NDF calls for opposition to ‘Balikatan’ in Bicol
Communist rebels have vowed to resist the upcoming RP-US Balikatan exercises that will be held in the Bicol region this year.
National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Bicol spokesman Gregorio Bañares said residents in the region should not be fooled by US claims of “humanitarian missions.”
“Para sa US, magkasinghalaga ang pagpatay ng isang ekstremista at ang mga ‘humanitarian missions’ sa kontra-insurhensya. Kung kaya’t ginagamit nito ang mga pekeng ‘humanitarian missions’ upang magsarbey ng karagatan at kalupaan ng bansa at maniktik laban sa rebolusyunaryong kilusan (For the United States, the humanitarian missions are just a cover for surveying Philippine terrain and spying on the revolutionary movement),” Bañares said in a statement on the Communist Party of the Philippines website.
Several provinces in Bicol are considered infested by New People’s Army (NPA), armed wing of the CPP and NDFP.
On the other hand, Bañares said the exercises are a form of US military intervention.
This is a form of US military intervention that violates our national sovereignty and territorial integrity, he said.
Because of these, he urged residents in Bicol to resist the Balikatan exercises, which are reportedly due to start this February.
“Walang bandidong Abu Sayyaf o anumang teroristang grupo sa Bikol, at wala ring malalang kalamidad sa nakaraang dalawang taon upang gawing batayan ng BALIKATAN EXERCISES. Malinaw na ang tunay na pakay ng tropang US ay makialam sa palpak na counter-insurgency program ng AFP laban sa CPP-NPA-NDF (There is no Abu Sayyaf or terrorist group in Bicol. Neither is there any calamity. It is clear that the objective of the Balikatan exercise is to bolster the government’s failed counterinsurgency efforts),” he said. – GMANews.TV
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