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September 7, 2012 issue of Ang Bayan, published by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines
September 7, 2012 issue of Ang Bayan, published by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines

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Pahayagan ng Partido Komunista ng PilipinasPinapatnubayan ng Marxismo-Leninismo-Maoismo
English EditionVol. XLIII No. 17September 7, 2012www.philippinerevolution.net
orty years have elapsed, but the memory of martial law has notbeen erased from the Filipino people's consciousness. Thewounds left behind by the US-Marcos fascist dictatorship re-fuse to heal in the face of the reactionary state's continuing suppres-sion of the people and their revolutionary resistance. Let us use the40th anniversary of the formal declaration of martial law on Septem-ber 21 to remember the brutality of martial rule.
40 years of crisis and state terrorism
tries enjoyed US backing.The use of state terrorism isprincipally directed at suppress-ing the armed revolution and theunarmed democratic massmovement of the Filipino peopleagainst imperialism, feudalismand bureaucrat capitalism. Mar-cos used a mailed fist policy tosuppress the people and defendthe interests of foreign big capi-talists, big compradors andlandlords. The imposition of martial law in 1972 was an indi-cation that the reactionaryclasses could no longer rule inthe old way. In the face of thedeepening crisis of the rulingsemicolonial and semifeudalsystem, the rifts within the re-actionary classes further deep-ened and escalated to violence.Simultaneously, the Filipino
 In this issue...
Sereno,Aquino’serrand girl
Robredoand the illusionof “goodgovernance” 
AFP sufferscasualtiesin Bicol
Let us encourage the studyof the history of martial law es-pecially among the youth. Mostof them do not have any directexperience on the brutality of martial law and the bitter sacri-fices of the millions of peoplewho courageously resisted it.Let us define the roots of martial law and the cir-cumstances surround-ing its imposi-tion and em-phasizeour dutyto step upour strug-gleagainstthe con-tinuing useof stateterrorismagainst thepeople.ThenpresidentFerdinandMar-cosimposedmartial law to preservethe rotten, bankrupt andmoribund ruling semicolonialand semifeudal system. Marcoshad strong ambitions to remainin power indefinitely. He had thesupport of US imperialism, thesame waythatdicta-tor-shipsinothercoun-
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people led by the CommunistParty of the Philippines (CPP)launched the people's demo-cratic revolution and the armedrevolution.Marcos expanded andstrengthened the Armed Forcesof the Philippines (AFP) several-fold, aside from paramilitarieslike the Civilian Home DefenseForce. The police was likewiseorganized as a nationwide entityunder the centralized commandof the then Philippine Constabu-lary-Integrated National Police.All the coercive forces of thestate came under Marcos' beckand call and were used to vio-lently suppress the people.At least 70,000 personswere imprisoned and torturedby Marcos' officers and men un-der military rule. More than3,000 were killed, and thou-sands fell victim to beatings,massacres and involuntary dis-appearance. Unionizing and or-ganizing, meetings and demon-strations were prohibited. Mar-cos instilled a climate of fear. Hegagged the people and attempt-ed to control their minds by con-trolling the mass media and ed-ucation and utilizing variouspsywar tactics.Among those incarceratedby Marcos were his reactionarypolitical rivals whom he accusedof conspiring with the revolu-tionary movement. Eventually,most of them kept silent andmerely waited for the US tochange its stance vis a vis Mar-cos.The revolutionary forces of the national-democratic move-ment were the most steadfast,staunch and courageous in theirstand against martial law. Theyblazed the path of armed strug-gle and persevered in the under-ground resistance in the cities.They became the primary tar-gets of the fascist violence of martial law.The CPP and the revolution-ary mass organizations it ledwere at the core of the unde-featable antifascist movementand the continuing struggleagainst imperialism, feudalismand bureaucrat capitalism. Theystoked the fires of resistanceamid the darkness of martiallaw. They inspired the Filipinopeople to persevere along thepath of resisting the US-Marcosdictatorship.The armed revolution ad-vanced. Thousands of youth,workers and peasants joined theNew People's Army (NPA). Manyof them made major contribu-tions in opening new guerrillafronts, advancing agrarian revo-lution in the countryside and in-tensifying armed struggle. TheNPA was established in 1969with only 60 Red fighters armedwith nine automatic rifles and26 inferior weapons. In its firstthree years, the NPA's firepow-er grew to 400. By the mid-1980s, it had about 5,500 high-powered firearms and the abilityto launch tactical offensives na-tionwide. These dealt thestrongest blows against the ruleof the US-Marcos dictatorship.The revolutionary forcespersevered in working under-ground in the cities, especiallyamong the workers, urban poor, youth-students, church people,women and other democraticsectors. By 1976, strikes andother workers' struggles brokethrough the climate of fear thatMarcos instilled. Huge studentsdemonstrations flared in 1977against tuition fee increases andvarious other social issues. Pro-test actions shook the whole of Metro Manila amid Marcos' bo-gus election.The momentum of the demo-cratic mass movement in MetroManila and other city centers,and of armed struggle in thecountryside persisted through-out the first half of the 1980s,causing great anxiety to the US.The US was disappointed withthe assassination of Benigno"Ninoy" Aquino Jr. by Marcos'armed minions in 1983. The as-sassination was met with gigan-tic demonstrations in 1983-85led by the national-democratic
