Wednesday, September 1, 2010

NDF-Mindanao scores AFP’s latest publicity stunt

NDF-Mindanao scores AFP’s latest publicity stunt*

Ka Rowan
Information Bureau, NDFP-Mindanao
September 1, 2010

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Mindanao scores both the AFP’s Eastern and Western Mindanao Commands gimmickry saying its “shedding off warrior image” and “war without bullets” mantra under the Aquino administration are nothing but among its latest publicity stunt in its vain attempt to win the hearts and minds of the people.

NDF- Mindanao made its lashing in the light of EastMinCom chief Lt. General Reymundo Ferrer’s pronouncement during the Eastmincom’s fourth anniversary last Monday that the AFP will focus on “peace-building” and “conflict resolution efforts”. Lieutenant Gen. Ben Dolorfino, head of the Western Mindanao Command, likewise, said recently, that the AFP will wage a war “war without firing a shot” in dealing with the members of the New People’s Army and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Ka Oris, spokesperson of NDF-Mindanao, said that while the AFP’s bigwigs mouth more than a handful of words, the extension of the Oplan Bantay Laya campaign itself proves otherwise the true calling of the AFP now under its new commander-in-chief, which is intensified offensive against the NPA and the MILF and more vicious attacks against progressive groups and individuals.

“OBL 1 and 2 already snuffed out the lives of more than a thousand individuals, what made them think that the extension will not be as murderous and as bloody than its original counterpart?,” Ka Oris said.

Ka Oris said that both Ferrer and Dolorfino have acquired the style of their new commander-in-chief Aquino who continues to regale the public with his rhetoric but actually is sinister in his war policies.

“The AFP, like Aquino, says one thing but does another,” Ka Oris said.

The NDF Mindanao said that the public should be wary that in less than 100 days in power, six activists and one journalist were killed under the Aquino administration.

The NDF-Mindanao pointed out further that in the island alone, incidents of human rights abuses continue to recur. Some of these included parading of minors as NPA child warriors by the 39th Infantry Battalion in Davao del Sur; the intensified recruitment of civilians into paramilitary units in Davao del Sur and the arming of Lumads through the Alsa Lumad campaign in Davao City; indiscriminate aerial bombing, food blockade and harassment such as those in Matanao town, Davao del Sur and massive military operations that lead to civilian evacuations, particularly in the towns of Surigao del Sur, and in Butuan City.

“Aquino’s and the AFP’s words are in stark contrast with what’s happening in the different parts of Mindanao,” Ka Oris quipped. “That the AFP will cooperate with investigating agencies to clear its image as human rights violators, Ferrer only deliberately admitted what its forces have been doing all along.”

Ka Oris also lambasted Ferrer’s words that the military will be “transparent” and “free of corruption”. “True to its mercenary tradition, the AFP in actual, are acting as private guards evident in some foreign multinational mining firms in Compostela Valley Province, Davao del Norte, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Sarangani Provice and in big plantation areas such as of Dole- Stanfilco in North Cotabato and in the towns of Tago and Barobo in Surigao del Sur and in New Bataan and Maragusan in Compostela Valley Province.

Ka Oris said, “In the same manner, they acted quick in the execution of martial law in Maguindanao to exonerate the Ampatuans and clear the evidences that will persecute further the Ampatuans and their former commander-in-chief Arroyo.

“The people know too well to be deceived in what is another publicity stunt of the AFP’s notorious command”, Ka Oris ended.

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