Statement of the Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid (PKM) on the 39th anniversary of the National Democratic Front

Andres Agtalon
Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid
April 24, 2012

The Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid (PKM) and all the toiling masses in the countryside celebrate with joy the 39th anniversary of the National Democratic Front (NDF).  The whole membership of the PKM and the Filipino peasantry firmly unite with all allied organizations of the NDF in celebrating this important occasion.

Since its establishment, the NDF gained victories against oppressive, fascist, and puppet reactionary regimes and against the continuing intervention of US imperialism in our national sovereignty and patrimony.

Under the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the NDF continues and is more than determined to advance the peoples’ war to a new and higher level to defeat the puppet and oppressive Aquino regime. 

The fascist Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police continuously wreaks havoc in the countryside through the counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan and are directly supported by US military advisers and troops. Oplan Bayanihan is worse than its predecessor, the Oplan Bantay Laya of the Macapagal-Arroyo regime. Military operations are cloaked with deceptive slogans of “peace and development” while victims of massacre, forced evacuations, illegal arrests, political persecution of leaders of legal and progressive organizations, enforced disappearances, illegal detention, and torture continue to rise in numbers under the fascist Aquino regime.

The Aquino regime and its US imperialist master only treat the peace negotiations as part of its psy war operations and are not serious in resolving the roots of the armed conflict. The Aquino government blatantly violates all previous agreements like The Hague Joint Declaration, the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees, and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.

The Aquino regime arbitrarily and arrogantly suspended the continuation of the formal talks on the second substantive agenda on social and economic reforms and derailed the possibility of forging a Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER). This demonstrates that the Aquino regime has no intention of resolving the problems of the Filipino people especially the peasants, workers, and other toiling masses.

The Aquino government must release the 13 detained consultants of the NDF in compliance to the February 2011 agreement in Oslo, Norway on the release of political prisoners. The Aquino regime must release the more than 350 political prisoners languishing behind GPH prisons nationwide.

As we celebrate this occasion, the PKM pursues its continuous expansion and consolidation efforts to advance the revolutionary peasant movement that will inflame the countryside in the very near future.

Long live the 39th anniversary of the NDF!
Long live CPP-NPA-NDF!
Victory to the Filipino People!
Expose and Oppose the Aquino regime!
Struggle for National Freedom and Democracy!
Down with Imperialism, Feudalism, and Bureaucrat Capitalism!