Again Gov Marañon and Gen Mabanta are out of tune

February 29, 2012

NDF-Negros today condemns the intensification of militarization under Oplan Bayanihan as demanded by Governor Alfredo Marañon to secure his pro-big landlord-capitalist programs in the province.

“Instead of implementing land reform that will strategically address the problems of poverty by creating jobs, income and food security for the majority of the Negrosanons, Gov Marañon an aging but incorrigible warlord continue to beat the drums of war,” the NDF- Negros statement said.

The NDF statement said that the 3rd ID Phil Army (PA) has miserably failed in the implementation of Oplan Bayanihan despite enormous funding, increased personnel and equipment and media blitz. Even after the devastating earthquake in Negros Oriental, military operations continue to comb suspected NPA areas in the guise of rescue operations in Guihulngan, Tayasan and La libertad. Many quake victims who lined up to get relief goods were subjected to surveillance and questioning of their connections to the NPA.

Marañon’s best president Benigno Aquino III has promised his big haciendero friends in Negros that the national government will give the necessary military support and socio-economic priorities like the dole-out CCT programs to be implemented alongside Oplan Bayanihan. Newly installed 3rd ID commanding officer Gen. Jose Mabanta has boasted like his predecessors of cutting NPA strength by half in 2013, a promise that will always end in failure and more human rights violations against the people.

The NDF also criticize Marañon’s continued support for destructive mining including off-shore dredging-mining of the rich black sand from Pontevedra to Sagay City. This has already affected several barangays and the environment.

The revolutionary alliance also advise Marañon to tell his best President Aquino to be serious with the peace talks with the NDFP at the national level and for the release of all political prisoners. Marañon should stop asking for local peace talks since this has already been rejected by the NDF-Negros as nothing more but a divisive move and a cheap political gimmick.


Jolibelle Tubayalan