Filipino activist Ivan Phell Enrile ojects to my recent post on his affiliation to the Communist Party of the Philippines “front” ANAKBAYAN.
Here is the full text of his post, with some comments by me.
i’ve just read your comment.
let me just clarify that anakbayan, a LEGAL, OPEN MASS ORGANIZATION, was founded on November 30, 1998 not 1990. ANAKBAYAN advocates the politics of national democracy: a politics which can be described in three adjectives: anti-imperialist, anti-feudal, and anti-fascist (given the fact that the existing Philippine social formation is semi-feudal(native feudalism now linked to the needs and imperatives of foreign monopoly-capital) and semi-colonial (under the indirect control and domination of US imperialism.
New Zeal Using Marxist jargon like that does not help your credibility, Ivan.
Our organization seeks to unite all Filipino youth, whatever their political tendencies and ideological leanings may be, if they do recognize that the Philippines and its people, in order to attain genuine democracy, progress and peace, should take up the task of emancipating itself from the fetters of neo-colonial rule, feudal exploitation and fascist repression guising under the mask of formal “bourgeois-liberal” institutions and processes. ANAKBAYAN operates within the bounds of legal forms of struggle and political contestations, dispersing its forces among the Filipino youth wherever they can be found: factories, urban poor communities, schools, rural areas, etc. In short wherever there exist exploitation and oppression among Filipino youth, there is ANAKBAYAN.
New Zeal Getting worse.
Our affiliation with WFDY (I still need to verify that information) even if it may be true, does not immediately implicate us as communists. Again, we unite with individuals, organizations and leaders on the basis of the above-stated principles.
Unfortunately, the Manila government in Malacanang is very much insecure that any signs and quivers of protest and organizing it readily brands as “communist”. The meaning of “communism” in the Philippines and I think even abroad has become pejorative already that even national democracy which is supposed to be a politics that reaches out to the most variegated and popular groupings, sectors and classes is being branded as “communist” (whatever their definition of the term may be).
New Zeal As I provided you the link that proved ANAKBAYAN’s affiliation to the World Federation of Democratic Youth, I don’t know how you remain in doubt. WFDY has been a communist front for 50 years. Most affiliates even use the word “communist” in their name. Your affiliation to WFDY does imply the communist nature of your organisation as virtually every other WFDY affiliate is OPENLY communist. Here it is again, from Wikipedia this time.
So Ivan, please do not try to pull the wool over my eyes.
Our government labels our organization as communist because it would like to restrict any acts of activity that will cast doubt upon its validity and its claim of being authentically representative to the democratic will of the people (the bourgeois-humanist illusion of the state being transcendent of classes, identities and interests).
There is no doubt that part of the reactionary Macapagal-Arroyo regimes grand effort to curtail the civil and democratic rights of the people to freely organize and dissent is to ostracize and label progressive, legal, and let me delineate, UNARMED organizations like ANAKBAYAN as communist to justify the ongoing series of extra-judicial killings of our members and leaders.
New Zeal There could be another reason why your government names your organisation as “communist”-because it is communist. ANAKBAYAN is also close to the League of Filipino Students, The KMU, KMP, NDF and several other Communist Party of the Philippines fronts.
This is not debatable, but well documented fact, easily confirmed with a little research.
I do not claim to be a huge authority on the Filipino left, but I have many contacts who know the subject well. One narrowly escaped assassination by an NPA “sparrow” squad some years ago. I do know enough, however to recognise your proclamations of innocence as disingenuous at best.
It is very much unfortunate and disappointing that you Mr. Loudon would buy this stale cold-war propaganda of the government who happens to have no respect for the universal and absolute right of every human person to freely express their own opinions and espouse systems of thought and beliefs without any repression. I can not believe that you even have to go to the extent of searching my name in google to obtaibn information about me, my affiliations, the school where I study and then publish it on the net after making the pronouncement that the organization of which I am a member of is a “communist Front”
You could have just argued against the merits and demerits of my blog post. Now I fear for my life. Who knows, the military may just be around the corner, waiting for my appearance. Who knows, I may be the next victim of GMA’s vigilante death squads.
I hope we could just debate on the truth value and points of our arguments and line rather than resort to ad hominems, brandings, and regurgitated black propagandas.
Thank you very much.
I. P. Enrile
New Zeal Again, disingenuous. Regarding your life being in danger, why would you sign an internet petition, announcing your affiliation to ANAKBAYAN if that would put your life in danger?
Do you not think the Armed Forces Philippines have computers or can access the Internet?
If the left is correct and the AFP has spies on campus, I’m sure your affiliation is already well known to them.
Your government has already labelled ANAKBAYAN a “communist front”, a fact you have confirmed above. Why then would you openly affiliate to the organisation in a forum as public as the internet?
What you have face Ivan is the fact that your organisation is supporting the Communist Party of the Philippines/New Peoples Army who are responsible for several thousand deaths-including civilians, AFP, “rebel” communists and several hundred of their own cadre.
If you wish to align yourself to such criminals, by all means do so, but don’t deny me my right to point out the facts.
I admire your bravery Ivan, I really do. By being active as you are, you run risks that most NZ activists would never dream of.
However much you may disagree with your country’s government-as I disagree with mine-it doesn’t justify supporting terrorists and murderers. I support your right to free speech Ivan, but not your right to support killers.
If you want to play with the “big boys” Ivan, don’t come crying if you get your name in print.
Next up, regular commenter, Cameron of the Free Papua Movement also takes me to task.
Trev Mr I P Enrile has a good point. Some of your blog posts could seriously put some people’s lives at risk (such as this one and the one where you accussed a refugee of being Shining Path). As you can appreciate the Arroyo government and the military in the Philippines aren’t particularly fond of human rights. Over the last few years many unionists and dissidents have been shot.
It seems the threat of the NPA is just used to crack down on legitimate dissent. Don’t let your hatred of communism lead you to support repression of innocent people.
New Zeal Cameron, this is incorrect, for the reasons given above. I don’t doubt that Ivan’s life might one day be at risk, if he maintains his current affiliations. The choice is in his hands. He doesn’t have to support communists.
Regarding the other post you refer to. Edgardo Alarcon Leon was a Peruvian student who was arrested and accused of taking part in a Sendero Luminoso bomb attack that killed three people.
After a long incarceration he was freed by the courts and made his way, as a refugee to New Zealand. Once here he joined a pro Sendero Luminoso organisation, “Radical Society” at Canterbury University and also probably at Auckland University.
He has since spent some time in Peru, from where he criticised his government on the internet.
I accused Mr Leon of nothing. I gathered publicly available information and pieced it together. I thought this was “free speech”. Am I mistaken, or is free speech only to be used for the left and not against it?
Edgardo Leon abused the hospitality of this country by openly supporting a Maoist/terrorist organisation.
Ivan Phell Enrile, came onto my blog and wrote what I would frankly describe as propaganda.
Both deserve to be held accountable.
In many ways admire people like Ivan Phell Enrile and Edgardo Alarcon Leon. They take big risks for what they believe in. Unfortunately, what they believe in is evil and results in much death and destruction.
I suggest if either objects to being named, they should change their allegiances to something more positive and try to make amends for the damage they have done.