Despite the harassment lies Defiance...
in regards to the festivities of the 41st Founding Anniversary
of the Communist Party of the Philippines
By Katleah Iskre Ulrike
Last December 26, 2010, people from all walks of like joined the celebrations of the 42nd founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in guerilla zones, especially in Mindanao wherein scenes being shown, and it what was described as "one of the biggest celebrations of the revolutionary victories of the Filipino people exhibiting the continuing growth of the revolutionary movement led by the CPP."
However, there are actions laid by the Reactionary Government, though its Armed Forces that is detrimental to the freedom of movement-such as checkpoints, taking up pictures at spectators-to-be, and even videoing them. These actions laid by the Armed Forces of the rotten order, through the cloak of security and order in the countryside in fact, harasses participants and dissuade them from proceeding to the site of the celebrations-all in violation of the spirit and intent of the 19-day ceasefire laid by the GRP-NDF.
As according to NDF-Mindanao spokesperson Jorge "Ka Oris" Madlos, he said that a few more thousand people failed to join the celebrations because of the checkpoints setup by the military and police. As:
"Checkpoints were setup by the 4th Infantry Division all over the Caraga region in a desperate attempt by the AFP to prevent the people from joining the celebrations of the CPP anniversary."
Isn't it obvious that in the name of national security they tend to evade the agreements through setting forth checkpoints, surveillance and other related actions detrimental to the suspension of military operations?
As according to Ka Oris:
"The military and police unreasonably blocked the people's free movement insisting on listing all the license numbers of vehicles, asking for registration papers and checking the license of drivers."
For sure the Armed Forces would give a retaliatory statement in regards to their actions justifying the checkpoints and surveillance of spectators-that was only relented when reporters and cameramen from local and international media outfits arrived and witnessed the harassments made by these thugs in uniform.
After all, Ka Oris even said that:
"The attempts to stop people from joining the celebrations of the CPP violated the spirit and intent of the simultaneous ceasefire which, among others, aim at allowing personnel of both sides to be with their families and friends to hold celebrations during the holidays,"
He even added that:
"Despite the harassments, the celebrations pushed through and was carried out successfully," added Ka Oris. Thousands of peasants and lumad people, fisherfolk, as well as workers and students from town centers joined a company of New People's Army (NPA) Red fighters in a field surrounded by coconut trees and rice paddies. "This shows the deep and widespread support of the people for the Communist Party and the revolutionary movement."
What the enemy thinks about those who join the festivities, including the families, and even the journalists looking for a scope, local or international, are sympathizers and ought to be persecuted "to the fullest extent of the law." And that law? Is their personal insight about those who resist against their rotten, antiquated order as terrorists.
But behind the harassments lies enough tendency for defiance...