MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it is ready to face the investigation of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) into a military encounter with the New People’s Army (NPA) in Nasugbu, Batangas.
Fourteen suspected rebel members were killed, including a 22-year former student, in an operation, the military conducted last November 28.
According to AFP-PAO chief Marine Gen. Edgard Arevalo, they will provide the information needed by the CHR.
“Handa pa po tayong tumulong sa kanila sa gagawing imbestigasyon. Kung meron man po tayong mga tauhan na gusto nilang tanungin ay puwede po tayong magbigay ng kooperasyon para mabigyang daan ang isang malaya at patas na imbestigasyon,” said the official.
(We are very ready to help with the investigation. If they want to question some of our men, we will cooperate to give way to a free and fair investigation.)
Arevalo said the military respects the mandate of the constitutional body, but noted that the CHR must respect the mandate of the AFP in return.
“Which is to perform our role that is to protect the people and to secure the state,” said Arevalo.
The military official reminds parents and teachers to properly guide their children and students to protect them from rebel influence.
“Ikinalulungkot nati sa AFP na kailangan itong magyari subalit kaalinsabay nito ang ating kahilingan sa mga magulang na gabayan nila ang kanilang mga anak,” said Arevalo.
(The AFP is saddened that this happened. Alongside this is our call to parents to guide their children.)
Arevalo said that the military is saddened that there are minors joining the fight of the rebels against the government. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue