CPP/NPA on a killing
ROSA MA CRISTINA ROSETE-MANUEL, (FA) PA
10th ID, Camp Panacan,
Davao City – In a statement dated May 26, 2009 which was made public
Sunday, the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army (CPP/NPA)
said that Evelyn Pitao-Dadula had given the military information that
led to the killing of her brother, Danilo, in Tagum City in June 2008
and the arrest of her former party husband, a communist guerilla named
Ka Emong, in January 2009.
The CPP/NPA also
blamed Evelyn for being responsible in the arrest of Leoncio Pitao in
“Based from their
statements, it has become evident that the killings are perpetrated by
the CPP/NPA to punish alleged violators within their ranks,” Major
General Reynaldo Mapagu of 10ID said.
The admission of the
CPP/NPA of owning the murder came after they have pinpointed the
military as the perpetrator along with the condemnation from the Pitao
family and militant groups like Karapatan.
leadership has continuously denied the involvement of the military in
the alleged killings.
“It is the strategy of
the CPP to use the military as the scapegoat every time they commit
atrocities in order to discredit the government. The fact that the CPP/NPA
admitted the series of murders means that the military is vindicated
of all the accusations being attributed to it,” Mapagu said.
The NPA admitted to
have perpetrated recent murders including that of Ex-Army Manny Villa
who was executed in Matanao, Davao del Sur, Ruben Bitang in Panabo
City, and Staff Sergeant Rolen Manlangit in Monkayo, Compostela
“They have gone
indiscriminate and berserk in their killings. They have put justice in
their own hands. They are now paranoid as the
AFP has continuously diminished their influence in a lot of
areas in Davao Region. When they are pushed to the wall like this, it
is their normal reaction to cleanse their ranks, including their
supporters, of possible traitors. It is their paranoia that makes them
commit costly mistakes like committing murder against their own people
as they have done in the past,” Mapagu further pointed out.
It is also evident
that there is an ongoing rift between the NPA’s Merardo Arce Command
and the Pulang Bagani Command under Leoncio Pitao.
“There has been
massive demoralization and in-fighting within their ranks. The mass
surrender of fighters is an indication of this. The main issue is the
loss of funds which were earlier reported to have been bungled by key
party leaders of Southern Mindanao Regional Committee,” Mapagu added.