NDFP Order of Indemnification for Davao del Sur medical responders

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Spokesperson, NDFP Southern Mindanao Chapter

The Regional Council of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Southern Mindanao Region orders for the indemnification of Mr. Genaro Doronio Dumayas, Ms. Bonita dela Cruz, Mr. Arnel Comandante Veloroso, and Mr. Alberto Simbajon Cabual, who were wounded during the New People’s Army’s tactical offensive in Barangay (village) Managa, Bansalan, Davao del Sur, on 2 March 2014.

Third Party Facilitators, comprised of church people, medical practitioners and other advocates, is hereby requested to expedite the public dispensation of indemnification today, 17 March 2014 in Digos City.

The order acts upon the apology and recommendations submitted by the Southern Mindanao Regional Command of the New People’s Army. This 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 NDFP-SMR Order of Indemnification is in compliance with the Geneva Conventions for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces, the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), the NDFP Declaration of Undertaking to Apply the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Protocol I of 1977, the Constitutional Guide for Establishing the People’s Democratic Government, and the Basic Rules of the New People’s Army.

The revolutionary government is intrinsically founded on the absolute respect for human rights and international humanitarian law. It is waging a just war for the genuine emancipation of the majority exploited Filipino people. It wages a war to dismantle the ruling system and in particular, targets the fascist machinery of the state, the AFP. It holds in high esteem members of the medical and emergency response profession who have the noble occupation of preserving life amid strenuous circumstances.

Thus, we condemn any attack against this profession and any act that violates the rights of its members. We denounce the Armed Forces of the Philippines for endangering medical responders by concealing their identities in the battlefield and by putting their lives in danger.

We deplore the revival of Alsa Masa (armed psychotic paramilitary group) and the maintenance of state-sponsored paramilitary groups or armed vigilante groups in Davao del Sur. The Alsa Masa will not only be used to deter the New People’s Army but it will also target civilians, ordinary peasants and progressive leaders. By sponsoring Alsa Masa, covert vigilante groups and arming civilians, local GPH officials and the AFP are opening the floodgates for more human rights atrocities.

Through the rabid Oplan Bayanihan, the AFP and the US-Aquino regime violate the rights of the Filipino people by subjecting civilians to grave forms of atrocities and serious crimes like extra-judicial killings, torture, enforced disappearance, and massive displacement. Up to now, the AFP and the current regime have not made any serious indemnification to any of its victims, nor has it even approximated the earnestness made by the NPA when it comes to rectifying its errors. Every day, the Filipino people witness how the GPH continues to make a mockery of its own justice system by pampering criminals, cheats, and the corrupt in its own government. Its judicial system is for the exoneration of perpetrators and the perpetuation of exploitation by the ruling class.

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