23 November 2011

NDF-EV warns of 8th ID's escalation of war in wake of Army chief's visit

Press Release
Nov. 23, 2011

NDF-EV nagpahimatngon nga mas pakukusgon pa han 8th ID an gerra
kahuman han pagbisita han bag-o nga hepe han Army

Ginsering yana han National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas nga an pagbisita hadi ha 8th Infantry Division han bag-o nga hepe han Philippine Army, hi Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, in pangandam para ha pagpagrabe pa han gerra. “Nagawas nga pursigido an gobyerno Aquino ha hul-os nga gerra kay baga diri naman ini interesado ha erestorya pankamurayawan ha National Democratic Front of the Philippines,” sering ni Fr. Santiago Salas, tagapagyakan han NDF-EV. “Kun sugad, ginpapalandaw han pagbisita ha 8th ID han bag-o nga hepe han Army nga usa an Eastern Visayas ha mga prayoridad nga rehiyon nga gintatarget han Oplan Bayanihan han Armed Forces of the Philippines. Dugang pa, imbes han erestorya pankamurayawan, nagtitirok yana hin armas an rehimen Aquino agud atakehon hin hul-os nga gerra an katawhan. Ha butnga han krisis ha ekonomiya, magastos ini hin P10 bilyones agud paupayon an AFP, samtang nagpapadayon an ayuda militar han US ngan nagpapahayag han karuyagon nga magpalit hin armas ha South Korea.

“Ipokrito an panawagan ni Gen. Bautista ha 8th ID nga respetuhon an tawhanon nga katungod samtang nangangarasikas an AFP nga magpadamo hin armas. Padayon liwat nga waray kabaratunon an 8th ID ha pagpapatuman han Oplan Bayanihan dida ha pagsakop ha mga sibilyan nga komunidad ngan ha pagtalapas han mga katungod han mga sibilyan. Usa nga grabe nga pananglitan amo nga kahuman han usa ka tuig, waray pa hustisya para ha kilalado nga syentista nga hi Leonardo Co ngan iya mga kaupod nga ginpanmasaker han 19th IB ha Kananga, Leyte.”

Gindugang ni Fr. Salas nga an duso han 8th ID nga ideklara an Samar ngan Leyte nga “waray insurhensiya” (insurgency-free) in mahumok la nga yakan para ha mabangis nga pangangatake ngan pagpuypoy ha katawhan nga nagdedemanda han mga batakan nga pagbabag-o. “Ginpupuypoy han mabangis nga 8th ID an mga nananawagan han mga batakan nga sosyo-ekonomiko nga reporma ha gobyerno Aquino. Hi Gen. Mario Chan, hepe han 8th ID, in nayakan han magranggat kundi waray unod nga pulong nga pauupayon daw an rehiyon han mga proyekto ha kakalsadahan nga pira ka bilyones an balor. Pero ini ha kamutoran in magpapaduroy han inhustisya ha katilingban, kakablasan ngan kakurian, ha pagpasilitar han plano han gobyerno Aquino nga abrihan an rehiyon ha tinagdagko nga pagmimina nga pagtutroso. Padayon nga magkukuri an katawhan samtang diri hira ginpapauswag han tinuod nga reporma ha tuna, nasyunal nga industriyalisasyon, pagtatangpos han imperyalista nga kontrol ha ekonomiya ngan iba pa nga batakan nga pagbabag-o.”

Nanawagan an tagapagayakan han NDF-EV ha katawhan nga atuhan an Oplan Bayanihan ngan makigbisog para ha makatadungan ngan panmaihaan nga kamurayawan. “Angay nga padayon nga ibuksas ngan atuhan han katawhan an padayon nga kawaray baratunon ha panalapas han tawhanon nga katungod ilarum han Oplan Bayanihan. Angay hira nga padayon nga magkaurusa ngan ayaton an gobyerno Aquino nga undangon an hul-os nga gerra ngan ikadto an badyet han militar dida ha mga serbisyo sosyal. Dapat nira ipanawagan ha gobyerno Aquino nga ipadayon an erestorya pankamurayawan ha NDFP ngan solbaron an mga gamot nga hinungdan han gerra sibil. Angay nga magpursigi an katawhan ha ira mga militante ngan rebolusyonaryo nga pakigbisog para ha nasyunal nga katalwasan ngan demokrasya.”


