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TUMITINDI ANG BAKBAKAN NG NPA AT AFP SA AURORA (tags)

Ibinalita ngayon ng PESANTE NEWS na nakabase sa Los Angeles na nakalap mula sa internet wires na umiigting na labanan sa pagitan ng mga New People?s Army (NPA) at ng mga tropa ng 48th IB Philippine Army sa probinsya ng Aurora, sa hilagang bahagi ng Central Luzon. Ayon sa PESANTE NEWS, isang engkwentro ang naganap sa pagitan ng mga pwersa ng NPA Aurora at mga tropa ng 48th ?Cedula/Berdugo? Battalion sa kabundukan ng Brgy. Dikapinisan, San Luis, Aurora noong Agosto 23, 2011. Ito ay nagsimula ng ganap na alas-6:30 ng umaga. Naka-maniobra palayo ang yunit ng NPA pag-abot ng alas-7 ng umaga. Nagpatuloy ang walang direksyong pagpapaputok ng mga militar hanggang lampas tanghali nang magdatingan ang kanilang sumaklolong helicopter . Malaki ang pinsala ng mga sundalo ng 48th IB. Ayon sa mga mapagkakatiwalaang mga impormante sa hanay mismo ng militar, pulisya, at marami pang mga sources ng kilusan, aabot ng 7 ang napatay na mga sundalo sa labanan, at 6 ang mga sugatan.

Peasant offensives in Southern Tagalog Despite AFP Militarization (tags)

The Pesante NEWS based in Los Angeles reported today that the peasant movement in Southern Tagalog is gaining ground despite AFP militaization in that region. The PESANTE NEWS also learned that the impoverished masses in the Southern Tagalog (ST) countryside are now organized under a peasant movement with a strong regional center. Provincial chapters have begun to rise anew from the surviving 54 chapters in various levels found in areas with existing cases of agrarian disputes and where the peasant masses are being threatened with eviction. Chapters continue to expand and new ones built on varying levels.

FAILURE OF ELECTIONS IN THE OFFING? (tags)

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has started fielding more than 7,300 soldiers in Metro Manila even as it declared 10 cities in the capital region as election “hotspots.” These with news filtering to PESANTE NEWS that politicians are arming their forces and deliberately ignoring the gun ban. PESANTE NEWS also learned that the airport are packed with supporters of candidates from LA who are trying to get out of Manila due to the situation. The situation turned to the worst when 78,000 PCOS machines cocked out and and there was a call for manual elections to the COMELEC. PGMA's lawyers have formally called for a postponement of elections for the next two weeks.

Police warn of more NPA attacks before May polls (tags)

The Los Angeles based PESANTE NEWS sources reported today that the Philippine national police (PNP) warned Saturday that NPAt rebels would step up violent attacks ahead of the May 10 general elections, with politicians and isolated police posts seen as prime targets. Police chief Jesus Verzosa said the New People's Army (NPA) sought to derail the democratic process as well as raise funds by extorting money from candidates, who are threatened with harm if they refused to pay up. "The recent atrocities committed by (the NPA) against candidates, civilians and the public in general indicate their deliberate effort to exploit (police and military) focus on election duties," he said in a statement.

ALL OPTIONS FOR GMA TO HOLD ON POWER IN PLACE (tags)

The Los Angeles based Pesante News learned today through news sources that Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's declaration placing the whole island of Mindanao under a "state of calamity" and the recent Supreme Court decision allowing GMA to appoint the next Chief Justice are but only two among the many measures that prepare the stage for the US-Arroyo regime's continued hold on power. According to NDF-Mindanao spokesperson Jorge Madlos, in scrutiny with regard to the need, legal basis and motive of placing Mindanao under a "state of calamity" and on the timing and legality of the Supreme Court ruling should be viewed in the context of a regime that is insatiable in perpetuating itself in power. The National Democratic Front in Mindanao (NDF-Mindanao) holds that there is an abundance of reason to believe that Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo does not intend to relinquish the power she has mustered by way of deceit, bribery, impunity, and militarism over the last nine years. Come hell or high water, she is hell-bent to stay in power, and, like puzzle pieces falling into its proper place, all indication point to this.

Kundenahin ang Pagdukot at Pamamaslang sa Inosenteng Sibilyan (tags)

Ayon sa ulat ng PESANTE NEWS , mariing kinukundena ng NDF-Bicol ang sunud-sunod na pagdukot at pamamaslang sa mga inosenteng sibilyan na ginagawa ng 2nd IDPA at 901st Brigade sa probinsya ng Albay. Walang pakundangang binaril at napatay ang sibilyang si Vergel Mapola Catubig ng mga militar sa isang pistahan sa Bgy. Lawinon, Pio Duran, Albay noong Enero 30 ng umaga.

FQS Activist and a KMU official passes away at 56 (tags)

PESANTE NEWS today learned that KMU leader and an FQS activist Douglas Dumanon passed away. Dumanon also served as KMU’s national treasurer from 2001 to 2004. "He contributed much to the expansion and relations of KMU to various independent unions, and the labor center’s alliance work," Labog said.

More Army troops deployed to W. Visayas to crush Reds (tags)

PESANTE NEWS learned today from media sources from Cebu City that the Army has deployed more troops in Western Visayas, just months before the June 2010 deadline set by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to strategically defeat the communist-led insurgency. The Army's 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) based in Jamindan town, Capiz on Monday formally deployed 190 soldiers to units on the islands of Negros, Panay and parts of Mindanao, 3ID public information officer 1st Lt. Mark Andrew Posadas said in a statement.

