(Eagle News) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines is set to present to the European Union the boxes of evidence and documents that will allegedly link several militant groups like Karapatan and Ibon Foundation to the Philippine communist movement, and its armed group, the New People’s Army.
This is to convince the EU to stop giving funds to these organizations, according to the Deputy chief of staff for civil military operations, J7, BGen. Antonio Parlade.
He said that the EU funds that these militant organizations are getting amount to almost P1 billion from the EU and the Belgian government.
Parlade said it is possible that these funds also get its way into the NPA.
He said that he would also present the evidence to the Department of Education and the Department of Foreign Affairs, before they send it to EU.
Among the evidence to be presented is a document signed by Communist Party of the Philippines National Democratic Front (CPP-NDF) chair Jose Maria Sison in connection with the 6th International Assembly held in Hong Kong recently.
Parlade said among the groups which attended the event was the militant human rights group, Karapatan.
“Ang sinasabi natin kay Karapatan, hindi tayo nagsasalita ng walang ebidensya. Hindi katulad nila dakdak sila ng dakdak kung ano ano ang sinasabi nila tungkol sa gobyerno,” he said.
He also accused the group of sending fabricated statements and reports to the United Nations with the aim of allegedly discrediting the country in the eyes of the world community.
The AFP also presented the videos and other pictures of armed youth and students in some schools allegedly being run by the group.
Parlade also showed the books containing radical information published by IBON Foundation which are distributed to 3789 schools in the country.
“Ang IBON foundation nag-co-contribute dun sa radicalization ng mga kabataan. Itong foundation na ito ay isa sa beneficiaries ng funding from the EU at sabi nila ang kanilang advocacy ay magturo at mag-educate ng ating mga kabataan. Pero tingnan natin kung anong klaseng edukasyon ang itinuturo nila sa ating mga kabataan, especially sa mga indigenous people,” he said.
The AFP official said that the reading materials from IBON Foundation radicalize the young and teach them to fight the government.
(Mar Gabriel, Eagle News Service)