CPP reveals Baguio raid victim was top leader, vows justice

GENEVA, Switzerland—A victim of the Baguio City raid last Friday, March 13, turned out to be a top leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), statements by the underground revolutionary movement in the Philippines revealed.

In a statement, the CPP said Julius Giron, one of the victims in the early morning raid, was a stalwart of the Party’s Central Committee, its Political Bureau and Executive Committee member who served the party’s central organs over the past three decades.

The underground group said Giron played a key role in reconstituting the Party’s leadership in 2014 when alleged CPP chairperson Benito Tiamzon and secretary general Wilma Tiamzon were arrested in Cebu province.

It said Giron brought together more than a hundred Party cadres to hold the Party’s Second Congress in 2016 when he was elected to the CPP’s Central Committee, its Political Bureau and as one of the key officers of its Executive Committee.

The government announced Giron’s killing, along with one Lourdes Tan Torres/Ma. Lourdes Dineros Tangco and an unnamed aide in a joint military and police operation at about 3:30 AM in Barangay Queen of Peace in Baguio City last Friday.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) claimed Giron and companions “resisted arrest, prompting authorities to retaliate in a search warrant operation.”

The CPP however said there was no fire fight and the raiding party fired at the victims at close range in an execution-style killing.

“Claims made by the military and police that they were about to serve an arrest warrant are outright lies. It was a liquidation operation, a massacre, carried out at 3 a.m. with the clear aim of assassinating Giron and eliminating all witnesses,” the CPP said.

“The entire Party and all revolutionary forces are enraged over the murder of Ka Nars,” the group added.

Stellar revolutionary career

The CPP said Giron was among the young cadres who pioneered revolutionary work in the Cordilleras and other Northern Luzon regions in the 1970s.

The group said Giron helped forged Igorot unity, and in rousing, organizing and mobilizing the national minority groups in resisting national oppression, defense of their ancestral land, and in their fight for autonomy.

Giron was in the Cordilleras during the people’s epic struggle against the Chico River Dam Project, the CPP revealed.

CPP founding chairperson Jose Maria Sison gave Giron high praises in a statement Tuesday, March 17, revealing the victim, like him, received religious tutelage from his mother and served as a sacristan to the Catholic priests in his grade school days.

Sison said Giron was a bright and sociable person in high school with plenty of friends.

“He was charismatic because he was intelligent and had a talent for singing and dancing. He also excelled at numbers and hoped to become an engineer. He enrolled in the course of Engineering in the University of the Philippines in Baguio but was able to finish only the first two years because of his heavy responsibilities as a leading activist,” Sison wrote.

He added that Giron joined the Kabataang Makabayan (KM) in 1970 and was a product of the First Quarter Storm (FQS) of 1970. Giron led the KM in Baguio City during the FQS.

“He often delighted and inspired the mass protests by reciting Amado Hernandez’s ‘Kung Tuyo Na ang Luha Mo, Aking Bayan’ to the music of ‘Ang Gabing Mapanglaw’. He helped build the Samahan ng mga Anak Pawis (SaAnPa) in Baguio City in 1970. He became an outstanding activist of the national democratic movement as he engaged in organizing workers in the transport, energy, and mining sectors,” Sison recalled.

Sison added that Giron became a member of the CPP in 1971 and assumed major responsibilities, serving with its Trade Union Bureau, participating in the organization of the CPP’s Northern Luzon Regional Party group, being designated a staff member of the Instructor’s Bureau of the CPP under the Education Department, and serving as team leader of an armed propaganda unit in Ifugao province.

Giron then went to Isabela province to instruct Political Officers of the New People’s Army (NPA) for regional and national deployment.

Giron during CPP’S Second National Congress in an undisclosed location in 2016. (CPP photo)

“As Founding Chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines and Chief Political Consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, I honor Comrade Julius Soriano Giron with the Red salute and express the highest respect and commendation for his martyrdom and for his long record as a communist leader and revolutionary fighter in the Filipino people’s struggle for national liberation and democracy,” Sison said.

He also condoled with his late comrade’s family and to all of Giron’s comrades, relatives and friends.

“I share with them profound grief over his demise and at the same the pride and joy for his lifelong and fruitful service to the people in their noble cause and struggle for national and social liberation from foreign monopoly capitalism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism,” Sison said.

