Tuesday, October 12, 2021

46 CAFGUs beef up security vs NPA in Aurora

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Oct 12, 2021): 46 CAFGUs beef up security vs NPA in Aurora (By: Tonette Orejas)

At least 46 paramilitary troops have been deployed to Aurora to help the Philippine Army fight the New People’s Army there. (Photo courtesy of Fort Magsaysay)

The Philippine Army on Tuesday (Oct. 12) reported deploying at least 46 paramilitary troops to Aurora province to pursue supposed remnants of the New People’s Army there.

The members of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) under the Active Auxiliary (CAA) were sent off last Oct. 9, the 7th Infantry Division said in a statement from Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija.

The CAFGU finished a 45-day basic military training to “beef up security” and “eliminate” the remaining members of the NPA’s guerrilla front Sierra Madre, according to Lt. Col. Reandrew Rubio, 91st Infantry Battalion commander.

Rubio said the CAA is an “essential component of our administrative and operational clear-hold-support methodology, an important element in winning our counterinsurgency campaign in protecting the communities and the people from the coercive and abusive acts of the CTGs [communist terrorist groups].”

The last known intensified operations in Aurora were in September last year when soldiers clashed with members of the Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee.


2 soldiers, cop, 2 cohorts nabbed for peddling government firearms

From the Philippine Star (Oct 12, 2021): 2 soldiers, cop, 2 cohorts nabbed for peddling government firearms (By John Unson)

The five gunrunners are now detained, awaiting prosecution.
Philstar.com / John Unson

Five gunrunners, one of them a policeman and two soldiers, were arrested in the act of selling four assault rifles and five pistols in an entrapment operation Tuesday in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

Brig. Gen. Eden Ugale, director of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, identified the suspects as Eliver Jay Angot Soverano, Gleen Aragones Sangyao, Reynaldo Dechavez Dichosa, Morjan Tumindig and Adams Tumindig, now clamped down in a detention facility of the Datu Odin Sinsuat municipal police.

An initial check in the identities of the suspects indicated that Soverano is a policeman while his two accomplices, Sangyao and Dichosa are both soldiers.

The group was entrapped in Barangay Tamontaka, Datu Odin Sinsuat by personnel of the municipal police led by Lt. Col. Romel Dela Vega and other units under the Maguindanao provincial police office.

The sting that resulted in the arrest of the five suspects was laid with the help of intelligence agents from the Army’s 6th Infantry Division and local leaders aware of their gunrunning activities.

Seized from the suspects were three 5.56 caliber assault rifles, an M4 Carbine, two .45 caliber pistols, two Glock 9 millimeter pistols and a Zigana PX-9 pistol, all marked “government property,” identical with service firearms of soldiers and police personnel.

Ugale said credit for the arrest of Soverano, Sangyao, Dichosa and the Tumindigs, both residents of Barangay Tamontaka, should go to informants privy to their clandestine selling of government firearms.

Investigators placed at no less than P600,000 the value of the firearms confiscated from them.


State forces arrest 5 for gun-running attempt in Maguindanao

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 13, 2021): State forces arrest 5 for gun-running attempt in Maguindanao (By Edwin Fernandez)

SEIZED FIREARMS. Some of the high-powered firearms seized from five suspected gun-runners in Maguindanao on Tuesday (Oct. 12, 2021). Several of the confiscated firearms were issued by the government to military and police personnel. (Photo courtesy of Datu Odin Sinsuat MPS)

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao – Five men, including two soldiers and a police officer, were arrested for an alleged gun-running attempt here Tuesday.

Col. Jibin Bongcayao, Maguindanao Police director, has requested to withhold the identities of the arrested suspects pending investigation.

“The police is conducting further investigation to determine if they have companions still out there,” Bongcayao said in an interview with reporters here.

Seized during the 11 a.m. operation in Barangay Tamontaka were one 5.56-mm. Bushmaster rifle, two 5.56 M16 rifles, one M4 Carbine rifle, two .45 caliber pistols, two Glock 17 pistols, one ZIGANA 9-mm. pistol, marked money, identification cards, and mobile phones.

“Some of the firearms recovered were either issued by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police,” Bongcayao said.

The other two nabbed by the joint police-military team during the operation were a civilian and an employee of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Bongcayao said an undercover agent posed as a buyer of the firearms that were being sold for PHP500,000 during the entrapment operation.


Basilan poll officer, daughter ambushed

From the Manila Times (Oct 13, 2021): Basilan poll officer, daughter ambushed

Gunmen ambushed an election officer and his daughter in the Muslim province of Basilan just three days after deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy for next year's polls, reports said Tuesday.

Reports said Aknam Hasim was driving home with his daughter when armed men attacked them Monday evening in the capital city of Isabela.

Hasim and his daughter sustained gunshot wounds and were immediately brought to the hospital for treatment.

No individual or group claimed responsibility for the attack and the motives in the ambush of Hasim, the election officer of Maluso town, is still unknown.

It was unclear how the gunmen managed to sneak into the city and carry out the attack. The Commission on Elections has not released any statement and neither has the family of Hasim.

The ambush came a day after security forces recovered two improvised explosives in Sumisip town. The province has always been considered as a "hot spot" for violence during election time.


Sulu leaders rally behind Duterte

Posted to the Manila Times (Oct 13, 2021): Sulu leaders rally behind Duterte (By Al Jacinto)

Political leaders in the southern province of Sulu have given their support to President Rodrigo Duterte ahead of the elections next year.

Gov. Sakur Tan and his sons Vice Gov. Toto Tan and Rep. Samier Tan — who are all running unopposed — met with Duterte in Davao City on Monday.

Details of their meeting were not made public, but Samier released a set of photos showing them posing with Duterte.

"Our family and the rest of Sulu are with you all the way our dearest President," wrote Samier on his Facebook post.

His elder brother, Toto, also posted the same set of photos on his social media page and also thanked Duterte.

"Salamat po Tatay Digong," he posted.

The Tans, who are philanthropists and influential politicians not only in Sulu but also in other parts of the Muslim autonomous region, have previously made public announcement of their "unwavering and loyal support" to Duterte.

Sakur also vowed to support the vice presidential bid of Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, the president's long-time aide.

Nur-Raez Omar, one of the loyal supporters of the Tan clan, who shared the photos of Duterte and the trio, said: "A manifestation of a great leader is being recognized by the highest position in the land — the President of the Philippines himself. The father and his sons, equally competent and compassionate. A living proof of Kusug sin Tausug iban Pag-makusug sin Amah sin Bangsa Sug. May Allah always guide, strengthen and grant long life to our leaders and nama-mawgbug sin Lupah Sug."

Another supporter, Nahdin Jubaira, said: "The Patriarch of Sulu, Governor Abdusakur M. Tan with sons, Congressman Samier Tan of the first district of Sulu and Vice Governor Toto Tan with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in Davao. The siblings and the father who are seeking reelections in their respective present positions are unchallenged in the coming elections. It augurs well for the continued progress and development of Sulu. We are in good hands, Alhamdulillah!"

The governor said his municipal mayors and constituents are all behind Duterte. He even cited the president's leadership and concern for the poor, and the government's peace and development efforts not only in his province but the entire Muslim autonomous region.

He said the Tausugs wanted Duterte to run for the vice presidency despite his withdrawal from the political arena.

"Alam mo kaya gusto ko si President Duterte tumakbong vice president kasi as far as Sulu is concerned, napakaganda na ngayon ng Sulu. Tahimik, walang kidnapping, wala lahat, puro development ngayon. Kailangan may continuity, kung mawala yun continuity babalik na naman kami sa gulo," Sakur said.

He said the government's anti-insurgency and peace and development campaign in Sulu has drastically reduced the number of Abu Sayyaf members due to the mass surrender of militants under the auspices of the provincial government and the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.


CPP/Publication-Pasa Bilis: Not Ma’am, but Kas

Article from a regional publication posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Oct 13, 2021): Not Ma’am, but Kas


OCTOBER 13, 2021

Not Ma’am, but Kas
by Ka Yagi

SOMEWHERE IN BUKIDNON—Jane breathed in the late September air as she wrapped up her topic. “It’s raining regularly now,” she observed, concern creasing her forehead. “We’d need to adjust our set-up to make sure the rain doesn’t interrupt the educational discussions.”

When we sat down for her interview, she casually said that apart from the mud, it felt like just another day in front of her students who stared at her, focused, thirsty to learn.

But today, as in the past year, her students were no longer little children with notebooks and pencils but comrades, Red fighters and peasants, with their rifles and eagerness to sharpen their understanding of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. It was the last day of the NPA unit’s Basic Party Course near a peasant community in Bukidnon.

