FIFTY-FIVE Negrenses are included in the Department of Justice (DOJ) list of alleged officers and members of communist groups.
The list of over 600 individuals, which includes United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria “Vicky” Tauli-Corpuz, was allegedly part of DOJ's petition asking the Manila Regional Trial Court to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People's Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations.
In Negros Occidental, the list included the names of alleged Kometing Rehiyon Negros (KRN) members.
Michael de la Concepcion, secretary-general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan)-Negros, said they denounced the “witch-hunting scheme of the administration.”
He said the 55 names from Negros include the deceased individuals, rights defender, peasant organizer.
“The common factor for most of those in the list is at some point, or currently active, fighting for the respect of human rights,” he said.
The International Criminal Court has already launched an initial inquiry into crimes against humanity, he pointed out.
He also slammed President Rodrigo Duterte for granting the Philippine National Police chief and the director and deputy director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group the authority to issue a subpoena and subpoena duces tecum related to its investigation after he signed Friday the Republic Act No. 10973.
He is calling for the ouster of the President, who he claimed as the “number one enabler of violence and rights abuses, the chief architect of state-sponsored violence.”
Clarizza Singson, secretary-general of Karapatan-Negros, said her group “condemns this desperate move of the Duterte's government to sow terror among the vocal critics and people's organizations who struggle and fight against the anti-poor and anti-people policies of his regime.
She said the named personalities will be demonized and become targets of the state forces as they are being tagged as terrorists.