Monday, February 22, 2010
ARRESTED HEALTHWORKERS IN POSSESSION OF IEDs
Forty-three (43) Red leaders arrested in Morong, Rizal last February 06 were also caught in possession of 3 hand grenades, 1 canister of Improvised landmine, 5 IEDs, 37 pieces of explosive sticks and around 2 kilos of Ammonium Nitrate. All (43) claimed to have been subjected to undue arrest and detention as they continue to deny their connection with the CPP-NPA.
KARAPATAN or the Alliance for the Advancement of Peoples’ Rights claimed that the Police arrested health workers and medical practitioners participating on a training sponsored by the Community Medicine Foundation, Inc. (COMMED) and Council for Health and Development (CHD) headed by Dr. Melecia Velmonte who also housed the said training in her farmhouse in Rizal. The secluded “training” facility and the improvised explosives would contradict the group’s claim else it displays a foiled rebel teach-in. What exactly were a bunch of medical staffs doing with improvised explosives and live ammunitions?
Six of the 43 were identified suspects of the San Narciso MPS raid in Quezon last 201600 December of last year. They were known cadres under KOMPROB Quezon namely, Reynaldo T. Macabenta; Mark E. Escartin; Antonio C De Dios; Aldrin S. Garcia; Renz M. Capillo; and Racel R Ontañes alias Aileen “Lira or Mira” Monasterio. During the said raid, the rebels fronted as media professionals that gained them “immunity pass”. Nearly six days after the raid, the same rebel group burned down school buildings inside Doongan High School in Catanauan, Quezon that grossed to over 3.5 million pesos worth of damages.
So whose rights are facing conflict with the law? KARAPATAN is obviously engaging exclusively on arrests of identified NPA personalities other than unsuspecting civilians. In fact, KARAPATAN’s involvements in pursuing the release of these personalities prove them part of the Communist Party, as the case of their formerly claimed student activist Kemberly “Kimay” de Luna. Kimay who died during the encounter against the elements of the 8th IB in Brgy Concepcion, Valencia City, Bukidnon was among those previously supported by KARAPATAN. In fact, before the NPA admitted Kimay’s membership in the armed militia, KARAPATAN claimed the young girl was an “innocent” student leader illegally detained in a military camp somewhere in Bukidnon. That is, to their dismay blew up as a controversial case of activist turned full-pledge Red cadre.
Not long from now, these 43 supposed “health workers” would shed their true skin.