Jane joined the New Peoples’ Army in the middle of 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, when most professional teachers like her decided to wait it out for the Duterte administration to get its act together and resolve the public health crisis. She chose the offbeat path, she knew, one borne out of her steel resolve to continue serving the people outside the confines of the classroom. An M16 rifle and a huge backpack now took the place of her lesson plans and shoulder bag. A far cry from her usual implements, we observed. “Yes, but that’s how it is,” she replied with a dimpled smile.
Jane, interrupted

Jane herself came from a middle peasant background, whose family, although hard-up, saw it fit to send her to college on a scholarship. She worked nights on a local bakeshop in Davao de Oro to finance her studies, living frugally and making ends meet one semester at a time. When she graduated, job offers were scarce so when a volunteer teaching position opened in a barangay school—with a monthly honorarium of only P4,000 and no benefits—she leapt at the chance to practice her vocation. “That became my life for almost six years.”

But the realities of the country’s dire educational situation and the peasantry’s woes were a constant interruption. She recounted the bittersweet first few months of teaching in a peasant and small-scale mining community; although the students and their parents welcomed her warmly, the school barely had any books, facilities or teaching materials.

Living with her pupils in the community, she became not just their teacher but their parent as well. “I laughed with them, cried with them, shared life stories both good and bad,” she mused. As a parent herself, she ached when she saw how her pupils’ fingers trembled when holding a pen or a pencil, perhaps due to fatigue from working in farms, mines, or plantations. Young as they were, her pupils became unpaid labor who assisted their families in order to help provide for their daily needs.

She knew how arduous a peasant’s life was. She knew how hard it was to till the land. It took a little over four months of constant work to raise corn and rice. Banana after a year, sugarcane after a year, coconut after five to seven years. And yet the amount of time and sweat was never tantamount to what those who till the land received after harvest. Add to this the perennial exploitation they suffer in the hands of their parasitic landlords, usurers and buyers.

In the peasant and mining community she taught in, Jane said the worst kind of interruption was perpetrated by the AFP’s militarization, which always included aerial bombings, combat operations and “community service programs” by the soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. “It really angered me that the parents were constantly being subjected to psywar and forced to attend so-called peace summits that coerced them to surrender as either NPA fighters or sympathizers,” she remembered. News of killings of peasant leaders and activists in their town woke her up at night sometimes.

When the pandemic hit, Jane herself interrupted her life of six years. “I decided to become a Red fighter,” she said, almost self-consciously.
Serving the people 2.0

“I’m still not used to calling myself a hukbo. Half the time, it escapes my notice,” she explained. “It’s the small things that make you realize you really are a Red fighter,” she said. How so?

“Like when the peasant masses, hard-up as they are, give us ten kilos of rice or several of their chickens. When we do medical services and the smiles on their faces seem like it means the world to them. Or when they simply invite us warmly into their houses, offer us coffee, boiled sweet potatoes and tell us their troubles. The little things. That’s what makes you realize you’re a Red fighter—the love of the masses for you.”

In the Red army, Jane says she is no longer just a teacher, but a student of the masses. “Education here is never one sided, learning is never stale. What’s more, learning about the world in order to change it is an active process. I find that the key is to humbly submit yourself to be molded by the people’s war.” She admits that she had to unlearn a lot of the deeply-ingrained misconceptions and habits of her past life as a teacher. That of someone who knows all the answers.

“It’s the jolt of reality—you have a lot to learn about the masses and the revolution. One time, I was with a team doing mass work, and we conversed with a farmer who did not get one year of formal education but taught me about semi-feudal exploitation in the most comprehensive way possible. I filled pages upon pages of notes!” she happily remembered.

Jane is also part of the instructors pool in her NPA unit where she actively heads the literacy and numeracy program. “In a way, I am still practicing my teaching vocation because some of the Lumad and peasant recruits do not know how to read or write. But I can say this is more rewarding because I’m not just teaching them their ABCs and 123s but helping them become better servants of the people.”

Jane hopes to remain a teacher and a student of the Red army and the masses in the years to come. She teaches and learn, from theory to practice and back again. She aspires to not just talk about the revolution, but to continue to wage it. “It takes a lot of patience, self-remolding through criticism and self-criticism, and a healthy dose of revolutionary optimism despite of difficulty and sacrifice.”

We asked not Ma’am but Kas Jane how she was able to find an NPA unit to join. Did they have a hotline, we prompted jokingly. “Oh, when you’re in the rural areas, they’re just around. Even with all the focused military operations, Red fighters are still able to visit communities and do organizing. You can’t keep the fish out of the pond, you know.”


CPP/CIO: Call for collective action to extend aid to victims of massive flooding

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Oct 12, 2021): Call for collective action to extend aid to victims of massive flooding


OCTOBER 12, 2021

The Party calls on all revolutionary forces to lead in efforts to mobilize all possible resources to extend aid to all victims of massive flooding in various provinces, especially in northern Luzon.

Just several months after suffering from widespread economic devastation brought about by rains last December, millions of people of northern Luzon provinces have been ravaged again by widespread flooding following a few days of heavy rains and landslides brought by typhoon Maring. Widespread inundation has caused the destruction of thousands of homes and hundreds agricultural crops.

People have been forced to flee their homes and conggregate in evacuation centers where they are vulnerable to the spread of disease and infections. Cagayan province, one of the worst hit by the floods, saw spikes in Covid-19 infections last month, as well as in the period immediately after last year’s floods.

The most devastated are the peasant masses, the ethnic minority groups, gardeners and working people whose source of livelihood was damaged by floods. Large areas of vegetable and strawberry farms in Benguet are submerged in water. Hundreds of sacks of newly harvested corn were were washed away by raging waters. Classrooms and educational materials were destroyed. People fear that the plan to open the floodgates of Magat dam this afternoon will bring greater destruction.

As before, the Duterte government is showing utter lack of concern for the sufferings of the victims of massive flooding. People are again being left to fend off for themselves. For months, thousands were able to avoid fatal hunger only through the effort of their own organizations, with the assistance of private foundations.

The devastation caused by the floods underscore the need to urgently address the demands of the peasant masses for a suspension or cancellation of usurious debt as well as loans owed to government agencies, and the demand for higher farmgate prices for palay and other crops to allow them to recoup their costs. The situation also puts a spotlight on the grave conditions of feudal and semifeudal oppression and exploitation and the demand for genuine land reform.

Amid the massive disaster, all revolutionary forces, including units of the New People’s Army (NPA) must pay attention to addressing the urgent needs of the masses and help them surmount the devastation. Peasant mass organizations can immediately form mutual aid groups to help each other amid the devastation to their farms. As before, Red fighters of the NPA can form production brigades to help the people repair their farms and resume production as soon as possible.


CPP/NDF-PKM-Southern Mindanao: Same old, same new in next year’s reactionary elections

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Oct 11, 2021): Same old, same new in next year’s reactionary elections


OCTOBER 11, 2021

Over the weekend, the entire country was gripped with a new wave of predictions, plans and promises– not of how to overturn the devastation wrought by the Covid-19 public health crisis and the Duterte regime’s neglect and corruption on the face of it—but from the slew of reactionary politicians who filed their certificates of candidacy for the reactionary elections come May next year.

The buzz, however, failed to inspire either excitement or optimism among us farmers, farmworkers and Lumad, not to mention the disunity in the reactionary political opposition which will surely benefit the criminal Duterte clique. With the roster of candidates salivating over national and local posts, it is unsurprising that next year’s reactionary elections is shaping up to be the banal circus of same old, same new usual suspects.

In the provinces of Southern Mindanao, the same professional swindlers of landlords, bourgeois compradors and bureaucrat capitalists are vying for the posts their families have alternately occupied for decades. The parasitic clans of Duterte, Floirendo, del Rosario, Dayanghirang, Malanyaon, Uy, Cagas, etal still dominate the political race in the region, with their election war chest full to the brim from years and years of leeching on public coffers. The way it stands, the peasant and Lumad masses are looking at three to six more years of landgrabbing, hamletting or displacement for the expansion of banana plantations, mining, subdivisions, and infrastructure projects.

On a positive note, PKM leaders in local chapters around the region reported that, since September, a number of friendly politicians have already sent word of their intention to coordinate with authorities of organs of political power and mass organizations with regards to their campaign in the Red bases and guerilla zones. Unsurprisingly, majority of them expressed anti-Duterte and anti-AFP sentiments and are willing to unite on the basis of prompting the interests of the peasantry. These overtures are a big slap on the face of the 10th Infantry Division and the Regional Taskforce – ELCAC, which coerced politicians to “surrender” or issue persona non grata declarations against the CPP, NPA and NDFP, arrogantly usurped their civilian authority, made their towns and villages milking cows for useless and overpriced projects, and disturbed the peace and order of their communities with AFP detachments and RCSP.

