Philippine Army Commander: “Communism is not really a bad thing”

[It has been said that praise is an instrument  of deception and as such is a weapon of warfare–but ineffective if such “sugar-coated bullets” do not strike, and change, their target.  So the praise of the Chief of the Philippines Armed Forces for the Communist Party of the Philippines, which has since 1968 marched under the banners of Marxism, Leninism, and Maoism, brings certain cautionary and basic truths to mind–one from Sun Tzu, the other from Mao Zedong:

“So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.
If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.
If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.”
(Sun Tzu, The Art of War)

“I hold that it is bad as far as we are concerned if a person, a political party, an army or a school is not attacked by the enemy, for in that case it would definitely mean that we have sunk to the level of the enemy. It is good if we are attacked by the enemy, since it proves that we have drawn a clear line of demarcation between the enemy and ourselves. It is still better if the enemy attacks us wildly and paints us as utterly black and without a single virtue; it demonstrates that we have not only drawn a clear line of demarcation between the enemy and ourselves but achieved a great deal in our work.” (Mao Tse-tung, May 26, 1939)

These are words worth taking to heart, as the AFP and the Philippine National Police, call once more for an end to the people’s war. — Frontlines ed.]


Communism not really a bad thing, says AFP head


Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

MANILA, Philippines—Communism is not bad—in fact it’s legal, says the man who commands the Armed Forces of the Philippines in its war against the 42-year-old Maoist insurgency.

Notwithstanding his position, AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Eduardo Oban said he believes communism is not a terrible thing at all, at least as a personal philosophy.

“You know, communism as an ideology is not bad. Actually, under the Constitution, communism is legal,” he said on the sidelines of a news conference on Thursday. Continue reading

Philippines: New People’s Army carries out military operation in self-defense during ceasefire

During the ceasefire, the Philippine Army is continuing its counter-insurgency operations against the New People's Army and its strong base of political and military support among the people

Posted on Maoist Revolution, December 17, 2010

Press Release: Information Bureau, Communist Party of the Philippines

No treachery, truce violation in NPA ambush of operating Philippine Army troops in Samar

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today declared that “there was neither treachery nor a violation of the 19-day ceasefire declared by the CPP and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP),” when the New People’s Army (NPA) successfully carried out on December 14 an ambush against the operating troops of the Philippine Army’s 803rd Brigade in Las Navas, Northern Samar.

According to initial reports, the Red fighters were able to seize at least 10 high-powered firearms from the defeated Philippine Army unit.

“The CPP, NPA, NDFP and all revolutionary forces fully support the peace negotiations and faithfully abide by their declarations and commitments, including their December 16 to January 3 ceasefire declaration, simultaneous with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ceasefire.”

As far as the CPP, NPA, NDFP and revolutionary forces are concerned, the Samar ambush last Tuesday should not in any way affect the progress of the peace negotiations. It was a legitimate act of war, carried-out in self-defense in response to an active enemy offensive operation,” the CPP said.

“On the other hand, the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] spokesman, Brig. Gen. Mabanta’s claim of NPA treachery is hypocritical and turns on its head. In fact, it was the AFP forces that had treacherous intent in carrying out offensive operations against the NPA and the revolutionary mass base in the area just two days before the start of the simultaneous ceasefire.” Continue reading

Philippines: “Massacre Battalion” murders prominent scientist and two assistants

Soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, guilty of rising number of murders under the new Aquino regime

Communist Party of the Philippines Information Bureau, 17 November 2010,

NDFP-EV condemns yet another 19th IB massacre claiming the lives of a distinguished scientist and his two assistants

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines – Eastern Visayas (NDFP-EV) today condemned the massacre of a prominent botanist and his two assistants last 15 November, and pinned responsibility on the 19th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, calling for its expulsion from the region for committing mass killings and other human rights violations for so many years.

“The NDFP-EV condoles with the families and friends of University of the Philippines professor Dr. Leonardo Co and his assistants, Sofronio Cortez and Julius Borromeo, who were indiscriminately fired upon and killed by 19th IB elements while doing fieldwork in Kananga, Leyte,” said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDFP-EV spokesperson.