NDF-EV warns of 8th ID's escalation of war in wake of Army chief's visit

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today warned that the recent visit of new Philippine Army chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista to the 8th Infantry Division is in preparation for the escalation of war. “The Aquino government appears hell-bent on pursuing all-out war in light of its refusal to resume peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines,” said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson. “Thus, the new Army chief's inspection of the 8th ID emphasizes that Eastern Visayas is one of the priority regions targeted by the Oplan Bayanihan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Moreover, in lieu of peace talks, the Aquino regime is amassing weapons to unleash total war on the people. In the midst of economic crisis, it will be spending P10 billion to upgrade the AFP, aside from continuing to receive US military aid and its announced intentions to acquire weapons from South Korea.

“It smacks of hypocrisy for Gen. Bautista to call on the 8th ID to respect human rights while the AFP is saber-rattling at the same time. The 8th ID continues to enjoy impunity in carrying out Oplan Bayanihan by occupying civilian communities and violating the rights of civilians. A glaring example is that one year later, justice remains denied to noted scientist Leonardo Co and his assistants who were massacred by the 19th IB in Kananga, Leyte.”

Fr. Salas also said the 8th ID's drive to declare Samar and Leyte as “insurgency-free” is a euphemism for brutally attacking and suppressing the people who are demanding fundamental changes. “The 8th ID viciously puts down those who demand basic socio-economic reforms from the Aquino government. Gen. Mario Chan, 8th ID chief, claims the glittering generalization that road projects worth billions of pesos will bring prosperity to the region. But these will in fact further hasten social injustice, poverty and misery by facilitating the Aquino government's plans to open the region to large-scale mining and logging. The people will remain in rags as long as they are not uplifted by genuine land reform, national industrialization, the end of imperialist control of the economy and other basic changes.”

The NDF-EV spokesperson urged the people to oppose Oplan Bayanihan and fight for a just and lasting peace. “The people must continue to expose and oppose the continuing climate of impunity for human rights violations under Oplan Bayanihan. They must continue to unite and challenge the Aquino government to stop all-out war and instead spend the military budget on social services. They must call on the Aquino government to resume the peace talks with the NDFP and resolve the root causes of the civil war. The people must persevere in their militant and revolutionary struggles to attain national liberation and democracy.”#

17 November 2011

NPA blasts 8th ID with breakthrough offensive in Western Samar

Efren Martires Command
Nov. 17, 2011

In the spirit of the Party's call in the region this March 2011 to overcome the obstacles to the launching of tactical offensives, comrades in the Efren Martires Command and the Arnulfo Ortiz Command of Western Samar persevered in their coordinated military planning. Last July 13 and 20, the 8th Infantry Division was stunned by the coordinated attacks of the New People's Army on the subprovincial jail in Catbalogan and a convoy of the 34th IB in Paranas. The raid on the jail succeeded in obtaining weapons and equipment, and also served to divert enemy attention from the bigger plan of the ambush. The ambush was both the first in the region to be done at night and against the most number of military vehicles as well.

Raid on the subprovincial jail

The NPA intelligence had already cased the subprovincial jail in Brgy. Lagundi, Catbalogan as early as April. While the guards from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology were lightly armed, the target was still regarded as somewhat difficult because it was surrounded by villages with military presence and it was also close to the national highway. Nevertheless, by the second week of July it was resolved and decided that the villages with soldiers could be avoided in the retreat. The plan was also ordered to be immediately carried out to confuse the enemy and conceal the planned ambush in Paranas because the latter target had already been fixed that month.

