Editors note: The following is a statement from Atty. Flosemer Chris Gonzales, a prosecutor and spokesperson of the Regional Task Force 6-End Local Communist Armed Conflict. DNX is printing it in full.
On April 16, 2021, KARAPATAN – Negros published a statement a portion of which states the following malicious and baseless claims,
“The declaration of MO 32, EO 70, has long since turned the Negros Island into a bloody killing field and the Anti-Terrorism Law has intensified the death sentence on Human Rights Defenders and community organizers in the region and in the country.”
KARAPATAN-Negros made these sweeping allegations without any single piece of evidence to support their malicious imputations. This is very characteristic of the nature of the propaganda narratives of KARAPATAN-Negros in their futile and desperate attempts to villify and malign E.O. 70 and the sincere efforts of this government and the Filipino people to end the communist terrorist led insurgency that has claimed the lives of thousands of Filipino lives over the past five decades.
Instead of maligning the government for waging a war against terrorism, and falsely accusing the government of sponsoring EJKs without an iota of proof and based only on fiction and an overly active imagination bordering on “mema lang” (may masabi lang);
KARAPATAN-Negros should condemn first the assassinations and killings of soldiers and civilians in Negros Island as admitted to by the CPP-NPA in the statements issued by them.
In the past few days, the CPP-NPA units in Negros Island admitted to the abduction and killing of a civilian whom they accused to be a military informer, they admitted to the burning of more than P15 million worth of construction equipment and the assassinations of two soldiers engaged in the community support program.
If KARAPATAN-Negros is sincere in their call for justice and in defending the people of Negros Island, by all means, CONDEMN the atrocities committed by the CPP-NPA in Negros Island.
Join us in putting an end to the communist terrorist groups that has long been causing pain and suffering to the people of Negros Island.
To this date, we are yet to witness KARAPATAN-Negros raise its voice to CONDEMN the atrocities COMMITTED by the CPP-NPA against the people of Negros Island.
When children are recruited by the CPP-NPA to train them and to use them as child warriors, KARAPATAN-NEGROS is SILENT.
When the CPP-NPA SPARU kills civilians by virtue of “datos” issued by the CPP-NPA kangaroo courts, KARAPATAN-NEGROS is SILENT.
When the CPP-NPA burn private equipment and government owned properties as punitive action for non payment of extortion money under the guise of “revolutionary taxes”, KARAPATAN-NEGROS is SILENT.
The silence of KARAPATAN-NEGROS is deafening.
On the series of killings in Negros Island over the past days, the RTF6-ELCAC calls on the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office to exert all efforts to bring the criminals to justice.
We are calling on the people of Negros Island to help our law enforcement authorities in making Negros Island a safer place to live in and to be ONE with us in putting an END to the LOCAL COMMUNIST ARMED CONFLICT.