NDF-Negros condemns the worsening war crimes and human rights violations committed by the AFP and PNP



NDF- Negros condemns the escalating war crimes and human rights violations committed by the AFP and PNP against the people as a result of the US-Aquino counter-revolutionary war Oplan Bayanihan. However the truth is being systematically covered by President Aquino and other high officials of the government and the AFP/PNP on the bloody and brutal US sponsored Oplan Bayanihan.

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the AFP and the Office of the Communications Group of Malacanang coordinate with each other and orchestrate in manipulating public opinion thru a heavy dosage of psywar propaganda materials in order to demonize the CPP-NPA and the NDF while deodorizing the image of the regime’s human rights record that they feed on the channels of the mainstream mass media, social networking, PR relation and social survey firms, anti-communist front organizations in order to conceal the rampage of state terrorism of extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests and detention, tortures, enforced disappearance, force evacuations, recruitment of minors as war combatants, forced occupation of public institutions and other atrocities. On the other hand, the reactionary regime protects the criminals in the military from being jailed, promote the others, and indifferent in punishing the Ampatuans.

The ambitious Oplan Bayanihan of the Aquino regime aims to wipe out the armed revolution of the people in three years (2011-2013) with the full support of US imperialism, this together with the intensification of the military operation in the cities and the countrysides, attacks on the revolutionary forces, military and legal offensives against progressive forces.

Their policy framework of “whole of the nation approach” involves the mobilization of “all the stakeholders for peace” that in essence is the direct involvement of all the agencies of government, AFP/PNP initiated-sectoral organizations and alliances, reactionary, reformist and anti-communist organizations, NGOs and institutions for combat, intelligence, CMO operations of the AFP/PNP. Oplan Bayanihan has enflamed the civil war in the country on a higher degree of escalation of fascist terrorism and human rights violations against the people.

The encounter between a unit of the NPA and the armed PNP and BPAT last January 27, 2013, in Brgy Puso, La Castellana, Negros Occidental is a clear case that shows the systematic application of the CIA-AFP and Office of the Communications Group psywar plan that was implemented by the officials of the AFP/PNP and the CMO Battalion 3ID, Phil Army in Western Visayas that was supported by Governor Alfredo Maranon.

They sensationalized the military-police version of the incident as an “ambush” and “massacre” and they overglossed the issue on the two civilians that were killed and others that were wounded to influence public perception that will turn negative against the revolutionary movement. Along with this is their objective to cover the truth behind the very basic character of the PNP and the BPAT as part of the fascist instrument of the reactionary state in suppressing the revolutionary movement and in protecting the interests of the big comprador bourgeoisie, landlords and foreign capitalists. Let us remember the words of Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz last October 2012, regional police director of Western Visayas on the additional deployment of 450 police officers for the police stations of Negros and Panay and the 6th RPSB will be getting 480 policemen and women.

He said that he will “maximize the deployment of PNP personnel for anti-criminality and insurgency campaign” to include the mobilization of “Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams, tanods and volunteers for intelligence monitoring, crime prevention and control…” and to target the revolutionary forces. Base on the initial investigation of the Apolinario Gatmaitan Command, the BPAT groups in the towns of La Castellana and Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental and the towns of Pamplona and Siaton, Negros Oriental and other towns, are armed with high and low caliber weapons, they are being mobilized by the PNP and the Phil Army for combat, intelligence and psywar operations.

Some active BPAT members and ex-RPAs are also hired by landlords, corrupt Department of Agriculture (DAR) officials in dividing and creating trouble and threatening the peasants, landgrabbing of the lots of CARP farmer beneficiaries. The arming of the BPAT and mobilizing them for counter-insurgency operations, and anti-people activities will make them legitimate targets by the military and police operations of the NPA. In order to maintain their civilian status, the AFP and PNP should stop arming and utilizing them in anti-people and anti-revolutionary activities.

Despite the anti-revolutionary and anti-people record of BPAT, it is not the intention of the NPA unit in Central Negros to punish o ambush the PNP and BPAT aboard the canter truck. The NPA guerrilla unit employed the tactic of surprise-checkpoint in order to stop the canter truck of the barangay in order to dis-arm the police and the armed BPAT members in fatigue uniform. However the NPA on standby were forced to fire when they were fired upon by members of the PNP and the BPAT. NDF-Negros laments that civilians were involved in the incident last January 27 encounter.

In order to avoid the repeat of such incident and minimize civilian casualties, we are reminding the public on the reality that the civil war in the country between the bourgeoisie compradors –landlords and the oppressed and exploited people is escalating. The people should avoid and resist to be used as human shields by the AFP and PNP against the NPA, by intended ride-on aboard with armed soldiers-policemen on military and police vehicles or government and private vehicles, occupation and stay in health clinic centers, day care centers, schools and houses of the masses, and the establishment of their military and police detachments in the populated centers of the barrio.

We also call on the officials of the reactionary government units and individuals not to allow the use of their vehicles in the transport of AFP and PNP and their military equipments. The long history of the world revolutionary movement show that just wars cannot avoid errors in the process of struggle for the fundamental interests of the people against the exploiting and oppressive foreign occupiers-aggressors and local reactionaries.

The CPP-NPA and other allied organizations of NDF-Negros do not deny that it has committed mistakes, do self-criticism and are determined to rectify their mistakes just like in the Second Great Rectification Movement of the 1990s against the grave errors of the 1980s and in admitting them, do self-criticism and rectification from 1990-2012.

However what cannot be denied is the fact that the revolutionary forces of the CPP-NPA and the NDF represent the advance force of the people in order to carry forward their historical and fundamental interests in launching their revolutionary struggle until the victory of the national democratic fight against US imperialism, local feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism. No matter how strong is the psywar machinery of the Aquino regime and the AFP/PNP in deodorizing their image, it is impossible to erase their very nature as instruments of reaction and fascist terror against the exploited people and that they only serve the interests of the foreign capitalists and the local big comprador bourgiesie and landlords.

And in the face of the worsening crisis of the economy that is being shouldered by the people and the strengthening of the peoples’ struggle, the reactionary government , the AFP and the PNP becomes more desperate and commits more war crimes, errors and violations of human rights against the people. And even the naked truth has manifested the war crimes of the US-Aquino regime, it’s AFP/PNP will always insist the“policy of denial” in their murder of Benjamen Bayles of Himamaylan City and the massacre of the Fableo family of Canlaon City.

Frank Fernandez Spokesperson NDFP Negros Island Chapter February 25, 2013

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