STATEMENT | On day of victorious Balangiga uprising, NDF-EV urges Duterte to make independent foreign policy a reality

Statement of the National Democratic Front in Eastern Visayas in commemoration of the victorious uprising of the people of Balangiga against the United States armed forces on September 28, 1901.

NDF-EV remembers Balangiga uprising, urges GRP President Duterte to end US control and make independent foreign policy a reality

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas (NDF-EV) welcomes GRP President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand against US intervention, as it remembered today the 115th anniversary of the victorious people’s uprising against US occupation troops in Balangiga, Eastern Samar on September 28, 1901.

“The Balangiga uprising was a victory for patriotic Filipinos, and the so-called “Balangiga massacre” wasn’t committed by Filipinos but by US troops who in revenge killed up to 50,000 people in the town and the rest of Samar,” said Fr. Santiago “Ka Sanny” Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson.

“In that light, we cite the Balangiga uprising as additional historical support for GRP President Duterte’s calling attention to US atrocities in Mindanao during the Filipino-American War and afterwards. and to laud his seeking to end subservience to the US and pursue an independent foreign policy.”

Fr. Salas said the NDFP was ready to enter into a tactical alliance with the Duterte government in the framework of the current peace negotiations.

“We look forward to fruitful peace negotiations with the Duterte government to achieve an agreement on socio-economic reforms that will include ending the US neoliberal control of the Philippines. This is on top of our calling on GRP President Duterte to immediately end the unequal military treaties with the US including the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, Visiting Forces Agreement, Mutual Logistics Support Agreement and others.”

The NDF-EV called on the people, especially the youth, to take a patriotic stand against US imperialism and fight for national freedom and democracy.

“Let us support the Duterte regime’s stand against US interventionism, even as we criticize the anti-people war on drugs and urge instead the addressing of the root causes of poverty and underdevelopment. Let us continue the unfinished revolution of our revolutionary ancestors who rose up against US troops in Balangiga. To do so, the NDF-EV urges the youth to support and join the New People’s Army to defend the motherland against US imperialism, fascism and all reaction.”

Reference:

Fr. Santiago “Ka Sanny” Salas
NDF Eastern Visayas
Spokesperson

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