NDF-Far South Mindanao propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jun 15): 39th IB’s mendacity on the killing of 2 NPA fighters
Ka Efren Aksasato, Spokesperson
NDFP Far South Mindanao
15 June 2017
The military’s account that Ka Lope (Regie Dacera) and Ka Radin (Edson Arcayena) died in a legitimate encounter in Purok Pomelo, Brgy. Malasila, Makilala is a flagrant lie to cover up the murder of the two Red fighters. This yarn devised by the 39th IB as an excuse for their callousness is a shameless fibbing to conceal their barbaric act.
Ka Lope and Ka Radin are defenseless when they were accosted by the soldiers under the 39th IB Alpha company at around 10:00 o’clock in the evening in June 10. They couldn’t have resisted arrest but the soldiers perfidiously shot them. Their heads and bodies are riddled with bullets. Aside from the gunshot injuries, they also bore cuts, contusions and bone fractures indicative of torture.
This ferocious offense is a complete disregard of the protocols of war, and a blatant and grave breach of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and the International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) and the laws espousing the protection of human rights. The victims are likewise denied of their right to due process of law and defend their selves in court.
The NDF-FSMR strongly condemns this inhuman exploit of the 39th IB.
We express our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims at the time of their grief, pain and injustice.
Even without the imposition of martial law, the 39th IB soldiers are notorious for military abuses. This is attested by the lengthy list of violations and bloody crimes they perpetrated against the people. With Duterte’s martial law, the fascist troops are at loose in carrying out greater abuses with even greater impunity, while civil and political rights of the people in Mindanao are gravely being curtailed.
The executors of this crime, the 39th IB led by Lt. Col. Harold Argamosa, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Duterte regime who is the real tyrant behind these ploys, are accountable and must be punished for the recurring offenses, injuries, and injustices they wreak onto defenceless victims and innocent civilians.
The NDF-FSMR and the entire revolutionary forces and masses in Far South Mindanao convey our highest respect for the people’s heroes, Ka Lope (Regie Dacera) and Ka Radin (Edson Arcayena). We express our warmest Red salute to these brave martyrs who resolutely fought for the people and the revolution. Both heroically faced all adversities and sacrifices in the path of serving the poor and the oppressed that they love so much. They will always live in the hearts of the comrades and the masses.