Monday, February 28, 2011

The Tio Brothers of Malita are not NPAs, so why are they being touted by the 39th IB as NPA surrenderees?

The Tio Brothers of Malita are not NPAs,
so why are they being touted by the 39th IB as NPA surrenderees?

February 27, 2011

Dencio Madrigal
NPA Far South Mindanao Regional Operations Command

PROUD OF THEIR LIES and unaware that the barrio folks are secretly raging at them, the 39th IB of the 10th Infantry Division — AFP has scored another “victory” in their old ploy of coercing civilians to act as NPA surrenderees. Their latest victims are Johnson Tio and Danilo Tio of Sitio Tambulang, Brgy. Danwata, Malita Davao del Sur who appeared on TV trying to air the old scripted line that “they came down from the mountains to the folds of the law because they are hungry and tired, etc.”

Everybody in Malita knows that these two Kaolo farmers are ordinary barrio residents who have been peacefully living here for quite sometime and are not members of any unit of the New People’s Army anywhere in Far South Mindanao. Under the 39th IB’s continuing coercion, these two lumads have no other recourse but to submit themselves to the media and follow what the military told them to say on TV and radio. We can only surmise at what these two hapless farmers are going through, under the iron fists of the military. As of this writing they are still detained in the army detachment at New Argao, Malita, Davao del Sur.

The people know that the 39th IB’s main objective (while trying hard to sound magnanimous) is to sow intrigue and disunity among the indigenous peoples in Malita by inciting people to rise up using the Datu Danwata incident, invoking even a pangayaw. Obviously the 39th IB does not care about what happens to the indigenous peoples, much less the Kaolos of Malita who are made to fight each other under the dirty psywar tactics of the military, which is being played to the hilt under the AFP’s Oplan Bayanihan (OPB).

But the 39th IB’s warmongering will never get them anywhere. As a matter of fact, it only demonstrates the true color of the AFP — that it is a rotten and corrupt organization that is neither for peace nor development and does not care about the people’s welfare at all. What they’re interested in is to sow terror among the populace so they can easily facilitate the entry of mining and plantation, big business of the multinational companies and the comprador big bourgeoisie as what is happening not only in Malita but also in the other mining areas of Davao del Sur, South Cotabato, Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat.

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