Message of the Chairperson of the NDFP National Council, Comrade Mariano Orosa on the 40th Anniversary of the NDFP

Mariano Orosa
Chairperson, National Council, NDFP
24 April 2013

On behalf of the National Council, I extend the warmest revolutionary greetings and congratulations to the leadership and entire membership of the seventeen allied organizations of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on the 40th anniversary of our founding on April 24, 1973. We likewise extend such greetings to our NDFP allied organizations working abroad and to our compatriots and other international friends and supporters abroad.

We in the NDFP National Council are proud of the outstanding achievements of all the NDFP allied organizations. We recognize the great sacrifices offered by the revolutionary masses, the organs of political power, and the members in the rural and urban areas. In a special way we honor our many heroes and martyrs who sacrificed their lives in our unceasing struggle for national and social liberation.

From our humble beginnings in 1973, as we faced, resisted and fought against the brutal attacks of the Marcos fascist dictatorship, supported by US imperialism, we gradually gained strength and built our allied organizations. We also struggled valiantly against the renegades who committed major errors of insurrectionism, premature verticalization of our people's army, and the anti-infiltration hysteria. With the launching of the Second Great Rectification Movement (SGRM) by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the renegades responsible for these errors were defeated. The educational SGRM was embraced by all the allied NDFP organizations and the revolutionary masses.

Organs of Political Power in 70 provinces and more than 800 municipalities

On the basis of persistent mass work, carrying out programs of genuine land reform, health, education, and culture, and waging armed struggle, we have successfully built our mass organizations and organs of political power in 70 out of 81 provinces and more than 800 municipalities.

The revolutionary movement's genuine land reform program has been the key to the enthusiastic and wide support of the peasantry. It is the main content of the people's democratic revolution, responding to the basic demands and aspirations of the majority class in the Philippines, the peasantry.

As we all know, the minimum land reform program consists of reduction of land rent, elimination of usury and raising of farmworkers' wages, among others. This is widely implemented in more than 100 guerrilla fronts throughout the country and already benefits millions of peasants.

The maximum land reform program of confiscation of land and free distribution of lands is carried out in some areas where it is feasible, but will be carried out nationwide only after the victory of the people's democratic revolution.

The land reform program is supplemented by a revolutionary education program. Revolutionary education, literacy and numeracy are conducted. In some areas, there are revolutionary schools set up which benefit especially the youth and children.

Health programs are conducted with the combination of the use of herbal medicines, acupuncture and Western medicine, being strongly promoted by the revolutionary movement.

Cultural programs emphasizing the history of revolutionary struggle of the people are conducted. The use of the Filipino national language and the regional languages has been promoted by the revolutionary movement.

These programs responding to the people's needs are the basis for the recognition, participation and support of the people all over the country as they militantly oppose the US-dictated Oplan Bayanihan.. Such recognition, participation and support are the firm basis for building and consolidating the people's democratic government.

The people's democratic government

The NDFP stands for and carries the authority of the people's democratic government consisting of organs of political power in substantial parts all over the Philippines. It is the united front organization of all revolutionary forces of the Filipino people fighting for national independence and democracy. It includes the Communist Party (CPP) as the leading party in the aforesaid government, the New People's Army (NPA) as its armed force, and various mass organizations of workers, peasants, women youth, professionals and other sectors.

In the international field, we have some important achievements. In 1980, the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT) recognized the NDFP as the legitimate representative of the Filipino people and declared our revolutionary armed struggle against the Marcos dictatorship as having belligerency status thus deserving the support of the international community. The PPT declared the Marcos regime unfit to govern and guilty of numerous grave crimes against the people.

We developed our relations with several states and ruling parties, which at various times, gave official recognition and support, albeit secret and confidential, to our revolutionary movement.

In 1991, to enhance our adherence to international humanitarian law expressed in the Guide for a People's Democratic Government and the Rules of the NPA, NDFP chairperson, Comrade Manuel Romero (nom de guerre of Comrade Antonio Zumel) declared the NDFP's adherence to Common Article III of the Geneva Conventions, Protocol II additional thereto, and international humanitarian law. This was further developed in the NDFP Declaration of Adherence to the Geneva Conventions and Protocol I in July 1996.

There were several European Parliament Resolutions in 1997 and 1999 recognizing the NDFP and endorsing its peace negotiations with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP).

The peace negotiations with the GRP (now calling itself GPH) were sponsored, hosted or facilitated by the Belgian government (1995), the Dutch government (1996) and the Royal Norwegian Government (since 2001 up to now).

In 2012, the International Legal Advisory Team (ILAT), composed of more than a dozen international lawyers from Belgium, the U.K., the USA, The Netherlands, India, and the Philippines, was established to assist the NDFP in international legal issues. They helped the NDFP National Council in formulating and issuing on 24 April 2012 the NDFP Declaration and Program of Action for the Rights, Protection and Welfare of Children. Our National Council then established the NDFP Special Office for the Protection of Children in October 2012.

The revolutionary forces represented by the NDFP enjoy high prestige among revolutionary, anti-imperialist and progressive forces abroad. We need to enhance this as we further develop mutually beneficial international solidarity.

As we resolutely carry out the many revolutionary tasks to attain our objective of attaining in the next few years the stage of strategic stalemate in people's war, we shall continue to build our people's democratic government, further develop mutually beneficial international solidarity and thereby win the recognition and support of many international friends, even as we also contribute to building up the worldwide anti-imperialist movement and the socialist movement.

Long live the Filipino people!

Long live the National Democratic Front of the Philippines!