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YouTube a new vehicle for NPA propaganda

August 6, 2007

YouTube a new vehicle for NPA propaganda

By Ike Suarez, Tech Times Contributor

YouTube, the online video forum, accessible to anyone in the world with Internet broadband connectivity, now appears to be a new guerrilla front for the New People’s Army in its 38-year insurgency to overthrow the Philippine government and establish a Stalinist society in the country.

An examination of this online video portal shows that the National Democratic Front has uploaded a number of propaganda videos into it with a view to rebut the charge they are a terrorist group as classified by the United States State Department.

The videos appear professionally done with the composition of the camera shots, their sequencing, and voiceovers produced by crews familiar with television work and broadcast news. A group calling itself ISNYP Media, which claims to be an official propaganda arm of the National Democratic Front, has produced them.

The videos have been uploaded by ISNYP Media itself or by a certain Jake25 whose commentaries in the feedback section give the impression he is an official NPA propagandist or at least a rabid sympathizer.

The videos also offer a subscribe button for online viewers interested to regularly receive online feeds from the National Democratic Front.

An examination of the commentary sections show that the videos have elicited passionate reactions for and against these videos with Jake25 often taking the cudgels for the Maoist rebels.

An example would be the series of online videos showing the capture of a Philippine Army 1st lieutenant and a private first class and their subsequent release in March and August 2004, respectively. The Philippine Army junior officer and enlisted man were captured in an encounter in Barangay Bataan and Tinamba, Camarines Sur.

The voice-over has been done by a propagandist of the Romulo Jallores Command of the New People’s Army who has identified herself as Luisa. Though her face is not shown in the videos, she narrates events in Filipino with a well-modulated voice typical of television reporters in the Philippines.

The scripts for the voice-over have also been written in line with standard formats for television newscasts and documentaries.

Stressed is the message that the NPAs treated the two prisoners humanely and in line with the protocols of the Geneva Convention. The NPA is therefore not a terrorist group as branded by the US State Department.

As of this article’s writing, most of these videos have drawn a total of from over 1500 to 2000 online views.

One video shows the capture of 1st Lt. Ronaldo Fidelino and Private First Class Ronel Nemeno. Another shows their days in captivity with the NPA.

A third shows a cultural show done by the NPA for them. A fourth shows their release.

Their release features a speech done by NDF Spokesman Greg Bañares who again stressed that the NPA is not a terrorist group. The ceremonies also feature a sequence showing an NPA unit, its members clean-cut and neatly dressed smartly performing close order drills.

The videos have elicited a few dozen comments, all of them hotly partisan for or against the NPA.

One unfavorable comment in Filipino is a poster claiming he is an OFW coming from Bukidnon. He accuses the NPA of extorting revolutionary taxes from even very small landowners.

In several postings, Jake25 repeats variations of the theme that the NPA is the true army of the people.

The NPA is only one of the many dissident groups worldwide now using YouTube as a propaganda forum.

It is also being used by other political groups considered as legitimate in their countries as a vehicle for projecting their political agendas. Among these are presidential hopefuls in the United States who seek to be the Republican’s or Democrats’ standard bearers in the November 2008 US presidential elections.

(NDF search link on YouTube: search_query=national+democratic+ front&search=Search. YouTube [], owned and controlled by Google, is an online portal where anyone on the planet with Internet connection can post videos with subjects anything under the sun, which then can be freely accessed as well – ed.)

Manila Times


Communist rebels killed in clashes in Isabela, Camarines

July 31, 2007

Communist rebels killed in clashes in Isabela, Camarines

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 01:02 PM

MANILA (AFP) – Government forces in the Philippines have killed five Maoist guerrillas in clashes that also wounded one soldier, the military said Tuesday.

Fighting between an infantry patrol and the rebel New People’s Army (NPA) near the northern town of San Mariano on Monday killed three rebels and wounded one soldier, said the army division commander, Major-General Rodrigo Maclang.

The troops recovered a rifle, hand grenades and high explosives from the scene, he said.

On the same day, two NPA rebels were slain in a firefight with another infantry unit near the town of Calabanga southeast of Manila, said regional military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Rhoderic Parayno.

No government casualties were reported.

The 7,000-strong NPA has been waging a Maoist rebellion since 1969 in one of Asia’s longest-running communist insurgencies.

