NDF-EV denies clearing Ong family of Northern Samar of involvement in illegal drugs

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas flatly denies the recent news report in the Daily Tribune newspaper claiming it has cleared the Ong political family in Northern Samar of involvement in illegal drugs. “The NDF-EV has not cleared key members of the Ong dynasty as claimed in the Daily Tribune, and these are rather still being investigated as suspected drug lords,” said NDF-EV spokesperson Fr. Santiago “Ka Sanny” Salas. “These include Northern Samar Gov. Jose Ong, Jr., the former congressman Emil Ong, and the latter’s son who is an incumbent congressman, Edwin Ong. This false report in the Daily Tribune appears to be part of the Ongs’ well-funded media campaign since June to cover up their criminal activities, in light of the long-running exposes by NDF-EV and the Duterte regime’s own anti-drugs campaign.

“It should be noted that Laoang Mayor Hector Ong, brother of Emil and Jose, has already been accused of narco trafficking by the Duterte government along with his wife Madeline.”

Fr. Salas also said the Ong brothers seem to be so desperate they would dare to manufacture a false report about the NDF-EV clearing them, along with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). “It is very curious why the Ongs would go to the extent of using the NDF-EV and PDEA in the same breath to clear their names. Such a public relations campaign also means spending a lot of money. Why would the Ongs go to that extent, even using NDF-EV, if they are indeed innocent and if they have nothing to fear from the Duterte government? Is it because they can no longer convince the public of PDEA’s vouchng for them especially after a PDEA agent was arrested for peddling drugs in Catbalogan, and the agency’s regional heads are also being reorganized over fears of their links to drug lords such as in Region 6?”

The NDF-EV spokesperson called on the Duterte government to go after and punish drug lords like the Ongs instead of tolerating a war against the poor through the extrajudicial killings of drug users and pushers. “There are small-time drug addicts and pushers because of grinding poverty, which they so desperately wish to escape even to the extent of involvement in illegal drugs. As long as the Duterte regime go only after these small fry, the killings will never end, especially because the regime itself has remained silent on land reform, national industrialization and other basic socio-economic reforms. And how sure are we that the police and military are not going on this killing spree to cover up their own involvement in illegal drugs and to protect their criminal turfs? So long as big drug lords are treated leniently while drug victims who are poor are harshly treated and murdered, Duterte’s so-called war on drugs will never end and the poor will never be uplifted, especially without any peace talks to discuss socio-economic reforms.”


National Democratic Front of the Philippines Eastern Visayas

PEACE NEGOTIATION: Promotion of Lasting Peace and Justice

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What killed Ka Eddik?

We rage and revolt — even in prison — at how our beloved comrade in the fight for the people’s basic interests and comprehensive social changes, Eduardo “Ka Eddik” Serrano, was killed.

Ka Eddik, who for decades had been a staunch fighter in the interest of indigenous peoples, lowly peasants, and other poor, exploited and oppressed people in the country, and became a peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). After consultations in 2004 with NDFP peace panel members, he was immediately and illegally arrested right after their separation.

To justify such arrest and long-detention since then, he was charged with several trumped-up cases against a fictitious “Rogelio Villanueva”. It took more than 11 years of utterly slow crawl of justice, before a Regional Trial Court ruled that he was not “Rogelio Villanueva” and cases against him were dismissed one-by-one, with only two more cases against “Rogelio Villanueva” remaining.

He aged in those more than 11 prison years, his heart weakened more and more, until he had to fight for his life under poor and oppressive prison conditions.

Even more than these conditions, it was the utter rotteness, indiifference and cruelty of the prevailing reactionary ruling system, and its systemic injustice that ultimately killed him.

We, Ka Eddik’s fellow NDFP peace consultants and other political prisoners detained in Camp Bagong Diwa and in many more jails throughout the country, vehemently protest what the prevailing reactionary ruling system had done to him and continue to do to us.

We register and make loud our protest, together with that of our fellow political prisoners in this camp and other detained felllow NDFP peace consultants and political prisoners in many other prisons in the country, by going through fasting and hunger strike from the first day of Ka Eddik’s wake in January 12 up to his interment in January 17.

