Philippines: Peasants Shut Down Trial of Political Prisoners

Tiamzon couple hearing suspended as Quezon City Courthouse Shuts Down

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court suspended work today, as peasants and activists protested on its grounds and called for the release of political prisoners Wilma and Benito Tiamzon.

 

BY DEE AYROSO
Bulatlat.com

 

MANILA – The pre-trial hearing of political prisoners Wilma and Benito Tiamzon was deferred today, Oct. 21, as the Quezon City Hall of Justice suspended work for the day at around 8:30 a.m., prompted by a protest of more than 1,000 peasants outside the court.

Detained Tiamzons cheering with peasant protesters (Photo by DEE AYROSO / bulatlat.com)

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Philippines: Rebels warn MILF: “Don’t give up your weapons”

[see the news article, followed by the statement from the National Democratic Front of the Philippines -- Mindanao. -- Frontlines ed.]

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by Germelina Lacorte, Philippine Daily Inquirer Mindanao

 Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

[JORGE MADLOS, spokesperson of the National Democratic Front in Mindanao, in this photo taken December 2003 in his then hideout somewhere in Surigao del Sur AFP]

DAVAO CITY—Two weeks ago,  amid calls for the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army to return to the negotiating table with the government, Left leader Satur Ocampo had urged President Aquino to “uphold his vow to resume peace talks”  with the insurgent group, just like he did with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

But over the weekend, the communist National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) warned the Moro group against the government’s  “devious scheming” with regard to the framework agreement it signed early this month.

In a statement e-mailed to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jorge Madlos, NDFP spokesperson in Mindanao, warned the MILF against readily giving up its arms, and said that agreeing to decommission its Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) would render the group useless in protecting the rights of the Moro people.

“Learning lessons from the    past, the MILF should not easily relinquish its effective military strength on the whim of the reactionary government so that it can continue to defend the interests of the entire Moro people,” said Madlos, also known as Ka Oris. Continue reading

Philippines: “Support the Moro struggle against the Aquino regime’s deceptiveness”

[Reporting on the recently-announced negotiations and agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Philippine government, this article from Ang Bayan (organ of the Communist Party of the Philippines) traces the CPP's view of the agreement, its dangers, and the CPP's relationship with the Moro Independence movement. -- Frontlines ed.]
Editorial, Ang Bayan
October 21, 2012
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the national-democratic revolutionary forces are among the most ardent advocates of the Moro people’s struggle for their right to national self-determination.
The Program for a People’s Democratic Revolution supports the struggle of national minorities against chauvinism and oppression and recognizes their aspirations for autonomy and their right to secede from the ruling oppressive state. This support is also unequivocally contained in the 12-Point Program of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
The struggle of the Filipino and Moro peoples are tightly intertwined. Both of them resist the same reactionary state that oppresses and exploits the toiling masses. As an instrument of US imperialism, the Philippine puppet reactionary state tramples on the rights of the Filipino people to national liberation in allowing American and foreign big companies to exploit the Filipino nation’s natural resources. It further allows the US military to interfere, dominate and freely operate in the country and make use of the Philippines as a platform for its power-projection and interventionism in other countries.
In recent decades, this same reactionary state, from the Marcos to the current Aquino regime, has gravely abused the Moro people’s political, economic and cultural rights. Fascist troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) occupy the ancestral land and political territory of the Moro nation in an effort to impose the constitution and political power of the reactionary state upon the Moro people.
The violent suppression of the Moro people has sparked their armed resistance throughout history. They largely succeeded in resisting over three centuries of Spanish colonialism. Their aspiration for self-determination was, however, more effectively suppressed with the supplanting of the Spanish colonialists by the new US colonial power. Using its bigger, more economically and technologically advanced capability, US imperialism, and later, its puppet reactionary state were later able to completely dominate the Moro homeland.
It was only through persistent revolutionary armed struggle since the 1970s that the Moro people were able to defend themselves, gain recognition for their struggle for self-determination and provide it a more national form. The Maguindanao, Maranao, Tausog, Samal, Yakan and other Moro groups united under the banner of armed struggle. Since the start of their national armed revolution, the revolutionary movement has been one with the Moro people in advancing their struggle for their right to national self-determination. Continue reading

As US-Philippine military drills begin, CPP opposes VFA and weighs its role in possible China conflict

