Were the Kidapawan farmers infiltrated by communists and incited to violence? #BigasHindiBala

Here is what the commie groups Gabriela and the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) should have advised the farmers in Kidapawan when they decided to air their grievances through a rally last Friday, the 1st of April. “Let’s organise a protest and attract attention to our cause. The police will come. If they disperse us, stand your ground but don’t attempt to physically assault a police officer. Let them carry you out if necessary.”

Unfortunately, that is not what happened nor was there any evidence that such a peaceful outcome was planned by the rally organisers from the onset. Former Bayan Muna congressman Teddy Casino recounted in a tweet how “farmers retaliated by picking up stones by the road and hurling [them] at the cops.”

Even more disturbing is the possibility that some elements of the protesters were armed. In the video provided below, there seems to be evidence of shots being fired at the police. Footage between 1:01 and 1:07 of the video shows what looks like bullets hitting the ground next to firetrucks and police officers at the scene…

One wonders, indeed, why there was a contingent of what look like police Special Action Force (SAF) troopers deployed to the scene. The inclusion of a heavily-armed and well-trained unit of the PNP could indicate that they had been prepared to face possibility of armed elements being amongst the protesting mob. Interestingly enough, GMA News Online reports that a commander of the New People’s Army (NPA), the terrorist arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines “was among those arrested after the violent dispersal of protesting farmers”. And a PNP Scene of Crime Operations (SOCO) report released today revealed evidence that some of the rallyists may have discharged firearms…

One of the dead rallyist yielded positive results during the paraffin test. The SOCO team also recovered 2 empty shells of calibre .45 at the area previously occupied by the rallyists and a deformed slug of calibre .38 at a makeshift station previously occupied by our police.

A police officer takes cover as shots are fired during efforts to disperse rallying farmers in Kidapawan.
A police officer takes cover as shots are fired during efforts to disperse rallying farmers in Kidapawan.
Video footage also shows elements of the government troops in the area assuming defensive positions, possibly taking cover from gunfire.

Indeed, the SOCO report also showed that 99 PNP personnel were injured during the melee. That a PNP contingent supposedly (as many observers have insisted) far more fit, better-protected, and better-armed than the rallyists they faced would sustain such a large number of casualties says something about the ferocity of the rallyists’ assault against them.

Considering then that the rally was organised by supposedly experienced “progressive” groups like the KMU and Gabriela who, if the objective was to send a message across and not foment unrest, should have known better than to encourage rallyists to assault police officers, the violent behaviour of the rallyists could be considered quite baffling.

Heavily-armed Philippine Police officers regroup after rallying farmers are forcibly dispersed in Kidapawan.
Heavily-armed Philippine Police officers regroup after rallying farmers are forcibly dispersed in Kidapawan.

Then again, Kidapawan City is located in North Cotabato, a recognised stronghold of the NPA and, as such, it is hardly surprising that police and army units stationed there tend to be on a high state of alert. Back in 2014, the NPA detonated a roadside bomb that injured two Philippine Army personnel in Barangay Balite, Magpet. This was shortly followed by the burning of heavy equipment of a construction company near Mt Apo. Police also reportedly tagged the NPA as the perpetrators of this crime…

About 12 heavily armed rebels arrived in Mua-an, and then poured gasoline and torched the equipment used in the construction of a road network connecting Mua-an and Barangay Ilomavis. The equipment had been parked near the village hall.

The rebels then fired their weapons and left, chanting, “We are NPA.”

Kidapawan Councilor Francis Palmones, chair of the committee on peace and order, condemned the attack and urged the police to file charges over what he described as “terrorist act.”

“They (NPA) sow terror in our city. I condemn the act and considered it as barbaric as it caused panic and fear among constituents in Barangay Mua-an,” Palmones said as he appealed to the rebels to spare the city and its people.

The NPA’s mission is to carry out that infamous “armed struggle” that has been the trademark of every communist movement around the world. Chairman Mao Tse-tung wrote about this “armed struggle” in 1939 (text formatted in boldface for emphasis)…

What is guerrilla warfare? It is the indispensable and therefore the best form of struggle for the people’s armed forces to employ over a long period in a backward country, a large semi-colonial country, in order to inflict defeats on the armed enemy and build up their own bases. So far both our political line and our Party building have been closely linked with this form of struggle. It is impossible to have a good understanding of our political line and, consequently, of our Party building in isolation from armed struggle, from guerrilla warfare. Armed struggle is an important component of our political line. For eighteen years our Party has gradually learned to wage armed struggle and has persisted in it. We have learned that without armed struggle neither the proletariat, nor the people, nor the Communist Party would have any standing at all in China and that it would be impossible for the revolution to triumph. In these years the development, consolidation and bolshevization of our Party have proceeded in the midst of revolutionary wars; without armed struggle the Communist Party would assuredly not be what it is today. Comrades throughout the Party must never forget this experience for which we have paid in blood.

