Resist US military intervention and Aquino's puppetry

ANG BAYAN
7 February 2012

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The recently concluded Strategic Defense Dialogue (SDD) held January 26-28 in Washington D.C. signals the intensification of US military intervention in the Philippines and the entire Asia-Pacific. It also marks the heightened use of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) by the US to pursue its objective of suppressing China and becoming the dominant power in the Asia-Pacific region. Simultaneously, the US aims for tighter control over Philippine economic and political affairs.

Intensifying US military intervention in the Philippines

ANG BAYAN
7 February 2012

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US armed intervention in the Philippines is mounting and is bound to grow stronger under the strategy laid down by the Obama regime, which seeks to deploy more US troops in the Philippines over the next months through military exercises, civil-military operations and other schemes hatched by the US in collaboration with the Aquino regime.

US desperately wants to maintain worldwide hegemony

ANG BAYAN
7 February 2012

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On January 2, the US Department of Defense issued "Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense," a document that laid down US military strategy for the coming years. The paper defines US imperialism's priorities and stresses to maintain global hegemony amid crisis and growing challenges to its power.

Although the Obama regime has not paid any less attention to the Middle East and Africa, it emphasizes the need for so-called "rebalancing" or shifting priority troop deployment and military expenditures to the Asia-Pacific. One of its priorities is the defeat of perceived threats to its interests in South Asia and the Middle East.

Monopoly capitalism and oil prices

ANG BAYAN
7 February 2012

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Only a handful of monopoly capitalists control the international oil industry. The five biggest industry giants are Exxon Mobil, British Petroleum, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron Texaco and Total. These five companies control the exploration, extraction and refining of crude oil, and the transport and retail of petroleum products in local markets in various parts of the world. "Free competition" in the local and international oil industry is an illusion.

NPA metes punishment on PAF in Batangas

ANG BAYAN
7 February 2012

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Red fighters of the New People's Army (NPA) launched two successive attacks on elements of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) on January 25 and 28 to punish them for serving as goons of big landlords and comprador bourgeoisie like Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco and the Zobel family.

Ka Apolinario Matienza, spokesperson of the Eduardo Dagli Command (NPA-Batangas) reported that at 9 p.m. of January 25, an NPA unit threw a grenade at the camp of the 732nd Combat Squadron in Barangay Biga, Calatagan town, destroying the fascists' hut and wounding a number of soldiers. Another grenade was thrown at a squad-size detachment under the same military unit in Barangay Matabungkay, Lian town on January 26, at around 11 p.m., killing a soldier and wounding an undetermined number of troopers.

NPA thwarts 2 coordinated AFP attacks

ANG BAYAN
7 February 2012

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Six Philippine Army soldiers were killed and several others wounded when the New People's Army (NPA) thwarted two separate but coordinated military attacks in Negros Occidental in the last week of January.

Prior to these gunbattles, 303rd Bde chief Col. Oscar Lactao had bragged that the NPA in Negros had lost its influence, was going hungry, suffering from low morale and fighting spirit and was on the run.

Palparan being coddled by reactionary system

ANG BAYAN
7 February 2012

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The Aquino government's promise to arrest fugitive Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. is a false one. This has become increasingly apparent with the government's continued failure to do so almost two months after the Malolos Regional Trial Court (RTC) issued a warrant for the arrest of Palparan and three other co-accused.

NDFP consultant in the Visayas illegally transferred to another prison

ANG BAYAN
7 February 2012

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The AFP has arbitrarily transferred a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to a military prison. Ramon Patriarca, one of 13 consultants currently incarcerated in various prisons of the Government of the Philippines, was transferred without benefit of a court order.

Patriarca had just come from a hearing on January 25 when he was suddenly brought to Camp Lapu-Lapu, the base of the AFP Visayas Central Command in Cebu City. The transfer was done without prior notice to either Patriarca or his lawyer. He had been previously detained at the Danao City Jail.

Military abuses in Calatagan, Batangas

ANG BAYAN
7 February 2012

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KARAPATAN has exposed a series of major human rights violations by the AFP in a village in Calatagan, Batangas that is currently at the center of struggles against landgrabing.

According to the results of a fact-finding mission conducted by KARAPATAN in Barangay Hukay, Calatagan in December 2011, there have been at least 67 cases of human rights violations in the village affecting 863 individuals, including 22 women, 643 children and 5,061 families. Among the violations documented were cases of extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances occurring as far back as 2010. One of the most recent cases involved the attempted abduction of Isabelo Alicaya, 59, last November 18. The military has implicated Alicaya and another civilian Rufina Nolasco, 72, in a series of bombing incidents in Batangas. Alicaya and Nolasco, who are both fisherfolk leaders in Barangay Hukay have been falsely accused as terrorists by the military in the media and through leaflets circulated among the villagers.

