11 March 2001
BIG DISCREPANCY BETWEEN GMA CALLS FOR PEACE
AND ACTIONS OF MILITARIST GROUP AROUND HER
By Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)
is waiting for an official copy of the reported order of President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo to suspend offensive military and police operations in all the
Calabarzon and Mindoro provinces for 30 days.
Such order from the commander-in-chief herself or her duly authorized agents should reach the NDFP negotiating panel either through the GRP negotiating panel or humanitarian and peace mission of Sen. Loren Legarda, Supreme Bishop Tomas Millamena and Bishop Jesus Varela.
Since the overthrow of Estrada, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines has been ready to release police major Martin and Philippine army intelligence major Noel Buan. This fact is known to the humanitarian and peace mission of Sen. Loren Legarda as well as former speaker Jose de Venecia.
According to the Melito Glor Command of the New People’s Army, the scout ranger attack on the NPA unit holding the late Major Martin was not a chance encounter. It is part of a prolonged military campaign of suppression by the 3rd scout ranger battalion, 74th, 31st and 16th infantry battalions of the Philippine Army, Phlippine marines and the 3rd battalion of the regional special action force of the Philippine National Police and CAFGU units.
The AFP and PNP have carried out military attacks on NPA units and the people in the municipalities of Unisan, Gumaca, Lopez, Calauag, Guinayangan, San Francisco, Catanauan, Padre Burgos and Agdangan in Quezon, Siniloan, Liliw, Nagcarlan, San Antonio, Cavinti, Magdalena and Sta. Maria in Laguna, Maragondon and Magallanes in Cavite, Mansalay, Roxas, Bulalacao, Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, Naujan and Victoria in Mindoro Oriental, and Abra de Ilog, Mamburao, Sablayan, Calintaan, San Jose and Magsaysay in Mindoro Occidental.
Executive secretary de Villa has gone so far as to instruct the Negotiating Panel of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) to keep the issue of the prisoners of war out of its negotiations with the NDFP. Thus, there is nothing about prisoners of war in the Joint Statement initialed by the two panels on 9 March 2001.
There is a big discrepancy between the calls of Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo for peace and for the release of the prisoners of war and the militarist actions of her executive secretary, cluster E of her cabinet and the highest ranking military officers she inherited from Estrada. The militarist group is delaying the release of political prisoners and is actually escalating military operations against the revolutionary forces and the people.
Through Sen. Loren Legarda of the humanitarian and peace mission, the NDFP Negotiating Panel has suggested to Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo that the SOMO be effective up to 17 April 2000 in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro.
There should be enough time for the NDFP Negotiating Panel to communicate with the responsible revolutionary organs and make arrangements for the safe and orderly release of major Buan. There should also be enough time for the Melito Glor Command to verify whether the SOMO or ceasefire order of the GRP is being followed by the AFP, PNP and CAFGU. #