Philippine government negotiator and Luis Jalandoni of the NDF meet in Hong Kong to reopen peace talks

BBC News Asia-Pacific, 2 December 2010

Peace talks have been suspended since 2004

Representatives of the Philippines government and of the country’s Communist Party are meeting in Hong Kong to find a way to reopen peace talks.

The government’s chief negotiator Alexander Padilla is meeting with Luis Jalandoni of the National Democratic Front, or NDF. The NDF is an umbrella group of leftist organisations including the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). The party, founded in 1968, still poses a threat in parts of the country.

Some of its former leaders hold seats in the Senate and Congress while others, such as Mr Jalandoni, face arrest warrants in the Philippines.

The talks are being held in Hong Kong to assuage his fears of arrest if he returned to the Philippines. He lives in exile in the Netherlands as does the head of the CPP, Jose Maria Sison.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino set up a panel in October to seek a way to re-open peace talks. “It’s the very first step to lay the good foundation for the talk. They (government negotiators) know that they have my entire support behind them. So I would not pressure them to coming up with results just for a good soundbite. We really want to achieve the lasting solutions towards this longest-running insurgency,” he said. Continue reading

Philippines: New People’s Army releases prisoner of war, demands freedom for all political prisoners

Map of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. The boxed area is where the Moro population is concentrated. As you can see from the inset map, the Philippines occupies a strategic location for US war planning aimed at countering the increasing projection of military power in Asia by the Chinese imperialists.

 

[Some background to this press release and the revolutionary movement in the Philippines: The New People’s Army is the military arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines, which has over 100 guerilla fronts in all of the 11 major islands of the Philippines. The CPP/NPA has established People’s Democratic Governments in many of these fronts.  The Compostela Valley guerilla zone mentioned in this press release is an area in southeast Mindanao, one of the two largest islands in the Philippines. The Moro people are the oppressed Muslim people who live in large parts of Mindanao and the islands south of Mindanao. The AFP is the Armed Forces of the Philippines, which conducts brutal military operations against the NPA and its popular base of support according to US counter-insurgency military doctrine. The AFP receives hundreds of millions of dollars in US military aid annually, conducts regular “joint exercises” with US marines and naval forces, and receives training from US Special Forces units who operate out of a US military base in Zamboanga, Mindanao.

After the US imperialists opened a “second front in the war against terrorism” in the Philippines in 2002, they inserted US forces into the Moro areas of the Philippines in the name of fighting against the Abu-Sayyaf, a small fundamentalist Islamic group that the CIA had armed and supported to fight against Soviet imperialist forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The real targets of the US military forces were the CPP/NPA guerilla fronts  in Mindanao and a Moro organization fighting for independence, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. In order to stop the growth of the CPP/NPA and the MILF, the Arroyo regime and now the Aquino government have ordered the AFP to coordinate its counter-insurgency operations with the US military base at Zamboanga in spite of the Constitution’s prohibition on foreign military bases on Philippines soil.–Frontlines ed]

Rigoberto F. Sanchez, Spokesperson, Merardo Arce Command, Southern Mindanao Regional Operational Command, New People’s Army

From Philippine Revolution (www.philippinerevolution.com),  28 November 2010

The Merardo Arce Command-Southern Mindanao Regional Operations Command of the New People’s Army has ordered the release of Cpl. Daiem Amsali Hadjaie of the 25th Infantry Battalion of the 10th Infantry Division-Armed Forces of the Philippines (Serial No. 813144) after 12 days of captivity as prisoner of war of the Conrado Heredia Command-Front 20 Operations Command-NPA.

The CHC-NPA custodial unit undertakes POW Cpl. Hadjaie’s safe and orderly release today, 28 November, in the guerilla territory in Compostela Valley Province.

The order to release Cpl. Hadjaie is an exercise of the revolutionary forces’ own political authority and based on humanitarian grounds. This is consistent with the revolutionary movement’s long-standing policy of humane and lenient treatment of POWs and its serious adherence to the NDFP [National Democratic Front of the Philippines] Declaration of Undertaking to Apply the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Protocol 2 of 1977. Continue reading

Call from the Philippines to Advance Mass Movements and People’s War

Editorial, Ang Bayan, September 21, 2010

Mobilize the people in their millions to advance the Philippine revolution!

Current conditions are exceedingly favorable to arouse, organize and mobilize the Filipino people in their millions to tread the path of militant struggle and revolutionary war. The key requirement for the further advance of people’s war towards the stage of strategic stalemate in the next five years is the creation of an extensive mass movement nationwide.

Social conditions continue to deteriorate under the Aquino regime. The people are severely impoverished and gravely suffer in the face of massive unemployment, slave wages, intense feudal and semifeudal oppression, skyrocketing prices and transport fares, a growing tax burden, widespread corruption and scarce social services.