Philippine Maoist Rebels Claim Killing 31 Troops, 38 Firearms Seized In May

June 24, 2007

Komfie Manalo – AHN Correspondent

Manila, Philippines (AHN) – The spokesman of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal said communist rebels have killed 31 members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, while seizing some 38 firearms from security forces since May 3.

Rosal said the firearms include high-powered weapons such as M-60 machine guns.

The CPP, and its armed wing, the NPA have been waging Maoist-style guerilla warfare in the Philippines since the 1970s.

Rosal said communist rebels launched over a dozen tactical offensives in at least seven provinces in the last two weeks.

He said the communist rebels, which the CPP claimed to be operating in more than 100 guerrilla fronts across the country, lost only one rebel fighter and listed two others as wounded.


Phillippines Maoists News

May 29, 2007

Rebels kill 3 soldiers after blasting tower

COMMUNIST rebels blew up a cellphone transmission tower and killed three soldiers but suffered a casualty in a daylong gunfight in Baleno town, Masbate, an Army spokesman said yesterday.

Government troops were chasing rebels suspected of bombing a communications tower on the island province when they came under attack on Sunday, regional spokesman Lt. Col. Rhoderick Parayno said.

He said the outnumbered troops battled the New People’s Army guerrillas for several hours, but failed to hold their positions. By the time reinforcements arrived, the rebels had advanced, killing three soldiers and wounding two others, Parayno said in a statement.

After the attacks, the Southern Luzon commander, Lt. Gen. Alexander Yano, ordered the military to intensify counterinsurgency operations, Parayno said.

“The guerrillas withdrew toward the northwest carrying their casualties,” he said.

Reports reaching Camp Gen. Siemon Ola said the three soldiers killed were all members of the Ninth Infantry Division based in Masbate, and that the slain rebel remained unidentified.

In other violence, one soldier was killed and three were wounded in a clash with rebels in nearby Camarines Norte on Friday, police reported.

Also in the south, four suspected rebels fatally shot a former government militiaman in Sorsogon, and in neighboring Albay, six guerrillas shot to death a man they accused of being a military informer on Saturday, police said.

The rebels have been fighting for 38 years in Asia’s longest Maoist insurgency. The guerrillas, who claim to have a presence in 71 out of the Philippines’ 81 provinces, have recently stepped up attacks, prompting President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to order security forces to cut the 7,000-strong guerrillas force in half by 2010.

The rebels walked away from Norwegian-brokered peace talks in 2004 after accusing the government of instigating their inclusion on United States and European lists of terrorist groups. AP with Arlie Calalo and Mar Arguelles

Phillipines News

Gregorio "Ka Roger" Quote

April 7, 2007

Communist Party of Phillippines
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“All NPA units are ordered to increase the number, intensity, and frequency of tactical offensives as the people’s army’s main contribution to efforts to rapidly weaken and eventually oust the present Arroyo government that relentlessly inflicts suffering on the Filipino.” — Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal in Bigwas

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) releases "Bigwas" a documentary on the New Peoples Army

April 7, 2007

Video features celebrating NPA anniversary now posted on YouTube

The Information Bureau of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today announced that the recently released video documentary “Bigwas” and two other revolutionary music videos have been posted on YouTube. The documentary and music videos were released recently in conjunction with the celebration of the 38th founding anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA).

“Bigwas” is a feature documentary that exhorts the New People’s Army (NPA) to intensify its tactical offensives to deal armed blows against the Arroyo regime as punishment for perpetrating the extrajudicial killings, abduction, torture and harassment of activists and members of progressive organizations and terrorizing their mass constituencies.

CPP spokesperson Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal said that “We take the opportunity of posting ‘Bigwas’ and other forthcoming documentary and music videos on the internet to make information on the New People’s Army more widely accessible to the public and thus serve to inspire a greater number of Filipinos in their efforts to resist the Arroyo regime’s brutal state terrorism through all forms of struggle.”

Internet users can view “Bigwas” by accessing the following addresses:

Part 1

Link to part 1

Part 2

Link to Part 2


Sino Proletaryo presents revolutionary songs Pagbati and Panaghoy

April 7, 2007

Sine Proletaryo has also produced music videos featuring two original revolutionary songs, namely “Pagbati” and “Panaghoy,” which can also be viewed on YouTube through the following addresses:

Pagbati (MTV)

Link to Pagbati

Panaghoy MTV

Link to Panaghoy