29 March 2010

Inside the NPA in Eastern Visayas: Military work

The NPA in Eastern Visayas is striving to contribute to the goal of advancing from the strategic defensive to the strategic stalement in the people's war within the next five years. Thus to prepare themselves, the NPA units carry out political-military study, observe standard operating procedures, carry out various drills and skills development trainings, and go on war exercises for combat readiness.

Inside the NPA in Eastern Visayas: Cultural work

The NPA is not only a fighting army, it is also a cultural army. It is at the forefront of resisting the decadent feudal and bourgeois culture of the ruling system, and introduces the revolutionary culture that is scientific, nationalist and democratic. The NPA units are often called upon to do cultural performances on various special occasions such as the anniversaries of the Party and the NPA, as well as during mass meetings and other important gatherings of the masses.

28 March 2010

Inside the NPA in Eastern Visayas: Political education

The NPA units strive to raise their political consciousness through various educational courses, such as the Pambansa Demokratikong Paaralan (PADEPA or National Democratic School). This arms the unit to do mass work and help establish mass organizations in the countryside. Upon finishing the PADEPA, the Red fighters immediately go into revolutionary practice and apply what they have learned in their mass work.

Inside the NPA in Eastern Visayas: Red knights

Chess is a popular pastime in the NPA, which forbids drinking, womanizing or gambling. Some units even carve their own chess pieces to play the game.

27 March 2010

Inside the NPA in Eastern Visayas: Day-to-day life

Simple living and arduous struggle is the motto of Red fighters in their day-to-day life inside the NPA. To economize, food must be preserved for longer use, and some needs can also be do-it-yourself. The NPA is also deeply involved in the daily economic toil of the people as Red fighters help the peasant masses in planting and harvesting. Whether the most senior NPA commander or a neophyte Red fighters, they all share the same meal. Units must be flexible and mobile in their operations, and ready to move to do important political and military work at any time.


Inside the NPA in Eastern Visayas: The Medics

As part of the celebration on the 41st anniversary of the New People's Army this March 29, we will be posting a series of photos of the NPA in Eastern Visayas. These depict the diverse tasks of the people's army.

Today we introduce the NPA medics, who serve not only their specific units but also the masses who long have been deprived of basic social services under the reactionary system.The NPA medics train hard and there are many who can already do minor surgery. While learning modern medicine, the NPA medics also use traditional and herbal remedies that are effective and with readily available materials. The peasant masses are also educated on basic health care and an organized barrio typically implements a health program to improve the lives of the people by advising on hygiene, sanitation and simple remedies.

Systematic deception by the military on the eve of the NPA's anniversary

Press Release
March 27, 2010

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas said today that the 8th Infantry Division is systematically deceiving the people in denigrating the New People's Army, which will be celebrating its 41st anniversary on March 29. “The 8th ID has been stepping up its psywar attacks prior to the NPA anniversary this month, most prominently in claiming the discovery of “mass graves” of “NPA victims” in Northern Samar,” said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson. “These slanders attempt to belittle the NPA's steady advance, as well as to cover up the military's abuses under Oplan Bantay Laya. This is also the second time that the 8th ID has attempted to attribute so-called “mass graves” to the NPA in Eastern Visayas, the first being that in Inopacan, Leyte in 2006.”

Fr. Salas explained that the historical backgrounds and forensic evidence go against the military's allegations of “mass graves” in Eastern Visayas. “There has never been any mass grave by the NPA in Eastern Visayas whether in Leyte or Samar. For one, the Mt. Amandewin Command investigated the allegation of a “mass grave” in Inopacan, Leyte in 2006 and found it to be a big lie. The alleged area is adjacent to an abandoned cemetery of Brgy. Monterico, from where it is believed the military took the skeletons to use in the alleged “mass graves”. Moreover, the scientific data belie the seriousness of the military's claim – the alleged forensic evidence found such as recognizable clothing was highly improbable because more than 20 years had passed and any such material should have been decayed long ago. The forensic evidence were also seriously compromised to the point of being unacceptable in any court, by careless handling and because the military had contaminated the spot by turning it into a circus for the media and other people for their real intention: anti-communist propaganda.

