AFP Public Affairs Office (PAO) chief Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo said allegations by Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate follows the same rethoric they had in 2015 and, instead, covers up the exploitation of the lumad by left-leaning groups.
“We have already unmasked this deliberate and orchestrated efforts by left-leaning organizations and the New People’s Army (NPA) which encroach on IP communities,”
Arevalo dubbed as “Taktikang Bakwit,” the strategy of left-leaning organizations, including Bayan Muna, to distort the facts and circumstances in which the lumad are forced to evacuate their homes, blaming instead the government’s legitimate peace and security operations.
He said the AFP’s presence in IP communities has always been in response to the presence of armed NPAs as reported by lumad leaders.
“It is the NPA who have militarized these areas by setting up camps and by using Lumad schools for indoctrinating, agitating, and recruiting new cadres,”