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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Communist Party of the Philippines: Duterte's martial law is not only against the New People's Army, it is against the people at large

Translated to English by Google.

Response to Bello's claim that martial law is not against the NPA

Silvestre Bello III, chief negotiator of the GRP, insists that the CPP made a mistake in urging the New People's Army to intensify its tactical offenses against AFP. He asserts that the declaration of martial law in Mindanao is not against the NPA.

The martial law of Duterte is not only against the NPA, it is against the people in general. It limits the civil and political rights of the people. It limits your freedom of movement and other freedoms. Martial law transfers these freedoms to the military and subjects the people to abuse. Under martial law are the military, the recognized abusers of human rights, those who govern.

In the city of Davao, with fanatical support for martial law, Mayor Sarah Duterte is harnessing the people in their communities. About three hundred people have already been arbitrarily arrested by the military for failing to comply with arbitrary rules imposed by the military and militarist bureaucrats. Duty's martial law is doomed to be worse than his "Oplan Tokhang."

With these severe policies, Duterte is demonstrating that under his martial law, everyone is suspicious until he can prove otherwise. As every Filipino knows, especially the poor and oppressed, proving his innocence to the military is often impossible.

The GRP must respond to these flagrant violations of the General Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). In addition to the pending issues of about 500 political prisoners who remain under the Duterte government, as well as the growing list of human rights violations perpetrated by the AFP under its "Oplan Kapayapaan."

The imposition of martial law in Mindanao will have negative implications in the current NDFP-GRP peace negotiations.

Since Duterte's martial law is against the people, it is imperative that the New People's Army (NPA) take steps to oppose and fight against it to defend the rights and interests of the people.

If it is true that the martial law in Mindanao is not directed against the NPA, then Bello must inform the Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana. In announcing the declaration of martial law, it was Lorenzana himself who cited the NPA as one of the "problems" of the GRP so that all of Mindanao had to be subjected to martial law.

In addition, even before the declaration and imposition of the Dutyana regime's Mindanao martial law, the AFP has been carrying out a dirty war by occupying civilian communities, extrajudicial executions, kidnappings and detentions under its "Oplan Kapayapaan." Emboldened by Duterte's order to the military to "crush the hills," he has carried out aerial bombardments near civilian communities, sowing terror among the residents and damaging their livelihoods. These attacks have been carried out mainly against peasant masses suspected by the AFP of being involved in the revolutionary cause.

Only by intensifying the revolutionary armed struggle can the people defend their rights and interests.

Communist Party of the Philippines
May 25, 2017

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