa ng 19th Infantry Battalion laban sa kanilang grupo noong Hulyo 18, 2015 sa Brgy Caghalo, Carigara, Leyte. Sa kadahilanang hindi siya binigyan ng agarang at karampatang lunas, siya ay namatay at minadaling inilibing lingid sa kaalaman ng kanyang mga mahal sa buhay.

Noong Abril 3, 2021, sa pakikipag-unayan sa Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) ng Rehiyon 8, isinagawa ang isang retrieval operation na binuo ng pinagsanib puwersa ng kapulisan ng Carigara, Leyte at 93rd Infantry Battalion upang hukayin at alamin ang pagkakakilanlan ng naturang bangkay. Sa tulong uli ng dating NPA, positibong niyang kinilala ang bangkay sa pangalang ELEAZAR SABIDALAS na mas kilala sa kilusan sa alyas na SANGAY. Si alyas SANGAY ay isang kumander ng dating Front Committee Leyte ng Eastern Visayas Revolutionary Party Committee.

Kasalukuyang hinahanap ang pamilya o kamag-anak ni alyas SANGAY upang ipabatid ang kanyang kalunos-lunos na sinapit at maihatid na rin siya sa huling hantungan. Ang naturang bangkay ay dinala sa Carigara Funeral Homes upang paghandaan ang isang maayos at marangal na libing.

Ayon sa salaysay ng dating kasamahang sumuko, ang walang pagpahalaga sa buhay ng bawat kasapi ang pangunahing dahilan kung kaya si alyas SANGAY ay tuluyang namatay. Sa halip na gamutin ang natamong sugat, siya ay sinadyang pinabayaan na siyang naging sanhi ng hindi pa napapanahong kamatayan.

Dagdag pa niya, karaniwan sa mga gawain ng teroristang CPP-NPA-NDF ay ang sadyang paglihim ng mga sinapit ng kanilang mga kasapi sa kani-kanilang pamilya. Layunin nito ay upang hindi magkaroon ng demoralisasyon sa kanilang hanay at hindi mabatid ng puwersa ng pamahalaan ang pagkakakilanlan ng bawat miyembro nilang nasawi.

Ayon kay Brigadier General Zosimo A. Oliveros, pinuno ng 802nd Infantry Brigade, “malinaw sa ating lahat na ang teroristang NPA ay walang pagpahalaga sa kanilang mga kasapi. Bale-wala sa kanila ang maaaring mararamdaman ng mga naulila, mga magulang na nawalan ng anak, mga kabataang nasira ang kinabukasan at mga pamilyang kanilang winasak. Sa kabila ng lahat, bilang mga Pilipino na may paniniiwala sa Panginoon, bigyan po natin ng halaga ang bawat buhay. Sa pagkakataong ito, nananawagan kami sa pamilya at kamag-anak, magtulungan po tayo para mabigyan ng marangal at maayos na libing ang ating kapwa Pilipino na si ELEAZAR SABIDALAS.”

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