Biazon: CAFGU members are utilized as private goons by some politicians
A senior lawmaker has called for a congressional probe on the reports that local politicians are utilizing the members of the Citizens Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) as private armies or bodyguards.
Rep. Rodolfo Biazon (Lone District, Muntinlupa City), author of House Resolution 2836, also said that aside from being utilized as private armed group, “CAFGU members are involved in killings and other illegal activities.”
Biazon said members of the CAFGU Active Auxiliaries (CAAs) and Special CAFGU Active Auxiliaries (SCAAs) are being employed as armed goons by some local executives.
Biazon said there is a need to determine if the original intent for the formation of CAFGUs under the Executive Order 264 and Republic Act 7077 is being implemented.
Likewise, Biazon said there is also a need to clarify the mission, composition, training, funding, control and supervision of CAFGUs.
“RA 7077 provides that CAFGUs should help maintain local peace and order, meeting the local insurgency threat, assisting in rescue and relief operations during disasters and calamities, health welfare activities and participating in local socio-economic development projects,” Biazon said.
Biazon said the qualified reservists component of CAFGUs may be classified into CAAs, organized primarily for the defense of their localities in support of AFP operations and as dictated by military
necessity, and the SCAAs, which are primarily organized for the defense of business establishments.
Executive Order 264 was issued by the late President Corazon Aquino on July 25, 1987 establishing CAFGU units in many parts of the country against insurgency.