COLONEL Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, condemned the alleged sexual abuses of New People’s Army (NPA) commanders on their female combatants.
“This is a sham when their commanders trumpet that they respect the dignity of women when in fact they try to hide their own ill-doings. Now, who says that we are liars and fabricators of stories. The testament of Ka Rachelle clearly speaks of the existing sexual abuses within their ranks. This evil act must be stopped,” Pasaporte said.
Pasaporte made the statement after the army reported that a female former rebel alias “Ka Rachelle” of Komiteng Rehiyon - Negros (KR-N) revealed that some of the female combatants of the NPA were allegedly being abused sexually by their commanders.
The troops of 94th Infantry (Mandirigma) Battalion clashed with NPA Terrorists at Brgy. Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental last May 22, 2020 wherein the troops recovered several contraceptive pills among the personal belongings of the NPAs. The army connected this to the alleged abuses on female members by NPA commanders to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Ka Rachelle stated that she had a traumatic experience from her commander when she was still in the organization. She also said that some females even if they were already married are being sexually abused or raped by their leaders.
“Once again, I encourage all female NPA combatants to abandon their group and return to their respective families. We will facilitate your return to live a normal life were the dignity of women are upheld. Our government has a program to accept you and give you a new beginning through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-Clip),” Colonel Pasaporte added. (TDE)