Keep the revolutionary flame raging, achieve more victories

Anniversary Statement of the Communist Party of the Philippines--North Central Mindanao Region

Ka Norsen Manggubat
CPP North Central Mindanao Region
December 26, 2014

The entire revolutionary forces and the masses of North Central Mindanao Region is brimming with revolutionary fervour as we celebrate the 46th founding anniversary of the re-established Communist Party of the Philippines.

Most importantly let us offer this celebration to all revolutionary martyrs and heroes, including the seven Red fighters who offered their lives this year. We also salute all Party cadres and members, Red commanders and fighters, and all those who offered their time and lives fulfilling the demanding tasks of advancing the revolution.

We scored victories making 2014 a full year. This is NCMR’s hard fought contribution to the over-all national effort in advancing the democratic revolution to the strategic stalemate stage.

Under the leadership of the Communist Party in the region, we made our share in frustrating the US-BS Aquino regime’s Oplan Bayanihan, the AFP’s largest offensive ever in the entire history of Mindanao. The seven battalions of the reactionary armed forces deployed in our region failed in vain to crush even a single militia unit, destroy our mass base and disrupt the continuing advance of our revolutionary tasks practically in all fields.

The enemy’s widespread and simultaneous combat and COPD operations in almost all of our guerrilla fronts have not deprived us the flexibility to maneuver and launch basic tactical offensives in far wider areas left unoccupied by their overextended forces. In areas covered by combat operations, our guerrilla units and the people’s militia actively resisted the counterrevolutionary attacks of the enemy. A total of 102 military actions have been launched against forces of the AFP, PNP, CAA and paramilitary groups. This includes punitive actions against oppressive, exploitative and environmentally-destructive companies, criminals and other undesirable elements. From these military actions, we have seized 55 assorted firearms and inflicted 183 casualties to enemy troops, with 103 killed and 80 wounded. We also rendered unserviceable six military vehicles and fired at air force helicopter in three separate instances. A brigade commander and a battalion commander were both relieved from their position for heavy losses suffered by their troops in the field.  We have captured and detained as prisoners of war two 8th IB soldiers, Pfc. Marnel Cinches and Pfc. Jerrel Yorong. In the more than four months of their captivity, the 403rd BDE attempts to rescue them were all in vain.

Under the leadership of the NPA’s regional command, providing our forces with proper training, maintaining an offensive posture and the determination to resist and engage the enemy, resulted in the overall decrease of the NPA’s defensive actions.  It is down to seven this year where we lost five Red fighters as opposed to 11 incidents last year.

Despite the intensified enemy onslaughts, our army increased by 6% and our guerrilla platoons by 12%.  Firearms enough to arm additional company-size troops have been added to our arsenal. Our people’s militia increased by 57%, organized in company formations in barrio clusters and battalions in municipalities. 21 tactical offensives or 20% of the total military actions in the region this year were launched independently by the units of the people's militia.

The most disgraceful thing the regime has achieved so far in its ala-martial law militarization in our region is the dislocation of the rural population disrupting their normal lives and livelihood, forcing entire communities to evacuate, subsequently increasing the roster of military abuses and human rights violations from year to year.

In advancing the peasant war, the Party stressed the vitalization of the agrarian struggle against feudal and semi-feudal exploitation and oppression. The second regional consultation of Party cadres on agrarian revolution was convened to deepen our understanding of the land problem and the prevalent relations of production and drew plan for concrete measures to advance the anti-feudal struggle to a higher stage.

Taking off from generally limited experience of sporadic barrio-level anti-feudal actions in relatively new fronts, Party cadres and committees correctly grasped the importance of launching the anti-feudal mass movement in the cluster level and even in the municipal and inter-municipal levels. Despite the enemy’s relentless combat operations, we have launched 18 anti-feudal struggles in 58 barrios covering 13 municipalities in three provinces. In courageously standing up against their landlords, buyers, usurers and owners of farm machinery, the peasants won increase in wages, reduced milling fees, increase in farm-gate prices and the reduction of interest rates on loans. Daily wages have been raised from P150 to P200, milling charges decreased by P.20 to P.50 per kilo and prices for abaca fiber, rice and other products have been increased. More than 3,400 families or almost 20,000 individuals benefited from these and in a way provided a small measure of relief to their poverty. On a certain level, we have carried out confiscation of land from landlords and the occupation and cultivation of abandoned or vacant lands and in various ways, we have prevented the ejection of peasants en-masse from their dwellings and the lands they till.

