Bayan Muna condemns assassination of Aklan provincial leader,
First activist killing under Aquino

 

Posted August 4, 2010

 

 

Fernando Baldomero
· 61 years old, male, married with children
· A resident of Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Biga-a, Lezo, Aklan, Philippines
· 2nd Termer Municipal Councilor of Lezo, Aklan
· Provincial Chairperson, Bayan Muna Partylist
· Provincial Coordinator, Makabayan Coalition-Aklan
· Member, Society of Ex-detainees for Liberation, against Detention and for Amnesty (SELDA) 
 

   
   
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Press Release
July 5, 2010
 

BAYAN CRIES JUSTICE OVER BALDOMERO MURDER
 

Iloilo City – Members of the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) – Panay hold a picket at Plazoleta Gay here to condemn the murder of Fernando Baldomero, July 5.
 

Baldomero was shot dead early this morning (July 5) outside his boarding house along Osmena Avenue, Brgy. Estancia, Kalibo, Aklan. He was preparing to bring his 12-year old son to school when two persons on a black motorcycle stopped near him and shot him at close range.
 

He is the provincial coordinator of partylist Bayan Muna and the Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (MAKABAYAN). He ran for councillor last May election and won a seat in the municipal council of Lezo, Aklan.
 

“We are deeply saddened with this first case of extra-judicial killing under the newly installed Aquino administration. We hope that the Aquino government will be able to bring justice to Baldomero and to the other victims of extrajudicial killings in the country”, said Hope Hervilla, BAYAN Panay Chairperson.
 

BAYAN Aklan provincial coordinator George Calaor expresses strong condemnation over the incident. “We are truly dismay that the Oplan Bantay Laya counter-insurgency program of the previous Arroyo administration is still taking its toll among legal activists and progressive politicians like Baldomero. We challenge the Aquino administration to look after this case. We hope that the current regime will address the climate of impunity surrounding the many cases of political repression and extra-judicial killings”, said Calaor.
 

Also, BAYAN Capiz denounced the killing. “We condemn the killing of Baldomero. As we hope that this will be the last case for Panay and the country, we challenge the Aquino administration to immediately investigate, arrest, and hold accountable those who are responsible for the killing. Baldomero has been very consistent in his progressive views in whatever issues that affect the people’s lives. Indeed, he died being true to his commitment to serve the people”, said Cristina Alcones, BAYAN Capiz coordinator.
 

BAYAN Panay express optimism that the Aquino administration will put to an end the country‘s insurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL) II. “Those who are in the legal democratic mass movement have been the easy targets of the operators of OBL. This is killing the ranks of activists and those who are vocal in criticizing the government. I hope the democratic exercise of the people to redress grievances will not be suppressed by the new government. As we hold the previous Arroyo regime accountable for being the prime mover in the OBL implementation, we hope the Aquino government will also do its part in addressing the problem of extra-judicial killings in the country. We give our full salute to Hon. Baldomero for being a true servant of the people”, ended Hervilla. #
 

     
           
     

 

July 5, 2010

Bayan Muna condemns assassination of Aklan provincial leader
First activist killing under Aquino
 

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Bayan Muna President Satur Ocampo and Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teddy Casiño today vehemently condemned the assassination of Sangguniang Bayan member and Bayan Muna provincial coordinator Fernando I. Baldomero of Lezo, Aklan, who was shot early morning today in front of his rented house in Brgy. Estancia, Kalibo, Aklan while preparing to bring his child to school.

The 61-year old Baldomero was a second-term councilor, Bayan Muna coordinator for Aklan as well as an official of the Makabayan Coalition in the province. He is the 145th Bayan Muna member to fall victim to extrajudicial killings in the country and the first activist and elected local government official slain under the Aquino administration.

“We demand an immediate and thorough investigation on the possible involvement of military and military-backed death squads in this continuing climate of impunity against government critics. Baldomero is the first and should be the last victim of extrajudicial killing under the Aquino government," Rep. Casiño, a good friend of Baldomero and native of Aklan, said.

Initial reports from media said that the two suspects wearing maong jackets and helmets waited outside the Baldomero’s home and shot him using .45 caliber pistols. Four empty shells were seen at the crime scene.

For his part, Bayan Muna president Satur Ocampo said that at the height of the campaign period last March 19, two men riding a motorbike with no plate number lobbed a grenade at Baldomero's house in Brgy. Sta. Cruz Bigaa, Lezo, Aklan. The grenade exploded in the kitchen area. The men threw a second grenade which landed inside the house where Baldomero's father was preparing feed for his chickens. The grenade failed to detonate.

