Friday, December 7, 2012

NPA thwarts fascist Army brigade-wide clearing operation for Japanese banana firm in Magpet

From the Website of PRWC CPP-NPA-NDF

NPA thwarts fascist Army brigade-wide clearing operation for Japanese banana firm in Magpet

Isabel Santiago
Herminio Alfonso Command, NPA-Southern Mindanao
December 4, 2012

The Guerilla Front 53 Herminio Alfonso Operations Command staved off a platoon of the 57th Infantry Battalion in a counter-defensive ambush that killed one fascist troop and wounded several others, December 3, 11:40 am at Mt. Makaindos, Brgy. Amabel, Magpet, North Cotabato.  After the hour-long battle, the AFP troops fled and left on the scene their medical supplies; later their casualties were met by four ambulance units at Brgy. Amabel. It was the second counter-defensive NPA action after its November 26 encounter with members of the 10th Special Forces Company (SFC)-Philippine Army. Three AFP troops were killed and six others wounded in that earlier battle which lasted for about 30 minutes at 9:30 in the morning, contrary to the military's propaganda of no reported casualties. 

The sustained NPA tactical offensives in Magpet was meant to punish the 602nd Brigade of the 6th Infantry Division-Philippine Army for its clearing operations that left a trail of abuses against the peasant masses since its operation started last November 15. The Army has intensified its already abusive  operations to pave the way for the entry of Japanese investors Hitocho Group of Companies who are the new capitalists of the banana company, Dole Philippines. The military has waved its baton of terror, as it plays escort to protect the aggressive expansion of banana plantation in the area. Using resources and taxpayers money under the auspices of Oplan Bayanihan, and funds siphoned from Japanese capitalists, the 602nd Brigade-6th ID bares its fascist fangs, displays its deceptive "peace and development" camouflage, and makes hinterland villages virtual garrisons of controlled population. 

The NPA is determined to thwart every military attack, punish the butchers and criminals in the 6th ID and defend the masses.The 57th IB and the 10th SFC troops are hated by the masses in North Cotabato. The 57th IB Civil Military Operation Battallion Company victimized the masses, detained and tortured a civilian before he was released; in Brgy. Salingsing, they stole chickens, used up the wood saplings, threw away rice, made peasant leaders to wait under the heat of the sun, and in sitio Lubas, Brgy. Amabel, threatened the peasants by saying the latter would be massacred if the military gets hit by the NPAs. This is the same military unit that has used children as guides for its counter-revolutionary operations. Both the 57th IB and the 10th SFC were the same military units responsible for the brutal killing of civilians Ramon Batoy and Italian missionary Fr. Pops Tentorio in October last year in North Cotabato.


NDF calls for relief, rehabilitation for Pablo victims

Rubi Del Mundo
NDFP-Southern Mindanao
December 6, 2012

The National Democratic Front Southern Mindanao commiserates with the victims of supertyphoon Pablo and calls for the massive rescue, relief and rehabilitation assistance to the more than 160,000 people affected by the December 4 tragedy. The NDF has also urged its allied revolutionary organizations to raise funds, seek donations and contributions for the victims.

As the typhoon's death toll and the casualties near to a thousand two days after the typhoon, no relief operations have arrived in the towns of Boston, Cateel and Bagangga. Search and rescue operations have not extended into far-flung barangays in Monkayo, New Bataan and Compostela towns in  Compostela Valley province. Roads have not yet been cleared of felled trees and structures and bridges are still destroyed, preventing precious relief goods from being accessed by the victims. Accessibility to damaged areas have been limited to poblacion areas in Comval and Davao Oriental provinces.

The inaction and incompetence by the GPH in the face of this tragedy, is foreshadowed by the pronouncements of the reactionary environment and disaster officials who have blamed affected residents for their "complacency" and failing to heed the state's warning and earlier calls for "preventive evacuation."  The reactionary government also point to rampant small-scale mining and logging in the affected areas--areas which were considered already "disaster-prone" in the state's so-called geo-hazard map. It was an old script taken out the Sendong tragedy: denuded forests plus failure of the people to relocate aggravated the impact of a natural calamity. It was a ready, convenient answer by a government that has failed in putting into place sufficient preparations and responding to the needs of its people.

The ineptness highlights the vast irony: poor disaster-preparedness by a state that looks upon Comval and Davao Oriental as resource-rich localities in the country. Nowhere can we see the hundreds of million of pesos of taxpayers's money out of Comval's mining, agribusiness and Davao Oriental's logging resources working for the victims of this calamity. Local capitalists and foreign large-scale mining salivate over the estimated 189 million metric tons of gold deposits mostly found in Mt. Diwata and nickel deposits of 490.7 million metric tons in Comval and Davao Oriental. And yet, as tragedies strike the resource-laden but poor communities, all the government can do is to deliver piecemeal assistance. Despite the billions of pesos allocated by the US-Aquino regime in AFP modernization, in the implementation of the fascist Oplan Bayanihan, and in disaster-related technological upgrade, the high-tech gadgets have failed to save the lowly peasant families, the families of small-scale miners and the ordinary banana plantation workers.

As the revolutionary forces help in the relief and rehabilitation, the people, including the families of the victims of the calamity should struggle to hold accountable those responsible for the loss of lives and property. The grave losses suffered by the people highlights the need to stop environmental plunder by indiscriminate large-scale mining, expanding large-scale plantations, and logging operations that are being abetted by the US-Aquino regime's pro-capitalist economic policies.


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