“Meanwhile, the military inflated their data for psywar purposes by turning a few scattered graves in Mondragon, Northern Samar into an even more improbable claim of “NPA mass graves”. These alleged “mass graves” were claimed to have been made in 1980, even earlier than the ones in Inopacan. And yet the military is boasting that it has credible forensic evidence and even witnesses, who give crystal-clear testimonies of events that occurred 30 years ago as if they just saw these during breakfast. ”

Fr. Salas also said that the alleged “mass graves” in Northern Samar may in fact be victims of the military. “The site in Brgy. Cahicsan, Mondragon is close to what is colloquially known as “Crystal Mountain” – a place where there are armed fanatical cults established during the Aquino regime for use in “low-intensity conflict” or proxy war against the revolutionary movement. These groups are similar to the notorious “Tadtad” which was widely condemned for gross human rights violations during the Aquino regime. The armed fanatical cults in “Crystal Mountain” are notorious for rapes, killing, and other crimes against outsiders who stray into the area, and many incidents of killings have already been reported to the NPA. These groups are known to be close to, if not directly controlled, by the military.”

The NDF-EV spokesperson concluded that the military is trying to slander the NPA on its anniversary, as well as to cover up the real human rights abuses under Oplan Bantay Laya. “While the war intensifies, the military also steps up its psywar in a desperate attempt to isolate the NPA from the people. But it is increasingly difficult for the military to deny that the NPA is indeed growing stronger and intends to reach the strategic stalemate in the people's war within five years. Meanwhile, human rights violations by the military have been escalating in Northern Samar and elsewhere especially as the election nears and the Arroyo regime fights to remain in power. The unresolved human rights violations by the regime, as well as its other accountabilities for immiserizing and oppressing the people, are the real issues and not the psywar inventions of “mass graves.”#

23 March 2010

Five soldiers killed, two wounded in NPA tactical offensive in Burauen, Leyte

Press Release
March 23, 2010

The Efren Martires Command said today that the NPA carried out a successful tactical offensive in Brgy. Cagbana, Burauen, Leyte last March 12. “According to the report from the Mt. Amandewin Command, five soldiers were killed in action and two more wounded in action in the ambush, all of them from the 19th Infantry Battalion,” said Ka Karlos Manuel, EMC spokesperson. “The NPA was also able to confiscate two high-powered rifles. This belies the 8th Infantry Division's claim that it was an encounter and that some Red fighters were wounded.”

Manuel also said that the NPA tactical offensive is a slap on the Armed Forces of the Philippines which recently boasted that Leyte is “insurgency-free”. “The AFP is lying to the public to conceal its battlefield losses and to make its Oplan Bantay Laya seemingly successful. However, the best proof that the NPA is growing stronger is in the rising tactical offensives in Eastern Visayas and throughout the country. Many more people are now supporting the NPA because they desire genuine change and they want to get of the fascist, corrupt and puppet Arroyo regime.”

The EMC spokesperson also called on the 8th ID to respect the rights of civilians. “Many families in Brgy. Cagbana have evacuated because of the 8th ID's continuing military operations. The peasants are unable to make a living and now suffer even more from the socio-economic crisis. The 8th ID is violating the rights of these civilians with their military operations even though the NPA had already withdrawn from the area after the battle. It is not the NPA but the 8th ID instead that is causing mass evacuations and a climate of fear in Brgy. Cagbana.”#

19 March 2010

Western Samar peasants complain of military abuses

Correspondence to Ang Bayan
March 19, 2010

Peasants in Western Samar recently brought to the media's attention the abuses of the military in the course of their operations.