“Comrade Julius served the people in the best way that he could and in the most exemplary way, died as a martyr and will therefore live forever in the hearts and minds of the people and in the continuance of the people’s democratic revolution with a socialist perspective. His murder in the hands of the armed minions of the traitorous, tyrannical, genocidal, corrupt and mendacious [Rodrigo] Duterte regime outrages the people and incites them to intensify their revolutionary struggle,” Sison said.

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Peace Negotiating Panel, its consultants, personnel and staff also extended condolences to the comrades, family, relatives and friends of Giron and his two companions.

“While in detention during the years of the Marcos dictatorship, we came to know of Comrade Julius’ artistry.  He was a good painter and headed the painting group inside prison. Indeed, his deep love for the Cordillera people is reflected in his paintings and poetry which are on display in his wake,” NDFP chief negotiator Fidel Agcaoili said.

“We render the highest salute to Comrade Julius for his selfless commitment and lifelong dedication to the revolutionary movement of the people for national freedom, democracy, social justice and genuine peace,” Agcaoili said.

Peace consultant

Agcaoili revealed that Giron was one of NDFP’s senior consultants in the GRP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines)-NDFP peace talks on social, economic and political reforms, as well as end of hostilities and disposition of forces and was in fact designated as National Consultant Number 1.

“He was holder of Document of Identification (DI) number 978410 under the name of Arnold Cruz as National Consultant 1, which entitled him to protection and immunity under the JASIG (Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees),” Agcaoili said.

“The martyrdom of Comrade Julius and his companions inspires us even more to firmly pursue the Filipino people’s struggle for national and social liberation and for genuine and lasting peace,” he added.

The CPP said it will exact justice on Giron’s killers.

“Giron was, in fact, murdered in cold blood. The perpetrators and masterminds of the assassination of the Girons are criminals. The Party and revolutionary movement will make sure that they will pay for their crime,” it said.

Giron was convalescing in Baguio due to illnesses brought about by his advanced age, the CPP said. He was 70 years old. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)

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At the event signalling the year-long celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the First Quarter Storm of 1970 at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City last January 26, its surviving participants paid tribute to all their comrades in the historic youth and student-led series of massive protest actions that rocked the Marcos dictatorship. The FQS was the first big uprising that launched the national democratic revolution that still rages in the Philippines today. (Video by Jek Alcaraz/Kodao)

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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.














Cultural presentations further enlivened the program with songs and dances.




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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Quezon City, Philippines
April 25, 2015

LARAWAN: NDFP 42nd Anniversary


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


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.





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




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Panayam ng Kodao kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison
January 22, 2015

2. Ano po ang kabuluhan nito sa kasaysayan ng pagkilos ng mga kabataan laban sa mapang-api at anti-mamamayang mga patakaran mula kay Marcos hanggang sa kasalukuyan?

JMS: Makabuluhan ang First Quarter Storm ng 1970 sa kasaysayan ng pagkilos ng mga kabataan at sambayanang Pilipino dahil ipinakita ng pagbabalikwas na ito na kaya ng masang tumindig para sa mga pambansa at demokratikong karapatan, magtipon ng lakas at kumilos para labanan ang brutal na rehimeng Marcos. Sa pamamagitan ng FQS, lumakas ang mga organisasyong masa na may katangiang pambansa-demokratiko hindi lamang sa National Capital Region kundi sa buong bansa. Kumalat ang mga protesta sa mga prubinsya.

Ang FQS ng 1970 ay naging inspirasyon ng sambayanang Pilipino sa paglaban sa palubhang pagsasamantala at pang-aapi ng rehimeng Marcos. Sa panahon ng martial law, laging iniisip ng mga tao na dating kaya ng masa na gumawa ng FQS at kung gayon kayang gawin muli ang ganito para ibagsak ang pasistang diktadura. Ang FQS ang historical antecedent ng Edsa uprising at iba pang pag-aalsa na nagpabagsak sa pasistang diktadura. Ipinakita ng FQS kung paano gumawa ng ahitasyon at propaganda at magtipon ng maraming tao sa pamamagitan ng mga martsa at rali.

(Malaking pasasalamat kay Mon Ramirez sa kanyang mga siniping larawan ng FQS mula sa kanyang pagsasaliksik.)