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Progressives upbeat on Duterte-NDFP peace talks

This is a contributed video of some of the highlights of the Philippine celebration of the 15th anniversary of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) and the launching of Prof. Jose Ma. Sison’s latest book “Building People’s Power” held on May 28, 2016.

The event was upbeat on the prospects of peace talks with the government under incoming president Rodrigo Duterte.  Read more

NDFP to Aquino: Ask Deles, Llamas

THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC FRONT OF THE PHILIPPINES (NDFP) dared President Benigno Aquino III to ask his peace adviser Teresita Deles and political adviser Ronald Llamas why he did not receive reports on the informal talks between his government and the revolutionary group.

Asked to respond to a Philippine Daily Inquirer article published today that quoted Aquino saying he did not formally receive the reports, NDFP negotiator Fidel Agcaoili said Aquino should ask his advisers about the informal talks that happened in 2012 and not in 2011.
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NDFP wants human rights monitoring committee with GPH revitalized

THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC FRONT OF THE PHILIPPINES (NDFP) will push for the revitalization of the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) for its Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) with the government of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) under the Rodrigo Duterte government.

As the NDFP waits for representatives of president-elect Duterte to visit its international office in Utrecht, The Netherlands, its spokesperson said that they want the JMC to be both revitalized and re-strengthened.

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Left “guardedly optimistic” on Duterte

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is “guardedly optimistic” with its discussions with president-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

Back in Manila from his meeting with Duterte in Davao City early Tuesday morning, NDFP spokesperson Fidel Agcaoili said today they are negotiating with Duterte with open eyes. Read more

Veteran negotiator to lead Duterte’s peace panel with Reds

(Photo by Bulatlat.com)

(Photo by Bulatlat.com)

Former justice secretary Silvestre Bello III is “greatly honored” to again be the Philippine government’s chief negotiator with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

While clarifying that he still needs to be formally notified by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Bello said that he is keen on accepting the challenge again to talk peace with the NDFP.

Bello said that the congratulatory messages that he has been receiving since Duterte made the announcement in Davao City this afternoon are still premature.

“I still have to ask our future president the extent of power he will grant the new government negotiating panel,” Bello said.

Critical of the Benigno Aquino government’s peace negotiations style with the NDFP, Bello said he will push for honoring signed agreements between the Manila government and the rebel groups.

“Who would seriously negotiate with us if we fail to honor our commitments?” Bello asked.

Aquino’s peace adviser Teresita Deles called The Hague Joint Declaration (THJD) that laid the parameters of the peace negotiations between the NDFP and the Manila government as a “document of perpetual division.”

Deles also taunted the NDFP whenever the latter demanded the release of its peace consultants under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees or Jasig.

Both THJD and Jasig were milestone agreements hammered with Bello as key member of the government panels under former President Fidel Ramos.

“I think President Aquino was only interested in negotiating with Moro Islamic Liberation Front.  He did not have the same vigor in dealing with the NDFP,” Bello said.

Bello also said that he will push for the release of NDFP peace consultants.

“If it can be established that they are involved in the negotiations either as consultants, staff or security personnel, they should be released under the Jasig,” Bello said.

Bello said he is thinking of asking former Commission on Elections commissioner Rene Sarmiento, former Alaminos mayor Hernani Braganza and Atty Sedfrey Candelaria of the Ateneo de Manila University to join him as negotiating panel members.

NDFP chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison welcomed Duterte’s reappointment of Bello as chief negotiator.

“I think that Bebot Bello is an excellent choice of the (incoming) President as chief negotiator with the NDFP,” Sison said.

“We know him because we worked with him in producing major agreements, especially the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (Carhrihl),” Sison added.

Sison said that the NDFP welcomes Bello’s statement that all the existing agreements must be respected and the possible release of all the 562 political prisoners who have been imprisoned on false charges of common crimes.

The rebel leader also commended Bello in seeking from the president (Duterte) the widest latitude for the success of the peace negotiations.

Asked to comment on possible panel members Bello mentioned, Sison said that it is up to him to compose his panel.

“He has mentioned highly qualified prospects,” Sison said of Sarmiento, Braganza and Candelaria.

Bello said that he hopes that the root causes of the armed conflict will again be addressed in the negotiations.

“Being able to sign agreements with the NDFP is one thing, but real success would come only when our people’s extreme poverty and the perception that our government is corrupt are eliminated,” Bello said. (Raymund B Villanueva)

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO: Northeastern Mindanao celebrates CPP 47th founding anniversary

Despite checkpoints by the Philippine Army and threats by a paramilitary group that it will kill attendees, thousands of members, supporters and invited guests attended the grand Communist Party of the Philippines 47th founding anniversary celebrations in Northeastern Mindanao last December 26.

Here is a video of the singing of the communist hymn “Ang Internasyunal” led by a company  of New People’s Army fighters.

NDFP-Mindanao on the CPP’s 47th anniversary (w/ English subtitles)

National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Mindanao spokesperson Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos delivers their statement on the 47th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Madlos says the New People’s Army in Mindanao has doubled its tactical offensives against the Armed Forces of the Philippines from 250 in 2010 to more than 500 in 2015 as the Benigno Aquino administration is about to end. He also announced that the NPA has increased its guerrilla fronts from 40 in 2010 to 46 in 2015. Furthermore, NPA operations has increased from 1,850 barrios in 2010 to 2,500 barrios in 2015.

Madlos did not attend the anniversary celebrations held in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte because of the heavy military presence in the adjacent Zapanta Valley. Philippine Army checkpoints did not deter the thousands of guests from attending the celebrations, however.