“The death toll of activists must be stopped. As Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, Pres. Aquino should rein in the military and their death squads to put an end to the impunity that was nurtured by his despised predecessor,” Ocampo said.

Casiño and Ocampo called on the President to immediately scrap the government's counterinsurgency program called "Oplan Bantay Laya III" and its policy of classifying Leftist activists as "enemies of the state" which, they said, led to widespread and systematic extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances during the Arroyo regime.

They said that the Aquino government should implement the many recommendations of UN Special Rapporteur Prof. Philip Alston which remain unheeded since 2007. #

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MEDIA RELEASE – 5 July 2010
Ref: Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Chairperson (0917-561-6800)
DJ Acierto, Public Information Officer (0918-979-0580)

Karapatan condemns first political killing under P-Noy

The human rights alliance Karapatan strongly condemns the killing of Bayan Muna-Aklan provincial chairperson Fernando Baldomero who was shot this morning while on his way to bring his child to school.

Baldomero, who is also a municipal councilor of Lezo, Aklan and at the same time provincial coordinator of the Makabayan Coalition, is the first victim of extrajudicial killing since President Noynoy Aquino was sworn into office. An attempt was made on Baldomero’s life early this year when his house in Bgy. Sta. Cruz Bigaa, Lezo, Aklan was lobbed with a grenade by two men riding in a motorcycle.

According to initial reports, Baldomero was in front of his house, while trying to start his motorcycle to bring his child to school he was shot by two unidentified men. The attackers were armed with a 9mm pistol and long fire-arms.

Karapatan chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez said that the incident follows the announcement of the new three-year counter-insurgency plan by the newly installed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Ricardo David. “Neither Gen. David nor President Noynoy have called to stop the killings and to end the culture of impunity that still prevails,” Enriquez said.

“The lack of declaration from President Noynoy to stop the killings and impunity, coupled by Gen. David’s pronouncement of another deadline to end insurgency, and this new wave of political killings, signals that former president Gloria Arroyo’s counter-insurgency program, Oplan Bantay Laya, is still enforced under Mr. Aquino’s term and has not let up on targeting progressive individuals”, Enriquez said. She also noted that in June, seven individuals were killed, including an Ampatuan massacre witness, and last week, a former lawyer of the Mangudadatus was ambushed.

“We are concerned that the calls for justice and the ending of impunity will only fall on deaf ears,” expressed Enriquez. “More than the ban on ‘wang-wang, President Aquino must also issue a categorical order to stop the culture of impunity and put to end the atrocities of Oplan Bantay Laya implemented by the AFP.”

Karapatan calls on the present administration to immediately conduct an investigation, and to arrest and punish the perpetrators of the Baldomero killing. “The total and complete justice announcement of Aquino is nothing if the polical killing and impunity is still prevalent and continuing”, Enriquez concluded.##

 

     
           
     

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Bayan Muna Partylist provincial chairperson & elected Municipal Official shot to death in Aklan, Panay, Philippines

UA No: 2010-07-01

 

 

UA Date                     :           6 July 2010

 

UA Case                     :           Assassination, Violation against Children’s Rights to Protection or

Safety by the State or its Agents, Threat/Harassment/Intimidation

 

Victim/s                       :           Assassination

 

Fernando Baldomero

·        61 years old, male, married with children

·        A resident of Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Biga-a, Lezo, Aklan, Philippines

·        2nd Termer Municipal Councilor of Lezo, Aklan

·        Provincial Chairperson, Bayan Muna Partylist

·        Provincial Coordinator, Makabayan Coalition-Aklan

·        Member, Society of Ex-detainees for Liberation, against Detention and for Amnesty (SELDA)

 

Threat/Harassment/Intimidation, Violation against Children’s Rights to Protection or Safety by the State or its Agents

 

Karl Philip Baldomero

·        12 years old, male

·        Son of Fernando

 

Place of Incident        :           Brgy. Estancia, Kalibo, Aklan

 

Date of Incident         :           July 5, 2010 at around 6:30 AM

 

Alleged Perpetrator(s):          two unidentified armed men believed to be military elements

 

Account of the Incident:

 

At around 6:30 AM, Fernando Baldomero was in front of his rented house in Brgy. Estancia, Kalibo boarding his motorcycle with his 12-year old son on their way to school when two medium built men in

a black motorcycle stopped in front of them.  The backrider who was wearing a black jacket, a helmet and a pair of sunglasses that completely covered his face disembarked, and using a handgun, started shooting the victim at close range in front of his terrified son.  The driver was wearing a white shirt and a pair of denim pants and had no covering over his face.  Witnesses noticed that there was a long firearm at the back of the driver. 

