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

Armed Forces of the Philippines launches new attacks against New People’s Army despite looming peace talks

Filipino troops, rebels clash ahead of peace talks

Philippine troops killed a communist guerrilla and captured a rebel encampment in offensives launched despite a planned resumption of talks aimed at ending the 41-year Maoist rebellion, officials said Sunday.

Philippine officials and the rebels announced Friday they will hold preliminary talks in January to discuss a planned resumption of peace talks in late February in Norway, which has brokered past negotiations. The talks stalled in 2004. The two sides also agreed to observe a cease-fire from Dec. 16 to Jan. 3 during the Christmas and New Year holiday.

Despite the looming talks, army troops attacked about 20 New People’s Army guerrillas near a farming village in Pontevera town in central Capiz province late Saturday, killing a rebel and seizing two rifles. A soldier was wounded in the clash, army chief Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz said. The other guerrillas withdrew and were being pursued by troops, he said.

Army scout rangers separately seized a rebel encampment Friday in Northern Samar province, also in the central Philippines, but guerrillas abandoned the area before they arrived, regional military spokesman Lt. Col. Noel Vestuir said. Continue reading

Philippines: Underground youth group holds daring lightning rally, calls on youth to accelerate the revolutionary upsurge and join the New People’s Army


Manila police attack students in front of Malacanang, the presidential palace

Information Bureau, Communist Party of the Philippines, 2 December 2010

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In celebration of the Kabataang Makabayan (KM, Patriotic Youth) 46th anniversary, hundreds of KM members joined today’s lightning rally near Malacañang, calling for support to the revolutionary movement’s objective to advance the peoples’war.

Masked students and youth joined the lightning rally bearing placards “KABATAAN, TUMUNGO SA KANAYUNAN, SUMAPI SA NPA!”, “REHIMENG US-AQUINO IBAGSAK!”, (“Go to the countryside, join the New People’s Army!”, “Down with the US-Aquino regime!”) “FILIPINO YOUTH, AWAKEN, JOIN THE NPA!”, “DOWN WITH US IMPERIALISM!”

“The revolutionary youth under KM declares its full commitment to advance the call of the Communist Party of the Philippines of fulfilling the strategic stalemate position vis-a-vis the rotten reactionary US-Aquino regime and its mercenary state security forces within five years,” states Ma. Laya Guerrero, KM spokesperson.

The participants of the lightning rally assembled at around 12:30 noon at the R. Papa St., barely a kilometer away from Malacañang palace, marched towards Morayta and Recto and dispersed near Avenida St. At the corner of Morayta and Recto, the group held a program that lasted for 10 minutes exorting the youth to join the New People’s Army (NPA).

“Under the aegis of imperialism particularly the United States of America, the Aquino regime has quickly shown its true colors of being anti-youth and anti-people. It has not departed from the hated polices of Arroyo regime that has bled the economy and push further impoverishment to our people. The Filipino youth has seen the monster in Aquino this early and we vow to make every day in his term a nightmare of protests.”

“As long as the rotten semi-feudal and semi-colonial system persists, the Filipino people and most especially the youth will rise up and heed to the calls of the times. There is no other solution but for the masses to tread the path of revolutionary struggle and join the NPA to ensure genuine change and brighter future for the Filipino youth and the next generation.” Continue reading

Philippine President Aquino talks peace and multiplies troops in Mindanao

October 04, 2010

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – About 1,000 Army troops from central Luzon were deployed in the southern Philippines to boost the operational capability of the 10th Infantry Division in addressing the insurgents in the area, a senior military official said today.

The 701st Infantry Brigade, which arrived in Mindanao Saturday, came all the way from Burgos, Tarlac to its new workplace in Davao, according to Major General Jorge B. Segovia, commander of the 10th Infantry Division.

Known for its success in counterinsurgency operations, the Brigade under Colonel Leonido Bongcawil will provide command and control on existing army battalions deployed in one of the provinces in the Davao region, Segovia said.

