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LARAWAN: Grand Celebration of the 42nd Anniversary of the NDFP

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines celebrated its 42nd Anniversary with a grand celebration at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City today.
It was attended by NDFP Negotiating Panel Chairperson Luis Jalandoni, Panel Member Connie Ledesma, several consultants and hundreds of members, allies and friends.
The NDFP highlighted the growth of its membership to 18 allied organizations in speeches by Prof. Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Mindanao Spokesperson Jorge ‘Ka Oris’ Madlos, Benito Tiamzon, Wilma Austria and its detained consultants.
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Cultural presentations further enlivened the program with songs and dances.
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The NDFP is the umbrella organization of underground and revolutionary organizations waging a national democratic revolution in the Philippines in the last 46 years.
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Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines
Quezon City, Philippines
April 25, 2015

LARAWAN: Louie Jalandoni REVOLUTIONARY, An Illustrated Biography

“Louie Jalandoni REVOLUTIONARY, An Illustrated Biography” was launched at the University of the Philippines in yesterday. Penned by multi-awarded journalist and author Ina Alleco Silverio the book was illustrated by accomplished artists based in the Philippines and abroad.

National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, UP College of Mass Communications Dean Rolando Tolentino and UP College of Fine Arts Prof. Lisa Ito presented their critiques of the book at the launch. It was attended by hundreds of Jalandoni’s comrades, friends and family.

Jalandoni is the chairperson of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Negotiating Panel with the Government of the Philippines since 1992. He and his wife Connie Ledesma were present at the event.

Here are photos of yesterday’s book launch.

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Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines
Quezon City, Philippines
April 25, 2015

Celebrating NDF@42

Highlights of the the 42nd anniversary of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) celebrated at the U.P. Bahay ng Alumni on April 25, 2015. NDFP international representatives Louie Jalandoni and Coni Ledesma led the event signifying the growing local and global mass support for the Philippine revolutionary movement.

Launch of Louie Jalandoni’s illustrated bio

Snippets from the book launching of “Louie Jalandoni: Revolutionary” (An Illustrated Biography) with reviews made by Dean Roland Tolentino, National Artist Dr. Bien Lumbera, and Fine Arts Prof. Lisa Ito. Written by Ina Alleco Roldan Silverio, Art Direction by Renan Ortiz with illustrations and graphics from Fernando Argosino, Neil Doloricon, Bobert Elyas, Mervin Malonzo, Enrico Maniago, and Max Santiago. Published by the International Network of Philippine Studies, The Netherlands, 2015.

LARAWAN: NDFP 42nd Anniversary

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Revolutionary organizations call for Aquino’s ouster and intensification of people’s war

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Around a thousand members of all revolutionary organizations allied to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) marched along EDSA in Cubao, Quezon City in celebration of its 42nd founding anniversary this April 24, 2015 and calls for the people to bring down the US-Aquino regime and intensification of the armed revolution. The lightning rally started at two points, one near the Cubao-LRT station in Aurora while the other group started to march from Farmers-MRT station, converged and held a program at Cubao’s intersection.

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Led by the Communist Party of the Philippines, NDFP’s allied organizations are the New People’s Army, Revolutionary Council of the Trade Unions, Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid, Katipunan ng mga Samahang Manggagawa, Kabataang Makabayan, Makabayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan, Makabayang Kawaning Pilipino, Christians for National Liberation, Katipunan ng mga Gurong Makabayan, Artista at Manunulat para sa Sambayanan, Makabayang Samahang Pangkalusugan, Liga ng Agham para sa Bayan, COMPATRIOTS, Lupon ng Manananggol para sa Bayan, Moro Resistance and Liberation Organization and the Cordillera People’s Democratic Front.

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Quezon City, Philippines
April 24, 2015

 

 

US intervention in Venezuela and Ph denounced

Local affiliates of the Philippines Chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS-Phils) led by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) picket the US embassy in Manila to denounce the intensifying US intervention in Venezuela and the on-going US-Ph Balikatan military exercises. They demanded the repeal of Obama’s March 9 Executive Order vilifying Venezuela as a security threat to the US while, in the Philippines, protesters called for the junking of the US-Ph Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). The protest is part of the Global Solidarity Campaign with Venezuela.

An attack on the rights of journalists and press freedom – AlterMidya

AlterMidya statement on libel vs Bicol Today correspondent.

 

The obsolete, repressive law on libel is one of the instruments of oppressors to attack the freedom of speech and expression and press freedom. Since 1986, more than 180 journalists have been killed and more still suffer from oppressive libel charges.

Just recently in the Bicol region, libel again was used as a tool of corrupt officials to kill the voice of the masses craving for genuine truth and accountability.

On April 15, Wednesday, Bicol Today’s correspondent Elmer James Bandol was arrested, for the eighth time for libel charges since 1979, in his residence in Daraga, Albay based on a warrant of arrest filed four years ago without considering the motion filed by his legal counsel.

