07 March 2013

"Mapula nga Adlaw ha Sinirangan": Video of the CPP anniversary celebration in Northern Samar

Video of the CPP 44th anniversary celebration last Dec. 26, 2012 in Northern Samar is now available. "Mapula nga Adlaw ha Sinirangan" (A Red Day in the East). Features an honor guard of a company of Red fighters from the Rodante Urtal Command-Northern Samar; a  speech by Fr. Santiago "Ka Sanny" Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson; cultural performances by Ka Sanny and Red fighters of the Rodante Urtal Command; and a slideshow of the revolutionary activities.

Youtube links

Part 1: http://youtu.be/0srjWQhuA48

Part 2: http://youtu.be/u6pjg2Vpr44

The video is also publicly available for download at Google Drive. We recommend using VLC Media Player for playback. The file size is 219MB.

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https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5cRptAEdy8_UW1UOGZhdVhJMVE/edit?usp=sharing

NDF-EV slams downgrading of charges against killers of Leonard Co and companions

Press Release
March 7, 2013

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today said the downgrading of charges from murder to homicide against the killers of eminent scientist Leonard Co and his companions Leyte showed the Aquino government remained inutile in ending the impunity of human rights violations. “The Aquino government troops violated the rules of engagement, showed premeditation in killing the victims who were pleading they were civilians, and tried to cover up the killing of Leonard Co and his companions, Sofronio Cortez and Julius Borromeo, on Nov. 15, 2010 in Kananga, Leyte,” said Fr. Santiago “Ka Sanny” Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson. “The Department of Justice's downgrading of the charges from murder to homicide is thus outrageous. A conscientious and just government would have been deeply ashamed and striven to end the the impunity behind the cowardly and despicable act of the 19th IB troops.

“Lt. Ronald Odchimar and his troops opened fire on Co and his companions even though the soldiers were not under fire, and thus they were not even making sure who their targets were. The fascist troops maintained fire even though Co and the others shouted they were civilians and pleaded for their lives. When the one-sided shooting ended and the soldiers discovered their blunder, the 19th IB and the 8th Infantry Division then invented a fictional encounter between the soldiers and the New People's Army, with Co and his companions caught in the middle. But there was no NPA unit in the site and thus no encounter, as the Mt. Amandewin Command in Leyte clarified and as other witnesses attested.”

Fr. Salas said the Aquino government's coddling of the military further emboldens its impunity for human rights violations. “The brazen lying of the 8th ID over a fake encounter leading to the deaths of Co and company should have been severely punished for covering up a massacre. Moreover, the 19th IB remains unaccountable for two earlier massacres in Leyte. Thus, the Aquino government's indifference as shown by the DOJ's ruling on the Co case implies the shedding of innocent blood will go on under the military's current Oplan Bayanihan.”

The NDF-EV spokesperson expressed support for the search of justice of the families of Leonard Co, Sofronio Cortez and Julius Borromeo. “The families of the victims are right in persevering in the struggle for justice. The Aquino government and its troops must be held accountable for continuing human rights violations. The people must struggle for human rights because without justice, there can be no peace.”#

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Ginsusukna han NDF-EV an pagpagaan han kaso kontra ha
mga nagpatay kan Leonard Co ngan iya mga kaupod

Fr. Santiago “Ka Sanny” Salas, Tagapagyakan
National Democratic Front of the Philippines
Eastern Visayas

Ginsering yana han National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas nga an pagpagaan han kaso tikang ha murder ngadto ha homicide kontra ha mga nagpatay han kilala nga siyentista nga hi Leonard Co ngan han iya duha nga kaupod ha Leyte nagpapakita la nga nagpapabilin la gihapon nga inutil an rehimen Aquino nga tangpuson an kawaray-baratunon ha mga panalapas han tawhanon nga katungod. “Gintalapas han mga tropa han gobyerno Aquino an mga balaud ha agway, nagpakita han planado nga pagpatay ha mga biktima nga nakikimaluoy nga sibilyan hira, ngan nag-atentar nga tahuban an pagpataya kan Leonard Co ngan iya mga kaupod nga hira Sofronio Cortez ngan Julius Borromeo hadton Nobyembre 15, 2010 ha Kanganga, Leyte,” sering ni Fr. Santiago “Ka Sanny” Salas, tagapagyakan han NDF-EV. “Makangaralas an ginhimo han Department of Justice nga pagpagaan han kaso tikang ha murder ngadto ha homicide. An usa nga makatawo ngan makatadungan nga gobyerno maawod ngan maniningkamot nga tangpuson an kawaray-baratunon han talawan ngan makarimadima nga binuhatan han mga tropa han 19th IB.”

