Rizalist, you wrote that: “We know that at least SOME of this spate of killings were done by the Left because Joma can’t stand competition, especially ideological competition about how victory is to be won.”
Pray, which cases in this spate of killings are you claiming were perpetrated by the Left because – as you say – “Joma can’t stand competition”?
That is precisely the line of the PDSP’s Norberto Gonzalez and General Palparan. According to them, the Communists are behind the nearly 700 extra-judicial killings and disappearances of members of party-list groups, labor leaders, peasants, church people, student activists, journalists, and human rights lawyers during the Arroyo regime.
However, aren’t these victims the very same people who Gonzalez, Palparan, etc. are branding as Enemies of the State, Communists, Leftists, or sympathizers?
"Enemies of the State"... hindi ba kasama diyan ang PCIJ, NUJP, at CBCP? So, kasama rin ba sila sa "War vs. the Left" ni Arroyo at Palparan?
From Luis Teodoro:
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) is understandably alarmed. A military Power Point presentation entitled “Know Your Enemy” includes NUJP in its list of groups that supposedly comprise the “legal machinery” of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Besides NUJP, the presentation also puts the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) in the same category.
NUJP says it heard about the presentation last December from someone who sat through it, but its officers saw an actual copy only last week. Journalists who somehow managed to sit through the briefing say it was meant for field intelligence officers, and that the source seems to be ISAFP (Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines).
Apparently, however, the intelligence boys, as usual, have been sloppy in keeping secrets. Not only did some journalists manage to see the presentation, the militant fisherfolk organization Pamalakaya seems to have gotten hold of a copy too.
Pamalakaya has confirmed that both NUJP and PCIJ are indeed identified as NUJP said, but also revealed that the same briefing lists as part of the CPP “legal machinery” the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), as well as an alphabet soup of political, sectoral, student, farmers’, teachers’, women’s and party-list groups.
NUJP says its inclusion in the AFP “state enemies” list would be laughable if journalists were not being killed like flies, and if some suspected killers of journalists were not from state security forces.
Sheila Coronel of PCIJ reacts to being labeled an "enemy of the State" by the Arroyo gov't.
MORE: Is this a "hit list"? Just asking. This article came out back in apr. 03, 2005.
Bishops in military's 'know your enemy' listing
First posted 00:53am (Mla time) April 03, 2005
By Dona Pazzibugan
Inquirer News Service
Editor's Note: Published on page A1 of the Apr. 3, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer
THE MILITARY is apparently seeing the enemy in anything that moves, including pillars of the Church.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines is reportedly among the 26 groups described as enemies of the state in a military document titled "Knowing Your Enemy."
The document, which is in the form of a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation, is being circulated in the provinces apparently as part of an "information campaign," according to the militant group Pamalakaya (Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas).
Members of Pamalakaya got hold of a CD copy of the document yesterday from somewhere in Luzon, said Fernando Hicap, the group's national chair.
Pamalakaya itself is among the groups thus branded, he said.
Hicap said the CBCP and the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP), composed of nuns, priests and Church people, as well as the media groups National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), were included in the military list of organizations suspected of dealing with or acting as fronts for communist rebels.
"It looks like a hit list that places groups critical of the government in the Armed Forces' order of battle," Hicap said in a statement.
The AFP public information office could not be reached for comment.
Cause for alarm
The others listed as suspected communist fronts are the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno, human rights advocacy group Karapatan, peasant women group Amihan and migrant group Migrante.
Also listed are the youth group Anakbayan, government workers group Courage, urban poor group Kadamay, indigenous people's group Kamp, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, cultural group Karatula, Promotion of Church Peoples' Response, College Editors Guild of the Philippines, Student Christian Movement of the Philippines, and League of Filipino Students.
Listed as well are the party-list groups Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela Women's Party, Anak ng Bayan and Suara Bangsa Moro.
"This is cause for major alarm," Hicap said.
"'Knowing Your Enemy' is guaranteed black propaganda that seeks public approval of assassinations and political killings of leftist activists and other parties critical of Malacañang, the AFP, and the national security politics of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration," he said.
'CPP's legal machinery'
According to Pamalakaya information officer Gerry Corpuz, the document described these organizations as the "legal machinery of the CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines) working on different sectors."
Pamalakaya is the only group described as an "underground organization" affiliated with the National Democratic Front (NDF), he said, quoting the document as saying that its members "transport New People's Army rebels using their bancas."
"Apparently, they got the idea that we're sea-based because we deal with fishermen. We are an open, legal organization. We are far from underground," Corpuz told the Inquirer.
The AMRSP was described as "a member of the Christians for National Liberation," an underground group belonging to the NDF, Corpuz said.
He said the CBCP, NUJP and PCIJ were included in the matrix of groups suspected of dealings with communist rebels.
Red scare tactics
Corpuz said the military was apparently reviving the Red scare tactics against militant groups.
"This is really sloppy military intelligence work coupled with a malicious intent to vilify our groups," he said. "Pinaghalo-halo na (They've lumped all these groups together). And they've rehashed old accusations."
In his statement, Hicap said the document had bolstered Pamalakaya's claim that the military was behind the killing and harassment of leftist activists.
Since January, 32 activists have been killed and five have remained missing, according to Pamalakaya.
In a pastoral letter and a statement issued last week, the CBCP used strong terms in urging the government to resolve the killings of three known supporters of the striking workers of Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac province.
Tarlac City Councilor Adelardo Ladera, Fr. William Tadena of the Philippine Independent Church and Anakpawis coordinator Victor Concepcion were all shot dead in separate incidents last month.
Militant groups have blamed their deaths on the military and paramilitary groups, but Lieutenant General Romeo Dominguez, chief of the Northern Luzon Command, claimed that the NPA was behind the killings.
"While the military denies involvement in the killing of political activists, its PowerPoint presentation openly endorses the slaughter ... of personalities and ordinary mass members of Left-leaning organizations," Hicap said.
He said the government and the military should stop resorting to political killings and character assassinations and immediately pull out "Knowing Your Enemy" from circulation.
"Criminal and other appropriate charges should be filed against responsible military officials behind 'Knowing Your Enemy.' This PowerPoint presentation merely reiterates the government policy to treat its critics as fair game and therefore targets of state-directed attacks," Pamalakaya said.
Again, I ask, yung presentation na "Knowing your Enemy" ng ISAFP, was that a precursor of what is happening right now... the serial killings of leftist/activists, journalists, and church people who were branded as "communists" and "enemies of the state" by this administration?