After Karapatan said there is no evidence that supports the accusations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the AFP presented documents linking Karapatan and other rights group to the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP- NPA).
Boxes of evidence were presented by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Operations J7 Bgen. Antonio Parlade.
Several of these documents, which is about the 5th International Assembly in Hong Kong, were signed by CPP founding chairman Jose Maria Sison. It was also reported that the group Karapatan attended the said assembly.
“Ang ating gobyerno ay hindi nagpa-fabricate ng report, sila ang nagpa-fabricate. By the way hindi si AFP, hindi ako, hindi ang gobyerno ang nag-red tag sa kanila, tingnan niyo ang websites ng Philippine Revolution web central, ILPS, website ng NDF International, makikita niyo doon ang Karapatan, IBON. Andiyan ang ACT, Gabriela, Makabayan bloc andiyan lahat …pirmado ni Joma,(Our government does not fabricate reports, they [rights groups] fabricate reports. By the way, it is not the AFP, me or the government that red-tagged them. Check the websites of the Philippine Revolution web central, ILPS, website of NDF International, you can see that Karapatan, IBON are there. ACT, Gabriela, and Makabayan bloc are also there. It’s signed by Joma)” Parlade said.
Meanwhile, Karapatan is urging Parlade to stop linking their group with the NPA because there is no sufficient evidence to prove it.
IBON Foundation also released a statement denying the said claims and calling it baseless.
“The Duterte administration’s accusations are malicious, baseless, and absurd. It is so insistent on a self-serving fake narrative about the country that is attacking IBON just for speaking the truth” they said.
The AFP has also released several videos and photos of armed students from Salugpongan Schools which is run by non-government organizations.
Parlade also presented books printed by IBON Foundation for Salugpongan Community Learning Centers. He said that one of the members of the editorial board is the wife of the secretary of NPA’s Southern Mindanao Regional Committee.
The books, according to Parlade contained radical information that teaches the youth to oppose the government.
“Pambansang bayani ay si Father Paps. Si Father Te Torio iyong Italyano yung napatay. Bakit nga ba napatay iyon? Kasi kasama niya NPA, mga komunistang bayolente. So ito ang national hero nila, ito itinuturo sa grade 1, ang nakalagay dito ang puppet na Republika ng Pilipinas, [Their national hero is father Paps. Father Te Torio, the Italian who was killed. Why was he killed? Because he was with the NPA, the violent communists. So this is their national hero and it is taught in grade 1. It also says the puppet Republic of the Philippines]” according to Parlade.
He also challenged Karapatan to a debate on national TV to show who is telling the truth. —Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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