 

Baldomero suffered two gunshot wounds to the head which pierced through his helmet and one to the neck.  The assailants left soon after.  Witnesses even tried to run after them but they drove very fast.  The victim was immediately brought to the Kalibo Provincial Hospital but he was pronounced dead-on-arrival.

 

Baldomero’s son, Karl Philip, was also immediately brought to the doctor because he was severely traumatized by the incident.

 

It can be recalled that during the 2010 election campaign period, two men on board a motorcycle with no license plate lobbed grenades at the Baldomero ancestral house in Brgy. Sta. Cruz Biga-a, Lezo, Aklan on 19 March 2010.  One of the grenades landed and exploded in the kitchen located at the rear part of the house, while the other one landed inside the main part of the house where Fernando’s 92-year old father Ramon was preparing feeds for his chicken.  Fortunately, the second grenade did not explode.

 

In 2005, while Fernando Baldomero served as a barangay (village) councilor in Lezo, he was arrested and detained because the military and the police linked him with a unit of the New People’s Army (NPA) and charged him with the alleged crime committed by the rebel group in Guimbal, Iloilo and San Remigio, Antique.  He was cleared from both charges and was later released.

 

He was again slapped with two trumped up charges by the military in connection with NPA activities in Tubungan, Iloilo but they two were dismissed at the Provincial Prosecutor level.

 

Fernando Baldomero was a political detainee in the 80s tagged by the military as a high-ranking official of the NPA.  After his release, he settled in his hometown in Lezo.

 

Recommended Action:

 

Send letters, emails or fax messages calling for:

 

  1. The immediate formation of an independent fact-finding and investigation team composed of representatives

from human rights groups, the Church, local government, and the Commission on Human Rights that

will look into the assassination of Fernando Baldomero, the Violation against Children’s Rights to

Protection or Safety by the State or its Agents and the Threat/Harassment/Intimidation of Karl Philip Baldomero;

 

  1. The arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of the above mentioned crime/s;

 

  1. he military to stop the labeling and targeting of human rights defenders as “members of front organizations of the communists” and “enemies of the state.”

  2. The Philippine Government to withdraw its counterinsurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya (Operation Freedom Watch).

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President of the Republic of the Philippines

Malacañang Palace,

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Manila, Philippines

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Aquino mute and deaf on extra-judicial killings against militants
 

The militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP, Peasant Movement of the Philippines) and Tanggol Magsasaka (Peasant Network for Land, Justice and Human Rights) condemned the first case of extra-judicial killing (EJK) under the Aquino government, victimizing Lezo town councilor Fernando Baldomero, Bayan Muna and Makabayan coalition provincial coordinator of Aklan. Baldomero is also a member of SELDA (ex-martial law detainees group) and the municipal coordinator of Liberal Party. He was killed morning of July 5 in Bgy. Sta. Cruz Bigaa, said town by 2 motor-cycle riding men believed to be military agents.

“This is the very reason we set-up our 100-day camp-out, to call for genuine land reform and justice for victims of human rights abuses under the Arroyo government. But Aquino is mute and deaf as he continues to ignore us, worse, we were violently dispersed and killings continue until now,” said Antonio Flores, KMP Spokesperson and Tanggol Magsasaka co-convenor.

“Ka Fernando fought for genuine land reform, justice and democracy since Marcos’ times, a defender of peasant rights, thus, he was targeted by fascist forces of the state and was not spared though he was a member of Aquino’s Liberal Party,” Flores added.

KMP with Katipunan ng mga Samahang Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan (KASAMA-TK, KMP Southern Tagalog) and Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon (AMGL, KMP Central Luzon) have set-up their 100-day camp-out at Mendiola last June 30 to push President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to implement genuine land reform and serve justice for victims of human rights abuses. But after 3 days, July 3 about 3:30pm, more than 200 elements of Manila police violently dispersed the farmers and demolished their make-shift shelters. The incident resulted into 11 wounded and 42 farmers and supporters arrested. The groups file complaints at the Commission on Human Rights yesterday morning. They are now staying at the compound of Caritas Manila near Nagtahan.

