CHR condemns alleged NPA attacks in MisOr amidst pandemic

CHR condemns alleged NPA attacks in MisOr amidst pandemic

In a sudden turn of events the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has condemned the burning of an evangelical church and houses in Opol town, Misamis Oriental allegedly done by members of the New People’s Army (NPA).
"As if the threat of the coronavirus is not worrisome enough, these acts of terrorism were meant to instill fear, anger, and hatred in the hearts and minds of the people, particularly among our tribal communities in rural areas," CHR spokesperson Jacqueline Ann De Guia said in a statement.

The burning happened last May 28, in a mountainous village.
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The CHR official said the treacherous attack was done in the midst of a health crisis brought by the coronavirus pandemic.
De Guia sais she does not support communist rebels ans the armed struggle "but commits solidarity with oppressed communities through non-violent means."
"By and large, these attacks run counter to the cessation of hostilities declared between the Reds and government during the start of the pandemic," she said.

"It is deplorable that the communist groups decided to end the ceasefire in May and continues to endanger innocent civilians while they carry out acts of lawlessness such as destruction of public and private properties," de Guia said.
The CHR official said the country and people should have to focus on pandemic issues.
"But now more than ever, we need to band together as a nation and concentrate our efforts in overcoming a global health crisis that crosscuts all sectors of our society and jeopardizes the lives of every Filipino especially the most vulnerable, disadvantaged, and marginalized," she said.
"Instead of violence, we underscore the importance of peacebuilding and emphasizes the need for engaging and collaborating with local communities in nurturing sustainable and lasting peace," she added.

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