Roque urges Duterte to hold NPA liable for 'war crime' | Inquirer News

Roque urges Duterte to hold NPA liable for ‘war crime’

/ 06:47 PM February 06, 2017
NPA'S 47TH ANNIVERSARY / MARCH 29, 2016 Underground activists hold a tribute-march to Gregorio "Ka Roger" Rosal, the late spokesperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines on the day of the 47th anniversary of the New People's Army, from Cubao, Quezon City to the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City on Tuesday, March 29, 2016.   INQUIRER PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

In this March 29, 2016 file photo, masked members of the New People’s Army celebrate the rebel group’s 47th anniversary. INQUIRER PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

MANILA — The New People’s Army could be held liable for war crime under the International Humanitarian Law because of its alleged ambush of a military convoy before the lapse of its ceasefire, Kabayan Party-List Rep. Harry Roque said.

In a statement, Roque urged President Rodrigo Duterte to enforce the Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Other Crimes Against Humanity, after an armed group attacked the 67th Infantry Battalion in Manay, Davao Oriental, on Feb. 1.


The ambush occurred hours after the Communist Party of the Philippines declared the termination of the unilateral ceasefire effective Feb. 10.

Roque claimed NPA could be held liable for the war crime of perfidy under Section 4(c)(12) of the aforementioned law. Perfidy is an act of betrayal defined as taking advantage of the adversary’s confidence by feigning the intent to negotiate.


“I call on President Duterte to enforce the IHL Act to give justice to 2Lt. Miguel Victor Alejo,” he said, referring to the platoon leader killed in the ambush.

“The better tact is for the government to hold both the armed forces and the NPA to their obligations under IHL,” he added.  SFM

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