By Reynard Magtoto
CASIGURAN, SORSOGON – Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) pays tribute to Ka Magno, tireless Party cadre, who headed the Party committee in Sorsogon and guided the NPA-Sorsogon-Celso Minguez Command.
NPA commander, Andres ‘Ka Magno’ Hubilla was among NPA fighters killed in the recent Casiguran Massacre last July 28 in Sitio Namoro, Purok 2 Trece Marteres, Casiguran, Sorsogon City. The remaining red fighter was Miguel Himor, while the other 2 civilians were Dick Laura, fisherman and resident of Sitio Cabungahan, Barangay Boton and Arnel Borres, farmer in Barangay Santa Cruz.
A former history schoolteacher and torture victim of Marcos’ martial law, Ka Magno was a stalwart of the revolutionary movement in Bicol.
“He was a beloved son of the masses. He always came across as a simple and humble man, wearing a simple shirt and shorts and an impish smile,” CPP said.
“He is known by practically every poor peasant in Sorsogon among whom he ate, laughed and lived with. With his reliable hammock, he slept at any available corner after a nightlong discussion with his hosts. Ka Magno tirelessly served and inspired the poor peasants and people to organize and fight for their rights, advance their cause for land reform, take up arms and wage revolutionary struggle,” CPP added.
The Party extends its deepest sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of Ka Magno, Ka Billy and civilians Arnel Borres and Dick Laura. The Party and the entire revolutionary movement vow to exact justice for their cold-blooded murder by Duterte’s military and police forces.
‘Barbarism’ of Duterte regime
According to CPP, the Casiguran massacre is an act of barbarism. The Party holds GRP President Duterte himself criminally responsible for the Casiguran massacre.
“A few days ago, it was Duterte himself who ordered his men to kill NPA fighters instead of arresting them in total disregard of the international laws on the conduct of war. The revolutionary forces indict as well AFP Chief Gen. Eduardo Año and PNP Dir. Gen. Renato dela Rosa and other key officials of the AFP and PNP as accessories to the crime,” CPP said.
The killing of civilians Borres and Laura, a local tiller and fisherman, are outright violations of international humanitarian law. Under international norms, the rights and lives of civilians in time of war should be protected and upheld.
“Instead of doing so, the military and police killed Borres and Laura in an apparent effort to eliminate witnesses to their crime,” CPP said. “The Casiguran massacre highlights the rapid deterioration of the military and police under the murderous US-supported Duterte strongman regime. On Duterte’s command, military and police units, together with state-supported vigilante groups, have gone on a rampage of killing against anyone Duterte considers as his enemy.”
“In siding of US-Duterte regime in the open use of fascism and violence against the people, their violations of human rights and international humanitarian law are further intensified. Therefore, the people of Sorsogon must, therefore, have to fight against this kind of move and the intensifying abuses of the reactionary AFP and PNP,”said Celso Minguez command spokesperson Ka Samuel Guerrero.
In the world of a President who is ‘obsessed’ with power, laws are null and void of rights according to National Democratic Front of Bicol.
“Applause and recognition are given to the soldiers and policemen who have squandered thousands of lives and destroyed hundreds of communities. They called it mighty for human rights violations and war against the people. It does not matter if blood spreads, the only important to them is to kill. Each corpse is a point for them to have rewards and trophies,” Ma. Roja Banua, NDF Bicol spokesperson, said.
According to Banua, while the 9th IDPA is in the forefront of their empty victory, the swarms of armed struggle are in the countryside and in the mountains. “In the end, the raging war of the state cannot stop the flames of the revolution. It will blow the overwhelming strength of the people that will end the exploitation,” she said.
According to the NPA-Edmundo Jacob Command, the killing of red fighter, commander Ka Magno and two civilians will never stop the fight and the advancement of the revolutionary movement across the Bicol region. In the midst of severe crisis, the toiling masses in poverty and the exploitation of the fertile land rage will persevere in advancing the people’s war.
“Any OPLAN or military campaign to be launched by the Duterte regime, like the previous regimes, it will certainly fail because it will not prevent the influx of the Filipino people’s revolutionary hatred,” said NPA-EJC spokesperson Rojo Armada. (BaretangBikolnon.com)