NDF-Ilocos holds conference
Under the leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines, members of the Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid and Christians for National Liberation in Ilocos gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the NDFP on April 24. They honored Ka Laan and Ka Bagong-tao and held a conference to advance the anti-imperialist, anti-feudal and anti-fascist struggle of the Ilocano masses.
Along with the commemoration, a conference of revolutionary farmers, fishermen, national minorities and church people was held to enrich and synthesize the (results of the) social investigation and class analysis of the current economic and political situation of Ilocos.
The conference highlighted the influx and expansion of projects for renewable energy, especially in Ilocos Norte, that leads to the widespread seizure of farmers’ farms and ancestral lands of the Yapayao, Isnag, Balangon and Kankanaey tribes. Intertwined with these projects is widespread deforestation that leads to landslides. Even the fishing grounds of small fishermen are being seized in the plan to build offshore windmills.
The conference identified as a regional issue the influx and deployment of US Marines and Philippine Marines troops in the various towns of Ilocos Norte, especially in the communities along the shores of the South China Sea. These areas are also the target for the construction and expansion of solar and wind power plants.
The conference resolved to encourage and advance the mass struggle in Ilocos to fight for the sovereignty and security of the Philippines against the US-driven war against China. It also decided to advance the struggle for the self-determination of the national minority and Ilocano farmers against the seizure of their farms and ancestral lands by foreign capitalist companies that are in collusion with the Marcos regime. They vowed to intensify the fight against militarization and human rights violations.