AFP 1-day ceasefire is one big sham--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
September 22, 2011

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today dismissed the one-day ceasefire declared by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as "a hypocritical publicity stunt that aims to cover up the violence and abuses being perpetrated daily by AFP forces against the people, especially in the countryside."

The CPP lambasted Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda who chided the revolutionary forces for not declaring their own ceasefire to coincide with the United Nation's International Day of Peace yesterday. "Mr. Lacierda is a pretentious peace advocate. He speaks of peace simply to cover up the large-scale war being carried out by the AFP against the people and their resistance movement."

"Under the deceptive signboard of 'Peace and Development', the AFP and PNP have been militarizing civilian communities, violating democratic rights, causing widespread economic dislocation and traumatizing children and entire populations."

The CPP cited the following violations committed by the AFP and the Philippine National Police in just the past few days:

September 10, 2011. At around 3 p.m., operating troops of the 30th IBPA shot at Bebit Kalinaw Enriquez, a Mamanwa woman who was on her way to fetch water from a river in the mountainous area of Panaytayon in Brgy. Mahaba, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte. Soldiers then prevented Bebit's family from bringing her to the hospital and instead brought her to the army hospital where she was misrepresented as an NPA member wounded in an encounter. The military later changed its story and falsely claimed that the victim was hit by an NPA land mine.

September 13, 2011. Three farmers of Baranggay Matanglad, Pio Duran, Albay were accosted by soldiers belonging to the Special Intelligence Team under the 2nd IB. Edwin Palmones, 40; Severino Convocar Jr.; and Federico Olaguer 60, all of Sitio Sukip, Matanglad were accused as "NPA supporters" and tortured.

September 14, 2011. While doing their rounds at around 3 a.m., six village watchmen of Brgy San Jose, Antipolo City, just outside Manila, were illegally detained by members of the Philippine National Police's Special Action Force. They were forced down to the ground as the police fired their weapons indiscriminately, causing widespread fear among the residents.