On the 55th Anniversary of the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution

           New Year’s day this year marks the 55thAnniversary of the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution. It was on this day in 1959 when the bloody dictator of Cuba (Fulgencio Batista) and his cohorts scampered to the Havana airport to commandeer all available planes to flee to Miami, Florida, in order to escape the Cuban people’s wrath.

           Just a few hours before, Batista and his cohorts were hosting the traditionalvin d’honneurat the presidential palace for their US masters and Mafiosi partners, toasting to their continued plunder of the Cuban people and resources for the coming year, even as the regime’s remaining forces were crumbling to the relentless advance of the revolutionary forces led by Fidel Castro. Then came the news that the revolutionary forces were on their way to Havana from different directions, rallying the people everywhere to prevent the escape of their bloody tormentors.

What followed was a mad rush by Batista and his cohorts to stash jewelries, dollars and valuable objects, and the dash to the airport. The Batista regime totally collapsed that New Year’s Day of 1959, with the loot-laden ringleaders fleeing to Miami. In the days that followed, other members of the regime also escaped to Miami aboard their yachts and any available boat.

It was not in any way similar to the Philippine experience with the 1986 “yellow revolution”, where the denoument saw the loot-laden Marcos kleptocracy being brought by USAF planes to Hawaii to give way to Cory Aquino and other members of an old oligarchy as the replacement caretaker for US interests in the Philippines. What triumphed in the Philippines in 1986 was a change of guards for the same neocolonial order, similar to a brand change from coca-cola to pepsi-cola. But what triumphed in Cuba in 1959 was a real revolution for authentic social changes.

The Cuban revolution was a total break from the bloody Batista regime which turned Cuba into an adjunct of the USA, and into the US mafia’s main casino and brothel center. The Cuban revolution was a total break from the centuries of the feudal “latifundia” (hacienda) system. The Cuban revolution was a total break from the neocolonial control of US corporations over the Cuban economy.

           As a result of this real revolution, political power finally came to the hands of the Cuban working people, led by revolutionary leaders who are not beholden to any foreign interest, who bring no wealth abroad, and who live like ordinary Cuban workers. Cuban revolutionary leaders are always at the forefront of the sacrifices and travails forced upon the Cuban people by the criminal blockade imposed by successive US regimes since 1959.

           As a result of this real revolution, US corporations which used to dictate upon the Batista regime were nationalized. As a result of this real revolution, the landless peasants and homeless families were given land and affordable housing. As a result of this real revolution, national dignity was restored, with the USA being told to leave the Guantanamo military base, and with this base being totally isolated when the USA refused this just demand. National honor was advanced with Cuba’s swift defeat of the mercenary “gusanos” trained and financed by the USA to invade Cuba at Playa Giron (the Bay of Pigs).

           And as a result of this real revolution, Cuba now stands ahead or abreast of the USA and other imperialist countries in terms of the people’s educational level, medical care, child care, life expectancy, sports development, biotechnology research, gender equality, crime and drug-addiction prevention, and improvements in the reduction of infant and maternal mortality.

           Cuba’s solidarity with the peoples fighting for national freedom is truly admirable. Immediately after consolidating power, revolutionary Cuba assisted the Algerian National Liberation Front in their struggle against French colonialism. Cuba’s assistance to the African Front-Line States in the struggle against apartheid is well known, and was lauded even by then-President Nelson Mandela of South Africa as a crucial factor in ending apartheid.

           Despite its limited resources, Cuba’s selfless extension of humanitarian and solidarity assistance to other peoples is marvelous. The quick dispatch of Cuban medical teams to Haiti, Pakistan and some other countries which suffered natural calamities had saved countless lives. Cuban volunteers have assisted some countries belonging to ALBA in improving medical and educational levels. Cuba’s “Operation Miracle” (free ophthalmological procedures) helped to save the eyesight of tens of thousands of people in Latin America and the Caribbean.

           Cuban medical universities have graduated thousands of doctors who now serve their home countries in many parts of the world. In our ASEAN region, Cuban doctors and other medical workers are an important component of the national health system in Timor Leste, relatively a newly-liberated country.

           At this time when Cuba remains a prime target of imperialist destabilization, and as a principal defender of the socialist system, there is no other more certain criterion in determining who is the friend and who is the enemy of the cause of the working class and of socialism --- of determining who is the supporter and who is an opponent of democracy and peace --- than one’s attitude towards revolutionary Cuba. The touchstone in deciding the sincerity and honesty of every individual active in the working class movement, of every working class party or organization, and of every democrat, is their attitude toward this great land of socialism in the Caribbean. Cuba fights for the world, and the world should fight for Cuba !

           As we celebrate this month the 55thAnniversary of the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution, we are sad to note that this is the first time in four decades that we will miss the presence a Cuban diplomatic representation in our country. The hand of US imperialism was responsible for the first termination of the Cuban diplomatic representation in our country, soon after the triumph of the Cuban revolution. The resumption of diplomatic relations with Cuba happened only in 1974, in the early period of the Marcos regime’s rapproachment with the then socialist bloc, and the reopening of a Cuban embassy in the Philippines followed soon thereafter.

But now again, the hand of US imperialism (primarily thru US-based Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario) is responsible for the decision to close the Philippine Embassy in Havana, in order to force the reciprocal closure of the Cuban Embassy in Manila. While not cutting diplomatic ties, all communications and requests for consular services now have to be coursed thru the Cuban embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This situation weakens possibilities for the development of people-to-people relations between the Philippines and Cuba.

The prospect of the early reopening of a Cuban embassy in the Philippines, and of a Philippine embassy in Havana, after the end of PNoy Aquino term, is dim. Contenders for the presidency in the 2016 elections, all representing different political dynasties, are now starting to flock to Washington DC to get the endorsement and fund assistance of their US masters. Such backing can only be had on stiff imperial conditions, including the continuation of a foreign policy which hews closely to that of the US empire. US imperialism this early is trying to ensure that the next regime in the Philippines will invariably come from the circle of traitors who are undertaking the usual pilgrimage to Washington to present themselves as worthy servants of the empire.

In this situation, it is up to the progressive movement in the Philippines to continue a campaign of solidarity with Cuba. For its part, the PKP-1930 will continue to pursue a campaign of solidarity with Cuba --- for an end to the criminal US blockade against Cuba, for an end to US destabilization and “regime-change” plots against Cuba, for an end to US support for anti-Cuba terrorist organizations, for the removal of all US forces from the Guantanamo base, for the return to Cuba of the Guantanamo base, and for freedom for the remaining members of the “Cuban-5” who remain incarcerated in US jails.

GLORY TO THE CUBAN REVOLUTION !

GLORY TO SOCIALISM !

 Secretariat of the Central Committee,

                           PKP-1930

January 1st, 2014