“We join the call for justice for Dr. Co and his assistants, as well as for survivors Policarpio Batute and Ronino Gibe, and the many other victims of the 19th IB. The NDFP-EV does not believe that an encounter occurred between the New People’s Army and the 19th IB elements and that Dr. Co’s group was caught in the crossfire. It is highly improbable for Dr. Co and his companions to accidentally stray near an NPA camp or an NPA unit on maneuvers and suddenly find themselves in a crossfire. The NPA camps are well-hidden and highly secure areas inaccessible to most, and an NPA unit on maneuvers also stays away from civilians to maintain secrecy and to avoid endangering them. Continue reading

Philippines: CPP refutes reports of NPA casualties in successful action against abusive enemy detachment

NPA punishes abusive 1105th PMG-PNP in Cateel, Davao Oriental: three killed, five wounded

Dyomabuk Kadyawan, Spokesperson

Antonio Nerio Antao Command, New People’s Army-Southern Mindanao

June 21, 2010

Fascist deception really knows no bounds. This matter of fact is once again proven in the latest spin about NPA casualties the 10th Infantry Division-AFP (10th ID-AFP) and the Philippine National Police Regional Office XI (PRO XI) have fed the media in a concerted attempt to conceal their mounting losses and failure to contain the revolutionary armed struggle.

The 10th ID-AFP and the PRO-XI, as if on cue, mouthed similar yarns about NPA casualties following the successful punitive action last Friday by the Antonio Nerio Antao Command-Front 15 Operations Command-New People’s Army against the abusive 1105th Police Mobile Group-PNP in Sitio Dao, Brgy. Poblacion, Cateel, Davao Oriental.

To set the record straight and provide an accurate accounting, there was no casualty on the NPA side during the June 18 tactical offensive. Continue reading

Analysis of Philippine Army Military-Intelligence Strategy

Ang Bayan Special Issue, June 11, 2010

Defeat Oplan Bantay Laya 2 completely

The fascist reactionary army could not conceal the fact that the New People’s Army (NPA) remains widespread and strong and capable of dealing powerful blows on their forces. Thus, the fascist puppet AFP could not avoid admitting that Oplan Bantay Laya 2 (OBL2) has failed to meet its target of crippling the NPA and the revolutionary movement in time for the counterrevolutionary campaign’s deadline by the end of the US-Arroyo regime’s term in June 2010.

But it persists in trying to deal powerful blows or even a knockout punch before its deadline or even beyond it. To achieve this, the fascist enemy is currently implementing the following:

▪                The AFP has narrowed down its focus to the top priority guerrilla fronts. To be able to concentrate a bigger force on each target, the AFP has reduced the number of priority targets of each area command from the former 10-12 to only five to six guerrilla fronts (Nolcom — Kalinga, Abra, Aurora, Bataan, Zambales; Solcom — guerrilla fronts in Quezon, Sorsogon and Masbate; Cencom — guerrilla fronts in Negros and Samar; EastMinCom — guerrilla fronts in the Davao provinces). Continue reading

Philippine Army’s Violations of Children’s Rights

Philippine Revolution

Fr. Santiago “Sanny” Salas,

Spokesperson, NDF-Eastern Visayas

June 2, 2010

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Eastern Visayas said today that it is the Armed Forces of the Philippines that has concrete cases of abusing children in situations of armed conflict in the Philippines.

“We support the clarification made by Fidel Agcaoili, chairman of the NDFP Human Rights Committee, about the NDFP’s protection of children,” said Fr. Santiago salas, NDFP-EV spokesperson.

“He was correcting the malicious news in a national daily misstating the facts of a United Nations report, making it appear that the NDFP uses child combatants, though it was never said so. In the said UN report, it is in fact the AFP that is cited for documented cases of abusing children in situations of armed conflict. The NDF-EV can further shed light on the matter because the 8th Infantry Division has well-publicized cases on the matter in Eastern Visayas.”

Fr. Salas said that the Government of the Republic of the Philippines continues to keep 17-year-old Michelle Adelantar in custody through the Department of Social Welfare and Development after her illegal arrest and detention by the 8th Infrantry Division of the Philippine Army. Continue reading