CPP demands punishment of Army soldiers in attempted rape of 12-year old in Leyte

November 08, 2012

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The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today demanded the punishment of Army soldiers belonging to the 78th IB involved in the attempted rape of a 12-year old girl in Barangay Cagbana, Burauen, Leyte last October 17. The CPP demanded that the leadership of the 8th ID also be made accountable.

“It was fortunate that the young girl was able to escape her captors and tell her relatives of her ordeal.”

The identify of the minor has been forwarded to the Special Office for the Protection of Children of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) headed by Ms. Coni Ledesma for further investigation and action.

“The attempted rape of the minor was perpetrated by the crazed soldiers of the 78th IB after two of its men were killed in an ambush by Red fighters of the New People’s Army (NPA) under the Mt. Amandewin Command (NPA-Leyte Provincial Operations Command) in the same barangay,” said the CPP.

“The attempted rape reveals the continuing violence and abuses being inflicted by the fascist AFP on the people in the course of its Oplan Bayanihan war of suppression,” said the CPP. “It further reveals the hypocrisy of the Aquino regime’s endless ‘human rights’ rhetoric which only serves to cover up the AFP’s reign of terror, especially in the countryside.”