The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) joins the Filipino people in marking the 149th birth anniversary of working class hero Andres Bonifacio on November 30. Let us usher in celebrations of his 150th year on November 30, 2013 with great revolutionary victories. In the course of the next year, the CPP and the revolutionary forces look forward to further intensifying the people’s war nationwide and raising higher the red banner of the national democratic cultural revolution.
The significance of Andres Bonifacio’s revolutionary lifestory is not lost on the Filipino people. The oppression and exploitation of the Filipino working class by foreign big companies, their local big business partners and big landlords are not essentially different from the grave socio-economic and political conditions under Spanish colonial rule. Such conditions then and now rouse the Filipino people’s fervor for revolutionary change and spur armed resistance and democratic mass struggles.
Driven by patriotism, Andres Bonifacio and the Katipunan rallied the Filipino people around the banner of national freedom to wage a revolutionary war of resistance against three centuries of colonial rule. The Katipunan-led armed uprisings of 1896-1898 succeeded in defeating the Spanish colonial forces and establishing the first independent revolutionary government, before being usurped by the bigger, more modern and extremely brutal US colonialists.
The history of the Filipino people is a continuum of revolutionary armed resistance against colonial and neocolonial subjugation. For the past four centuries, they have been launched innumerable armed uprisings and waged guerrilla warfare to resist the brutal suppression of their democratic rights and achieve national and social liberation.
The extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare being waged by the New People’s Army (NPA) forms part of the Filipino people’s uninterrupted history of armed resistance. For more than four decades now, the NPA, under the leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has been achieving unprecedented victories in armed revolution and is bound to achieve even bigger victories in the next few years.
The crisis of the ruling system is ever deepening and worsening. The Filipino people are being pulled down by widespread landlessness, unemployment and low wages. They contend daily with such problems as increases in the prices of oil and other basic commodities and services. The puppet reactionary government protects and promotes the interests of foreign big capitalists, their local big business partners and big landlords. It imposes one tax burden after another in complete disregard for the people’s grave socio-economic conditions. It allows the US and its allied foreign militaries to trample on Philippine soil and exercises no independence in foreign policy. It dishes out empty promises and high-flying rhetoric to cover up festering social wounds, filling the people with false hopes and lulling them to passivity and inaction.
No amount of reactionary propaganda, however, can cover up the people’s intolerable conditions of exploitation and oppression. Peasants and farm-workers wage revolutionary struggles for genuine land reform to break up the feudal land monopoly of big landlords, oppose land grabbing by foreign mining companies and raise production through collective farming and other forms of cooperation. In urban areas, mass struggles, barricades and strikes are being waged by workers, urban poor community dwellers, students, rank-and-file employees and other oppressed and exploited classes and sectors.
In the countryside, the New People’s Army continues to expand with new Red fighters recruited from among the ranks of young workers, students and peasants. They conduct painstaking mass work to build organs of political power to exercise economic, political, military, social, educational and cultural functions. They launch ever more frequent and bigger tactical offensives in order to strengthen and expand the people’s revolutionary armed resistance.
By employing the correct strategy and tactics of guerrilla warfare, with a clear understanding of the requisites for growing from small and weak to big and strong, the current people’s war has achieved unprecedented revolutionary victories which previous armed resistance movements failed to accomplish. It is bound to expand geometrically and intensify further in the next few years as the NPA builds more guerrilla fronts, acquires more weapons through tactical offensives and benefits from widespread agrarian struggles and the intensification of the people’s revolutionary struggles in various fronts.
As the Filipino working class prepares to mark the 150th year of Andres Bonifacio’s birth, the CPP calls on all units of the New People’s Army to further intensify guerrilla warfare nationwide by launching more frequent and more numerous tactical offensives to seize more weapons from the enemy. To further succeed in revolutionary armed struggle, the NPA must continue to conduct painstaking mass work to help the peasant masses wage land reform struggles and build their democratic political power. We must heighten efforts to imbue the people with Bonifacio’s spirit of armed resistance.
Simultaneous with marking the birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, we celebrate the founding anniversary of the revolutionary Kabataang Makabayan. The CPP calls on the Filipino youth to further raise their historical, political and social consciousness by untiringly waging a patriotic and scientific study movement. The CPP calls on the Filipino youth to intensify their participation in social revolution by recognizing the inextricable link that ties their problems with those of the rest of the people and by deeply integrating with the toiling masses of workers and peasants, imbued with Bonifacio’s spirit of serving the people and guided by the principle that the masses are the makers of history.
It is the present generation of Filipino youth that will likely bear witness to the total victory of the war for national liberation and the opening of a new chapter of socialist revolution and construction and the building of a modern and just social system.