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79 murdered by NPA in 2009, says military

by 10th Infantry Division

Davao City (5 January) -- The continued impunity and mass murder of human beings in the hands of NPA terrorists in southern Mindanao cements the national perception on the inhuman and evil character of their murderous organization as it strengthens the worldwide reputation of communists as harbinger of disaster and omen of death.

The killing of 79 people in Davao region in 2009 alone is by no means a small feat as NPA terrorists mark their 41 years of deception and orchestrated oppression of the toiling class while bragging about it in a show of unparalleled arrogance as their victory in military arena against the state but in its truest sense a victory of injustice at its worst against the masses who have been at the receiving end of their atrocious and malevolent acts.

A total of 48 of those murdered were civilians, farmers, peasants, laborers; ordinary people including the elderly who were defenseless against lethal weapons they wield in their orchestrated massacre only the devil is capable of. True to the report of the Commission on Human Rights in the region, the CPP-NPA-NDF is the number one violator of human rights, a title they have been holding for so long a time as they were also figured not only in killing civilians but murdering their own kind in what they call as "purging".

The mockery of it all is when a certain Simon Santiago (whose fake name is a proof of their deception against the people) sent a message to different media outfits bragging anew their latest kill as if a prize hunter who destroys the serenity in the wildlife reserves of Africa. Such condescending attitude on the fate of people boomeranged in his face as it was learned that NPA death squad murdered not a soldier but a helpless and innocent bank driver in Panabo City; Fernando Timbal, a family man and a true member of the masses. Same fate befell Silvano Delas Alas, a farmer in Davao Oriental whose death came by the bullets peppering his body. His death forced the NPA terrorists to admit their mistakes in carrying out many killings yet true justice was never served in behalf of the countless innocent victims they mercilessly murdered.

Such ploy and deception in creating make believe stories in destroying the legitimate government merits the attention of Hollywood as the case of the Dadula-Pitao double murder case. Evelyn Pitao is a sister of Leoncio Pitao, the notorious local terrorist leader. She and her live-in partner were killed by the NPA terrorists and immediately blamed the Army in their death. To top it all, NPA terrorists posted their condemnation against 10ID in their website but they retracted their statement and erased it a few days after the PNP established the identity of the killers as NPA members with the help of a witness. This shows the cunning and sly methods they employ in deceiving the people and elevated deception into a science and an art; and made it a craft only they; could have invented and mastered.

There were soldiers and policemen who were killed; yet, looking closely into the circumstances, these government troops were unarmed and many of them were working for peace and development projects in the countryside and in most cases, village officials were with them when NPA terrorists put on the undertaker's robe and vilified God when they took the lives of their victims in cold blood.

Killing a person is an immoral act, killing an individual in cold blood is an evil act; yet, these terrorists killed several of their victims inside their very own homes infront of their children, relatives and kin. Such display of wickedness triggers even the most hardened criminal to vomit. Suffice to say, even criminals sometimes believe in God but the real tragedy is when terror groups like the CPP-NPA-NDF teach their minions on non-belief to a supreme being and that the Church or any religion is the "opiate of the masses".

George Madlos a spokesperson of the terrorists' front in his speech to fellow warmongers in the hinterland was proud of such accomplishment in making the people suffer. He brags about the creation of a platoon of terrorists per town and promised to conduct more of such gruesome killings especially in the cities by employing "special partisan units or Sparu" to conduct these "special operations" to wreck more havoc in the lives of the citizenry.

We are a peace-loving nation known for our rightful virtues, respect to our elders and fear in God. However we look at such disdainful attitude and catastrophic level of motive of the Maoist NPA terrorists, we cannot see even a grain of love or a shadow of respect to anyone save for their love of money brought by their massive organized extortion activities which outline their real motive in waging an atrocious war guised in a protracted peoples' struggle. Their only fear is losing the money they collect from large business establishments, small entrepreneurs and ordinary citizens in the countryside.

If it is true that these terrorists will put up a platoon of mad killers in every town not only in Davao region but the whole country, God helps us.

With fewer death squad they were able to murder 79 individuals in cold blood, what more with a platoon of them in every town?

We call on our people to shout in unison against such impunity and orchestrated mass murders against the citizenry so that the united voices of the masses will reverberate in every corner of the region, the country and perhaps the whole world and shake the very foundation of the Godless Maoist NPA terrorist organization in our country represented by the CPP-NPA-NDF and all its front organizations in every sector and levels of the society.

Let the people of Davao Region and citizens of the republic stand their ground and condemn these barbarity and crimes against humanity as we call for justice for all the hapless victims and their families. The immeasurable loss of the victims' families is the loss of the Filipino nation and our loss as human beings. (10th ID) [top]

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