14 June 2010

Gen. Tabaquero does not have enough battalions while the NPA has the people on its side



Press Release
June 14, 2010

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today dismissed Gen. Arthur Tabaquero's vow to end the revolutionary movement by yearend as rubbish and an insult to the people because it confirms that the incoming Aquino administration is no different from the outgoing one. “Gen. Tabaquero slaps the people who have hoped for change through elections, which presumably led to the victory of president-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino,” said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson. “The chief of the 8th Infantry Division is now not only saying that justice will not be served for the prevalent human rights violations under Arroyo's Oplan Bantay Laya 2, but these will be even furthered by the Aquino administration. While the NDFP is open to peace talks with the new administration, such an indication by Tabaquero only justifies the resolve of the revolutionary forces and people to decisively defeat Oplan Bantay Laya 2 and intensify and raise the level of the revolutionary armed struggle.”

Fr. Salas also said that the New People's Army had already declared the failure of Oplan Bantay Laya 2, which was confirmed when the Armed Forces of the Philippines admitted that it cannot meet its June 2010 deadline of defeating the revolutionary movement. “Having failed, the AFP now looks even more desperate in still trying to pry victory from the jaws of defeat. This is wishful thinking. The NPA in Eastern Visayas has been consistently raising tactical offensives since 2007, continues to recruit hundreds of new Red fighters, and expanded and consolidated its areas of operation. Not a single guerrilla front was dismantled by the 8th ID, highlighted by the Mt. Amandewin Command's continuing tactical offensives though the military had declared the NPA was over in Leyte.”

The NDF-EV spokesperson added that the 8th ID's push means more human rights violations as well as wastefulness in the midst of the people's suffering under the economic crisis. “The NPA was never defeated under Oplan Bantay Laya 2 because it uses the correct strategy and tactics. It was the people who really suffered most because of the military's human rights violations. The military has been roundly condemned here and abroad for the extrajudicial killings of social activists, enforced disappearances, torture, and attacks on civilian communities. The reactionary government is thus spending hundreds of billions on military operations to inflict more suffering on the people on top of their hunger, landlessness and unemployment. In addition, the military also carries out a massive psywar campaign to accuse the NPA of human rights violations such as recruiting minors and other atrocities, and to vilify progressive organizations to pave the way for extrajudicial killings of activists.

“Aside from wasteful military operations, the government also threw away money on a false and corrupt peace initiative. The presidential peace adviser, Annabelle Abaya, has in fact recently admitted that the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process had lost at least P190 million due to massive corruption. The OPAPP works together with the military and the local government units in the Social Integration Program and other so-called projects for peace and development, but high-ranking civilian and military officials were pocketing the money all along. The SIP is much-ballyhooed by the 8th Infantry Division. Thus, the NDF-EV challenges the mass media to investigate the details of this and other projects and what exactly is the role of the 8th ID and the local government units in the OPAPP corruption scandal.”

Fr. Salas also called on the revolutionary forces and the people to intensify the armed struggle and the democratic mass struggles in the face of the military's saber-rattling. “Let us decisively defeat Oplan Bantay Laya 2 by studying the enemy's plans, learning from our experiences, and keeping the initiative by going on the offensive. Let us confront the incoming Aquino administration by demanding the punishment of the outgoing Arroyo for human rights violations, corruption, and other crimes against the people. Let us remind president-elect Aquino that he is setting out on a tenuous term because he still has to prove his merits despite his victory riding on the popularity of his deceased parents, allegations of fraud in his election remain unresolved, and also because he remains cold to the people's demands for genuine land reform, living wages, defense of national sovereignty and national patrimony, and other burning issues.

“Let us teach Gen. Tabaquero the lesson that he does not have enough battalions while the NPA has the people on its side. When millions of the people remain landless and unemployed, the revolutionary ferment will lead to a steady stream of recruits for the NPA as well as continuing popular support for the revolutionary struggle. If president-elect Aquino will absolve Arroyo and even pursue her course such as continuing Oplan Bantay Laya 2, the accumulated anger of the people will fall on his head and that of his generals like Tabaquero.” #

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Diri sadang an mga batalyon ni Gen. Tabaquero
samtang aada ha gapil han NPA an katawhan

Ginbalewaray yana han National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas an saad ni Gen. Arthur Tabaquero nga puypuyon an rebolusyunaryo nga kagiusan ha katapusan yana nga tuig ngan gintawag ini nga buladas la ngan insulto ha katawhan tungod kay ginkukumpirma la hini nga waray ginkaibhan an bag-o nga administrasyon ni Aquino ha tigawas nga administrasyon. “Gin-iinsulto ni Gen. Tabaquero an katawhan nga naglaum hin pagbabag-o pinaagi han eleksyon, nga asya an naghagudalan ha pagdaug han bag-o nga naeleher nga presidente Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino,” sering ni Fr. Santiago Salas, tagapagyakan han NDF-EV. “An pinuno han 8th Infantry Division yana nagsesering nga diri la kay diri ighahatag an hustisya para hadton samwak nga panalapas han tawhanon nga katungod ilarum han Oplan Bantay Laya 2, kundi papipintason pa ini han administrasyon ni Aquino. Apisar nga an NDFP abrido ha erestorya pankamurayawan ha bag-o nga administrasyon, an sugad nga pahayag ni Tabaquero in dugang nga naghahatag katadungan ha determinasyon han rebolusyunaryo nga mga pwersa ngan katawhan nga desisibo nga pakyason an Oplan Bantay Laya 2 ngan pakusgon ngan isahon an balitang han rebolusyunaryo nga armado nga pakigbisog.”

Ginsering pa ni Fr. Salas nga gindeklara na han New People's Army nga pakyas an Oplan Bantay Laya 2, nga nakumpirma dida han pag-admitar han Armed Forces of the Philippines nga diri hini makakab-ot an Hunyo 2010 nga taning ha pagpuypoy ha rebolusyunaryo nga kagiusan. “Tungod kay napakyas, mas nagigin desperado yana an AFP nga pagmalakabawion an kadaugan tikang ha ungpas han kaperdihan. Usa la ini nga inop. Dirudiretso nga ginpapakusog han NPA ha Eastern Visayas an mga taktikal nga opensiba tikang pa han 2007, padayon nga nagrerekluta hin gatos-gatos nga mga bag-o nga Pula nga mangaraway, ngan ginpapahiluag ngan ginkokonsolida an mga lugar nga gin-gigiusan hini. Waray bisan usa nga prente-gerilya nga nabungkag an 8th ID, nga ginpalandaw pinaagi han nagpapadayon nga mga taktikal nga opensiba han Mt. Amandewin Command bisan kun nagdeklara an militar nga waray na NPA ha Leyte.”

Gindugang han tagapagyakan han NDF-EV nga an iginduduso han 8th ID mangangaruyag-sidngon hin mas damo nga panalapas han tawhanon nga katungod sugadman hin pagkarag hin rekurso ha butnga han pag-aantos han katawhan ha krisis pan-ekonomiya. “Bisan san-o waray mapakyas an NPA ilarum han Oplan Bantay Laya tungod kay nagamit ini hin tukma nga estratehiya ngan mga taktika. An katawhan amo an tinuod nga nagkuri tungod han kanan militar mga panalapas han tawhanon nga katungod. Hul-os nga ginkokondena an militar ha sakob ngan gawas han nasud tungod han mga ekstrahudisyal nga panmatay ha mga aktibista, pwersado nga pagkawara, tortyur, ngan pangatake ha mga sibilyan nga komunidad. Ha sugad nagastos an reaksyunaryo nga gobyerno hin pira kagatos kabilyon para ha mga operasyon-militar agud makagdurot hin mas grabe nga kakurian ha katawhan ha atubangan han ira kagutom, kawaray-tuna ngan kawaray-trabaho. Dugang pa, naglalansar hin hiluagan nga saywar nga kampanya an militar agud akusaran an NPA hin mga panalapas han tawhanon nga katungod sugad han pagrekluta hin mga menor-de-edad ngan iba pa nga mga panalapas, ngan agud pakarauton an mga progresibo nga organisasyon agud ighagudalan an mga ekstrahudisyal nga panmatay ha mga aktibista.

“Labot pa han pagkinarag hin rekurso ha mga operasyon-militar, ginwaldas liwat han gobyerno an salapi ha mga buwa ngan anomaloso nga pankamurayawan nga aktibidad. An presidential peace adviser nga hi Annabelle Abaya mismo di pala maiha nag-admitar nga nawara an diri mamenos ha P190 milyon ha Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process tungod han grabe nga korapsyon. An OPAPP, kabunyog an militar ngan mga yunit han lokal nga gubyerno, an nagdudumara han Social Integration Program ngan iba pa nga mga rayandayan nga proyekto pankamurayawan ngan pankauswagan, pero ginbubulsa la han mga higtaas opisyal nga sibilyan ngan militar an kwarta. Iginpinandasig han 8th Infantry Division an SIP. Sanglit gin-aawhag han NDF-EV an masmidya nga imbistigaran an mga detalye hini ngan iba pa nga mga proyekto ngan kun ano an papel han 8th ID ngan mga yunit han lokal nga gobyerno hini nga eskandalo han korapsyon ha OPAPP.”

