This is to clarify the twisted pronouncement made by the AFP regarding the purported abduction by the New People’s Army of two children, December 9.
Red fighters of the Guerilla Front 34 Operations Command were busy repairing the houses of peasant masses — who were affected by typhoon Pablo — when they were alerted by a passing motorcycle bearing three passengers and one driver. The driver suddenly stopped, alighted, and left the two children and the woman as he ran away. Finding his behavior suspicious, the Red fighters tried to stop him and gave chase for about two to three kilometers. When the man threw them a grenade — which failed to explode — it was then that the Red fighters realized that he was an active AFP soldier. In defense, the Red fighters fired three shots. The man threw them a grenade the second time, hitting and seriously injuring one Red fighter.
In the meantime, the other NPA members attended to the three civilians who were left behind. They turned them over to the wife of the purok chairman four hours later.
The AFP has again maximized the incident to turn the tables to the NPA and cry children’s rights violations. The NPA fully abides with the regulations and policies concerning the rights and welfare of children.
As the typhoon Pablo struck Kapalong, San Isidro, Laak, Loreto and Veruela, Red fighters conducted immediate relief assistance, medical missions and repair of precious houses. It is outrageous to insinuate that, in the midst of Pablo tragedy, the NPA was callously on the prowl and still on active operations against the AFP.
Along with the poor peasant and Lumad masses, the NPA faced the onslaught of Pablo on December 4. In the aftermath of Pablo, the NPA fighters readily shifted its various military and comprehensive work and immediately attended to the needs of the suffering masses. To say that the NPA ”kidnapped” children who were also victims of Pablo, is indeed, a claim that only the fascist and devious AFP can readily concoct and spin.