We urge all PKM leaders and members to sieze this most opportune period to demand the minimum or maximum implementation of our genuine agrarian reform program and gain other victories in our economic and political campaigns. We must clinch particular programs and projects for health and education and to reverse the alarming rate of shrinking space of land for food production. We must also link with members of the Revolutionary Organization of Lumad and other organizations of indigenous people to advance their interests for self-determination and ancestral land.

The peasant masses in the region will reject the perpetuation of Duterte’s fascist military junta and whoever his factotum will be in the next year’s reactionary elections. While we have little expectation in the bourgeois elections, we nevertheless encourage all Filipino people to support nationalist and progressive individuals and organizations on the basis of defeating the Duterte ruling clique and advancing the national democratic interests of the masses.

The way we see it, if a Duterte stooge wins the reactionary presidency next year, the horrible present situation shall remain, especially the intense militarization in the countryside, sellout of our national patrimony to Chinese and US interests, negligence and corruption amid the Covid-19 crisis, and the heartless oppression and exploitation of the peasant and Lumad masses. This will drive more and more peasants to intensify all forms of resistance, particularly the revolutionary armed struggle.

If, however, the reactionary opposition prevails, no substantial change shall take over since the semi-colonial and semi-feudal order will still remain, albeit under a different puppet regime. Whatever the result, the people’s protracted war shall endure, outlasting the strongman-wannabe Duterte, just as we have said it will all along.


CPP/NDF-Southern Mindanao: Filipino children and the youth have always been fair game in AFP’s counterinsurgency madness

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Oct 10, 2021): Filipino children and the youth have always been fair game in AFP’s counterinsurgency madness


OCTOBER 10, 2021


On the anniversary of the death of Baby River Nasino, the child of political prisoner Reina Nasino, we remember all the children and youth who have fallen victims to the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ manic counterinsurgency campaigns of the past two decades. In the name of defeating the Filipino people’s just armed revolutionary resistance, the reactionary regimes, from Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the present Rodrigo Duterte, waged and continues to wage a bloody fascist war against the masses, children and youth included.

The AFP’s continuing militarization of hinterland villages in more occasions than one has resulted in several incidents of killings of children by its marauding troops. On the night of April 3, 2013, eight-year old Roque Antivo was walking home with his brother and uncle, both minors, when soldiers from the 71st IB fired at them indiscriminately. Roque was killed on the spot. “I shouted at them, ‘We are kids!’ his elder brother said later. Save for specific circumstances, almost the same fate befell 11-year old Daniel Ferrer in 2016 and 15-year old Juda Dagansan in 2014 when they were suddenly fired upon by AFP troops on combat operation, killing them instantly.

In the fascist tradition that forges the AFP, its undisciplined and trigger-happy soldiers figure in brawls during drunken or drug-filled nightouts, which unfortunately end in the killing of civilians, sometimes children. Eight-year old Sunshine Jabines came at the receiving end of the bullet from a drunk Pfc. Baltazar Ramos in a videoke bar of a mining village in Pantukan, Compostela Valley on the night of September 2, 2011.

More brazenly, as it is wont to do when killing unarmed civilians, the AFP sometimes misrepresents their victims as NPA child combatants in vain attempt to sweep their crimes under the rug. Nine-year old Grecil Buya suffered this egregious injustice when she was killed by the AFP troops in a military operation in Brgy. Kahayag, New Bataan in 2007. The 101st Brigade insisted that she had an M16 rifle when they mercilessly fired at her.

Lumad children are one of the more frequent victims as a result of sustained militarization, specifically the recruitment and arming of paramilitaries such as the Alamara and Bagani in the hinterlands of Southern Mindanao. Lumad students Alibando Tingkas, 15, and Obello Bay-ao, 19, were killed by the Alamara in Talaingod, Davao del Norte in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Under Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao in 2017 and the subsequent military siege of Talaingod since 2018, Lumad children were subjected to focused military operations and frequent aerial and artillery bombardment. Their Lumad schools were closed down, their communities peppered with military detachments, and their social and economic activities were subjected to constant surveillance.

Worst of all, children and the youth are being directly targeted by the most heinous attacks of the reactionary regimes under the auspices of their murderous counterinsurgency operation plans. Under Gloria Arroyo’s Oplan Bayanihan, eighteen-year old nursing student Marjorie Reynoso along with three others, Jonathan Venaro, 17, Lito Doydoy, 27, and Ramon Regase, 19, were abducted by military agents in Tagum City on September 19, 2003. Four days later, their bodies were found buried, heaped on top of each other in a shallow pit inside a banana plantation in Compostela, Maco town. The bodies bore torture marks, stab wounds, rope marks around their necks, and masking tapes covered their mouths. Marjorie’s skull was shattered by a bullet fired at close range. The murder came to be known as the Maco Four massacre.

None of the victims have since received any justice under the reactionary system, as either courts make the prosecution of AFP personnel or its agents too costly or dismiss point blank the complaints of families. The masses, therefore, look to the national democratic revolution to render revolutionary justice against the enemy. They rejoice in the tactical offensives carried out against AFP and PNP troops, which punish the fascist enemy for their crimes against Filipino children.

While the reactionary regimes have failed over the years to protect Filipino children from all forms of socio-economic and political attacks, the revolutionary movement strives to uphold the latter’s welfare, especially in the Red bases where revolutionary mass organizations and organs of political power hold sway. The landmark document NDFP Declaration and Program of Action for the Rights, Protection and Welfare of Children adopted in 2012 is a cornerstone in the establishment of the people’s democratic government in the countryside.

River Nasino’s death should endure to be a constant reminder of the inherent fascism of the semi-colonial and semi-feudal system against our children. It must also remind us that only by waging the people’s protracted war can this injustice be squarely put to an end.


CPP/NDF-KAGUMA-Southern Mindanao: On the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day 2021

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Oct 10, 2021): On the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day 2021


OCTOBER 10, 2021

In observance of the World Teacher’s Day, the regional chapter of Katipunan ng mga Gurong Makabayan (KAGUMA) in Southern Mindanao salutes all Filipino teachers for painstakingly devoting themselves to the education of the broad masses amid the upsurge of fascist attacks by the US-Duterte regime against teachers, their students and academic institutions, and its continued negligence of the education, especially during Covid-19 pandemic crisis. Thus, we mark this occasion with strong protest and condemnation of Duterte’s reactionary state, not only for making our teachers experimental lab rats of its bungled “blended learning,” but also for continuing to prey on Filipino’s human rights and assault academic freedom anchored in the regime’s counterinsurgency witchhunt.

Approaching the last year of his presidential term, Duterte has racked up the fascist suppression of teachers and academic institutions, especially the illegal and unjust closure of hundreds of Lumad community schools in 2019. We never forget how Duterte’s armed state forces illegally detained and tormented teachers Roshelle Porcadilla and Chad Booc along with students and their guardians after violently dragging them out of their learning sanctuaries earlier this year.

The brazen assault of the Lumad bakwit school in Cebu City will never be the last of Duterte’s brutal display of fascist force. As a matter of fact, we fear that more teachers and students are in danger of falling victims to many forms of violations as the McCarthyist National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) is set on clamping down on academic freedom. The Armed Forces of the Philippines via the NTF-ELCAC has not let-up on getting rid of the University of the Philippines – Department of National Defense (UP-DND) Accord, the landmark agreement that protects the university from military incursion.

More recently, schools and universities were forced to pull out NDFP books from their libraries along with other academic texts that the Duterte regime deemed “subversive.” It is fairly obvious that the rotten regime is afraid of a critical and educated population that threatens to end its tyrannical rule. Filipino teachers have long been in the crosshairs of Duterte’s fascism for being in a pivotal position to expose the systemic oppression of the semi-colonial and semi-feudal society.

Even Duterte’s proposed 2022 national budget manifests the regime’s criminal neglect, grave mispriority, and warmongering. Teachers remain underpaid despite being overwhelmed by the demands of distance and blended learning. It is absolutely insulting for teachers that the entry level salary of soldiers of the AFP is P6,000 higher than that of new public school teachers, not to mention the periodic increases in allowance and benefits of armed state agents that serve as Duterte’s loyal fascist lapdogs.

To make things worse, Duterte’s favored NTF-ELCAC will binge in its P28-billion peso beefed-up budget next year while the Commission on Higher Education (CheD) will endure the collosal P10-billion budget cut in the 2022 budget. Our public education has long been handicapped by state abandonment and neoliberal policies even before the onslaught of Covid-19 and is poised to suffer even further as academic institutions scramble to address specialized needs and challenges posed by the pandemic. Today, Duterte remains blind and deaf to the people’s call for universal access to education and safe resumption of physical classes.