“Ginpabuthan ni 1Lt. Ronald Odchimar ngan han iya mga tropa hi Co ngan mga iya mga kaupod bisan kun waray pabuthi an mga sundalo, ngan ha sugad waray ngani hira magseguro kun hin-o an ira mga target. Ginsustenir han mga pasista nga tropa an ira pabuto bisan kun gumuliat na hi Co ngan iba pa nga mga sibilyan hira ngan nakimalooy nga buhion hira. Kahuman han usa-ka-gapil nga bubto ngan han madiskubre han mga sundalo an ira kapalpakan, nag-imbento an 19th IB ngan an 8th Infantry Division hin hinimo-himo nga engkwentro giutan han mga sundalo ngan New People's Army, nga kuno hi Co ngan an iya mga kaupod nakada ha giutan. Pero waray yunit han NPA ha lugar ngan ha sugad waray engkwentro, sugad han ginklaro han Mt. Amandewin Command ha Leyte ngan han gin-insister han iba nga mga testigo.”

Ginsering ni Fr. Salas nga an pagmayuyo han gobyerno Aquino ha militar dugang pa nga nakakaaghat han kawaray-baratunon hini ha mga panalapas han tawhanon nga katungod. “An garapal nga pagbinuwa han 8th ID kabahin han peke nga engkwentro nga naghagudalan ha kamatay ni Co ngan mga kaupod dapat ngani ginsirutan tungod ha pagtahub ha usa nga masaker. Dugang pa, diri pa ginpapabaton an 19th IB ha duha pa nga nahitabo nga masaker ha Leyre. Ha sugad, an pagbaliwaray han gobyerno Aquino nga ginlaladawan han desisyon han DOJ ha kaso ni Co nangangaruyag sidngon nga magpapadayon la gihapon an pag-awas han dugo han mga inosente ilarum han presente nga Oplan Bayanihan han militar.”

Nagpahayag hin suporta an tagapagyakan han NDF-EV para ha pagbiling han hustisya han pamilya ni Leonard Co, Sofronio Cortez ngan Julius Borromeo. “Kaangayan ka nga magpadayon an mga pamilya han mga biktima ha pakigbisog para ha hustisya. Kinahanglan papagbatunon an gobyerno Aquino ngan mga tropa hini para ha nagpapadayon nga mga panalapas han tawhanon nga katungod. Kinahanglan nga makigbisog an katawhan para han tawhanon nga katungod tungod kay kun waray hustisya, waray kamurayawan.”#

Pfc. Neil Bartolome a spy and a legitimate target of the NPA

Press Release
March 7, 2013

The Efren Martires Command of the New People's Army-Eastern Visayas said today that a legitimate military action occurred last March 1 in Brgy. Roxas, Lope de Vega, Northern Samar against elements of the 20th Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. “Private First Class Neil Bartolome was killed in a counter-offensive launched by our Red fighters and people's militia to defend the people against human rights violations committed by the 20th IB in the guise of 'bayanihan',” said Ka Karlos Manuel, EMC spokesperson.

Ka Karlos Manuel also clarified that the 20th IB troops were in Brgy. Roxas to conduct Oplan Bayanihan's triad operations combining psywar, combat and espionage. “It is a violation of international huanitarian law for combatants to use civilian communities as their base and to use civilians as human shields. But in this latest incident, it is clear from the statements of 20th IB chief Lt. Col. Vestuir that Pfc. Bartolome and another soldier were mingling with civilians as they walked towards their base in a civilian community. Furthermore, Pfc. Bartolome and his companion were unarmed and pretended to be civilians while their unit was on active operation, because they were in fact doing intelligence work when he was killed. According to the laws of war, spies are considered combatants and Bartolome was therefore a legitimate target for the NPA counter-offensive.”