The case filed by former General Manager Eduardo Margallo of Masbate Electrical Cooperative (Maselco) against Bandol was based on his article “314 million pesos losses of Masbate power coop traced to mismanagement – NEA” published by BicolToday.com on December 14, 2011.

In Bandol’s 36 years as a veteran local journalist, he served the masses through Bicol Today for more than four years through exposing corruption by local government officials. He had 11 charges of libel but were eventually dismissed because his stories really mirror the truth.

AlterMidya as the People’s Alternative Media Network supports its active member Bicol Today in fighting for the rights of Bandol, as well as for press freedom and for the decriminalization of libel in the country.

A journalist must not be jailed for exposing the truth. He or she should not suffer from being deprived of his right to perform his duty to the Filipino people.

Bandol was harassed and denied due process. The Masbate prosecutor’s office has recommended the filing of libel charges against him even without preliminary investigation. Bandol filed a motion for reconsideration but it was denied by the prosecution. Bandol is currently under the custody of the Masbate City PNP with a bail amounting to P10,000.

AlterMidya stands by Bicol Today’s position that online libel, which was filed against Bandol, as defined by the Cyber Crime Law, still did not exist as the libel complaint was filed
during the period when the Cyber Crime bill was still under deliberation by Congress.

By law, online articles could not be defined legally as a ”publication” since the existing libel law then was limited to printed publication and broadcast media. Bandol’s case also highlights the need to intensify the fight against the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 and for the decriminalization of libel.

We are calling on all media groups to express their support for Bandol and the fight for press freedom. Together with the Filipino people, journalists should stand for their rights and demand an end to impunity in killings and attacks against press freedom and the right to free expression.
(Photos from BicolToday.com)

Altermidya is a non-stock, non-profit network of independent, progressive, and alternative media outfits, institutions and individuals.

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on Peace Talks – GPH and NDFP & GPH and MILF


Panayam ni Ms. Sonia Capio ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant hinggil sa kalagayan ng usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng GPH at NDFP at GPH at MILF.

April 9, 2015

Mga Tanong para sa peace talks sa pagitan ng GPH at NDFP at GPH at MILF

1. Ano po ang update sa usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng GPH at NDFP? Matutuloy pa rin po ba ito bago pa matapos ang termino ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino?

JMS: Patuloy na handang makipag-usap ang NDFP. Pero ang GPH ang hindi handa. Kung gayon, nagiging malabo na ang resumption ng formal talks ng GPH  at NDFP.  Sabi ng Malakanyang na nakabuhos ang atensyon nila sa pagtutulak ng BBL at paghahabol ng peace with  MILF.

Hanggang ngayon walang maliwanag na negotiating panel at chairman ng GPH para makipag-usap sa NDFP.  Lumilitaw na sa buong panahon  ng rehimeng Aquino wala talagang interes sa peace talks kundi paggamit ng dahas laban sa kilusang rebolusyonaryo.

2. Ano po ang inyong masasabi sa usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan naman ng GPH at MILF? Tila nagkahati-hati po ang mga pananaw ng mga nasa pamahalaan at matindi ang mga banggaan sa usapin ng Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at ang kawastuhan kung dapat pa bang ituloy ang pakikipag-usap nila sa MILF o hindi na.

JMS: Sa loob at labas ng GPH, lumakas ang sumasalungat sa BBL dahil sa Mamasapano at constitutional issues. Tiyak na maraming susog ang gagawin sa Kongreso, laluna sa Senado, hanggang sa posibleng ayaw na ng MILF ang lalabas na final draft ng BBL.

Kahit tanggapin ng MILF ang anumang BBL na aprubahan ng Kongreso, may mga magdadala pa rin ng constitutional issues sa Korte Suprema. Baka mauuntol ang BBL hanggang maubos na ang termino o buhok ni Penoy Bugok.

3. Ano po ang inyong pagtingin sa Bangsamoro Basic Law o BBL?

JMS: May constitutional issues na nakasalang sa  Kongreso ng GPH. Hanggang ngayon, walang pinal na anyo ng BBL dahil susugan nang susugan pa yan sa Kongreso. Habang wala pang pinal na anyo ng BBL, mahirap mangahas ng opinion ng pagkatig o pagtuligsa sa kabuuan ng BBL.

Kaguma members hold lightning rally

Members of Katipunan ng mga Gurong Makabayan or Kaguma held a lightning rally at Litex Market this morning to celebrate the underground organization’s 44th Anniversary. Wearing teachers uniforms, they called on the people to further support the National Democratic Revolution and the campaign to oust President Benigno Aquino for his crimes against the people.

Kaguma is an allied organization of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, Which celebrates its own 46th anniversary on April 25.

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on the Congress hearing on the Mamasapano incident

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison hinggil sa naganap na Congress hearing tungkol sa Mamasapano incident.

