ACT TEACHERS SOLON SAYS RELIEF OF AFP INTEL CHIEF WON’T STOP RED-TAGGING
Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro has scored Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s order relieving military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Alex Luna, saying it will not end red-tagging and false claims against activists.
Red-tagging has been part of the AFP's policy and has intensified these kinds of attacks against human rights defenders, teachers, lawyers, lawmakers and other ordinary Filipino citizens voicing their dissent in the Duterte administration's anti-People policies, the lawmaker stressed.
“Kahit sino pa ang ipalit sa posisyon na iyan, hanggang patuloy ang red-tagging, harassment, habang nandiyan ang NTF-ELCAC at hangga't patuloy ang mga atake mula mismo kay Pangulong Duterte, hindi titigil ang karahasan at hindi mababawasan ang mga biktima ng mga atake na katulad ng nangyari sa mga UP graduades at buong UP Community na pinaratangan nilang sumapi sa NPA at recruitment grounds umano ng mga NPA,” Castro argued.
“Red-tagging must end. The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) must be defunded and abolished and the Anti-Terror Law must be junked. The Duterte administration is the No. 1 human rights violator and is a threat to the safety and security of peace-loving Filipino citizens,” the ACT Teachers lawmaker maintained.
“The DND and the AFP should be reminded that there is a real and active threat to our sovereignty in our shores. They should focus on defending our territories, our fisherfolk and the people from these threats from China and stop this baseless, false and dangerous terrorist tagging of the people they are supposed to protect,” Castro concluded.
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