CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City--The Armed Forces of the Philippines submitted on Monday, January 11, to the United Nations a report on violent incidents committed by the communist terrorist group (CTG) towards civilians and their properties.
The report listed a total of 532 violent incidents since 2010 and gathered by the AFP Human Rights Office.
These were submitted to Ms Signe Poulsen, Representative to the Philippines of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Mr Gustavo Gonzales, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines.
Copies were also sent to Undersecretary Severo Catura, Executive Director of Presidential Human Rights Committee, and Assistant Secretary Noralyn Jubaira-Baja, Office of the United Nations and International Organizations, Department of Foreign Affairs.
Data collected by the AFPHRO from field units provided factual and verifiable basis for the report which was first submitted to the Commission on Human Rights on January 7.
The figures are expected to rise as AFP units continue their inquiry and tender reports on the activities of non-state armed groups.
Colonel Joel Alejandro Nacnac, Chief of AFP Human Rights Office earlier stated that the communist terror group's acts of destroying civilian properties are indications of a nationwide pattern of organized, continuing, and systematic scheme aimed at terrorizing communities and generating funds.
“To come up with a comprehensive statistical analysis which may lead to the filing of appropriate charges of IHL violations, our Office orchestrated the collection of data from lower AFP units and offices regarding the destruction of civilian owned property by the CNN. These unlawful activities constitute violation of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law as well as local laws such as RA 9851” he said.
As part of its mandate, the AFPHRO continues to monitor Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law violations by non-state armed groups such as the CPP-NPA-NDF. Its rebellion is the longest ongoing armed conflict in the Philippines with its armed components committing violent activities through the use of guerilla tactics for more than five decades now.
The AFP Chief of Staff, General Gilbert Gapay applauded the efforts of the AFPHRO for continuously exposing and elevating this problem to the attention of international human rights bodies.
"This is aimed at informing international human rights bodies of the CTG’s persistent disregard of human rights and international humanitarian law by destroying civilian properties," General Gapay said.
“With this report, we hope to expose the violence perpetrated by the CTG. The AFP, through its Human Rights Office, will continuously coordinate with the appropriate agencies in this whole-of-nation approach towards just and lasting peace,” General Gapay said. ///