A squad of the Arnulfo Ortiz Command quickly set out to carry out the mission. At 9 p.m. Of July 13, an NPA team attacked the subprovincial jail while another team took the position as the blocking force in the route of expected enemy reinforcements. The four BJMP guards guarding 28 prisoners immediately surrendered without any resistance. Confiscated from them were a 9 mm. pistol, a .38 pistol, and a .38 revolver, as well as two laptop computers, a printer, and other military and office equipment.

The tactical offensive lasted 20 minutes without incident, except when the Red fighters accidentally fired and lightly wounded a BJMP guard. The Red fighters were able to retreat quickly and safely. Surprised and probably fearing attacks on its forces near the NPA's latest target, the 8th ID withdrew the soldiers operating in the nearby villages. Unknown to the 8th ID, it had fallen for a deception that served as an additional victory to the raid on the subprovincial jail and that set the stage for the bigger offensive: an ambush on the troops of the notorious 34th IB.

The night ambush on the 34th IB

For some time, the NPA had observed a change in the pattern of movement of the 8th ID in San Jose de Buan and nearby towns. Military vehicles never traveled during daytime but only at night. The NPA believed this was to avoid being hit by tactical because the NPA had never done a nighttime ambush. But this changed after the NPA's tactical offensive in Brgy. Concepcion, Paranas last July 20.

During that month, the 34th IB and 87th IB were exchanging positions. The 34th IB was leaving its area of responsibility and its headquarters at the town center of San Jose de Buan and the 87th IB was taking over. The NPA intelligence had determined the nightly movement of military vehicles since the start of the month. A nighttime ambush plan was drawn up by the Efren Martires Command and the Arnulfo Ortiz Command.

The comrades carefully studied the terrain and the enemy movement. The decision to carry out the ambush at night was firmed up because the enemy would not expect it. The necessary ordnance was prepared, including 11 anti-tank and six anti-personnel command-detonated explosives. These were planted in the 200-meter kill zone, along the route to be taken by the convoy about six kilometers from San Jode de Buan, between Brgy. Canligis and the bridge towards Brgy. Concepcion, Paranas.

By nighttime of July 19 the NPA was already positioned for ambush, it was a moonlit night, and a convoy did appear, heading towards San Jose de Buan. But the ambush was called off because there were many vehicles to attack and the bombs were not all yet in place. The following night, July 20, the NPA was once again positioned for ambush and everything was ready. The intelligence monitoring passed the word that a convoy was indeed passing after exiting San Jose de Buan.

At past 10 p.m., the intense darkness was split by the approaching lights of the convoy, led by three motorcycles and followed by two 6x6 trucks and three owner-type jeeps. Upon the detonation of the explosives on the order by the NPA command, two 6x6 trucks and two owner-type jeeps were instantly hit. The force of the explosions overturned the military vehicles and a 6x6 truck was thrown into the nearby river. But the three motorcycles and a jeep were able to flee the kill zone, speeding away without a glance and abandoning the others (these survivors merely fired their guns in the air in futility upon reaching Brgy. Concepcion).

After the explosions, the NPA assault squad immediately opened fired and maneuvered. There was no answering fire, no sound but the groans of the wounded from the enemy side. Meanwhile, the NPA squad assigned to confiscate the guns and other materiel from the enemy was also on the move. Here the comrades found it difficult because of the intense darkness in the moonless night (the moon was bright during the earlier target date). Nevertheless, the NPA was able to confiscate the enemy's weapons and other equipment, withdrawing safely after half an hour.

The NPA gathered information at least 17 were killed and six wounded among the troops of the Bravo Coy of the 34th IB (the 8th ID only admitted a single casualty killed). The peasants reported to the NPA that aside from three bodies taken by the military from the ambush site, nine more bodies were taken to Brgy. Canligis and five to Brgy. Concepcion.

The NPA also confiscated a K3 machine gun, two M16 rifles and a .45 pistol. Many rounds of ammunition were also taken: 526 M16 bullets, 1,950 M14 bullets, 400 K3 machine gun rounds and a box of mortar rounds. Other military equipment and documents were also taken.

