Friday, November 2, 2012

Militant groups unhappy with court-martial of soldiers in B’laan killings

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Nov 2): Militant groups unhappy with court-martial of soldiers in B’laan killings

Militant groups said Friday the court-martial proceedings the military has announced against 13 soldiers involved in the Oct. 18 killing of the wife and two children of a B’laan anti-mining activist in Davao del Sur was not enough. Ryan Lariba of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan chapter in the South Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani (Socksargen) area said in a statement that an independent investigation of the killings would settle the issue against the military.... But Lariba said the result of the military inquiry effectively absolved higher-ranking military officers, who had direct supervision of the unit involved in the killings. “There has to be an independent body that should conduct an investigation, and it should not include the AFP,” he said. The environment group Panalipdan said the investigation should not stop at the erring soldiers but should also include the “higher ups” under the virtue of command responsibility. “The investigation must include the commander of the 27th IB, Lt. Col. Alexis Bravo and 10th ID commander Maj. Gen. Ariel Bernardo,” Panalipdan said in a separate statement. Aside from demanding an independent probe, Lariba said soldiers and militiamen should also be pulled out of Kiblawan, Davao del Sur and Tampakan, South Cotabato “to prevent more abuses against the anti-mining communities” there.

1 comment:

  1. The KMP (The Peasant Movement of the Philippines) is a CPP front with chapters active nationwide. Panalipdan is a suspected environmental front. Get ready for a "fact-finding" mission by KARAPATAN and other CPP fronts. (KARAPATAN is the main CPP umbrella human rights front organization that often conducts fact-finding missions in the wake of alleged Philippine military HR violations. The group invariable finds the AFP guilty.) Again note the call for withdrawal of AFP/militia forces from the region. Standard ploy of CPP fronts, This would effectively cede control of the region to the NPA.


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