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NPA extortion is alive and kicking August 29, 2006

Posted by s511 in Human Rights, peace, Speeches.

August 28, 2006

Mr. Speaker, I rise today on a matter of personal and collective privilege.  I wish to bring to the attention of this chamber another sad case that only strengthens the case against the darker side of the revolutionary forces under the New People’s Army of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Mr. Speaker, lest this be misconstrued to mean that I am playing into the hands of the trite propaganda line that revolutionary taxation as extortion is just a means to discredit the NPA and the cause it is fighting for, let me be clear that this is not the case.  Akbayan, and this representation, stand for the plurality of ideas and the multitude of ways by which groups and individuals choose to express their principles.  We stand for peace based on justice and the universality of human rights.  Which is why we denounce atrocities and violations of people’s rights regardless of the source and the culprits.

And we denounce the military for its continued denial of involvement in the killing of hundreds of activists belonging to progressive organizations, but in the same breath we also denounce the les-than exemplary activities done by the NPA.  In this war, nobody wins and it is innocent, unarmed civilians who suffer.