Typhoon Mangkhut kills dozens in the Philippines, leaves trail of destruction in China and Hong Kong
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 September 2018
As in previous natural disasters, the poor and workers in low-paid precarious industries have been the hardest hit.
By Joseph Santolan, 14 September 2018
The battlelines between President Duterte and Senator Trillanes express the twin pressures upon the Filipino ruling class of geopolitical tensions and mounting social unrest.
By Joseph Santolan, 11 September 2018
Manila is seeking funding from Beijing for the most ambitious infrastructure campaign in Philippine history.
By Jean Shaoul, 10 September 2018
The main purpose of Duterte’s trip was to explore future arms deals, including advanced weaponry and, potentially, aircraft.
By Joseph Santolan, 25 August 2018
The Pentagon, which has been systematically escalating military tensions with Russia, has not taken kindly to Washington’s former colony improving relations with Moscow.
By John Roberts, 28 December 2017
A significant factor in the deaths and injuries was the failure of the authorities to evacuate people from the most vulnerable areas.
By James Cogan, 14 November 2017
Trump’s continual references to the economic woes of the US speak to the real motivations for an anti-China coalition.
By Mike Head, 27 October 2017
Another far-reaching military commitment has been made without any parliamentary debate, let alone any approval by the Australian population.
By Mike Head, 12 September 2017
Australia’s involvement in the bogus “war against terrorism” in the Philippines is part of its commitment to Washington’s aggressive military build-up and actions in Asia.
By Mike Head, 30 August 2017
Confronting a deepening political crisis at home, Malcolm Turnbull is seeking to don the mantle of a wartime prime minister.
By Joseph Santolan, 10 August 2017
The US military was involved in the initial attack by Philippine forces that led to the declaration of martial law and US surveillance planes have directed the daily bombing.
By Joseph Santolan, 25 July 2017
The wholesale embrace of martial law by the Filipino ruling elites is a sharp expression of the crisis of class rule around the globe amid intensifying class tensions.
By Mike Head, 24 June 2017
Although the initial deployment consists of just two aircraft, they will form part of an intensive operation by US Special Forces.
By Joseph Santolan, 12 June 2017
Washington is using martial law to discipline the Philippine president and reorient Manila’s geopolitical ties away from Beijing and Moscow, and back into the camp of US imperialism.
By Joseph Santolan, 2 June 2017
Over 22 million Filipinos on the southern island of Mindanao have been living under conditions of military dictatorship for the past week.
By Joseph Santolan, 25 May 2017
Behind the imposition of military rule lies a profound social crisis and the geopolitical machinations of Washington.
By Joseph Santolan, 2 May 2017
As part of the advanced preparations for war with North Korea, Trump has called the Philippine president with an invitation for a state visit to Washington.
By Dante Pastrana, 31 March 2017
The real purpose of the bogus war on drugs is to establish a vast police-state apparatus that will be used to suppress opposition from workers and the poor.
By Joseph Santolan, 30 March 2017
Sharp divisions emerged in the Duterte administration after a Chinese official announced plans for an environmental monitoring station on the Scarborough Shoal.
By Joseph Santolan, 15 March 2017
Joma Sison and the Maoist CPP have played a politically criminal role in promoting the fascistic Duterte administration and defusing opposition to it.
By Joseph Santolan, 1 March 2017
Senator de Lima’s arrest is an expression of the advanced political crisis in the country which is rooted in the dispute within the ruling class over Manila’s geopolitical orientation.
By Dante Pastrana, 13 February 2017
Making the military responsible for continuing the state-sanctioned killings is a marked development in Duterte’s drive toward dictatorial power and military rule.
By Joseph Santolan, 8 February 2017
The party has strongly supported Duterte but the peace talks were undermined by the military and by a section of the leadership of the CPP’s armed wing.
By Joseph Santolan, 25 January 2017
Duterte warned that he would impose military rule to “complete the slaughter” in his war on drugs.
By Joseph Santolan, 4 January 2017
The proposal was made as two Russian warships visited the Philippines in the first official navy-to-navy contact between the two countries.