At this unprecedented time of global public health crisis, Duterte’s misprioritization reflects the atrocious blueprint of his fascist regime: to victimize Filipinos with fascist impunity instead of ensuring the education of the masses.

Hence, we call on all Filipino teachers to join the growing resistance against the dying US-Duterte regime under the banner of Katipunan ng mga Gurong Makabayan (KAGUMA), the revolutionary mass organization of teachers. We must advance a nationalist, scientific, and mass-oriented educational system that confronts and dismantles Duterte’s anti-science governance, and responds to the collective well-being and development of the masses.

In order to overthrow the fascist Duterte regime, we call on teachers to join the armed struggle in the countryside, alongside the most underserved Lumad and peasant masses. It is imperative that we inculcate a liberating pedagogy and revolutionary culture that will end the class oppression of the toiling masses. It is therefore only through the national democratic revolution that education becomes a tool for national and social liberation instead of merely thriving as diploma mills of the capitalist cog of oppression.

In this manner, our oft-repeated parting gesture of “class dismissed” shall take a whole new meaning.

Filipino teachers and educators unite!
Resist and defeat the fascist attacks of the US-Duterte regime against the academe!
Advance the national democratic revolution until victory!


CPP/Ang Bayan Daily News & Analysis: Programang imprastruktura kontra mahirap, binatikos ng mga maralita

Ang Bayan Daily News & Analysis (Tagalog edition) posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Oct 12, 2021): Programang imprastruktura kontra mahirap, binatikos ng mga maralita


Binatikos ng mga maralitang lungsod ang mga mapang-aping patakaran ng rehimeng Duterte at pagbibigay prayoridad sa mga proyektong pang-imprastruktura ng malalaking kapitalista na nagresulta sa pagkawala ng tirahan ng hindi bababa sa 1.2 milyong maralitang Pilipino ngayong taon.

Ayon sa grupong Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay), tumaas ang bilang ng kakulangan sa tirahan sa bansa mula 5.5 milyon noong 2020 tungong 6.7 milyon ngayong taon. Noong Hulyo 2020, nasa 4.5 milyong Pilipino ang walang tirahan, tatlong milyon dito ay nasa Kamaynilaan.

Nagprotesta ang Kadamay kahapon sa harap ng upisina ng Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) upang makiisa sa paggunita sa Pandaigdigang Araw ng mga Nawalan ng Paninirahan. Kinundena nila ang pagtutulak ng ahensya ng kabi-kabilaang demolisyon sa ngalan ng programang “Build, Build, Build”g ng rehimeng Duterte.

Ayon kay Mimi Doringo, pangkalahatang kalihim ng Kadamay, malinaw ang anti-mamamayang prayoridad ng rehimeng Duterte. Sa badyet para sa 2022, umaabot sa ₱1.18 trilyon ang inilaan nito para sa malalaking proyektong imprastruktura tulad ng mga daan, sistema ng tren at iba pa. Ito ay habang ₱6.39 bilyon lamang ang inilaan para sa pabahay.

Ipinag-utos ng rehimen ang suspensyon ng mga demolisyon noong Abril 2020 dahil sa pagragasa ng pandemya. Binawi ito noong nagdaang Marso kahit nananalasa pa rin ang Covid-19 at sa aktwal ay mas lumaganap pa sa sumunod na mga buwan. Tinatayang umaabot sa 50,000 indibidwal sa Metro Manila pa lamang ang mawawalan ng tirahan sa nakaplanong mga demolisyon.

Sa taya ng Commission on Human Rights (CHR), umaabot sa tatlong milyon ang walang tirahan na hindi tumanggap ng ayuda sa nagdaang tatlong lockdown. Marami sa kanila ay mga manggagawang nawalan ng trabaho nang magsara ang kanilang mga pinapasukang kumpanya at napilitang manirahan sa lansangan. Sa kasalukuyan, umaasa lamang sila sa tulong mula sa mga institusyong mapagkawanggawa at organisasyong relihiyoso.

[In the face of the rapidly changing political and economic situation in the Philippines, as well as around the world, the newspaper Ang Bayan publishes daily news and analysis on key issues facing the proletariat and the Filipino people, as well as the oppressed people among others. Here you will find the latest news and articles of Ang Bayan.]


CPP/Ang Bayan Daily News & Analysis: NTF-ELCAC, may dagdag pa palang ₱4 bilyon

Ang Bayan Daily News & Analysis (Tagalog edition) posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Oct 12, 2021): NTF-ELCAC, may dagdag pa palang ₱4 bilyon


Nabunyag sa pagdinig sa Senado noong Oktubre 7 na bilyun-bilyong pisong dagdag na pondo pa ang matatanggap ng National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) liban sa badyet nito sa panukalang badyet sa 2022. Ito ay dahil inoobliga ng NTF-ELCAC ang iba’t ibang ahensya ng gubyerno na maglaan ng pondo ng “suportang pantustos” para sa gamit ng mga tauhan nito.

Sa naturang pagdinig, pinansin ni Sen. Nancy Binay na ang mga gastusing “administratibo” para sa pagpapatupad ng mga programa ng NTF-ELCAC ay ipinakakarga nito sa iba’t ibang ahensya. Partikular na tinukoy ng senador ang Department of National Defense (DND) at Department of Education (DepEd) na humihingi ng badyet para sa 2022 upang ipantustos sa mga pondong “administratibo” at “suporta” para sa NTF-ELCAC.

Nasa ₱120 milyon ang panukalang ilaan ng DND para sa naturang ahensya. Maging sa hinihining MOOE ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ay may nakalaan ring ₱36.8 milyon para rito. Sa tantya ni Senador Binay, sa kabuuan ay tatabo ang NTF-ELCAC ng karagdagang ₱4 bilyon mula sa iba’t ibang ahensya. Ito ay bukod pa sa hinihingi nitong ₱29.2 bilyon para sa susunod na taon.

Bago nito ay iniulat ng Ang Bayan na humingi rin ang Department of the Interior and Local Government ng ₱1.08 bilyon para ipampuno sa badyet ng NTF-ELCAC.

Ang NTF-ELCAC ay matagal nang pinupuna ng Partido na isang “civil-military junta” na binubuo ni Duterte at kanyang pinakamalapit na upisyal militar. Ipinailalim sa NTF-ELCAC ang lahat ng ahensya ng estado, pati na ang mga lokal na gubyerno, ay inoobliga na gumampan ng papel sa kontra-insurhensya. Marami ang nagrereklamong ahensya at lokal na upisyal na inaapakan sila ng NTF-ELCAC, binabago ang kanilang prayoridad at dinadamay sa mga mapanupil na programa tulad ng “pagpapasurender” sa mga tao bilang mga myembro ng BHB.

Malaking bahagi ng pondo ng NTF-ELCAC ay nakalaan sa Barangay Development Program (BDP) nito. Sa ilalim ng BDP, tutustusan umano ng ahensya ang pagpapatayo ng eskwelahan sa 280 barangay na “nalinis” na sa impluwensya ng rebolusyonaryong kilusan. Ngunit sa rekord ng DepEd, lumalabas na 247 sa mga barangay na ito ay mayroon nang nakatayong mga paaralan. May mga proyektong konstruksyon ng daan din na doble o triple ang alokasyon dahil nasa badyet din ang mga ito ng Deparment of Public Works and Highways.

Ayon sa PKP, ang pondong ito ng NTF-ELCAC ay “pork barrel” ng mga heneral. ang Batid kahit ng ilang senador na ang pondong matatanggap ng NTF-ELCAC ay gagamitin para sa eleksyong 2022.

[In the face of the rapidly changing political and economic situation in the Philippines, as well as around the world, the newspaper Ang Bayan publishes daily news and analysis on key issues facing the proletariat and the Filipino people, as well as the oppressed people among others. Here you will find the latest news and articles of Ang Bayan.]


CPP/Ang Bayan Daily News & Analysis: Pilipinong mamamahayag, binati sa pagkapanalo ng Nobel Peace Prize

Ang Bayan Daily News & Analysis (Tagalog edition) posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Oct 12, 2021): Pilipinong mamamahayag, binati sa pagkapanalo ng Nobel Peace Prize


Binati ng mga mamamahayag ang unang Pilipinong nakatanggap ng premyong Nobel Peace Prize para sa 2021. Iginawad ang pagkilalang ito noong Oktubre 8 kay Maria Ressa at sa mamamahayag na si Dmitry Muratov ng Russia. Ang Nobel Peace Prize ay burges na institusyon sa Norway.

