By Chocolate Moose Fernandez and Akihira Tatchu
Manila, Philippines-The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Sunday said the fresh deployment of rabid anti-communist crusaders Bantay party list Rep. Jovito Palparan Jr., Jun Alcover of Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) in Davao City has the seal of approval of House Speaker Prospero Nograles.
In a press statement, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said Speaker Nograles is the current godfather of Palparan, tagged by activists as “butcher” responsible for the hundreds of cases of political killings and enforced disappearances of activists during his stint in Mindoro island, Eastern Visayas and Central Luzon.
“It is an open book to all political circles that Speaker Nograles is now the chief political-military benefactor of Gen. Palparan. The Butcher of Mindoro, Eastern Visayas and Central Luzon is strong ally and partner of the Speaker in terrorizing all political activists and members of the opposition in the city,” added Hicap.
The activist fisherfolk leader issued the statement after reports reached its office in Quezon City that Palparan and Alcover resumed their anti-Left and counter-insurgency driven black propaganda against legitimate people’s organizations like Bayan Muna, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), Gabriela, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and other activist groups.
Reports said Palparan had been spreading anti-communist propaganda branding leaders of militant groups in Davao City as either leaders or supporters of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing– the New People’s Army operating in the Southern Mindanao Region, and therefore legitimate targets of military operations.
“Palparan is endorsing anew the Arroyo government’s campaign to assassinate leaders and members of militant party list and people’s organizations in Davao City. The Commission on Elections and even the House leadership should step in and stop this criminal frenzy of Palparan backed by his benefactors in and out of Malacanang, in and out of AFP and in and out of Congress,” said Hicap.
The Pamalakaya leader said Speaker Nograles—the former human rights lawyer turned coddler of Palparan and Alcover connived with another rabid anti-Left and pro-GMA (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo) military official Brig. Gen. Eduardo del Rosario in attacking and demonizing progressive groups and personalities who are also opposed to Nograles’ plan to become the next mayor of Davao City due to his subservience to President Arroyo and the ruling military clique in Malacanang.
“Nograles thru people with criminal minds like Palparan, Alcover and del Rosario wants to score a back-to-back win for the government’s anti-insurgency program known as Oplan Bantay Laya 2 and for his mayoralty bid in Davao City,” said Hicap.
Last year, Pamalakaya called on Nograles to expel Palparan from Congress because the latter was using his seat as party list representative to attack the eight militant congressmen—Bayan Muna Reps. Satur Ocampo, Teodoro Casino and Atty. Neri Javier Colmenares, Anakpawis party list Rep. Joel Maglunsod and Rafael Mariano and Gabriela Women’s Party reps. Liza Maza and Luzviminda Ilagan.
But Nograles junked the call for Palparan’s expulsion from Congress. Prior to Palparan’s joining of Congress as party list representative, the controversial retired army general where seen a couple times visiting the office of Speaker Nograles.
“The Nograles- Palparan connection has been established long before this criminal lawmaker entered the House of Representatives as party list representative of the pro-Arroyo military clique in the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” added Hicap. #