BAGUIO CITY — “With utmost respect, we give our highest salute to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) as it celebrates its 48th founding anniversary,” says Ka Oris, spokesperson of the New People’s Army (NPA) in a statement furnished to local media.
Para kadagiti mamati a suerte ti nagbubukel iti panangpasangbay iti baro a tawen, daytoy ti resipe a para kadakayo. Saanak a mamati kadagiti pammati ngem nagustuak daytoy ta saanen a kasapulan nga iluto.
Hilong-talilong na ang bayan
Sa nakalilitong mga bugtong,
Walang tiyak, pabago-bagong
Like we had any control to the going of the old year and the birth of the new year. We are very grateful for the blessings we have received the passed year especially from the community, our readers, advocates, and friends, so much that we are high with renewed hope and wish that all may have a liberated, progressive and fulfilling New Year!
2017 New Year’s first day happens to be a Sunday. Our Church’s leadership had assigned me and Au, my wife, to speak at our service on this day. Guess what the topic would be on? But, of course! On Resolutions.
The peace negotiations with the GRP arose precisely because of the people’s war. The crisis of the ruling system is worsening. Landlessness and poverty remains the most lingering problem along with US imperialism and bureaucrat capitalism. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines now has a people’s army and organs of political power with mass organizations spread in 71 out of the 81 provinces in the country. There exists a dual political power in the country since 1969.
In his Christmas message the Pope spoke of Peace, the elusive Peace that the world seeks. Pope Francis said: “Peace – not merely the word, but a real and concrete peace – to our abandoned and excluded brothers and sisters, to those who suffer hunger and to all the victims of violence. Peace to exiles, migrants and refugees, to all those who in our day are subject to human trafficking. Peace to the peoples who suffer because of the economic ambitions of the few, because of the sheer greed and the idolatry of money, which leads to slavery. Peace to those affected by social and economic unrest, and to those who endure the consequences of earthquakes or other natural catastrophes.
“Change is coming!” proclaimed our newly installed president of the Republic, President Rodrigo R. Duterte. He solemnly promised that under his leadership graft and corruption, illegal drugs, and criminality will be reduced to the minimum, if not entirely eradicated. And he repeatedly said that he is willing to kill or to be killed to fulfill this promise.
LACUB, Abra — Doctors, medical students and community health workers once again brought free medical service to Lacub, Abra as part of the Justice for Lacub campaign.
LACUB, Abra — Under the mid day sun of Buneg, Lacub; she stood in the middle of the rice paddy she tills. She was winnowing the last heap of palay grains while most of the villagers gathered at the municipal hall grounds to avail of free medical services.
LACUB, Abra — Mere presence of Philippine Army already brings fear to community folk and violates the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) and the unilateral ceasefire declaration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, an elder of the Binongan tribe said.