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Stop the bombings news #3 (January-february 2024)

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STB News or Stop The Bombings News is an FFPS initiative to expose the terrorist bombing campaign of the Philippine countryside by the US-Marcos regime through the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The bombings are part of its ‘counterinsurgency’ war against the revolutionary movement and people. These bombings terrorize and endanger the rural communities. STB News is part of the FFPS campaign to ‘stop the bombings’.  

Bombings in Escalante city

The 79th Infantry Battalion of the AFP undertook a bombing campaign in Escalante City, Negros Occidental, on February 22nd. More than 10 bombs were dropped and the area was strafed by machine gun fire, supposedly to attack ‘more than five members’ of the New People’s Army (NPA). The army claimed three red fighters were killed. The NPA denies this and said that it was a fake encounter. It condemns the bombings for causing destruction to the local environment and trauma to the local communities.

Besides this, the AFP itself admitted that three soldiers and one paramilitary member were injured in the bombing. This is not the first time this happened. Back in 2022 Ang Bayan reported that in the period 2017-2022 more soldiers have been killed and wounded by its own bombings than red fighters. This shows how little the AFP cares about its soldiers.

Upcoming tribunal on US-backed Philippine government’s war crimes

In response to the bombing campaign and other war crimes committed by the US-Duterte and US-Marcos regimes, the Friends of the Filipino People in Struggle (FFPS) and International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) are convening an upcoming International People’s Tribunal (IPT). The purpose of this IPT will be to investigate these war crimes and to allow victims, advocates and their organizations to present evidence.

The tribunal will be held on May 17-18 in Europe. For more information, updates and registering visit the IPT website: https://peoplestribunal.net/.

Filipinos resist US Air Force Forum

The US Air Force’s plan to hold a forum at the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) has been postponed after mass local protest. The purpose of the forum was to recruit intellectuals to conduct research for military technology, specifically aerial combat vehicles. These technologies are used by the US to help in their imperialist wars of conquest and US-backed proxy wars and counterinsurgencies. Therefore there is the possibility that these technologies will be used by the fascist AFP to commit further war crimes against the Filipino people and the revolutionary movement.

After the plans became public students, staff and their organizations immediately petitioned the University to stop this forum. More than 46 organizations and 464 individuals ended up signing this petition. With such overwhelming opposition, the University was forced to postpone the forum.

If you or your organization has any news related to the stop the bombings campaign, please share it with us at secretariat_ffps@protonmail.com 

Sources: 

  1. https://philippinerevolution.nu/statements/condemn-the-afps-fascist-bombardment-campaign-in-escalante-city/
  2. https://philippinerevolution.nu/statements/condemn-the-afps-fascist-bombardment-campaign-in-escalante-city/
  3. https://philippinerevolution.nu/statements/npa-lang-gid-bala-ang-target-sang-kalakasan-sang-afp-sa-escalante-city/
  4. https://www.gmanetwork.com/regionaltv/news/100649/airstrike-kills-3-hurts-4-in-escalante-city-negros-occidental/story/
  5. https://philippinerevolution.nu/report-on-afp-bombing-updated-july2022/
  6. https://peoplestribunal.net/resources/ipt-2024-primer/ page 1 and 2
  7. https://philippinerevolution.nu/angbayan/porum-ng-us-air-force-sa-up-diliman-napaatras/
  8. https://www.karapatan.org/media_release/karapatan-scores-us-air-force-forum-in-up-diliman/