Killing fields

CPP'S ARMED COMPONENT NPA in war path drills in their respective camps nation wide including Negros island

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The NDFP is the revolutionary united front organization of the Filipino people fighting for national freedom and for the democratic rights of the people. Established on 24 April 1973, the NDFP seeks to develop and coordinate all progressive classes, sectors and forces in the Filipino people’s struggle to end the rule of US imperialism and its local allies of big landlords and compradors, and attain national and social liberation.

The most important responsibilities of the NDFP include promoting national unity for the revolutionary struggle. It makes pronouncements on behalf of the revolutionary forces upon their authorization. It conducts proto-diplomatic and relations work abroad to gather moral, political and material support for the revolutionary movement.

Since 1992, the NDFP has been holding peace talks with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) to address the roots of the armed conflict. Ten Agreements have been signed between the two parties including the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). During the term of President Benigno Aquino III as President, the government carried out a US-designed counter-insurgency plan called Oplan Bayanihan. It intensified the exploitation and oppression of the Filipino people. It sabotaged the peace talks. It only sought pacification and capitulation of the revolutionary movement. On the other hand, the CPP, the NPA, and other revolutionary forces are intensifying their revolutionary struggle. They aim for advancing from the strategic defensive to the strategic stalemate of the people’s war in the next few years.

Today, the NDFP is found in 70 provinces in the Philippines, out of a total 81 provinces. The NPA, under the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), operates in more than 100 guerrilla fronts throughout the country. In these fronts, revolutionary organs of political power hold sway and form part of the people’s democratic government which continues to be built and consolidated.

Programs that benefit the people are carried out by the CPP, the NPA and 15 other revolutionary allied organizations in the NDFP. These programs include land reform, health care, literacy, cooperatives and livelihood programs with the marked involvement of women and the youth.

In pursuing its international work, the NDFP maintains an information office in Utrecht, the Netherlands. This office is the center of information from the Philippine revolutionary movement to the international community and overseas Filipinos. It is a channel through which the international community and overseas Filipinos can extend their political and material support to the NDFP and the Philippine revolution.

Negros Oriental has now become the killing fields in the fight between the NDF or the National Democratic Front with their NPA as their armed forces against the Government of the Republic of the Philippines with President Duterte as the Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

More and more killings are expected because of the armed conflict between the NPA and the AFP. This is one of the longest and protracted wars, having lasted for more than fifty (50) years.

A comprehensive plan has to be adopted by the Philippine government. Such plan must not make the same mistakes in the past.

Why has the NDF and the NPA war lasted for so long? This is an interesting topic for a case study. But, if all protagonists claim to protect and serve people, why are so many civilians killed? Why is it that many students or young professionals join the NPA? Why are there so many professors in universities who are left-leaning, some even high-ranking officers? Of course, our Constitution guarantees freedom of expression and to join associations not contrary to law. That is why they call them legal front because it is legal. The answer to all these questions are so elusive. As the song goes, “THE ANSWER MY FRIEND IS BLOWING IN THE WIND.”