Bertino Maestre, 60, residing at Sityo Salvacion, Brgy. San Nicolas, San Jose de Buan, said that he was arrested with his seven-year-old son and forced to go with the operation of 34th Infantry Battalion elements from March 2-4. According to the old man, the soldiers were forcing him to lead them to the camps of the New People's Army. When he was unable to do so, the soldiers put a plastic bag over his head and beat him up in front of his child. Maestre identified some of those who tortured him as a certain "Angel" and "Francisco", and an officer named Lt. Latonio.

Meanwhile, village officials in Brgy. Nagpapacao and Brgy. Del Rosario in Matuguinao town exposed the recent abuses by combined elements of the 63rd IB, 34th IB and 83rd Division Recon Coy. The officials complain that the soldiers just arrive suddenly and camp in the barrio without even informing the said civilian officials. Moreoever, the impoverished peasants suffer even more because their work and free movement have been affected by the imposition of a curfew in the area by the soldiers. According to the village officials, the soldiers also used civilians as human shields -- they forced the village watchmen to go with them and to walk ahead during their operation so the NPA wouldn't attack them. The village officials are also angered by the inaction of Mayor Jocella Dy even though the peasants have complained several times at the town hall.#

18 March 2010

Alleged NPA atrocities are psywar inventions and signals for wider political repression

Press Release
March 18, 2010

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today dismissed the allegations of atrocities committed by the New People's Army in Northern Samar as psywar inventions of the 8th Infantry Division. “The so-called “Oplan Kahos-Zombie” in Mondragon and the beheading of a civilian in Lope de Vega, as well as selling out “permits to campaign” or “permits to win” in the election, are all lurid psywar inventions by the 8th ID,” said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson. “These aim to put the NPA in a bad light but fail miserably, because the the NPA has proven in orientation and in practice its adherence to revolutionary principles and human rights and international humanitarian law.”

The NDF-EV spokesperson said that it is easy to see the ulterior motives behind the sham accusations. “Who is really going to benefit from these baseless charges? None other than the Arroyo regime, which is now in the thick of maneuvers to remain in power. It has appointed Arroyo loyalist Gen. Delfin Bangit as armed forces chief, and is preparing to hail another loyalist as Supreme Court chief justice. The psywar schemes of the military thus backstop Arroyo's intentions to keep power. The military wants to intensify its losing Oplan Bantay Laya war against the NPA, which is the only capable armed resistance on a nationwide scale against Arroyo's perpetuation. Moreover, the military wants to intensify political killings and other attacks on the legal democratic movement to derail the progressive candidates in the election, silence the people's protests and suppress the political opposition.”

Fr. Salas added that the people must remain critical, vigilant and ready to denounce Arroyo's schemes to keep power. “The people are outraged because of the open arrogance and shameless maneuvers of the Arroyo regime to cheat, fail or use the election in other ways to its benefit. Thus the people must continue to press for the accountability of the regime for corruption, fascism and puppetry. They must also be prepared to confront Arroyo's drive for iron rule as it wants to monopolize political power. The NPA will continue to support the people by intensifying its tactical offensives to punish Arroyo's troops and facilitate the regime's ouster.”#

17 March 2010

Struggle to make Arroyo pay for worsening the drought crisis and to fight for other issues of the people

Press Release
March 17, 2010

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today called on the people to bring the Arroyo regime to account for worsening the drought crisis of the El Niño phenomenon and to fight for other burning issues. “The Arroyo regime is downplaying the effect of El Niño in the region by saying it will only be moderate here,” said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson. “But it is occurring in the midst of economic crisis and backward conditions in agriculture, on which most of the people rely. Thus the already widespread hunger and poverty in the region will surely be aggravated. Moreover, the people will suffer even more when their already precarious economic life is disrupted by militarization in the countryside because of the regime's Oplan Bantay Laya campaign.”