Davao Region is considered to be the national priority area by the Army leadership. The insurgency has been waning in this region for the past few years. The success of the counterinsurgency operations in other regions like Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog and Central Visayas is more tangible and visible with the decreasing atrocities attributed to the leftist New People’s Army, the military said. Continue reading

Philippines: Successful operations of the New People’s Army in June and July

NPA column

Ang Bayan, August 21, 2010

NPA seizes 10 firearms

Red fighters of the New People’s Army (NPA) seized ten firearms in various armed actions from June to July. Eight enemy soldiers were also killed and another eight were wounded in these military actions.

July 30. Two elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Capiz were wounded in two NPA tactical offensives that also netted four firearms for the people’s army.

The policemen were ambushed while on their way to Barangay Banate, Pontevedra, Capiz. They were responding to reports of an NPA disarming operation against the Banate village chief but were waylaid while their vehicle was still in Sitio San Jose in Barangay Hipona. The Red fighters seized three pistols and a shotgun from the barangay captain of Banate.

Previous to this, the NPA conducted a harassment operation on July 26 against a detachment of the 82nd IB in Barangay Osorio I, San Remigio, Antique. The NPA traded shots with military troops and CAFGU and CVO elements for several minutes. Continue reading

Philippines: Aquino’s undeclared martial law and the response of the New People’s Army

Noynoy Aquino’s ‘undeclared Martial Law’ would aggravate human rights violations

Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos

Spokesperson, NDF Philippines, Mindanao

September 21, 2010

Today, September the 21st, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines — Mindanao (NDFP-Mindanao) joins the Filipino people in recollecting the tens of thousands of victims of grave human rights abuses upon the declaration of Martial Law. It was the Dictator Marcos’s virulent edict that plunged the nation into the darkest period of its history — 14 years of brutality when the people’s national democratic aspiration was single-handedly snuffed out through unrivalled and widespread repression.

Today, 23 years since the ouster of the fascist Marcos, and after the rule of four almost equally brutal regimes from Corazon Aquino to Gloria Arroyo, the symptoms of those dark years remain with us as summary executions, enforced disappearances, barefaced militarism and other appalling forms of human rights violations continue to persist.

On account of the newly installed Aquino government, it has carried on the infamous militarist legacy of the vile period of Martial Law despite the euphoria created by Mr. Aquino’s pre-programmed victory in the recent presidential elections and its hard sell campaign for ‘change.’ Continue reading

Philippines: CPP orders New People’s Army to intensify attacks

Philippine Daily Inquirer

September 05, 2010

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has ordered its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), to step up offensives in Mindanao.

Jorge Madlos, spokesperson of the National Democratic Front (NDF), said in a statement that the NPA was told to attack “legitimate military targets” as a form of “resisting renewed [military] offensive activities.”

Madlos said the call for increased offensive action was meant “to meet head-on” increased military operations under the extended counter-insurgency campaign, Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL).

“[The CPP] is moving to thwart government’s goal of crushing the Maoist revolutionary movement in three years as laid out by the new administration of President Benigno Aquino III,” he said. Continue reading

Communist Party of the Philippines: “Successful NPA ambush in Samar, a legitimate act of war”

Map of the Philippines with Northern Samar highlighted


Information Bureau

Communist Party of the Philippines

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today hailed the successful tactical offensive launched by the New People’s Army in Catarman, Northern Samar last August 21 and at the same time assailed Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Deles for saying that the Samar ambush “will make the way forward (to peace) more difficult.”

The CPP replied that “the Aquino government should stop making excuses not to resume formal peace negotiations.”

“The Samar ambush, as well as other tactical offensives of the New People’s Army (NPA), have all been carried out with the objective of advancing the struggle for national liberation and social justice, especially in the interest of the oppressed masses,” said the CPP. “All these are being conducted in accordance with international humanitarian law and war conventions.”

“Secretary Deles’ claim that the police unit was just doing law enforcement work is pure hogwash,” said the CPP. “The ambushed police unit was dispatched to a revolutionary base, heavily armed and fully aware of the presence there of the NPA and with the primary objective of attacking the revolutionary forces,” the CPP pointed out. Continue reading

Philippines: Massive military offensives reveal Aquino’s contempt for the peace process

Ka Oris, somewhere in Mindanao

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

August 13, 2010

All the four divisions under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) based in Mindanao are currently conducting massive and widespread military operations against the revolutionary forces in all the five NPA regions in the whole island, particularly more intense in the Southern Mindanao Region. These began prior and during the inauguration of Noynoy Aquino, and continued before, during and after Noynoy Aquino’s SONA, and still escalating almost without let-up and without rest of troops in between operations.