The intensity of the crisis has caused the hollowness of the US-Aquino regime’s braggadocio to be rapidly exposed. Its pretensions of being an agent of change have quickly faded. Aquino has been in office for less than a hundred days, but disillusionment already abounds among many of those who supported or believed in him.

The US-Aquino regime is merely perpetuating imperialist economic polices (especially the furtherance of denationalization and privatization). Its handling of Hacienda Luisita provides a striking example of how land reform has been relegated to the sidelines. Factional strife, incompetence, corruption and in the latest incident, the involvement of a number of key officials in the illegal jueteng numbers game have all very quickly reared their ugly heads. The intervention of foreign troops continues to be allowed. Human rights violations, terrorism and intense psywar go on without letup with the extension of Oplan Bantay Laya even as a new operational plan to suppress the people’s resistance is in the works.

We must arouse, organize and mobilize the people in their numbers to enable them to defend and advance their interests in the face of the worsening crisis under the current rotten government and system. The Party’s mobilization of millions of people in a broad mass movement is the single, most important political requisite in advancing the people’s war. Continue reading

History of US armed intervention in the Philippines

American soldiers carry out orders to kill all men and boys over the age of 10 on the island of Samar during the Philippine-American war

Ang Bayan, Special Issue, September 20, 2010

Armed intervention in the Philippines was massive and brutal as the US colonized the country in 1899. The US poured and directly unleashed its military forces in counterguerrilla operations against the revolutionary forces fighting foreign occupation. It was one of the most violent of all of the US’ wars of aggression.

More than one million Filipinos were killed from 1899 up to the early years of the 20th century. The US tried to assuage the people’s widespread and intense anger against armed suppression through the succeeding “pacification” campaign and spread of pro-US culture. The combination of killings and sugar-coated bullets formed the first US COIN [counter-insurgency] program in the Philippines.

Since the establishment of the neocolonial republic in 1946, the US counterrevolutionary war in the Philippines has been enforced through puppet governments. US officials and troops have strongly intervened in military campaigns of suppression by training, supervising and providing advice to AFP officers and designing, monitoring and outrightly directing COIN plans and campaigns.

Lt. Col Edward Lansdale became the first implementor of the US counterguerrilla war in the Philippines, using the Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) in the later part of the 1940s until his transfer to Vietnam in 1953. A former member of the OSS (now the Central Intelligence Agency), Lansdale served as the closest adviser of Ramon Magsaysay who was then Quirino’s Defense Secretary before succeeding him as the new puppet president. The operation against the HMB (Hukbong Mapagpalaya ng Bayan) pushed by Lansdale in the local puppet armed forces and dubbed the “Black War” was marked by the killing of suspected guerrillas and their supporters, and the conduct of the most brutal psywar operations against the masses. Continue reading

An Analysis of the US Counterinsurgency Guide 2009

US Special Forces training Philippine army

Ang Bayan, Special Issue, September 20, 2010

US Counterinsurgency Guide 2009: Guide to imperialist intervention and aggression and counterrevolutionary war

Executive Committee-Central Committee,
 Communist Party of the Philippines

The US COIN Guide was issued by the US government in January 2009. It presents US imperialism’s current official doctrine in fighting revolutionary armed struggle in colonial and semicolonial countries.

It is allegedly the product of summed-up experiences in implementing “counterinsurgency” in various parts of the globe for the past 40 years and was the result of collaborative efforts of nine US government agencies and/or offices led by the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Department of State.

The agencies involved in writing the US COIN Guide 2009 are the Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of The Treasury, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the US Agency for International Development.

Through the document, the US government speaks as a sole superpower and self-appointed international policeman. It unabashedly presents the various types and levels of interference and intervention, which are undertaken with or without the permission of the targeted subject of ‘assistance’ or client government, in the name of fighting “insurgency.”

US imperialism estimates that it is armed revolutions that pose major and growing threats to the US’ international power in the 21st century. With the crash of the international capitalist system in the Long Depression since 2008, the US anticipates the explosion of widespread people’s dissent, armed revolutions and upheavals. US planners also anticipate only a remote possibility that the US will be embroiled in a thoroughly conventional war against other governments in the immediate future. Continue reading

Philippine military acts as private army for big mining firms in the Cordillera Mountains

5,000 attended Cordillera Day, denouncing big mining projects and army militarization of the region.

http://www.allvoices.com, September 22, 2010

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines- The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) led Cordillera People’s Democratic Front (CPDF) accused the Philippine military of performing the role of private army of large scale mining companies operating in the region.

Simon Naogsan, CPDF spokesperson said the Fifth Infantry Division under Commander MGen. Rommel Gomez had increased the deployment of troops to the the mining sites currently applied for mining by Cordillera Exploration Company (CEXI)/Anglo-American Group PLC in the tri-boundary of Sagada, Bauko and Tadian.

Last week, top military officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) offered their troops services to big time offshore mining giants operating in Palawan sea and other potential oil and gas sites offered by the Manila government for exploration.