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April 9, 2015

1. Sa kabuuan, ano po ang inyong masasabi sa katatapos pa lang na hearing sa Kongreso hinggil sa Mamasapano incident?

JMS: Lalong lumiliwanag na si Aquino ang nag-utos na isagawa ang Oplan Exodus at siya rin ang nag-authorize sa suspendidong Heneral na Purisima bilang kasama niya sa pagmando kay Napeñas at inako nilang dalawa ang koordinasyon sa loob  ng PNP at sa AFP.

Nagtaksil si Aquino sa mga pinaslang na 44 na police commando dahil hindi siya kumilos para iligtas ang mga ito magmula nang 7 a.m. hanggang 12 noon kung kailan naipit at napalaban ang SAF 44 hanggang naubos.

Tama ang sabi ni Napeñas na si Aquino at Purisima ang dahilan ng kawalan ng saklolo at pagkamatay ng SAF 44. Tama rin ang pagtutuon ni Congressman Neri Colmenares sa katotohanan na hindi kumilos ang commander-in-chief para iligtas ang mga pinaslang.

2. Nabasa nyo po ba ang 20 tanong na inihanda ng Makabayan bloc para sa Congress hearing? Bakit po kaya hindi ito sinang-ayunan ng nakararaming kongresista na ipadala man lamang sa palasyo para mabasa ng pangulo at bahala na siya kung sasagutin niya ang mga ito o hindi?

JMS: Binasa ko nang masinop ang 20 tanong. Tama ang panimulang tanong kung bakit inauthorize ni Aquino si Purisima na magcommand kay Napeñas. Tama ang tanong kung bakit si Aquino ay walang ginawa para pakilusin ang Army at iligtas ang mga kawawang police commando. Tama ang tanong kung bakit hindi nag-utos si Aquino ng fly over sa maisan.Tama ang tanong tungkol sa pag-utos ng US kay Aquino.

Ang mga kongresista na nagharang sa 20 tanong ay naglantad sa sarili bilang mga utusan at kasabwat ni Aquino sa katiwalian. Alam naman ng sambayanan na mga 90 por syento ng Lower House ay mga garapal na magnanakaw sa pork barrel.

3. Ano po kaya ang nagtutulak kay Pnoy na umiwas sa mga pagtatanong hinggil sa kanyang responsibilidad sa Oplan Exodus? Magkakaroon po ba kaya ng magandang bunga ang Congress hearing kahit wala ang pangulo?

JMS: Ayaw ni Aquino na sagutin ang 20 tanong dahil lalong malalantad ang kriminal na pananagutan niya sa pagpaslang sa mga mga police commando ng SAF gayundin sa kanyang pagsisinungaling sa bayan. Ayaw din ni Aquino na lalong malantad ang pag-utos ng US sa kanya.

Mahirap sabihin na makakagawa ng final report ang Lower House para ilantad ang buong katotohanan at pananagutin si Aquino dahil mayorya sa Lower House ang mga  kasabwat ni  Aquino sa pangungurakot, mas malamang na white wash or yellow wash ang mangyayari.

4. Sa panahon ng mga pagtatanong hinggil sa kondukta ng dapat ay tulungan na nangyari sa pagitan ng PNP-SAF at AFP, para mailigtas ang SAF 44, meron pong ilang magkakaibang paliwanag ang dalawang pwersa ng pamahalaan na maaaring mauwi sa matinding di pagkakaunawaan kung ito ay isasawalang bahala lamang. Ano po ang inyong pagtingin sa bagay na ito?

JMS:  Maliwanag naman na si Aquino ang may kasalanan dahil sa stand down order niya. May utos siyang huwag saklolohan ang SAF 44 para iwasan daw ang labanan ng Army at MILF. Isa pa, nabuwisit si Aquino sa SAF dahil nakatakas si Usman. Naging dahilan na ito para maging mababaw ang pansin ni Aquino sa mga update at hindi na niya sapol ang kalagayan na mauubos na yong SAF 44.

5. Ano po ang inyong masasabi sa partisipasyon ng Magdalo Party List sa Congress hearing ng Mamasapano?

JMS:  Malamang na susundin nila ang pagsipsip kay Aquino, tulad ng ginagawa ni Trillanes sa Senado at sa press releases niya.  Itatambak nila kay Napeñas at SAF ang sisi sa pagkapaslang ng mga kapwa nilang SAF.

6. Ano po ang inyong pagtingin sa kahihinatnan nina Purisima at Napeñas sa imbestigasyon ng nabigong Oplan Exodus?

JMS: Baka sa katapusan, sina Purisima at Napeñas at SAF lang ang babatikusan ng final report ng Lower House.  Posible ring si Napeñas lamang ang tatambakan ng sisi dahil sa kung pananagutin nila si Purisima magiging tampok din ang katotohanan na si Aquino ang may pinakamabigat na kasalanan.

Si Aquino ang  nag-authorize sa isang suspendidong heneral na maging taga-utos kay Napeñas.  Hindi niya inisip na wala sa katayuan si Purisima na makipagcoordinate sa loob at labas ng PNP.  At kriminal na nagpabaya naman si Aquino kahit siya na ang umako sa koordinasyon bilang commander-in-chief.