Massacre of B’laan family perpetrated by Aquino regime under Oplan Bayanihan—CPP

October 23, 2012

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The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemns the Aquino regime in the strongest possible terms for the heinous massacre of pregnant mother Jovy Malid-Capion and her two sons, age 13 and 8, by elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). On the morning of October 18, fascist soldiers of the 27th IB indiscriminately strafed the Capion household in Barangay Kiblawis, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur and justified its execrable act by claiming that Capion’s husband Daguil, was an “armed bandit.” The couple’s five-year old daughter was wounded in the attack.

The CPP expresses its deepest sympathies to the Capion family as well as to the B’laan tribe to which they belong.

The massacre of the Capion family was carried out by the Aquino regime’s armed men at the behest of the Xstrata-SMI mining company. Over the past decade, a number of B’laan tribespeople have been victims of extrajudicial killings and other abuses of human rights by state agents. The B’laan have been actively opposing the entry of the Xstrata-SMI gold and copper mining operations in Sitio Bong Mal, Kiblawis which have displaced the lumad communities from their ancestral lands and caused grave destruction to the environment and the people’s livelihood. The B’laan have been waging armed resistance against Xstrata-SMI through their Red Pangayaw armed militias, to which Daguil Capion belongs.

For more than two years now, the Aquino regime has intensified its Oplan Bayanihan war of suppression especially in the rural areas. Using the signboard of “peace and development,” the Aquino regime has mobilized its fascist soldiers against the people’s democratic mass movement and armed resistance. Peasant and minority communities, especially those active in campaigns for land reform and against mining operations are virtually placed under military rule, in a vain attempt to stem the tide of people’s resistance.

Aquino’s fascist soldiers have been carrying out their armed campaigns with impunity, perpetrating massacres, extrajudicial killings, abductions, arrests, torture and other grave attacks against the people’s human rights. Restrictions against free movement and commerce are imposed, causing economic hardships and displacements.

The Filipino people must hold the Aquino regime and its armed forces accountable for the massacre of the Capion family. It must also be held responsible for the killing of the Lotino family in Daraga, Albay in October 2010, the massacre of the Mancera family in Labo, Camarines Norte in February 2012 and the related killing of barangay official Merlyn Bermas and Gerard Oreza, a 4-year old child who happened to be riding on the same vehicle, in August 2012, the murder of two hunters in Magdalena, Laguna in February 2012, the killing of botanist Leonardo Co and two of his companions in Kananga, Leyte in November 2010, and numerous other cases of heinous fascist crimes.

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) calls on the New People’s Army (NPA) to carry out tactical offensives in order to punish human rights violators and the most brutal armed units of the AFP for their grave crimes against the people.