Full range of rights must be afforded to captured, wounded and killed NPA members

The National Democratic Front (NDF) – Negros demands full range of rights based on the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) for the members of the New People’s Army (NPA) captured, wounded and killed in the recent encounter at Sitio Balik-Balik, Barangay Tabu, Ilog, Negros Occidental last September 14.

It is public knowledge that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) have a long history of human rights violations especially under a bloodthirsty, tyrannical and warmongering Duterte.

We fear for the safety especially of the captured and wounded NPA members. Less than a month ago, the revolutionary movement and all advocates of human rights were in outrage after the 79th Infantry Battalion violated the International Humanitarian Law and protocols of war when its troops killed Kerima “Ka Ella” Tariman despite rendering her an hors de combat after an encounter between NPA fighters and government troops in Hacienda Remunda, Barangay Kapitan Ramon, Silay City last August 20.

Likewise, the NDF-Negros calls on the Ilog Police Station to release all residents captured after the encounter at Barangay Tabu. They are ordinary citizens and should not be used to falsely exaggerate the incident. Undoubtedly, tagging these civilians as NPA members is a modus to collect more cash rewards via the Enhanced Comprehensive Livelihood Integration Program (E-CLIP).

For all the efforts to refashion its foul reputation, state forces cannot hide its true character from the people as it blindly serves the oppressor and exploiter of the masses, the ruling class of big bourgeois capitalists and land lords.

Finally, the NDF-Negros calls on all human rights advocates and watchdogs and peace-loving individuals to stay vigilant, expose and oppose the violations of human rights and resist a regime that has put the entire country practically under a martial rule.###

Full range of rights must be afforded to captured, wounded and killed NPA members