Philipppines: Statement on People’s War in Central Luzon

“Central Luzon perseveres along the path of people’s war”

Ang Bayan, April 7, 2012

 Central Luzon continues to reap victories in the armed struggle despite the brutal onslaught of the military;s campaign of suppression. The NPA was able to launch victorious tactical offensives, seize weapons from the military and mete punishment on those who owed blood debts to the masses.

The key factor in the region’s victories is its determination to advance the people’s democratic revolution from the present stage of strategic defensive to the next stage of strategic stalemate.

The masses and the revolutionary movement in Central Luzon have proven that no matter how much the state uses its most brutal oplan, it could never defeat a people waging resistance.

Even after Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL) ravaged the region, the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People’s Army and the National Democratic Front in Central Luzon remained standing. With the lessons learned from the people’s resistance to OBL I and II, the region is in a far better position to expand and consolidate itself.

The people’s mass campaigns and struggles in the main cities are once again gaining momentum. The people are breaking their silence through demands to address their right to land, wages, jobs and social services. Barricades are being set up in areas under threat of demolition. Protest actions are being launched by minorities and peasants being robbed of their land. Workers continue to assail low wages and contractualization. Drivers were able to launch a massive transport strike last year against the oil price hike. Thousands of youth throughout the region joined a nationwide student strike against the low education budget and tuition fee hikes. The various forms of exploitation are being addressed by the people through greater resistance.

In the countryside, agrarian revolution, mass base building and the armed struggle are resurgent. The AFP has shamefully declared the provinces of Central Luzon “NPA-free.”

This lie concocted to deceive the people has been belied by vigorous efforts by the New People’s Army (NPA) to form mass organizations in the countryside and launch tactical offensives. Last year, the NPA detonated explosives at a military detachment and ambushed approaching reinforcements. These tactical offensives were in response to calls by the people to punish the military for wreaking havoc on their barrio and protecting projects of the ruling classes in the province such as the economic zone being built in Aurora.

In February, another NPA unit detonated explosives to destroy heavy equipment used in constructing the TPLEX (Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway) which has led to widespread demolitions and landgrabbing in the affected provinces.

In March, the normal routine of CAFGU elements and soldiers of the 81st IB was disrupted through successive grenade explosions and bursts of gunfire from high-powered rifles during an attack by an NPA commando unit in Barangay Burgos, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija. Aside from making the 81st IB pay for killing four comrades in the evening of March 8 in Barangay Digmala, Bongabon, the tactical offensive was also in support of the people’s struggle against their impending eviction from their land and massive landgrabbing within the former Hacienda Bueno and Igorot communities along the Nueva Ecija-Nueva Vizcaya border to give way to a private expressway going to Cagayan Valley.

The NPA’s message is clear. Only by wielding arms within the framework of the people’s democratic revolution can the people win their struggle.

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