UP students harassed by military

ANG BAYAN
7 February 2012

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Three students of the University of the Philippines College of Social Work and Community Development (UPCSWCD) were harassed by military elements in Katutubo Village, Barangay Planas, Porac, Pampanga on January 21. The student--Rafael Antonio Dulce, Ricardo Louis Flores and Marie Gold Villar--were on field work in the area as part of their course requirements.

Peasants call for reopening of Mendiola Massacre case

ANG BAYAN
7 February 2012

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More than 2,000 peasants rallied in Mendiola, Manila on January 22 to commemorate a bloody massacre 25 years ago and demand a reopening of the case.

Among those calling for a reopening of the case is the mother of one of the victims of the infamous Mendiola Massacre, which occurred when thousands of peasants were fired upon on January 22, 1987 by armed minions of the regime then headed by Corazon Aquino, the current president's mother.

Small coconut farmers demand return of coco levy fund

ANG BAYAN
7 February 2012

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Small coconut farmers affiliated with the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) demanded that the coco levy fund be returned to them after reports came out in the media that the Aquino regime was already planning to spend it. Should the regime's plans push through, the coconut farmers will continue to be deprived of the right to claim their fund. KMP vice chair Willy Marbella decried that the fund would merely pass from one Cojuangco to another. Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco, who currently controls assets bought with money from the fund is Aquino's uncle. The coco levy was a tax forcibly exacted during the Marcos dictatorship from all coconut farmers selling copra.

Military is peeved in facing stark truth

Rubi del Mundo
National Democratic Front-Southern Mindanao
February 10, 2012

It was a matter of time for the Eastern Mindanao Command of the AFP to rear its ugly fascist head and further expose the US-Aquino regime's Oplan Bayanihan for what it really is: a relic of the bloody counter-revolutionary wars of the previous regimes.

EastMinCom spokesperson Col. Leopoldo Galon confirmed all along what petrifies him and the AFP--the truth. In being allergic to an anti-military streamer that was hung on the gate of Assumption College of Davao, Galon is mad that even after the obviously stage-managed arrest of a fall guy, the killing of Fr. Fausto "Pops" Tentorio is still hounding the military establishment to its grave. Galon is irked that the military and the US-Aquino regime have failed miserably to divert the damning public sentiment that the military is behind the extra-judicial killing of the beloved priest.

Warrant of Arrests issued vs members of the RPA-ABB and armed goons

Cecil Estrella
Roselyn Pelle Command-NPA Nothern Negros
February 10, 2012

The Roselyn Pelle Command of the NPA North Negros strongly condemns the atrocities committed by the RPA-ABB and armed goons hired by Achilles Baldevia of Had Baldivia and Bernard Tribol of the Had RMP Realty Corporation of Brgy Lopez Jaena in Sagay City against the farmer-beneficiaries of Had Baldivia.

Transfer of US naval cutter to Philippines stoking Spratly conflict--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
February 9, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today said the US government is further heightening tension over the Spratly islands issue and provoking a military conflict in the South China Sea region by deploying another naval cutter to the Philippines to help augment its power projection operations in the region.

Yesterday, officials of the US congress announced that its Foreign Relations Committee is about to wrap up its decision to transfer the US naval cutter Dallas by the end of the week and plan to sail it to the Philippines soon thereafter. The naval cutter Dallas was commissioned by the US Coast Guard in 1967. It is being "sold" to the Philippine armed forces under the Excess Defense Articles program of the US.

Resist US military intervention and Aquino's puppetry

Ang Bayan Editorial
February 7, 2012

The recently concluded Strategic Defense Dialogue (SDD) held January 26-28 in Washington D.C. signals the intensification of US military intervention in the Philippines and the entire Asia-Pacific. It also marks the heightened use of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) by the US to pursue its objective of suppressing China and becoming the dominant power in the Asia-Pacific region. Simultaneously, it aims for tighter control over Philippine economic and political affairs.

Oppose special facilities for rotational docking of American warships and spy planes--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
February 08, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today called on the Filipino people to oppose negotiations between the US and Philippine governments to set up special facilities for the rotational docking of American naval warships, unloading of US soldiers and basing of US spy planes. The plans are a component of the US drive to expand its military presence in the Philippines and in the Asia-Pacific region.

