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PIA Press Release
2008/11/03

AFP out to protect human rights, Lanao residents assured

ICC Iligan City (3 November) -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is here to protect what you are enjoying and what you are practicing, particularly, your human rights under a democratic form of government.

Thus stressed Col. Daniel Lucero, Commander of the Civil Military Operations Group (CMOG) Philippine Army during a recent media forum at the Information Command Center (ICC), Philippine Information Agency, this city.

Lucero said the AFP, right now, is not only looking at the tactical but also the juridical alliance between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Communist Party of the Philippines/New Peoples' Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF).

He said the alliance dates back as early as 1980 when during its 8th plenum, the NDF said that they would support the cessation moves of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

It was a proven fact that the MNLF were actually leasing some of their rocket propeller grenades (RPG) in exchange for the training they get form the NPA, particularly on guerilla tactics, and these happened in Cotabato and Davao areas.

But since then, the MNLF had gone back into the folds of the law and their fighters who met the qualifications were absorbed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Those who were not qualified, however, were given livelihood projects, the CMOG Commander said.

Meanwhile, he said the problem is not actually on the alliance, if you are to look at one of the party list groups, Soara Bangsamoro, which is under the NDF's umbrella, together with the other left-leaning party lists.

"This only shows the intention of the CPP/NPA/NDF to really want to push for their brand of governance which is communism and I think people should be aware of this," Lucero said.

Definitely, they will take advantage of the importance the AFP is giving towards the problem here in Lanao Del Norte since we have pulled out some of our troops from the Visayan areas and Luzon.

Lucero said everyone should remember that we are not actually fighting the NPA's but for the way of life, under a democracy, wherein we can freely express ourselves, own properties, go anywhere, have a freedom of movement and freedom of life.

"If we will allow them to win, then definitely we have to change our way of life, he added. (RCA/PIA 10) [top]

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