MANILA – A ranking official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has called Karapatan's claims as lies when it alleged that the military does not have any evidence to show that the group is a front organization of the communist movement.
"We have a lot and Karapatan is worried about all these truth coming out now. AFP, not a credible institution? Then refute the very high trust rating of AFP in all surveys except CPP's (Communist Party of the Philippines)," AFP Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Civil-Military Operations, Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., said in a press statement on Saturday.
Parlade was reacting to the allegations of Karapatan secretary general, Cristina Palabay, who said that he has consistently been "red-tagging" them and other militant groups despite alleged lack of evidence.
Parlade belittled Karapatan's claims that it is a protector of human rights (HR) in the country.
"Where were you when the NPAs (New People's Army) have been killing the IPs (indigenous peoples) in Mindanao, until now? Where is Karapatan when non-participating civilians were killed by NPAs? Karapatan is a kind of organization that is very selective in dealing with human rights (HR). Selective in a sense that it only uses human rights to defend its NPA allies," he said.
Parlade also asked where Karapatan was when ACT and Bayan Muna reportedly trafficked children in Davao last year.
"Karapatan is afraid of becoming irrelevant because the AFP has not committed any HR violation for the past five years or more. Even in the past, many of the HR violations and civilian killings attributed to AFP were in fact committed by the NPAs, disguised as soldiers in uniform, as admitted openly by former rebel Father Balweg," he said.
Karapatan, he said, has to fabricate reports of human rights violations s by the AFP so that the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) may continue to collect donations from European countries.
Parlade added that Palabay is worried about the government’s success in unmasking the truth about the communist front organizations, which were tagged by Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria "Joma" Sison himself in all its revolutionary websites, Joma's verbal pronouncements, and CPP publications.
"Please check the links and websites (ILPS website, Philippine Revolution Web Central, NDF International) and see for yourselves who identified Karapatan and Ibon as CPP front organizations or part of the International League of Peoples Struggles' (ILPS) network of organizations, with 'Joma' as chairperson,” he said.
He noted that Article 8 Paragraph 2 of UN General Assembly Resolution 47/133, or the "Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances" of 1992, clearly states that for Joma to continue to stay in Utrecht, even against the wishes of the Dutch government, "all relevant considerations including, where applicable, the existence in the State concerned (Philippines) of a consistent pattern of gross, flagrant or mass violations of human rights" shall be taken into account.
Non-refoulement no more
"You have to consistently paint any administration as oppressive and tyrant, even by fabricating lies like the 27,000 EJKs (extra judicial killings) from PRRD's (President Rodrigo R. Duterte) drug war, because with a professional AFP now, the EU Courts would soon send Joma back to the Philippines to spend the rest of his life in jail for his crimes against humanity (80,000 killed after 50 years of CPP-NPA-NDF atrocities without Karapatan blinking) because there is no more danger of state persecution,” he said.
He added that Joma can no longer invoke “non-refoulement” in the courts and this is what Palabay and Karapatan fear," he said.
Non-refoulement is a principle of customary international law prohibiting the expulsion, deportation, return or extradition of an alien to his state of origin or another state where there is a risk that his life or freedom would be threatened for discriminatory reasons. This law is often regarded as one of the most important principles of refugee and immigration law.
He added that with the Duterte administration adhering to human rights, “EU and Belgian funding of non-government organizations for the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), Ibon, Karapatan and all other CPP-front organizations using human rights as cover, will dry up.
“That’s the hardest truth, Miss Palabay. I challenge you to prove your case over a nationwide TV, one on one. I will present to you trucks of evidences and you better be prepared to refute them all. Any time, po,” Parlade said.
The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States government and the European Union (EU). (PNA)