Ka Eddik’s fellow NDFP peace consultants detained in Camp Bagong Diwa,

Adelberto Silva
Alan Jazmines
Ernesto Lorenzo
Loida Magpatoc
Ruben Saluta
Tirso Alcantara

(January 14, 2016)


The NDFP-Mindanao joins the Filipino people and the rest of the world in celebrating the 67th International Human Rights Day in reaffirmation of our commitment to human rights against all forms of the US-Aquino III regime’s brutality in the name of its imperialist master and the local ruling classes. In their desperate attempt to suppress the ever growing people’s resistance and to render the revolutionary movement irrelevant, it employs the Internal Security Plan ‘Oplan Bayanihan’ (OPB), a brutal military suppression campaign patterned after the US ‘counterinsurgency’ strategy.

With barely six months to go before Aquino III’s term ends, the OPB has become more vicious under the repackaged ‘whole of nation initiative’ approach, which uses ‘social pressures’ from all sectors of society to isolate and defeat the revolutionary movement. This resulted in the most unspeakable of human rights violations, terrorizing hundreds of thousands of Filipinos, particularly the Lumads, the Moro, peasants, workers, youth and students, church people and even the middle sectors. Ironically however, consequent to the OPB’s intensified brutality, the US-Aquino III regime only further isolated itself from the people.

The human rights abuse record of the US-Aquino III regime is appalling. Victims of extra-judicial killings from July 2010 to September 2015 stand at 297; 215 of whom are peasants, while 78 belong to indigenous peoples. One hundred forty-seven (147) of these cases occurred in Mindanao. There are 31 cases of enforced disappearances and at least 15 cases of massacre, which involve around 80 individuals, 10 of whom are children. Despite Aquino III’s rhetoric of ‘justice and peace,’ none of these cases have actually been resolved, and more continue to take place with impunity.

The two AFP area commands in Mindanao comprising of the EASTMINCOM and the WESTMINCOM have escalated militarization in the island, giving rise to numerous atrocities. Around 60 battalions or over 60% of the AFP’s effective combat forces are currently deployed in Mindanao. Desperate, AFP-PNP officials and troops employ more savage techniques, such as using local bandit groups that it has trained and armed to identify and summarily execute Lumad leaders, activists and advocates, burn villages and wreak other forms of terrorism. This was the case in the September 1 Han-ayan massacre, which triggered strong national and international condemnation.

This similarly happened in Pangantucan, Bukidnon, where a Matigsalog-Talaandig family of six was brutally massacred by AFP operating troops; only the youngest member, a boy of 14, was able to escape and recount the bloody incident. Cases of massacre and extra-judicial killings during Aquino III’s term also happened in other parts of Mindanao, and, sadly, none have been duly served justice, including celebrated cases such the murder of Fr. Fausto ‘Pops’ Tentorio and the Maguindanao Massacre.

In the name of large-scale mining and agri-plantations and ‘counter-insurgency’, hundreds of thousands of Lumads, Moro and peasants all over Mindanao have been repeatedly dislocated, forced to evacuate due to incessant AFP military operations and terror campaign. All mainland provinces in the island, including the three Moro island provinces, suffered both short-term and prolonged enforced dislocation, such as the recent cases in the 7 towns of Surigao del Sur, Gigaquit and Claver in Surigao del Norte, Arakan and Magpet in North Cotabato, Talaingod in Davao del Norte, San Fernando, Kitaotao and Cabanglasan in Bukidnon, Zamboanga City, Maguindanao and other Moro provinces. Massive and prolonged dislocation of people in Mindanao has intensified under Benigno Aquino III.

In a ruthless campaign, the AFP attacked hinterland schools, depriving communities of the education that Lumads and peasants have long dreamed of, which the government miserably failed to provide. In Mindanao, there have been 214 cases of attacks against Lumad schools, in the form of burning of buildings, forcible closures, occupation by the military, killing or harassment of administrators, teachers and students, and tagging as communist or NPA schools. Apart from this, AFP troops have violated international war protocols sparing civilian structures, such as churches, community centers and other civilian facilities, by using them as barracks and tactical posts.

To avoid humiliation during the APEC Leader’s Summit in Metro Manila, all the AFP forces in Mindanao were mobilized to preempt any attacks by the NPA against multinational corporations and other military targets. Particularly in Caraga, where there is heavy concentration of multinational investments, aside from mobilizing AFP infantry battalions, its Philippine Air Force indiscriminately bombed and strafed hinterland communities in Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Norte, which resulted in the destruction of farms and property and the forcible evacuation of Lumad communities.

