Friday, August 11, 2017

P100,000 reward for dead Reds an ‘invitation to killing spree’ – Zarate

From the Manila Bulletin (Aug 10): P100,000 reward for dead Reds an ‘invitation to killing spree’ – Zarate

Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate branded the announcement of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Eduardo Año of a P100,000 reward for every slain or captured New People’s Army (NPA) member as an “invitation for a killing spree.”

In a press conference yesterday, the leftist lawmaker and his fellow Makabayan Bloc members condemned this as a “gravely dangerous” move from Año.

It is tantamount to sanctioning murder for a fee and an open travesty of the rule of law,” Zarate said.
“This will definitely further spike the already alarming number of human rights violations in the country committed by elements of the AFP and the PNP (Philippine National Police) – who will just use this as another money-making scheme,” said the Mindanao-based solon.

The NPA is the military wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), which has engaged the Philippine government (GRP) in a bloody insurgency that has lasted for decades.

“This is similar to the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Joint Order No. 14-2012 during the time of President Benigno Aquino III which listed the alleged ‘235 wanted communists’ with a total monetary reward of P466.88 million,” Zarate said.

Zarate said the best approach for the government would be to push for the resumption of the peace negotiations and the signing and proper implementation of the agreements between the two parties.

1 comment:

  1. Rep. Carlos Zarate is a long-time Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) activist and Bayan Muna (People First) is a political front, a CPP-associated party-list political party.

    This is just another example of how CPP front groups/personalities operate in support of the clandestine Maoist insurgents.


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