The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday said communist terrorist groups (CTGs) were behind the 532 incidents of destruction of civilian-owned property since 2010.
In a statement, AFP public affairs office chief, Navy. Capt. Jonathan Zata said the property destruction incidents were included in the report submitted by the AFP Human Rights Office (HRO) to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Thursday.
He said the destruction of property was done mostly by arson by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).
Data collected by the AFPHRO from field units provided a factual and verifiable basis for the report.
The year 2017 saw the highest number of incidents at 87, followed by 73 incidents in 2014; 64 in 2018; 58 in 2015; 53 in 2016; 47 in 2020; 43 in 2010; 38 in 2012; 33 in 2013; 30 in 2011; and six in 2019.
Majority of the incidents were recorded in regions in Mindanao.
Meanwhile, no incident of destruction of private property by the communist terrorists was recorded in Metro Manila.
AFPHRO chief Col. Joel Alejandro Nacnac said the CPP-NPA-NDF’s acts of destroying civilian property has shown a nationwide pattern of organized, continuing and systematic scheme as part of their violent struggle.
“To come up with a comprehensive statistical analysis which may lead to the filing of appropriate charges of IHL (International Humanitarian Law) violations, our office orchestrated the collection of data from lower AFP units and offices regarding the destruction of civilian-owned property by the (CPP-NPA-NDF). These unlawful activities constitute violation of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law as well as local laws such as RA (Republic Act) 9851,” he added. SOVEREIGNPH