Friday, September 12, 2014

NPA to release 2 Bukidnon POWs; SOMO-SOPO demanded

From the Website of PRWC CPP-NPA-NDF

NPA to release 2 Bukidnon POWs; SOMO-SOPO demanded

Ka. Allan Juanito
September 8, 2014

The New People’s Army in North Central Mindanao Region expresses its willingness to release the two prisoners of war (POWs) in Bukidnon as soon as possible, in accordance to a directive from the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. The two will no longer be subjected to the normal process of investigation and the revolutionary judicial process as a gesture of goodwill and sincerity from the revolutionary movement in its hope for the resumption of peace talks between NDFP and the government of the Philippines (GPH), and due to humanitarian considerations for the POWs and their families.

In order to facilitate the safe release of Pfc. Marnel Tagalugon Cinches and Pfc. Jerrel Hapay Yorong, and to ensure the security of all who will participate in and witness the release, we call upon the military and police to implement a 10-day Suspension of Offensive Military Operations (SOMO) and Suspension of Offensive Police Operations (SOPO) starting 12:00 MN of 10 September 2014 to 12:00 MN of 20 September 2014. The scope will include the following municipalities and cities: San Fernando, Cabanglasan, Malaybalay City, Impasug-ong, Manolo Fortich and Malitbog in Bukidnon; and Claveria, Balingasag and Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental. The NPA will immediately declare its own suspension of offensive operations with the same duration and scope as soon as the GPH declares its SOMO and SOPO.

The NPA custodial unit will turn the two POWs over to third party facilitators composed of concerned GPH officials, religious leaders in the region, media representatives, peace advocates and human rights groups. We thank you for your heartfelt assistance to the respective families of the POWs and for your earnest struggle for genuine peace. The date and venue of the release will be communicated to you after the declaration of SOMO and SOPO.

We hope the Aquino government will put the safety of its soldiers first, and more importantly, that it will show its sincerity to resume peace talks with the NDFP in order to discuss and address the root causes of the people’s armed resistance.


Armed struggle in the Visayas and the entire archipelago [ANG BAYAN 2014SEP07]

The revolutionary armed struggle is thoroughly advancing nationwide. In this issue, Ang Bayan features reports of victory by the New People's Army (NPA) in advancing armed revolution in the Visayan regions, particularly in Eastern Visayas, Panay and Negros islands.
These regions are among the priority targets of the massive counterrevolutionary campaign of suppression Oplan Bayanihan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) under the US-Aquino regime. But after four years, military officers have nothing to show for their efforts except empty declarations that "the enemy has been defeated" and that "peace has been attained."

These regions are likewise among the most impoverished nationwide due to widespread land monopoly and the most brutal forms of feudal exploitation. They are ruled over by big landlords, including those who control vast ricefields in Samar, coconut lands in Leyte and thousands of hectares of sugar cane plantations in Panay and Negros.