[The US role in the Philippines, militarily, began with the US' replacement of the Spanish as colonial master, and the defeat of Filipino independence forces.  The formal colonial relationship continued for a half-century, when a comprador, neo-colonial relationship was established, with strong US controls and a string of US military bases in place.  During the US war on Vietnam (as part of its strategic "encirclement of China" campaign), the US utilized the Philippines as a major staging area and base for aggression, which also brought in the period of Marcos' martial law to ensure US control over rebellious Filipinos.  In the years after the war, US strategic planning reduced the US military from full-time deployment on bases, to a recurrent "Visiting Forces" role.  The US is now pressing for larger forces and a more established presence once again.  With US hegemony feeling pressure from the growth of Chinese imperialist economics and power, the sharpening dispute over the Spratley Islands (between the Philippines and China--and other "China Sea" disputes involving Vietnam, Japan, and Korea) may be a flashpoint as the Philippines are once again becoming a geo-strategic pivot for regional contention.  See the following 3 articles on how these forces, including the Communist Party of the Philippines, may see their role in the period ahead. -- Frontlines ed.]

The PH, US Marines begin annual joint exercises

, Monday, October 8th, 2012

SUBIC Bay Freeport—The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) starts Monday joint exercises with soldiers of the United States (US) to strengthen their defense partnership amid continuing tensions between Manila and Beijing over the ownership of the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal and other disputed islands in the West Philippine (South China) Sea.

In a statement, First Lt. Cherry Tindog, director of the Philippine Marine Corps public affairs office, said the 10-day Philippines-US Amphibious Landing Exercise (Phiblex) 2013 would focus on humanitarian assistance, disaster response and relief preparedness, maritime security and community development.

Annual training

Tindog said Phiblex was held yearly, providing joint training not only to Philippine Marines and US troops, but also the Philippine Army, Air Force and Navy.

The US helicopter carrier USS Bonhomme Richard, escorted by two frigates, arrived in this free port on Friday carrying 2,200 American troops. The ship carries amphibious assault vehicles, light armored vehicles, helicopters and Harrier fighter jets.

The USS Olympia, a submarine, docked here on Thursday, but it was not clear if it will join the exercises. The US Embassy, in a statement, said the Olympia’s visit “highlights the strong historic, community and military connections” between the US and the Philippines.

Exercise venues

The training venues are the Subic Bay International Airport here; Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija; Marine Barracks Gregorio Lim in Ternate, Cavite; Crow Valley in Tarlac; Naval Station

Apolinario Jalandoon in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, and the Naval Education Training Command in San Antonio, Zambales.

“[The conduct of Phiblex 2013] perpetuates a long and lasting partnership founded firmly on the common heritage between freedom-loving countries committed to true service and the preservation of liberty and democracy,” the Phiblex command said in a statement.

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Robert Gonzaga, Inquirer Central Luzon

Local Reds vow to fight with PH forces vs Chinese aggression

By Dennis Jay Santos, Inquirer Mindanao, Friday, September 28th, 2012

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Philippine communist rebels, while embracing the ideology of Mao Zedong, will not side with China in the event the two countries’ territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) gets ugly.

Jorge Madlos, spokesperson of National Democratic Front in Mindanao, said New People’s Army rebels will fight alongside government security forces if China declared war on the Philippines.

“If there is a direct foreign invasion of our country, the focus of the revolutionary movement would be to fight the foreign aggressor,” Madlos, also known as Ka Oris, told the Inquirer in a telephone interview. Continue reading

Philippines: “Shatter the illusion of the ‘righteous road'”

[This article from Ang Bayan by the Communist Party of the Philippines, takes a look at the current Aquino regime's cultivation of petty-bourgeois illusions (of progress and reform) and support for the Philippines' comprador relations with the US.  It argues that only through breaking with the US can corruption be ended, and can progress and reform take place.  The article does not speak to the Philippines' relations (today and in the future) with other imperialists who wait in the wings, nor to whether the democratic struggle it promotes is linked to socialist revolution--and if so, if this is a distant prospect or one that is more contemporary.  In a period when some parties internationally have de-linked the democratic struggle from socialist revolution, this question deserves the attention of revolutionaries everywhere. -- Frontlines ed.]

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Editorial, Ang Bayan, August 07, 2012

Under the guidance of its imperialist master, the Aquino regime is relentlessly conjuring the illusion of the “righteous road” and has been pouring in funds, lavishing attention and providing personnel to deceptive showcase projects.

This is an indication of the depths of the crisis of the ruling system. The regime wants to deceive the people, create false hopes of a better life and nip in the bud their determination to put an end to the rotten exploitative system.

These programs are particularly aimed at winning over the middle sectors of society, including the urban and rural petty bourgeoisie, using the framework of “good governance.”

