Arroyo herself and her top civilian and military officials have been the best campaigners for the necessity of the people’s war for national liberation and democracy. They have brazenly escalated the oppression and exploitation of the people and boasted that they can invoke the law and use armed force of the so-called strong republic (an actually enfeebled puppet republic) in trying to destroy any opposition. They have flagrantly flaunted military force as the way to destroy or weaken the armed revolution.
The Arroyo regime has never considered the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines as a serious and significant way to address the roots of the civil war through social, economic and political reforms. It has always regarded peace negotiations as a minor tactic for confusing the people and pushing the revolution towards capitulation and pacification.
It has also exposed its malice and deviousness by engaging in prolonged ceasefire and mere exploratory talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and ultimately refusing to formalize the points of agreement already reached. And now it is rapidly increasing military forces in Mindanao for the escalation of civil war, with an increasing element of US military intervention and aggression. But the revolutionary armed forces are fighting back and seizing the initiative in political and military terms.
According to the reports in the revolutionary and non-revolutionary mass media, the frequency and scale of tactical offensives and other actions of the armed revolutionary movement have increased. The forces of the New People’s Army (NPA) under the leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) are seizing more arms from enemy military and police forces as well as from their paramilitary and private security adjuncts. They are doing so in order to raise the number of guerrilla fronts from 130 to 173 and thus cover all the congressional districts in the provinces. They are also aiming to prepare the building of relatively stable base areas on the basis of the guerrilla fronts.
They are conducting operations to dismantle or drive away the enterprises in mining, logging for export, plantations, golf courses, other upscale forms of recreation and other businesses that grab land and natural resources. They do so in order to protect the natural environment, pave the way for genuine land reform and future development and frustrate the policy of giving away natural resources in exchange for the onerous foreign loans. According to its leaders, the people’s democratic government can rely on the voluntary contributions of the people and taxes from the socially necessary and permissible private
As published documents of the CPP, NPA and NDFP explain, NPA units base themselves on warrants from the people’s court in their efforts to arrest for trial in the people’s court the perpetrators of human rights violations, economic plunder and various forms of grave anti-social crimes. At the same time, they are authorized by revolutionary law and the appropriate standing orders to give battle only to well-defined combatants and criminal suspects who are armed and dangerous. The NPA adheres to its own Unilateral Declaration of Undertaking to Apply the Geneva Conventions and Protocol and the GRP-NDFP Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
Within their social and legal systems, the imperialists and the local reactionaries commit all kinds of serious crimes against the people with impunity. Until now no justice has been rendered by the reactionary state or by any agency of the United Nations to the victims of human rights violations in the Philippines. Even the indemnification for victims of human rights violations under the Marcos fascist regime has been stolen by the Arroyo regime and diverted for electioneering in 2004. But the people can fight back effectively by adopting revolutionary ideas and programs of action, forming various types of mass organization and carrying out mass mobilizations to struggle against their adversaries and achieve social benefits.
While the Arroyo regime is merely an episode in the life of the rotten ruling system, the revolutionary mass movement of the Filipino people for national liberation and democracy is determined to persevere until it achieves complete victory. At any rate, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines is ever ready to avail of any opportunity at peace negotiations after the Arroyo regime is replaced by a government that shows serious interest in a just and lasting peace by addressing the roots of the civil war through basic social, economic and political reforms. (Bulatlat.com)