“Palparanism” is with AFP by orientation and by design” – Pamalakaya

THE fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) joined the bandwagon of castrating Philippine Army chief Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista for saying that retired Major Gen. Jovito Palparan is the last of his kind in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“Palparanism, which we define as an ultimate expression of state brutality and fascism is well entrenched and closely followed in the reactionary AFP. It is the military since time immemorial and the AFP by orientation and by design is exacting Palparanism in violation of basic human rights and social justice,” said Pamalakaya national chairperson Fernando Hicap in a statement.

PA Chief was quotd as saying  that the AFP of today, particularly under the Aquino administration has been addressing allegations of human rights violations against the military by prosecuting erring officers.  Lt. Gen. Bautista claimed that the human rights situation and the human rights performance of the AFP has vastly improved compared to the previous administrations.

The official said “Palparanism” remains the top political-military model for counter-insurgency program and the national security doctrine carried out by the Aquino administration, which Hicap argued is patterned after the US COIN guide or the US Counter-Insurgency Guide.

Hicap said the incorporation of a module on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and respect for human rights in the training of AFP recuits will not work to stop state agents from violating basic freedom and human rights of the Filipino people.

“The human rights program of the AFP is just a political gimmick. It will never materialize because at the end of the day, the main objective of the reactionary military establishment is to defend the interest of the ruling elite and maintain the status quo, which is the root of all evils, the root of all these state-sponsored terrorism and violence committed against people clamoring for genuine change,” the leader added.

The group cited as basis for its fearless forecast that there will be no dramatic change in the AFP under Aquino administration, the human rights performance of the military under the present regime provided by the human rights watchdog Karapatan.

The group noted that since Aquino assumed office in 2010, there were 114 activists killed as a result of the continuing policy of extrajudicial killings; while close to 30,000 people had been displaced by military offensives in the countryside under the Oplan Bayanihan counter-insurgency program of the current government.

Pamalakaya said at least 12 activists were abducted by suspected members of the miltiary, while 127 were illegally arrested based on fabricated charges.


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