Arming lumad baganis, reviving the ‘alsa masa’: resurrecting the bloody ‘ low intensity conflict’

Joaquin Jacinto | Spokesperson | NDF-Mindanao | National Democratic Front of the Philippines
October 05, 2018
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The NDFP-Mindanao, together with all its allied revolutionary organizations, condemn in strongest terms the latest desperate effort of the US-Duterte regime, through its fascist dog the AFP/PNP, to arm Lumad baganis and resuscitate the “Alsa Masa” movement as adjunct “force multipliers” to the US-Duterte regimes’s vile military campaign against the revolutionary movement.

The AFP/PNP has already formed several paramilitary groups whose members are recruited from Lumad tribes in Mindanao, such as Task Force Gantangan, Alamara, NIPAR, Bagani, Wild Dogs and others of similar ilk. Most of the members of these paramilitary groups are the “dregs” from the tribe – members of the tribe who are despised by their own tribesmen, responsible for selling Lumad ancestral domain to imperialist agri-plantation and large-scale companies. They are often deeply involved in anti-social dealings such as drugs and other forms of criminality.

The so-called “Alsa Masa” movement harks back from the US-Cory Aquino regime. This pseudo-mass movement forces the people to rise up in arms against the revolutionary movement. This uses the people as human shield, employing psychological warfare against the people, and the imposition of terror tactics against the people to prevent them from raising their demands – economic, civil rights, freedoms, better living conditions, etc.

The US-Duterte regime only uses this “low-intensity conflict” tactic to pit the masses against one another, causing widespread disunity among them, and thus emasculating their capability to struggle for their democratic interests.

Thus, the Lumad must resist the psy-war deception imposed by the AFP/US-Duterte regime in order to completely steal their ancestral domain. The people must resist this vile “low-intensity conflict” which seeks to divide and rule, and make them “indifferent” to their most pressing concerns.###

Arming lumad baganis, reviving the 'alsa masa': resurrecting the bloody ' low intensity conflict'