Ayon sa grupong Altermidya, isang alyansa ng mga alternatibong mamamahayag sa Pilipinas na nagtatanggol sa kalayaan sa pamamahayag, nasaksihan nila kung paano “nanindigan kasama (ng mga mamamahayag) si Maria Ressa sa pakikibaka para sa kalayaaan sa pamamahayag.” Ang Altermidya ay isa sa grupong nangunguna sa Fight Back, isang kampanya para sa pagtatanggol sa mga mamamahayag sa harap ng mga pag-atake sa ilalim ng rehimeng Duterte.

Ayon sa National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), ang pagbibigay ng premyo kay Ressa ay dapat magpatampok sa kalagayan ng mga naninindigan para sa katotohanan laluna sa panahon na inaatake ang mga batayang kalayaan at demokrasya.

Si Ressa ang kauna-unahang Pilipino na tumanggap ng pagkilala mula sa institusyon. Isa siya sa tagapagtatag at kasalukuyang pinuno ng Rappler, isang online news portal na kilala sa mga artikulong kritikal at naglalantad sa korapsyon at sa huwad na “war on drugs” ng rehimeng Duterte. Dahil dito, mainit ang mata ni Duterte kay Ressa at ilang ulit na rin siyang pinagbantaan. Sinampahan si Ressa ng hindi bababa sa pitong kaso ng cyber libel at ilang beses nang nagpyansa.

Ang pag-atake ni Duterte kay Ressa ay bahagi ng tuluy-tuloy na paninindak at panggigipit niya sa masmidya, at nagpapakita ng peligrosong kalagayan ng pamamahayag sa Pilipinas. Sa nakaraang limang taon, 20 mamamahayag ang napaslang. Apat na mamamahayag ang kasalukuyang nakakulong — tatlo sa gawa-gawag mga kasong illegal possesion of firearms and explosives. May 37 naman na libel at cyber libel.

Ayon sa Nobel Peace Committee, ang paggawad sa dalawang mamamahayag ay pagkilala bilang pagkilala sa kanilang mga pagsisikap na “itaguyod at ipagtanggol ang kalayaan sa pamamahayag,” dahil ito ay “salalayan para sa demokrasya at pangkamatagalang kapayapaan.” Sa parehong panahon, kinakatawan nila “ang lahat ng mga mamamahayag na naninindigan para sa ideyal na ito sa mundong ang demokrasya at kalayaan sa pamamahayag ay nahaharap sa mahirap na kalagayan.”

Ang Nobel Peace Prize

Ang Nobel Peace Prize ay iginagawad ng isang komite na inihahalal ng parlamento ng Norway. Nagbibigay ng salapi ang Nobel Foundation na itinayo sa ngalan ni Alfred Nobel, isang industriyalista noong katapusan ng siglo 1800, na kilala sa pag-imbento ng dinamita.

Noong 2020, iginawad ang pagkilalang ito sa World Food Program na nakatanggap ng \$1,145,000 bilang premyo. Ibinibigay ito sa mga indibidwal, institusyon o grupo na may “pinakamalaki o pinakamahusay na nagawa sa pagsulong ng pagkakapatiran ng mga bansa, paglansag o pagbawas sa mga nakatayong hukbo, at pagtataguyod ng mga kongresong pangkapayaan.”

Ang pagbibigay ng Nobel Peace Prize ay sumasalamin sa pampulitikang paninindigang ng burgesya sa Europe at ng pagtutulak nito ng kanilang mga konsepto sa pulitika at ekonomya. Hindi miminsan na ibinigay nito ang premyo sa mga taong nakilala sa mga patakarang mapang-api at mapaniil.

Nitong nagdaang mga taon, kabilang sa binigyan ng Nobel Peace Prize si Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (2019) dahil diumano sa pagbuo ng kasunduang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng Ethiopia at Eritrea. Nitong nagdaang taon, ang gubyerno ni Ahmed ay naglunsad ng walang habas na gera at blokeyo sa Tigray region na nagresulta sa matinding kasalatan at kagutuman doon. Noong 2016, ibinigay ang Nobel Peace Prize kay Juan Manuel Santos, noo’y presidente ng Colombia, dahil sa pagtulak ng usapang pangkapayapaan na nagresulta sa pagdidisarma sa rebolusyonaryong grupong FARC, na malao’y nagbigay-daan sa pagpapakawala ng mga “death squad” na kaliwa’t kanang tumarget at pumatay sa mga rebolusyonaryo.

Noong 2008, ibinigay ang premyo sa noo’y bagong halal na presidente ng US na si Barrack Obama. Ilang taon paglipas, makikilala si Obama na sa pagpapalakas ng armadong presensya ng US sa Afghanistan, pagpapabagsak sa gubyerno ni Mohamar Qadaffi sa Libya, pangunguna sa programang asasinasyon at malawakang paggamit ng mga armadong drone sa Pakistan at Afghanistan na nagresulta sa ilampung libong namatay na mga sibilyan.

[In the face of the rapidly changing political and economic situation in the Philippines, as well as around the world, the newspaper Ang Bayan publishes daily news and analysis on key issues facing the proletariat and the Filipino people, as well as the oppressed people among others. Here you will find the latest news and articles of Ang Bayan.]


CPP/Ang Bayan Daily News & Analysis: Pumatay sa lider-maralita, pinarusahan ng BHB

Ang Bayan Daily News & Analysis (Tagalog edition) posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Oct 11, 2021): Pumatay sa lider-maralita, pinarusahan ng BHB


Ang kriminal na mamamatay-tao sa likod ng ekstrahudisyal na pagpaslang sa isang pambansang lider maralita ay pinarusahan ng Bagong Hukbong Bayan (BHB).

Ayon sa ulat noong Oktubre 2 ng Larab, rebolusyonaryong pahayagan sa Eastern Visayas, isinagawa ng mga pwersa BHB ang hakbang pamamarusa laban kay Jojo “Pekulo” Lucero noong Hunyo 25 sa Ormoc City, Leyte.

Si Lucero ay nahatulang may-sala ng hukumang bayan sa Leyte matapos mapatunayan na isa siya sa pumatay kay Carlito Badion, dating pangkalahatang kalihim ng Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay), grupo ng mga maralitang-lungsod, noong Mayo 28, 2020 sa Barangay Riverside, Ormoc City.

Sa isinagawang imbestigasyon sa kaso, napatunayang nasa ilalim ng proteksyon ng pulis si Lucero. Ayon sa nakalap na impormasyon, “sumuko” siya sa lokal na yunit ng Philippine National Police (PNP) matapos paslangin si Badion. Hindi siya sinampahan ng anumamng kaso. Sa halip, pinauwi siya at binigyan ng pabuya at grocery.

Maaalalang pinalalabas ng PNP na ang BHB ang nasa likod ng pagpaslang kay Badion.

Dagdag pa ng yunit ng BHB, kilalang kriminal na tauhan ng PNP si Lucero. Dati na siyang may mga kaso ng pagnanakaw. Marami ulit na siyang pina-blotter pero hindi siya inaaresto ng mga pulis.

[In the face of the rapidly changing political and economic situation in the Philippines, as well as around the world, the newspaper Ang Bayan publishes daily news and analysis on key issues facing the proletariat and the Filipino people, as well as the oppressed people among others. Here you will find the latest news and articles of Ang Bayan.]


CPP/Ang Bayan Daily News & Analysis: Mga pekeng party-list, pakawala ng NTF-ELCAC—PKP

Ang Bayan Daily News & Analysis (Tagalog edition) posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Oct 11, 2021): Mga pekeng party-list, pakawala ng NTF-ELCAC—PKP


Nagpakawala ang National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) ng tatlong pekeng “party-list” na gumagamit sa pondo ng gubyerno para maghasik ng maruming propaganda laban sa mga progresibong partido sa darating na eleksyon. Ito ang paliwanag ngayong araw ni Marco Valbuena, punong upisyal sa impormasyon ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP) kaugnay ng mga ulat na isa sa kinatawan ng mga grupong ito ay nagpapakilalang dating “mataas na upisyal ng NPA.”

Tinukoy ni Valbuena ang mga grupong “Abante Sambayanan,” “Mothers for Change,” at “Malasikit Movement” na pawang mga grupong binuo ng NTF-ELCAC.

“Asahan na natin na gagamitin ng NTF-ELCAC ang mga grupong ito para sa kanilang adyenda na palakasin ang impluwensya ng militar sa pulitika,” ani Valbuena. “Tiyak na gagamitin ng mga pekeng party-list na ito ang bilyun-bilyong pisong pondo ng NTF-ELCAC.” Nakatanggap ang NTF-ELCAC ng mahigit ₱19 bilyong pondo noong 2020 na malaking bahagi ay ginagamit sa maanomalyang Barangay Development Program.

“Dapat ilantad at puspusang labanan ang kampanya ng red-tagging at pagbabansag na terorista laban sa mga grupong progresibo at makabayan.”