Fr. Salas said the Arroyo regime's unpreparedness, negligence, corruption and scheming to take advantage of El Niño will make it even more calamitous. “ El Niño is a recurrent phenomenon and the Arroyo regime already knew since last year that it was coming. Yet the regime did nothing to ensure the well-being of the people, as it instead leads the systematic plunder of the country by big foreign capitalists, compradors and bureaucrats. That is why the drought is so dangerous; the country's water resources have long been seriously depleted by the local and foreign plunderers in mining and logging. Furthermore, even though there is water held in the country's privatized dams, the local and foreign capitalists that run these refuse to let the water be used to alleviate the crisis, because of their greed for continuing profits from power generation. ”

The NDF-EV spokesperson added that any disturbance in the region's agricultural production such as the drought from El Niño will seriously affect the people, especially the peasant majority. “The region is not producing enough to feed the people, since only 17% of rice lands here are irrigated because of lacking government support, and even that figure is fast decreasing. For the past decade also, agricultural liberalization led to increasing reliance on rice importation, which grew nine times from 250,000 cavans in 1995 to more than 2 million cavans in 2008. Now, even if enough rice would be imported, many of the people will not affort it from having their livelihoods curbed because of the steep declines in demand for the major export crops of abaca and coconut. Starvation is staring the people in the face.”

Fr. Salas thus reiterated that the people must demand responsibility from the Arroyo regime and must help their own selves by launching mass struggles for their well-being. “It is completely just for the people to carry out mass struggles to ameliorate the crisis and to demand accountability from the ruling regime that is causing so much hunger, poverty and repression. The people must also fight the regime's intentions to crack down on the people's protests and to declare emergency rule in the face of popular and electoral unrests. Meanwhile, the Party, New People's Army and people's democratic government in the revolutionary areas have been leading the masses since last year in surmounting the economic crisis and ensuring food production. We strive to carry out antifeudal struggles to improve the lot of the peasantry as well as raise agricultural production especially of food through communal farming, mutual assistance and cooperatives. It is through revolutionary struggle that the people can genuinely aspire to end the inhuman conditions under the ruling system."#

12 March 2010

Candidates in reactionary election must recognize revolutionary government

Press Release
March 12, 2010

Reacting to statements by the 8th Infantry Division and Eastern Samar Gov. Ben Evardone, the National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas said today that there already two governments in the country and the revolutionary movement does not simply accept bribes to let reactionary politicians win in the election. “Perhaps Gov. Evardone is oblivious and disgruntled because he is deeply involved in the corrupt and rotten Arroyo government as well as the military,” said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson. “But there are already two governments in the country, two different laws, two different systems of life. If the reactionaries want to campaign in the areas controlled by the revolutionary movement, they must recognize the revolutionary government. This is so because the revolutionary government is safeguarding the best interests of the people, ensuring law and order, and taking care that current programs and policies are not upset by the entrance of candidates in the reactionary election.

“Furthermore, reactionary politicians are only permitted acces to the revolutionary areas and not endorsed in any way. In fact, Gov. Evardone is probably sour-graping because the people dislike him for his ties to the Arroyo regime; all the perfumes of Arabia cannot help him.”

Fr. Salas also ridiculed Col. Rico for saying that the revolutionary movement coerces the people to sway their votes. “The revolutionary movement does not believe in the election, but many people still hope that it is the means for change. For the revolutionary movement, the people's democratic revolution is the way to change, and armed struggle is the principal means of struggle. Rather than deceive the people that the reactionary election can help them, the revolutionary movement arouses, organizes and mobilizes the people in mass struggles and the armed struggle. As anyone can see, the revolutionary movement is vindicated on its stand, because the current election is shaping up to be as dirty, violent and irrelevant as ever.”

