Northstar Compass solidarity statement to National Democratic Front of the Philippines on its 35th anniversary

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is with joy that we write to you on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the founding of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

The NDFP, as the revolutionary united front organization of the Filipino people fighting for national liberation and democracy, has been uniting the progressive classes and sectors of Philippine society since 1973.

Due to these efforts the influence and power of revolutionary forces has been greatly strengthened as evidenced by the last 35 years of Philippine history. Not only was the brutal dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos overthrown by the people’s uprising in 1986, and the corrupt presidency of Joseph Estrada overthrown by a second people’s uprising in 2001, the current murderous and corrupt pseudo-presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) finds her illegitimate rule increasingly shaky due to the blows of the people’s movement.

These serious efforts at unity in the Philippine people’s movement are a sharp contrast to what is happening in the former USSR. In Russia alone there are 32 organizations claiming to be communist parties. To the great dismay of progressive people around the world, these forces cannot seem to find the largeness of mind to seriously work together to fight the anti-people forces led by the Medvedev-Putin clique, despite the Russian proletariat having the glorious experience of socialism under Lenin and Stalin.

We in the Northstar Compass (NSC) journal, as organ of the International Council for Friendship and Solidarity with Soviet People (ICFSSP), join with the Filipino people in celebrating 35 years of the Filipino people’s victories in their struggle for national liberation. We invite our member organizations to take this opportunity to study closely this experience in revolutionary united front work.

We also call on our readers to send financial support to the NDFP campaign to help the thousands of victims of the recent floods and landslides in various parts of the Philippines and for the campaign of the families of NDFP consultants in the peace process who have been killed and disappeared by the US-GMA regime. Funds for this campaign can be sent to: M.C. Jalandoni-Ledesma, Rabo Bank account no. 3313.275.125. For donations from outside The Netherlands, please add: BIC/SWIFT RABONL2U.

In Solidarity,
Michael Lucas

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