Peace negotiator slams NPA over reparations to victims of rebel attack



MANILA, Philippines—The head of the government peace panel with communist rebels on Saturday scored the New People’s Army for  indemnifying civilian victims of a recent NPA grenade attack in Davao City instead of surrendering the culprits to the police .

Alexander Padilla, chair of the government panel in peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF), said the P5,000 payment to each of the 48 victims in Paquibato, Davao City, was a “stop-gap” measure that “clouded” the NPA’s  violation of international humanitarian law and Philippine law.

“The demands of justice are predicated on a rule of law and cannot be met by one-off payments,” Padilla said in a statement.

“The demands of peace must be negotiated peacefully at the table and not through gunfire and the torching of establishments,” he added.

Padilla said the CPP-NPA’s refusal to turn over the perpetrators of the attack to the authorities “adds insult to injury.”

The NPA Merardo Arce Command belatedly owned up to the attack but said that those responsible would be dealt with according to the CPP-NPA’s “revolutionary justice.”

Padilla noted, however, that the NPA’s so-called “revolutionary justice” had been exposed as a “sham” by many, including United Nations Special Rapporteur Philip Alston in a report in 2008.

He pointed out that there had been countless civilian victims caught in the crossfire since the insurgency under a reorganized communist party began more than four decades ago.

“Why has indemnification been raised only now?” Padilla said.

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  • el toro bumingo

    China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea and Vietnam na lang ang communist countries today. Wala na ang USSR at ang Iron Curtain. Di pa ba proof yan na failure talaga ang concept ng communism? Ano pa ba ang pinaglalaban ng mga NPA? :)

    • SAMMY

      Revolutionary Taxes po, milyones kalamares ;)

      • el toro bumingo

        Tingin ko nga rin sa mga NPA mga mangingikil lang eh :(

      • SAMMY

        More than four decades of armed struggle and the local commies are still dreaming of encircling the cities from the countryside while their top honchos are all living the good life in the Netherlands

      • el toro bumingo

        Tooommmooohhh! Mga bulag na NPA :)

    • Jerry

      Mga walang magawa. Gustong humawak ng baril at manakot sa mga kanayonan.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Thats a good one, admission and reparation. I wonder what the military did to their collateral damage, maybe just said they are NPAs too, or coddlers, or supporters, or maybe jail them and interrogate them till they are forgotten and disappeared.

    • Pons Corpuz

       Good one??? Php5000? WT*!!

      • opinyonlangpo

        Did they ever admitted a mistake before? Ooopsss you are after the money, yeah its little, maybe that is just what they can afford.

      • Pons Corpuz

         they did, IGMG “Second rectification movement”.

  • kilabot

    if you want peace include trillanes in the negotiations. if he was able to negotiate peace with the chinese that easy, how much more with local insurgents who are pro-china. go ahead, call ambassador trillanes pronto.

  • Francis81

    Ano kayang drama ni Padilla to? Komunista din to e.

  • dikoy321

    Good job Chair Alexander Padilla!
    EXPOSE the double standard of the NPA-NDF!

    Forward Philippines !!!

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