CPP twits AFP "ceasefire" talk

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
December 06, 2011

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today twitted the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for announcing that it was considering declaring a holiday ceasefire as reports of the military's year-long record of human rights violations appeared in the media. "This is just a way for the AFP to draw away attention from its dismal human rights record," said the CPP.

"All year long, the AFP is on a rampage committing one fascist act after another, imposing martial law and carrying out Palparan-style population control, food and economic blockades in peasant communities."

"For the people, it makes no sense for the AFP to declare a ceasefire if military units do not relent in setting up camps and detachments inside their communities and schools, taunt and force the people to follow the AFP's 'guardia civil' policies, harass and prevent them from working in their fields and earning their keep," said the CPP.

"What sense is there in declaring a ceasefire in the face of the continuing failure of the Aquino regime to put to justice officials and personnel of the AFP that have committed fascist crimes in the past," pointed out the CPP. "The most notorious of this lot, Gen. Jovito Palparan, continues to roam scot-free, despite clear evidence that he was personally responsible for the abduction, torture and murder of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen EmpeƱo and many others."

"There can be no peace without justice," declared the CPP.

"In a desperate effort to suppress the peasants' struggle for land reform and the minority peoples' defense of their ancestral lands against the incursion of foreign mining companies and plantations, the US-Aquino regime is waging 'Oplan Bayanihan' which is nothing but an all-out war of fascist violence against the people," said the CPP. "In less than a year, despite all its 'peace' and 'human rights rhetoric', Oplan Bayanihan has proven itself to be no different from Oplan Bantay Laya, the brutal war of suppression of the previous nine years."

The CPP said violations of human rights are on the rise especially those being committed by the AFP while they conduct so-called "peace and development" operations in rural communities. The AFP has been conducting brutal campaigns of suppression in the Cordilleras, across Bicol and Eastern Visayas, in Negros and Panay islands, in the Davao, Agusan, Surigao and Cotabato provinces, in Bukidnon and other areas.