The suppression of basic rights is also most acute against the open and legal mass movement in Mindanao. Under Aquino III, extra-judicial killings, political harassment through surveillance, the filing of trumped up cases, issuance of arrest warrants and illegal arrests and detention against mass leaders and activists have intensified. And, in the guise of the OPB’s urban pacification campaign, the COPD (Community Organizing for Peace and Development) is launched in schools and urban poor communities to cripple the militancy of the legal mass movement.

In Mindanao, the human rights of national minorities are the most abused and violated because, primarily, they are victims of the chauvinism of the majority. Particularly, the Moro masses are ones hardest hit by state fascism with impunity. Moro communities continue to be subjected to massive AFP military operations, with the participation of US troops, in the guise of the ‘anti-terror’ campaign, resulting in the enforced evacuation of hundreds of thousands, as in the Mamasapano incident and subsequent operations against the BIFF. Reports of summary executions and massacres among the Moro masses often do not reach, are toned down or even distorted in the media.

However, the US-Aquino III regime’s militarism has miserably failed to deter both the armed and non-armed resistance of the people in Mindanao. On one hand, the Lumad and the peasants, together with the New People’s Army, daringly fought back to defend ancestral lands and the rights of the people. On the other, militant open protests, with an ever-growing participation by a broad spectrum in society, as shown form example by the Manilakbayan, are surging. Moreover, the pacification effort of the regime against the Moro people through the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has only rekindled the armed resistance of the Bangsamoro.

As we reaffirm our commitment to human rights, we must now more than ever unite to protest and resist against the continuing human rights violations by the US-Aquino III regime.#

(Sgd.) Ka Oris

More new transferees from the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame

To: J/Sr. Insp Michelle Ng Bonto, BJMP-SICA1 Jail Warden

Fr: NDFP peace consultants, political detainees transferred from the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, and other political detainees at the BJMP-SICA1 Jail

We, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultants, political detainees transferred from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) – Special Intensive Care Area 1 (SICA 1) Jail, and other political detainees here at the SICA 1 Jail, consider as a furtherance to our accumulating problems here the fact that two more fellow political detainees (Joel Enano and Rex Villaflor) have again just been transferred here from the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame last Nov. 4.

This, instead of transferring them to Cebu City, where they were earlier supposed to be transferred, for more practical considerations — as their court hearings are in Cebu City. For as long as they are not transferred to Cebu City, the problem and expense of having to bring them to Cebu City every time they have a court hearing scheduled there, have been removed from the hands of the PNP Custodial Center and transferred to that of the BJMP-SICA1 Jail authorities.

We ask that, either Enano and Villafor, for more practicality, be transferred instead to Cebu City, or else be returned to the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, just as we ask the return, too, to the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame of the others also foully transferred here from there in the past month.

In the meantime that the two continue to be detained here at the SICA 1 Jail, we ask that they be allowed to immediately join the rest of us, political detainees here at the right wing, 4th floor of the BJMP-SICA1 Jail, so that they would no longer be inconvenienced where they are presently separately detained — ala “bartolina” — at the so-called Inmates Classification and Counseling Unit (ICCU).
We reiterate, too, that we are also asking for our occupation, even if just temporarily, of a presently empty cell in the wing where we presently are, i.e., cell #11, that is supposedly reserved for the use of Tuberculosis-infected detainees here at the SICA 1 Jail. This, while there is presently no TB-infected detainee here at the SICA 1 Jail, and while there are many other empty cells in other wings of this jail.

In the meantime, too, we await the jail authorities’ or the court’s higher ups’ reversal of the recent orders to transfer political detainees here from the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame on the pretext of the supposed congestion in the PNP Custodial Center — even if there are only one to two detainees per cell, and there are even empty cells there.
We hope for your and the higher offices’ consideration on this matter.

National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultants and
political detainees transferred to the SICA1 Jail
from the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame
Adelberto Silva
Alan Jazmines
Alex Birondo
Eduardo Serrano
Ernesto Lorenzo
Ruben Saluta
Ruben Rupido
Isidro de Lima
Joseph Cuevas
Tirso Alcantara

cf. NDFP Peace Panel
GPH Peace Panel
Public Interest Law Center
National Union of People’s Lawyers
Commission on Human Rights
International Committee of the Red Cross

Recent Arrest of Another NDFP Peace Consultant, in Further Spite of the Peace Process

Recent Arrest of Another NDFP Peace Consultant, in Further Spite of the Peace Process

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and various local and international organizations pushing for the peace process have intently been pressing on with their efforts towards genuine, lasting peace through the attainment of mutual agreements, fundamental socio-economic and political-constitutional changes, and serious end to hostilities.

The Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) – – in particular, as of late on the part of the present Aquino regime – – has, on the contrary, treacherously been continuing with its belittling and grave disregard of (to the extent of intently trampling upon) agreements already made from the onset and through the course of the NDFP-GPH peace talks.

This, even in the case of agreements quite crucial to the continuation and progress of the peace process, such as the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) and the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). The CARHRIHL is supposed to ensure the respect and protection on both sides in the ongoing civil strife in the country. The JASIG is supposed to ensure that peace consultants and staffs of both sides are protected from surveillance, arrest, detention, prosecution and other antagonistic acts that would violate their rights as well as deter their effective participation and work in the peace process.

Yet, the military, paramilitary, police and intelligence forces of the GPH have without let-up been surveilling, arresting, detaining, swamping with trumped-up criminal charges and violating the human, legal and other rights of NDFP peace consultants and other JASIG-protected NDFP forces the GPH forces can lay their hands on.

The latest NDFP peace consultant who has been subjected to such traitorous acts of the GPH forces has been Ma. Loida Magpatoc, an NDFP peace consultant representing the NDFP in Far South Mindanao.

Magpatoc is 52 years old, married and a “Lola” to five grandchildren.

Despite her being JASIG-protected, a P500,000.00 reward was put up by the Armed Forces of the Philippines for her capture.

In performance of her work as an NDFP peace consultant, Magpatoc had been immersing and consulting with the local community folk in the barangays of Far South Mindanao in regard to land, production and other socio-economic and political issues, when the 1002nd Brigade (1002ND Bde) of the 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army (10th ID PA) got wind of her presence in Brgy. Zone III, Digos, Davao del Sur and came to arrest her as early as 4am last July 28.

The entire local community, however, immediately learned of the situation and came out en masse to protect her and block the 1002nd Bde. Magpatoc presented her JASIG Document of Information to the 1002nd Bde and claimed her protection from arrest. But the 1002nd Bde only confiscated her JASIG document, ignored her claim for protection from arrest, and insisted on proceeding to arrest her. The barangay folk, who were surrounding her, refused to let the 1002nd Bde forces take her, as the former were apprehensive that the latter would only commit foul deeds against her. Magpatoc and the barangay folk asked if there was a warrant for her arrest, but the 1002nd Bde forces were not able to present any.

The arrest was eventually made, however, when the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Davao del Sur came later in the day to take her, this time armed with warrant of arrest (based on trumped-up criminal charges of “robbery,” “damage to properties” and “double homicide”), and bring her to their Digos headquarters. From there, she was flown on August 4 to Metro Manila and brought for confinement at the Taguig City Jail Female Dormitory in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

After her arrest, the reward for Ma. Loida Magpatoc’s capture by the AFP, suddenly became P5.6 million.

Alan Jazmines
NDFP Peace Consultant
Detained at the
Special intensive Care Area,
Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City
02 September 2013

Jasig is a key agreement on the GRP/GPH-NDFP Peace Negotiations

By Luis G. Jalandoni
Chairperson, NDFP Negotiating Panel
13 February 2011
The Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) is a key agreement in the peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippines (GPH, formerly designated as GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
In its preamble, the JASIG stipulates that: “The primary purposes of the safety and immunity guarantees hereby adopted are to facilitate the peace negotiations, create a favorable atmosphere conducive to free discussion and free movement during the peace negotiations, and avert any incident that may jeopardize the peace negotiations.”
In other words, the JASIG is meant to test the good faith, sincerity and commitment of both the GRP/GPH and NDFP to relentlessly pursue the peace negotiations to arrive at comprehensive agreements on basic social, economic and political reforms and help pave the way for a just and lasting peace in the country.
The NDFP has dutifully complied with the JASIG by faithfully respecting the safety and immunity guarantees of all those involved (negotiators, consultants, staffers, security and other personnel) in the peace negotiations on the side of the GRP/GPH.
On the other hand, the GRP/GPH has persistently violated the JASIG with the arrests, torture, killing and disappearance of those involved on the NDFP side, from the arrest and killing of Sotero Llamas, the continuing detention of Alan Jazmines and others, and the abduction and disappearance of Leo Velasco, Prudencio Calubid and Rogelio Calubad, among others.
If the GRP/GPH cannot be trusted to comply with the JASIG, how can it be trusted to comply with substantial agreements on social, economic and political reforms?  As we have said earlier, palabra de honor or good faith is a key question in any negotiation. ###