Sexual harassment, abuse, and even rape among women is happening inside the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), a former cadre of the communist terrorist group said.
In observance of International Women’s Month, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) held a special press briefing on Tuesday inviting former CPP-NPA-NDF cadre Arian Jane Ramos alias Ka Marikit, and two other female rebel members as resource speakers.
Ramos was the former secretary of the NPA Guerrilla Front (GF) 55, Sub-Regional Committee 5 (SRC)-Southern Mindanao Regional Command (SMRC), and former chairperson of Gabriela Youth – University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao, where she was recruited into joining the communist movement while she was still a student.
Ramos revealed that based on her knowledge while inside the CTG, a number of women rebels becomes victims of sexual abuse by their male comrades and most of the time, by their commanders.
She said that she even heard of a story inside the movement that a certain commander abuses several women, which she did not believe at first until she personally met some of these women.
“I have heard of stories from colleagues that our own members are raped by cadres. I don’t know if it’s true, but there are many stories that there is a certain commander who takes on anyone to be his partner. And objectively speaking, when I went to a certain community, I personally saw and met these different women who became his wives,” Ramos narrated in Filipino.
“So the concept that because you are a military cadre of the NPA, you are a macho, the macho thinking that because I am an NPA commander, I have the right to exploit women, that I can use anyone,” she added in Filipino.