CPP congratulates Talaingod residents for driving away the fascists from their communities

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
May 03, 2014

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today congratulated the residents of Talaingod, mostly Manobo minority people, for successfully driving away the fascist troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) from their communities.

More than 1,000 residents of Talaingod were forced to leave their homes and communities in April 4 to protest the presence of soldiers belonging to the 1003rd Infantry Brigade in their communities. Travelling to Davao City, they sought help from church groups and civic organizations and were accommodated at the grounds of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.

Negotiations last April 29 with officials of the AFP facilitated by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte resulted in a pledge by the military to pull out of the communities. The city government promised to provide transportation for the residents to return home yesterday.

The residents of Talaingod denounced the AFP for harassing the residents and controlling their movements. According to the residents, they are being accused by soldiers of supporting the New People's Army (NPA). They condemned the AFP for conducting aerial bombing runs which damaged the environment and caused widespread fear among the residents.

In the guise of a so-called "Peace and Development Outreach Program," armed combat troops of the 1003rd Bde occupied schools, barangay halls and other public structures in the sitios of Bayabas, Sazo, Pong-pong, Nasilaban, Dulyan, Nalubas, Bagang, Lasakan, Sambolongan and Bogni.

"The CPP commends the residents of Talaingod for their gallant fight to defend their homes, communities and ancestral land against armed incursions by the fascist troops of the AFP."

"Indeed, the struggle of the people of Talaingod and other parts of Mindanao is far from over, as mining companies, logging operators and plantation owners continue to expand their profit-seeking operations," said the CPP.

"We can anticipate worsening brutalities by the AFP as it subjects more and more communities to militarization in the vain hope of suppressing the people's resistance to big foreign and local plunderers," added the CPP.

"The CPP enjoins the people of Talaingod and other areas being militarized to pave the way for the entry of big plundering mining companies and plantations to stand firmly in the defense of their rights and their lands."