Communists, it seems will always be at fundamental odds with any incumbent government. As such, they will likely only accept its absolute and complete destruction and, thus, makes any attempt on their part to participate “legitimately” in the institutionalised political processes of any incumbent government — such as its elections — plain and simple suspect.

hammer_and_sickleSome people are quick to dismiss the linking to communists of leftist personalities like Casiño who are engaged in some sort of “legal” participation in legitimate Philippine politics as a decades-long “black propaganda” effort mounted by one government after another against left-leaning polticians. The question this raises, however, is quite simple: Why does the perception that leftists are linked to the NPA stubbornly persist? It seems no convincing argument to support the contrary has been put forth.

The common denominator in all this is former Congressman Saturnino “Satur” Ocampo who chairs the Bayan Muna partylist in which Casiño is a member. Notably, Satur Ocampo is a co-founder of the National Democratic Front (NDF) which is widely-believed to be one of the key front orgnisations of the CPP-NPA. According to its Wikipedia entry the NDF lists as one in its 12 point program of “national liberation and democracy” an aim to “unite the people for the task of overthrowing the semicolonial and semifeudal system through a people’s war and completing the national democratic revolution.” This of course may be interpreted in various ways, but it remains consistent with the overall Maoist ideology that Philippine communists subscribe to.

Protesters in Kidawpawan throw rocks at police officers sent to disperse them. 99 officers were reportedly injured in the melee.
Protesters in Kidawpawan throw rocks at police officers sent to disperse them. 99 officers were reportedly injured in the melee.

The history of Philippine communists’ “legitimate participation” in mainstream Philippine politics could possibly be traced back to the rise to power of the late Corazon “Cory” Aquino, mother of current president Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III. A GlobalSecurity.org report suggests that the popularity of the Cory Aquino government with the people forced the NDF-CPP-NPA brass to re-evaluate its approach to “revolution”…

As a result of the world-wide known “People Power” revolution in the Philippines, the National Democratic Front (NDF) made a comprehensive analysis on the new situation in the Philippines. The new government was viewed as a fragile coalition of the right and bourgeoise liberals. However, the Aquino government has a broader power base than the Marcos regime. As such, it adopted a critical collaboration stance with the present government fielding some of its members to fill some some post in government. With this style they could penetrate the bureaucracy while waiting for the Aquino government to weaken so the NDF goal can be fulfilled.

…which brings us to the present and what looks like a cadre of “ex”-communists who appear to have dropped their AK-47s in favour of peaceful and “productive” partaking in mainstream politics.

So the question remains: Are these “leftists” in Philippine Congress really ex-communists? Or are they merely dormant ones for the time being — waiting for the right moment to strike in the same manner that “sleepers” blend into the mainstream of a society they ultimately plan to destroy someday?


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22 Comments on "Were the Kidapawan farmers infiltrated by communists and incited to violence? #BigasHindiBala"

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?Can I also talk about ENDO here as another context to Kidapawan? “ENDO” has been the most effective Union Busting Tool afforded by the Yellow governments to Management. ENDO has become a byword among workers because it is what most of them experience twice a year. It simply means end of employment contract. Labor is not afforded stability by allowing it only a six month employment contract at any one time. But, feudal lords and warlords need slaves. ENDO is an EXTREME way to bust labor unions. But, the Yellow government is worse than a reformed whore. Many of them… Read more »

I wonder how you two (and the author of the article) are privy to all this apparently “factual, inside information” of the Reds? You could only be one of these three things:
a. an ex-commie yourself
b. paid by right-wing politicians to propagandize against the Reds
c. an ignorant poseur and contrarian

Marie Antoinette

And while you are discussing this, the poor farmers and their families are wasting away after months and months of hunger and empty promises… but carry on! Figuring out if the protest was done to advance the Left’s sinister agenda is obviously so much more important than wondering about what could’ve and should’ve been done to help those farmers.

Maybe you, for one, should get real.