The ambush in Brgy. Concepcion, Paranas served as a big breakthrough. The complacency of the 8th ID was shaken and the NPA proved that it could use the night to its advantage and render the enemy vulnerable. The 34th IB was also punished due to its notoriety and impunity for human rights violations in Western Samar. Weapons and other military equipment were seized to serve in advancing the war. The enemy suffered heavy casualties and its plan to redeploy its forces was disturbed. The correct use of explosives against the enemy was also proven. The comrades and the masses rejoiced at this victory in the armed strrugle and look forward to further intensifying tactical offensives in the whole region. #

08 November 2011

NDF-EV calls for resistance against militarization and warlordism pushed by the Tan dynasty and the 8th ID in Western Samar

Press Release
Nov. 8, 2011

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today slammed the Tan political dynasty for using Western Samar's possible recall elections to push militarization and warlordism. “We condemn the maneuver from the Tan dynasty through the provincial office of the Commission on Elections in asking for the deployment of the military and police to oversee the signature verification for the recall elections. That move is claimed by the provincial Comelec to be necessary against the revolutionary movement's taking advantage of the tense political situation. But in reality, the Tan dynasty and the military are the ones united in taking advantage of and attacking the people to their mutual benefit. They have been engaged in inflammatory moves beginning with the assassination of human rights defender Mayor Reynaldo Uy. The warlordism of the Tan dynasty dovetails with the 8th Infantry Division's militarization of Samar under Oplan Bayanihan.”

Fr. Salas maintained that the Tan dynasty and the military have been openly arm-in-arm since the May 1 killing of Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo Uy, a staunch critic of corruption and military abuses. “The Aquino government is selfishly not ensuring a transparent and impartial investigation of Mayor Uy's unresolved killing because of the “marriage of convenience” between Oplan Bayanihan's militarization and the warlordism of the Tan political camp. The Tans hold sway and monopolize political power in Western Samar with Rep. Mila Tan and her children, Gov. Sharee Ann Tan and her brother Vice Gov. Stephen James Tan. Their close alliance with the military in fact should be probed in light of Mayor Reynaldo Uy's assassination. He had been involved in unwavering human rights advocacy since the Marcos dictatorship, as highlighted by his key role in the investigation and removal of then 8th ID chief Gen. Jovito Palparan from the region for gross human rights abuses in 2005. Now that Mayor Uy has fallen victim in the continuing political killings under Oplan Bayanihan, the Tan political camp and the 8th ID are going cozy in public and dismissing any criticism of their warlordism and militarization as just politics.”

The NDF-EV spokesperson warned that letting the Tan dynasty and the 8th ID have their way could lead to more bloodshed like the Ampatuan massacre. “Let us remember that the reactionary government coddled political warlords like the Ampatuans against the people's armed resistance movements. The political and economic interests of the Tan dynasty, as well as the Oplan Bayanihan of the Aquino government, will embolden the impunity for human rights abuses and corruption especially in light of the uncertainty of the peace talks.”

Fr. Salas called on the people to unite and fight for justice for Mayor Reynaldo Uy and resist warlordism and militarization. “The people will fight for justice for Mayor Reynaldo Uy and all victims of political killlings and other human rights violations. The people are outraged at the reactionary violence unleashed by the warlordism of the Tan dynasty and the militarization of the 8th ID's Oplan Bayanihan. The people can advance their basic interests by asserting civilian supremacy over the military, documenting the 8th ID's violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, and launching mass struggles for peace and justice against warlordism and militarization.”#


NDF-EV nananawagan han pag-ato ha militarisasyon ngan warlordismo
nga ginduduso han dinastiya Tan ngan han 8th ID ha Western Samar

Ginkundenar yana han National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas an pulitikal nga dinastiya han mga Tan ha paggamit hini han posibilidad han “recall elections” ha Western Samar agud iduso an militarisasyon ngan warlordismo. “Ginkukundenar naton an maniobra han dinastiya Tan pinaagi ha opisina ha probinsya han Commission on Elections dida ha pagpanawagan nga magdeploy han militar ngan pulis agud manginano ha “signature verification” han “recall elections.” Gin-iinsister han Comelec ha probinsya nga kinahanglan an sugad nga pitad kontra ha rebolusyonaryo nga kagiusan nga magpapahimulos ha tensyon ha pulitika. Pero ha kamatuoran, an dinastiya Tan ngan an militar amo an nagkakaurusa ha paniniyupi ngan panraugdaug ha katawhan ha ira bentaha ngaduha. Nadadabi hira ha makangaralas nga mga maniobra nga nagtikang ha pagpataya han tagdepensa han tawhanon nga katungod nga hi Mayor Reynaldo Uy.”

