Militants slam promotion of 3 Army officers linked to Jonas abduction

Extremely horrible, says Pamalakaya
Militants slam promotion of 3 Army officers linked to Jonas abduction

“Extremely horrible”

This was the immediate reaction of the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) after learning yesterday that the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines promoted three Army officers linked to the enforced abduction of activist Jonas Burgos in Bulacan province.

“We were outraged by this latest political escapade of the defense and military officials. The partners in crime of the national security syndicate in Malacañang and retired Army Major General Jovito Palparan got their promotions for terrorizing activists, critics and the people in the communities opposed to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s republic of election fraud, state terror and super corruption,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.

“Where is justice here? The three stooges of Palparan—Lt. Cols. Edison Caga, Melquiades Feliciano and Noel Clement were also accused and guilty of terrorizing the coastal and farming communities all over Bulacan province were given military promotions for performing their roles to the hilt as implementers of state-sanctioned terror,” the Pamalakaya leader added.

The three promoted Army officers, according to Pamalakaya, were the point persons of Palparan in orchestrating campaigns in coastal communities accusing the militant fisherfolk group of extorting P 50,000 monthly from fishpond owners, recruiting coastal people to join the New People’s Army and sowing terror among the people in coastal areas.

“Caga, Feliciano and Clement were oriented and trained in the tradition of Palparan. Their mindset were boxed in the political context of the counter-insurgency campaign known as Oplan Bantay Laya 1 and Oplan Bantay Laya 2 and their military mission for the government is to carry out extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances against political activists, critics and opponents of the Macapagal-Arroyo government and the military establishment,” Pamalakaya’s Hicap asserted.

Pamalakaya warned members of the Commission on Appointments (CA) on the serious implications that will arise from the confirmation of the three Army officers implicated in the abduction of Burgos and the number of political killings and enforced disappearances in the province over the last five to six years.

“Definitely there would be a major backlash if the CA will confirm the appointments of these killers, abductors and torturers in military uniform. It will entertain a major political showdown inside the parliament, in the streets and in the court of public opinion. We ask the members of the appointing and approving authority to quash the promotions of these extrajudicial killers and political kidnapping animals,” the militant group said.

Likewise leaders of Pamalakaya took turns in berating Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro and Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Arnulfo Burgos for defending the promotions of three Army officers.

“The promotions of the three stooges of the National Security Council and Palparan will further embolden members of Malacañang’s death squad to commit more political killings and enforced disappearances to clinch promotions from the extrajudicial killing republic of President Arroyo. That’s the objective and logical conclusion of this horrible act,” said Pamalakaya. #

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