Revolutionary authorities require candidates to observe policies in revolutionary areas

Communist Party of the Philippines
February 27, 2010

For several weeks now, officials and mouthpieces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines have intensified their dirty psywar attacks against the revolutionary forces, disparaging the policy requiring political parties and candidates to observe policies and guidelines regarding the conduct of reactionary elections within areas under revolutionary jurisdiction.

Prepare the people for imminent anarchy during the elections

Ang Bayan, February 7, 2010
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There are growing possibilities that the US-Arroyo regime's desperate schemes to cling to power will culminate in massive anarchy during the forthcoming elections. The Arroyo clique will exploit the ensuing chaos for its own ends and eventually seize power. This early, the Filipino people must be prepared to take action to thwart the ruling clique's schemes and prevail over whatever turmoil these schemes may spawn.

EDSA "People Power Revolution" Promises Unfullfilled

Jorge "Ka Oris" Madlos
NDFP - Mindanao
February 24, 2010

Twenty Four years after the EDSA "People Power Revolution" the greater majority of the Filipino people still wallow in poverty and deprivation, evermore oppressed and exploited. All the promises of EDSA totally unfulfilled.

NDF-EV hits military psywar, warns against power-hungry Arroyo

NDFP - Eastern Visayas
Feb. 25, 2010

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today slammed the 8th Infantry Division for stirring up its psywar to intensify repression and keep the Arroyo regime in power. “We call on the mass media and the public to be vigilant and critical,” said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson. “Let us resist the Arroyo regime's intentions to stay on in power. Let us expose and oppose the enemy's psywar by investigating and coming out with the truth.”

Stand for truth and change against the military's psywar


Fr. Santiago Salas
NDFP - Eastern Visayas

As the 2010 election campaign drags on, the 8th Infantry Division is stepping up its psywar attacks to justify intensifying political repression and keep Arroyo in power. In the face of the 8th ID's psywar attacks, we call on the mass media and the public to be vigilant and critical. Let us resist the Arroyo regime's intentions to stay on in power. Let us expose and oppose the enemy's psywar by investigating and coming out with the truth.

NPA Far South Mindanao denies recruiting minors

Valentin Palamine Regional Operations Command
NPA - FarSouth Mindanao Region
24 February 2010

May we inform the public that a certain Donita Rose Baro, a 15 year old lumad of Dungan Fekong, Matanao, Davao del Sur, who has been recently presented to the media by the 39th IB – Philippine Army as another “child warrior” has never been recruited in the ranks of the NPA operating in Matanao or in any area of the Far South Mindanao Region.

4 soldiers killed, 4 wounded in NPA attack in Saranggani

Valentin Palamine Regional Operations Command
NPA - FarSouth Mindanao Region
23 February 2010

The Valentin Palamine Regional Operations Command – FSMR commends the Red fighters of the Alex Ababa Command – Front 71 for its daring attack against the abusive soldiers of the 73rd IB – Philippine Army who were conducting a military operation on February 20 in Sityo Akboal, Brgy Kihan, Malapatan, Sarangani. The attack resulted in the death of four government troops and the wounding of four others.

Human Rights Advocates Deliver Petitions and Prayers For the 43 Health Workers to Senator Boxer’s Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, February 24, 201o
Reference: Kuusela Hilo, Vice Chair of BAYAN-USA
vc@bayanusa.org, (818) 395-9207

Los Angeles , California --Concerned leaders and human rights advocates representing various communities in Los Angeles sent a delegation to speak with California U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s office. They met with Senator Boxer’s office to deliver petitions signed by over 500 people and organizations to demand the immediate release of the 43 health workers who have been illegally arrested, detained, and tortured by the Philippine military since February 6, 2010. Representatives of the delegation urged Senator Boxer to continue her commitment to human rights by supporting the demand for the immediate and unconditional release of the 43 and to stop human rights violations in the Philippines .

The delegation included community leaders Reverend David Farley and Reverend Sandra Richards of the United Methodist Church; Melissa Roxas, a survivor of abduction and torture in the Philippines; Chito Quijano of California Nurses’ Association and the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS); Kuusela Hilo of BAYAN-USA and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA); representatives from the organizations AnakBayan Los Angeles; Habi Arts; Sisters of GABRIELA, Awaken!; International Action Center; Confederation of Iranians; and other concerned individuals.

ILPS representative Quijano stated, “We request Senator Barbara Boxer to support the release of the 43. As long as the 43 health workers are languishing in a 'Guantanamo-like prison' and the Philippine military continues violating human rights, no U.S. tax dollars should be given to the Philippine government.”

