The Efren Martires Command of the New People’s Army-Eastern Visayas dismisses the Philippine News Agency’s press release about NPA “sexual abuse” in Northern Samar as recycled garbage. “The Armed Forces of the Philippines is demonizing the NPA to justify the Duterte regime’s all-out war and threats of martial law,” said Ka Karlos Manuel, spokesperson of the regional command.
He said the AFP also made such malicious charges earlier in Mindanao based merely on allegedly discovering birth control pills otherwise widely used for contraception. “Nothing came of these except such garbage are conveniently recycled to malign the NPA elsewhere.”
Manuel countered that in fact the impunity for human rights violations of the military and police forces of the Duterte government have made it an international pariah. “Speaking of violating women’s rights, revolutionary publication Ang Bayan reports this April 21 that AFP troops prey on Lumad women in Sityo Tapayanon, Barangay Gupitan, Davao del Norte. The women are forced to line up every Saturday in front of the military detachment so soldiers could choose who they would rape. These war rapes have caused many forced pregnancies and shattered many families over several years of military occupation.”
The NPA-EV spokesperson urged the people to struggle against the inhumane all-out war and creeping martial law of the Duterte regime in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. “The people have no choice but to stand up and fight the Duterte regime for prioritizing military offensives and martial law scheming over their public health and economic needs. The NPA will persevere in the revolutionary armed struggle in support of the people who wage all forms of struggle to oust the despicable tyrannical regime in the soonest possible time.”#