By RUBI DEL MUNDO
The Eastern Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is behind the aspersions cast against Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for donating private funds to the victims of Typhoon Pablo in a camp of the New People’s Army that he visited last 26 December during the 44th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
The fascist generals and the military intelligence community are vilifying Duterte for making an independent, sincere help to Typhoon Pablo victims in the revolutionary territories of the People’s Democratic Government in Southern Mindanao.
These warmongering agents in the US-Aquino regime sow the intrigue of revolutionary taxation to malign Duterte, undermine his politics, and indirectly warn other individuals that they would suffer the same intrigue-sowing and defamation should they relate with the revolutionary forces or with the New People’s Army.
It is patent that the fascist AFP has exploited the 4 December tragedy as an opportune time to breast-beat its Oplan Bayanihan mantra with the conscious centralization of relief operations. To cover-up its obvious role in the environmental destruction, it wants to project itself as heroes and custodian of all relief activities. Thus, it sows intrigue against politicians, individuals and organizations that make independent efforts to respond to the needs of the people. It cannot tolerate other sectors or individuals who make their own initiative to help the victims.
The People’s Democratic Government has issued a directive to all its departments and coordinated with Red fighters and people’s militia in the methodical distribution of food supplies, carpentry and building of damaged houses, clearing of devastated farmlands, putting up of mobile health clinics and psychotherapy, conduct of feeding program for children and elderly, building of schools and daycare centers, and putting up of seedling nurseries for reforestation. Thus, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) seeks the active support of individuals, politicians and institutions that wish to pitch in and help in the people’s campaign to regain lands, jobs and livelihood.
To counter this, the AFP wants to make legitimate its Oplan Bayanihan operations — by monopolizing and leading the US-Aquino regime’s relief drive on the one hand, and military build-up in other areas in the region, on the other hand, in direct violation to the ongoing ceasefire between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the NDFP. While they portray themselves as heroes in Pablo-affected areas, the AFP has not veered away from its combat-intelligence offensive posturing, especially in the East Coast (Davao Oriental side and Compostela Valley boundaries) where they hold checkpoints and regularly conduct operations.
The US-Aquino regime has already deployed four brigades under two Army divisions in the region, and has sustained intensive military operations even as the masses and revolutionary forces are facing the impact of Typhoon Pablo.
With the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) out of the way, the 602nd Brigade – 6th Infantry Division – AFP has redirected two of its battalions against the NPA in North Cotabato and Davao del Sur. The AFP has positioned Oplan Bayanihan as one big rescue effort for Typhoon Pablo, while at the same time intensified its non-Pablo deployed troops and Special Operation Teams in Davao and other parts of the region. Worse, the AFP is poised to pave the way for US military intervention in Southern Mindanao, especially in identified guerilla territories. US troops are about to enter Baganga town.
Rodrigo Duterte should not be deflected by this obvious AFP bullying and must continue with his pro-people stance. Other well-intentioned individuals should not be intimidated with the US-Aquino regime’s red scare tactics and denigration. Millions of farmers, workers, Lumads, women, children and elderly in the affected areas badly need help. And genuine help cannot be had from the current government.