The AFP is shameless for seeking to erase historical records of military abductions

Information Bureau | Communist Party of the Philippines
February 23, 2019

Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

The Communist Party of the Philippines denounces the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for pushing the United Nations to purge its human rights archives showing the history of enforced disappearances perpetrated by the AFP and other state security forces.

The AFP is shameless for wanting to revise historical records that trace the bloody trail of military abuses. The part played by military officials and soldiers in hundreds of abductions since the 1970s is indubitable. In fact, Gen. Jovito Palparan was convicted a few months ago for the abduction, illegal detention, torture and disappearance of activists Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan in 2006.

The AFP desperately wants to portray itself as champions of human rights even as it wages a brutal campaign of all-out suppression under Duterte’s martial law and Oplan Kapayapaan. The US-Duterte fascist regime has gained international notoriety for its bloody record and extrajudicial killings, warrantless arrests, enforced disappearances, massacres, arbitrary detention, torture and other abuses.