There are four kinds of people in this country of SOBs: cretins, fools, morons, and lunatics Cretins don’t even talk; they sort of slobber and stumble. Fools are in great demand, especially on social occasions. They embarrass everyone but provide material for conversation. Fools don’t claim that cats bark, but they talk about cats when everyone else is talking about dogs. They offend all the rules of conversation, and when they really offend, they’re magnificent. Morons never do the wrong thing. They get their reasoning wrong. Like the fellow who says that all dogs are pets and all dogs bark,… Read more »
Well, get the facts about history. Marx was not a communist by himself. He was a philosopher who predicted the rise of communism. Leaders of the 19th century labor movement tried to turn his predictions into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Lenin amended the philosophy of Marx and introduced the “Party of the Working Class.” This party should take over the leadership in the revolution. Stalin brought the country under an iron fist. Mao tried to copy this. But neither of them introduced a family dynasty like the Marcos or Aquinos. And neither of them as ever attempted to archive communism. The… Read more »

this article takes the piss. the author got his head so far up his ass, he choked on his own bollocks!

Ma Ru
I’m surprised that the writer referred to an old NPA attack but not the recent NPA attack that happened a night before the dispersal also in Cotabato wherein a child died and two minors are injured. This is an NPA instigated protest (organizers are spoiling for a violent confrontation) and the real farmers are not fully aware of the plans. This trouble is to divert attention away from the NPA that killed a child and wounded two minors. But I do agree the farmers have valid grievances and the dispersal was poorly planned. I would also raise the question, Where… Read more »
Peter Aloysius A. Mossesgeld

What are these fucking commies calling for??? Whoever sits in power, they tear down as a “tuta ng Kano”??? Who is NOT a “tuta” of the Yanks???

I’d rather be Uncle Sam’s bitch than Kim Jong-Il’s….

What kind of commie-nism do these nutjobs subscribe to??? Even the Party guys in Beijing are toning down on the Red shit just to appease all that foreign investment knocking at their door…same thing in Vietnam


The Yellow apologists seem to be spreading the line that if farmers let the Reds run them, they deserve to be shot too. Unfortunately, that’s corrupt and wrong. It’s an excuse to do unwarranted violence.

And all this goes back to what the Aquino government has always been doing which let all these things happen in the first place – Noynoying.

To tell you frankly: they are part of the “sleeper cells”, that the Aquinos, collaborated and financed. When the Philippine government, will be no longer capable. They will launch an all out armed struggle. Actually, communism is a failed ideology. If you are not familiar, with this ideology; you can fall into it. China was backward in its communist years. Now, China became a capitalist country; and is progressive. The same as the Soviet Union. It was not a progressive country. Until, it adopted capitalism. Equality, which those “commies” , tell their recruits, is never possible in our Planet Earth.… Read more »
I was watching on YouTube an account of a certain Ka Aris of his past as a ranking NPA member. He talked about how they would take advantage of occasions like this to foment discontent among the people. The Kidapawan incident seems to jibe with his story. Government slowness in responding to the crisis made it a perfect laboratory for the communists. But this Yellow government is caught in a quandary. After all, the Left has always been a useful ally when it comes to demonizing its all-time favorite whipping boy, Ferdinand Marcos, lionizing them as freedom fighters or human… Read more »

Oh yes, another Abnoy blunder. He obviously ordered the killings. What? Filipinos in a bloodbath in Sydney. Yup, Abnoy. You disagree? You must be a Yellowtard.

Were it not for EDSA, we could’ve been the next Singapore. Shame on you who drove Marcoses to exile. You guys are stupid starstruck ignoramuses who love to watch mind-numbing shows like Eat Bulaga and AlDub and whip yourselves during Easter. That’s why the country’s poor. That’s proven by science.

Go Marcos!

Maybe People Power works only in EDSA – where there’s “Cory magic.” CPP should get a new name – the biggest communist party (China) runs one of the biggest, most successful capitalist enterprises; communism as an ideology is dead and using the it as a misnomer front for something else is a misleading. They should call themselves “People Power Party” instead, and change their motif from red to yellow. They can take in PNOy as their new leader after he steps down from his post – because he’ll surely need to hide well in some remote jungle when DU30’s commandos… Read more »
Anna Balcells
Obviously this writer is very naive! His suggestions are easier said than done and obviously he has no idea what these people have been through. When you are desperate and hungry you can’t think straight. It is normal to get very ANGRY when you see the police trying to silence your voice from being heard. The problem had been raised for months but government did nothing! So if I was desperate I too would cling on to anyone ~ Communist, Gabriela, Bayan or whoever (who cares) ~ that might just give a helping hand. I myself would have brought a… Read more »