AFP and NPA can unite to defend Philippine sovereignty and realize a program of genuine land reform and national industrialization

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Jose Maria Sison, Chief Political Consultant

It is possible for the patriotic and democratic-minded officers and enlisted personnel of the AFP to unite with the NPA in opposing and ousting from power a regime that is tyrannical, anti-national and anti-democratic.

The NPA welcomed the actions of the AFP officers and enlisted personnel who withdrew support from the fascist dictator Marcos in 1986 and the corrupt bureaucrat Estrada in 2001. I presume that the NPA would welcome the efforts of AFP officers and enlisted personnel to withdraw military support from the tyrant Duterte.

The enlisted personnel of the AFP and the rank and file of the NPA come mostly from the working class and peasantry. They can have a common ground for unity and for a just peace in a program of genuine land reform and national industrialization.

In fact in its peace negotiations with the GRP, the NDFP proposed the aforesaid program and its financing by income from the development of oil and gas resources in the exclusive economic zones of the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea, with technology provided by the oil company of Norway, one of the best in the development of undersea energy resources.

The expected income of USD 26 trillion from said resources is so many times the amount needed to carry out genuine land reform and national industrialization. But Duterte played the role of traitor to the Filipino people and a puppet to China. He sold out to China the sovereign rights of the Filipino people over the marine and mineral resources in the West Philippine Sea. China has usurped ownership over the marine resources worth at least USD 1.5 trillion and prevented Filipino fishermen from fishing in their own sea.

For more than four years, Duterte has laid aside the 2016 judgment of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in accordance with the UNCLOS and in favor of the Philippines against the false claim of China. And he has allowed China to build and militarize seven artificial islands in the EEZ of the Philippines and prevent the development of the oil and gas resources of the Philippines.

Instead, he preferred to beg from China USD 24 billion worth of foreign loans for overpriced infrastructure projects under the complete control of China in an all-round way (engineering contracts, equipment, supplies and labor) merely because he and his cronies expected to receive bribes from the loan and construction contracts. So far, China has fallen far short of its promise of intolerably onerous loans.

The NPA and AFP can unite to defend national sovereignty and hold Duterte to account for his traitorous act of surrendering the sovereign rights of the Filipino people to China and preventing the realization of a just peace grounded on a program of genuine land reform and national industrialization.

Duterte has deliberately terminated the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations in order to scapegoat the CPP and NPA and realize his scheme of fascist dictatorship, his obsession to gain absolute power for the purpose of absolute corruption in favor of his dynasty and his oligarchic allies at the expense of the Filipino people.###

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