Aquino regime's hostile actions jeopardize welfare of typhoon Yolanda victims

Fr. Santiago “Ka Sanny” Salas
NDFP-Eastern Visayas

January 8, 2014

Even while Eastern Visayas struggles to recover from typhoon Yolanda's devastation, the Aquino government persists in escalating the civil war without any concern for the people's welfare. According to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Eastern Visayas, the Aquino regime pursued and is set to intensify its Oplan Bayanihan despite the unilateral ceasefire declaration of the revolutionary movement in the region up to mid-January this year for the avowed purpose of aiding the typhoon victims. The Armed Forces of the Philippines also grudgingly declared its own unilateral ceasefire in December 2013, which was soon belied by their continuing military operations all over the country.

NDFP-EV spokesperson Fr. Santiago “Ka Sanny” Salas said, “The 8th Infantry Division of the AFP  in the region continued military operations even while the New People's Army was on ceasefire and focused on aiding the typhoon victims. The NDFP-EV condemns the Nov. 25, 2013 attack by 87th IB troops on an NPA unit in Brgy. Calundan, San Jorge, Western Samar and the subsequent arrest of Renato Baleros and his wife Vangie Colinayo.

The couple were heading the NPA's relief operations in Western Samar when they were arrested. They were charged with trumped-up criminal cases: Baleros in Eastern Samar and Colinayo in Northern Samar, where they are detained respectively  – even though they have never been involved in revolutionary activities in the said provinces and have always performed their duties in Western Samar. Thus the baseless criminal charges and arbitrary detention are violations of due process and their basic civil-political rights, running afoul of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, and meant as well to make their legal and family support difficult.

“Earlier, military agents also arrested Romulo Grabillo, 40, a Red fighter, on Nov. 21, 2013 in Brgy. Tag-alag, Marabut, Western Samar. Grabillo was on leave from the NPA to aid his family which had suffered from the typhoon.”

Fr. Salas likewise condemned the sentencing to life imprisonment last Dec. 11, 2013 of Eduardo Sarmiento, NDFP peace consultant for Eastern Visayas. Sarmiento had been arrested on Feb. 24, 2009 in Alabang, Muntinlupa City in violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) between the NDFP and GPH.  “With Eastern Visayas and other parts of the country devastated by typhoon Yolanda, the Aquino government should have made efforts to resume peace talks with the NDFP and discuss the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms. But with Sarmiento's sentencing, the Aquino government has added another nail into the coffin. There is no way the NDFP can agree to talk with the Aquino government after its dastardly treatment of Sarmiento and other NDFP consultants who remain detained.”

The NDFP-EV spokesperson furthermore said the Aquino regime is stepping up its attacks on the revolutionary movement, which it dreads will rally the people to demand accountability over the fiasco of the government's response to typhoon Yolanda as well as other issues. “The Aquino regime is sorely mistaken in thinking it can cow the people. The people are angry, they demand answers to their miseries after Yolanda, on top of other issues – they can surely surge and sweep the Aquino government from power. The revolutionary armed struggle of the people will also surely go stronger once the people realize if they can remove a government from power as they have done twice already, they can certainly overthrow the reactionary ruling system in the long run.”#

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Ginbubutang ha peligro an mga biktima han bagyo Yolanda han mga madarahug nga aksyon han rehimen Aquino


Fr. Santiago “Ka Sanny” Salas, Tagapagyakan
National Democratic Front of the Philippines
Eastern Visayas
Enero 8, 2014

Samtang naniningkamot an Eastern Visayas nga makabangon tikang ha destroso han bagyo Yolanda, ginpupursigi naman han gobyerno Aquino an pagpapipintas han gerra sibil nga waray bisan ano nga kabaraka para ha kaupayan han katawhan. Sigon ha National Democratic Front of the Philippines ha Eastern Visayas, ginpadayon han rehimen Aquino ngan gin-aandam nga pagrabihon pa an Oplan Bayanihan hini ha luyo han usahan-ka-gapil nga deklarasyon hin ukoy-bubto han rebolusyonaryo nga kagiusan ha rehiyon tubtob ha  butnga han Enero yana nga tuig ha katuyuanan nga mabuligan an mga biktima han bagyo. Napiritan liwat an Armed Forces of the Philippines nga  magdeklara han kalugaringon nga usahan-ka-gapil nga ukoy-bubto hadton Disyembre 2013, nga dagmit naman nga nabuksas nga buwa tungod han ira nagpapadayon  nga mga operasyon militar ha iba-iba nga dapit han nasud.

