Today, the 22nd of April, as the world commemorates Earth Day, the
National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Mindanao wishes to renew
its unwavering commitment in the struggle to save and to defend our
one and only planet Earth. But sad to say that today, the survival of
our generation and the generations thereafter is seriously threatened
by the seemingly unstoppable destruction of the habitat of the human
This is so mainly because of the imperialists’ global impunity to
plunder and destroy our planet’s environ, placing super-profit above
the interest and welfare of the whole humanity. Our commitment to
Mother Earth is the commitment to fight side-by-side with all the
peoples of the world in the struggle against the plunderer, oppressive
and exploitative US imperialist-led global order.
The US-imperialist-led globalization and China’s modern revisionist
block are scrambling to plunder both the human and natural resources
of Third World countries such as the Philippines in their destructive
capitalist competition for raw materials, thereby destroying the
environment of these client countries, and degrading as a whole the
global environment with their extremely pollutant factories and heavy
Lately, the thousands of US-imperialist troops have come like
conquerors masquerading through the “Balikatan” exercises (US-RP
joint military exercises), but in fact they are here to secure their
plunder in our country and in the Asia Pacific region, in the same
breath that the Chinese modern revisionists wish to plunder our
resource-rich islands in the West Philippine Sea to fill their need
for raw materials.
These are the very imperialist countries that have refused to sign the
Kyoto Protocol in 1997 attended by no less than 130 countries that
aims to drastically reduce the levels of pollution worldwide. Their
unrestrained and unplanned over-production in the name of super-profit
not only chokes our world environment, they also literally choke the
lives of workers, peasants and the whole working class of the world,
and imperil the very survival of the whole humanity.
We have seen how this has been happening in the last six decades here
in Mindanao. First, there was the forest denudation due to wanton
logging, then followed the land monopoly and complete scraping of vast
tracts of lands for mono-crop plantations, and now the complete
destruction and depletion of our mineral lands by large-scale mining.
All of these resulted to periodic catastrophes with such disastrous
effect to Mindanao, as was seen in the aftermath of typhoon Sendong.
Mindanao, once touted as the “land of promise,” held no promise
for poor peasants, workers and even the middle classes, but for
imperialists, big bourgeois compradors and big landlord classes in
their insatiable pursuit for super-profit. These imperialists are the
US, Japan, China, Great Britain and other countries with similar
imperialist rapacity, colluding with big bourgeois compradors and big
landlord classes such as Pangilinan, Zamora, Gutierrez, Enrile,
Alcantara, Floreindo, Lobregat and others from their class.
Although they are in cut-throat competition against one another,
together as a class, they connive these past decades to deplete,
destroy and denude our forests; they conspire with malevolence to grab
and monopolize vast tracts of land for agri-business and to prevent
land reform and national industrialization; and, they stop at nothing
to build giant industries highly injurious to the ecosystem, causing
erosion, landslides and siltation, poisoning and polluting land, air,
water, and marine resources – all of which inflict unimaginable
damage to property, and untold misery to our people in Mindanao.
They conspire with the reactionary regimes to create laws and policies
that can satisfy their greed for super-profit, such as the policies on
logging ban, Agrarian Reform Law, the Mining Act of 1995, CADT/CADC,
and many other similar anti-people, anti-environment laws. They have
funded media apologists and pseudo people’s and non-government
organizations to peddle palliative solutions to our environmental
woes, such as ecology-related campaigns and even faking land reform,
passing on their environmental crimes to other sectors while veering
away from the more fundamental issues of patrimony, sovereignty,
genuine land reform and national industrialization.
As the people continue to oppose these devious schemes, fascist as
they are, they crush all forms of resistance, if only to show that
nothing can block their interest. We are witness to the massive
militarization in the countryside in areas where large-scale
multi-national mining corporations and large-scale plantations are
operating, such as in mineral-rich Caraga, Compostela Valley and Davao
Provinces; in the Cotabato provinces where the biggest gold mining in
Southeast Asia, the SMI-Xstrata, and the Dole plantations are; in the
Zamboanga Peninsula where the highly militarized Toronto Ventures Inc
(TVI) is; and, in other parts of Mindanao.
The US-Aquino regime’s Oplan Bayanihan (OPB) combat and
civil-military operations are designed to clear the area for the
establishment and protection of these multinational corporations, such
as the Taganito Mining Corporation, Sumitomo THPAL, SRMI, Xstrata,
TVI, Del Monte, Sumifru, Dolephil plantations, and others. In behalf
of these companies, the Army, Police, Cafgu and fanatical armed groups
launch with impunity extra-judicial killings, RSOT/COPD, and sustained
and periodic military campaigns and operations.
Saving Mother Earth is a must; we must act now! If left unchecked, our
planet will no longer be a safe habitat for human beings, but for
“mutants.” The principal plunderers and Earth destroyers must be
punished, as we have done so to the large-scale mining companies of
Taganito, SRMI, SMI-Xstrata, and to the plantations of Dole, Del Monte
and Sumifru. They must be rendered incapable of inflicting even more
large-scale damage to Mother Earth!
Thus, it is imperative for the Filipino people to unite and overthrow
the puppet regime that allows these plunderers to trample on our
sovereignty and patrimony. It is imperative for the Filipino people to
unite with the peoples of the world to stop and set asunder the menace
that plague Mother Earth – the imperialist global order.
The imperialists and their cohorts may appear invincible, but the
Chinese and Vietnamese revolutionaries have shown to the world that,
indeed, they can collectively defeat these imperialist paper tigers,
drive them off their shores, and drown them in the sea of the
people’s war. Defeating these imperialists and their local lackeys
through a protracted people’s war in our soil is but one small
contribution in the world scale fight to save our planet from total
perdition, but surely a great one for our people’s national
Save our country, defeat the imperialist and their local running dogs!
People of the world unite, set asunder imperialist global order to
save Mother Earth!