NDF Senior Adviser Luis Jalandoni and DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno

VISITORS. (L-R) National Democratic Front of the Philippines Senior Adviser Luis Jalandoni greets Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno during the 48th anniversary celebration of the Communist Party of the Philippines in Paquibato district in Davao City on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. (Zea Io Ming C. Capistrano/davaotoday.com)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Top government officials attended the celebration of the Communist Party of the Philippines’ 48th anniversary here on Monday, Dec. 26.

Among the visitors were GRP peace panel chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III and Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael “Mike” Sueno.

Bello congratulated the CPP for their anniversary.

“We hope on this occasion, maipaliwanag nila yung proseso na nangyayari between the government and the NDF para sa ganun ay magkakaroon ng suporta dito sa peace negotiations,” he told reporters in an interview.

He said they want to encourage the “bigger table” to be active in the peace negotiations, adding that they do not want a similar thing which happened in Colombia where the people rejected the peace deal.

“It’s supposed to be a peace forum. Hopefully to encourage the bigger table, because ours is a smaller table. The bigger table is where we explain to the people what is the value of the peace negotiations, that’s why we are here,” Bello said.

Bello said the peace agreement will be “acceptable to the people.”

“So this early we want to explain to the people the process, what we talked about, what we have agreed upon, what will be its final outcome,” he added.

Progressive leaders appointed to Cabinet positions and Makabayan bloc representatives were also present.

Those who were present include National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Liza Maza, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglungsod, Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary Mae Fe Templa, Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Carlos Zarate and Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Ariel Casilao.

Around 8 a.m. Monday, throngs of people gathered in an open farm field in the guerrilla zone in Barangay Lumiad, Paquibato district here eager to see the tactical formation of the Pulang Bagani Battalion.

The parade of colors started, followed by the six platoons from the New People’s Army Pulang Bagani Company consisting of 155 armed rebels.

NPA amazons carried the flags of various underground revolutionary organizations affiliated with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in front of the formation.

As the NPAs entered the field, some of the audience started shouting “Long live the Communist Party of the Philippines! Long live the NPAs!”

After the formation, a program followed inside the barangay gymnasium where a large emblem of the CPP dominated the stage.

The celebration also coincided with the launching of the “National Peace Assembly for Just and Lasting Peace.” (davaotoday.com)

  • Edwin Subijano

    This is very good of Secretary Bello !!! Promoting peace and understanding is the way forward !!!

  • TomD

    Here is the truth about “peace and understanding,” as it relates to socialism and communism:

    https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2627/3800271682_145d5704c8.jpg

    62,000,000 people murdered in the 20th century by the Soviet Union, symbolized by the hammer and sickle.

    35,000,000 people murdered in the 20th century by the Communist Chinese, symbolized by the yellow star in a red field.

  • Edwin Subijano

    Don’t swallow western imperialist propaganda !!! I used to do the same !!!

  • TomD

    More than 50,000,000, perhaps as many 100,000,000, of its own citizens murdered by the Marxist/Leninist Soviet Union and Communist China is a statement of fact:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_killings_under_Communist_regimes

    It is a disgrace that any government official from the Philippines would appear on a stage in front of the hammer and sickle, a symbol that directly represents the death and imprisonment of millions of its own citizens in the 20th century. It has NOTHING to do with peace. Shame.

  • Edwin Subijano

    100,000,000 million Soviet citizens murdered ??? If that was true then the Nazis didn’t need to invade the USSR during WW2. They would have just walked over an empty land !!! The fact is that the USSR mobilized more than 20 million soldiers during WW2 !!!

  • TomD

    Between 50,000,000 and 100,000,000 murdered in BOTH the Soviet Union and Communist China in the 20th century:

    https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/CHARNY.TAB4.GIF

  • Edwin Subijano

    No need to repeat your stupid and false data !!!

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