Philippines: What kind of peace do the people need? Revolutionary fighters on the deceptive call for a ‘peace zone’

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To Achieve Genuine and Lasting Peace, Roots of the Armed Conflict Must Be Addressed

Magno Udyaw, Spokesperson, NPA Mountain Province (Leonardo Pacsi Command)
December 04, 2011

The Leonardo Pacsi Command of the NPA-Mountain Province denounces the sham consultations and fabricated referendums being conducted by the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) in the various municipalities of the province. Reports coming from the participants in the last PPOC “dialogue” held in Aguid, Sagada last November 16 indicate that PNP personnel including escorts of Philippine National Police regional director Gen. Benjamin Magalong and personnel from various provincial and municipal line agencies who went along with Gov. Leonard Mayaen were allowed to cast their votes.

Indicative of the previous informal plebiscites held in five other municipalities earlier, the question written in the ballots furnished to the registered participants was not about the peace zone, but formed as “Do you want peace – Yes, No, Undecided”. This deceptive formulation coupled with delegate-stacking maneuvers clearly reveals the bullying tactics of the provincial government in calling for a province-wide peace zone. Who would not want peace, but on what basis and of what kind? Continue reading

Philippines: Revolutionary Leader “Ka Roger” has passed

In this file photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, rebel spokesman Gregorio Rosal gestures as he talks to journalists during a clandestine news conference in a communist New People's Army encampment in northern Luzon, Philippines. The outlawed Communist Party of the Philippines said Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, that Gregorio "Comrade Roger" Rosal died in a guerrilla zone on June 22 of a heart attack. He was 64. The popular Philippine communist guerrilla served as the movement's spokesman for years and gave a face to one of Asia's longest-running Marxist insurgencies.

“Ka Roger” dead at 64

By AARON RECUENCO, Manila Bulletin

October 9, 2011

Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, for many years the spokesman for the communist insurgency in the Philippines, is dead, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) revealed Sunday.

In a statement posted on its website Sunday afternoon, the CPP said Rosal succumbed to a heart attack last June 22 in a guerrilla front in Luzon at the age of 64.

“The entire membership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), Red fighters of the New People’s Army, and the Filipino people are one with his family and friends in mourning his death,” the statement read.

Marco Valbuena, the media liaison of the CPP Information Bureau, said the public announcement was delayed to allow CPP officials to inform Ka Roger’s daughters of their father’s demise.

“Intense military operations prevented information from reaching his daughters with dispatch. Ka Roger’s siblings have also been informed of his passing,” Valbuena said.

The third of the six children of sugarcane planters in Batangas, Rosal got his first taste of militant activism when he joined a small group called Kabataang Gabay ng Bayan, a Batangueño activist group, and later the Kabataang Makabayan.

He became more militant when martial law was declared in 1972. The following year he was arrested and detained in a military camp in Batangas City.

In November 1973, he and nine others bolted jail. It was after his escape that he joined the CPP-New People’s Army and became part of the guerrilla front established in the Laguna-Quezon border along the Sierra Madre mountains–the so-called Larangan ng Kagitingan or Front of Heroism. Continue reading

Philippines: Communist rebels attack mining firm

MANILA : Suspected communist rebels in the Philippines attacked a mining company compound, while in another incident the rebels clashed with soldiers, the military said on Thursday.

GMA News reported that Major John Andrada, spokesman for the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, said about 40 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels on Wednesday attacked the compound of Drill Corp., a sub-contractor of Philex Mining Corp., in Nabulao village in Sipalay City in the central island of Negros. He said the rebels disarmed a security guard and burned the workers’ quarters as well as the personnel carrier truck.
According to Andrada, the rebels fled using a company’s vehicle, which was later found burned.
The Visayan Daily Star reported that the attack was an attempt to force the mining company to pay revolutionary taxes. Priest-turned-rebel Frank Fernandez said in an earlier statement that the revolutionary movement has been ordered to launch military and political struggles, aimed at stopping the ongoing mining explorations and operations of several mining companies that have pending mining rights applications in Negros. Continue reading

Philippines: “Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan will fail to stop the advance of people’s war”

Members of the New People's Army of the Philippines

PRESS RELEASE:

Information Bureau

Communist Party of the Philippines

December 20, 2010

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today described the US-Aquino regime’s new counterinsurgency (COIN) campaign plan Bayanihan as “the same dog with a different collar.” The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is scheduled to unveil tomorrow its new COIN plan that will replace the previous Arroyo government’ Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL).