Tanggol Magsasaka said that KMP has the most number of member-victims of EJK by the Arroyo government reaching to 561 of the 1,190 victims documented by Karapatan human rights group. The group said that EJK victimized 119 KMP leaders including Eddie Gumanoy of KASAMA-TK (KMP Southern Tagalog), Renato Pacaide of KMP Far Southern Mindanao Region, Arthur Orpilla and Dionisio Battad of DANGGAYAN – CV (KMP Cagayan Valley), Marcelino Beltran of AMT (KMP Tarlac), Fermin Lorico of KAUGMAON (KMP Negros Oriental), Celso Pojas of FADC (KMP Davao City) and more. In addition, there are 129 peasants and organizers who were victimized by enforced disappearances including Nilo Arado of PAMANGGAS – Panay and Jonas Burgos of AMB (KMP Bulacan).

KMP and Tanggol Magsasaka said that Aquino is inclined to implement the same or worse oppressive measure as Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL), the counter-insurgency program of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“During the campaign period, he disapproved of disarming the CAFGUs and para-military groups, issued statements exclusive on media killings prior his inaugural and attended military rites where AFP Chief of Staff Ricardo David imposed a deadline of 3 years to end insurgency, to add, there were no release of political prisoners, no signs of resumption of peace talks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the government,” Flores said.

The groups said Aquino kept quiet on the killings of activists, thus, sending no deterrent on the perpetrators. They added that Aquino has done nothing so far to put down the culture of impunity in the country.

“The Aquino government with all its machinery and influence is helpless of stopping the killings. The mere inaction of Aquino is the very promotion of killings in the country,” said Flores.

“The Aquino government is hopeless this early and it is clear that change could only be from the people struggling for democratic rights and fundamental reforms. We now declare Aquino and Arroyo are synonymous, we expect nothing from him but more killings, more human rights abuses, more terror and fascism. We call on all sectors to rise up against the oppression as the Aquino government is pathetic to protect and promote our basic rights,” Flores called. #

 

     
           
     

 

Dispersals, killings on Aquino’s first week hints at continued repression

The series of violent dispersals and the killing of an activist all on President Noynoy Aquino’s first week put his promise to uphold democracy and peace in serious question, Kilusang Mayo Uno said today.

Protesting farmers from Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog, including Hacienda Luisita farmers, who were demanding the Aquino administration to implement genuine agrarian reform were violently dispersed last Saturday. At least 40 farmers and militants were arrested while dozens more were hurt.

Following the arrest of farmers, about 30 students who staged an indignation rally at the police headquarters in Manila were also violently dispersed.

Just today, Bayan Muna party-list coordinator Fernando Baldomero was shot dead in front of his house, marking the first extra-judicial killing under the Aquino administration.

“These series of violent dispersals and the killing of our fellow activist portend a repressive climate for militants and ordinary people under the new administration. It is an unwelcome sign from a new government which promises respect for democracy and peace,” KMU vice-chairman Joselito “Lito” Ustarez.

Condemn the dispersal

“What happened in Mendiola last Saturday was a violent repression of democratic calls for genuine land reform right in front of the President’ seat of power,” he added, adding that Aquino should condemn the incident rather than defend his family’s interests in Hacienda Luisita.

Over the weekend, Aquino merely said that dispersed Luisita farmers should give him time to distribute the sugar estate in Tarlac owned by his family.

“Is that what this shows? That when the new president feels pressure from below, he agrees to use pressure against demonstrators? He asks for much time for him to implement reforms while he does not waste time in using force against dissenters. Not a good sign,” Ustarez said.

It’s the least which the people expect from Aquino, who promised in his inaugural address that farmers will finally be cared of under his administration,” said Ustarez.

Probe the killing

KMU also urged President Aquino to order a swift investigation into the first case of extra-judicial killing under his watch.

“How Aquino will handle the case of Baldomero will be a measure of his administration’s sincerity to seek justice for all victims of human rights violations,” Ustarez said. #
 

     
           
     

 

League of Filipino Students
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Website: LFS.PH
Email: lfsphilippines@gmail.com

PRESS RELEASE
July 6, 2010

With the first activist murder few days after inauguration
LFS calls on Aquino to abandon Oplan Bantay Laya II

“Pres. Aquino should better leave the wang-wang talk behind. Activists and journalists are being murdered despite the promises of the new government.” This was the statement of Terry Ridon, national chairperson of the League of Filipino Students, the LFS expressed doubts as to the resolve of the Aquino government in stopping and reversing the culture of impunity and political killings that marked the nine-year human rights record of the Arroyo government.

