Philippines: US-backed Aquino government continues repression and fascism of previous regime

[Explanations in brackets have been added for the benefit of non-Filipino readers.], 10/12/2010


Kuligligs are motorized pedicabs that have become increasingly popular in the big cities. Kuligig operators in Manila fought the government’s recent order to ban kuligigs from much of the city streets. On the morning of December 1, 2010, 700 kuligligs and 2000 drivers took to Lawton Plaza in Manila to take a stand for themselves. In an effort to disperse the thousands in protest, police sprayed them with fire hoses and then violently assaulted the drivers.

The Aquino government continues the fascist legacy of the US-Arroyo regime

Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos, Spokesperson National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Mindanao

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Mindanao (NDFP-Mindanao) unites with the entire Filipino nation in commemorating International Human Rights Day and remembering all activists and masses — martyrs and heroes of our time — who have fallen victims to the gravest abuses against human rights perpetrated by fascist agents and running dogs of previous and current reactionary regimes. We also join the whole Filipino people and the international community in voicing our strongest condemnation, and demand for justice to all the victims.

As we mark this day with indignation and protests, the NDFP -Mindanao, together with all revolutionary forces, strives to intensify people’s struggle to put an end to social inequity and repression that spawn grave violations against civil and political rights. The people’s struggle for basic human rights also include the right to basic necessities, such as decent food, shelter and clothing; freedom from fear; and the right to enjoy an atmosphere of peace.

Even UN Raporteur on Human Rights Philip Alston said that the reactionary bourgeois state, through its mercenary AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines], PNP [Philippine National Police], paramilitary forces and the so-called private armies, is the biggest human rights violator in the Philippines. Continue reading

National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Mindanao: Remove all impediments to a just peace!

An impediment to a just peace: The Philippine government has armed warlords to protect foreign monopoly businesses and the ruling class, as well as to suppress the people's opposition. These warlords have been pampered by the government to such an extent that they kill with impunity, as did the Ampatuan warlords in the brutal massacre of 58 civilians, including lawyers and journalists, on 23 November 2009 in Mindanao (above).


Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos, Spokesperson, National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Mindanao

November 28, 2010

“This vicious systemic exploitation and oppression, which has compelled the Filipino people to rise in revolution, is the root of un-peace. Therefore, true sovereignty from imperialist domination and the attainment of social justice are pre-requisites for a just and lasting peace for the whole country.”

The NDFP-Mindanao is one with all peace advocates and peace-loving Filipino people in the pursuit of a just and lasting peace. We are aware of the call for peace of advocates through the Mindanao Week of Peace. It is, however, imperative to thoroughly understand the nature and context of the social conflict that breed un-peace.

Almost four centuries of Spanish rule and six decades of US tutelage fettered the Philippines to feudal and semi-feudal exploitation. Filipino peasants have been deprived of land; workers, reduced to cheap labour force; and our natural resources and environment, plundered and ravaged. The country became a dumping market for overpriced goods, and a forward base for imperialist hegemony in the Asia-Pacific.

Since the bogus independence of 1946, puppet governments were beholden to US imperialist economic and political interests. Particularly in Mindanao, the Moro warlord ruling elite connived with US imperialists to grab and turn their ancestral lands into export crop production at the expense of both the Moro and non-Moro peasants. Continue reading

Philippines: New People’s Army punishes 41st IB for human rights violations against Tingguian people

NPA column

Ang Bayan, November 7, 2010

The New People’s Army in Ilocos-Cordillera Region (ICR) has dealt another heavy blow on the fascist enemy. Seven soldiers from Alpha Coy of the Philippine Army 41st IB [Infantry Brigade] were killed and five others were wounded in two back to back ambushes by Red fighters of the Agustin Begnalen Command (ABC-NPA) in the morning of October 30 in Abra. There were no casualties on the NPA side.

Seized from the reactionary troops were an M60 machine gun and two M16 rifles, ammunition and military documents.

The first ambush occurred in Barangay Lenneng, Baay-Licuan at 5:20 a.m. Four soldiers were killed on the spot in this ambush. After 30 minutes, three more soldiers were killed when Red fighters ambushed enemy reinforcements in Barangay Barbarit in the nearby town of Lagangilang. The scene of the fighting is only a few minutes away from the 503rd Brigade headquarters in Barbarit, two patrol bases and the advance command post of the 41st IB.

ABC-NPA spokesperson Ka Diego Wadagan said that the ambush was a punitive measure for the target military unit’s grave human rights violations against the Tingguian minorities. It was also punishment on the 41st IB for serving as protectors and security escorts of big mining companies. Currently conducting mining operations in the area is the Cordillera Exploration Co. Inc., the local subsidiary of Anglo-American PLC, the biggest and most destructive mining company worldwide.

Soldiers under the Northern Luzon Command’s 503rd Brigade have been relentlessly bombing and strafing civilian communities, perpetrating illegal arrests and detentions, torture and killings against the people of Abra, especially the Tingguian. The military has also been using day care centers, barangay halls and even the people’s houses as barracks. The barriofolk are commonly accused of being supporters of the revolutionary movement and their movements limited. Such intense militarization has paralyzed production and small-scale mining activities. Continue reading