Free Wilma Austria And Benito Tiamzon!
Long Live The People’s Struggle!
Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria, two National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultants, were arrested by security forces in a joint military-police operation on March 22nd. Benito and Wilma are holders of letters of acknowledgement from the Philippines government stating “The above named person is entitled to the safety and immunity guarantees as provided under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) for the duration of the peace negotiations. You are hereby required to facilitate the safe conduct of the above named person”. According to the Defense Secretary, the Tiamzons are undergoing “tactical interrogation”; under the conditions of severe repression faced by communists this may well be synonymous with torture.
The arrest of these NDFP consultants is illegal even by the standards of bourgeois legality, and we unite with the New Democratic Movement of the Philippines in its demand that Benito and Wilma Tiamzon be immediately and unconditionally released.
Benito and Wilma Tiamzon are part of the New Democratic Movement in the Philippines to end the conditions of semi-feudalism, semi-colonialism and bureaucrat capitalism, and to establish socialism in the Philippines. They were captured while they were conducting an investigation into the living conditions of working class people in the Viasayas region which was devastated by super-typhoon Yolanda.
Their lives are devoted to the service of the people and only the people can judge them, not a regime that collaborates with US imperialism to enrich itself at the expense of the oppression of its own people.
FREE WILMA AND BENITO TIAMZON!
VICTORY TO THE FILIPINO PEOPLE IN THEIR STRUGGLE AGAINST SEMI-COLONIALISM, SEMI-FEUDALISM AND BUREAUCRAT CAPITALISM!