THE Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-Elcac) in Western Visayas condemned as baseless and malicious the recent statement of Karapatan-Negros.
The RTF-Elcac-Western Visayas through its spokesperson Flosemer Chris Gonzales in a statement refers to the statement of Karapatan-Negros, which said, "The declaration of MO 32, EO 70, has long since turned the Negros Island into a bloody killing field and the Anti-Terrorism Law has intensified the death sentence on Human Rights Defenders and community organizers in the region and the country."
Gonzales said Karapatan-Negros made these sweeping allegations without any single piece of evidence to support their malicious imputations. This is very characteristic of the nature of the propaganda narratives of Karapatan-Negros in their futile and desperate attempts to vilify and malign EO 70 and the sincere efforts of this government and the Filipino people to end the communist terrorist led insurgency that has claimed the lives of thousands of Filipino lives over the past five decades, RTF-Elcac-Western Visayas said.
"Instead of maligning the government for waging a war against terrorism, and falsely accusing the government of sponsoring EJKs without an iota of proof and based only on fiction and an overly active imagination bordering on 'mema lang' (may masabi lang)," Gonzales added.
Gonzales further said Karapatan-Negros should condemn first the assassinations and killings of soldiers and civilians in Negros Island as admitted to by the Communist Party of the Philippines–New People's Army (CPP-NPA) in the statements issued by them.
In the past few days, the CPP-NPA units in Negros Island admitted to the abduction and killing of a civilian whom they accused to be a military informer, they admitted to the burning of more than P15 million worth of construction equipment and the assassinations of two soldiers engaged in the community support program.
"If Karapatan-Negros is sincere in their call for justice and in defending the people of Negros Island, by all means, condemn the atrocities committed by the CPP-NPA in Negros Island. Join us in putting an end to the communist terrorist groups that have long been causing pain and suffering to the people of Negros Island," he said.
He also dared Karapatan -Negros to raise its voice to condemn the atrocities committed by the CPP-NPA against the people of Negros Island.
"When children are recruited by the CPP-NPA to train them and to use them as child warriors, Karapatan-Negros is silent. When the CPP-NPA Sparu (Special Partisan Unit) kills civilians by virtue of 'datos' issued by the CPP-NPA kangaroo courts, Karapatan-Negros is silent. When the CPP-NPA burns private equipment and government-owned properties as punitive action for nonpayment of extortion money under the guise of 'revolutionary taxes, Karapatan-Negros is silent,'" Gonzales said.
He added the silence of Karapatan-Negros is deafening.
On the series of killings in Negros Island over the past days, the RTF-Elcac-Western Visayas called on the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office to exert all efforts to bring the criminals to justice.