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PIA Press Release
2008/11/23

CPP/NPA/NDF violates International Humanitarian Law in keeping wounded sooldier, insists AFP

ICC General Santos City (23 November) -- The hesitation of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People's Army and the National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) to declare that they have in their custody Lt. Vicente Camayo is due to the fear of being accountable if something happens to the wounded officer.

This was the statement of Major Medel Aquilar, 5th CRG Commander, Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines (CRS-AFP), Panacan, Davao City who pointed out that this is the same reason why they lied to the people by saying that Lt. Camayo is not in their custody.

They are also afraid, according to Aguilar, that the international community will know they are violating the international humanitarian law (IHL) by depriving a wounded person with the necessary medication he needs.

Major Aguilar said this is the problem with a publicity obsessed organization that instead of bringing the wounded officer to a hospital or turning over to the government for the much needed life-saving medical intervention, they continue to keep him in their custody which unnecessary endangers his life.

With the hope that subject officer can survive ordeal of bearing the pain, the 5th CRG commander said, the CPP/NPA/NDF keeps him for a media mileage someday to boast around the world by projecting an image of being a strong adherent of IHL. But if something happens to the officer, they could simply deny that they had him in their custody alive and avoid public condemnation, he concluded. (PIA 12) [top]

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