GRP Brute Force and Cheap Psywar Tactics Render Serious Peace Talks with NDFP Impossible

By Fidel V. Agcaoili
Chairman, NDFP Human Rights Committee
Press Statement
20 February 2010

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Civil Relations Office (AFPCRS) have been coming out in tandem lately with press releases on the alleged successes of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) in its so-called counterinsurgency program notoriously known internationally as Oplan Bantay Laya.

The OPAPP through Annabelle Abaya keeps harping on its pseudo-peace talks on the community level as part of its so-called Social Integration Program (SIP), while the AFPCRS of Norberto Gonzales keeps prattling about a so-called rift in the revolutionary movement. This tandem seeks to cover up the Arroyo regime's continuing violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in its dirty war against the revolutionary movement and the Filipino people.

The SIP is a poor rehash of the "amnesty and rehabilitation" programs of previous regimes. In one of its press releases, the OPAPP even had to admit that of the 2,506 SIP "beneficiaries" since its inception in June 2008, 1,466 were from the previous regimes that were not given monies! But the same thing is happening now – the SIP is lining up the pockets of the military field officers of the Arroyo regime to buy off their loyalty with monies for fake surrenderees.

On the other hand, the disinformation campaign of the AFPCRS about an alleged rift in the revolutionary movement signals, as in 2005, the escalation in extrajudicial killings and violations of human rights as the ordeal of the 43 medical professionals and workers arrested in Morong, Rizal, demonstrates.

The Arroyo regime, through Gonzales and Abaya, is obsessed with the use of brute force and cheap psywar tactics under Oplan Bantay Laya and the US global war of terror in its armed conflict with the forces of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). It is not interested in peace negotiations that would address the roots of the armed conflict and bring about social, economic and political reforms in the country. It makes the intensification of the national democratic revolution through protracted people's war justified and necessary. #


Macario "Ka. Karyo" Liwanag
February 19, 2010

The NPA-Rizal condemns the continuous violation of human rights of the Morong 43 health workers. The physical and psychological torture and sexual harassment from sex starved AFP personnel that the 2nd ID-PA inflicts on the health workers is deplorable. The scare tactics that they are using and the threat to detainees' families if they would not cooperate is a clear violation of human rights and international humanitarian law. This only shows the AFP's utter disregard of known international protocols governing the treatment and handling of medical personnel and political prisoners.

The harsh treatment of health workers is very much opposite of the humane and lenient treatment the the PNP and AFP personnel who were captured, detained by the New People's Army and become Prisoners of War (POW). Former NPA Prisoners of War (POW) PCI Rene Francisco and P/Inspector Rex Cuntapay could attest to this based on their experience. Since Gen. Jorge Segovia and his men in the 2nd ID-PA do not know how to handle detainees according to international humanitarian law and other international protocols, the NPA-Rizal advises them to consult Police Chief Inspector Rene Francisco and Police Senior Inspector Rex Cuntapay and learn from them on how to treat detainees. The AFP personnel could learn from the two former NPA POWs on how they were treated by the NPA when they were captured and detained. PNP Officers Francisco and Cuntapay never experienced being blindfolded, manhandled and even interrogated. They were given enough rest, best NPA food and privacy on their bathroom needs.. They were never deprived of their sleep, never experienced physical and psychological torture and were immediately allowed to contact their families unlike the Morong 43 who continue to suffer various form of torture and harassment up to the present. General Segovia of 2nd ID-PA and Col Aurelio Baladad of 202nd Birgade-PA could learn much from the 2 former POWs on the proper handling of detainees like the Morong 43 health workers.

The NPA Rizal never planted evidence to convict Francisco and Cuntapay of the anti-people charges against them. They were properly investigated and upon finding that the crimes they committed in performance of their duties as PNP officers does not merit capital punishment they were immediately ordered released for humanitarian reason and as goodwill measures of the CPP-NPA-NDFP. They were not released immediately because of the stubborn stance of the AFP-PNP leadership that insisted futile rescue operations. Only upon the intercession of well-meaning individuals such as Antipolo Catholic Bishop Reyes, Rizal Governor Casimiro Ynares III, Senator Jamby Madrigal and other religious and political leaders in Rizal province that they were safely released to their families.

