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Intensify tactical offensives and mass struggle to oust Aquino

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Intensify tactical offensives and mass struggle to oust Aquino

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7 August 2014

Benigno Aquino III was met with one of the biggest rallies in his four-year rule during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 28. The nationwide demonstrations attended by more than 60,000 people manifested a new and higher level in the struggle against the US-Aquino regime. Throughout the country, the cry in the streets was Oust Aquino!

The mass actions reflected the Filipino people's growing anger at the Aquino regime's corruption and mendacity, its puppetry, treason and fascist brutality. More and more sectors are ready to take action against the increasingly isolated Aquino regime. The Filipino people's rumbling anger threatens to erupt in the face of their worsening situation and Aquino's enforcement of increasingly deleterious antipeople and pro-imperialist policies.

The ruling Aquino clique is now deathly anxious in the face of its worsening political crisis. Days before the SONA, Aquino came out on national television to spew the most biting remarks against the Supreme Court and all other sectors that assailed his anomalous use of the nation's coffers under the DAP. He followed this up with a call to the people to wear yellow or hang and display any yellow item in the belief that he enjoys widespread public support.

Contrary to Aquino's objectives, this gambit only succeeded in fuelling the people's anger against the regime. Thus, Aquino used other tactics to court pity and sympathy. He once again employed the empty slogans of the "righteous road" and "inclusive growth." He invoked his mother and father whom he practically portrayed as saints. The day after, the Aquinos' "Yellow Army" went on the offensive and floated the idea of "one more term" for Aquino to create the illusion of widespread support by the "silent majority."

No one, however, has bought these tactics designed to manipulate public opinion. Aquino failed to hoodwink the people and derail them from the path of struggle. In a desperate attempt to conjure illusions of change and progress, Aquino came out with one lie after another in rapid-fire fashion: that his government acted with dispatch to rescue the victims of typhoon Yolanda, that there are measures in place to provide jobs to the people, that the economy has developed and poverty reduced, that government has been cleaned up, that peace has been achieved and that criminality rates have subsided, among other prevarications.

But the illusions of change and progress being conjured by Aquino are exceedingly untenable, as it has become obvious to the Filipino people that Aquino sits on a throne atop the bureaucrat capitalist dung heap in order to use the nation's coffers and his privileges as president for the political gain of his clique, his friends, relatives and fellow landlords. Despite widespread condemnation of the pork barrel system, Aquino has fouled up the 2015 budget, designing it as a means of extending his clique's hold on power.

It is the concrete conditions of the Filipino people that teach them the need to trod the difficult path of struggle in order to defend and advance their national and democratic aspirations. Unemployment and underemployment levels are unprecedentedly high. The majority of the people are mired in poverty. Landlessness and landgrabbing continue without letup. It is clear to the people that Aquino's claims of "development" are a big lie, pleasing only the big foreign banks and capitalists and their local big capitalist cohorts.

The freedom-loving people are enraged at Aquino's defilement of Philippine national sovereignty. His signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement or EDCA which paves the way for the construction of US military bases in various parts of the country comprises the height of Aquino's puppetry.

The people hold the US government accountable for the military support it provides the Aquino regime. The hands of Aquino, the AFP, the PNP and other coercive forces of the state are stained with blood in their suppression of the people and defense of the interests of foreign mining companies and plantations. Killings, massacres, abductions and illegal arrests, threats and abuse continue unabated. For Aquino, the peace talks are nothing but a big show.

It has become self-evident to the people that the Aquino regime is no different from previous regimes in its basic economic policies, its subservience to US imperialism and its repression of the people. The people are determined to put an end to the US-Aquino regime's rule and advance their national and democratic struggle.

A broad protest movement to oust the Aquino regime is spreading in campuses, factories, communities, markets, offices, churches and other places. The growing call for Aquino's impeachment threatens to explode in a gigantic mass movement of hundreds of thousands marching in the streets.

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) fully supports the intensification of people's struggles to oust the US-Aquino regime. Along with strengthening the mass movement in the countryside, the CPP directs the New People's Army (NPA) to intensify armed struggle nationwide. The NPA must continue seizing and maintaining the initiative in launching ever more tactical offensives against the state's armed forces in order to weaken it and inspire and provide greater momentum to the mass movement to oust Aquino.


AFP "promoting" ex-NPA to bag reward money--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
August 08, 2014

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today charged the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) of making false claims about the arrest of a top Party leader in order to pocket millions of pesos from the anomalous reward money system of the Aquino regime.

The CPP statement was in reaction to the arrest last Tuesday of Eduardo Almores Esteban in Jaro, Iloilo whom the AFP claims to be a former secretary of the CPP Ilocos-Cordillera Regional Committee and head of the so-called Communications Bureau of the CPP. The AFP said there is a P5.8 million reward for Esteban's arrest.

"Indeed, Esteban, now 60 years old,  was once part of the organizational machinery of the CPP. As a cadre and fighter, Esteban served the revolutionary movement for many long years but personal circumstances made him choose to retire around ten years ago," said the CPP. Since then, Esteban has been living with his family in their hometown in Iloilo.

The CPP clarified, however, that Esteban was never part of the revolutionary forces in the Ilocos-Cordillera region (ICR) nor was he a leading cadre of the CPP in the ICR. "The charges filed against him in Abra and Bangued are clearly fabricated."

The CPP called for Esteban's immediate release and the dismissal of all trumped-up charges against him.

"The Aquino regime's rewards system has been a source of widespread corruption and human rights violations," said the CPP. "Millions of pesos of public money line the pockets of military officials whenever they claim to have arrested someone with a bounty on his head."

"A case in point was the arrest and torture in 2012 of security guard Rolando Panesa whom the AFP insisted was a 'Benjamin Mendoza,' allegedly the secretary of the CPP committee in the Southern Tagalog region. Panesa was released around a year later, but only after officials of the AFP's Southern Luzon Command had claimed around P10 million in reward money.

"Aquino's defense and security officials have refused to make public the names of people included in the reward money system of the DILG, making it a virtual sword of Damocles on anyone who chooses to oppose the Aquino regime and its puppet, brutal and corrupt rule," added the CPP.