By Joseph Santolan, 28 December 2016
According to the Manila Times, former US Ambassador Goldberg drew up detailed plans for the removal of Duterte from office over the course of the next year and a half.
By Joseph Santolan, 13 December 2016
Trump’s call to Duterte was not just to shore up damaged relations with an ally against China, it expressed Trump’s enthusiasm for police state measures within the US.
By Peter Symonds, 26 November 2016
US Admiral Harry Harris, head of Pacific Command, dismissed any suggestion that Philippine President Duterte’s anti-American remarks would derail the US-Philippine alliance.
By Joseph Santolan, 11 November 2016
The decision to continue the basing pact represents a reversal of previous statements by Duterte that he would “separate” from the United States.
By Joseph Santolan, 3 November 2016
The resignation of Ramos, a central figure in Philippine politics, highlights the extraordinary tensions caused by Washington’s drive to militarily encircle and subordinate China.
By Joseph Santolan, 27 October 2016
The abrupt shift in Manila’s foreign policy toward China is an expression of the immense geopolitical tensions stoked by Washington's policies.
By Peter Symonds, 22 October 2016
The latest US “freedom of navigation” operation came as Philippine President Duterte’s tilt to Beijing dealt a blow to Washington’s “pivot to Asia” strategy.
By Oscar Grenfell, 21 October 2016
Duterte’s statements were met with bewilderment and consternation in Washington.
By our reporter, 21 October 2016
Police violently assaulted the protest, despite the fact that it was led by Maoist front organisations allied to the government.
By Peter Symonds, 19 October 2016
Duterte has signalled that he is open to closer military relations with China and Russia as he seeks billions of dollars in Chinese aid and investment.
By Peter Symonds, 12 October 2016
In advance of Duterte’s trip next week to China, his defence secretary announced a suspension of joint exercises with the US in the South China Sea.
By Joseph Santolan, 6 October 2016
The statement was the latest in a string of outbursts by Duterte, who has responded angrily to Western criticisms of his murderous anti-drug crusade.
By Joseph Santolan, 1 October 2016
As Duterte has sought to pursue ties with China, Washington, using the pretext of human rights as a means to pressure the Philippine president, has criticized his murderous drug war.
By Joseph Santolan, 19 September 2016
As President Duterte downplays the South China Sea dispute with China, Washington is mounting a cynical “human rights” campaign to pressure the Philippines back into line.
By Joseph Santolan, 15 September 2016
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s statements mark a further souring of ties between Manila and Washington under the new president.
By Joseph Santolan, 9 September 2016
Unable to enlist the Philippines or a reliable proxy from other ASEAN members, Obama was compelled to directly intervene.
By Joseph Santolan, 6 September 2016
The real source of the tensions is Washington’s increasing displeasure over Duterte’s failure to play his assigned role in the US pivot to Asia.
By Joseph Santolan, 5 September 2016
While stating that this was “not martial law,” Duterte told the press that the military would be “running the country.”
By Joseph Santolan, 23 August 2016
The official figures—at least double the media estimates—reveal that Duterte has launched a crusade of mass murder under the guise of a “war on drugs.”
By Joseph Santolan, 11 August 2016
Ramos’s trip highlights the contradictory nature of the current Philippine President Duterte’s attempt to balance between Washington’s “pivot to Asia” and trade ties with China.
By Joseph Santolan, 4 August 2016
US Secretary of State Kerry pledged $32 million to fund Philippine President Duterte’s anti-drug campaign, involving death squads, police murders and concentration camps, in order to secure support for Washington’s war drive against China.
By Joseph Santolan, 29 July 2016
To secure Manila’s commitment for the US war drive against China, Secretary of State Kerry committed $32 million to President Duterte’s fascistic crackdown on drugs.
By Joseph Santolan, 26 July 2016
Duterte’s speech was a repugnant mixture of proposals to assist big business in the exploitation of cheap labor and statements sanctioning the murder of alleged criminals.
By Joseph Santolan, 15 July 2016
The Duterte government has reacted to the ruling with caution, seeking to placate Washington and Beijing, while the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines has escalated its attacks on China.
