Most reports provided the basic information about the clashes, enough to inform the readers of what transpired. However, straight news that dwells only on the firefight and the casualties tends to create further division among the people. It leaves a data gap on the circumstances that caused the events and the reasons why the war in the countryside continue to rage.
Religious groups advocating social justice and peace said the killing of National Democratic Front consultant Randy Malayao is a blow to the peace negotiations.
The Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan) in Cagayan Valley scoffed at the charges against the sister and friends of murdered National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultant Randy Malayao filed by the former police chief of Aritao town in Nueva Vizacaya.
Atty. Edu Balgos of the National Union of Peoples Lawyer (NUPL) and Cristina Palabay of Karapatan in separate statements said the police’s insistence on taking custody of the personal belongings of slain National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Randy Malayao is meant to fish information about the Left and not to resolve his murder.
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) denounced efforts by the Rodrigo Duterte government for what it calls the “regime’s foulest move in sowing false information surrounding the murder” of National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultant Randy Malayao last January 30 in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya.
A Manila court dropped more than 600 individuals the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) named in its petition to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army as terrorist organizations.
Students of the University of the Philippines Baguio together with human rights defenders lit candles in an indignation rally at the university’s oblation ground to condemn and demand justice for the killing of National Democratic Front of the Philippines Consultant Randy Malayao.
Assailants murdered Randy Malayao, a peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) while sleeping on a bus, parked for a break on the trip near the CCQ restaurant at Aritao in Nueva Vizcaya, at 2:30 am on January 30.
Last night under the biting chill and purple sky, we joined the condemnation of Randy’s extrajudicial killing at UP Baguio, part of the nationwide action in the different UP units. Young activists, fraternity brothers, fellow writers in the Northern Dispatch and some fellow alumni from CEGP and UP. We are mourning now. We express our deepest condolences to Randy’s family and kin and the communities he served.
Joma could have opted to live a ‘normal’ life after being released from prison when Ferdinand E. Marcos was toppled from his dictatorship. Joma chose to continue hitting the status quo and was invited to lecture in other countries until his Philippine passport was revoked and he had, not really to his liking, to seek asylum in the Netherlands. He had been invited to return home several times by past administrations and President Rodrigo Duterte but CPP comrades had advised for him not to come due to strongly assumed danger to his life.
As a peace advocate, I view the original and the newly amended proscription petition as a stumbling block in peace building. Proscription poses constraints for the CPP and the NPA to return to the negotiating table thus putting the possible resolution of the roots of the armed conflict even more difficult, complicated if not altogether impossible.
The chief negotiator of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) today, Jan. 18 called the amended petition to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippine and the New People’s Army as terrorist organizations as “a piece of legal fiction with dire consequences for the people.”