The OBL has been widely criticized for giving rise to the spate of extra-judicial killings and abductions targeting mainly social activists and critics of the government and the ruling system. It was known for its brutal military operations and other gross human rights abuses that have caused massive sufferings of the people, especially in suspected New People’s Army areas as well as those fighting in the legal and parliamentary arena.

More than a thousand people tagged by government military and security forces as “supporters of the NPA” were summarily executed by “death squads” identified with the AFP. 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

Communist Party of the Philippines welcomes order for release of the Morong 43, demands end to human rights abuses

International delegation of lawyers visit the Morong 43 at an army base

From http://www.phippinerevolution.net
[The Morong 43 are health workers who were arrested in February 2010 by units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines while they were attending a seminar in the coastal town of Morong in Rizal Province. The army accused them of being members of the banned New People’s Army.–Frontlines ed].

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today welcomed President Benigno Aquino’a order for the Department of Justice to withdraw charges against the Marong 43 as a boost of goodwill for the forthcoming resumption of peace negotiations.

Formal peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) are scheduled to resume in February 2011, in Oslo, Norway.

The withdrawal of charges against the Morong 43 is expected to be finalized by the DOJ [Department of Justice]  on Monday and pave the way for the immediate release of the detained health workers. Aquino’s order came weeks after repeatedly insisting that he cannot do anything except to await the court’s action, despite recognizing defects in the arrest of detainees and despite the fact that they have yet to be brought to court.

“The CPP and the revolutionary forces congratulate the Morong 43, their families, colleagues and supporters for their tenacious struggle and outstanding victory. These serve as inspiration in the fight of thousands of other victims of military abuses to defend their rights and in the effort to seek redress for the grave injustices inflicted on them by the puppet reactionary state and its fascist forces.” Continue reading

Philippines: Successful ambush by New People’s Army is turned upside down by army disinformation

The Compostola Valley is located in southeast Mindanao, one of the two largest islands in the Philippines. Mindanao is currently the scene of intense fighting between the New People's Army and the Armed Forces of the Philippines

From http://www.philippinerevolution.net     December 5, 2010

10th ID-EastMinCom guilty of disinformation; NPA ambush kills five, wounds 10 elite Scout Rangers

By Daniel Ibarra, 
Spokesperson, Front 27 Operations Command
, NPA-Southern Mindanao

The Armed Forces of the Philippines’s 10th Infantry Division-Eastern Mindanao Command is again guilty of spreading disinformation to deceive the public and save face regarding the November 30 incident in Barangay Paloc, Maragusan, Compostela Valley province.

Initial disinformation released by the 10th ID-EastMinCom black propaganda machinery led by its spokesman, Lt. Col. Medel Aguilar, state that New People’s Army suffered six casualties — with a news from the Davao City-based Bombo Radyo even coming up with names of the four.

There is no truth to these reports. The truth is, the 50-man column of the 5th Scout Ranger Company of the 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion-AFP suffered heavy casualties resulting from the ambush by a platoon of Red fighters under the Rhyme Petalcorin Command Front 27 Operations Command-NPA.

Verified reports culled from eyewitness’s accounts reveal that at least five enemies were killed-in-action and another 10 were wounded-in-action. Three command-detonated claymore mines were switched, directly hitting the enemy. In fact, combat clearing operations were ordered immediately by the enemy higher command to make way for the aerial extraction and medical evacuation of their casualties. One Red fighter, Ka Boogie, was the lone casualty, martyred in the cause of the People’s War.

The massive militarization and intensified combat operations by the 10th ID-EastMinCom in Compostela Valley province and elsewhere is an attack against the rights and interests of the people in the countryside. Despite the “peace and development outreach” smokescreen, the people can see through the fascist machinations and pro-big business drive of the AFP under the new reactionary government. The incursions of 10th ID-EastMinCom in the guerilla bases and zones and their attacks against the toiling masses shall be punished accordingly.