Desperate 10th ID-AFP exploits pregnant teenager;
resorts to cheap gimmickry*
Front 25 Operations Command,
February 9, 2011
As the 10th ID-AFP finds itself at the receiving end of a series of defeats in the field and disgust from its ranks arising from the plunder of AFP funds by corrupt generals, it has vigorously pursued media gimmicks that are not only outlandish but also shameless. This was the case of a pregnant 16-year-old whom the military claimed to be a Red fighter and a grandaughter of Ka Parago and who supposedly surrendered to 25th IB-AFP forces in Monkayo, Compostela Valley.
The Front 25 Operations Command-NPA categorically denies having in its ranks the pregnant minor as the military claimed and also declares that the said teen-ager is not a granddaughter of Ka Parago. Independent groups and children institutions should investigate and verify the identity of this teenager and should work for her release as she continues to be used and abused by the fascist 25th IB-AFP and assets in the reactionary local government.
The NPA does not recruit and arm minors as it strictly follows the CPP Memorandum on the Minimum Age Requirement for NPA fighters, a memorandum which hews closely to the tenets of Protocol I of the Geneva Conventions. In fact, it is the bankrupt AFP that has carried out the recruitment of minors for combat duty, like in the detachments of Paquibato District, Davao City and as seen in last year's capture of a 17-year-old Cafgu member in Monkayo, ComVal.
By resorting to such cheap gimmickry, 25th IB-AFP Commander Lt. Col. Gilbert Saret and PNP Sr. Supt. Aaron Aquino only reveal their disjointed logic and impotence. What better way to conceal incompetence than by showing a so-called "indisputable" proof? They desperately want to appease their bruised egos stemming from the series of defeats they sustained from the NPA in the province and elsewhere. They also want to deflect the public's attention away from the mounting rights violations by fascist troops implementing Oplan Bayanihan. With these dubious fabrications, Saret and Aquino only miscalculate the public's ability to discern the truth from dirty propaganda.
The toiling masses knew better -- that people rarely trust anything that comes from a bankrupt war machinery whose generals are busy plundering the people's money while its soldiers in the field are implementing the most brutal campaigns of suppression against the people.