Today, a leader of Bayan Muna in Aklan, Fernando Baldomero had been murdered by suspected elements of the military. During the Arroyo administration, such execution-style killings had been repeated all over the country against activist leaders and supporters.

Ridon said that Aquino never concretely addressed human rights and political killings in his policy statements in the last few days, with much Palace attention being devoted to the problem of ‘wang-wangs’.

Human rights organizations and student groups like the LFS had laid the blame for the political killings on the continued operation of the AFP’s counter-insurgency plan, Oplan Bantay Laya II, which allegedly targets for liquidation or disappearance leaders and members of people’s organizations, NGOs, student councils, lawyers, professionals, all of whom have been critical of policies of the Arroyo administration.

“It is most disturbing that after the euphoria of the people in their aspirations for genuine change, such atrocities continue under the new government. We call on Pres. Aquino to abandon Oplan Bantay Laya II now,” Ridon said.

Reference:

Terry Ridon, National Chairperson, League of Filipino Students
09155310725, teridon18@gmail.com

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An indictment as the first step to justice for Fernando Baldomero
Concha Araneta
National Democratic Front of the Philippines
Panay

July 12, 2010

 

 

Fernando Baldomero, Provincial Coordinator of MAKABAYAN for Aklan and councilor of Lezo Municipal Council, was gunned down by motorcycle-riding assailants as he was preparing to bring his child to school on July 5, 2010 in Kalibo, Aklan. This was the last of the long series of threats and harassments inflicted on him because of his unswerving commitment to the people's cause.

A few years before this, he was arrested and imprisoned based on trumped-up charges which included alleged arson and participation in ambuscades of government troops in places far- away from his home and business. After months of imprisonment and trial, all cases were eventually dismissed due to the incredibility of the evidence presented against him.

In the months leading to his assasination, he received a letter warning him to desist from his militant political activities. A grenade was thrown and exploded outside his home in Lezo. Two weeks prior to his death, the Army Hour program of the Civilian Relations Service of the 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) under Commanding General Vicente Porto and the 301st Brigade (301Bde) under Brigadier General Gerardo Layug finger-pointed Fernando Baldomero as "front- man of communist terrorists" and his organization as a "front organization of terrorists".

Aside from these, during the election campaign, all other progressive candidates and Party-Lists and their campaigners and voters were especial targets for harassment and threats by units and elements of the reactionary Armed Forces under the two commands above-mentioned. House- to-house campaigns by soldiers not to vote for progressive parties and candidates, removal of campaign posters as soon as they were posted, threat letters, surveillance, threats to sympathizers, and false accusations were dished out by armed forces elements.

Prosecutor's of the people hold that these actuations of the 3ID and 301Bde, PA immediately before and in the years preceding the crime are incriminating indications of motive and opportunity for Baldomero's assassination. They set up Baldomero for the killing and blood is on their hands.

The public and even those in the reactionary military and police know that the state's security agents and their henchmen killed Baldomero. Only the Armed Forces' spokesperson has the gall to claim that Baldomero's killing was the result of a so-called purging among the rebel ranks. This squid tactic has been bandied so often that nobody is buying the lie. In fact, such outright lie constitutes a cover-up, thus implicating the AFP as accessory to the crime after the fact.

In this regard, the people's democratic government in Panay has indicted the following for participation in the murder of Lezo Councilor Fernando Baldomero, having found prima facie evidence against them:

1. Major General Vicente Porto for inciting to murder in his command responsibity of the CRS unit that branded the victim as "front man for terrorists". In today's political atmosphere, such public accusations incite and give license or serve as outright command to all state security agents to murder with impunity the targetted political activists.

2. Brigadier General Gerardo Layug for inciting to murder for the same reason given above.

3. The CRS elements directing the anti-Baldomero program for the same reasons.

The people's prosecutors and all revolutionary forces are continuing to investigate the incident to find those who committed the actual crime and their masterminds. An arrest order will be issued as soon as the evidence warrants a full indictment. While some may ridicule indictments by the people's court, and though arrest warrants may not be served for years, the long arm of revolutionary justice will catch up with perpetrators like what happened to Leyne Leysa, killer for hire and hit man involved in the killing of Sonny Laporga, whose sentence was carried out after more than two decades.