The NDF-EV spokesperson also cautioned the people against the Arroyo regime's scheming to grab power in the event of election failure. “The appointment of Gen. Delfin Bangit, an old hand of Arroyo in election cheating, is a grim warning that Arroyo still dangerously aspires to remain in power. The people must remain vigilant and ready to denounce any moves by Arroyo to steal the election or do away with it altogether to remain seated.”#

09 March 2010

NDF-EV demands immediate release of Michelle Adelantar from GRP custody

Press Release
March 9, 2010

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today demanded the immediate release from the Arroyo government's custody of Michelle Adelantar, a daughter of a cadre of the Communist Party of the Philippines and New People's Army. “In violation of international humanitarian law, Michelle, 17, was abducted and detained last Feb. 3 in San Jose de Buan, Western Samar by operating troops from the 34th Infantry Battalion merely because she was the child of a CPP-NPA cadre,” said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson. “She was placed under military custody but later transferred to the Department of Social Welfare and Development. However, since she still remains in the custody of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines without any basis, it is possible that the military is in cahoots with the DSWD to keep Michelle under duress. We are concerned over Michelle because the GRP's troops have been attacking the relatives of CPP-NPA-NDFP members and leaders, such as the rape and murder of Rebelyn, the daughter of Leoncio “Ka Parago” Pitao.”

Fr. Salas also slammed the 8th Infantry Division for making up the story that Michelle was “rescued” by government troops from being a “child combatant” of the NPA. “The 8th ID goes against international humanitarian law in shamelessly capitalizing on the illegal arrest and detention of Michelle for its psywar purposes and to cause mental anguish on her parents. It is a lie to say that Michelle is a “child combatant” because she is not even a Red fighter since she doesn't meet the minimum age of 18 for recruitment into the NPA. We remind the GRP and its 8th ID to respect international humanitarian law and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. In accordance with these, the GRP should immediately release Michelle as a minor and someone who is not involved in the armed hostilities.”

The NDF-EV spokesperson also cautioned the public to be wary of the 8th ID's psywar frenzy. “The military is key to the Arroyo regime's schemes to remain in power. The new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Gen. Delfin Bangit, is Arroyo's most loyal general and had been implicated in the 2004 election cheating scandal. The people must thus be vigilant against the escalation of the military's psywar and the Arroyo regime's desperate moves to extend its term.”#

08 March 2010

So-called “purge victims” in Northern Samar a military fabrication

Press Release
March 8, 2010

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today slammed the 8th Infantry Division and the Philippine National Police for claiming to have exhumed so-called “purge victims” of the revolutionary movement in Northern Samar. “There has never been a hysteria such as an anti-infiltration campaign or widespread “purging” in the history of the revolutionary movement in Samar,” said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson. “Moreover, it can be discerned from so many news coming from the military that it is carrying out a massive psywar campaign not only in the region but nationwide. Such fascist propaganda aims to strengthen the position of the Arroyo regime, which is on the way out as well as increasingly isolated. This new wave of fabrications attempts to pave the way for more extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations under Oplan Bantay Laya, as well as legitimize the regime's repression of all political opposition.”

Fr. Salas also added that the military may even be exhuming those it had extrajudicially executed and passing the blame to the NPA. “According to human rights groups, the military has summarily executed over 1,000 victims during the Arroyo regime, and much more all the way back to the Marcos dictatorship. Hundreds of those victims were abducted and disappeared, such as activist priest Fr. Rudy Romano; only the military knows where their remains are. In fact, the 63rd Infantry Battalion that did the “exhumation” in Northern Samar is implicated in political killings and other human rights violations. The 63rd IB is believed to have been involved in the murder of Fr. Cecilio Lucero, who was investigating the battalion's human rights violations when he was killed in September last year. To date, no satisfactory investigation of Fr. Lucero's killing has been made.”

