PHILIPPINE REVOLUTION WEBCENTRAL

Militarization and “local peace talks” in Northern Samar smack of martial law rather than peace process

Fr. Santiago “Ka Sanny” Salas, Spokesperson
NDFP Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)


15 July 2017

Is the Duterte government open to peace talks or is it preparing for martial law? The National-Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas (NDF-EV) today slammed the Duterte regime for the intense militarization in Northern Samar, along with the provincial government’s noise for local peace talks.

“Since March and April, the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army has been launching continuous military operations in Northern Samar such as in Las Navas, Lope de Vega and Silvino Lobos,” said NDF-EV spokesperson Fr. Santiago “Ka Sanny” Salas. “This has forced the New People’s Army to carry out tactical offensives to defend themselves and the people. The situation puts the sincerity of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) for the peace process into question. Moreover, Northern Samar Gov. Jose Ong, Jr. has threatened the integrity of the NDFP-GRP negotations with proposing “local peace talks” which the NDFP has long rejected as a divide and rule tactic.”

The NDF-EV spokesperson noted that martial law methods are used in militarizing Northern Samar. “Soldiers are subjecting civilians to mass surveillance and population control. Last June, in Barangay San Isidro, Las Navas, the soldiers went on a house-to-house accounting of every family and even took their pictures. The military harassed those who hailed from the nearby town of San Jose de Buan, Samar. A barangay official of San Jose village, Renoe Asina, was also held by soldiers last June 22 to force him to guide their operation, and was only let go because he knew some of them.”

Fr. Salas also criticized Gov. Ong for working with the military to sabotage the peace process. “Local peace talks serve to complement militarization through deceiving and coopting the people with surrender programs. It is thus insidious and belittles the peace process as a national concern towards basic reforms addressing the root causes of the civil war. The GRP under Duterte cannot even get its act together to resume the peace talks. How much more Gov. Ong and the rest of his political dynasty? It will better serve the people for them to shut up and face the investigation of the people’s court for their involvement in corruption, extrajudicial killings and illegal drugs in Northern Samar.”

The NDF-EV urged the people to resolutely fight militarization and gross human rights violationstunder the Duterte regime, and the serious threat to legitimize all these with a nationwide martial law. “We urge the human rights and peace advocates in Northern Samar as well as Tacloban City and other urban centers in the region to rise up and condemn militarization and local peace talks. They must fight the Duterte regime’s martial law in Mindanao and the steps toward ending the peace talks and imposing nationwide martial law. It is the bounden duty of the New People’s Army to defend the people, punish the human rights violators, and advance the armed revolution to a new and higher level with or without peace negotiations.”#

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Militarisasyon ngan “local peace talks” ha Northern Samar mga senyal han balaud militar imbes han proseso pankamurayawan

Abrido ba ha erestorya pankamurayawan o nangangandam para ha balaud militar an gubyerno Duterte? Ginkundenar yana nga adlaw han National-Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas (NDF-EV) an rehimen Duterte ha makusog nga militarisasyon ha Northern Samar, kadungan han pag-inaringasa han prubinsyal nga gubyerno para ha lokal nga erestorya pankamurayawan.

“Tikang Marso ngan Abril, naglansar na an 8th Infantry Division han Philippine Army
han nagpapadayon nga mga panmilitar nga operasyon ha Northern Samar sugad han ha Las Navas, Lope de Vega ngan Silvino Lobos,” sering ni Fr. Santiago “Ka Sanny” Salas, tagapagyakan han NDF-EV. “Ginduso hini an Bagong Hukbong Bayan nga magpatuman han mga taktikal nga opensiba agud depensahan an ira kalugaringon ngan an katawhan. Nakukustyon an sinseridad han Gubyerno han Republika han Pilipinas (GRP) para ha proseso pankamurayawan. Dugang pa, ginpapaluros naman ni Northern Samar Gov. Jose Ong, Jr. an integridad han negosasyon han NDFP-GRP pinaagi han pagproponer han “lokal nga erestorya pankamurayawan” nga maiha na nga gintipahan han NDFP komo taktika agud mambuhag ngan maghadi.”

Ginpasabot liwat han tagapagyakan han NDF-EV nga nagamit han mga pamaagi han balaud militar ha pagmilitarisa ha Northern Samar. “Ginpapailarum han mga sundalo an mga sibilyan ha hiluagan nga surbeylans ngan pagkontrol han populasyon. Hadton Hunyo, ha Barangay San Isidro, Las Navas, ginbalay-balay ngan ginsensus an kada pamilya ngan ginkuhaan liwat hira mga litrato. Ginharas han militar adton mga tikang ha kasapit nga bungto han San Jose de Buan, Samar. Usa nga upisyal han barangay han San Jose, hi Reno Asinas, an ginkatinan han mga sundalo hadton June 22 agud piriton hiya nga mag-giya ha ira operasyon, ngan ginbuhian la hiya tungod kay nakilala niya an pira ha ira.”

Ginsukna liwat ni Fr. Salas hi Gov. Ong ha pakigbuligay ha militar agud igsabotahe an proseso pankamurayawan. “An mga lokal nga erestorya pankamurayawan nabulig ha militarisasyon pinaagi han pan-nguwat ngan paghugay han katawhan pinaagi han programa han pagpasurender. Mapanguwat ngan ginmemenos hini an erestorya pankamurayawan komo nasyunal nga karukayaknon ngadto ha mga batakan nga reporma nga magbabaton ha gamot han gerra sibil. An GRP ilarum ni Duterte diri ngani nahihiro ha pagpadayon han erestorya pankamaurayan. Ano pa kaya hi Gov. Ong ngan an iya pampulitika nga dinastiya? Mas makakabulig pa ha katawhan kun magmamingaw hira ngan atubangon an imbestigasyon han husgado han katawhan ha ira kadabi ha korapsyon, ekstrahudisyal nga panmatay ngan iligal nga druga ha Northern Samar.”

Gin-aghat han NDF-EV an katawhan nga pursigido nga atuhan an militarisasyon ngan mabangis nga pagtalapas han tawhanon nga katungod ilarum han rehimen Duterte, ngan an seryoso nga tarhug agud himuon nga lehitimo ini ngatanan pinaagi han balaud militar ha bug-os nga nasud. “Gin-aaghat naton an mga tag-undong han tawhanon nga katungod ngan kamurayawan ha Northern Samar sugad liwat ha Tacloban City ngan iba pa nga sentro nga urban ha rehiyon nga tumindog ngan kundenaron an militarisasyon ngan lokal nga erestorya pankamurayawan. Kinahanglan nira atuhan an balaud militar han rehimen Duterte ha Mindanao ngan an mga pitad ngadto ha pagtapos han erestorya pankamurayawan ngan an pag-imponer han balaud militar ha bug-os nga nasud. Mahugot nga responsabilidad han Bagong Hukbong Bayan nga depensahan an katawhan, sirutan an paragtalapas han tawhanon nga katungod, ngan ipasulong an armado nga rebolusyon ngadto ha bag-o ngan mas hitaas nga balitang mayda man o waray negosasyon pankamurayawan.”#

Topics: Militarization , Duterte , Peace Talks

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