[News] Fight against the US-Arroyo regime

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Fri Feb 24 16:05:37 EST 2006



Let us commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 
EDSA Uprising and benefit from its lessons in the 
present fight against the US-Arroyo regime

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by Communist Party of the Philippines 2006-02-23 3:34 PM +0800

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and 
the revolutionary movement join the Filipino 
people in commemorating the 20th anniversary of 
the EDSA Uprising that successfully overthrew the 
Marcos fascist dictatorship and ended 14 years of martial rule.
February 23, 2006

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and 
the revolutionary movement join the Filipino 
people in commemorating the 20th anniversary of 
the EDSA Uprising that successfully overthrew the 
Marcos fascist dictatorship and ended 14 years of martial rule.

 From February 22 to 25, 1986 millions 
demonstrated at EDSA and areas surrounding 
Malacañang Palace, as well as in major cities and 
towns across the Philippines while government 
military and police forces withdrew their support 
to the Marcos regime. These combined with other 
favorable factors and galvanized into a 
formidable force that ousted Marcos from Malacañang.

It is most propitious that the Filipino people 
are celebrating the EDSA Uprising's 20th 
anniversary as they are locked in battle with the 
Arroyo regime. The Filipino people see in Gloria 
Arroyo the face of the Marcos fascist 
dictatorship--the same duplicity, deceit, plunder 
and brutality with which her regime perpetuates 
itself in power and burdens the Filipino people. 
In certain aspects, such as her unsurpassed 
record of killings of activists by government's 
death squads and her brutal militarization of the 
countryside, Gloria Arroyo is even worse.

As a result of its pro-imperialist, 
anti-national, antipeople and counter- 
progressive policies, the Arroyo regime has 
further worsened the impoverishment, deprivation 
and sufferings of the Filipino people and 
exacerbated the ills of the entire rotten socio-economic and political system.

She bought off and connived with corrupt 
legislators, local officials, justices and 
generals with billions of pesos from public funds 
to cover up her crimes and ridicule the 
reactionary justice system. She has shown 
overweening arrogance, adamance, manipulativeness 
and high-handedness as she blocked and frustrated 
all avenues available under the present system of 
government for the satisfaction of the people's 
demand for truth, justice, a decent life and progress.

After manipulating, twisting laws and frustrating 
one parliamentary and judicial process after 
another, Malacañang is now dead set at changing 
the reactionary constitution in order to 
perpetuate the Arroyo regime despite the 
widespread clamor for its ouster, win the favor 
of the US and more Arroyo allies among the 
reactionary ruling classes, and derail the 
movement to oust Arroyo. But all these have 
succeeded only in furthering unrest among an 
aggrieved people and even among the ranks of the 
government's forces, including the younger 
officers and rank-and-file of the military and 
police. Arroyo has made inevitable another 
uprising by the mass of the Filipino people. She 
has stirred up a political storm capable of putting an end to her regime.

The lessons of the 1986 EDSA Uprising, as well as 
of EDSA 2 confirm themselves in the course of the 
Filipino people's current struggle against the 
Arroyo regime. In the face of a regime of 
treason, corruption, deceit, manipulation and 
brutality, the people have no other recourse but 
to unite and march in their millions and act as 
an insurmountable political force for change and a new page in history.

The wide array of political forces now ranged 
against Arroyo has gained in breadth and unity 
with the singular purpose of ousting the Arroyo 
regime. Whatever other limited processes under 
the present system of government that remains 
availed upon, it has become all the more clear 
that the way to resolve the many issues against 
the Arroyo regime is to oust it by means of people power.

Ferment among the officers and men of the AFP and 
PNP, especially among the younger officers and 
the rank-and file, is fast accelerating. The 
leading junior officers of the Oakwood protest, 
who have remained steadfast and committed in the 
fight to oust the Arroyo regime, have provided an 
inspiration and a rallying point for the growing 
number of officers and men of the military and 
police who seek and end to the Arroyo and aspire 
for genuine reforms in society, government and armed forces.

The emergence and rapid growth of a progressive 
pole within the ranks of the government's armed 
forces is a new phenomenon that reflects their 
frustrations with the Arroyo regime and top 
military officials, an emerging militance among 
the common soldiery against oppression and abuse, 
a rising political ferment among the people and a 
marked influence of the national democratic 
movement. The sharpening contradiction between 
the disgruntled, enlightened and progressive 
sections of the government's armed forces and the 
corrupt, mercenary and fascist generals has a 
disintegrative process on whole of the 
reactionary armed forces that complements the 
disintegration caused by the armed offensives of 
the revolutionary forces against the reactionary armed forces.

A strong clamor for basic changes in the current 
political and socio-economic setup that would 
make room for more democracy and address the 
people's socio-economic problems has developed in 
the course of the Filipino people's struggle 
against the Arroyo regime. The people have 
learned enough from the past two uprisings not to 
allow political power to remain an exclusive 
domain of a small ruling elite at the expense of 
the marginalized masses. There is thus a vigorous 
and growing demand for the Arroyo regime to be 
replaced by a new political rule that would be 
more collective and representative of the 
patriotic and democratic interests of the mass of the people.

The ruling classes of big bourgeois compradors 
and big landlords can no longer rule in the old 
way. While the reactionary government is more and 
more prone to intensify its outright repression 
of people's protests side-by-side with its 
maximum use of deception, the people can no 
longer be fooled and intimidated wholesale.

The lessons of the EDSA 1 as well as 2 repeat 
themselves in the course of the Filipino people's 
current struggle against the Arroyo regime. In 
the face of a regime of treason, corruption, 
deceipt, manipulation and brutality, the people 
have no other recourse but to unite and march in 
their millions and act as an insurmountable 
political force for change and a new page in history.

Conditions are becoming ever more favorable for 
advancing the people's new democratic revolution. 
The need to carry out a revolutionary overhaul of 
society has become clearer than ever before. 
Millions are marching under the banner of the 
national democratic revolution and building the foundations of a bright future.

The revolutionary armed struggle is bound to 
trailblaze through new frontiers in the coming 
period. The New People's Army (NPA), together 
with the revolutionary forces, are in the process 
of fulfilling the requisites of middle substage 
of the strategic defensive and advancing to a 
higher phase of the people's war. The NPA is 
determined to maintain the initiative in wider 
areas of its operation and carry out more 
frequent and bigger tactical offensives against the reactionary armed forces.

The EDSA uprisings of 1986 and 2001 demonstrate 
the capacity of the Filipino people's to rise as 
one, cast off the dross and shape history with 
their own hands. More EDSA-like people's 
uprisings are bound to surge forward for as long 
as the worst of puppetry, corruption, deceit and 
brutality reign in government. These heroic 
undertaking in no way, however, define the limits 
of the people's potential to create history. The 
Filipino people continue to build and accumulate 
revolutionary power nationwide as the ruling 
semicolonial and semifeudal system sinks ever deeper in crisis.

As the people gather and consolidate their 
strength, advance their revolutionary war and 
mass struggles to until they have sufficient 
armed and organized strength and political power 
to completely smash the very ramparts of 
reactionary rule and build a people's democratic 
government, unleash revolutionary changes and 
make leaps towards a bright future.


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