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October 21,2011 issue of Ang Bayan, published by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines
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This issue’shighlights...
Italian priest latestvictim of OplanBayanihan
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2Ka Roger honored andsaluted
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4Mayor Dano and 6POWs released
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Pahayagan ng Partido Komunista ng PilipinasPinapatnubayan ng Marxismo-Leninismo-Maoismo
 ANG 
English EditionVol. XLII no. 20October 21, 2011www.philippinerevolution.net
Editorial
F
ormal peace talks between the National De-mocratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) andthe Government of the Philippines (GPH)scheduled on October 31-November 12 in Oslo,Norway have been stymied anew. The reason isthe GPH's renewed failure to fulfill its obligationsunder the Oslo Joint Statements of January andFebruary 2011 to release most if not all of the 17detained NDFP consultants protected by the JointAgreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees(JASIG).The GPH had promised just last September tocomply with this obligation on or before October10 to enable both parties to prepare for their par-ticipation in the peace talks in Oslo.This pledge was even made by the GPH infront of representatives of the Norwegian govern-ment which serves as third party facilitator. Al-most two weeks after the deadline, however, theGPH has yet to undertake any moves towards thefulfillment of this obligation. The GPH and theAFP have instead taken the hardline stance of denying the existence of political prisoners andclaiming that the persons cited by the NDFP aredetainees facing various criminal charges. No less than the GPH negotiat-ing panel chair has declared that theNDFP should not expect the release of anymore of its consultants.The NDFP would have wanted negotia-tions with the GPH to push through to re-solve the roots of the armed conflict andforge agreements on basic social, economicand political reforms in order to pave the wayfor a just and lasting peace in the Philip-pines. But the GPH has made it impossiblefor formal talks to take place on October 31.Proof of the NDFP's sincerity to pursue thepeace negotiations is its resolve to patiently
The GPH is to blamefor the stymied peace talks
wait for the GPH to fulfill its obligations howeverlong it takes. The responsibility and shame for thecontinued delay of the formal peace negotiationsrests firmly on the GPH's shoulders.The GPH's failure to comply with its obliga-tions shows its lack of interest to pursue negoti-ations with the NDFP. There is endless prattleabout the peace talks on the GPH side but therehas been no serious interest to actually engage innegotiations to resolve the people's basic prob-lems which lie at the roots of the raging civil warin the country.Obviously, the peace talks are relevant to theGPH only if these serve as a tool to pacify and ef-fect the surrender of the armed revolutionarymovement. The peace talks therefore serve asadornments to cover up the viciousness of OplanBayanihan, a brutal counterrevolutionary cam-paign designed by US imperialism. The much-vaunted peace advocated by Oplan Bayanihan in-volves none other than the repression of a peoplehungry, oppressed and bereft of justice.The revolutionary movement is fully prepared
 
 Ang Bayan
is published fortnightly by the Central Committeeof the Communist Party of the Philippines
 Ang Bayan
is published in Pilipino,Bisaya, Iloko, Hiligaynon, Waray andEnglish editions.It is available for
downloading 
atthe Philippine Revolution Web Central located at:
www.philippinerevolution.org 
.
 Ang Bayan
welcomes contributionsin the form of articles and news.Readers are likewise enjoined to sendin their comments and suggestions forthe betterment of our publication. Youcan reach us by email at:
angbayan@yahoo.com
Vol. XLII No. 20 October 21, 2011
Contents
Editorial
: The GPH is to blame forthe stymied peace talks
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Italian priest, victim of OpB
2
National Minority victimsof the Aquino regime
3
Lakbayan in Northcentral Mindanao
4
Ka Roger, honored
4
COPD, as evil as RSOT
6
19 soldiers killed in Ilocos Sur
8
Mayor Dano and 6 POW, freed
9
Mining in Cagayan Valley
10
Armed protection for mining firms
11
Cheaper Medicine Act, cookedup in US
12
Protests against capitalism
12News13
 ANG 
2ANG BAYAN October 21, 2011
to confront this deceptive tactic of the GPH. It isdetermined to address the Filipino people's basicdemands for social justice and national liberationin the arena of peace negotiations and in thefield of mass struggle and armed resistance.The crisis of the ruling system of big landlordsand compradors continues to worsen and fire upthe Filipino people's anger and resistance. In theface of extreme poverty and suffering, the Filipinopeople are persevering even more to tread the pathof revolutionary struggle to resist the onslaught of the ruling classes and their imperialist masters.Whether the peace negotiations push throughor not, the revolutionary movement will continueadvancing towards the goal of achieving genuine, just and enduring peace. ~
Italian priest is latest victimof Oplan Bayanihan
T
he Communist Party of the Philippines joined other groups instrongly condemning the brutal slaying of Fr. Fausto Tentorio,59, an Italian priest and antimining advocate. Among thosewho condemned the killing were Rubi del Mundo, spokesperson of the National Democratic Front in Southern Mindanao Region andMohagher Iqbal, spokesperson of the Moro Islamic Liberation Frontand head of its peace panel. Del Mundo said that the 6th ID mas-terminded the killing, while Iqbal added that the MILF had re-ceived information from the ground that the perpetrators belongedto a paramilitary group under the AFP.Fr. Tentorio was killed on October 17 at around 7:30 a.m. insidehis parish in Arakan Valley, North Cotabato. A former parish work-er who witnessed the heinous crime said that the Italian priest had just gotten into his van when he was approached by a man wearinga helmet who shot him several times. He sustained ten gunshotwounds from a pistol with a silencer. Two of the bullets hit his head.After the bloody incident, the assailant