Thursday, January 27, 2011

CPP condemns EDSA bus bombing

CPP condemns EDSA bus bombing

CPP Information Bureau
January 27, 2011

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today issued the following statement:

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemns in the strongest terms possible the bombing last Tuesday of a passenger bus along EDSA in Makati City. This most despicable act of violence resulted in the death of at least five ordinary working class people and injuries to at least 15 others.

The CPP, the New People's Army (NPA) and all revolutionary forces under the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) express sympathy with the bombing victims and their loved ones.

The CPP denounces the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for insinuating that either the NPA or the MILF had responsibility in the bombing. There is even the fantastic tale that the bombing was perpetuated by a newly formed military command jointly formed by the NPA and MILF. The NPA does not engage in such senseless acts of violence that cause death and injury to ordinary people. The MILF also outrightly denied having anything to do with the bombing.

It is curious that the bombing was carried out a day or two after Philippine media was rife with speculations about the involvement of high-ranking police and military officers in a car theft syndicate. Certain government officials have expressed the view that the bombing was meant to draw the attention of investigators away from the car theft syndicate.

It is also curious that the bombing was carried out just a few days before the scheduled Strategic Dialogue between top security and defense officials of the Philippine and US governments. The bombing is now being portrayed as a confirmation of a recent US advisory about an imminent terrorist attack in the country, thus proving the need for continued "anti-terror cooperation" between the US and the Philippines and the continued presence of US troops in the country, and drowning the clamor for the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and other unequal military treaties.

One only has to recall how in 2002, US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative Michael Meiring accidentally set off a bomb he was preparing in his Davao City hotel room. Meiring is believed to be responsible for the wave of bombings in Davao which paved the way for the arrival of US forces in the pretext of fighting "terrorist threats." He was immediately whisked off secretly by operatives of the US National Security Agency and rushed home by the US embassy. The Meiring incident shows the malicious extent to which the US intelligence and military and their local cohorts would go in staging terror scenarios to justify US military intervention.

It is also curious that the bombing was carried out amidst some positive developments in the realm of peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the NDFP, which fascists and ultra-reactionaries have been trying to scuttle and saddle with difficulties. Preliminary consultations for the resumption of peace talks between the Philippine government and the MILF are also about to begin. These dark forces operating in the defense and security agencies have gone to great lengths to hinder progress in political negotiations and assert the primacy of the military in the counterrevolutionary war effort and in the so-called "maintenance of peace and order."

Just as in the past, it is doubtful whether the real perpetrators and masterminds of Tuesday's bus bombing will ever be brought to justice. The CPP and all revolutionary forces vow to extend all possible assistance to the victims and their families and friends to attain justice for their loved ones and punish the demons behind this crime.

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