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Aquino has abused human rights rhetoric but has failed to undertake any significant measures to uphold the people’s human rights. Not a single fascist criminal responsible for the more than one thousand cases of extrajudicial killing under the Arroyo regime has been brought to justice. Gen. Jovito Palparan remains scot-free despite being responsible for some of the most heinous fascist crimes of the past decade, including the abduction, rape, torture and disappearance of UP students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan and peasant activist Manuel Merino; the abduction, torture and enslavement of the Manalo brothers and the campaign of suppression that terrorized hundreds of thousands of people in Mindoro, Samar, Central Luzon and Southern Mindanao.
In failing to even castigate the AFP for the countless crimes committed under the 2001-2010 Oplan Bantay Laya, Aquino has virtually licensed the military to continue its terror campaign. Under Oplan Bayanihan, the AFP continues with its brutal triad of simultaneous psywar, intelligence and combat operations. These operations have victimized civilians, including women, children and senior citizens. So-called “community organizing and peace and development” or COPD operations are conducted in remote barrios where the military imposes curfews, population control and food blockades. The AFP uses hard and soft approaches in its military operations which invariably violate the people’s rights and freedoms. Human rights continue to be trampled upon by the AFP on a daily basis.
The AFP refuses to abide by the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CAHRIHL). Furthermore, over the past few months, it has arrested key representatives and consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). This has put into question the sincerity and determination of the Aquino government to pursue the path of peace negotiations with the NDFP. The Aquino regime has refused to release 17 illegally arrested and detained NDFP peace consultants despite its January 2011 commitment to do so. More than 300 political prisoners continue to languish in prison.
In contrast to its failure to undertake positive measures to pursue peace negotiations with the NDFP, the Aquino regime has been cultivating ever friendlier relations with the Marcoses and rehabilitating the dictatorship from its well-deserved place in the dustbins of history. Its plan to grant a “heroe’s burial” to the dictator Marcos is a grave insult to the Filipino people, a reversal of their historic judgment and a defilement of the 1986 Edsa People’s Uprising.
Just like the Marcos dictatorship and the succeeding regimes, the Aquino government is exhibiting shameless puppetry to US economic, political and military interests. It defends the Visiting Forces Agreement, the Mutual Defense Treaty and all other unequal treaties with the US. It continues to allow the permanent stationing of the 700-strong Joint US Special Operations Task Force-Philippines in Camp Navarro in Zamboanga City which serves as its base for its interventionist military operations in the country. It has allowed one nuclear-powered US carrier ship after another to enter Philippine waters and unload thousands of American servicemen.
In hyping up anti-China sentiments over the Spratlys issue, the Aquino regime is playing its role in the US-designed script to whip up diplomatic and military tensions in the South China Sea. Aquino’s role in the current brouhaha over the Spratlys was assigned to him when he boarded the USS Carl Vinson in May. The US imperialists’ aim is to deploy its reconnaissance and naval hardware in the South China Sea in the guise of “supporting the defense the Philippines” and “modernizing” the AFP as a foil against what it perceives as the growing strategic threat posed by China to US global hegemony.
There is no bright future for the Filipino people under the Aquino regime. Under the current reactionary caretaker of the ruling semicolonial and semifeudal system, the broad masses of workers and peasants, as well as the middle- and petty bourgeoisie will continue to suffer from one grave crisis to another.
The rapid fall in Aquino’s popularity shows that the stark realities of poverty, mass unemployment and hunger have exposed Aquino’s chicanery and illusions of reform to the Filipino people. Aquino and his regime are being increasingly isolated from the people. Aquino sits on top of the Philippine social volcano that is threatening to explode with intense revolutionary fury. It is only a matter of time before the Filipino people rise up in their millions against the puppet and reactionary Aquino regime.
There is no other recourse for the Filipino people to advance their national and democratic aspirations other than waging mass struggles and armed revolution. The people’s mass struggles are steadily gaining ground in both urban and rural areas. The Filipino youth’s revolutionary fervor is bound to be reawakened as they seek fundamental solutions to the pervasive social problems.
The CPP central leadership has directed the New People’s Army (NPA) to continue intensifying guerrilla warfare nationwide in order to overcome the setbacks, surpass past victories and fulfill the requirements of advancing the people’s war to the next strategic stage. The revolutionary armed struggle is bound to absorb thousands of Red fighters as the people’s mass struggles intensify in the coming years. On the other hand, the victories of the armed revolution in scores of guerrilla fronts will continue to inspire the people to further intensify their mass resistance.
Because of his antipeople, pro-imperialist and repressive policies, Aquino’s hold on power has become increasingly tenuous, even after only a year in power. He is bound to be consumed by the raging fires of the Filipino people’s resistance.