By Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN)

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, a member of the ILPS Philippine Chapter, sends its warmest greetings to all the leaders and members of the ILPS Guatemala Chapter celebrating its first founding anniversary on January 28, 2017.

Bayan commends the ILPS Guatemala Chapter for its plan to  focus on demanding accountability of the past and present regimes that signed the Guatemala Peace Accords in Dec. 29, 1996; and justice for the genocide of the people of Guatemala, especially the native Indians, by the military officials who are now holding high positions in the administration 

Guatemala and the Philippines have in common the peace talks held between their respective governments and the revolutionary forces.

In the Philippines, the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the revolutionary forces represented by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, are being conducted under the seven-month old  administration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. It is now on its third round, currently being held in Rome, Italy with the Norwegian government serving as third party facilitator. Issues of socio-economic reforms are the release of political prisoners are being discussed. Outside the peace negotiations, the struggles of the mass movement rage on.

Like the people of Guatemala, the Filipino people are also demanding accountability from the past regimes and the military officials who are responsible for the killings, disappearances, detention of peasants, indigenous peoples, workers, other sectors, organizers and leaders of sectoral organizations. 

Peace will only be achieved in our respective countries if the root causes of the armed conflict are addressed; in the case of the Philippines, centuries-old agrarian inequality by the big landlords against the landless peasants, US continuing control of our economy through the imposition of neo-liberal policies, and the abuse and corruption of our government officials. 

Know that you will always have friends and comrades in this side of the globe, ever-willing to fight alongside you against imperialism and all reaction and for a bright socialist future.

Mabuhay, ILPS Guatemala!
Long Live International Solidarity!
Fight for liberation! Defeat imperialism!