Archive of Features

AFP modernization relies heavily on the US
February 21, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) modernization program relies on US matériel, training and aid. Majority of its big ticket items, such as airplanes, ships and helicopters, can only be acquired from US companies or its subsidiaries and partners in allied countries such as Israel, Brazil and Jordan. AFP officials insist that only US-made […]

NTF-ELCAC’s barangay program, a military milking cow
February 21, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

Just like the E-CLIP, “laying down of arms” and other counterinsurgency programs, the ₱16.4-billion Barangay Development Program (BDP) fund of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) will certainly be used to line the pockets of military officials. It provides lots of opportunity for corruption in the form of kickbacks from […]

CREATE Bill: Tax cuts, profit increase for capitalists
February 21, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

The Lower House and Senate submitted last February 3 to Malacañang the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (Create) Bill. This bill will reduce the corporate tax rates from 30% to 25% for big corporations, and up to 20% for small and medium enterprises. This aims to ensure bigger profits for capitalists under the […]

Effect of the failed blended learning system: Disinterest and low level of learning
February 21, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

The Duterte regime has allowed this February the reopening of classes in universities and colleges offering medical-related courses. These include the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital, University of Sto. Tomas and Centro Escolar University. But how about other schools? The government still has no comprehensive plan for the safe reopening of schools for majority […]

People’s army
February 07, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

It has been long since Ka Rolly got in touch with Red fighters since his family relocated to a remote area in the mountains. He used to farm in the plains but decided to move to the hinterland along with the whole community to escape soldiers who were then conducting Oplan Habol Tamaraw in the […]

Mass base consolidation in Cagayan Valley: Strength founded on agrarian revolution
February 07, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

The support of the peasant masses in Cagayan Valley to the New People’s Army (NPA) remains firm amid intense combat and psywar operations of the military across the region.” The people here are as hard as stone,” soldiers often conclude after repeatedly mounting Retooled Community Support Program operations in a barrio. According to comrades, agrarian […]

What is to be expected from the new US president?
February 07, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

The chief of US imperialism has been replaced last January 29. Joseph Biden was sworn in as the 46th US president with Kamala Harris as his vice president amid the onslaught of a severe economic, political and health crisis in the country. Like his predecessors, Biden advocates for “US global leadership” which essentially means US […]

Economic cha-cha, a treasonous maneuver amid the pandemic
January 21, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

Duterte’s minions in the Senate and Congress are once again attempting to railroad the charter change (cha-cha) scheme which seeks to change the 1987 Constitution at the start of 2021. In the Lower House, the committee on constitutional amendments has started discussing the Resolution of Both Houses No. 2 on January 13 on the instigation […]

Recruitment campaign in Bicol
January 21, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

The dedication of members of the Party branch in Barangay Higos in Bicol was key to their successful recruitment campaign last year. To reach the target of contributing at least 10 new recruits, each Party member was tasked to recommend individuals whom they recommend to join the people’s army, especially the youth. In the recruitment […]

Skyrocketing pork prices
January 21, 2021 | Ang Bayan | Articles | Features

Many Filipinos are alarmed about the continuously increasing prices of food commodities, especially pork, in Luzon since December 2020. A recent report by the Department of Agriculture (DA) indicates that the price of pork belly in Metro Manila is already at ₱380 to ₱420 per kilo, while pork tenderloin is at ₱320 to ₱380. The […]