By Peter Symonds, 14 July 2016
The court decision on the South China Sea will heighten tensions and the risk that a minor incident spirals out of control and triggers a conflict between the US and China.
By Joseph Santolan, 12 July 2016
Regardless of the details of today’s tribunal decision, Washington will exploit the ruling to escalate its war drive against China.
By Peter Symonds, 11 July 2016
With a ruling imminent, the US has cranked up its propaganda apparatus and military activity in the South China Sea, setting the stage for a dangerous confrontation with China.
By Joseph Santolan, 9 July 2016
Duterte is pursuing his fascistic agenda, including to reinstate the death penalty and to reduce the minimum age of criminal accountability as low as nine years.
By Tom Peters, 5 July 2016
Fightback and Redline have long promoted the CPP, which has now taken cabinet posts in the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, a fascistic figure.
By Joseph Santolan, 1 July 2016
Duterte’s presidency represents a move by the Philippine ruling class to resolve the political crises in the country through dictatorial forms of rule.
By Peter Symonds, 21 June 2016
The show of force is a sign that the US intends to ramp up its confrontation with China following an imminent ruling on the Philippine legal challenge to Beijing’s maritime claims.
By Joseph Santolan, 15 June 2016
As government and party leaders meet to negotiate in Oslo, CPP head Joma Sison is calling for a “coalition government” with the fascistic Duterte regime.
By Joseph Santolan, 8 June 2016
The CPP is entering an alliance with incoming President Rodrigo Duterte and, in doing so, its leader Joma Sison has endorsed the state burial of the dictator Marcos.
By Joseph Santolan, 7 June 2016
The Maoist officials in the Duterte administration will be directly responsible for carrying out the suppression of the working class.
By Dante Pastrana, 2 June 2016
In line with president-elect Duterte’s election promise, police and vigilantes have launched a campaign of murderous violence against alleged criminals.
By Joseph Santolan, 17 May 2016
The president-elect has vowed to restore hangings and not to back down on the country’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
By Joseph Santolan, 11 May 2016
The election of the fascistic Duterte is the product of mounting social tensions bound up with the US-led transformation of East Asia into an armed camp directed against China.
By Joseph Santolan, 10 May 2016
Responsibility for the successful political career of Duterte rests with the anti-working class and nationalist Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
By Dante Pastrana, 4 May 2016
Duterte has pledged to summarily execute alleged criminals, kill union activists and block any political opposition by shutting down Congress and the courts.
By Dante Pastrana, 8 March 2016
While Philippine officials invoked the latest UN sanctions, the government undoubtedly acted with the approval, if not on the direct orders, of Washington.
By Dante Pastrana, 26 February 2016
The Enhanced Defense Cooperative Agreement paves the way for a major US military build-up in the Philippines that will greatly heighten tensions with China.
By Joseph Santolan, 24 February 2016
The Philippine Maoists are speaking for the most reactionary layers of the Philippine bourgeoisie, who are spearheading the US war drive against China, but want firm guarantees of US support if a conflict breaks out.
By Joseph Santolan, 18 January 2016
Deepening economic crisis, massive social inequality and Washington’s drive to war have shifted bourgeois politics in the Philippines sharply to the right.
By Joseph Santolan, 16 January 2016
The Maoist-dominated BAYAN has called for the armed defense of the Philippines’ territorial claims in the South China Sea and has led repeated demonstrations outside the Chinese embassy.
By Joseph Santolan, 13 January 2016
The decision gives the legal green light for the deployment of US military forces to the Philippines, in direct confrontation with China.
By Joseph Santolan, 18 November 2015
In a speech from the deck of a Philippine navy frigate, Obama pledged over a quarter of billion dollars to escalating military tensions in the South China Sea.
By Joseph Santolan, 31 October 2015
The tribunal’s ruling is a blow to China and strengthens the propaganda of Washington, which will use it to provide a legal fig leaf to escalate its war-mongering.
By Joseph Santolan, 23 October 2015
While many details are still unknown, the fatal shooting occurs amid explosive tensions between China and the Philippines provoked by Washington.
