CPP calls for Aquino’s ouster
December 26, 2013
Celebrating its 45th year founding anniversary, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) called for the ouster of Pres. Benigno Aquino III. In a statement posted in their website, the CPP gave marching orders to its members to exert all efforts to “cause the ouster” of Aquino or “compel him to resign.”
The revolutionary group accused Aquino of puppetry to US imperialism, corruption, electoral fraud, grave human rights violations, mismanagement of pre-disaster preparations and disaster aids, mendacity, and destroying the environment for allowing mining operations, logging and land grabbing.
“We consider our efforts to remove Aquino from power as part of the process of strengthening the revolutionary movement and overthrowing the entire ruling system for the purpose of realizing fully the Program for a People’s Democratic Revolution and proceeding to the socialist revolution. As proven in the overthrow of Marcos and Estrada, it is possible for the legal mass movement to drive the overthrow of Aquino. Even if this would not succeed, the movement would still be strengthened and will further cause the US-Aquino regime to fail in its brutal attempt to destroy the armed revolution of the people,” the CPP stated.
Aside from the ouster call, the CPP vowed to intensify their offensives and reach 25,000 fully armed New Peoples Army (NPA) members by the end of 2014; and to increase guerrilla fronts to 200 from 110 existing fronts in 71 provinces.
The CPP also slammed Aquino’s alleged unwillingness to negotiate for a peaceful settlement of the armed conflict, and instead said that it “has no choice” but to wait for the next administration for the resumption of peace negotiations.
“It is upon US advice that the Aquino regime has continuously fouled up and considered the peace negotiations as unnecessary…The revolutionary movement does not expect the resumption of peace negotiations with the regime,” the group said.
It cited the arrest, torture, murder, and indefinite detention of hundreds of suspected revolutionaries, and the suspension of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (Jasig) accorded to NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) consultants, in violation of previous peace agreements.
Furthermore, the group said that the Aquino government has remained a “shameless puppet of US imperialism” and “rebuffed the offer of the NDFP for truce and alliance or cooperation on the basis of a concise general common intent to realize and carry forward national independence, democracy, social justice, development through land reform and national industrialization, people’s culture and international solidarity.”