The National Democratic Front-Negros issued a statement condemning what it calls the sabotage by the military of the commemoration of the Escalante massacre (Escam) on September 20.
Ka Bayani Obrero, NDF-Negros spokesperson, said the implementation of what he called a “hoax” peace summit, the “fabrication” of an encounter in Escalante City and filing of charges against members of progressive groups all came from Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo.
The three-day Northern Negros Peace Summit on Sept. 19 to 21 in Escalante City, was hosted by Mayor Melecio Yap. During the event, 2,510 former New People Army members and allies, who surrendered, also pledged their allegiance to the government.
The former rebels also surrendered 41 assorted firearms.
Obrero, who replaced captured Frank Fernandez as NDF-Negros spokesman, claimed that the AFP and PNP will not succeed in continually exploiting the Negrosanons.
He said he will continue what Fernandez had started, claiming that the revolutionary movement in Negros is on the right track and described it as a strong force that cannot be subdued by any bloody ”counter-insurgency” operations of the AFP and PNP.
He also slammed the military and police of using local government units to declare the NPA as persona non-grata and launched “ delusive localized peace talks”.
The local government units of San Carlos, Calatrava, Toboso and Escalante had declared earlier the NPA as persona non grata.*
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