ILOILO City – Progressive group Bayan Panay called “a desperate move” the recent vilification and red-tagging post of the Philippine National Police Regional Office VI in their official Facebook Page Police Regional Office 6.
“The PNP’s desperate move to vilify us calling us “deceivers” speaks of the level of stupidity and ignorance of the PNP,” said Elmer Forro, the group’s secretary general.
In its official account, the Police Regional Office 6 posted a photo collage showing Bayan Panay members in a picket at Camp Delgado yesterday, January 15, 2020, rallyists burning a presumed effigy, a photo of CPP in what appears to be their 45th anniversary celebration and a spray painted wall calling for a revolution and not elections.
According to Forro, the picket at Camp Delgado only happened yesterday where they raised the issue of typhoon Ursula victims on the government’s slow and minimal response because they have not received ample help from the government due to bureaucratic red taping.
“Specifically, the picket was addressed to the Office of the Civil Defense as head of the inter-agency cluster in rescue and relief delivery operations for typhoon victims,” Forro added.
“For the PNP to vilify instead of hearing the issue [we are raising] only shows their fascist intentions to crackdown activists and legal democratic organizations,” Forro added.
For the PNP, Forro exclaimed, the legal mass movement is no different from the armed revolution waged by the CPP-NPA.
“They tend to put in a single basket everyone that they perceived as threats when in fact, they, the fascist troops are the real threats,” Forro said.
”They are the ones killing unarmed and innocent civilians especially farmers,” said Forro.
He added that the PNP is conducting illegal searches borne out from irregularly issued search warrants and worst, they plant pieces of evidence to make the whole thing legitimate.
For Bayan, the PNP is not truly aiming for peace.
”They are the spoilers of peace and are warmongers by nature. They profit from the Task Force ELCAC through thousands of fake surrenders they made up. These are the people that must be condemned,” the group said.
Bayan reminded the PNP that they are working within the metes and bounds of their constitutional democratic rights enshrined in the 1987 Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
”We call on the PNP to stop this madness and make proper use of the people’s taxes they are using to vilify and red-tag us, and serve and protect the people they are tasked to defend,” the group said./www.panaytoday.net