The NDF-EV spokesperson asserted that the military's psywar will not stick, and called on the people to resist the Arroyo regime's maneuvers to worsen political repression and remain in power. “To remember, the Arroyo regime's charges against Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo related to the military's fabricated “mass graves” in Inopacan, Leyte, have all been dismissed. Ocampo is now a senatorial candidate of the Makabayan Coalition and the Nacionalista Party. Thus the scheme about the discovery of new “mass graves”, aside from being a smear campaign against the NPA, may also be targeting the political opposition. The public must thus remain conscious and critical against the Arroyo regime's many plans to oppress the people and perpetuate its rule.”#

05 March 2010

Dominant private armies in the region are led by Arroyo allies and remain untouchable

Press Release
March 5, 2010

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today called the Arroyo government's campaign against private armies a farce because the politicians who run them are administration allies in the region. “The Arroyo regime only wants to put on a show to assuage public sentiment,” said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson. “But the reality is that Arroyo's allies run the biggest private armies in the region and are thus virtually untouchable. Not only that, but the military and the police are fully aware of and are themselves deeply involved in these private armies. These private armies backstop interrelated political fiefdoms, economic interests and criminal syndicates, and are also involved in the Arroyo government's Oplan Bantay Laya counterrevolutionary war.”

Fr. Salas pointed out that the two biggest politicians in Western Samar are both Arroyo allies though they are bitter rivals. The province historically has seen the bloodiest election-related violence because of private armies. “The biggest warlord in Western Samar is also the Arroyo administration's official candidate. This politician is known to be close to the military and is often provided with up to a platoon of soldiers as security escort. Aside from the military, the police's Regional Mobile Group is also in the pockets of this politician through a close ally. On the other hand, another big politician has a private army composed of goons who are handled by the 20th Infantry Battalion. Aside from the private armies directly under them, these two biggest politicians have other allies with their own armed groups composed of criminals, CAFGU and CVO paramilitaries, soldiers and policemen.”

Furthermore, Fr. Salas said that, “In Northern Samar, a big politician who is an administration ally also has control of the RMG, while his rivals have their own private armies with police and military support. In Eastern Samar, the leading Arroyo politician and others maintain private armies mainly supported by the military and criminal syndicates. In Leyte, the ruling political dynasty in the province is allied with Arroyo and closely supported by the RMG and the 19th IB; the same is true with the politicians in power in Kananga and Ormoc City. Not to be left behind, another political dynasty in Leyte that is also an Arroyo ally is once again growing stronger and it is not impossible that violence will flare up such as that in Western Samar.”

The NDF-EV spokesperson added that, “Private armies are tolerated because these are expressions of ruling class interests. The regime in power definitely will not move against private armies, especially those run by its biggest allies. Thus violence out of political rivalry will continue to hound the 2010 election as never before. Moreover, the people will continue to suffer from the reactionary violence imposed by those who are protecting and furthering the biggest political, economic and criminal interests. Such interests are represented today by the Arroyo regime, and the private armies of its allies are also entwined with Oplan Bantay Laya and the suppression of all political opposition.”

Fr. Salas said that the revolutionary movement does not tolerate and seeks to stamp out private armies. “Politicians who seek to campaign in revolutionary areas have to ask permission from the revolutionary authorities and are furthermore prohibited from bringing excessive security or intimidating the people. The NPA is under orders to stop and disarm those who violate such regulations. Private armies that join military and police operations against the revolutionary movement, or are used in landgrabbing and other anti-people activities, will also face NPA offensives. In the final analysis, private armies can only be done away with the downfall of the oppressive and exploitative ruling system that gives birth to them.”#

03 March 2010

Oras killing attributed to NPA untrue; extortionist in Southeast Samar exposed

Sergio Lobina Command
New People's Army-Eastern Samar

Press Release
March 3, 2010

The Sergio Lobina Command of the New People’s Army in Eastern Samar today slammed the military for attributing an alleged killing in Oras town to the NPA. “We are not aware of the so-called murder of Baltazar Gubala last Dec. 17 and it definitely wasn’t done by the NPA,” said Ka Rubio Manggubat, SLC spokesperson. “The NPA had never even heard of Gubala, said to be a teacher at the Oras Agricultural School. More importantly, the revolutionary justice system does not carry out extrajudicial killings like the Arroyo regime’s record of more than 1,000 political killings. The revolutionary justice system observes due process in gathering evidence, apprehending the accused, prosecution and trial under the people’s court, and rendering judgment. Whenever possible, the accused if found guilty is given the chance to mend his ways . Capital punishment is very rare indeed; arbitration to solve conflicts among the people, and lesser penalties such as temporary exile and barrio detention, are the norm.”

