The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is working on a possible alliance with the incoming Duterte administration and stressed its national democratic program will be pursued.
Based on the analysis issued by the CPP official organ Ang Bayan on June 7, 2016, the party central committee said the “people have a deep desire to advance their struggle to oppressive and exploitative neoliberal policies, US military intervention and end the fascist war waged by the reactionary Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP.)”
CPP said it is for change, particularly national democratic change “in the face of the worsening crisis in society and the economy.”
The party noted that it was the initiative of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to offer Cabinet seats to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, which responded by naming several recommendees, none of whom was organic to the NDF.
CPP said Duterte also offered to release political prisoners as well as abide by the agreements signed by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) with the NDF, including the The Hague Agreement, the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (Cahrihl), Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (Jasig) and others.
“Duterte’s readiness to pursue cooperation with friendship with the national democratic movement could provide the springboard for the possibility of a fruitful alliance with the GPH,” CPP said.
The party said it expects Duterte to free all political prisoners, including 18 NDF consultants slapped with trumped-up charges.
“By entering into an allilance with the Duterte regime, the revolutionary movement will have the chance to propagate the correctness of the national democratic line, analysis, principles and programs,” the CPP stressed.
“We have to use the favorable situation to reach the broad masses of the people and expand our organized forces, strengthen the mass struggles of workers, peasants, urban poor, student-youth and other serctors,” the party declared.
“While entering into an alliance with the Duterte regime, we should relentlessly pursue mass struggles by arousing, organizing and mobilizing the masses,” CPP said.
These mass struggles, the party argued, would strengthen the GRP-NDF alliance, the party added.
CPP said efforts must be made to organize hundreds of thousands of people to advance their interest through mass assemblies, demonstrations and marches in Metro Manila, other large urban centers and provincial capitals.
The demands of the working class and the oppressed sectors must be highlighted, the party stressed.
“However, the revolutionary movement should be vigilant against the threats of reformism, particularly among people who might believe that meaningful change could be achieved through a handful of representatives in the parliament and in the bureaucracy,” CPP added.