Kinatawan ng grupong Abante Sambayanan si Jeffrey Celiz na nagpapakilalang “Ka Eric” na diumano’y dating tauhan ng National Operational Command (NOC) ng BHB. Nauna nang itinanggi ni Ka Oris, tagapagsalita ng NOC, na hindi nila ni minsan nakilala itong si Celiz.

Ani Valbuena, si Celiz ay isang bayarang tagasunod ng NTF-ELCAC at ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) na gumagawa ng mga “pantastikong” kwento para magmukha siyang importante. Dati siyang aktibista pero matagal nang nabulok nang naging tauhan siya ng pulitiko sa Iloilo at naimbwelto sa droga. Isinama siya noong 2017 sa “narcolist” ni Duterte. Para hindi siya madiin, sumuko na lang ang nakipagtulungan si Celiz sa AFP. Matagal na siyang laging tagapagsalita sa mga palabas ng NTF-ELCAC.

Pawang mga kilalang tauhan din ng NTF-ELCAC ang nagbuo ng iba pang nabanggit na pekeng party-list, kabilang si Mocha Uson at si Celine Pialago.

[In the face of the rapidly changing political and economic situation in the Philippines, as well as around the world, the newspaper Ang Bayan publishes daily news and analysis on key issues facing the proletariat and the Filipino people, as well as the oppressed people among others. Here you will find the latest news and articles of Ang Bayan.]


CPP/Ang Bayan Daily News & Analysis: Pagluluwag sa dayuhang pagmamay-ari, mapanganib—mga akademiko

Ang Bayan Daily News & Analysis (Tagalog edition) posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Oct 11, 2021): Pagluluwag sa dayuhang pagmamay-ari, mapanganib—mga akademiko


Nagbabala ang pinakamataas ng organisasyon ng mga propesor ng University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman laban sa mga panukalang pagluluwag sa mga restriksyon sa dayuhang pagmamay-ari sa mga negosyo, serbisyo at rekursong Pilipino. Ayon sa University Council ang mga batayan at pangako ng mga panukalang ito ay “di reyalistiko” at “labis na pinalaki” o eksaherado. Habang pinapalakpakan ang mga ito ng mga dayuhang negosyante, matagalan at seryoso ang mga risgo na dala nito sa bansa.

Ang University Council ay binubuo ng mga propesor at tauhang akademiko ng UP-Diliman. Ang pahayag nito ay ipinabatid noong Oktubre 8 sa publiko ng UP Center for Integrative Development Studies’ Political Economy Program.

Partikular na tinutulan ng mga akademiko ang sumusunod:

1) pag-amyenda sa Public Service Law o Senate Bill (SB) 2094 na magtatanggal sa telekomunikasyon, transportasyon at iba pa sa listahan ng mga “pampublikong serbisyo” at sa gayon ay magbubukas sa mga ito sa 100% dayuhang pagmamay-ari

2) pag-amyenda sa Foreign Investments Act of 1991 (SB 1156) na magpapahintulot sa ang dayuhang pagmamay-ari sa maliliit at katamtamang-laking negosyo o yaong mga negosyong may kapital na $100,000 (o ₱5 milyon) paitaas.

3) pag-amyenda sa Retail Trade Liberalization Act of 2000 na magpapahintulot sa dayuhang pagmamay-ari sa sektor ng pagtitingi sa pamamagitan ng pagbababa sa minimum na rekisitong puhunan mula $2.5 milyon (₱125 milyon) tungong $1 milyon (₱50 milyon) na lamang.

Ang SBN 2094, ayon sa mga akademiko, ay maaaring magbigay-daan sa mga dayuhan na kontrolin ang telekomunikasyon at pampublikong transportasyon—mga serbisyong esensyal sa takbo ng ekonomya at lipunan. Pangamba ng mga akademiko, maaari “i-hostage” ang mga serbisyong ito ng sinumang dayuhang nagmamay-ari, laluna sa panahon ng mga emergency. Posible ang ganitong senaryo laluna sa panahon na nagriribalan ang malalaking dayuhang kapangyarihan sa larangan ng militar, ekonomya at cyberspace.

Magiging mas mahal din ang mga serbisyong ito dahil mangingibabaw ang pagtitiyak ng tubo kaysa pangangalaga sa pampublikong interes, dagdag pang babala ng mga akademiko.

“Sa ilalim ng SBN 1156 at 1840, itatambad naman sa dayuhang kompetisyon ang maliit at katamtamang-laking negosyo, na bumubuo sa 90% ng pormal na ekonomya, sa panahong winasak ng pandemya ang maraming negosyo,” anila.

Nanawagan ang mga akademiko ng UP sa mga mambabatas na tumindig at palakasin ang kapasidad sa ekonomya ng mamamayang Pilipino imbes na umasa sa dayuhang kapital para ibangon ang ekonomya. Anila, ililimita ng mga panukalang nabanggit ang mga oportunidad sa ekonomya ng mamamayan—kabilang ang mga gradweyt ng unibersidad—kung ang mga ito ay ididikta ng mga interes ng dayuhan.

[In the face of the rapidly changing political and economic situation in the Philippines, as well as around the world, the newspaper Ang Bayan publishes daily news and analysis on key issues facing the proletariat and the Filipino people, as well as the oppressed people among others. Here you will find the latest news and articles of Ang Bayan.]


Kalinaw News: Partnership Agreement to Provide Housing for Indigenous Families in Pampanga signed

Posted to Kalinaw News (Oct 13, 2021): Partnership Agreement to Provide Housing for Indigenous Families in Pampanga signed

CAMP AQUINO, TARLAC CITY- The local government of Porac, Pampanga, Northern Luzon Command, and the Philippine Business for Social Progress, a non-government organization signed a Partnership Agreement on Tuesday to provide housing units for the relocation and resettlement of the indigenous families in Barangay Sapang Uwak, Porac, Pampanga.

The agreement was crafted to establish the obligations of the parties involved, the implementation of the project, and the time frame to efficiently reach the desired outcome which is the completion of 60 housing units, a barangay hall, and a community cultural center in Brgy. Sapang Uwak.

Lt Gen Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr, Commander of the AFP’s Northern Luzon Command, said that “This community development initiative will aid in the construction of much-needed homes for indigenous people living in high-risk zones.”

The materials and budget of the ‘Sapang Uwak Housing Project’ will be from the pledges and donations of various stakeholders.

The 522nd Engineer Construction Battalion, an army engineer unit under the operational control of NOLCOM will be leading the project in terms of manpower and technical expertise, with the support of the local government of Porac.

Lt Gen Burgos said, “by our collaboration, we will make housing more accessible to our indigenous people in Barangay Sapang Uwak while integrating creative programs, and assistance that will improve the quality of their living condition.”

Since the Indigenous People remains to be the most vulnerable sector of the society from the exploits of the communist terrorists, NOLCOM has initiated various capacity-building programs that aim to create an environment of inclusivity with the tribal sectors in Northern and Central Luzon. It has partnered with the National Commission on Indigenous People for the creation of NOLCOM’s Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Desk (IPAD) on January 11 to efficiently address the issues of the indigenous people that might be exploited by the communist terrorists and their front organizations.

Additionally, a Tribal Chieftains Summit was also conducted last March 20, and an IP- Youth Leadership Summit on 30 July, all orchestrated to strengthen the culture of peace and inclusive development among the indigenous people.

[Kalinaw News is the official online source of information on the pursuit for peace in the Philippines This website is a property of the Civil-Military Operations Regiment, Philippine Army located at Lawton Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Contact us: kalinawnews@cmoregiment.com]


Kalinaw News: Escalante barangays receive farm machinery under SBDP

Posted to Kalinaw News (Oct 12, 2021): Escalante barangays receive farm machinery under SBDP

SAGAY CITY, Negros Occidental — The Local Task Force ELCAC of Escalante City in collaboration with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade, and 79th Infantry “Masaligan” Battalion successfully turned over farm machinery worth a total of PhP20,695,000 to the seven (7) recipient barangays in a ceremony held at Escalante City Coliseum on Monday, October 11, 2021.

Nine (9) units of four-wheel drive tractor with complete implements and two (2) hand tractors were turned over to Barangays Paitan (2), Dian-ay (2), Mabini (1), Libertad (1), Pinapugasan (1), Udtongan (1), and Washington (1), all of Escalante City. These projects were funded through the Local Government Support Fund – Support to the Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP) initiated by the National Government.

