Aquino's puppetry, militarism, rural oppression, duplicity dim prospects for peace agreement--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines

October 09, 2012

While the Filipino revolutionary forces continue to exert efforts to push the Aquino regime to work for the resolution of the social roots of the raging armed conflict through peace negotiations, they are acutely aware that the prospects of forging a political settlement grows dimmer by the day as the reactionary Aquino government continues to veer sharply towards the path of puppetry to the US government, brutal militarism and rural oppression.



The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) issued this statement in reaction to announcements by MalacaƱang yesterday that the Philippine government (GPH) intends to resume peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), a day after revealing that a "Framework Agreement" is set to be signed between the GPH and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

"The national democratic revolutionary forces reiterate their support for the historic struggle of the Moro people for self-determination," said the CPP. "They express support for the MILF's efforts to achieve the aspirations of the Moro people through peace negotiations and trusts that they will steadfastly hold on to the victories they have earned through revolutionary armed struggle and defend the Moro people against the oppressive Manila government."

According to the CPP, "the Negotiating Panel of the NDFP continues to maintain office and will continue to communicate with its counterpart in the GPH with the aim of pushing forward peace negotiations. However, the revolutionary forces cannot simply stand down and watch as the Aquino regime continues to bow in servility to the US government, employ brutal militarism and trample on human rights and wage a war of suppression especially in the countryside."

"All this make the Aquino regime increasingly hostile to the Filipino people's aspirations for nationalism and democracy," said the CPP.

"Clearly, the Filipino people's demand for a just and lasting peace goes against the prevailing antipeople policies of the Aquino regime to pull down workers' wages, demolish urban poor communities to clear the path for foreign-funded infrastructure projects, cut back on social spending, increase public transport fares, raise taxes, allow price increases, prevent land reform, encourage the operations of foreign mining companies, deploy armed soldiers in civilian communities and embolden its armed agents to violate human rights."

"It is becoming more apparent that the Aquino regime does not want formal peace negotiations to move forward to the next agenda of socio-economic and political reforms," said the CPP. "In line with the US-designed Oplan Bayanihan, it throws a monkey-wrench on the peace process by violating previous agreements on human rights and security guarantees, making the situation for NDFP negotiators and consultants untenable," added the CPP.

Since January 2011, the Aquino regime has arrested a number of NDFP consultants including Tirso Alcantara, Alan Jazmines, Renante Gamara and recently, Benjamin Mendoza. It has also rearrested consultant Jaime Soledad a few months after his release in July 2011. Several other consultants of the NDFP arrested under the Arroyo regime continue to languish in jail. The military perpetrators of the abduction and disappearance of NDFP consultants Leo Velasco, Prudencio Calubid and Rogelio Calubad remain unpunished.

"The successive arrests of NDFP peace consultants since January 2011 are clearly an attempt by the Aquino regime to bog down formal peace negotiations," said the CPP. "The GPH misrepresents the clamor for the release of NDFP consultants as a precondition for negotiations, when in fact, their arrests were in violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and their release, an standing obligation by the GPH under existing agreements."