Sara: NPA not de­serv­ing of hu­man rights

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By EDITH REGALADO – With Gil­bert Bay­oran

DAVAO CITY – Pres­i­den­tial daugh­ter and Mayor Sara Duterte-Car­pio ac­cused com­mu­nist rebels of be­ing ter­ror­ists who do not de­serve pro­tec­tion of their hu­man rights.

Duterte-Car­pio ear­lier asked her fa­ther Pres­i­dent Duterte to re­con­sider his de­ci­sion to re­sume talks with the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines New Peo­ple’s Army-Na­tional Demo­cratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), point­ing out the se­ries of atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted by the left­ist guer­ril­las.

“I be­lieve the in­sur­gency prob­lem can only be ended peace­fully if the NDF and the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines and its armed wing, the New Peo­ple’s Army, are sin­cere, hon­est and com­mit­ted to work­ing to­ward the di­rec­tion of peace and re­cip­ro­cate the ges­ture of­fered by the gov­ern­ment,” Duterte-Car­pio said over the week­end.

Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casi­lao, how­ever, called on the pres­i­den­tial daugh­ter to fol­low the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to re­sume peace talks with the rebels.

“While it is dis­ap­point­ing that the Davao chief ex­ec­u­tive changed tune on her stance on the peace talks, we like­wise urge her to in­ves­ti­gate the mil­i­tary in its in­volve­ment on re­ported hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion against peas­ants and lumads. The re­cent In­ter­na­tional Fact Find­ing and Sol­i­dar­ity Mis­sion in Min­danao con­firmed cases of rights vi­o­la­tion com­mit­ted by the mil­i­tary against peas­ant and lumad com­mu­ni­ties,” Casi­lao said.

Duterte-Car­pio an­swered back by claim­ing Casi­lao is play­ing the po­lit­i­cal pro­pa­ganda play­book of the com­mu­nists.

“Mr. Ariel Casi­lao’s com­ment on my opin­ion on the re­sump­tion of the peace talks is telling of how the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Anakpawis has des­ig­nated him­self as the mouth­piece and the at­tack dog of the groups re­spon­si­ble for a long list of ter­ror­is­tic ac­tiv­i­ties against the peo­ple and the state over the past 40 years,” she said.

Duterte-Car­pio said Casi­lao is an “aber­ra­tion” in gov­ern­ment.

She said Casi­lao should be ex­pelled from the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“In­stead of work­ing to help the work­ers and farm­ers he is sup­posed to rep­re­sent in Congress, Casi­lao is now serv­ing as the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the ter­ror­ists. His col­leagues in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives should ex­pel him,” she said.

“And if it is the de­sire of Casi­lao to con­tinue at­tack­ing the gov­ern­ment, which he is sup­posed to be a part of, he should re­sign and join his brother in the com­mu­nist move­ment,” Duterte-Car­pio added.

The mayor said she doesn’t need to fol­low the mil­i­tary when she came up with her po­si­tion.

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