We have broadened our campaign in the countryside to develop a self-sufficient economy taking concrete form in the setting up of agrarian cooperation through labor-exchange teams, cooperative and communal farming, animal-raising and fish culture. We also campaigned against the spread of destructive imperialist genetically modified seeds as RR, Decalb, Sige-sige and Golden Rice as well as against the expansion of agribusiness plantations and the entry of mining companies.

Amidst the scourge of fascism, Lumad communities in one voice stood up to defend and assert their rights. They resorted to organized evacuation to make their issues heard and win powerful support to sustain their struggle until the time they can return to their homes safely. This includes lobbying support from the local government, dialogues with the LGU and the military, the exposition of the abuses committed against them in the quad-media, filing charges against the perpetrator and joining the Manilakbayan.

We have likewise broadened our campaign for the rehabilitation and defense of the environment by disseminating and studying the primer on global warming. Nevertheless, more effort is needed in the field of propaganda and education in order to instill the campaign to our organized masses, especially those who live in forested areas and continue to make their living out of small-scale logging activities. Majority of our guerrilla platoons are now conscious in limiting the felling of trees when setting up camp. Other platoons regularly collect seeds, plant trees and bamboo and launch regular assessments of the trees planted and grown.

The revolution’s mass base has widened and deepened, now numbering in the tens of thousands. In the countryside, from the accumulated strength of peasant and Lumad organizations, local organs of political power continue to grow through the establishment of more barrio revolutionary committees and raising these to the sub-section level. We have also established revolutionary mass organizations in the municipal level through the guidance of sub-section committees of the Party. Local Party leadership in the barangay level is further expanded as people's organizations down the purok and sitio grew tightly-knit following each successful anti-feudal struggle.

The intensification of the revolutionary movement in the countryside closely influenced the urban poor sector in the cities of the region who aspire eagerly for genuine change of their situation, especially those who fell victim to demolitions, injustices and the reactionary government’s neglect. The open mass movements in the cities of the region continue to grow and broadcast issues, condemn the rottenness of the ruling system, the brazen plunder of people's money by those in power, incompetence to solve injustices and inability to provide the badly needed assistance to calamity victims, and the utter puppetry of the president to US imperialism while our national sovereignty has been trampled upon. In solidarity with the people in the whole country, they call for the immediate ouster of the reactionary BS-Aquino government.

These legal-democratic movements in the cities continue to serve as wellspring of activists and youth and semi-proletarian cadres who find fulfilment in serving the people by joining the armed struggle in the countryside.

In all these political victories, ideological and organizational building is essential. We have overcome the conservatism of the past years. We aptly learned to advance warfare through warfare no matter how harsh the condition has become as we strived hard to advance to the strategic stalemate. We have laboriously discarded our unnecessary baggage and generally we have steered and kept our machine running along the right track.

Party members in the localities played fully their creativity by conducting staggard sessions of the Basic Party Course - successfully completing the course right before the very noses of the enemy.  Three batches of Intermediate Party Course for Party were also successfully completed. Party membership increased by 10%.  Youthful cadres are trained in assuming leadership task in the different fields of Party work.  We correctly practice collective leadership in Party committees and every Party member conscientiously upholds our organizational line of democratic centralism.

However, one year is only a speck in the more than four decades of our life-and-death struggle, and the efforts wielded in the past year proved insufficient to accomplish our share in completing the requisites in attaining the strategic stalemate.  We have to double our effort in the coming year to keep the flame of the revolution raging and aim for more victories in order to move forward.  We must persistently pursue the study of revolutionary theory; hone our study of history and the concrete situation of our respective area and assignment.  We must collectively implement plans and rectify our errors and shortcoming and overcome weaknesses.  We must fully discard our unnecessary baggage and dare to take on the many sacrifices as we hold on to our collective conviction  that final victory and socialism belongs to the oppressed and exploited.

Long live the 46th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines!