CPP condemns resumption of Arroyo-era criminal cases vs. Satur Ocampo, others

By CPP Information Bureau

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today denounced the Supreme Court for ordering the resumption of Arroyo-era criminal procedures against former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo and scores of other progressive leaders and activists, as well as consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in peace negotiations.

Trumped-up charges of multiple murder were filed against Ocampo and around 50 others on the basis of what the Department of Justice and military claim to be a mass grave of victims of a purge by the New People’s Army (NPA) in 1985-1986. The charges were prepared and filed in 2007 by the notorious Inter-Agency Legal Action Group of the Arroyo regime.

“The charges against Ocampo et al are politically motivated as these were filed by the IALAG which then was tasked to concoct one legal case after another against all forces opposing the Arroyo government, especially those in the open mass movement led by the national democratic forces,” said the CPP.

“The resumption of criminal procedures against Ocampo and many other leaders is an outright threat against the national democratic forces which are at the helm of the burgeoning movement demanding the ouster of Benigno Aquino and his corrupt, anti-people, puppet and brutal regime,” said the CPP.

The CPP called on human rights advocates, activists and defenders of civil rights to rally and demand the immediate dismissal of the Arroyo-era criminal charges against Ocampo, et al.

“They must also demand that the Aquino regime withdraw all the trumped-up charges filed against more than 400 political prisoners, comprised mostly of peasant, worker and youth activists, as well as consultants of the NDFP in peace negotiations.”

Ocampo has repeatedly pointed out that he was under detention during the period when the military claimed that the so-called purge was carried out.

“The fact is, there was no such mass purging or killing in Inopacan, Leyte, as claimed by the military,” said the CPP. “The skeletal remains in the so-called mass grave which the AFP claims to have discovered in 2006 were most probably taken from old gravesites, as has been the practice of the AFP for several decades now, in order to concoct stories of mass killings.”

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