Palace denies Negros killing spree is state-sponsored: Malisyoso at walang basehan!
By Prince Golez
Malacanang belied the claim of former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares that the spate of killings in Negros Oriental was state-sponsored, saying it was “baseless” and “laced with malice.”
“Such utterances of Mr. Colmenares are but a part of the propaganda of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), to which obviously he subscribes and parrots, to discredit the Administration and the security forces of the government, while trying to give himself the appearance of relevance after being repeatedly repudiated by the electorate in the national elections. Apparently he has purposely turned deaf to the voice of the people,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Friday.
The government, he added, condemns all forms of arbitrary killings and commits to deliver justice for the victims of shooting incidents in Negros.
In his statement, Panelo also criticized Colmenares for turning a blind eye at the series of atrocities perpetrated by the communist rebels.
“It is common knowledge that the armed component of the CCP, the New People’s Army, has committed various crimes to the people and to the nation, including the murder of many innocent government agents and civilians in ambushes, skirmishes, extortion, and burning and destruction of properties,” according to him.
“Mr. Colmenaras has never condemned any of the atrocious and illegal acts of this rebellious group, a fact that demonstrates not only his use of double standards when it comes to his principles but it also shows where his loyalty belongs,” he added.
Panelo likewise urged the rebels and their supporters to stop blaming the government for everything and to acknowledge their failure.
“It is time for them to join the rest of their surrenderers who have been coming out in droves as they respond to the call of the President to return to the democratic society and embrace constitutional order,” he concluded.