By Fighting Words Staff
The Communist Workers League in the United States salutes and congratulates the comrades of the Communist Party of the Philippines on your 50th anniversary. We stand with you in your struggle to free the Philippines from the tyranny of U.S. monopoly capital, its military state apparatus and their present agent, the bloody Duterte regime.
The refounding of the CPP was a milestone not only for the people of the Philippines but for workers and oppressed people everywhere. It was one of the great events of the revolutionary year of 1968, the year of the Tet offensive in Vietnam, a year of fierce class struggle and uprising in every corner of the globe. The revolutionary cause has suffered many setbacks since then, and many have wavered or lost their way, but the Communist Party of the Philippines has survived despite monstrous repression and stood steadfast in the cause of the exploited and oppressed.
Armed with love and devotion to the workers and oppressed and with the proletarian ideology of Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong, the heroic and self-sacrificing leaders and cadre of the CPP have fearlessly served the people from the bloody time of martial law under Marcos through the events of 1986 until today. You have forged the New People’s Army, the army of the workers, peasants and indigenous, and built the National Democratic Front to unite all sectors of Philippine society oppressed by imperialism and comprador capitalism.
U.S. imperialism emerged on the world stage in 1898 when it invaded the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Cuba and launched a genocidal war against the Filipino people. That invasion signified the transition of capitalism from its competitive colonialist stage to its imperialist monopoly stage.
But it was in also in the Philippines that US imperialism met its first mass resistance, and with the founding of the first Philippine Communist Party in 1930, that resistance merged with the global anti-imperialist proletarian struggle unleashed by the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and lead to the formation of the Communist International. That resistance lives on today in the CPP.
Today, the imperialist system is in decay and decline. It has entered a dangerous new stage, manifested by the installation of the Trump regime in the United States and the rise of fascism. This is a symptom of a system in crisis that has nothing to offer humanity but war and destruction. It is also giving birth to new struggles. For revolutionaries everywhere this is a call to battle. Never has a united front of anti-imperialist and proletarian revolutionary forces been needed more urgently. We look forward to standing with our comrades in the Philippines, who provide such an inspiring revolutionary example, to build greater unity in the days to come.
Long live the CPP! Long live the NDF! Long live the NPA! Death to imperialism! The present is struggle, the future is ours! Workers and oppressed people of the world unite!
Communist Workers League