DAVAO CITY, Philippines —The Communist Party of the Philippines formally launched Monday the “National Peace Assembly for Just and Lasting Peace” which highlights the importance of the “people’s democratic revolution” to achieving a genuine lasting peace.
The launching has coincided with the CPP’s 48th founding anniversary dubbed as one of the longest Maoist communist revolution in Asia.
“People’s War is for people’s peace. The people’s democratic revolution advances in order for us to achieve a genuine lasting peace,” Ka Wendell, a New People’s Army, told DavaoToday in an interview.
He said the launching of the “National Peace Assembly for Just and Lasting Peace” aims to show its full support to the ongoing peace talks between the communist group and the government.
“We strengthen our principle that both justice and long lasting peace will only be achieved through the fulfillment of the national and democratic objectives of the people,” the NPA rebel said.
He likewise urged President Rodrigo Duterte to fulfill his campaign promises such as to release all the political prisoners and to end the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ counter-insurgency program “Oplan Bayanihan.”
Monday’s CPP anniversary celebration and launching of the national peace assembly was hosted by 1st Pulang Bagani Battalion-NPA Southern Mindanao.
According to Rubi Del Mundo, spokesperson of the NDFP in Southern Mindanao Region, the celebration paid homage to the “Party’s absolute leadership of the Filipino revolution as it also condemned the unfulfilled promises of the Duterte government in granting amnesty to the more than 400 political detainees in the country.”
Del Mundo said it also condemned the reported “ceasefire violations committed by AFP, PNP and paramilitary in some 500 villages nationwide.”
Meanwhile, NDFP Consultant Concha Araneta, pointed out that National Peace Assembly is “the only way to annihilate the roots of violence and unrest is to realize the land distribution for the millions of peasants in the country.”
“To respect the ancestral domain of indigenous people and Moro people, to abolish the wage slavery and end the exploitation of all workers, and to attain justice for all victims of human rights abuses and oppression. And the only way to pursue peace is only by waging the national democratic revolution and the people’s war,” she added.
Thousands of visitors coming from the country’s 10 regions namely: National Capital Region, Bicol, Southern Tagalog, Cordillera, Panay, Southern Mindanao, North Central Mindanao, North Eastern Mindanao, Far South Mindanao and Western Mindanao regions have attended the CPP anniversary celebration including top government officials and NDFP consultants.
The CPP anniversary celebration kicked off at around 8:30 a.m with six platoons of the 1st Pulang Bagani Company-New People’s Army Southern Mindanao mounting a formation followed by cultural presentations and a peace forum. (davaotoday.com)