CPP’s 47th anniversary celebs in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte

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Ka Edroy, political officer of the New People’s Army’s Guerrilla Front 16 in Agusan del Norte, was among the leaders of today’s public celebration of the Communist Party of the Philippines’ 47th anniversary.

About three thousand supporters and invitees braved the difficult terrain, intermittent rains and Philippine Army checkpoints to attend one of the rebels’ year’s biggest events.

The CPP and the NPA condemned threats made by the paramilitary group Magahat through one of its leaders Loloy Tejero earlier they will kill journalists who will cover the event.

“The fact that it was the Philippine Information Agency which spread the criminal threat against journalists by the bandit group Magahat shows that they are working together on this,” the guerrilla said.

He also condemned the AFP for putting up checkpoints on roads leading to the celebration site.

“They violate their own ceasefire declarations, because they should stay inside their camps and let the people attend our celebrations,” Edroy said.
The event ended at two o’clock with much singing led by the guerrillas themselves.

Agusan Del Norte
December 26, 2015

Revolutionary orgs stage lightning rally on eve of APEC

REVOLUTIONARY ORGANIZATIONS under the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) staged a “lightning rally” as world leaders are due to arrive in the country for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit starting Monday.

Hundreds of revolutionaries marched on Manila’s crowded downtown area to condemn APEC as an imposition on poor countries like the Philippines.

“(We) vigorously condemn the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as an imperialist instrument of plunder and greed,” the NDFP National Council said in a statement.

“The Filipino people have long suffered under the economic policies and multilateral agreements aggressively pushed by the APEC which have only ensured the interests of the advanced capitalist economies, especially that of the United States,” the underground alliance said.

Police officers in the area were caught flat-footed by the swift mobilization, which proceeded to march from the Carriedo area and dispersed at the corner of Recto Avenue and Quezon Boulevard.

The Benigno Aquino government has been implementing street-clearing operations and raising security alerts as it welcomes heads of states from dozens of countries, including United States president Barack Obama.

The revolutionaries distributed leaflets and painted slogans on walls as many of bystanders—mostly ambulant vendors—cheered from the sidelines.

The NDFP and its allied organizations are waging a “national democratic revolution” for nearly five decades, said to be the longest running revolution in Asia. #

Karapatan dares Mar Roxas to initiate withdrawal of DILG-DND reward system; says it violates JASIG

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(Maria Concepcion Araneta-Bocala/Photo from Aksyon Radio Iloilo)

Karapatan said the Department of National Defense (DND) and Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) “reward system-bounty list” weighs heavier than its joint agreement with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on safety and immunity guarantees or the JASIG and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

Reacting on the recent arrest of peace consultant Maria Concepcion Araneta-Bocala, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said, “The GPH and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) would gladly violate JASIG and arrest NDFP peace consultants, earn from the reward money than push forward the long-stalled peace talks with the NDFP. We challenge the DILG Secretary, whether its Mar Roxas or his replacement, to withdraw the Order on Reward System targeting so-called communists but has proven to have victimized innocent civilians.”

“By arresting peace consultants of the NDFP, the government already bagged at least Php 55 million. These funds would have been more useful when channeled to social services since these are taxpayers’ money. The reward system further breeds corruption in the bureaucracy,” Palabay said.

Araneta-Bocala, or Concha, with Php 7.8 million bounty on her head, was arrested early morning of August 1, 2015, by joint forces of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Unit Region 6 and the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at a house in Juntado Subdivision, Molo, Iloilo City. Araneta-Bocala is peace consultant of NDFP for the Visayas region. She was issued Document of Identification No. ND978245 under assumed name “Remi Estrella”. Under the JASIG, persons with Document of Identification should be immune from arrests and detention in order to perform their duties as peace consultants.

The DND-DILG reward system is contained in the DND-DILG JOR Number 14-2012. “But it was amended in 2012 through the JO ORDER ON REWARD NUMBER 14(A)-2012 in recognition of the peace negotiations with the NDFP. The order stated, ‘Pursuant to the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantess (JASIG) dated 24 February 1995 and the current GPH list of JASIG-covered personalities, the following names are to be deleted from DND-DILG JOR Number 14-2012 in recognition of the pending peace negotiations and conditions upon the existence of the said peace negotiations.’ Some of the deleted names with corresponding reward money were Wilma Austria-Tiamzon, Rafael Baylosis, Vicente Ladlad, Reynaldo Bocala and Jose Maria Sison.

“However, Austria is still detained with husband Benito Tiamzon while Ladlad and Baylosis still face trumped-up murder charges initiated during the Arroyo regime, supposedly Aquino’s nemesis,” Palabay added.

Another NDFP consultant was arrested on July 20 in Quezon City. Ernesto Lorenzo is falsely charged with destructive arson. Lorenzo and his wife Joyce Latayan is now detained at the CIDG holding area in Camp Crame Quezon City. “Lorenzo and Lantayan complained that they are only given food after the CIDG members have eaten and there are left over food,” Palabay said.

OPAPP, saboteur of the peace process

Karapatan strongly criticized the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process for its “consistent role in sabotaging the GPH-NDFP process through its statements and moves that consider previously signed agreements such as the JASIG inoperative.” The OPAPP released a statement yesterday on Araneta-Bocala’s arrest.

Palabay cited an acknowledgement letter issued by the GPH Peace Panel citing “Remi Estrella,” Araneta-Bocala’s assumed name, as entitled to the safety and immunity guarantees under the JASIG, aside from the DI shown by Araneta-Bocala upon her arrest. “The OPAPP, through its Secretary Teresita “Ging” Deles, also consistently justifies illegal arrests, disappearances and other rights violations,” Palabay added.

“We reiterate our call to immediately release the NDFP peace consultants and resume the peace talks. We also call on the GPH to stop spending huge amount of people’s money in self-serving and unproductive activities. ###