In 2008, following a hearing in the United States Senate on the human rights situation in the Philippines, convened by Sen. Boxer, the US Congress voted to withhold $2 million of 2009 military aid until the Philippine government complied with certain human rights conditions. However, the Philippine government has not made any significant efforts to improve the human rights situation in their country. The Ampatuan Massacre in November 2009, which saw the slaying of 58 people, along with the illegal arrest and abuse of the 43 health workers at the hands of the Armed Forces of the Philippines only demonstrate the worsening human rights conditions in the country.

Rev. Richards, Rev. Farley, and Hilo took part in the United Methodist Church California Pacific Pastoral and Solidarity visit to the Philippines last week. They also participated in a delegation that visited the 43 health workers illegally detained in the military Camp Capinpin . Rev. Richards shared her firsthand accounts with Senator Boxer’s office, including the conversations with the families of the 43 detained health workers and the forum with Commission on Human Rights Chair Leila de Lima. Rev. Richards concluded, “Regardless of whether one believes that the 43 health workers are innocent of the charges, it is a fact beyond doubt that their civil and human rights have been violated. They were forced to sit handcuffed and blindfolded for 36 straight hours, were not told with what they were being charged, were not allowed to lie down or sleep, and were fed and toileted by strangers. This kind of torture is illegal in the Philippines . The military has shown extreme disregard for human rights and the law of the country they are meant to protect.”

Rev. Richards elaborated, “The global United Methodist Church has determined that two of its four goals are: global health and ministry with the poor. The 43 health workers were living out this call. It's troubling that the Philippine government has criminalized the work on behalf of these goals. If these selfless acts of mercy are allowed to be categorized as criminal, then who can be safe?”

Rev. Richards highlighted, “The United States is widely seen as a partner in the Philippine Military, and is a funder. If the U.S. Government does not step in to free these health workers, the United States Government will have become a party to religious persecution of the Christians in the Philippines .”

On February 15, 2010, after the petitioning for writ of habeas corpus and mounting public pressure, the Philippine military presented the 43 health workers to the Court of Appeals. The testimony from one of the victims, Dr. Alex Montes, shows proof of psychological torture, physical abuse and other inhumane and degrading treatment of the detainees. The deadline for the court to make a decision on the writ of habeas corpus is Wednesday, February 24, 2010.

“All the 43 health workers did was to serve the poor and the most vulnerable in society and they filled a great need that the Philippine government was not able to provide,” stated Roxas. “I know what it feels like to be detained and tortured. No human being should have to go through that. The situation is critical. Every day that the 43 health workers are not released, it is one more day they have to endure of pain, fear, and torture. We demand the immediate release of the 43 health workers. We need to help stop human rights violations in the Philippines .”

An on-going petition http://www.petitiononline.com/Free43/petition.html has been launched online. All supporters of human rights are invited to join the international effort to Free the 43. More information can be found at http://www.freethehealthworkers.blogspot.com/

Revolutionary tasks during elections (Editorial - Ang Bayan: Feb 21, 2010 issue


Elections under the rotten ruling reactionary state and system are bogus and always fraught with anomalies and violence. They are concentrated competitions where rival elitist factions try to outdo each other in terms of strength, money and schemes to gain the upper hand in exercising puppet reactionary rule. Violence, bribery and fraud are the key elements behind victory.

They are not genuine democratic processes and do not reflect the people’s real interests. They are virtual circuses for the people’s entertainment. They exploit the people’s poverty and beguile them with money and other material things in order to win their votes. The exercise of suffrage is used as an adornment to make the process appear democratic. For as long as the people are made to pin their hopes on reactionary elections, the vast majority will continue participating in these exercises.

Nonetheless, to the limited extent possible under the reactionary state and system, it is important to take advantage of reactionary elections in order to acquire concrete gains in the interest of the people and the revolutionary movement. It is the duty of the revolutionary forces to closely guide the people as they participate in reactionary elections.
The revolutionary movement applies dual tactics during reactionary elections. It is a basic task of the revolutionary movement to expose the inutility of reactionary elections and the rottenness of the system within which they exist. The revolutionary forces give stress to armed struggle as the guaranteed and primary means of seizing political power to achieve fundamental and thoroughgoing social change.

Simultaneously, the revolutionary movement also seizes the opportunities presented by elections in order to expand alliance work on various levels. It unites with candidates and parties that are ready to advance the democratic and patriotic interests and welfare of the people. As allies and progressives win seats, the people’s struggles are also advanced inside parliament. Such opportunities are utilized by mass movements and organizations and enable them to use the resources of the reactionary state to directly benefit the people. On the other hand, contradictions among reactionaries are taken advantage of to further isolate and target the main and most rabid enemies of the people and the revolution.