Most recently, almost 30 of the more than 40 AFP battalions together with para-military units in Mindanao are simultaneously scouring suspected NPA guerilla bases and zones, seeking encounters with NPA forces in all the 5 NPA regions in the island. They are employing 105mm Howitzer cannons, reconnaissance and bomber planes. As expected, instead of hitting NPA units, it is the Lumad and peasant communities that are terrorized by these AFP offensives, committing human rights violations and causing dislocation to the population. With these military operations raging in Mindanao and probably across the archipelago, the Aquino administration has reared its ugly head; it has unruffled its feathers to show its true fascist character. 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

Philippines: Numerous Defeats Suffered by Arroyo Regime in 9 Years of Oppressive Rule

   CPP Information Bureau
   11 June 2010

“The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) declares unequivocally that the revolutionary movement and its New People’s Army (NPA) have not only successfully overcome the Arroyo regime’s counterrevolutionary efforts, but have achieved great strides in advancing the people’s war.”

The CPP issued this statement in connection with the scheduled testimonial parade today to be carried out by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for its outgoing commander-in-chief President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who it claims provided “a clear direction in the fight against communist insurgency” and “was able to set the trend against insurgency that can be sustained by the next administration.”

The AFP claims “more provinces have been declared as insurgency-free.”

”The top officials of the AFP, including its commander-in-chief Arroyo have nothing to celebrate today. In the whole nine years of Arroyo’s rule and the implementation of their ruthless Internal Security Operational Plan Bantay Laya, they have completely failed in their declared objective of reducing the revolutionary armed resistance to insignificance,” declared the CPP.

“Through the past nine years, the revolutionary movement and its armed forces have grown in strength, seized thousands of firearms from the AFP to arm a steady stream of new recruits, expanded areas of operation, assiduously built the people’s organized strength and advanced their struggles against feudal and semifeudal exploitation and fascist oppression in the rural areas. They have also remained strong and vibrant in urban poor and worker communities,” the CPP added.

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Philippines: New People’s Army Seizes 24 Firearms in Negros

May 21, 2010 Ang Bayan (bimonthly newspaper of the Communist Party of the Philippines)

The New People’s Army (NPA) in Negros [an island in the central Philippines] seized 24 firearms in two separate disarming operations before the end of April.

At dusk of April 30, Red fighters under the Roger Mahinay Command (RMC-NPA) raided the Maricalum Mining Company in Barangay San Jose, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, seizing 20 firearms from armed guards and from two responding policemen from the Sipalay PNP Substation.

The arms seizure comprised 12 Mossberg shotguns, two cal .38 revolvers, two 9 mm pistols, two .22 revolvers, an M16, an M14, a grenade, rounds of ammunition and other military equipment. The NPA held Maricalum Mining Company’s chief security guard for a number of hours.

The company was formerly known as the Marinduque Mining and Industrial Corporation and is now managed by G Holdings Inc. The NPA had already warned the company when it raided its airplane hangar more than a month ago. Continue reading

Philippines: NPA Raids Army Base, Seizes 11 High-Powered Rifles

NPA raids 28th IB-patrol base, confiscates 11 high-powered rifles

Simon Santiago

Regional Political Department, Merardo Arce Command, NPA-Southern Mindanao

A composite team of the New People’s Army’s 3rd Pulang Bagani Company and Front 18 Operations Command in Southern Mindanao raided the 28th Infantry Battalion-AFP patrol base Monday, May 24 at 12 noon in Sitio Chapter, Brgy. Maputi in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental. Three were instantly killed and four were wounded on the enemy side, while two surrendered and were freed by the Red fighters.

The NPA seized 11 high-powered rifles: two minimi sub-machine guns, two M203 grenade launcher, three M14 rifles, three Garand rifles and one M16 rifle. One comrade was martyred in this operation.