Ka Frank tags 4 EX-RPA mem­bers in mas­sacre

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KA Frank Fer­nan­dez, spokesman of the Na­tional Demo­cratic Front (Ndf)-ne­gros, has tagged four for­mer mem­bers of the Revo­lu­tion­ary Pro­le­tar­ian Army (RPA) who are now ac­tive mem­bers of Spe­cial Civil­ian Ac­tive Aux­il­iary (Scaa) in the killing of nine sugar farm work­ers at Barangay Bu­lanon in Sa­gay City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal on Oc­to­ber 20.

In a state­ment, Fer­nan­dez said the iden­ti­ties of the sus­pects was a prod­uct of the ex­haus­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Rose­lyn Pelle Com­mand of the New Peo­ple’s Army (Npa)-north­ern Ne­gros Front.

“I know for a fact that, for the right price, P2,000 or there­abouts, Scaa el­e­ments are will­ing to kill any­one,” he claimed.

The rebel leader also slammed the case filed by the Sa­gay City Po­lice Sta­tion against the two mem­bers of the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Sugar Work­ers (NFSW) for the mur­der of the nine farm­ers which, he said, is “ab­surd and does not hold wa­ter.”

“These base­less ac­cu­sa­tions fur­ther dis­credit the

Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP). The pub­lic, es­pe­cially the Ne­grosanons, no longer trust state forces or their ver­sion of the truth,” he said.

Fer­nan­dez also hit Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Gov­er­nor Al­fredo Marañon Jr. on his move to con­vene Task Force Hustisya which he de­scribed as “stinks of de­ceit and ill mo­tives of the gov­er­nor.”

Mean­while, Colonel Bene­dict Arevalo, newly-in­stalled com­man­der of 303rd In­fantry Bri­gade of the Philip­pine Army, told the rebel group to “shut up and stop their lies.”

In a state­ment, he said: “First, you blamed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and PNP, then the land­lord and the lessee, and now the RPA and Scaa. Who’s next?”

The Com­mu­nist Party of the Philippines (CPP)-NPA and Kara­p­atan are us­ing their usual de­cep­tive scheme by fab­ri­cat­ing false in­for­ma­tion and telling lies to cover up their faults and blame their ter­ror­is­tic ac­tiv­i­ties to the govern­ment or who­ever they want, Arevalo said.

“If they are re­ally for the truth, why did lawyer Kather­ine Pan­guban of the Na­tional Union of Peo­ples’ Lawyers (NUPL) and Kara­p­atan took cus­tody of the 14-year-old wit­ness from the De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD) and bring him to hid­ing? Now who is hid­ing the truth?” he asked.

The mi­nor-wit­ness was al­legedly in the cus­tody of NUPL and Kara­p­atan af­ter the CSWD turned him over to his mother through the as­sis­tance of Pan­guban on Oc­to­ber 25.

But the child’s father sought the as­sis­tance of the au­thor­i­ties af­ter he was not able to com­mu­ni­cate with his son and his es­tranged wife since Oc­to­ber 27.

Kid­nap­ping and se­ri­ous il­le­gal de­ten­tion charges in re­la­tion to vi­o­la­tion of Repub­lic Act 7610 or the Spe­cial Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren Against Abuse, Ex­ploita­tion and Dis­crim­i­na­tion Act were al­ready filed by the po­lice against Pan­guban on Oc­to­ber 31.

Arevalo said they will not even be sur­prised if the child will come out and will be say­ing a dif­fer­ent tune, as he is be­ing de­tained for nine days now.

Any­thing is pos­si­ble as Kara­p­atan is known for dis­tort­ing the truth, he added.

“Just release the mi­nor. He is a wit­ness. He is the one who can iden­tify the NPAS as the per­pe­tra­tors of the crime. He is the only one who can re­veal what re­ally hap­pened,” Arevalo said.

“You can blame who­ever you want. But speak­ing in be­half of the Army here in Ne­gros, I say, bring out the mi­nor-wit­ness,” Arevalo stressed.

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