Whether the alliances formed during elections are strategic or temporary, it is important even beyond the elections to continue providing political education and to organize and mobilize those who forged unities with us. Thus, the relationships that have been formed are enhanced and allies may be counted on to continue cooperating with the revolutionary movement and the people.

During reactionary elections, the revolutionary forces strive to protect the vast revolutionary areas that gain prominence and are visited by politicians. The revolutionary forces require politicians to respect and obey the laws and policies of the people’s revolutionary government. Campaigning within the revolutionary areas is allowed subject to strict conditions and controls especially with regards to the entry and movements of armed personnel. Fascists and rabid reactionaries are not allowed to spread their propaganda, conduct surveillance and foment disturbances in these areas.
The participation of progressive candidates and parties is a striking feature of the current elections. They conduct widespread campaigns to arouse, organize and mobilize the masses as a means of reaching out to millions upon millions of other people. Through this, they are able to expand their influence and organization and raise the people’s capability to resist the ruling reactionary regime and the entire rotten ruling system.

This is the reason why the people are so ardent in mobilizing to support them despite the many obstacles thrown their way. In recent years, these progressive parties and candidates were able to effectively use parliament in tandem with the democratic mass movement to advance the people’s national-democratic aspirations and interests despite their being a tiny minority. It therefore comes as no surprise that rabid reactionaries have been trying tooth and nail to obstruct the efforts of progressive parties. Progressive leaders, activists and their supporters are the main targets of fascist attacks. They are also targets of systematic electoral fraud.

Poll fraud may even take on a more virulent, if sophisticated form in the face of the automated elections in May.
Thus, the people and their progressive forces must move in a more intelligent, planned, coordinated and systematic manner to address, expose and strive to frustrate both electoral fraud and fascist attacks on their ranks.
The current elections are also taking place amid the US-Arroyo regime’s obstinate desire to cling to power and avoid accountability for its many grave crimes against the people. Its desperation becomes even more apparent in the face of the people’s ever worsening poverty, oppression and discontent as they are bludgeoned by a most severe economic crisis and intensifying fascist attacks. The situation spurs the people even more to demand relief from their oppression and poverty and cry for significant changes in the country. It opens up opportunities for the forging of alliances with parties and candidates who are against the Arroyo clique and puppet rule and who are ready to cooperate in advancing the people’s basic interests and alleviate their heavy burdens.

Parties and candidates even from the opposition who have committed serious crimes against the people must be exposed and lambasted. Those who blatantly advocate policies that trample on the people’s rights and interests must be exposed, so with parties whose programs are worthless and do nothing but hoodwink the people. Parties that will further impoverish the people and attack their revolutionary movement once they gain power must be condemned.

Tactical offensives must be intensified during reactionary elections, with particular emphasis given to targeting fascist and terrorist leaders. During elections, it is important to stress even more the launching of tactical offensives against the most rabidly reactionary politicians and their armed minions, and against the biggest and most despicable plunderers, the most corrupt bureaucrats and those who owe blood debts to the people and the revolution.
Simultaneously, everyone must be ready for a whole range of possibilities, from massive electoral fraud and sabotage and the deliberate failure of elections to the imposition of emergency rule, transition rule or outright martial law as well as other dirty and violent schemes being hatched by the ruling regime. The Party and the revolutionary forces must swiftly and effectively take the lead should the looming possibility of direct and widespread people’s actions materialize and should these culminate in uprisings and assertions of the people’s power.

Whether the elections take place or not, and whatever the configuration will be after Mayo 2010, the masses will continue to be plagued with discontent and the reactionaries besieged by bitter rivalries. We must be ever vigilant with every twist and turn in the situation, become even more flexible and exercise even more initiative in order to seize opportunities for the people and the revolutionary forces to prevail and gain strength.###

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February 21, 2010 Issue of Ang Bayan (Pilipino)

Release 43 illegally detained health workers -- Permanent Peoples Tribunal

Note: letter of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal to the government of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo about the illegal arrest and detention and torture of 43 volunteer community health workers in Rizal province, Philippines. We're forwarding the same for your information and reference. In solidarity, NDFP International Information Office.


