Zarate must be hallucinating, for calling a 90-day humanitarian pause

Zarate must be hallucinating, for calling a 90-day humanitarian pause




 Bayan Muna Party-list Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate is hallucinating!.



That seems to be one Southern Luzon Command chief, Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, Jr.,is thinking when the left leaning lawmaker is calling for the government and communist rebels to comply with the United Nations Security Council appeal for a 90-day "humanitarian pause" on worldwide conflicts in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak.



Gen. Parlade,said the call is hard to believe as the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) terrorists continue to attack government security forces and civilians during ceasefires declared by both groups amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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"The President has declared a ceasefire at the very start of the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) to which the AFP complied. Yet your NPA allies continued to attack our forces in Samar, Masbate, Rizal, Quezon, Iloilo, Surigao, Davao, and everywhere," he said. “The NPA website even proudly claims to have killed 38 soldiers during the period.”
The unilateral ceasefire was declared by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte from March 19 to April 15 which the CPP-NPA reciprocated with their own ceasefire declaration effective March 26 to April 15 which was then extended until the 30th.
"What does that tell you? Are these not savages who deserve 'humanitarian pause?' Just yesterday, the same website declared an end to the NPAs unilateral declaration of "ceasefire" and a shift to 'offensive mode' starting May 1. Shall we then believe you when you call for a  '90-day humanitarian pause’?" said Parlade, a member of the National Task Force to End Communist Armed Conflict and Task Force Covid Shield.


NPA continues to violate the ceasefire agreement


Parlade calls out Zarate must be hallucinating for his proposal despite the continued atrocities of the CPP-NPA.
"Not after several violations of the ceasefire by the NPAs, not only against front-liners but also against IP (Indigenous Peoples) leaders whom they have killed while the troops were busy performing their tasks to enforce the ECQ," he said.

Despite the authenticated incidents of communist rebels violating the ceasefireZarate has called on the  Commission on Human Rights and United Nations Human Rights Council to conduct an independent investigation on the supposed recent armed encounters between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the NPA during the ECQ.

"But he won't budge, neither will the CHR chair, with the killings of non-combatants. We did not hear from both of them when the NPAs grabbed the relief goods intended for the poor in Samar, or when they ambushed government officials distributing SAP (social amelioration program) in Masbate," he added.



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