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.]

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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: An alliance between CPP and the Philippine government?

[Under the banner of “defending national interests” against China, the first steps toward an alliance between the US’ comprador/puppet Philippine regime of  President Aquino, and the Communist Party of the Philippines are being given public expression.  See, below, news of the government response to the offer made by Jose Maria Sison a few days ago.  Sison’s speech, given in the Netherlands but transmitted online to a National  Security Program at the AFP HQ Camp Aguinaldo in the Philippines, is posted under the news article, below.  —  Frontlines ed.]

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“Govt open to alliance with Reds”

Manila Standard Today, May 2nd, 2012, by

The Aquino administration is open to forging an alliance with the communists, the government’s chief negotiator, Alexander Padilla, said Tuesday.He said the government was open to accepting suggestions from “a recommendatory body” created by the Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front.Communist Party founding chairman Jose Maria Sison on Monday renewed his offer of an alliance and a truce with the government through a “special track” in the negotiations, but dropped a proposal for a coalition.Sison made the offer in an online lecture before the National Defense College of the Philippines in Camp Aguinaldo on Monday, a copy of which was e-mailed to the Manila Standard.

Padilla described Sison’s offer as “doable.”

“It is possible that a recommendatory body by them may be formed. If they are pushing for this special track, we are open to this. We find this more welcome than their earlier proposal for a coalition,” Padilla said.

“But let me make it clear we are only talking of an alliance here. We are not talking of coalition or power sharing or giving Cabinet posts to the CPP-NDFP.

Sison expressed optimism that the peace talks, which have been stalled for 14 months, could still be revived through the special track.

“I urge no less than the President of the government of the Philippines to muster the political will to do his crucial part in making the regular and special tracks succeed,” he said. Continue reading

Philippines: Aquino’s promised jobs from US companies are drop in the ocean

Aquino’s promised jobs from US companies, “consuelo de bobo”-CPP

September 29, 2010

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today dismissed as “consuelo de bobo” Benigno Aquino’s promise of 40,000 new jobs in the next three years with $2.4 billion in projected new US investments from his week-long US trip.

Said the CPP, “This is a drop in the ocean of unemployment drowning the Philippine economy. Consider that just last March, some 30% of more than half a million new college graduates, a bigger number of high school graduates and as many dropouts have ended up unemployed.”

“Close to half of the Philippine labor force of 39 million are either unemployed or seeking additional employment,” the CPP added.

“Aquino enticed US companies to invest in the Philippines promising them higher returns due to cheap Filipino labor,” said the CPP. “As it is, the current minimum wage rates are hardly one-fourth of what is needed for a family to live decently. Philippine labor is already one of the cheapest in Asia. With its thrust to keep wages low in order to attract more foreign investments, the puppet Aquino regime will surely just keep rejecting the workers’ just demands for wage hikes.” Continue reading

CP of the Philippines Blasts Aquino Regime’s Deceitful Offer of ‘Peace Talks’

While it talks "peace," the new Aquino regime is beefing up the Philippine army.

Editorial, Ang Bayan, July 21, 2010

No amount of deceit and violence from the US-Aquino regime can crush the revolution

Despite pronouncements by the US-Aquino regime that it is willing to talk peace with the revolutionary forces, it has already laid various obstacles even before the talks could begin.

First among these are Benigno Aquino III’s orders to the AFP to decimate the revolutionary movement. His regime aims to accomplish this by relying mainly on the fascist military forces which he plans to expand, modernize and equip with more weapons, equipment and benefits for its officers and men.

To that end, his regime is scrambling to raise hundreds of billions of pesos in the face of a crushing deficit and an enormous public debt.

In line with their master’s orders, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and AFP Chief of Staff Ricardo David quickly laid out the Aquino regime’s militarist line. David boasted that the AFP is prepared to enforce Aquino’s order to destroy the revolutionary movement in a matter of three years. Gazmin declared that the NPA has to surrender its weapons first before peace talks could resume. The declaration is ridiculous as the revolutionary movement will never lay down its arms and it has been repeatedly proven in the past that all deadlines set by the puppet regime and the AFP to destroy the revolutionary movement have been nothing but bluster. Continue reading