Communists lash at Duterte, US over Balangiga, drug war

Posted on July 27, 2017

THE COMMUNIST Party of the Philippines (CPP) brushed off President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s public clamor for the United States to return the Balangiga bells to the country, saying it is “only for self-serving purposes.”

In his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, Mr. Duterte called on the US to bring back the bells, which were taken by American soldiers from a church in Balangiga, Eastern Samar following a massacre of the townsfolk during the American occupation in the early 1900s.

“His pseudo-patriotism is meant to conceal his servility to the US. He is, in fact, so dependent on the US to feed his obsession to drop bombs on homes and schools. He is making so much noise about the history of US abuses in the country but is silent about current US military interventionism which serves his strongman rule and wars of death and destruction,” CPP said in a press statement.

“Duterte has become despicably mute in the face of US construction of several new military facilities inside AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) camps. He has no shame in upholding the anti-national US-RP Mutual Defense Treaty and all other unequal military treaties and in letting the US military remote-control the operations in Marawi City through its advisers and military contractors,” it added.

Today, July 27, the Philippine Air Force is expected to receive two Cessna-208B Caravan Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Aircraft through Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana from US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim and Lt.-Gen. Bryan P. Fenton, deputy commander of the Pacific Command.

Moreover, CPP condemned US officials who recently held an investigation on the human rights consequences of Mr. Duterte’s drug war.

“On the other hand, some US officials are hypocritics (sic) for invoking human rights in denouncing abuses in Duterte’s drug war. The US government is, in fact, equally culpable for all the abuses by the AFP which it has indoctrinated, armed, trained and used in waging its all-out war under Oplan Kapayapaan.”

Meanwhile, General Eduardo M. Año, AFP chief of staff, slammed the CPP for having “degenerated into a national Mafia syndicate, the obsession of which is just to squeeze money from private companies, businessmen, planters, and contractors” and whose “expertise is burning and destroying properties and resources without regard to human lives.”

Mr. Año added that the CPP, along with its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), and the National Democratic Front (NDF), are actually bandits and terrorists disguising as communists.

“There is only one government and that is the one led by President Rodrigo Duterte who was duly elected by 16.6 million Filipino voters in May of 2016,” Mr. Año said, referring to CPP founder Jose Maria Sison’s statement that there are two kinds of government in the Philippines -- one being the revolutionary government led by the CPP.

“Instead of blaming the AFP for the collapse of the peace negotiations, Mr. Sison should manifest his leadership and control of the CPP-NPA-NDF and rally them into halting the extortion and the attacks on soldiers that are on peace and development endeavors and to show their group’s sincerity to and trustworthiness of the peace talks,” Mr. Año added. -- Jil Danielle M. Caro