By Oscar Grenfell, 14 July 2015
The outposts of Vietnam and other claimants in the region cover a far broader expanse than those of China.
By Joseph Santolan, 9 July 2015
The legal case, which aims to invalidate China’s territorial claim to the South China Sea, is part of Washington’s campaign against Beijing.
By James Cogan, 20 June 2015
Military deployments are taking place in Asia that would be viewed in China as preparations for a potential provocation.
By Joseph Santolan, 18 June 2015
The stakes in the 2016 presidential election are qualitatively higher than in previous contests, with the paramount question being war with China.
By Dante Pastrana, 15 June 2015
More than 200 contractual workers at the Tanduay Distillery plant are waging a desperate struggle to regain their jobs after being sacked for seeking to regularise their employment.
By Joseph Santolan, 13 June 2015
The CPP is bent on mobilizing its social base behind the US drive to war against China in the name of national sovereignty.
By Joseph Santolan, 5 June 2015
BAYAN and the CPP have worked to whip up anti-Chinese nationalism, denouncing China as an “imperialist” power poised to invade the Philippines.
By Joseph Santolan, 4 June 2015
The Philippines is playing a crucial role in Washington’s ratcheting up of military pressure on Beijing.
By Dylan Lubao, 28 May 2015
Loyal allies of the US in its anti-China “pivot,” Canada and the Philippines are increasing bilateral military-security ties.
By James Cogan, 15 May 2015
Every country in the region, to one degree or another, is embroiled in the war danger.
By Joseph Santolan, 14 May 2015
The move would be a reckless act of military brinkmanship calculated to force Beijing to back down on its territorial claims.
By John Roberts, 4 March 2015
Manila’s provocative decision not to renew the visas of 16 Chinese technicians will further exacerbate tensions with Beijing over disputes in the South China Sea.
By John Roberts, 30 December 2014
Hanoi rejected China’s claims in the South China Sea and called on the court to take Vietnam’s interests into consideration.
By Richard Phillips, 9 December 2014
The latest disaster badly damaged infrastructure and destroyed homes throughout central-eastern Philippines.
By Joseph Santolan, 16 October 2014
President Aquino’s government rushed to assure Washington that the killing would not jeopardize the recent signed basing deal.
By Joseph Santolan, 22 August 2014
The entire Jardeleza affair reveals the colonial-level control which Washington exercises over Philippine politics, over Manila’s legal case against China in particular.
By Dante Pastrana, 5 August 2014
Despite the limited character of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, the Philippine Congress has ended any further acquisitions of private land.
By Joseph Santolan, 31 July 2014
The bitter political infighting in ruling circles is fueled by mounting social crisis, the pressure of US imperialism, and the drive towards dictatorship.
By Dante Pastrana, 5 July 2014
President Benigno Aquino III’s anti-corruption campaign is in reality a drive to crush opposition in any section of government to his sharp turn toward US imperialism.
By Dante Pastrana, 20 June 2014
An estimated 21 million students are crammed, in shifts, into buildings that are falling apart, lacking facilities, chairs, textbooks or even chalk.
By Dante Pastrana, 5 June 2014
The Maoist KMU, which specialises in militant-sounding demagogy, has called no strike action by NXP workers.
Six months after Typhoon Haiyan
By Dante Pastrana, 2 June 2014
The tragedy of the Ocenar family is emblematic of the social devastation that has been inflicted on millions of Filipinos in the wake of the typhoon.
By Joseph Santolan, 17 May 2014
The US basing deal in the Philippines, part of a drive to militarily encircle China posing the risk of global war, creates the legal framework for neocolonial US rule over its former colony.
By Mike Head, 13 May 2014
Continuing clashes between Vietnamese and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea highlight the potential for a wider conflict.
By Joseph Santolan, 3 May 2014
The agreement allows the US military to base its forces throughout the Philippines at will, immune from oversight under Philippine law.
By Joseph Santolan, 29 April 2014
Washington is moving to base US forces in the Philippines as a key step in its drive to militarily encircle China, as part of its ‘pivot’ to Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 28 April 2014
The 10-year agreement to boost American forces in the Philippines will further consolidate the US military encirclement of China.