The following statement by the Communist Party of the Philippines is from the website of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines:
Reacting to statements by the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and Eastern Samar Gov. Ben Evardone, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines – Eastern Visayas said today that there are already two governments in the country and the revolutionary movement does not simply accept bribes to let reactionary politicians win in the election.
“Perhaps Gov. Evardone is oblivious and disgruntled because he is deeply involved in the corrupt and rotten Arroyo government as well as the military,” said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDFP-EV spokesperson.
“But there are already two governments in the country, two different laws, two different systems of life. If the reactionaries want to campaign in the areas controlled by the revolutionary movement, they must recognize the revolutionary government. This is so because the revolutionary government is safeguarding the best interests of the people, ensuring law and order, and taking care that current programs and policies are not upset by the entrance of candidates in the reactionary election.
“Furthermore, reactionary politicians are only permitted acces to the revolutionary areas and not endorsed in any way. In fact, Gov. Evardone is probably sour-graping because the people dislike him for his ties to the Arroyo regime; all the perfumes of Arabia cannot help him.”
Fr. Salas also ridiculed Col. Rico for saying that the revolutionary movement coerces the people to sway their votes.
“The revolutionary movement does not believe in the reactionary elections, but many people still hope that it is the means for change. For the revolutionary movement, the people’s democratic revolution is the way to change, and armed struggle is the principal means of struggle.
“Rather than deceive the people that the reactionary election can help them, the revolutionary movement arouses, organizes and mobilizes the people in mass struggles and the armed struggle. As anyone can see, the revolutionary movement is vindicated on its stand, because the current election is shaping up to be as dirty, violent and irrelevant as ever.”
The NDFP-EV spokesperson also cautioned the people against the Arroyo regime’s scheming to grab power in the event of election failure.
“The appointment of Gen. Delfin Bangit, an old hand of Arroyo in election cheating, is a grim warning that Arroyo still dangerously aspires to remain in power. The people must remain vigilant and ready to denounce any moves by Arroyo to steal the election or do away with it altogether to remain seated.”