The following statement below was originally published by the Communist Party of the Philippines:
April 24, 2012
The entire leadership and membership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and Red fighters and commanders of the New People’s Army (NPA) extend their warm revolutionary greetings to the allied organizations of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) as it marks its founding anniversary.
Thirty-nine years ago today, the Preparatory Commission of the NDFP issued the NDF 12-point program, which since then has served as the framework for building the Filipino people’s unity under the banner of the national democratic revolution.
The NDFP has been waging armed struggle, carrying out agrarian revolution, mass base and united front building in the past four decades. It represents the Filipino people’s revolutionary forces and their people’s democratic government, which are being built on the foundations of the victories attained in waging people’s war. Through the NDFP, the collective interests of the Filipino people are being represented in negotiations with the reactionary government, in the field of international diplomacy and solidarity relations with other revolutionary forces, people’s movements and other groups.
Let us celebrate four decades of united front building through the NDFP. Through the NDFP, the Filipino people are being united with the basic alliance of the proletariat and peasantry at its core, in alliance with the progressive forces of the petty bourgeoisie, and in further alliance with the patriotic forces of the national bourgeoisie. The NDFP has also entered into temporary alliances with factions of the ruling classes in order to build broad alliances to isolate and fight the ruling clique.
The Filipino people are today confronted with the reactionary ruling Aquino puppet regime. As the current caretaker of the rotten semicolonial and semifeudal system, the Aquino regime is implementing the worst of the neoliberal economic policies imposed by US imperialism and its financial and economic agencies, exhibiting the most detestable forms of subservience to its imperialist masters and employs the most brutal tactics of suppression combined with outright deception.
Conditions are exceedingly favorable to expand the NDFP in a big way. The various democratic sectors comprising the Filipino people are restive and seek to organize or join organizations that uphold their national and democratic demands. Workers, peasants, the mass of unemployed, ordinary employees, overseas contract workers, professionals, youth and students, women, educators, church and religious people, artists and workers in the field of culture and arts, journalists and other media workers, scientists and technologists, small businessmen, minority peoples, the Moro people and numerous other oppressed and exploited sectors seek to expand the existing underground organizations or build new ones to ally with the NDFP.
Amidst their worsening socio-economic conditions, the Filipino people demand to intensify their mass struggles and armed resistance. They demand to unite the broadest number on the basis of their demands for social justice and their patriotic aspirations for national liberation.
The CPP calls on all revolutionary forces to exert all out effort to expand and build more revolutionary mass organizations representing the various democratic sectors of the Filipino people. Let us further expand the NDFP to unprecedented heights. Let us build the broadest possible alliance and mobilize the biggest number of people in democratic and anti-imperialist mass struggles and isolate and oppose the ruling Aquino puppet regime. Let us gather the broadest possible support for the armed revolution and the people’s mass struggles.