Philippine NDF rebels on Moro-Government peace moves, urge armed resistance

Mobilize Moro people for their struggle for self-determination — NDFP

Thursday, 08 November 2012


Spokesperson, NDFP-Mindanao

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines – Mindanao urges the Moro Resistance Liberation Organization (MRLO), as one of its allied organizations, to be more resolute in its mandate to educate, organize and mobilize vast numbers among the Moro people to advance their struggle for the right to self-determination under the aegis of the national-democratic armed revolution.

While the signing of the Framework on the Bangsamoro may be considered a watershed in the Moro struggle, it cannot be denied that the pact itself is riddled with lopsided provisions that ultimately favor the design of the ruling classes, its reactionary government and US imperialism to fully and finally subdue the Moro people’s long-drawn armed resistance against national oppression and exploitation.

Underneath all the semantics in the pact, the US-Aquino regime has insidiously placed the avarice of local and imperialist monopoly capitalists to rake in superprofit over and above the general economic and socio-political well-being of the long-suffering Moro people.  After the signing, like moths to a fire, several multinational corporations immediately expressed interest to invest on and exploit the vast natural resources, such as arable lands, natural gas and minerals, in areas under the MILF’s control or influence.  In his foreign trips and kowtowing abroad, Aquino also used the MILF-GPH pact as a ticket to invite more investments in the country. Continue reading

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.]


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: Press reports and Wikileaks cast doubt on peace talks, Sison authority

NDF negotiators meet Norwegian envoy in bid to break impasse

05-Sep-11, 2011 | Agence France-Presse

MANILA, Philippines – Communist rebel negotiators met a special Norwegian envoy on Monday in a fresh bid to reopen stalled peace talks to end a four-decade war with the government, aides said.

The chief negotiator of the National Democratic Front, Luis Jalandoni, met the envoy at the embassy in Manila but details of the talks were not disclosed, the rebels’ secretariat said.

Government negotiator Alexander Padilla told AFP he would meet the Norwegian envoy on Tuesday but he did not know if the rebel negotiators would be at the talks as well.

Norway, which has been brokering the on-and-off talks, sent the envoy, Ture Lundh, to Manila after negotiations stalled over the demand of the NDF that the government free 13 captured comrades it said are consultants of its peace negotiating panel.

The two sides hope to seal a peace accord by June 2012 but the new impasse has soured ties, with the government accusing the NDF of bad faith for kidnapping a town mayor and four jail guards recently.

Meanwhile, recent US embassy cables leaked by the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks revealed splits within the insurgent leadership, with self-exiled rebel founder Jose Maria Sison losing influence. Continue reading

Philippines: Luis Jalandoni and Consuela Ledesma of the National Democratic Front arrive in Manila

MANILA – A day after the government and the Communist group announced an 18-day holiday ceasefire,  Luis Jalandoni, the chief peace negotiator of the National Democratic Front (NDF), arrived in Manila on Saturday. He and his wife, Ma. Consuela Ledesma, arrived at the NAIA airport in Manila on board a Cathay Pacific Flight from Hong Kong. “We are happy to be back,” Jalandoni said as he and his wife faced the media at the airport. An official of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process met the couple at the airport. Human rights lawyers were also present.

Jalandoni has been in years of self-exile with communist leader Jose Maria Sison and other members of the NDF in the Netherlands. He did not say how long he will be staying in the Philippines but clarified that he is in town to attend a family reunion.

The hold-departure order issued against Jalandoni has been lifted, according to Undersecretary Alexander Padilla, chief of the government’s negotiating panel to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF). Padilla added that he had also assured the NDF leadership that the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), which allows members of the negotiating panel such as Jalandoni to safely enter and leave the Philippines, is in effect.

The 18-day ceasefire, which will be observed from December 16 to January 3, was agreed during a previous 2-day meeting in Hong Kong. This is the longest ceasefire agreed between the two parties in the last 10 years and the first after both sides suspended peace talks in 2004.

Largely considered as part of the “goodwill and confidence-building measures,” the ceasefire aims to set the tone for the resumption of the formal peace talks on February 19 to 25, 2011 in Oslo, Norway. Preliminary talks have been tentatively set on January 14 to 18, 2011 also in Oslo. Continue reading

Philippines: Call for Resistance against Increased Foreign Mining in the Eastern Visayas

Strip mining in the Philippines

NDF-EV calls for resistance against escalation of foreign mining in the region

July 24, 2010

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today expressed disgust and outrage at the Aquino government’s announcement of the rise of mining activities in the region. “We condemn the Aquino government’s rush to exploit Eastern Visayas as anti-people, anti-development, anti-environment and pro-foreign,” said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson.

“The Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s claim that these mining activities are small-scale and exploratory only is meant to disguise their real nature as large-scale foreign mining. For example, many towns along the Samar and Leyte coasts will be affected by just two mining concessions, Northern Access Mining Inc. and Pan-Asia Mining Limited, which will export magnetite sand to China.

“Furthermore, the extracted resources will be all for export and not for domestic development. The sheer scale of mining applications for 2010 alone thus confirms large-scale foreign mining, with 66 approved and 197 more pending. The escalation of mining activities as divulged by the MGB therefore means economic plunder, suffering for the people and environmental destruction.” Continue reading