CPP holds AFP accountable for cold-blooded murder of captured Red fighters in Negros
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) today slammed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the cold-blooded murder of captured Red fighters of NPA-Central Negros in Isabela, Negros Occidental last March 9. The CPP said this is another war crime and is an outright violation of the stipulations of the international humanitarian law.
“Officers of the 62nd IB are cowards for killing two captured Red fighters while in their custody,” said the CPP’s Chief Information Officer Marco Valbuena.
Soldiers of the Philippine Army’s 62nd Infantry Battalion and police forces treacherously murdered Red fighters Virgilio Marco “Ka Bidam” Tamban and Ben Jack “Ka Yuhan” Rueles after being captured in a raid on a house in Barangay Amin at 3 a.m. Investigations of the local NPA unit concluded that the house was ransacked on the pretext of serving a search warrant.
According to Ka JB Regalado, NPA-Central Negros’ spokesperson, the NPA team was sent to the area to conduct mass work, to investigate and resolve complaints among the residents in the area, especially after constant military operations caused terror in the villages.
Valbuena pointed out that under international humanitarian law, captured or wounded armed combatants who are unable to do battle automatically become hors de combat who have rights that should be respected.
Valbuena said officers of the 62nd “are completely without honor when it claimed that the two died in an encounter”Further degrading their already absent military honor, the 62nd IB said the two died in an encounter to cover-up their killing of Ka Bidam and Ka Yuhan.
The CPP has also called on the Government of the Republic of the Philippines to respect the rights of captured wounded NPA fighter Robert “Ka Kits” Ansino. He was able to escape from the said raid but was badly wounded at the enemy’s volley fire. With the aid of the masses, Ansino was able to get help from the village but was later arrested by pursuing enemy forces.
“It is utterly shameless for the AFP to praise themselves for claiming to have ‘saved’ and giving medical treatment to Ansino. These are basic rights which should be given to all POWs,” said Valbuena.
The AFP has repeatedly claimed in their press releases of “armed encounters” to cover-up the murder of unarmed revolutionaries as well as civilians. (CPP Information Bureau)