SCMP calls on CHR chair to reprimand colleagues in Akbayan for red-baiting

THE Student Christian Movement of the Philippines calls on Commission on Human Rights Chair Etta Rosales to educate and reprimand her colleagues in Akbayan for the red-baiting of progressive organizations Anakbayan and Kilusang Mayo Uno.

“Red-baiting is very dangerous for members of progressive organizations as it has been used to justify the killings, torture and enforced disappearances of people.  It is the same line used by retired Gen. Jovito Palparan and Cong. Walden Bello, Akbayan Spokesperson Atty. Barry Guiterrez and even the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines claim that legal organizations are fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines is not only ignorant, but also un-Christian and an offense against human rights”, SCMP spokesperson Einstein Recedes said.

Just recently, a security guard named Rolly Panesa suffered from torture and is still being illegally detained by the military because he was mistaken as an official of the CPP.

UP students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan are still missing until now because they were supposedly members of the New People’s Army.

“For Chairperson Rosales to be credible as the chair of CHR, she must tell her colleagues that red-tagging is a form of violation of human rights of the marginalized- the same people that Akbayan claims to represent.  The victims such as Panesa, Empeno, Cadapan and their families do not deserve the treatment that they went through under the hands of the military just because they were considered to be CPP-NPA members, nobody does”, Recedes added.

He said that instead of resorting to red tagging, Akbayan must stop diverting the issue and face the fact that they do not represent the marginalized but representative of Malacanang.

Among Akbayan members in government are presidential adviser Ronald Llamas, anti-poverty commission head Joel Rocamora, CHR chair Etta Rosales, GSIS board member Mario Aguho and NYC commissioner Percy Cendena. Its nominees Barry Gutierrez and Angeline Katoh also hold appointive positions.

The SCMP is a co-signatory to the disqualification complaint against Akbayan party-list filed to the commission on elections last week.

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