AFP, PNP and NTF-Elcac are the actual butchers

The Apolinario Gatmaitan Command-New People’s Army Negros Island Regional Operations Command (AGC-NPA) condemns the shameless attempt of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and National Task Force (NTF)-Elcac to cover up their bloody crimes against the Negrosanon masses by calling military actions of the NPA against legitimate military targets, being active assets and personnel of the AFP used in fascist suppression, and its meting out of revolutionary justice on a rapist as “killing spree.”

MGen. Marion Sison of the 3rd Infantry Division and his fellow criminals in the AFP, Philippine National Police (PNP) and NTF-Elcac whose hands are crimsoned with Negrosanon blood are the actual butchers much like their commander-in-chief Marcos Jr.

The NPA Negros’ military actions these past few weeks challenge the reactionary state forces’ push for the declaration of Negros Island under a state of Stable Internal Peace and Security (SIPS). The reactionary’s “dismantled NPA” script is worn out as the revolutionary movement continues to persevere in launching mass struggles and waging armed revolution.

Frustrated with every pointless deadline for the defeat of the revolutionary movement and desperate to please their US imperialist master’s wishes, the AFP, PNP and NTF-Elcac are pointing the whole attack machinery of the reactionary state at activists and progressive organizations in the name of ending their “internal security problem.” Here in Negros, activists and civil society groups are being red-tagged, surveilled, threatened and harassed, and charged with trumped-up cases.

While the people applaud the revolutionary justice served by the NPA, they are enraged with the brazen and ruthless counterrevolutionary campaign of the fascist US-Marcos II regime that has unleashed the worst kind of human rights violations throughout Negros Island. The AFP and the reactionary state are perpetuating a culture of impunity and senseless killings. And behind this rabid attack on the Negrosanon masses are neoliberal projects like destructive mining and quarrying, mega dams, privatization of public utilities and services, commercial plantations, land reclamation and land conversion that will cause even more hardships to the people of Negros.

The NPA is the people’s weapon against the exploitative and oppressive ruling classes that sustain the rottening semicolonial and semifeudal system. With the unfathomable support of the people and the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the NPA builds its strength by waging armed struggle, implementing agrarian revolution and building the mass base and organs of political power.

Negrosanons, together with the entire Filipino people, must intensify as well their anti-imperialist, anti-feudal and anti-fascist campaigns. They must resist the imperialist neoliberal onslaught on the island and utterly condemn Marcos Jr’s puppetry that puts the Filipino people in the middle of a brewing inter-imperialist conflict. They must fight land monopoly of big landlords, launch campaigns to arouse, organize and mobilize the hundreds of thousands of farm workers chained to the monocrop sugar industry, and struggle against other forms of feudal and semifeudal exploitation.

It is also consequential for the people of Negros to put an end to the de facto martial law on the island. Genuine peace-loving individuals and groups and human rights advocates must condemn the Marcos II regime for the unbridled state terrorism on Negros Island and the whole country, as well. Furthermore, the current Marcos regime and all past fascist regimes must be made accountable for all state-sponsored atrocities against the people.

From the intensified struggles of the people, in the countryside and the cities, thousands of Red fighters will emerge especially from the working class and youth which will fortify the NPA’s capacity to launch tactical offensives that it can win to weaken the enemy, accumulate more weapons and, in the long run, seize political power from the big comprador-landlord class to build a society free of exploitation and oppression.

Heightening the people’s war on Negros Island is highly imperative at this moment. All five guerrilla fronts under the AGC-NPA are ever determined to embark on the arduous path towards national liberation and democracy.###

AFP, PNP and NTF-Elcac are the actual butchers