Manuel also condemned Lt. Col. Vestuir for saying “the area will be investigated” to identify those suspected of involvement in the tactical offensive. “Lt. Col. Vestuir wants to dismiss the existing civil war in the country by insisting that an act of war is simply a criminal action. He is also looking for a reason to intensify the harassment of civilians merely suspected of supporting the revolutionary movement. It is irresponsible for Lt. Col. Vestuir to make such a statement because this will encourage soldiers to attack civilians, including progressive activists and human rights advocates, who all do not participate in the armed hostilities.”

Manuel furthermore said that in the midst of the relentless military offensives of the AFP, all units of the NPA and the people's militia are ready to intensify guerrilla warfare, defend the people and defeat the US-Aquino regime's anti-people Oplan Bayanihan.#

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Lehitimo nga target han NPA hi Pfc. Neil Bartolome nga usa nga espiya

Ka Karlos Manuel, Tagapagyakan
Efren Martires Command
New People's Army-Eastern Visayas

Ginsering yana han Efren Martires Command han New People’s Army-Eastern Visayas nga usa nga lehitimo nga aksyon-militar an nahitabo hadin Marso 1 ha Brgy. Roxas, Lope de Vega, Northern Samar kontra ha mga elemento han 20th Infantry Battalion han Armed Forces of the Philippines. “Napatay hi Private First Class Neil Bartolome ha usa nga kontra-opensiba nga aksyon han aton mga Pula nga mangaraway ngan milisya han katawhan agud depensahan an katawhan kontra ha mga panalapas han tawhanon nga katungod han 20th IB ilarum han tahub nga 'bayanihan',” sering ni Ka Karlos Manuel, tagapagyakan han EMC.

Ginklaro pa ni Ka Karlos Manuel nga ada ha Brgy. Roxas an mga tropa han 20th IB para ha kondukta han operasyon nga triad han Oplan Bayanihan kun diin ginkukumbina an magpintas nga operasyon saywar, kombat ngan paniktik. “Talapas ha internasyunal nga makatawo nga balaud nga gamiton han mga kombatant an mga sibilyan nga komunidad komo base, ngan an paggamit ha mga sibilyan komo taming han mga sundalo. Kundi ha pinakaurhi nga insidente, klaro mismo ha pahayag han hepe han 20th IB nga hi Lt. Col. Noel Vestuir nga nasalado ha mga sibilyan an iya mga tropa samtang tikadto ha ira base ha usa nga sibilyan nga komunidad. Dugang pa, samtang aada ha aktibo nga operasyon an ira yunit, waray armas ngan nagpakuno-kuno nga sibilyan hi Pfc. Bartolome ngan an iya kaupod, tungod kay ha kamatuoran nagpapatuman hira han buruhaton paniktik ha panahon han pagkapatay ha iya. Ha mga balaud ha gerra, ginkukunsidera nga mga kombatant an mga espiya ngan kun sugad usa nga lehitimo nga target hi Bartolome han kontra-opensiba han NPA.”

Ginkondena gihap ni Manuel an ginsering ni Lt. Col. Vestuir nga pagkondukta hin “imbestigasyon ha erya” agud matudlok an mga gintatahapan nga kaapi ha taktikal nga opensiba . “Gindidiwara ni Lt. Col. Vistuir an naeksister nga gerra sibil ha nasud ha pagpagawas nga kriminal nga aksyon an usa nga akto han gerra. Namimiling pa hiya hin rason agud papintason an panmuypoy bisan ha mga sibilyan nga gintatahapan la nga nasuporta ha rebolusyonaryo nga kagiusan. Iresponsable an sugad nga pahayag ni Lt. Col. Vestuir tungod kay nagduduso ini hin pangatake han kasundaluhan ha mga sibilyan, upod na an mga progresibo nga aktibista ngan tag-undong han tawhanon nga katungod, nga ngatanan waray kalabutan ha armado nga agway.

Gindugang pa ni Manuel nga ha butnga han waray wantas nga mga opensiba-militar han AFP, andam an ngatanan nga yunit han NPA ngan milisya han katawhan nga papintason an ginerilya nga pakig-away agud depensahan an katawhan ngan pakyason an kontra-katawhan nga kampanya han Oplan Bayanihan han rehimen US-Aquino. #