Sering han tagapagyakan han NDFP-EV nga hi Fr. Santiago “Ka Sanny” Salas, “An 8th Infantry Division han AFP in ginpadayon an ira mga operasyon militar bisan kun aada ha ukoy-bubto an New People's Army ngan nakatutok ha pagbulig ha mga biktima han bagyo. Ginkukundenar han NDFP-EV an atake han Nob. 25, 2013 han mga tropa han 87th IB dida ha usa nga yunit han NPA ha Brgy. Calundan, San Jorge, Western Samar ngan an sumunod nga pag-aresto kanda Renato Baleros ngan an iya asawa nga hi Vangie Colinayo. Ginpapamunuan han mag-asawa an mga operasyon nga relief han NPA ha Western Samar han gin-aresto hira. Ginkihaan hira han mga hinimo-himo nga kaso kriminal: hi Baleros ha Eastern Samar ngan hi Colinayo ha Northern Samar, kun diin bulag hira nga ginpriso – bisan kun waray ini hira kalabutan ha mga rebolusyonaryo nga aktibidad ha ginsering nga mga probinsya ngan pirme nagpapatuman han ira mga tahas ha Western Samar gud la. Sanglit, an mga buwa nga kaso kriminal ngan arbitraryo nga pagpriso mga pagtalapas liwat ha kaangayan nga proseso ngan han ira mga batakan nga katungod sibil-pulitikal, supak ha Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, ngan pagpapakuri han ira suporta nga ligal ngan han pamilya.

“Antes pa hini, gin-aresto liwat han mga ahente militar hi Romulo Grabillo, 40, usa nga Pula nga mangaraway, hadton Nob. 21, 2013 ha Brgy. Tag-alag, Marabut, Western Samar. Nakabakasyon hi Grabillo ha NPA agud buligan an iya pamilya nga nabiktima han bagyo.”

Ginkundenar liwat ni Fr. Salas an pagpatok han bug-os nga kinabuhi nga pagkapriso hadton Dis. 11, 2013 kan Eduardo Sarmiento, nga konsultant ha kamurayawan han NDFP para ha Eastern Visayas. Gin-aresto hi Sarmiento hadton Peb. 24, 2009 ha Alabang, Muntinlupa City nga talapas ha Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees giutan han NDFP ngan GPH. “Tungod kay grabe an destroso han bagyo Yolanda ha Eastern Visayas ngan iba pa nga dapit han nasud, kaangayan unta nga naghimo han mga pitad an goyerno Aquino agud ipadayon an erestorya pankamurayawan ha NDFP ngan talakayon an Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms. Pero ha pagsirot kan Sarmiento, ginserra na han gobyerno Aquino an karukayakanon. Diri na maruruyag an NDFP nga makipag-estorya pa ha gobyerno kahuman han tampalasan nga pagtrato hini kan Sarmiento ngan iba pa nga mga konsultant han NDFP nga padayon nga gindedetinir.”

Gindugang han tagapagyakan han NDFP-EV nga ginpapagrabe han rehimen Aquino an mga atake hini ha rebolusyonaryo nga kagiusan, nga ginkakabarak-an hini nga bubug-uson an katawhan agud magdemanda han kabaratunon para ha pagpasibaya han gobyerno ha bagyo Yolanda ngan iba pa nga mga isyu. “Nagsasayop an rehimen Aquino kun kahuna hini nga kaya hini tarhugon an katawhan. Nangangalas an katawhan, nagdedemanda hira han mga baton ha ira mga kakurian kahuman han Yolanda, labot pa ha damo pa nga isyu – kaya nira sumulong ngan tanggalon ha poder an gobyerno Aquino. Sigurado liwat nga magkukusog an rebolusyonaryo nga armado nga pakigbisog han katawhan, ha takna nga mareyalisar han katawhan nga kun kaya nira tanggalon ha poder an usa nga goyerno sugad han duha ka beses na nira nahimo, kaya liwat nira pabagsakon an reaksyunaryo nga naghahadi nga sistema ha tidaraon.”#

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