LAKBAYAN 2010, PUMASOK NA SA NCR (tags)

Balita mula sa Manila, nakapasok na ang LAKBAYAN 2010s at militanteng nagmartsa sa pusod ng National Capial Region ayon sa PESANTE NEWS. Ayon pa sa PESANTE NEWS ,kahapon, Enero 20, dumating sa may south wing ng Alabang, Muntinglupa, Rizal ang grupong mula sa Timog Katagalugan, Visayas at Mindanao. Sinalubong sila ng kulang sa isang libong mga mamamayan ng NCR.

BAD OMEN FOR THE ELECTIONS, Pimentel: Garci boys intact, promoted (tags)

PESANTE NEWS learned today through media sources in Manila that the “Garci” boys were never kicked out. They even got promoted. Garci Boys are the officials of the COMELEC involved in widespread cheating during elections in the Philippines. Elections Chair Jose Melo should fulfill his promise to “ground” officials implicated in rigging the 2004 and 2007 polls, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. said Wednesday.

NDF-Mindanao Hits AFP's "Four Aces" (tags)

Pesante News today learned that the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Southern Mindanao hits the reactionary Philippine Army's stresses for 2010 calling them mere euphemism for a more vicious campaign against the Filipino people and the revolutionary movement. The fascist Philippine Army's recently pronounced four ACEs -- Army's Concern for the Environment, Army's Concern for Engineering, Army's Combat Excellence and Advocacy for Credible Elections -- is only a preliminary propaganda purveyed by its chief, the notorious Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit. Bangit, the most favored among Ms. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's bootlicking generals, is groomed to replace current AFP chief of staff Gen. Victor Ibrado. Bangit from PMA Class 1978is now posturing himself to strengthen his bid for the AFP's highest position and dispel well-founded views that he will be playing a crucial role in perpetuating Mrs. Arroyo in power. His first attempt is to deodorize his unit's notorious record of human rights violations and electoral fraud. Despite Bangit's putting-his-best-foot-forward move, the Filipino people smell the stink of the Philippine Army's four ACEs. Its ballyhooed Advocacy for Credible Elections is nothing but a machination by the reactionary AFP to push its devious game plan of ensuring Mrs. Arroyo's victory in the upcoming GRP elections and continue her hold on power.

CPDF BLAMED DISASTERS DUE EXTRACTIVE MINING AND LOGGING (tags)

- Pesante News learned through news sources today that the CPDF blamed the recent disastrous flooding and numerous landslides in Northern Luzon that inflicted heavy losses in lives and property highlight the often overlooked cost of developmental aggression. In more ways than one do the common people pay for huge projects that generate super-profits for foreign big business interests and their local lackeys.

ACTIVE US INTERVENTION IN THE PHILIPPINES (tags)

The Pesante News gathered today from news sources that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is deceiving the Filipino people when it claims that US soldiers based in the Philippines are not engaged in operations against the New People's Army (NPA). NDF-Mindanao spokesperson Jorge "Ka Oris" Madlos said this in reaction to a statement by AFP spokesperson Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner, Jr. denying US troops' involvement in anti-NPA operations. Pesante News said that Ka. Oris, NDF-Mindanao spokesoerson said that "Brawner is a flunky of the US military. He is an apologist for US military intervention. Just like his superiors in the AFP and the Arroyo regime, he praises the US military for permanently stationing its troops in the Philippines even if it violates Philippine sovereignty," Madlos further said that US soldiers have been involved in operations against the NPA for several years now. The 600-strong Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) under the US Pacific Command has been stationed in the Philippines since 2002 and is involved in "counterinsurgency" operations.

ARROYO ORDERS AFP TO WIPE OUT NPA IN SAMAR/NEGROS (tags)

More clashes are expected between government soldiers and communist rebels following President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo’s order for the military to wipe out guerrillas in Samar. Ms. Arroyo issued the order to the military at a visit to Samar last week before she went to her trip abroad. This was according to Lt. Col. Oscar Lasangue, head of the 3rd Civil Relations Group of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. In a phone interview Tuesday, Lasangue said Samar and Negros Island were priorities in the counterinsurgency campaign. He said the military’s job was to reduce rebel strength to allow the Philippine National Police to take over the fight against the communists. The communist New People’s Army, however, insisted on its continued strength in a statement posted on its website.

New People's Army (NPA) celebrates 40th anniversary in the Philippines (tags)

The outlawed Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Sunday congratulated its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA), on the 40th anniversary of its founding in the Philippines. "We congratulate all the Red commanders and fighters, the Party cadres and members in the NPA and the broad masses of the people for their accumulated and current victories. We render the highest tribute to our revolutionary martyrs and heroes," said the CPP in a statement posted on its Web site.

KONSULTANT NG NDF ILEGAL NA INARESTO (tags)

Inulat ng balitaan ng PESANTE-USA na iligal na inaresto ng mga militar at pulis ang isang konsultant ng National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) sa usapang pangkapayapaan. Mahigit na 20 tauhan na ng NDF ang inaaresto ng AFP mula ng matigil ang usapang pangakapayapaan noong 2004. Samantala. wala ring patid ang pagsalbeyds at pagpapahirap ng mga tropa ng AFP sa mga sibilyang pilit na isinasangkot sa armadong kilusang rebolusyonaryo. Ito ang ulat sa iba't ibang bahagi ng bansa na nilikom ng Pesante News.

OCAMPO HITS DOJ, PNP FOR EFYING COURT ORDER ON ECHANIS TRANSFER (tags)

Manila--Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo yesterday denounced the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Philippine National Police for defying a Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) order transferring peasant leader Randall Echanis back to the PNP Custodial Center at Camp Crame. Last Monday, Col. Cesar Magsino, chief custodial group, PNP, a certain Col. Degracia, HQ service and support group, PNP, defied the Manila RTC Branch 32 order by not taking custody of Echanis pursuant to DoJ advice through higher headquarters.

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