Nanawagan liwat hi Fr. Salas ha mga rebolusyunaryo nga pwersa ngan katawhan nga pakusgon an armado nga pakigbisog ngan an mga demokratiko nga kagiusan masa atubangan han mga panarhug han militar. “Desisibo naton nga pakyason an Oplan Bantay Laya pinaagi han pag-aram han mga plano han kaaway, paghibaro tikang han aton mga eksperyensya, ngan katinan an inisyatiba pinaagi han mga opensiba. Atubangon naton an tisakob nga administrasyon ni Aquino hin demanda nga sirutan an tigawas nga administrasyon Arroyo tungod han mga panalapas han tawhanon nga katungod, korapsyon, ngan iba pa nga mga krimen kontra ha katawhan. Pahinumdumon naton an bag-o nga presidente Aquino nga titikangan niya an iya pangatungdanan nga maruya an iya katin ha gahum tungod kay damo pa an iya kinahanglan pamatud-an apisar han iya kadaugan nga kadak-an man ngani tungod han popularidad han iya nawara nga kag-anak, tungod kay nagpapabilin nga diri nasosolbar an mga alegasyon hin panlimbong ha iya pagdaug ha eleksyon, ngan tungod kay nagpapabilin hiya nga nadistansya ha demanda han katawhan para ha tinuod nga reporma ha tuna, sweldo, pagdepensa han nasyunal nga soberanya ngan patrimonya, ngan iba pa nga mga magpaso nga isyu.

"Pahiagumon naton hin leksyon hi Gen. Tabaquero nga kukulangon gud hiya hin mga batalyon samtang aada ha gapil han NPA an katawhan. Samtang nagpapabilin an milyun-milyon nga katawhan nga waray tuna ngan trabaho, an rebolusyunaryo nga pagsukob in maghahagudalan ha dirudiretso nga pag-agos han mga bag-o nga rekrut ha NPA sugad man han pagtikahiluag nga suporta para ha rebolusyonaryo nga pakigbisog. Kun ig-abswelto han bag-o nga presidente Aquino hi Arroyo ngan hasugon niya an dalan ni Arroyo sugad han pagpadayon han Oplan Bantay Laya 2, an natirok nga kangalas han katawhan in mahampak ha iya ngan ha iya mga heneral sugad kan Tabaquero.”#

02 June 2010

NDF-EV slams AFP's violations of children's rights


Press Release
June 2, 2010

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas said today that it is the Armed Forces of the Philippines that has concrete cases of abusing children in situations of armed conflict in the Philippines. “We support the clarification by Fidel Agcaoili, chairman of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Human Rights Committee, about the NDFP's protection of children,” said Fr. Santiago salas, NDF-EV spokesperson. “He was correcting the malicious news in a national daily misstating the facts of a United Nations report, making it appear the NDFP uses child combatants, though it was never said so. In the said UN report, it is in fact the AFP that is cited for documented cases of abusing children in situations of armed conflict. The NDF-EV can further shed light on the matter because the 8th Infantry Division has well-publicized cases on the matter in Eastern Visayas.”

Fr. Salas said that the Government of the Republic of the Philippines continues to keep 17-year-old Michelle Adelantar in custody through the Department of Social Welfare and Development after her illegal arrest and detention by the 8th ID. “Michelle was abducted and detained last Feb. 3 in San Jose de Buan, Western Samar by the 34th Infantry Battalion merely because she was the child of CPP-NPA members. She still remains in DSWD custody with the complicity of the 8th ID even though she has civilian relatives who are ready and willing to take her in and have in fact long demanded her release. Col. Armand Rico, 8th ID spokesperson, recently stated over the 8th ID radio program he handles the reason why the military wants Michelle detained: “Her parents are NPA members, her siblings are NPA members.” This is unjust, illegitimate, arrogant and mean. This as well as other statements by Col. Rico serve as evidence of the AFP's violations of the rights of children in the armed conflict with the NDFP.”

The NDF-EV spokesperson added that another damning case of the AFP's child abuse is that of Joel “Dayucdoc” Silvestre, a mentally-handicapped 13-year-old from Brgy. Montalban, Matuguinao, Western Samar who was claimed by the 8th ID to be an NPA child combatant in June 2009. “The GRP blatantly violated Joel's rights: soldiers took advantage of his mental handicap and tricked him so he could be taken into custody. The military then used Joel as a guide in their military operations; he was given a firearm and made to identify alleged NPA supporters in his community who were then interrogated and tortured. Furthermore, the 8th ID and DSWD also presented Joel to the media, divulging his real name and allowing photos and videos of him to be taken. Thus, aside from the ordeal they imposed on Joel, other innocent people also suffered and the public victimized with deception because of the military's stupid and vicious machinations.”

Fr. Salas also called for justice for Michelle, Joel and other victims of human rights violations under the military's Oplan Bantay Laya. “The NDF-EV reminds the GRP that it will definitely be brought to account for violating the rights of Michelle Adelantar and Joel “Dayucdoc” Silvestre, which are well-documented and with many witnesses to attest the truth. We demand the immediate release of Michelle Adelantar. We demand justice for the victims of Oplan Bantay Laya. We demand the arrest, trial and punishment of the outgoing president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for widespread and gross human rights violations under Oplan Bantay Laya and other crimes against the people.”#