TRANSCRIPT: Ka Juanito Magbanua, NPA spokesman

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JDM: Sir let’s move away with the COVID-19 topic, let’s talk about the local issues. According to AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), there were more surrendering, killings and resolutions to this existing feud that indicates the enfeebling forces of CPP (Communist Party of China) and NPA (New People’s Army). What would you like to say about this?

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KJM: Regarding with acclaimed surrenders of our members, this is solely part of the military scheme under the Duterte regime through imposing programs that aims to take the members back to the government’s control. Actually, there is this funding that allows the members who surrendered to take 50,000 pesos for livelihood assistance and an additional 15,000 pesos for immediate response from their respective LGUs (Local Government Units). I assume that you are already aware of our 2,210 members from Escalante who surrendered themselves to the government. First, their cryptic scheme surely benefits their own pockets because none of our members had ever received those mentioned money assistance. Second, they are falsely implying that their propaganda is degrading the CCP and NPA. About the couple from the mountainous areas of Himamaylan who surrendered recently, they were legitimate members of NPA but they became inactive starting from 2018 up until now. We haven’t known the aftermath of that incident but we were told that they were placed under our enemy’s place. They were also saying that more and more top commanders were surrendered. Talking about our capital offensive sources, it is still on strategic defensive label of the people’s war here in the Philippines. Which is why the members are challenging to reinforce our attributive military action. They were also claiming about the NPA’s inadequacy of initiating ground battles but what happened in Camuag, Himamaylan shooting incident of our members against the platoon in-charge is a capability of our organization. It is not true that the military officers were tightly guarding the relief operations to be distributed to the people because of the prior announcement of ceasefire while they were having a one week operations. Our members had to evacuate their places and put themselves in defensive mode of attacking. It really is not true that our organization is incapable of bringing up big fights but we are greatly taking the challenge of our principles right now wherein we are currently reaching the level of resistance against the government that leads us to massive and illegal actions. JDM: One question right now is this. Let’s hop on to politics now. The death of Danding Cojuangco is widely discussed right now. So what would be the organization’s thoughts about Danding’s possible successor?

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KJM: With Bayani Obrero’s statement about Danding’s death, he said that the people are saddened by his death knowing that he didn’t have any punishment and penalties of his wrongdoings. If you’ll see, Danding is not the sole big landlord of Negros. While tracing back the roots, not all big landlords are class enemy. But since Danding is now dead, there are still more bigger landlords like the Marañons and the Montelibanos which are known to be disputers but weren’t classified by our organization as a threat. All in all, they are still a class enemy to the eyes of our farmers who were in an endless arguement of owning their lands. In our views, if we’ll talk about the same class enemies like Danding Cojuangco, his party mates will surely take over his place.

JDM: What would be your views to the current situation of our politics here in Negros now that Danding is dead, who do you consider to be the next kingmaker; for example is Albee Benitez? What are your thoughts about this?

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KJM: Albee Benitez is greatly known to be a contrador borgecia and identified to be an anti-movement. He has money and influence that may make him occupy that position but we aren’t in power to dictate something because they have their own. organization dynamics. But one thing is for sure, we classify him as a class enemy.

JDM: Okay, except to Albee Benitez and by the way his brother – Cong. Kiko, voted against the Anti-Terror Bill. Despite all of that, do you still view Albee Benitez as a fascist, sir?

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KJM: We are not telling that Albee is a fascist. According to his work records, he is clear from putting dangers and threats to the welfare of the people. But as we are looking into his class interest, we are looking forward to his career as a politician. As for our views, we still don’t have an outright decision of announicing Albee as an enemy but we can see some prior indications of his actions like his inclination to the Abang Lingkod group. As we all know, the Abang Lingkod group strongly supports anti-movement agendas. With that, we can say that they are people’s enemy.

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