Tue. Apr 13th, 2021

MANILA – A ranking military official called on the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) anew to take action against atrocities of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

“Weeks after the NPA killed several surrenderers in Sorsogon and other places, CHR has not taken any action but instead proposed the abolition of the NTF ELCAC (National Tas Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict) for allegedly using the NTF as a tool to harass people. Is CHR really blind of what’s happening around?” said Lt. General Antonio G. Parlade, Jr., Southern Luzon Command chief.

Aside from being mum on the issue of communist atrocities, Parlade said CHR has not lifted a finger to denounce the lies being propagated by human rights group Karapatan Caraga in its Facebook account.

“Karapatan has accused the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), particularly the 3rd Special Forces Battalion (3SFBn), 36th IB and 75th Infantry Battalion of firing at a civilian community and throwing a grenade at the house of a certain Naldo Calipay in Diatogon, Lianga town, Surigao Del Sur,” he said.

The incident left a 5-year-old son of Calipay wounded along with two other women age 19 and 55.

“How can CHR allow this to pass public scrutiny especially since the victims themselves executed statements that it was the NPA’s M203 grenade launcher that maimed them,” he said, adding that it was military personnel from the 9th Special Forces who gave first aid to the victims and brought them to Lianga District Hospital for medical treatment.

Parlade said Karapatan Caraga’s statement is indeed proof that it, together with CHR, are protectors of the NPA by concealing the violent tracks of the CPP-NPA and National Democratic Front (NDF) yet accuses the government of red-tagging.

“The killings and the lies continue. Last February 10, two NPA hitmen shot to death Adonis Alagadno Shu, resident of Sitio Iraan, Barangay Magara, Roxas, Palawan. The motive of the killing was Shu’s decision to lie-low as a CTG (communist terrorist group) sympathizer,” he said.

What was more appalling was that on the day of Shu’s killing, the NPA’s Bienvenido Vallever Command in Palawan released a statement through social media and claimed that the military killed the victim for refusing to cooperate with them.

Consistent lies

“To illustrate how consistent they are in their lies, these CPP-front organizations recently organized a forum with FilComs (Filipino Communities) in Australia last February 22. It was jointly sponsored by BAYAN Australia, Gabriela Australia, KMU. The objective was clearly to make sure that they will be able to counter the forum which the NTF ELCAC conducted last January,” Parlade said.

While a few Gabriela and Migrante members were present in the NTF ELCAC forum,  he said, these individuals paid no attention to the government’s presentation especially those concerning the contentious provisions of the NDF’s version of the Comprehensive Agreement on Social Economic Reforms (CASER).

“They had the chance to respond to the issues discussed but instead patronized themselves by declaring how many people Migrante and Gabriela have been helping,” he said.

And looking back at the video clip of the forum, Parlade said these CPP-front organization members were very consistent in their lies even as they appear soft-spoken to the audience as if they were saints.

“KMU’s Elmer Labog did not answer the specific deleterious issues raised by the NTF ELCAC, like the ‘confiscation of all capitalist, multinational, compradors in the country’ should CASER be signed and the national Peace talks with NDF Utrecht pushes through. They have no valid argument to this, except to say that capitalism has made our people poorer,” he added.

“Labog discussed on CARHRIHL (Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law)  but cannot contest the zero human rights records of the AFP for the last six years. Yet he continues with the lies by announcing that 27,000 ‘workers’ were killed during the drug war of PRRD(President Rodrigo R. Duterte) Does DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) know about these workers killed? Maybe Secretary (Silvestre) Bello can make a comment on this, even as this figure cannot be explained where it was plucked,” he added.

He also scored Bayan Australia chair Berlin Guerrero for perpetuating the lie about a revolutionary government and using this as part of their efforts to ask the Australian Parliament to stop support to AFP and Philippine National Police.

“Anakbayan and Migrante Australia also supported  ILPS (International League of Peoples’ Struggles) chair Len Cooper’s call to support national peace talks, citing sweeping generalizations and concluding that it will usher in economic relief. Relief? Really? How will it give the Philippine economy a relief if CASER will lead to capital flight and the closedown of economic activity in the industrial zones? (Article VII, Section 1.a. Confiscation and expropriation of assets of foreign monopoly, capitalists, big compradors),” Parlade said.

This, he said, will result in loss of jobs and would send dissatisfied workers to the mountains to join the armed ranks of the NPA.

“None of these were tackled by the speakers, obviously, and Len Cooper won’t explain what will happen to the country if the AFP will be demobilized (Article X, CASER NDF) with the signing of CASER, while the NPA will be retained (Article IX, CASER NDF) to implement the ‘proletarian dictatorship’ (CPP Constitution and Programs, May 2017),” he said.

He also expressed alarm over Cooper’s message that claimed there are now 400 organizations worldwide which are part of the ILPS network.

While this was discussed, Parlade said the ILPS chair did not mention about the “fraud” they are committing by asking donations from FilComs, Church, the Australian government, and other governments, for purposes other than those stated in their advocacy.

“These include recruiting child warriors (by Anakbayan), bailing out NPA terrorists (by Karapatan), publishing manuals that radicalize children (by IBON), supporting fact-finding and lying missions (by NUPL), fabricating research and reports to destroy the crediblity of duly elected governments (by IBON), and other activities to support the underground movement,” he added.

He sadi CPP founding chair Jose Maria ‘Joma’ Sison was simply too smart to let Australian Len Cooper assume all these fraudulent and terroristic acts, by relinquishing chairmanship of ILPS to the latter.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (iamigo/sovereignph.com/PNA)

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