KM to GPH: Resume formal peace talks with NDFP now; Release Benito Tiamzon, Wilma Austria, all detained NDFP consultants and political prisoners

Kabataang Makabayan
April 24, 2014

On the occasion of the 41st anniversary of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)

Members of revolutionary youth organization, Kabataang Makabayan, held a lightning rally today in Manila to pressure the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) to face NDFP at the negotiating table and resume formal peace talks. The group also called for the immediate release of detained NDFP consultants including Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria and all political prisoners.

The arrest of Benito, Wilma and other NDFP Consultants is a clear violation of JASIG. An agreement forged in 1995, JASIG is meant to protect its holders against harassment, surveillance, etc. and cannot be unilaterally and instantaneously terminated by any party. Hence, GPH's claim that JASIG is inoperative is malicious and erroneous.

GPH Unilaterally Ended the Peace Negotiations

According to KM, formal peace talks have been stalled since June 2011 after GPH refused to release 356 political prisoners and detained NDFP consultants in accordance to the Hernandez Doctrine and the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CAHRIHL) which are both recognized and upheld by the Supreme Court.

Despite this, the NDFP has been persistent in pursuing peace negotiations with the help of the Royal Norwegian Government (RNG), the third party facilitator. After formal talks have been stalled, NDFP even wrote to BS Aquino and pursued "a special track" to expedite the negotiations and encourage GPH to re-enter into formal talks. Early on, the GPH party admitted that it was "doable." After meetings in The Hague, GPH representative refused to sign any agreement within the "special track" framework, saying they are not authorized to do so, thus, nothing substantial was agreed upon.

National Industrialization and Genuine Agrarian Reform: Ideologically Charged?

The NDFP has already submitted its draft proposal on the second substantive agenda on socio-economic reforms since 1998. It contains the just call for national industrialization and program for genuine land reform. It has been published in book form, updated and refurbished in time for the formal talks in June 2011. GPH is yet to submit their own proposal.

Notwithstanding stalled formal talks, GPH has recently dismissed the NDFP proposal and reduced it to a question of ideology. What the GPH wants is to continue massive liberalization, deregulation, privatization and denationalization of the national economy for the abuse of private corporations and foreign investors and capitalists. This has been the economic framework for almost 5 decades that has resulted to incessant joblessness, massive poverty, backward agricultural sector--the fundamental causes of the peoples armed revolution in the countryside.

Call to Intensify Peoples War

KM as member-organization of the NDFP, envisions the fulfillment of just and lasting peace rooted in the genuine resolution of the roots of the armed conflict. Therefore, peace is not merely cessation of arms. The peoples' revolution led by the New People's Army (NPA) under the political guidance of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is both the spear and the armor of the people against the US-Aquino reactionary government. GPH in its insincerity to resolve the crisis and conflict, can derail peace negotiations, but it cannot defeat peoples' armed resistance.

In the context of imminent US economic, political, and military aggression through BS Aquino's Charter Change and Enhanced Defense Cooperation, the youth must serve at the frontlines and wave the banner of nationalism and patriotism. The youth are thus urged, to serve at the frontlines of the anti-imperialist struggle, the peoples' armed revolution in the countryside and build the democratic government of the people committed to providing genuine land reform and national industrialization.

Resume GPH-NDFP Formal Peace Talks Now!

Release Benito Tiamzon, Wilma Austria, NDFP Consultants and all Political Prisoners!

Hail the 41st Anniversary of the NDFP! Viva CPP-NPA-NDF!

Kabataan Tumungo sa Kanayunan, Sumapi sa NPA!

Sagot sa Kahirapan, Digmang Bayan!

photo credits: Isagani Tapang