By RIGOBERTO SANCHEZ
Spokesperson, Merardo Arce Command
NPA Southern Mindanao Regional Operations Command
The New People’s Army Southern Mindanao Regional Command assails the malicious and fake charges imputed against Dominiciano Muya who was presented to the media by the 10th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as a high ranking official of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in the region.
Last Thursday’s orchestrated arrest in Tagum City — in an outrageous story line replete with standard planted grenade and .45 caliber pistol in Muya’s possession — was not only implausible, it also showed the AFP’s mercenary scheme to siphon off the PhP4 million reward money, at the expense of an NGO worker who had a legitimate profession as an educator and agriculture expert for indigenous peoples (IP) schools. Muya’s arrest was a shameless money-making plot of a corrupt Army unit.
The AFP manufactured the criminal charges based on pure imagination. It wrongly accused Muya as part of the CPP Southern Mindanao Regional Committee, to portray him as its enemy, in order to discredit his work in the countryside as a committed educator of sustainable agriculture among IP schools.
The 10th Infantry Division-Eastern Mindanao Command’s arrest and detention of Muya is part of its crackdown against advocates, educators and non-government workers who are serving poor and neglected Lumads and peasants in Talaingod and Kapalong towns, and other parts of Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, and other provinces in Mindanao.
Muya’s capture is the handiwork of a desperate Army that is fast running out of dirty tricks to harass NGOs who are closely working with the masses for basic education and other social services. The 10th ID-Eastern Mindanao Command is hell-bent in closing down IP schools which it wantonly labels as structures of the New People’s Army in order to stop genuine development in these areas.
The military is allergic to far-flung private schools and any mass undertaking, seeing these endeavors as impediments to foreign large-scale mining and capitalist incursions in the resource-rich forests and ancestral lands of IPs. By arresting, detaining, or harassing teachers in the countryside, they are scheming to instill fear among NGOs, activists, advocates and civil libertarians.
The masses should see to these anti-people machinations and struggle against these gross human rights abuses.
The 10th ID-Eastern Mindanao Command should release Muya now!