Friday, September 17, 2010

Children are fair game to 10th ID-AFP's psywar theatrics-NDF

Children are fair game to 10th ID-AFP's psywar theatrics

Ka Sandawa
Zenaida Beron Command,
Front 54 Operations Command,
NPA-Southern Mindanao
17 September 2010

On local TV Tuesday, September 14, Lt. Col. Medel Aguilar of the 10th Infantry Division-AFP presented to the GRP's social welfare department a 17-year old so-called would-be NPA recruit claiming that the minor escaped from the people's army.

Aguilar's latest trick is his idea of getting back at the NPA for the whipping the 84th Infantry Battalion-AFP under Lt. Col. Gabriel Viray took following their disastrous offensive operations in the Davao hinterlands against the people's army. Last September 10, Lt. Col. Viray's troops suffered nine casualties (4 killed, 5 wounded) in a supposed AFP combat operation against the New People's Army in the boundary between Davao City and Davao del Sur. Reeling from the NPA's lethal counter-attack, Aguilar and Viray then concocted a story out of a beaten script about NPA children recruits and presented the minor "Rose" as living proof of the preposterous accusation.

The NPA has no minor combatants in its ranks. It strictly adheres to the principles and instruments of the international humanitarian and human rights law, and as reiterated in the CPP Executive Committee's 1999 document "Memorandum on the Minimum Age Recruitment for NPA fighters."

Expect 10th ID-AFP Lt. Col. Aguilar to use every psywar gimmick from his bagful of fascist tricks. Having failed miserably to extinguish the revolutionary forces, the 10th ID-AFP is now engaged in a full-scale psywar and publicity stunt, among others, one that capitalizes on minors as NPA surrenderees.

The AFP's grandstanding of turning over the 17-year old to GRP civilian agencies is hypocritical in the light of the continuing violation of the military against minors. The AFP is notorious in killing children and misrepresenting them as armed fighters of the NPA (like the case of Grecil Buya in New Bataan, Compostela Valley), the AFP recruitment of minors to the paramilitary as further exposed in the capture of a Cafgu minor in Monkayo, Compostela Valley and using Lumad minors to beef up its detachments as in the AFP detachments in Paquibato, Davao City.

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