Ginsering ni Fr. Salas nga butad nga magsarangkay an dinastiya Tan ngan an militar tikang han Mayo 1 nga pagpataya kan Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo Uy, nga madig-on nga nanindugan kontra ha kurapsyon ngan mga abuso han militar. “Makaiya an gobyerno Aquino ha diri pagsiguro han butad ngan waray paggapil nga imbestigasyon ha waray pa maresolbar nga pagpataya kan Mayor Uy, tungod kay mayda ginpupulsan nga pagkaurusa giutan han militarisasyon han Oplan Bayanihan ngan han warlordismo han kampo han mga Tan. Nananawantawan ngan ginmonopolisa han mga Tan an poder ha Western Samar pinaagi kan Rep. Mila Tan ngan han iya mga anak nga hira Gov. Sharee Ann Tan ngan bugto hini nga hi Vice Gov. Stephen James Tan. Angay ngani imbestigahan an ira suok nga sumpay ha militar atubangan han asasinasyon ni Mayor Reynaldo Uy. Darayawon hi Uy ha waray paglubad nga pag-undong han tawhanon nga katungod tikang pa han diktadurya ni Marcos, sugad man han paglandaw han iya mayor nga papel ha pag-imbestiga ngan pagpaiwas ha rehiyon han anay hepe han 8th ID nga hi Gen. Jovito Palparan hadton 2005. Yana nga nagin biktima hi Mayor Uy han mga pulitikal nga panmatay ilarum han Oplan Bayanihan, butad nga nakikisuok ha kada tagsa an kampo nira Tan ngan han 8th ID ngan gindidiwara an mga suson ha ira komo pulitika la kulaoy.”

Nagpahimatngon liwat an tagapagyakan han NDF-EV nga kun papasagdan la an dinastiya Tan ngan an 8th ID, posible nga umawas an dugo sugad han nahitabo nga “Ampatuan massacre.” “Hinumdumon naton nga ginkunsinti han reaksyunaryo nga gobyerno an mga “political warlord” sugad han mga Ampatuan kontra ha mga kagiusan han armado nga pag-ato han katawhan. An mga interes ha pulitika ngan ekonomiya han dinastiya Tan, upod an Oplan Bayanihan han rehimen Aquino, in makakapagpatakas nga waray baratunon para ha mga abuso han tawhanon nga katungod ngan kurapsyon, labi na yana nga waray kasiguruhan an erestorya pankamurayawan.”

Nanawagan hi Fr. Salas ha katawhan nga magkaurusa ngan makigbisog para ha hustisya kan Mayor Reynaldo Uy. “Makikigbisog an katawhan para ha hustisya kan Mayor Reynaldo Uy ngan ngatanan nga biktima han pulitikal nga panmatay ngan iba pa nga panalapas han tawhanon nga katungod. Nangangalas an katawhan ha reaksyunaryo nga kabangisan han warlordismo han dinastiya Tan ngan han militarisasyon han kanan 8th ID nga Oplan Bayanihan. Mauundong han katawhan an ira mga batakan nga interes pinaagi ha pag-insister han pag-ungbaw han sibilyan ha militar, ha pagdokumento han mga panalapas han 8th ID han tawhanon nga katungod ngan internasyunal nga makatawo nga balaud, ngan ha paglansar han mga panmasa nga pakigbisog para ha kamurayawan ngan hustisya kontra ha pulitikal nga warlordismo ngan militarisasyon.”#