National Democratic Front (Philippines)

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National Democratic Front - Philippines
NDF Flag.svg
Native name Pambansang Demokratikong Prente ng Pilipinas
Major actions March 29, 1969 - present
Leader(s) Luis Jalondoni, Jose Maria Sison
Active region(s) Philippines
Ideology Anti-Imperialism, Progressivism, Socialism, Communism

The National Democratic Front - Philippines (NDFP) (Filipino: Pambansang Demokratikong Prente ng Pilipinas (PDPP)) is a coalition of progressive social and economic justice organizations, agricultural unions, trade unions, indigenous rights groups, leftist political parties, and other related groups in the Philippines. It belongs to the much broader National Democracy Movement (Philippines). It is led by the Communist Party of the Philippines.[1]

Objectives[edit]

The NDFP adopted the following 12-point program to bring about "national liberation and democracy [that] seeks to provide a broad basis of unity for all social classes, sectors, groups and individual Filipinos here and abroad desirous of genuine national freedom and democracy, lasting peace and a progressive Philippines.":[2]

  1. Unite the people for the overthrow of the semi-colonial and semi-feudal system through a people’s war and for the completion of the national democratic revolution.
  2. Establish a people’s democratic republic and a democratic coalition government.
  3. Build the people’s revolutionary army and the people’s defense system.
  4. Uphold and promote the people’s democratic rights.
  5. Terminate all unequal relations with the United States and other foreign entities.
  6. Implement genuine agrarian reform, promote agricultural cooperation, raise rural production and employment through the modernization of agriculture and rural industrialization and ensure agricultural sustainability.
  7. Break the combined dominance of the U.S. and other imperialists, big compradors and landlords over the economy. Carry out national industrialization and build an independent and self-reliant economy.
  8. Adopt a comprehensive and progressive social policy.
  9. Promote a national, scientific and pro-people culture.
  10. Uphold the rights to self-determination and democracy of the Moro people, Cordillera peoples and other national minorities or indigenous peoples.
  11. Advance the revolutionary emancipation of women in all spheres.
  12. Adopt an active, independent and peaceful foreign policy.

Member Organizations[edit]

Member of the front include:[citation needed]

  • Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP-MLM)
  • New People's Army (NPA)
  • Revolutionary Council of Trade Unions (RCTU)
  • Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid (PKM, National Association of Peasants)
  • Kabataang Makabayan (KM, Patriotic Youth)
  • Makabayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan (MAKIBAKA, Patriotic Movement of New Women)
  • Cordillera People's Democratic Front (CPDF)
  • Christians for National Liberation (CNL)
  • Katipunan ng mga Gurong Makabayan (KAGUMA, Association of Patriotic Teachers)
  • Artista at Manunulat ng Sambayanan (ARMAS, Artists and Writers for the People)
  • Makabayang Kawaning Pilipino (MKP, Patriotic Government Employees)
  • Makabayang Samahang Pangkalusugan (MSP, Patriotic Health Association)
  • Liga ng Agham para sa Bayan (LAB, League of Scientists for the People)
  • Katipunan ng mga Samahang Manggagawa (KASAMA, Federation of Labor Organizations)
  • Lupon ng mga Manananggol para sa Bayan (LUMABAN, Council of Lawyers for the People)
  • Moro Revolutionary Organization (MORO)
  • Revolutionary Organization of Lumads

Controversy[edit]

NDFP leader Jose Maria Sison may be liable under violations of articles 47, 48, 140, and 289, Dutch Penal Code but had not been arraigned on any charge.[citation needed] On September 13, 2007, however, National Democratic Front chief peace negotiator Luis Jalandoni, confirmed that Sison’s lawyer Michiel Pestman said that: “It appears that the president of the chamber made the decision and called [Pestman] to say that there’s no extension.”[citation needed] Malacañang's National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales stated that it was surprised by the Dutch government’s decision to release Sison from jail.[citation needed]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ VERSCHUUR-BALLO, CHARED (March 28, 2014). "No vacuum in NPA leadership despite Tiamzon couple’s arrest –Joma". GMA News. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "12 Point Program of the NDFP". Retrieved 12 October 2012.