Group no cred­i­bil­ity to back UN res­o­lu­tion

Mindanao Times - - NATIONAL -

MANILA -- Cit­ing its lack of cred­i­bil­ity, a rank­ing of­fi­cial of the Na­tional Task Force to End Lo­cal Com­mu­nist Armed Con­flict (NTF ELCAC) has scored the Ibon Foun­da­tion for sup­port­ing the United Na­tions-adopted res­o­lu­tion, seek­ing for a comprehens­ive writ­ten re­port on the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion in the Philip­pines.

“What’s the fuss about this Ice­land res­o­lu­tion on Hu­man Rights? What cred­i­bil­ity does Ibon Foun­da­tion have for sup­port­ing the call for UN probe in the Philip­pines?” Maj. Gen. An­to­nio Par­lade Jr., said in a state­ment for­warded to the Philip­pine News Agency (PNA) Satur­day.

He also ac­cused the group of “partly re­spon­si­ble for fab­ri­cat­ing false data and in­for­ma­tion” about the coun­try for the last 40 years.

Par­lade, also the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines’ Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Civil-Mil­i­tary Op­er­a­tions, said the de­lib­er­ate twist­ing

of facts and fig­ures is aimed at pro­ject­ing the coun­try as an op­pres­sive state to jus­tify more fund­ing from the foreign sources. “Ibon Foun­da­tion has been get­ting funds from foreign govern­ments and or­ga­ni­za­tion to con­duct ‘re­search on hu­man rights’ amongst many other top­ics, and has been twist­ing facts and fig­ures, to project the Philip­pine state as op­pres­sive, tyran­ni­cal, and in a dire state, even be­fore PRRD (Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo R. Duterte) be­came Pres­i­dent. This is to jus­tify more fund­ing from donors,” he added. Ibon Foun­da­tion, he said, has been in­volved in the pub­li­ca­tion of man­u­als and books for Filipino chil­dren us­ing false­hoods like the Jabidah Mas­sacre in Cor­regi­dor to in­cite sedi­tion among the coun­try’s Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion. Par­lade took ex­cep­tion of the group’s ef­forts to pro­mote the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pine-New Peo­ple’s Army (CPP-NPA) rebels and their sup­port­ers as an icon of hero­ism among chil­dren en­rolled in their Salug­pun­gan schools. The CPP-NPA is listed as a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion by the United States, Euro­pean Union, the United King­dom, Aus­tralia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philip­pines. “Ibon Foun­da­tion have been pro­mot­ing false he­roes and rebels as icons of hero­ism among chil­dren like Fr. Pops Ten­to­rio, an Ital­ian com­mu­nist priest killed in Min­danao is be­ing hailed by Ibon Foun­da­tion as a Na­tional Hero in their Salug­pun­gan school man­u­als,” Par­lade said. He said Ibon Foun­da­tion man­u­als are pro­duced by the rebel groups, with CPP cadres and wives of NPA fighters sit­ting and act­ing as the board of edi­tors. This is not un­usual as the Ibon Foun­da­tion is known to be CPP-front or­ga­ni­za­tion which has been de­liv­er­ing well in its man­date which is to de­liver CPP pro­pa­ganda, he said. He added that it is not sur­pris­ing to find out that the Ibon Foun­da­tion has been a ma­jor source of Euro­pean states and the UN of their neg­a­tive nar­ra­tive about the Philip­pines. “Ibon Foun­da­tion has, in fact, been fo­ment­ing re­bel­lion amongst young chil­dren and stu­dents, push­ing them to vi­o­lence, and then pro­mote them­selves, to­gether with Kara­p­atan and other CPP front or­ga­ni­za­tions as cham­pi­ons of hu­man rights. Then they have the temer­ity to com­plain to SC for ha­rass­ment? The height of hypocrisy and de­cep­tion,” he said. The Ice­land-ini­ti­ated res­o­lu­tion was adopted with 18 votes in fa­vor, 14 against, and 15 ab­sten­tions by the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil (UNHRC) on Thurs­day night. The res­o­lu­tion ex­pressed con­cern over re­ported cases of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings in line with the il­le­gal drugs cam­paign but also raised the is­sue of re­ported vi­o­la­tions tar­get­ing crit­ics and hu­man rights de­fend­ers. “This res­o­lu­tion was not uni­ver­sally adopted. There­fore, its va­lid­ity is highly ques­tion­able. It does not rep­re­sent the will of the Coun­cil, much less that of the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries who are al­ways the tar­get of such res­o­lu­tions,” De­part­ment of Foreign Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Teodoro Loc­sin, Jr. said in an ear­lier state­ment. “Western coun­tries pushed for this res­o­lu­tion in the con­fi­dence that the world has for­got­ten what they did and what should have been done to them had there been a Hu­man Rights Coun­cil. It was pushed with the ar­ro­gance that de­vel­op­ing coun­tries must not stand up to them even if we can and as we hereby do. There will be con­se­quences,” Loc­sin said. Loc­sin de­scribed the Ice­land res­o­lu­tion as po­lit­i­cally par­ti­san and one-sided, re­it­er­at­ing the Philip­pines’ po­si­tion to re­ject it.

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