The CPDF spokesman linked MGen. Gomez’ call for fresh local recruits for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the denial of food, shelter, and protection to the New People’s Army to the resurgence of all-out mining in the region and on the other hand, the denial of base and the distortion of the struggle for ancestral domain. Continue reading

New People’s Army Wipes Out Army Unit in Mt. Province, Philippines

10 July 2010

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today congratulated the New People’s Army (NPA) for its successful ambush shortly before noon yesterday on an elite team of the Philippine Army’s 52nd Division Reconnaissance Company in Sitio Chawer, Samoki, Bontoc, Mt. Province.

The entire seven-man contigent of the 501st Brigade, including its team leader 1Lt. Lito Punio was wiped out. The NPA seized two M203 grenade launchers, four M16 Armalites and other war materiél.

“The Filipino people celebrate the exemplary victory of the NPA in Bontoc yesterday,” said the CPP. “With revolutionary dedication and the solid support of the people, the NPA Red fighters put to use their mastery of guerrilla tactics in wiping out the supposedly elite government military unit and seize all its weapons.”

“The heavily armed fascist unit was ambushed close to the 501st Brigade tactical command base where it came from and was on its way to support troops of the 5th Infantry Division engaged in combat operations against the NPA in the Cordillera Mining concession area that they are protecting against the interests and resistance of the people. That the people’s army successfully ambushed the enemy contingent close to the tactical command base of its battlefield operations only shows how confident the NPA unit was with its tactical superiority and support of the people.” Continue reading

Communist Party of the Philippines condemns summary execution of Azad

Filipino people joins Indian people in condemning execution of Comrade Azad

Communist Party of the Philippines

July 5, 2010

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and all Filipino revolutionary forces join the Indian people in condemning the summary execution of Comrade Azad (Cherukuri Rajkumar) and his companion Comrade Hem Pandey (Jitender) by the fascist Indian police last July 2 in the Adilabad jungles near the Maharashtra border, Andhra Pradesh.

Comrades Azad and Hem Pandey were en route to meet other comrades in Nagpur District, Maharashtra when they were abducted by the notorious Andhra Pradesh Special Branch Police. They were likely flown by helicopter to the jungles where they were summarily executed.

To cover up its fascist crime, the Indian police claim that Comrade Azad was killed in an armed encounter and to have recovered an AK-47 rifle at the scene. According to reports, Comrade Azad was traveling unarmed when he was accosted. His killing was carried out by the Indian police in cold blood and in complete disregard of international laws of war. Continue reading

Communist Party of the Philippines calls for revolutionary struggle against the new US-Aquino Regime

“In the coming years, the New People’s Army expects to recruit thousands of new Red fighters, build more platoons and companies, establish new battalions, open up and consolidate more guerrilla fronts and subregional military areas, launch more frequent and widespread tactical offensives and seize thousands of firearms from the AFP. The entire archipelago will be ablaze with the fires of the people’s war. At the same time, mass struggles against poverty and oppression; and for land reform, higher wages, jobs, lower prices, education, health and other social needs will be waged by the broad masses of the people in both the cities and countryside.”

Achieve great unprecedented strides in revolutionary struggle under the new US-Aquino regime

Communist Party of the Philippines

June 29, 2010

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) joins the Filipino people in marking the eve of the stepping down of the US-Arroyo regime, which ruled the Philippines for nine and a half years with sheer brutality, corruption and subservience to foreign interests. At the same time, the CPP reiterates the need to persist along the path of revolutionary struggle and achieve great strides in advancing people’s war through the next several years of the new US-Aquino regime.

The Filipino people are absolutely glad to see Gloria Arroyo step down from her throne. They earnestly look forward to waging struggles to ensure that Arroyo will be prosecuted and punished for her crimes of wanton plunder and large-scale corruption and crimes against humanity in the course of the brutal war she waged against urban and rural activists and the masses in revolutionary areas. Continue reading

Reuters: Philippine rebels ready to resume peace talks

Fidel Agcaoilo--NDF spokesman

[The Communist Party of the Philippines never provides the number of combatants in the NPA. The figure of 4,000 given below is an attempt to portray the NPA as a declining force in line with army psy-war operations.-ed]

MANILA, June 7 (Reuters) – Maoist-led Philippine guerrillas are ready to resume peace negotiations with the new government of Benigno Aquino III, who is set to be proclaimed president this week, a member of the rebel negotiating team said on Monday.

The 4,000-member New People’s Army (NPA), the military arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), has been fighting a guerrilla war for more than 40 years. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which has stunted growth and investment in resource-rich areas outside Manila.

The rebels’ negotiating arm, the National Democratic Front (NDF), abandoned talks with the government of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo after Manila declined to free about a dozen rebel leaders who are to take part in peace talks hosted by Norway. Continue reading