PERMANENT PEOPLES TRIBUNAL
Founder: LELIO BASSO (Italy)
President: SALVATORE SENESE (ITALY)
General Secretary: GIANNI TOGNONI (ITALY)


H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
President of the Republic
Malacañang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila Philippines
Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80
Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968
Cell#: (+ 63) 919 898 4622 / (+63) 917 839 8462
E-mail: corres@op.gov. ph/ opnet@ops.gov. ph


H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
President of the Republic of the Philippines,

As Jurors of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal, and as part of the larger human family, we recognize that the dramatic and worsening human rights situation in the Philippines is the responsibility for us all. During the PPT's Second Session on the Philippines held in The Hague in March 2007, we expressed our commitment to defeat those powers which, under the pretext of the so-called war on terrorism, deprive the marginalized peoples of a life in justice, dignity and peace.

We sympathize greatly with the plight of the Filipino people who suffer from poverty and who cannot afford medical care. That is why we admire and fully support health professionals who can volunteer their talents and time to help the more needy. Forsaking private gain, they teach their skills to community volunteers and provide their health services for free. They should be treated as heroes of the Filipino people, worthy of our esteem and emulation.

It was thus with great alarm that we received the news about the questionable arrest and detention of 43 volunteer health workers in Rizal province in your country. The victims include two medical doctors, one registered nurse, one midwife and 39 community health workers.

We are greatly dismayed to hear that in the morning of 6 February 2010, combined elements of your government's Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines barged into the private home of Dr. Melecia Velmonte in Morong, Rizal. Without showing any legal cause nor mandate, your security forces proceeded to conduct an illegal search of the premises and illegally took into custody the 43 volunteer health workers. They were handcuffed, blindfolded, manhandled and taken, not to prison, but to a military camp.

We are appalled to hear that as of this writing, that they are still in detention in the military camp, even undergoing interrogation. Relatives, lawyers and human rights organizations have not been allowed to visit them. Initial reports from the Commission on Human Rights and non-government human rights organizations said that the victims remained in handcuffs and blindfolded for more than 36 hours; they were denied food and bathroom privileges confined in dark cells, forced to listen to sounds of gunfire and slapped several times during the night. They were not allowed to speak to each other and they were forced to admit that they were members of the New People's Army. And today, your military officers arrogantly did not heed the orders of the Supreme court to bring all the 43 to court.

As the Chief Executive and Commander in Chief of the Republic of the Philippines, you have the obligation to uphold and defend the rights of Filipino citizens. We see in this lamentable episode that the citizens' inviolable right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against searches and seizure has been violated. The victims are clearly suffering physical and psychological torture, their right to be informed of their alleged offenses is being trampled and they have been denied access to legal counsel of their choice.

As the Chief Executive and Commander in Chief of the Republic of the Philippines, you also have the obligation to enforce the law. Those who attack the inviolable rights of the citizens must be brought to justice. For starters, Colonel Aurelio Baladad of the 202ndInfantry Brigade of the Philippine Army and Superintendent Marion Balonglong of the Rizal province PNP, should be relieved of their duties and undergo judicial investigation for gross ignorance and violation of the Bill of Rights.

We pray that your government would put an immediate end to this deplorable situation. Release the 43 volunteer health workers. Return all their private belongings and the belongings of Dr. Melecia Velmonte.

Thank you for your attention and prompt action.

Salvatore Senese (Italy), PPT President

Gianni Tognoni (Italy), PPT General Secretary

François Houtart (Belgium), Session President

Irene Fernandez (Malaysia), Session Judge

Ties Prakken (The Netherlands), Session Judge

Lilia Solano (Colombia), Session Judge

Øystein Tveter (Norway), Session Judge

With copy to:
Gen. Avelino Razon, Ret. PNP
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)
7th Floor Agustin Building I
Emerald Avenue
Pasig City 1605
Voice:+63 (2) 636 0701 to 066
Fax:+63 (2) 638 2216
osec@opapp.gov. ph

Norberto Gonzales
Secretary, Department of National Defense
Room 301 DND Building, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo,
E. de los Santos Avenue, Quezon City
Voice:+63(2) 911-9281 / 911-0488
Fax:+63(2) 911 6213
Email: osnd@philonline. com

Atty. Agnes Devanadera
Secretary, Department of Justice
Padre Faura St., Manila
Direct Line 521-8344; 5213721
Trunkline 523-84-81 loc.214
Fax: (+632) 521-1614
Email: soj@doj.gov. ph

Atty. Leila De Lima
Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights
SAAC Bldg., UP Complex
Commonwealth Avenue
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Voice: (+632) 928-5655, 926-6188
Fax: (+632) 929 0102
Email: chr.delima@yahoo. com