Around 2 o’clock this morning (Jan. 30), National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Randy Felix Malayao was shot dead by an assailant inside a bus in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya. Nobody is to be blamed for this, but the satanic and killer Duterte and his death squad.
The brutal carnage of NDFP peace consultant Randy Malayao is a perpetuation of the countless killings under the US-Duterte Regime (USDR). In tyrant Duterte’s 21⁄2-year presidency, tens of thousands Filipinos from the urban poor, workers, peasants, Lumads, Moro people, other national minorities, the women and the youth have already been murdered by his terrorist and reactionary army and police. Duterte’s Oplan Tokhang “war against drugs”; his Oplan Kapayapaan war of suppression throughout the country; his anti-Moro war in Mindanao that has led to the total destruction of Marawi and untold hardships to hundreds of thousand Maranaos; and his martial law in Mindanao which he has extended and whose scope has now included Samar, Negros and Bicol, have all resulted to countless extra- judicial killings and have completely abandoned the respect of human rights and the international humanitarian laws. Included in the tens of thousands slain are 10 mayors, 6 vice mayors, and 3 Catholic priests, namely, Fr. Tito Paez and Fr. Richmond Nilo both of Nueva Ecija, and Fr. Mark Ventura of Cagayan. Disbelieving in the “stupid God” of the Roman Catholic Church, ranting against and threatening to kill the bishops and priests for being critical of his despotic rule, autocrat Duterte has been advised by his devilish “personal god” to shroud the country with tyranny through his anti- Filipino wars.
Not satisfied with its fascist acts, the US-Duterte Regime moreover kills the Filipino people, especially the workers and peasants, through the TRAIN law and the “Build, Build, Build” projects. Instead of emancipating the destitute populaces from feudal, comprador bourgeois and foreign capitalist exploitation by genuinely promoting agrarian reform and national industrialization, totalitarian Duterte leads daily the Filipino masses to poverty, sickness and death.
In his recent issuance of Executive Order No. 70, Duterte has formed the National Task Force (NTF), which he heads, with the declared aim of ending the armed revolution through the “whole-of-nation” approach and “delivery of basic services” to supposedly “address the root causes” of the armed conflict. However, tyrant Duterte does not really want to address the basic reasons of the ongoing armed struggle. Instead of denouncing US imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism as the root causes of the people’s chronic impoverishment and of the protracted people’s war, Duterte blames the New People’s Army (NPA) as the primary reason of poverty and the lack of development in Philippine society.
Behind EO No. 70, whose origin is from the US Department of State’s Counterinsurgency Guide of 2009, is state fascism that is directed by despotic Duterte himself, as concretized by countless massacres of civilians and the ruthless slaughter of NDFP peace consultant Malayao. EO No. 70 hides the vicious war being mounted by the pro-US imperialist and fascist AFP and PNP, and justifies the worsening and widespread killings, abductions, torture and other crimes perpetrated by the reactionary government’s armed forces. Through his EO No. 70, murderer Duterte is aggravating the
deteriorating social conditions of the Filipino masses through taxes, excessive loans, high prices, depressed wages, corruption and promoting shabu smuggling and trade.
To ensure the efficient and effective implementation of EO No. 70’s “Whole-of-Nation Approach”, tyrant Duterte has commanded his pro-US imperialist AFP and PNP to control and use the “National Task Force” in order to militarize the entire national and local bureaucracy as a tool in the USDR’s counterinsurgency. Concurrently, killer Duterte has positioned ex-military officials to various agencies of government, and has directed the military and police to meddle in the coming elections to have his agents sit in congress and local governments. Through his fascist military and police, satanic Duterte has stepped up further various baseless arrests and has repetitively trumped up charges against the legal democratic forces and all critics and political oppositionists, including members of the NDPF peace negotiation panelists and consultants. Furthermore through EO No. 70, tyrant Duterte and his fascist army and police have been and are coercing all government agencies to implement localized peace negotiations that are nationally directed and supervised a priori. But the fact remains that localized peace negotiations have neither solved the root causes of the people’s war being waged by the NPA and the Filipino armed masses, nor have responded to the Filipino people’s aspiration for a just and lasting peace.
All of the above are reasons why killer Duterte and his reactionary army and police have totally not only culminated the peace talks between the GRP and the NDFP by issuing Proclamation No. 360 terminating the peace negotiations, and Proclamation No. 374 listing the CPP-NPA as terrorist organizations. They have also ended the life of NDFP peace consultant Randy Malayao, who had been very active in asserting the furtherance of the peace negotiations in order to truly address the root causes of the ongoing armed conflict.
The vicious slaying of NDFP peace consultant Randy Malayao and the numerous butcheries by tyrant Duterte and his anti-Filipino military and police certainly enflame the Filipino people to join the NPA in the armed struggle. For armed revolutionary resistance is necessary, just and legitimate for the masses to liberate themselves from Duterte’s rampant fascism, corruption, plunder, repression and abuses in order to achieve a just and lasting peace by firming up the people’s democratic power to overthrow the landlord-comprador bourgeoisie dominated state, and by establishing a truly democratic government that genuinely represents and serves the Filipino people’s interests, and that advances the agrarian revolution and national industrialization in order to lay the foundations of a Philippine socialist society.
Simultaneously, it is crucial and essential for all patriotic and democratic forces, including the bishops, priests, pastors and sisters and the rest of the Filipino people to unite themselves in a powerful convergence to oust the Duterte regime as soon as possible. As experienced by the struggling Filipino masses during the ouster of dictator Marcos in 1986 and corrupt Estrada in 2001, the most effective is for the millions of people to make the streets their parliament and inspire the patriotic sections of the AFP and PNP to start withdrawing their support from the brutal, corrupt and tyrant Duterte.
Long live the memory of NDFP peace consultant Randy Felix Malayao! Join the New People’s Army! Advance the People’s War to higher stages! Oust the brutal, corrupt and tyrant Duterte! He has no more right to rule the Filipino people. He has to be changed by a nationalist and democratic leader.