walked away casually androde a waiting motorcycle driven by another unidentified man.Three months before the killing, military agents posing as fishvendors frequented Fr. Tentorio's convent. The agents were therealmost daily but were suddenly nowhere to be found on the day of the killing. Soldiers of the 57th IB were also asking around lastSeptember what Fr. Tentorio's cellphone number was. In 2006, themilitary raided a medical mission being conducted by Fr. Tentorioon suspicion that he was harboring wounded Red fighters.Fr. Tentorio's killing spawned condemnation from various religiousgroups, local residents, environ-mentalists and human rights ad-vocates. A picket-rally waslaunched by Hustisya in front of the office of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Manila on Octo-ber 18. Members of the Promo-tion of Church People's Responseheld a candle-lighting ceremonyat the Quezon City Rotunda toextend their condolences.Meanwhile, a fact-findingmission will be launched by theExodus for Justice and Peace.Its members believe that Fr.Tentorio's killing is part of OplanBayanihan which targets indi-viduals strongly opposed to thegovernment’s mining policy.Fr. Tentorio was active inhelping residents of KulamanValley, Sultan Kudarat in theirstruggles against large-scalemining. He also actively criti-cized the role of the military asprotectors of mining companies.He supported the struggle of Hi-gaonon minorities for their an-cestral lands.Fr. Tentorio had long beenreceiving death threats from theBagani Command, a paramilitarygroup under the 73rd IB. He sur-vived the first attempt on hislife in 2003 because of the peo-ple's help.Fr. Tentorio is the third mis-sionary from the Pontifical Insti-tute for Foreign Missions (PIME)killed in Mindanao. The first wasFr. Tullio Favali who was killed onApril 11, 1985 in Tulunan, NorthCotabato by a paramilitary groupled by Norberto Manero. The sec-ond was Fr. Salvatore Carzeddawho was killed by a man riding amotorcycle on March 20, 1992 inZamboanga City.~
 
ANG BAYAN October 21, 2011
FASCIST STATE ON ARAMPAGE
National minority victimsof the Aquino regime
U
p to nine leaders of national minority groups were killed dur-ing Benigno Aquino III's sixteen months in power. Thousandsof minority peoples have been forcibly displaced from their com-munities due to intense militarization and abuse. Many of themsuffered harassment, illegal arrest and beatings.The latest victim of extrajudicial killing among the national mi-norities was Rabenio Sungit, a leader of the Palaw'an tribe from Que-zon, Palawan. Sungit was shot to death in September by two motor-cycle-riding men at the public market in Quezon town. Prior to this,soldiers from the Philippine Marines often “visited” the Sungit fam-ily home to ask about his activities and whereabouts. He was thesecond member of the Sungit family to be killed by state forces. In2005, armed minions of reaction killed his brother Abelino.The Sungit family has a long history of resisting large-scalemining and fighting for the rights of the national minorities inPalawan. As a result, they have been branded as communists andtargeted for harassment.Earlier, on June 30, paramilitaries killed Arpe Belayong, a Hi-gaonon leader and his son-in-law Soltie “Amang” Daguingan. Bela-yong's children Michelle, 14 and Longlong, 6 were wounded. The vic-tims were leaders of communities that refused to give up their landsdespite the operations of foreign mining companies in Agusan del Sur. In 2010, paramilitary forces killed Belayong's brother Mampaagialso because of his opposition to large-scale mining in their area. ~
Intense militarizationin San Fernando, Bukidnon
M
ilitarization goes on without letup in the villages of Bunacao,Namnam and Magkalungay in San Fernando, Bukidnon. Nation-al minorities in these areas recently reported relentless bombingsin Butay mountain near the Pentagon Range which is the sourceof their food and livelihood. Residents have long been putting upwith the abuses of the military and local reactionaries.Since they started fighting for their rights, the minorities havebeen accused of being members of the New People's Army and for-bidden from joining mass actions. San Fernando Mayor LaurentiaEdma connived with the military to organize the Triom Force para-military group to suppress residents fighting for their rights. OnOctober 11, the Triom Force killed Kibungkong barangay captainJimmy Arion after he voiced out his vehement opposition to thegroup. Triom was also responsible for the murder of Nicomedes dela Peña Sr. and his son Nicomedes de la Peña Jr. on April 27. TheDe la Peñas are farmers from Barangay Mabuhay. Also killed by Tri-om for refusing to join the group were Ruben Gatong and ItikAwasan, residents of Kibungkong and Namnam, respectively.The villagers have been suppressed and terrorized by the sol-diers who go to all subvillages to spy on those who join protestactions. The troopers also regularly call meetings and show moviesthat malign mass actions. They set up a detachment right in frontof the elementary school in Namnam despite opposition from thevillagers.~
Suppressingfarmers inMisamis Oriental
O
n September 24, the Kalum-bay Regional Lumad Organi-zation received areportfrom Pa-ngala-sag, anorgani-zationof Higa-ononminori-tiesstatingthat they were being harassedby personnel of A Brown Com-pany Inc. (ABCI).Pangalasag has been oppos-ing ABCI's plans to seize theirlands in Opol, Misamis Oriental.ABCI, a foreign company thatplants palm trees and sells palmoil plans to open a plantationon lands planted to bananas,coconuts and other crops by theHigaonon. The Higaonon havethus been demanding the can-cellation of the ABCI project.On March 10, ABCI securityguards harassed and terrorizedseven members of Pangalasag.The minorities were planning tocut down some “bagacay,” a va-riety of bamboo, when theywere prevented from doing soby the ABCI guards who enteredthe area. The farmers stoppedand decided to go another way.An hour later, armed men fol-lowed them. The men, who saidthey were from the National Bu-reau of Investigation suddenlyfired at them. The farmers werebeaten up, threatened and ille-gally detained at the Opol Po-lice Station.They were later transferredto the NBI office in Cagayan deOro where they were chargedwith direct assault.~
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