The Aquino2 government has ordered an investigation primarily because the murder has become a media event even in international media outlets. He was embarrassed by the first extrajudicial killing that marks his presidency as no different from the Arroyo regime in this regard. The Aquino2 regime is linked to the Arroyo by the bloodthirsty AFP and other security forces that it inherited and who continue its bloody tradition of extrajudicial killings and abductions in the pursuit of a "counter-insurgency program" that Aquino himself now directs. In fact, the assassination of Baldomero immediately followed the declaration of the regime's new plan to "decimate the insurgency in three years", and announced by President Aquino's own appointee, CS Gen Ricardo David himself.
 

The Aquino government may actually come to present or apprehend some fall guys or even some perpetrators but it will never push through to the masterminds nor reveal the actual reason why Baldomero was killed by his assassins. Doing so will amount to admitting the truth that the extrajudicial killings and other atrocities by the state are creations of the AFP and its Oplan Bantay Laya. Justice for Fernando Baldomero, then, will only be fulfilled by bringing down the very state system that carries out these oppressive strategies.
 

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And beyond Baldomero's demise, true justice can never be served without the victory for Baldomero's cause. Baldomero fought against the Marcos dictatorship for more than a decade by force of arms. He then fought for the downtrodden and the weak in the legal arena and even within the local government of the reactionary state for a decade and more. Baldomero lived and died for the cause of a truly democratic and truly free Philippines.

By making the leap toward the strategic stalemate in the people's war in five years and eventually winning victory for the people's war, we will ensure that people like Baldomero will not have died in vain.

Justice for Baldomero, justice for the Filipino people!!

Fight till victory for Baldomero's dream of a free and truly democratic Philippines.
 

           
     

 

nformation Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines

Press Release
July 7, 2010

"Purging" theory in Baldomero to deflect blame against military--CPP

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today said the "internal purging" spin now being floated by the military and police officials with regard to the killing last Monday of Bayan Muna Aklan coordinator and Lezo town councilor Fernando Baldomero "is meant to deflect the blame for the murder from the fascist military and security agents of the reactionary state."

"Because of the widepread indignation over the killing, the AFP is now trying to shift the blame for the killings of activists to the activists themselves," said the CPP. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Brig. Gen. Jose Mabanta yesterday complained that the military has become the easy usual target for blame in such cases, and retorted that communists or even the militants themselves could be behind the killing.

"Baldomero is a dedicated social activist and outstanding servant of the people. His killing is a big loss to the toiling masses and the movement for national freedom and democracy," said the CPP. "He is well loved by the people of Lezo. The revolutionary forces continued to regard Baldomero highly even after he decided to shift to the open, legal arena of struggle since his release from detention in 1994."

"The AFP and its henchmen in the RPA-ABB have long wanted to do away with Baldomero who has consistently served the people's national democratic aspirations," said the CPP. "He performed his duties in the local parliamentary struggle just as ardently and effectively as he did in the armed struggle before his detention. But his shift to the legal and parliamentary struggle made him an open target of the fascist agents of the reactionary state, the only ones with the motive to kill the likes of him." Baldomero was rearrested by the military in 2004 and detained for three months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CPP expressed that "It is through such psywar spins as 'internal cleansing' or 'communist purging' that the military and police try to cover up the extrajudicial killings, abductions and other attacks perpetrated by state armed agents against the open, legal cause-oriented activists and organizations which they consider as 'enemies of the state'."

"Such psywar spins have been thoroughly disproven and discredited," the CPP stated further, pointing to investigations in 2007 by the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) headed by Extrajudicial Killings Special Rapporteur Philip Alston which concluded that such killings have actually been the handiwork of state forces. Alston's report pointed to the organic connection between the campaign of vilification by the government and military against progressive activist groups and the killings perpetrated against their ranks.

The CPP described as "lame and inadequate" Aquino's order to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to investigate the killing of Baldomero. "Putting a stop to the extrajudicial killings requires an overhaul of the very framework of the goverment's military and security forces in carrying out their counterrevolutionary war, something that Aquino has failed to do."

The CPP forewared Aquino that, "ultimately, he himself will be blamed for the killings. His failure to countermand the AFP's fascist terror tactics-cum-vilification campaign against activists, progressive groups and movements constitutes implicit support to the military's fascist reign of impunity."

 

           
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