Alleged "rebel returnees" are torture victims of the 34th IB

Fr. Santiago "Sanny" Salas
NDF - Eastern Visayas
Agosto 28, 2010

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas said today that the two alleged "rebel returnees" in the custody of the 34th Infantry Battalion are not members of the New People's Army but ordinary civilian peasants who were abducted, tortured and are being held under duress. "The brothers Cesar and Juanito Gabac were presented as "rebel returnees" by the 8th Infantry Division to the media and the local government of Paranas, Western Samar last Aug. 16," said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson.

26th IB-AFP Punished for Violations of Human Rights in Agusan del Sur

Alejandro Lanaja Command
Guerilla Front 3 Operations Command, New People’s Army-Southern Mindanao
26 August 2010

The August 24 tactical offensive by the Alejandro Lanaja Command Guerilla Front 3 Operations Command-NPA in Barangay La Fortuna, Veruela, Agusan del Sur is a punitive action against the 26th Infantry Battalion-AFP for its abuses and violations of human rights.

The daring early dawn attack wiped out a team of the 26th IB-AFP with five killed and one wounded. One Minimi machine gun, two M16 rifles, about 1,800 rounds of ammunition and 10 M203 grenades were confiscated. No Red fighter was wounded.

NDF-EV in solidarity with the Catholic Church against large-scale foreign mining in Region 8

Fr. Santiago Salas
NDF - Eastern Visayas
August 26, 2010

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today said it is one with the Catholic Church in fighting large-scale foreign mining in Region 8. "We agree with the stand of the Palo Archdiocese that large-scale mining today will not benefit the people but only foreign capitalists, as well as seriously damage the environment,"said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson. "Indeed, foreign mining seeks the quickest way to make profits from simple raw materials extraction and export, without contributing to our industrial development and without regard for safeguarding the environment.

Deles no different from the clerico-fascist Norberto Gonzales

National Democratic Front of the Philippines
Monitoring Committee
August 24, 2010

The Chairman of the Human Rights Monitoring Committee of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP-MC) today chided GRP Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles for following in the footsteps of Norberto Gonzales in dishing out disinformation about the New People’s Army (NPA) in an attempt to derail the resumption of the formal talks in the peace negotiations between the NDFP and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP).

CPP scores "colossal stupidity and incompetence" in hostage incident

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
August 24, 2010

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today expressed sympathy with the victims of yesterday's hostage-taking in Manila, and joined nationwide and international indignation at the "colossal stupidity and incompetence" of police and government officials in the handling of the incident that led to unnecessary bloodshed.

SOT ng 49th IBPA, inambus sa Sorsogon

Gregorio BaƱares
National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Bicol
Agosto 23, 2010

Matagumpay ang isinagawang ambus ng Bagong Hukbong Bayan laban sa special operations team (SOT) ng 49th IBPA sa Bgy Sangat, Gubat, Sorsogon nitong Agosto 22, bandang alas-5 ng hapon. Namatay si Pfc Jason A. Cerdon at malubhang nasugatan si Pfc Edwin Baraga.

Ayon sa Celso Mingue Command ng BHB-Sorsogon, sangkot sa napakaraming kaso ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao ang mga SOT ng 49th IBPA sa mamamayan ng mga barangay ng Sangat, Union, Cabigaan, Lapinig, Manapao, Carriedo, Dita, Payawin, Tagaytay, Bagacay at Cabiguan, lahat sa bayan ng Gubat, Sorsogon. Tinatakot, hinaharas at pinipilit ng mga sundalo ang mamamayan na sumapi sa Barangay Defense System.

Catarman NPA offensive aboveboard, Aquino government allegations pure hogwash

Efren Martires Command
NPA-Eastern Visayas
August 23, 2010

The Efren Martires Command of the New People's Army in Eastern Visayas today dismissed allegations by the Aquino government that the NPA committed rights violations in the August 21 Catarman tactical offensive. "We want to address the accusations by presidential peace adviser Teresita Deles and other Aquino government officials that the NPA used landmines, and summarily executed the government casualties as well as stole their personal belongings," said Ka Karlos Manuel, EMC spokesperson. "As clearly explained in our earlier statement, the NPA uses command-detonated explosives, which are manually set off against a defined target such as in the Catarman ambush and thus allowed in war. The NPA did not and has never used anti-personnel land mines which automatically explode when triggered by the victim, and is thus banned under international humanitarian law for causing needless casualties. Moreover, the policemen in the Catarman ambush were killed in action and not captured alive and summarily executed as alleged by the Aquino government.

Successful NPA ambush in Samar, a legitimate act of war--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
August 23, 2010

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today hailed the successful tactical offensive launched by the New People's Army in Catarman, Northern Samar last August 21 and at the same time assailed Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Deles for saying that the Samar ambush "will make the way forward (to peace) more difficult."

The struggle in Hacienda Luisita is the struggle of the entire Filipino peasantry

Editorial
Ang Bayan
August 21, 2010

Hacienda Luisita symbolizes the semicolonial and semifeudal system that shackles the country to underdevelopment and perennial crisis. Its long and continuing history is a history of unspeakable exploitation and oppression, intense class struggle and the age-old fight for social justice.

5th ID offer of local peace talks and immunity is just empty talk

Simon "Ka Filiw" Naogsan
Cordillera Peoples' Democratic Front
August 23, 2010

During the Mountain Province Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting last August 5, Col. Eliseo Posadas, 501st Bde commander, called for local peace talks and personally guaranteed the safety of the CPDF spokesperson and other members of the revolutionary movement whom he invited to attend. We believe the AFP's push for local peace talks is just another deceptive public relations and psywar tactic.

PNP escort sa DENR Task Force Kalikasan patay sa isnayp- harass sa BHB Front-19.

Maria Malaya
NDF - Northeastern Mindanao
Agosto 21, 2010

Agosto 21, 2010 mga 1:56 sa hapon patay ang Police Inspector sa Lianga, Surigao del Sur. Giharas-isnayp kini sa usa ka grupo sa BHB-Front-19 sa Kolambogan spar, Diatagon Lianga Surigao del sur. Napingsan usab si CENRO Flaviano Bahian sa Bayugan City, Agusan del sur ug CENRO Joel Caluga sa Talacogon, Agusan del Sur.

In defense of the people against Oplan Bantay Laya: NPA offensive in Catarman victorious, more to come

Efren Martirez Command
NPA - Eastern Visayas
August 22, 2010

The Efren Martires Command of the New People's Army in Eastern Visayas hailed today the NPA's successful tactical offensive against the Philippine National Police within the provincial capital of Catarman, Northern Samar on the morning of August 21. "Initial reports state that the NPA punished village councilor Rolando de Guia for espionage in Brgy. Imelda, Catarman, about a kilometer from the town proper," said Ka Karlos Manuel, EMC spokesperson. "Expected enemy reinforcements were then ambushed by the people's army, who used command-detonated explosives (which are manually set off) to disable their vehicle. At least eight police elements were killed in action, including Sr. Insp. Nicasio San Antonio, Catarman deputy police chief. The NPA also confiscated at least seven pistols and four M16 rifles."