Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda urged the government of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. to resume the stalled peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. In a speech delivered during the Philippine Senate’s plenary session on 30 August, she said, “I am in favor of peace talks that are built upon a genuine desire to come to an agreement, which are within our democratic framework and in accordance with all our laws.”
The Communist Party of the Philippines’ official publication Ang Bayan released on 1 September a 400-page anthology of its key editorials and news articles, “Resistance to Martial Law in the pages of Ang Bayan”, to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. on 21 September 1972.
The New People’s Army launched a series of armed offensives in various parts of the country against the mercenary troops of the Marcos II regime in the second half of August. These resulted in the death of at least seven elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police, and the wounding of several others. The successful NPA offensives belie claims by the Manila government of these regions as ‘insurgency-free’.
Prosecutors of the Marcos II government announced on 15 August the filing of criminal charges against 16 individuals for allegedly conspiring to divert money from foreign sources to fund the New People’s Army. The 16 individuals, including five Roman Catholic nuns and a lawyer, are part of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, a 53-year-old voluntary association of priests, nuns and lay missionaries that provide support for rural communities of peasants, agricultural workers fisherfolk and indigenous peoples.
The Communist Party of the Philippines characterized the last six months of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term as “drenched in the blood of the victims of his failed all-out war.” In a report published on 16 July, the CPP cited 137 cases involving 5,843 victims of human rights violations perpetrated by Duterte’s security forces in the period of January to June 2022.
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines chapter in Negros Island asserted on 13 August that the “all-out assault” of state security forces in central Negros to protect the interests of big business, landlords and compradors will pave “a clearer path for the people to support armed revolution.”