By Akihira Tatchu, Pepsi La Loma and Sarsi Pimentel
Manila, Philippines-The arrest of 43 doctors and community based health workers is line with the legal offensive ordered by defense secretary and National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzalez issued last week to commence the final staging of the counter-insurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya 2.
The militant fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said the arrest of 43 medical volunteers was made a week after Gonzalez announced that Malacanang and the Armed Forces of the Philippines will heighten its legal offensive against members of militant groups as Oplan Bantay Laya 2 ends with the term of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in June 30, 2010.
Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said Secretary Gonzalez and the national security gang in Malacanang had agreed to pursue and intensify the fabrication of trump up charges against leaders and members of militant organizations which the military branded as front organizations of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing the New People’s Army.
“What happen in Morong, Rizal was a wholesale political abduction, political kidnapping, gross disrespect of people’s constitutional and basic human rights and all-out political persecution done in the name of a brutal, corrupt and evil regime of Mrs. Arroyo and her extrajudicial killing republic,” the Pamalakaya leader said.
Hicap also asked the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to immediately undertake an investigation to what he called state-sponsored terrorism and gross violations of basic human rights.
“We strongly ask Commissioner Leila de Lima to personally lead the investigation and in soonest possible time file human rights and other appropriate criminal charges against Lt. Col. Noel Detoynato, military officials of the Army 2nd infantry division and the 300 soldiers who orchestrated this gruesome and Adolf Hitler like campaign,” the Pamalakaya leader added.