Gracing the turn-over ceremony was Escalante City Mayor Melecio “Beboy” Yap Jr.; 303rd Infantry Brigade Commander Brigadier General Inocencio I Pasaporte PA; Lieutenant Colonel J-jay T Javines, Commanding Officer of 79IB; Brgy Chairman of the 7 beneficiary barangays headed by Hon. Richardy Pios, ABC President; Ms. Sharon Cadigal, City Local Government Operation Officer; and Ms. Fatima Daiz, DILG Negros Occidental Cluster Leader.

Out of 25 barangays in Northern Negros which were considered “cleared” from the influence of communist rebels, 14 are from Escalante City.

Speaking on behalf of the recipient barangays is Association of Brgy Captain President Hon. Richard C Pios Sr. “We are very happy that our barangay is one of the beneficiaries of BDP. The provision of farm tractors would definitely help our farmers increase their farm production and secure additional income for their families, said Hon. Pios.

Escalante City Mayor Melecio “Beboy” Yap Jr. lauded the efforts of the Philippine Army and underscore the importance of the active participation of the populace in defeating the insurgency. “The Philippine Army and the Armed Forces have done their share. Now, it is our time to do our part. We will not only bring the government closer to the people but we will involve the people in our governance”, said Mayor Yap.

In response, BGen Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade Commander said, “The event marked the beginning of the roll-out of the BDPs in the province cleared of CTGs affectation. These projects would bring benefits not only to the recipient barangays but also to the entire province.

For his part, Lt. Col. J-jay Javines, Commanding Officer of 79IB said that the implementation of BDP was the response of the Government to the issues and concerns being exploited and used by the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) which were found out during the immersion of the CSP teams in those previously affected barangays.

“As your partner in this endeavor, we will continue to do our sworn duty; that is to protect the peace and order not just in Escalante City but in the whole Northern Negros as well”, said Lt.Col. Javines.

[Kalinaw News is the official online source of information on the pursuit for peace in the Philippines This website is a property of the Civil-Military Operations Regiment, Philippine Army located at Lawton Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Contact us: kalinawnews@cmoregiment.com]


Kalinaw News: Abu surrenders to troops in Tawi-Tawi

Posted to Kalinaw News (Oct 12, 2021): Abu surrenders to troops in Tawi-Tawi (By Lordy Clemente)

Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – October 12, 2021

A follower of the Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf Group/Kidnap-for-ransom group surrendered to the military in Tawi-Tawi on October 11.

Abu Sayyaf Group member Maja Misal, a.k.a. Madz/Mitz, 21 years old and presently residing in Barangay Silubong, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, yielded to the troops of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi at around 9:00 a.m. Monday. He handed over one M1 Carbine rifle with a magazine and 10 rounds of live ammunition.

According to Colonel Romeo Racadio, Commander of JTF Tawi-Tawi, Misal is the son of the late ASG member Misal Jumsah who was killed during an encounter with the government forces at Sitio Kanbaddal, Barangay Panglayahan, Patikul, Sulu sometime in 2017. Following the death of his father, Misal went on lie-low status.

Major General Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command said Misal made the right decision and spared himself from being killed in armed confrontations. “He is still young and a brighter tomorrow awaits him. We are here to assist him in his reintegration into mainstream society,” Major General Rosario, Jr. stated.

“We want to work for peace without the use of arms and prevent bloodshed, and, in this light, we are encouraging other Abu Sayyaf bandits, as Filipinos, to lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law. We continue to work closely with the local government and our partners to turn the strongholds of the Abu Sayyaf into a peaceful community,” the commander added.

The surrendered personality was subsequently presented to the local government of Tawi-Tawi at the headquarters of the 2nd Marine Brigade in Sanga-Sanga, Bongao where he received a sack of rice, one water container, and a box of assorted food packs from TABANG BARMM. Present during the ceremony were Tawi-Tawi Provincial Police Office Director, Police Colonel Bonard Briton; Bongao Municipal Administrator Mary Ann Abdulmunap; and MILG OIC Provincial Director Cidrimar Maring.

Misal is the 4th ASG member who surrendered in Tawi-Tawi this year.

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Kalinaw News: Two CTG members surrender to authorities

Posted to Kalinaw News (Oct 12, 2021): Two CTG members surrender to authorities

Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija — Following the surrender of two female members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in Dipaculao, Aurora last week, another two former CTG members decided to present themselves to the authorities on October 09, 2021.

Lieutenant Colonel Reandrew P Rubio, Commanding Officer of 91st Infantry (SINAGTALA) Battalion, Philippine Army identified the two as alias ka Omar/Marceal/Akong, of Guerilla front 2 and alias Ka Agnes both residents of Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija.

The surrender was attributed to the intensified security operations of the Army and PNP in its Area of Operations.

Lieutenant Colonel Rubio once again called on the members of the CTG to surrender now and become the government’s partner in community development.

“Again, our doors are open to receive those who are still in the underground movement and facilitate their ECLIP and other necessary assistance from different agencies of the government,” Lieutenant Colonel Rubio said.

On the other hand, the two expressed their desperation to be with their families and live in peace.

“We wanted to be at peace, to live peacefully together with our family. We want a happy family. We sought help from our friends and relatives who in turn coordinated with the military,” they said.

“Nagkaroon pa po kami ng kaaway sa halip na maging mapayapa ang aming pamumuhay. We could no longer bear the violent orders to take down those who oppose the rebellion,” the added.

Meanwhile, the Acting Commander of the 7th Infantry (KAUGNAY) Division, Philippine Army Brigadier General Luis Rex D Bergante PA lauded the two CTG surrenderers for doing the right thing and realizing that attaining peace and progress is not found by joining the terrorist organization.

“We are attributing the influx of surrenders of former CTG members with the intensified peace and security operations of the Army and PNP complemented with the efforts of the MTF-ELCAC addressing the root causes of insurgency through the Whole of Nation Approach. Welcome na welcome pa din ang mga natitirang miyembro ng CTG na sumuko, lumapit lamang sa ating kasundaluhan o kapulisan para kayo ay maalalayan ng maayos,” said Brigadier General Bergante.

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Kalinaw News: CSP, the ultimate weapon in defeating the NPA in Northern Luzon

Posted to Kalinaw News (Oct 12, 2021): CSP, the ultimate weapon in defeating the NPA in Northern Luzon

CAMP AQUINO, TARLAC CITY- Northern Luzon Command revealed that the unprecedented influx of rebel surrenders in Northern and Central Luzon is attributed to their on-going massive community support program (CSP) activities.

CSP is a flagship program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) used to clear the community of NPA infestation while neutralizing the politico-military structure the rebels established in the barangay. It involves immersion of personnel in the identified barangays and the conduct of various community engagements geared towards addressing the needs of the people.

Per NOLCOM’s record, for the 1st part of CY 2021, 101 CSP Teams have been deployed to 101 NPA-infested barangays, while another 18 CSP Teams will be deployed to 18 barangays in the latter part of the year.

The deployment of CSP Teams allowed the security forces, local government units, and other government agencies to effectively implement localized peace engagements by establishing a line of communication with the identified family members and loved ones of the communist rebels, who on their part become key communicators during the negotiations.

It can be recalled that on September 15 through CSP, seven combat-weary communist rebels surrendered to government troops in Baggao, Cagayan and yielded all of their seven high-powered firearms. At present, NOLCOM recorded a total of 655 communist rebels who returned to the government fold and yielded a total of 273 firearms from 01 January 2021 to date. These are apart from the 780 members of NPA-affiliated mass organizations who withdrew their support from the terrorist group.

NOLCOM Chief Lieutenant General Arnulfo Marcelo B Burgos Jr emphasized that ‘instead of focusing solely on the conventional military approach’, they are working on addressing the issues that are being exploited by the communist rebels to deceive the community folks and gain their support through the community support program which serves as their ultimate weapon in defeating the communist terrorists.

Lieutenant General Burgos stressed that “CSP allows the government to send its message of peace and reconciliation to the communist rebels through their friends and families in the community. This gives us the opportunity to address their grievances while encouraging them to return to mainstream society.”

Lieutenant General Burgos also emphasized that, “CSP serves as a bridge that brings the government closer to the people in far-flung communities, which are often the target of exploitation by the communist terrorists. With the CSP, we were able to assist government agencies in the delivery of needed basic services and in the implementation of different government programs and projects that will allow development to gain traction to those affected communities.”

For this year, 18 barangays in Northern and Central Luzon were each granted 20M development fund for the implementation of several community development projects under the Barangay Development Program (BDP). The BDP is a program of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF – ELCAC) that is anchored on the CSP of the AFP. These 18 barangays were previously considered NPA-infested but were already declared free from the clutches of the terrorist group by NOLCOM.