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is published fortnightly by the Central Committeeof the Communist Party of the Philippines
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welcomes contribu-tions in the form of articles andnews. Readers are likewiseenjoined to send in their com-ments and suggestions for the bet-terment of our publication. Youcan reach us by email at:
Vol. XLIII No. 17 September 7, 2012
Editorial: 40 years of crisis and fascism1Sereno, Aquino’s errand girl4Robredo and the illusionof “good” governance5Factionalism in Aquino’s coalition6Affront to sovereignty6Imperialist plan for NCR7CLPISTON leader slain8Rights groups mark Int’l Day of theDisappeared9Justice for Ali Mall workers9Seizure of ancestral lands9Resistance to anti-Moro campaign10AFP suffers casualties in Bicol11
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forces and stepped up tacticaloffensives nationwide.Marcos' decision to call forsnap elections on February 7,1986 at the instigation of the USspurred the anti-Marcos reac-tionaries to take action. The USgave strict orders to CorazonAquino and her people not to ac-commodate the forces of thedemocratic mass movement inher campaign and not to touchthe issue of the military bases.After the polls, the CPP as-sailed the bogus election andcalled for an uprising. CorazonAquino's call for "civil disobedi-ence" and a demon-stration along EDSAcame only after. Theforces mobilized bythe national-demo-cratic movementformed thebackbone of the four-daydemonstrationat EDSA fromFebruary 22 to25. They orga-nized demonstra-tions in major cit-ies nationwideand led workersand studentswho rallied atMendiola and atthe gates of Ma-lacañang untilMarcos fled aboard a US militaryhelicopter.We must hark back to thehistory of martial law in order tocounter the distortions of histo-ry. Marcos' political heirs claimthat there was no violence un-der martial law and even por-tray him as a hero. They justifythe use of mailed fist policiesand the suppression of therights of workers to organizeunions and to strike in order toattract foreign investments.They hail the infrastructure pro- jects that plunged the Philip-pines to indebtedness to foreignbanks and fattened the pocketsof big bureaucrat capitalists ledby no less than the Marcos fam-ily.Even the current Aquino re-gime is into historical distor-tions. It exaggerates the "hero-ism" of the anti-Marcos reac-tionaries in order to belittle theperseverance and sacrifices of the Filipino people and their rev-olutionary movement in fightingand overthrowing Marcos andmartial rule.Benigno Aquino III keeps ondeclaring that he and his familywere victims of martial law. Thisis an incontrovertible factof history. But he hasno right to deny thesacrifices of tens of thousands of peoplewho were at theforefront of the strug-gleagainstthe Mar-cos dic-tatorship. Andhe definitely does nothave the right to justifythe current suppressionof democratic rightswhich is no different fromthe suppression that wasdone under martial law.Of what use are Aqui-no's boasts about his family'ssacrifice when his father Benig-no Aquino Jr. was imprisonedwhen, like Marcos, he now de-nies that there are hundreds of political prisoners languishing in jail under his regime? When thekilling, abduction, imprisonmentand torture of activists resistingdemolitions, struggling for high-er wages, fighting the plunder of our natural resources and de-fending the interests of the toi-ling masses persist? When themilitarization of the country-side, the bombings, shootings,repression and persecution goon unabated?Many aspects of the US-Marcos dictatorship's militaryrule continued during the subse-quent regimes and persist up tothe present. The ruling classescontinue to defend the semico-lonial and semifeudal system de-fended by Marcos' martial law.The Filipino people suffer evenmore exploitation, oppressionand poverty as the chronic crisisdeepens.Campaigns of suppressionlaunched by subsequent regimesfrom Corazon Aquino's to Ar-royo's have been growing morebrutal: Oplan Lambat Bitag I-IV(1986-1998), Oplan GordianKnot and Oplan Makabayan(1999-2000), Oplan Bantay La- ya I and II (2001-2010) andOplan Bayanihan (since 2011)under Benigno Aquino III's re-gime.Even without a martial lawdeclaration, the state has beenintensifying its use of fascistterror. Counterrevolutionarycampaigns of suppression havebeen most vicious in the coun-tryside, where armed struggle isbeing waged in conjunction withagrarian revolution. In areaswhere people's resistance isstrongest, military power isdominant, and the civilian gov-ernment a virtual figurehead.The brutal campaigns of sup-pression have, in recent years,been ironically called "peaceand development operations."LET US review the lessonslearned from the struggleagainst martial law. Let us sa-lute the thousands who sacri-ficed in struggling against thefascist dictatorship and hailthem as heroes who should beemulated by the new generationof youth as they tread the pathof revolutionary struggle in the years to come.

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