Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Self-Criticism on The Paquibato Incident

From PRWC Website

A Self-Criticism on The Paquibato Incident

Rigoberto F. Sanchez

Merardo Arce Command, Southern Mindanao Regional Operations Command, New People's Army
September 6, 2012

The Merardo Arce Command-Southern Mindanao Regional Operations Command of the New People’s Army (MAC- SMROC-NPA) takes full responsibility for the grenade throwing to an AFP detachment in Brgy. Fatima, Paquibato District, Davao City, September 1 at 8:30 PM. The NPA issues this self-criticism to apologize to the public and the families for the scores of casualties, including children. The NPA will take concrete measures to indemnify the victims consistent with the principles of revolutionary justice and the policies governing the New People’s Army and the revolutionary movement.

The NPA’s 1st Pulang Bagani Company made a wrong decision in initiating a tactical offensive against the AFP detachment located in a civilian population. The NPA’s 1st PBC aimed in trageting a legitimate target to emasculate the enemy and wipe out its structure that has placed the lives and properties of the people in danger. But it erred in considering the circumstances, combat intelligence and all pertinent operational information in instigating the NPA action. In the face of this gross mistake in judgement, the MAC-SMROC-NPA is currently initiating an internal investigation and is ready to take appropriate courses of action, to include among others, disciplinary action on the responsible unit.

The NPA stands firm for justice and truth and is prepared to rectify mistakes. By issuing this unflinching public apology and self-criticism, the NPA abides with the principled standpoint,viewpoint and method adopted by the NPA and the revolutionary movement.


From PRWC Website

NDF-SMR Order of Indemnification to Paquibato blast Casualties

Rubi del Mundo
National Democratic Front of the Philippines, Southern Mindanao
12 September 2012

The Regional Council of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Southern Mindanao Region orders for the indemnification of the wounded individuals, including children, who were casualties of the September 1, 2012 grenade blast in Barangay Fatima, Paquibato, Davao City.

The order acts upon the recommendations submitted by the Merardo Arce Command-Southern Mindanao Regional Operations Command- New People's Army.

The directive is a unilateral exercise of revolutionary political authority by a government of the working class and peasantry that has its own legal and judicial system and rules in accordance with its political principles and circumstances.

The NDF-SMR Order of Indemnification is in compliance with the following with an attached annex:
a. NDFP Declaration of Undertaking to Apply Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Protocol I of 1977 which asserts its status as co- belligerent under international law and assumes its rights and responsibilities under the Geneva Conventions and its protocols. Notwithstanding the Declaration, the revolutionary forces and people represented by the NDFP have acquired over the years the status of belligerency through revolutionary armed struggle. The declaration itself commits the revolutionary forces to the observance of laws of war, from the level of adherence to Protocol II in 1991 to the Geneva Conventions and Protocol I.

b. Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Protocol I of 1977 as the basic international instrument on the rules of armed conflicts seek to ameliorate the conditions of the wounded and sick armed forces, the humane treatment of prisoners of war and the protection of civilian persons in time of war. Protocol I further expands these rules on protection of civilian persons and populations in international armed conflicts.

c. Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) which provides for the indemnification and compensation to parties affected in the armed conflict. Under the CARHRIHL, the GPH itself recognized  the separate authority of the NDFP to take actions pertaining to address issues concerning human rights and international humanitarian law.

d. Constitutional Guide for Establishing the People's Democratic Government that sets forth the fundamental rights of the people.

e. Basic Rules of the New People's Army which require respect for human rights and humanitarian law by its officers, combatants and members.

To expedite  the dispensation of indemnification and to make public this exercise of executive function, the NDF-SMR has asked for the intercession of concerned professionals and peace advocates who will compromise the Third Party Facilitators.

The Third Party Facilitators will award the compensation, but is not limited to, the following affected individuals:

1. Necio Cerundo, 21, male
2. Amalou Cabandia, 13, female
3. Marcelo Babor, 52, male
4. Nelojean Roxas, 11, female
5. Jelson Bacordo, 22, male
6. Lemuel Uzon, 15, male
7. Elizer Sumod Ong, 29, male
8. Jessie Solla, 49, male
9. Candida Sambalod, 53, female
10. Jayson Amaralinto, 15, male
11. Rubilyn Abayto, 34, female
12. Michael Tinaja, 15, male
13. John Mark Moquinto, 15, male
14. Rolando Abatayo, 32, male
15. Randy Loyola, 35, male
16. Rio Brigole, 24, male
17. Marvin Polinar, 20, male
18. Jeresa Malinao, 19, female
19. Primitiva Dadula, 65, female
20. Lindo Linda, 18, male
21. Louie John Ballena, 14, male
22. Noe Pulbera, 52, male
23. Dario Segundo, 33, male
24. Rolando Roperos,47, male
25. Gerald Zamora, 18, male
26. Juris Bontoyan, 2, female
27. Devine Grace Valejo, 16, female
28. John Miguel Lucian, 23, male
29. Genelyn Cambirahan, 31, female
30. Charmaine Lansang, 13, female
31. Marjorie Escultor, 34, female
32. Ruthchelle Bontoyan,39, female
33. Rudith Montajes, 20, female
34. Gemar Bacordo, 24, male
35. Regine Lansang, 17, female
36. Rolando Palban, 18, male
37. Marvin Sumod Ong, 53, male
38. Samson Tandoy, 18, male
39. Helena Turado, 54, female
40. Mikael Cambarehan, 4, male
41, Gerald Lariosa, 16, male 

(Sgd) Rubi del Mundo
NDFP-Sothern Mindanao