Engkwentro ng NPA at Militar sa Bacon ayon kay Maj. Cabunoc – Isang Kasinungalingan

Greg Bañares
NDF - Bicol
Oktubre 13, 2010

Walang nangyaring engkwentro sa pagitan ng NPA at militar sa Bgy. Jamislagan, Bacon, Sorsogon nitong Okt. 13, alas-3 umano ng umaga tulad ng nilubid na balita ng tagapagsalita ng 9th Infantry Division ng Phil. Army. Isang pakulo lamang ito ng special operations team (SOT) ng 49th IBPA na nakabase sa lugar dahil walang yunit ng NPA sa lugar at sila-sila lamang ang naroroon.

Militarization in Samar confirms "counterinsurgency" purpose of MCC assistance

PRESS RELEASE
NDF-Eastern Visayas
October 13, 2010

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today slammed 8th Infantry Division chief Maj. Gen. Mario Chan for launching widespread military operations under the extended Oplan Bantay Laya, and for coercing the local government in Western Samar to support the Aquino government's "counterinsurgency" campaign. "It is clear Gen. Chan is asserting military supremacy in making the inappropriate and insulting demand to the Western Samar provincial government to increase and expand the "mobility corridors" so the 8th ID troops could pursue the New People's Army," said NDF-EV spokesperson Fr. Santiago Salas.

Statement of the NDF-Negros on the admission of DND Secretary Voltaire Gazmin that the suspected murderers of Bayles are members of the 61st IB Phil Army.

Frank Fernandez
Spokesperson
National Democratic Front-Negros
October 13, 2010

We welcome the statement of Congressman Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna partylist in an interview by DYEZ radio informing of the admission of DND secretary Voltaire Gazmin, AFP spokesperson Jose Mabanta and the head general of CRS-AFP during the October 7 budget hearing of the plenary session of the Philippine House of Representatives that the suspected murderers of Benjamin Bayles -- PFC Reygine Laus alyas "Roger Bajon" and Ronnie Caurino (PFC Rafael Cordova) were active members of the 61st IB PA.

NDF-EV says amnesty for rebel soldiers may be positive, calls for release of NDFP consultant and all political prisoners

PRESS RELEASE
NDF-Eastern Visayas
October 13, 2010

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today said the Aquino government's granting of amnesty to soldiers who rose up against the previous administration may be a positive step, and also called for the release of NDFP peace consultant Eduardo Sarmiento and all political prisoners. "The Aquino government must also heed as well the plight of the political prisoners, who were slapped with trumped-up charges and subjected to arbitrary arrest and detention," Fr. Salas said.

Look who is lying

Simon "Ka Filiw" Naogsan
Spokesperson
Cordillera Peoples' Democratic Front
October 10, 2010

In his latest letter to the editor published in three Cordillera weekly newspapers, Capt. Adonis Bañez, spokesperson for the 501st Bde, made several baseless and unfounded accusations against the revolutionary movement. He recycled the military's outrageous lie that the soldiers ambushed last July 9 in Samoki, Bontoc who were alive and wounded were finished off by shots fired point blank, and all the casualties were stripped of their clothing and belongings. It is a strict policy of the NPA not to inflict harm on captured enemy personnel and those who are no longer capable of fighting back, in accordance with its own Rules of Discipline, International Humanitarian Law and rules of war. No soldiers survived the short burst of fire in the ambush. The NPA assault team that closed in on the vehicle found no wounded survivors. Had there been any survivors, they would have been provided first aid and moved to a safe spot where they could be immediately seen by AFP or PNP reinforcements. The NPA captures weapons and military equipment only, clothing and other personal belongings of enemy casualties are not included. The tactical offensive in Samoki was over in a few minutes. There was hardly enough time to gather the weapons, how much more to strip the casualties of their clothing. There were commuters who watched from a distance and saw how quickly the NPA unit attacked and withdrew. On the other hand, it is the operating units of the 5th ID that "finished off" point blank and desecrated the corpses of the wounded and captured NPA fighters Magno "Ka Braga" Ayabo and Sammy Rey "Ka Cholo" Cayago in 2004 and 2008 respectively. Some innocent civilians murdered by operating AFP troops were used for target practice, the latest case was Elmer Valdez in Conconig East, Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur last September 10.

The 5th ID's hypocrisy on the respect for human rights

Simon "Ka Filiw" Naogsan
Spokesperson
Cordillera Peoples' Democratic Front
October 4, 2010

The Cordillera People's Democratic Front strongly condemns the brutal murder last September 10, 2010 of Elmer Valdez, 33 years old, farmer and a resident of Barangay Conconig East, Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur by operating troops of the 5th ID. The soldiers accosted and seized Valdez while he was gathering bamboo and accused him of being an NPA guerilla. The victim's decomposing body was found last September 13 by a search team composed of the victim's family and barangay officials that was obstructed and harassed by the military.

The people support the continuing struggle of the NPA; 8th ID is on the run because it is despised by the people

Fr. Santiago Salas
NDF - Eastern Visayas
October 12, 2010

The Efren Martires Command today scorned 8th Infantry Division chief Gen. Mario Chan as talking bull for calling on the New People's Army to surrender, while it is in fact government troops that are on the run because they are not welcomed by the people. "After more than 30 years of fighting, the NPA remains unperturbed by the Aquino government's renewed offensives because of the people's continuing support," said Ka Karlos Manuel, EMC spokesperson.

Papanagutin ang berdugong 9th ID sa pagmasaker sa pamilyang Lotino

Gregorio Bañares
National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Bicol
Oktubre 11, 2010

Dapat papanagutin ang 9th Infantry Division ng Philippine Army sa Kabikulan dahil sa karumaldumal na pagmasaker ng mga tauhan nito sa isang pamilya sa Barangay Nabas-an, Daraga, Albay nitong Oktubre 11, alas-2 ng madaling araw. Namatay sa tama ng mga bala si Kagawad Wilfredo Lotino, asawang si Evelyn, pamangkin na si Anjo Martos, at sugatan ang anak na si Jenny Lotino.

Grandiose imperialist deception

Editorial 2
Ang Bayan
October 7, 2010

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The United Nations set in the year 2000 the so-called Millennium Development Goals (MDG)--eight targets purporting to resolve poverty and concomitant global problems by 2015. Ten years after, it is clear that the MDG has no other objective but to serve as window dressing for neoliberalism and cover up the brutal onslaught of imperialist globalization and aggression.

Repudiate the US-Aquino regime

Editorial
Ang Bayan
October 7, 2010

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Benigno Aquino III's much-vaunted agenda of change has lost its appeal among the people. After 100 days in power, his government is fast becoming exposed as a puppet regime that is no different from previous reactionary regimes. In the face of a series of issues that exploded during Aquino's first 100 days in Malacañang, his regime's pro-imperialist, elitist, shallow, inutile, militarist and rotten to the core character is becoming evident to the people.