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Kalinaw News: Former rebel in Bohol gets 65k E-CLIP assistance

Posted to Kalinaw News (Oct 11, 2021): Former rebel in Bohol gets 65k E-CLIP assistance

CARMEN, Bohol – @Jenny (not her real name), a Former Rebel who surrender through the continuous efforts and sequence of negotiations received the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program or E-CLIP financial assistance during the Regional “Dagyawan sa Barangay” at Talakayan sa Mamamayan” and Serbisyo Caravan on October 7, 2021 at Brgy Lomangog in the municipality of Ubay, Bohol.

A total of Sixty-Five Thousand pesos (Php 65,000.00) financial benefits in which 15,000 pesos is for the immediate assistance and another 5, 000 pesos for the livelihood assistance was received by @Jenny for her integration into the community to start over with her new life away from fear, threat, and uncertainty from the CTG.

Said remuneration from the Provincial Government of Bohol headed by Hon Arthur C Yap was handed-over by Director Jerome Gonzales, DILG-Bohol and was witnessed by Lieutenant Colonel Allyson A Depayso, Commanding Officer of 47th Infantry Battalion, Hon Constantino Reyes, Municipal Mayor, Ubay, Bohol and Mr. Renato Espinosa, Head, CD-ART who represents Governor Yap, different local government agencies and the constituents of Brgy Lomangog, Ubay, Bohol.

E-CLIP is a government program that has been already institutionalized, which aims to help the Former Rebels (FRs) restore their allegiance to the government as they embrace the true meaning of peace. Aside from providing various assistance, said initiatives also encourage a snowball of surrenders among the NPA ranks who yearn to live peacefully with their families as they can readily avail E-CLIP benefits once they decide to denounce violence and other hostile acts which victimize even the helpless civilians.

“Dagyawan sa Barangay” from the word Dagyaw, a Hiligaynon term that connotes “Bayanihan”, serves as an avenue for an active engagement between the government and the populace, further bring the basic services and vital programs to the people.
“To our brothers who are still in the mountains, it is now the high time to lay down your arms and return to the folds of the law. Do not waste your life fighting with the wrong ideology. Think of your future with your family, who are untiringly waiting for you to return. The government is sincere in opening its door to a new and productive life for anyone who desires to go back in the mainstream society. The government will provide all the necessary assistance as you start living a normal life away from the shadow of hostility. We encourage you to be part of this genuine peace that we are incessantly pursued. We assure you that your soldiers here in Bohol are doing the best thing to resolve issues at the grassroots level. Together, we can put an end to this decades-long armed conflict,” Lieutenant Colonel Depayso emphasized.

The 47IB, together with the PGBH and other line agencies, will continue to carry out its mandate of helping the FRs facilitate their financial assistance.

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UK renews vow to deploy offshore patrol vessels in Southeast Asia

From Rappler (Oct 12, 2021): UK renews vow to deploy offshore patrol vessels in Southeast Asia (By JAIRO BOLLEDO)

UK warships HMS Spey and HMS Tamar would be deployed to sail in the Indo-Pacific region

A United Kingdom (UK) official has reiterated her country’s intent to deploy permanent offshore patrol vessels in Southeast Asia during a meeting with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana last week.

“Minister [Amanda] Milling conveyed the UK's intent to maintain two offshore patrol vessels permanently in Southeast Asia, as a demonstration of its long-term commitment to the Indo-Pacific region,” the Department of National Defense (DND) said in a statement Tuesday, October 12.

The defense department said Milling, the newly appointed UK Minister for Asia at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, met Lorenzana on Friday, October 8, to discuss the defense relations between the two countries.

As early as July, the UK announced that it would permanently deploy its warships – HMS Spey and HMS Tamar – to guard the Indo-Pacific region. Offshore patrol vehicles were used to ensure maritime security in coastal areas, as well as for effective disaster relief.

In an article in August, China-run Global Times undermined the UK’s plan and said the ships would be deployed to maintain the UK's “presence in Asia.” The Global Times added that the UK “doesn't have the ability to intervene in regional hotspot issues.”

The deployment of patrol vehicles would strengthen the security of the Indo-Pacific amid the continuous threats of China. The reiteration of the UK’s plan also coincided with the recent signing of the Australia, UK, and United States (AUKUS) trilateral agreement, which seeks to strengthen the presence of the three nations in the Indo-Pacific region.

“The AUKUS trilateral security partnership was also discussed, the intent of which, per Minister Milling, is to support Australia's capability to contribute to security in the region,” the DND said.

Australia defense chief informs Lorenzana of maritime pact with US, UK

Aside from the trilateral relations, Lorenzana and Milling also discussed the bilateral defense cooperation between the two countries.

“During the meeting, which was also attended by UK Ambassador to the Philippines Laure Beaufils, the two Ministers discussed developments in bilateral defense cooperation between the Philippines and the UK, which is being implemented under the 2017 Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation,” the defense department said.

The memorandum was signed in December 2017 between the DND and the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The agreement facilitated continuous defense cooperation between the two countries.


Lorenzana meets Turkey defense chief to discuss military projects

From Rappler (Oct 12, 2021): Lorenzana meets Turkey defense chief to discuss military projects (By JAIRO BOLLEDO)

The two defense chiefs discuss the Philippines’ acquisition of amphibious armored combat vehicle from Turkey, among other topics

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana met his Turkish counterpart, Minister Hulusi Akar, to discuss the updates on ongoing military projects between the two countries.

The Department of National Defense (DND) said on Monday, October 11, that Lorenzana and Akar talked over the phone on October 1, marking their first bilateral meeting between the two since 2016.

According to the DND, the two defense chiefs discussed the updates on the Philippines' procurement of military assets from Turkey.

“The Secretary of National Defense (SND) looked forward to the completion of the projects and expressed appreciation for Turkey’s continued interest to support the Philippine defense department’s ongoing modernization efforts,” the defense department said.

Lorenzana and Akar discussed the Philippines' acquisition of amphibious armored combat vehicles from Turkey, as well as the projected delivery of two attack helicopters, which supposedly arrived in the country in September.

The DND had allotted a total of $269.38 million for six T-129 Attack Helicopters from Turkish aerospace companies. While the defense department awaits the delivery of two attack helicopters this year, the remaining two units will be delivered in February 2022, while the other two in February 2023.

Aside from military assets, the two defense chiefs also discussed the military cooperation between the two countries.

“The two ministers hoped to further develop bilateral defense cooperation to cover other areas of mutual interest, including but not limited to peacekeeping, through expertise, education, and training exchange, among other possible forms of cooperation,” the DND said.

In 2018, the DND and the Presidency of Defense Industries of Turkey signed a memorandum on defense cooperation, which covered nation-to-nation purchase, production, and transfer of defense technology.

In 2015, a Turkish navy warship made a friendly visit to Manila, marking the first time a Turkish vessel visited the Philippines.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries were etablished in 1949. Turkey is a member of the International Contact Group on Mindanao, which supported the peace process between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Turkey was also part of the Peace Committee for South Philippines, which also helped in the government's peace talks with the Moro National Liberation Front.


Family of NPA surrenders to Army

From the Mindanao Times (Oct 12, 2021): Family of NPA surrenders to Army (BY RHODA GRACE SARON)

Photo courtesy of 8th Infantry Battalion

A FAMILY of communist guerrillas, including a minor and two pregnant women, surrendered to the soldiers of the 8th Infantry battalion in Bukidnon.

The military
identified them as Diden Landasan, 43, the finance officer; Ronald, 47, squad leader; Honey Mae, 21, medic, and alias Yassi, 16. They were all of Guerilla Front 89, Sub-Regional Committee 2 (SRC2), NorthCentral Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC).

1Lt. Abigail Lorenzo, the acting civil-military operations officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion, Ronald brought his .45 caliber pistol and a hand grenade in their surrender. Diden said that she now wants to live a peaceful life.

“We want to live peacefully. My daughter Yassi was only 14 years old when she joined and became an NPA,” she said.

“Meanwhile, my daughter Honey is seven months pregnant. I am afraid that they will die in the mountains fighting for the wrong ideology,” she further said.

Lt. Col. Edgardo Talaroc Jr, commander of the 8IB, said the Landasan family had already undergone medical check-ups to ensure that they are healthy.

Honey, who was pregnant, will be scheduled to undergo pre-natal check-up to guarantee her safe delivery in a few months, ” Talaroc said.

“We in the government are happy that the family decided to return to the fold of the law and end the useless armed struggle. We hope that we will be able to save many families in the future. They deserve to live peacefully and happily,” he said.

In his statement also, Brig. Gen. Ferdinand Barandon, the commander of the 403rd Infantry Brigade, said the surrender of Diden with his family is a manifestation of the effective implementation of Executive Order 70 ni President Rodrigo Duterte including the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP).

“We further urge the remaining communist NPA terrorists (CNTs) to return to their families and choose the peace and development programs brought by the government,” Brandon said.