Reds blame US for Davao blast

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The Southern Mindanao Regional Party Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Saturday condemned the deadly bombing in Davao City, blaming it on the United States which it said is threatened by President Rodrigo Duterte’s “positive gestures” towards the communist movement.

In a statement signed by a certain Siegfried M. Red, the CPP said it condemned the “US-imperialist instigated bombing of the night market in Roxas Avenue, Davao City at 9 pm, September 2, which claimed the lives of 15 civilians and critically injured 67 others.”

(Note: The actual official count of fatalities from the Davao City Police Office is 14.)

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The statement said the CPP and the New People’s Army (NPA) were also commiserating with the families of the victims of “the worst attack which hit the country since the Davao bombings of 2003.”

The CPP said the bombing was carried out and masterminded by “no other than the world’s greatest terrorist: the US imperialist hegemony which is threatened by the Duterte government’s positive gestures toward the country’s anti-imperialist revolutionary forces and Duterte’s consistent pronouncements against US intervention in Philippine affairs.”

“The heinous attack in downtown Davao City, home to… President Rodrigo Duterte, was clearly the handiwork of peace saboteurs, ultra-rightists AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) cliques, and big drug lords — all anti-Duterte forces that conspire with US imperialism to subvert the Duterte government,” it added.

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Without citing sources, the CPP said it was “hardly coincidental that initial investigations have found similarities on the explosion device used on Friday’s bombing to the explosives found in the wreck of CIA agent Michael Mering’s hotel room in Davao City and the ones used in the Davao International Airport and the Sasa Wharf bombings in March and April 2003 respectively.”

Read about Michael Meiring here.

The CPP also said the admission allegedly made by the Abu Sayyaf, which it called “a CIA-backed terrorist group,” was “a scripted rejoinder to sow further enmity against majority of Muslims who want just peace.”

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“US imperialism has always employed terror tactics to stir anti-Muslim sentiments and prelude its greater military intervention in countries that challenge its dominance and exploitation,” the group added.

“Clearly, US imperialism and its rightist and militarist cliques in the country are not happy with how the Duterte government is shaping its pro-peace governance as shown in the great strides in the peace negotiations between the GRP and the National Democratic Front, and as demonstrated by Duterte’s peace overtures with the MNLF and MILF,” the CPP said.

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