Intensify the attacks against the State’s fascist machinery! Celebrate the NPA’s ambush against the RPSB in Mt. Province!
The Leonardo Pacsi Command (NPA – Mountain Province) engaged a unit of the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) on March 29, 9:45am at Bauko. In the 15 minute firefight, at least one state force is confirmed wounded. The said tactical offensive is a response to the directive of the National Operations Command of the New People’s Army to launch military actions nationwide as part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the NPA.
The RPSB is a unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) specifically intended for counterinsurgency. Through combat operations, its troops work alongside the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). As a counterrevolutionary instrument of the ruling class, it serves as a machinery to silence the people’s resistance and also enforce national oppression on the national minorities including the Igorots of the Cordillera.
In Mt. Province, the RPSB carries this mission in the guise of protecting the environment and national interest. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in cahoots with these mercenary troops have been enforcing a total log ban policy and the crackdown on small-scale mines. On the other hand, they protect plunderous large-scale mines, logging, and energy businesses.
The indigenous people have inherent rights to their ancestral lands and its resources including the trees, the minerals, and the waters. Abusive use of these can be sanctioned through customary laws still being practiced by communities – through self-regulation.
During operations of the DENR and PNP, numerous cases of human rights violations are being committed, such as harassments, indiscriminate pointing and firing of rifles, and confiscation of lumber intended for housing and community use. Corruption is also rampant as DENR and police officials sell or take for personal use whatever they have sequestered from the locals.
Complementary to the Rodrigo Duterte government’s Oplan Kapayapaan to counter the national-democratic revolution is the IP-centric approach wherein kailians recruited as police or soldiers are being deployed to conduct these anti-people policies. The youth are being swayed to take up Criminology, as a greater number of scholarships have been offered for the said course. Students are being taught and remoulded in the fascist and corrupt practices of the PNP. Later on they will be employed to exploit and oppress their own people.
Armed units of the State such as the AFP, PNP, and Citizen Auxiliary Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) were created precisely to repress the masses and maintain the status quo for imperialists, big bourgeois compradors, and landlords – the very kind of peace saboteurs to whom the Duterte government is subservient.
In light of the Duterte government’s permanent withdrawal from peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the LPC will incessantly mount tactical offensives to continue the NPA’s mandate of seizing political power from the corrupt and fascist ruling classes and dismantling its fascist machinery, towards building a just, peaceful, and democratic government for the people.
Under the leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the LPC will carry on this mandate to advance the People’s War and gain greater victories for the Filipino people, up until genuine democracy, justice, peace, and freedom are attained!