May 17, 2023
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Bohol condemns the murder of one organizer and activist, Arthur “Ka Jasper” Lucenario, and NDFP consultants conducted by the forces of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.
An immense ridicule is yet again started by the reactionary state and the criminal soldiers of the 47th IBPA and RMG here in Bohol province. On the 12th of May 2023, 6:00 in the morning, the news report publicized a fake encounter that happened at Barangay Tabuan, Antequera in which security forces had allegedly slain one and injured two members of the New People’s Army.
There is no truth to the said “encounter”. There wasn’t a clash between the AFP and NPA on that day. It is an old, repeated practice done by the agents of the reactionary government to abduct, torture and murder activists and civilians, and claim that they were casualties of an encounter by planting firearms near their dead bodies.
Lucenario, who was last seen on the 14th of April this year at the municipality of San Miguel, was reported to have been abducted by the troops of the 47th IB at 3:00 in the early morning, while driving alone by motorcycle. Within one month, in the hands of the fascist state, he experienced various forms of torture which is evident in his dead body.
Ka Jasper was a civilian, youth and farmer organizer – not a soldier of the New People’s Army – slain by fascists. To justify their crime, the fascists placed a .45 calibre pistol on the right hand of Ka Jasper and mindlessly opened-fire for almost 10 minutes which inflicted great trauma and fear to the people. The hands of the fascist regime of Marcos, Jr. and the reactionary army is stained with blood from killing Ka Jasper and many other victims murdered under the US-Marcos, Jr. regime. They must be held accountable for the crimes against the people.
The criminal National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), AFP, PNP, and other paramilitary groups are the machines of the reactionary government for violating human rights, causing suffering, killing, and hindering peace.
The revolutionary movement here in Bohol province is always open and ever supportive of the peace negotiations between the GRP and NDFP. However, a just and lasting peace can only be attained when there is societal justice and there’s no other way to achieve this except by armed struggle through protracted people’s war.
As long as the semi-colonial and semi-feudal system in the Philippines ruled by US imperialism, big comprador bourgeoisie, and huge landlords remain, the revolutionary armed struggle of the people will persist to forge their own free, peaceful, and abundant future.