The 2nd ID-PA and the PNP-Rizal know that they don't have evidence against the Morong 43 health workers and that they arrested them illegally. To justify their illegal acts they planted evidence against the health workers that makes the AFP-PNP the laughing stock because nobody believes them except themselves. AFP Generals Segovia and Bangit and Col Baladad tried to be magicians when they insisted to turn the medical instruments they confiscated into bomb making and explosive instruments. But nobody believes their old tricks anymore. The public knows that the AFP generals and the PNP officers are lying and the only proper thing for them to do is to release the Morong 43 unconditionally to their families.




Philippines: Over 15 million indigenous Filipinos suffer from hunger and government indifference

Filipino indigenous groups live on the margins of society and lack access to basic social services, they represent approximately 10% of the population. According to a recent UN document their life expectancy is 20 years less than that of the civilized world. The bishops are asking the government ...
February 16, 2010

Asia News

Manila - About 15 million indigenous people (10% of the population) suffer from poverty and human rights violations and their life expectancy is 20 years shorter than that of civilized peoples. This is according to a recent report by the UN Development Program in the Philippines. "The indigenous Filipino are fighting every day against hunger and cultural degradation - says Jacqueline Badcock, UN coordinator in the Philippines - they have no access to basic social services such as education and healthcare."

According to the document about 370 million indigenous people in the world live. These represent one third of the poor in the world, well below the poverty line. In the Philippines, the tribal groups are concentrated in the regions of Mindanao (61%) and Cordillera (33%), home to the country’s major natural resources. Because of this they are often forced to abandon their land to make way for industries and mines, amidst government indifference, which sees tribal peoples as an obstacle to economic interests (See, 14/11 / 09 "Protesters on hunger strike against mining on Mindoro Island"). This condition leads young people to enter the communist revolutionary groups, such as the New People's Army (NPA). This is mainly active in the areas of the archipelago of the Visayas and northern Luzon and tribal groups are its prime recruiting pool.

"The government must devote more resources to indigenous people - says Msgr. Sergio Lasam Utleg, Bishop of Laoghaire and head of the Episcopal Commission for indigenous groups - especially in education, health and preservation of their cultural identity. " "Often local governments are not interested in their needs - underlines the prelate - and force them to live on the margins of society."

The conditions of extreme poverty and marginalization suffered by Aboriginal people in 1995 led the Catholic Church to create the Philippine Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples (ECIP). Its purpose is to defend the rights of minorities and to help them develop a relationship between their culture and the world. Among their initiatives a free program of informal education (nfe), which consists in teaching literacy and numeracy, considering the learning abilities of different groups of Aborigines. (See, 14/05/09 "Filipino bishops promoting education and integration for indigenous peoples).

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17 February 2010

To the Honourable Justices
Court of Appeals
Manila, Philippines

Not Another Day of Torture!

We concerned New Zealanders, join the Filipino people in appealing for the Philippine Court OF Appeals to dismiss the fabricated charges and rule for immediate release of the 43 illegally detained and tortured medical personnel in Morong, Rizal.

It appears that the case of ‘HEALTH 43’ will be the first test on the effectiveness of the Philippines ’ new anti-torture law.

We are aware that on 10th November 2009, after more than two decades of horrific human rights abuses since the Marcos dictatorship, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act 9745 or the Anti-Torture Act of 2009, which criminalizes “torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.” The law defines torture as acts constituting physical torture such as systematic beating, food deprivation, electric shock, cigarette burning, rape, among others. Mental and psychological torture, meanwhile, refers to acts such as blindfolding, prolonged interrogation, maltreating a member or members of a person's family, and denial of sleep, among others.

We are shocked and outraged over the mental, physical and psychological torture suffered by the 43 doctors and health workers who have been illegally detained and forced to admit that they are members of the New People’s Army (NPA). We hope that justice will prevail and that they will not be further detained with fabricated charges as suffered by many persecuted activists under the Arroyo administration.

The case of ‘HEALTH 43’ reminds us of the case of UCCP Pastor Berlin Guerrero in May 2007 who was held incommunicado for more than 12 hours while tortured and forced by his captors to admit that he was a leader of the communist movement. As Arroyo was visiting New Zealand at that time, New Zealanders have protested over the human rights crisis in the Philippines and criticised Arroyo’s hypocrisy in coming here to promote interfaith dialogue while church workers critical of government corruption have been brutally persecuted.