It is crucial for the ruling classes to “gain the trust” of the petty bourgeoisie to maintain the stability of the ruling system. The petty bourgeoisie are forcibly isolated from the movements of the toiling masses and distanced from the path of revolutionary change. They are inundated by glittering propaganda and enticed through idealist slogans that are attuned to their dreams of making it big even as they partake of “concrete changes” as individuals, without disturbing the current order of things and abandoning their personal dreams.

Schools, the mass media and the internet are awash with the Aquino regime’s propaganda and programs to hoodwink and seduce the petty bourgeoisie. Their closest partners in this sinister endeavor to mobilize the petty bourgeoisie for attention-grabbing but limited housing, education and health programs are agencies appendaged to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) or the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Continue reading

Philippines: An alliance between CPP and the Philippine government?

[Under the banner of "defending national interests" against China, the first steps toward an alliance between the US' comprador/puppet Philippine regime of  President Aquino, and the Communist Party of the Philippines are being given public expression.  See, below, news of the government response to the offer made by Jose Maria Sison a few days ago.  Sison's speech, given in the Netherlands but transmitted online to a National  Security Program at the AFP HQ Camp Aguinaldo in the Philippines, is posted under the news article, below.  --  Frontlines ed.]

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“Govt open to alliance with Reds”

Manila Standard Today, May 2nd, 2012, by

The Aquino administration is open to forging an alliance with the communists, the government’s chief negotiator, Alexander Padilla, said Tuesday.He said the government was open to accepting suggestions from “a recommendatory body” created by the Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front.Communist Party founding chairman Jose Maria Sison on Monday renewed his offer of an alliance and a truce with the government through a “special track” in the negotiations, but dropped a proposal for a coalition.Sison made the offer in an online lecture before the National Defense College of the Philippines in Camp Aguinaldo on Monday, a copy of which was e-mailed to the Manila Standard.

Padilla described Sison’s offer as “doable.”

“It is possible that a recommendatory body by them may be formed. If they are pushing for this special track, we are open to this. We find this more welcome than their earlier proposal for a coalition,” Padilla said.

“But let me make it clear we are only talking of an alliance here. We are not talking of coalition or power sharing or giving Cabinet posts to the CPP-NDFP.

Sison expressed optimism that the peace talks, which have been stalled for 14 months, could still be revived through the special track.

“I urge no less than the President of the government of the Philippines to muster the political will to do his crucial part in making the regular and special tracks succeed,” he said. Continue reading

Internationalist Solidarity: Indian Maoist salute to the memory of Filipino Revolutionary leader “Ka Roger”

COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA (MAOIST)CENTRAL COMMITTEE — Press Release September 24, 2011

The son of a rice farmer, Ka Roger, native of Ibaan town in Batangas, was spokesperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines until his death from a heart attack last year, at the age of 63.

CPI (Maoist)’s condolence message to the Central Committee of the CPP on the demise of Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal

Dear Comrades,

Our CC felt deep sorrow when we heard the news of passing away of Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, spokesperson and chief of the Information Bureau of your Party, the CPP. On behalf of the Indian revolutionary movement and entire revolutionary masses of India, we send our heartfelt condolences to the CPP, NPA and NDF, all near and dears of the departed veteran of Filipino revolution. We share your grief. The demise of Ka Roger is a great loss to entire Communist revolutionaries of the world.

Veteran Communist leader Comrade Roger greatly contributed to the Filipino revolution ever since he jumped into the revolutionary movement in 1972. Born into a poor peasant family in the countryside, he raised to the level of the spokesperson of the Party. This would inspire every communist across the world. From ‘Great Escape’, he played crucial role in expanding and consolidating the Filipino revolution as well as armed struggle and mass struggles. He strode unwaveringly against all odds faced in his personal and political life. Understanding the significance of the propaganda work in revolution he accrued immense experience in propaganda front striving hard. The way your Party waged a relentless revolutionary propaganda war in defeating the psychological war being carried out by the imperialists and their lackey Benigno Aquino III is simply great. It’s been an immense inspiration to our Party. Despite of severe ill health, as a veteran communist leader Ka Roger had been in touch with propaganda bureau of the CPP furnishing it with his invaluable suggestions till the end and thus he handed over his legacy to his comrades so that the tasks of the revolution could be carried on ceaselessly.

His demise is a huge loss to not only Filipino Revolution, but to the world socialist revolution as well. He displayed enormous competence, patience, straightforwardness, intelligence, patriotism and love for his nation throughout his career as a revolutionary. Thus he presented himself before the world people as a model of how communists would think about the world.

The CC of CPI (Maoist) humbly bows its head in memory of this Great Leader of the World Proletariat Ka Roger and vows to carry the World Proletarian Socialist Revolution forward.

 (Abhay)

Spokesperson,

Central Committee,

CPI (Maoist)