Konkondenarin ti SLF ti Inuulbod a Pablaak ti 503rd Brigade Mainaig iti Labanan iti Sal-lapadan

Saulo Lumadao Front, NPA South-Central Abra
Agustin Begnalen Command
7 Pebrero 2012

Nairut a konkondenarin ti Saulo Lumadao Front-NPA South-Central Abra ti inuulbod a pablaak ti 503rd brigade iti napasamak a labanan sadiay Sitio Nagas-asan, Brgy. Ud-udiao, Sal-lapadan, Abra idi Pebrero 3, 2012.

Idi umuna a pablaak ti 503rd brigade, ilaslastog da nga adda tallo nga NPA ti natay iti nasao a labanan. Idi damag met idi agsapa ita nga aldaw, nagbalin nga maymaysa nga NPA ti natay kano iti benneg iti NPA nga ag-alyas iti “Ka Adi.” Idi met alas 6:00 ti rabii idi mismo nga aldaw ti labanan, napan dagiti opisyal ti barangay ti Ud-udiao ken dagiti iinna iti area ti labanan tapno kitaen nu adda nadangran. Napan inlastog dagiti tropa ti AFP kenyada dagiti tallo a nabungon a bangkay kano dagiti babbai nga NPA. Idi ipakada dagiti iinna nga kitaen dagiti bangkay ket saan nga pinalubusanen dagiti soldado.

Labanan ang panghihimasok-militar ng US at pagpapakatuta ni Aquino

Ang Bayan
February 7, 2012

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Ang kagaganap lamang na Strategic Defense Dialogue (SDD) noong Enero 26-28 sa Washington D.C. ay naghuhudyat ng papaigting na panghihimasok-militar ng US sa Pilipinas at buong Asia-Pacific. Tanda rin ito ng papatinding pagkasangkapan ng US sa papet na rehimeng Aquino at Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) para maipatupad ang layuning supilin ang China at maging dominanteng kapangyarihan sa rehiyon ng Asia-Pacific. Kasabay ang layuning pahigpitin pa ang kontrol nito sa ekonomya at pulitika ng Pilipi-nas.

Cagaluan detachment attacked by NPA-Kalinga; Punishment for Encroaching on Ancestral Lands and Perpetration of Oplan Bayanihan

Tipon Gil-ayab
Lejo Cawilan Command (NPA-Kalinga)
February 4, 2012

On February 3, 2012, an NPA team conducted harassment operations against the 77th IB Detachment in Cagaluan Gate, Pasil, Kalinga. At 4:45 pm, the team opened fire on troopers inside the said detachment, wounding 2 AFP regulars and 1 CAFGU member.

Cagaluan Gate is strategically located along the Abra-Kalinga Road, and at the crossroads of 7 of the 8 municipalities of Kalinga. Military detachments were ever-present in the area due to its strategic location. However, it has gained notoriety, as hold-ups and murder were common occurrence in the past, despite or due to the presence of military and para-military forces in the said area. Recently, the detachment has been under protest from the people of nearby barangays. No amount of assurance can convince them that soldiers stationed in the detachment will not commit similar atrocities in the past.

Saulo Lumadao Front foils AFP precision attack: Colonel Eliseo Posadas a Big Liar!

Diego Wadagan
Agustin Begnalen Command -NPA-Abra
5 February 2012

A unit of the Saulo Lumadao Front, under the Abra-NPA’s Agustin Begnalen Command, foiled a precision attack by the 52nd Division Reconnaissance Company (DRC). The said AFP unit is an elite attack force of the 5th Infantry Division, under the operational control of the 503rd Brigade. The incident happened on February 3, 2012 at 11:00 am, in Sitio Nagas-asan, Barangay Ududiao, Sallapadan, Abra. Contrary to claims by Col. Eliseo Posadas, Commanding Officer of the 503rd Brigade, no NPA was hurt or killed in the incident.

NPA calls on people to provide information on Palparan whereabouts

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
February 05, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People's Army (NPA) today called on people to "report with dispatch any sightings of or information about" Gen. Jovito Palparan to any unit of the NPA. The CPP said last Friday that its central organs have authorized all units of the NPA, including its people's militias, to take General Palparan into custody and surrender him to the duly-constituted revolutionary authorities.

CPP urges independent investigation into US involvement in Jolo bombings

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
February 05, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today called on all democratic organizations, patriots and human rights groups to carry out an independent investigation into the involvement of American soldiers in the bombing and air raids in Parang town, Jolo last Thursday. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has claimed that the target was a Jemaah Islamiyah and Abu Sayyaf stronghold.