We urge you to dismiss the false charges against HEALTH 43. It would be another betrayal of justice if they will suffer the same fate of Pastor Berlin who was imprisoned for more than one year on fabricated murder charges until the Court of Appeals ordered his release and dismissed the case. Until now, Pastor Berlin and scores of ordinary civilians remain targets of state-sponsored repression. Let it be known that we, freedom-loving people of Aotearoa New Zealand join the victims’ families in crying out:


In solidarity with the victims,

Murray Horton , Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa (PSNA)

Gillian Southey, Campaigns Coordinator, Christian World Service - New Zealand

Mike Treen, National Director, Unite Union

Kay Weir, Editor, Pacific Ecologist, Pacific Institute of Resource Management

Cameron Walker, Auckland Philippines Solidarity

Maire Leadbeater, Indonesia Human Rights Committee

Becky Horton, Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa (PSNA)

Paul Elwell-Sutton, Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa (PSNA)

Raijeli Drodrolangi Nicole, Aotearoa Student Christian Movement

Michael Scott , Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa (PSNA)

Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa

Box 2450, Christchurch , New Zealand

Defense Secretary Gonzales should resign if he has any sense of shame left

By Fidel V. Agcaoili,
Chairperson, Human Rights Committee
National Democratic Front of the Philippines
Press Statement
15 February 2010

Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales is accountable for the arbitrary arrest and detention, torture and other violations of the human rights of the 43 health professionals and workers in Morong, Rizal by high officers and units of the Second Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. The gross attack on the human rights of the victims carries the trade mark and paranoid style of Gonzales.

No less than his immediate predecessor Gilberto Teodoro has slapped the face of Gonzales for failing last week to direct his military subordinates to comply with the Supreme Court order to present the 43 abductees to the Court of Appeals.

Gonzales should resign if he has any sense of shame left. But instead, he remains silent on the issue of the Morong 43 which has already caught the attention of the nation and the whole world and he tries in vain to deflect attention from the issue by speculating on the composition of the central leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines and by arrogantly announcing that his reactionary government would no longer negotiate with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) negotiating panel headed by Luis Jalandoni.

I hereby inform Gonzales and the rest of the reactionary government of Gloria M. Arroyo that the NDFP negotiating panel continues to enjoy the confidence of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and all other revolutionary forces which compose the NDFP. Prof. Jose Maria Sison also continues to enjoy the confidence of the NDFP Negotiating Panel as its chief political consultant.

The NDFP Negotiating Panel has no interest in negotiating with a lameduck regime with a lifespan of less than three months, especially because this regime continues to daydream about destroying the revolutionary mass movement of the Filipino people with brute military force and cheap psywar tricks that include fake localized peace talks with its own military troops and distribution of doleouts to them.


Pahayag sa Media
13 Pebrero 2010


Mariing kinukundena ng National Democratic Front - Bicol ang mga kasinungalingan at maruming disimpormasyong ipinakakalat ng mga upisyal at tagapagsalita ng 9th Infantry Division sa rehiyong Bikol upang pagtakpan ang kanilang karumaldumal na krimen at walang puknat na ilarga ang kanilang kampanya ng pagdukot at pamamaslang ng mga inosenteng sibilyan.

Kinukumpirma lang ng mga paratang ni Maj. Gen. Ruperto Pabustan at ng kanilang tagapagsalitang si Maj. Harold Cabunoc ang pagpapatupad sa rehiyon ng utos ng kleriko-pasistang si Norberto Gonzales na ipatupad na ang mga "plano para sa pinal na yugto" ng pagdurog sa rebolusyonaryong kilusan. Garapal na ibinibintang ni Maj. Cabunoc sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan ang sunud-sunod na pagdukot at pamamaslang sa Albay na kagagawan ng mga elemento ng special operations team (SOT) ng AFP at pinalilitaw na bahagi umano ito ng nangyayaring "pagpupurga" ng mga kasapi ng CPP-NPA-NDF sa rehiyong Bikol.

Duguan ang mga kamay ng kleriko-pasistang si Norberto Gonzales na ngayon ay kasalukuyang Kalihim sa Depensa at ang mga upisyal ng 9th Infantry Division, 901st Brigade at 2nd Infantry Batallion ng Philippine Army sa sunud-sunod na insidente ng karumaldumal na pagdukot at pamamaslang sa ikatlong distrito ng Albay. Umabot na sa walong sibilyan ang brutal na pinaslang mula noong Nobyembre 2009 hanggang sa katapusan ng buwan ng Enero 2010.