Manggubat also warned the public about Dodong Valbuena, a politician’s henchman and extortionist in Southeast Samar who is using the name of Fr. Santiago Salas, spokesperson of the National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas. “Valbuena is a former NPA member who became a fugitive after murdering a civilian and attached himself to a politician as an armed goon. He is known to go around the towns of Giporlos, Salcedo and Quinapondan, soliciting from small businessmen and other people in the name of Fr. Salas. He is also believed to be involved in armed robberies such as in Quinapondan.

“The public is advised to avoid Dodong Valbuena and to inform the nearest NPA unit if aware of of his whereabouts so he can be arrested and face the charges against him.” #

02 March 2010

Norberto “Huling” Gacuma is a mouthpiece of the military's fascist propaganda

Arnulfo Ortiz Command
New People's Army-Western Samar

Press Release
March 2, 2010

The Arnulfo Ortiz Command of the New People's Army in Western Samar today branded former NPA member Norberto “Huling” Gacuma a mouthpiece of the 8th Infantry Division for vilifying the revolutionary movement at present. “Gacuma pretends to have surrendered and come out only in January 2010, but it is public knowledge that he had defected to the military in 2007, because he had been actively particpating in military operations and had also made a sworn statement against the revolutionary movement that was widely heard on the radio,” said Ka Vicente Magbuhat, AOC spokesperson. “Resurrected now by the military to pose as a knowledgeable authority, Gacuma spews vicious lies against the revolutionary movement to deodorize the rotten Arroyo regime and the military during this election period. He is also a figurehead being held up by the military to make Oplan Bantay Laya seemingly successful despite failing to dismantle even a single guerrilla front in the region. Thus behind Gacuma's lies is the pro-Arroyo, fascist and anti-people agenda of 8th ID chief Gen. Arthur Tabaquero and his propaganda hatchetman Col. Armando Rico.”

Magbuhat added that Gacuma is making a fool of himself in trying to deceive the people. “Gacuma was meted three disciplinary actions and reprimands before finally being dismissed from any responsible position in the Party and NPA even before he turned traitor and surrendered to the military in 2007. Thus he is totally ignorant of the current political and organizational matters in the revolutionary movement on which he pretends to be an authority, but which in reality are intrigues made up by his military handlers. The military drums up that there must be something wrong with the revolutionary movement because Gacuma left it with grudges after thirty years. On the contrary, there is something wrong with Gacuma because he could not accept the revolutionary movement's advice to him to reform his backward ways of being an exploiter of women and a drunkard. Refusing to change, Gacuma became a bad egg who found his true home in the basket case that is the fascist military.”

The AOC spokesperson also said that Gacuma faces arrest and prosecution before the people's court, not for speaking out against the revolutionary movement, but for serious criminal charges. “Gacuma stole four firearms from the NPA and surrendered these to the enemy. He was also directly involved in the military's forcible abduction and enforced disappearance of three activists in 2007. He actively participated in the 8th ID's military operations that violated the rights of civilians in Brgy. Cancaiyas, Brgy. Cogon and other parts of Basey, Western Samar. He is also known for accepting bribes as well as extorting from local government officials and other civilians.

“As an active enemy agent, Gacuma is thus regarded as armed and dangerous. The NPA may thus be authorized by the people's court to defend itself in apprehending Gacuma or in carrying out any judgment meted on him.”#