By Ka CECILE ESTRELLA
Roslyn ” Ka Jean” Pelle Command
NPA North Negros
Mary Jane Baynosa has never been recruited to the New People’s Army (NPA). The NPA in Northern Negros strictly adheres to the implementation of the directive of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) that only those who are 18 years old and older can join the NPA. Those who are 17 years old and younger are prohibited from joining the NPA.
Mary Jane Baynosa is a local youth activist. When the NPA is nearby, she usually enters the encampment as a guest and not as a member of the NPA. She usually talks and mingles with the young NPAs aged 18 years old and older.
The accusation of Mary Jane Baynosa that she was recruited by the NPA is a gross injustice to the NPA because this is a big lie, and far from the truth. The NPA is aware that Mary Jane is a minor and can not yet be a member of the NPA.
On the accusation of Mary Jane Baynosa that she was raped by an NPA commander named Rogelio Danioso — this is also NOT TRUE. The NPA has high respect for the dignity and rights of women. The revolutionary movement protects and promotes the interests of women. The MAKIBAKA or Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan, a revolutionary mass organization of women, fights for their rights and interests. The case of rape is a serious criminal offense punishable by death in the revolutionary movement.
However, the statements made by Mary Jane Baynosa is based on a script made by the psychological warfare and expert liars of the Philippine Army, and is totally not true. The NPA is sure that the perpetrators of sexual abuse against Mary Jane Baynosa are members of the Philippine Army. Mary Jane is helpless because she is being pampered by money by the military which is also her weakness.
We condemn the Philippine Army for violating the rights of Mary Jane by using her as a guide in their military operations in the hinterlands of Toboso and Calatrava. The real violators of Mary Jane’s rights as a minor is the Philippine Army. The military does not even respect itself: It makes fun of itself by fabricating lies and scripted stories. The masses in the countryside who know the NPA and the truth will not be deceived by these lies spread by the Philippine Army.
The Phil Army has also gathered and desperately pressured former NPAs who are already leading lives as ordinary civilians for more than two years, and paraded them as active NPAs who surrendered. The NPA declares that not a single active NPA in Northern Negros has surrendered.