Philippines: Recovered Documents Expose NPA Human Rights Violations

 

The documents recovered by the 84th Infantry Battalion operating under the 1003rd Infantry Brigade, 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army from the members of the New People's Army encamped at Purok 8, Barangay Carmen, Baguio District, Davao City on Thursday, October 7, 2010, revealed valuable information about the activities of the communist party.

 

The documents contain lyrics of revolutionary songs, names of recruited NPA members dated November 25, 2009, record of procurement of medical supplies, barangay profiles and many other things. Careful study of the profile of the listed NPA members indicated that at least three of them were recruited at young age and two of them were into the use of illegal drugs.

 

A certain "Nick" has only completed Grade 4 of his elementary education and could hardly read and write. Communist party members named "Ibyon" and "Aya" started to poison his innocent minds in 2001 when he was just 11 years old. He belonged to a poor family with nine children. He almost deserted the NPA because of his conflict with his leader identified as "Jojo" or "Bambo" and his desire to be with his family but was allegedly prevailed upon by his comrades to stay.

 

Indoctrination to a certain "Oliver" by a communist member identified as "Aya" started in 2005 when the former was just 14 years old. He joined the underground movement in April 2007 at the age of 17. A high school graduate, "Oliver" belonged to a poor family with nine children. Their own investigation of the person revealed that "Oliver" was a marijuana user. Nothing was said in the document as an effort by the communist party to rehabilitate the person.

 

A Dibabawon girl named "Tomi" was recruited by communist party member "Jinggoy" in 2003 at the age of 16. She was assigned to the medical unit of the NPA. She also belonged to a poor family of seven broods whose main source of income is derived from farming.

 

Other persons identified in the documents as NPA members include: Rey, 19 years old belonging to the Ilonggo tribe; Allan, 27 year old member of Bagobo tribe who was into the use of shabu, marijuana and rugby; 25-year old Bagobo member known as "R-R"; and "Budong", a 22-year old member of Dibabawon tribe.

 

These documents gave credence to the previous statement of the 17-year old girl who was rescued by the 84th Infantry Battalion from the recruitment activities of the CPP/NPA in Barangay Baracatan, Toril District, this City last month. "Rose", not her real name, identified "Budong" as her team leader and narrated how she, and 12 other residents of said place including five minors, were being indoctrinated and trained to operate assault rifles and revolvers by the NPA at said camp.

 

Another violation noted was the NPA intrusion into the ancestral domain in Purok 8, Barangay Carmen, Baguio District, Davao City owned by the Bagobo-Klata tribe. Without the expressed approval of the indigenous cultural communities, the CPP/NPA established its camp within the ancestral domain and threatened to kill the tribal leader who is opposed to the communist plan.

 

Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel Viray, Commander of the 84th Infantry Battalion, condemned the exploitation of the communist party and its cadres in the New People's Army to the impoverished communities in the countryside. "All of the identified personalities recruited by the communists have many things in common. They were all poor farmers who lacked the proper education which made them very vulnerable to the deception and recruitment of the communist party," he said.

 

In a related development, five members of the Sandatahang Yunit Propaganda (SYP) of the NPA under Guerilla Front 27 surrendered on Friday, October 8, to the military deployed in Mawab, Compostela Valley Province. Four of the surrenderees were also farmer by occupation while the other one belonged to the workers group.

 

"Literally, the communists are arming our poor farmers to fight against our soldiers and topple down the government. This reality strengthens our resolve to deploy our soldiers for the conduct of peace and development outreach programs in order to protect our people from the exploitation and recruitment of the CPP/NPA," said Colonel Domingo Tutaan Jr, Commander of the 1003rd Infantry Brigade.




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