Nitong buwan lamang ng Enero, anim na sibilyan ang naging biktima ng brutal na pamamaslang. Walang awang pinagbabaril hanggang mamamatay ng mga elemento ng 2nd IB ang sibilyang si Vergel Mapola Catubig habang nagkukubeta sa isang pistahan sa Bgy. Lawinon, Pio Duran, Albay noong Enero 30. Upang pagtakpan ang kanilang krimen, pinuntahan ng mga sundalo kinabukasan ang mga upisyal ng barangay at pinapipirma ng isang kasulatang nagkaroon ng engkwentro sa pagitan ng militar at BHB sa lugar.

Noong Pebrero 7 natagpuan ang naaagnas at pira-pirasong mga labi ng mga sibilyang sina Ananias Cardiente Jr. at Vicente Moradillo na dinukot ng mga sundalo ng 2nd IB noong Enero 15 sa Bgy. Taplacon, Camalig, Albay. Ayon sa mga kamag-anak ng mga biktima, hinahanap ng militar ang dalawa bago ito nawala noong Enero 15. Mababakas sa bangkay ng mga biktima ang matinding pagpapahirap na dinanas - basag ang bungo, nakahiwalay ang mga ulo at sinunog ang isang bangkay.

Natagpuan din ang bangkay ni Salvador Mancera, isang residente ng Bgy. Taloto, Camalig, Albay sa katabing barangay ng Florista, Jovellar noong Enero 20, isang araw matapos itong dukutin ng mga elemento ng 2nd IB. Brutal itong pinaslang at ginilitan ng leeg.

Ang mga biktimang sina Mancera, Moradillo at Cardiente ay nauna nang "pinasuko" ng sapilitan ng special operations team ng 2nd IB at pinararatangang mga rebelde at nasa Order of Battle ng militar. Tatlo pang sibilyan sa Bgy. Taplacon at anim sa Bgy. Taloto, Camalig ang pinaghahanap ng militar at umalis sa lugar sa takot na dukutin din sila at patayin ng militar.

Dalawang kaso rin ng brutal na pamamaslang ang nangyari sa bayan ng Oas, Albay. Natagpuan noong Enero 20 ang bangkay ni Edgar Oguis na nilaslas ang leeg at hiniwa ng paekis ang mukha sa Bgy. San Antonio, Oas. Si Oguis ay dating kasapi ng BHB at namumuhay na bilang isang ordinaryong sibilyan sa Bgy. Salvacion, Pio Duran. Dinukot ito sa kanyang pinagtatrabahuhan sa bayan ng Camalig noong Enero 8 at dinala ng mga sundalo sa kampo ng 2nd IB sa Bgy. Tula-tula, Ligao City. Noong Enero 20, sapilitan itong isinabay sa operasyong militar sa San Antonio, Oas at doon ito pinahirapan bago pinatay.

Walang pakundangang pinaulanan din ng bala hanggang mamatay sa kanyang bahay si Jesus Goronal sa Bgy. Nogpo, Oas. Nakilala ng mga testigo ang dalawa sa mga bumaril na sundalo na sina Obet Concepcion at CAFGU Edwin Valencia na nakadestino sa isang detatsment ng militar sa Bgy. Villa Petrona, Libon, Albay.

Noong Nobyembre 3, 2009 natagpuan sa Bgy. Mabayawas, Libon, Albay ang bangkay ng mga sibilyang sina Hernani Requijo Jr. at Jesus Reonico na dinukot ng mga elemento ng 2nd IB noong Oktubre 28. Bakas sa kanilang mga bangkay ang sinapit na pagpapahirap at tortyur - tinanggalan ng mga kuko, binalian ng mga braso, sinaksak at ginilitan ng leeg.

Lalong ginagatungan ng kalupitan ng militar ang naghihimagsik na damdamin ng mamamayan at higit nitong pinabibilis ang paglahok ng mamamayan sa rebolusyonaryong armadong pakikibaka. Sisingilin sa tamang panahon at pagbabayarin ng mahal ng mamamayan at rebolusyonaryong kilusan ang mga pasistang upisyal na ito na pinamumunuan ng kleriko-pasistang si Norberto Gonzales at ang kanilang punong kumander na si Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Ka Greg Bañares
Tagapagsalita, NDF-Bicol