CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – On the observance of the 18-day campaign to end Violence Against Women (VAW) this month, the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army condemns the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) leadership for their continuous sexual abuses against their own female NPA combatants.
The 18-day campaign to end VAW is annually observed from November 25 to December 12 to raise awareness to the public. This year’s theme is “VAW-free community starts with me”. The campaign supports the government’s goal in protecting the rights of women and young girls by upholding commitment to address all forms of gender-based violence as enshrined in the 1987 constitution.
Alyas Wilma, 20, a former NPA medic from Magpet, North Cotabato revealed her sad experience as a victim of sexual abuse from their NPA commander. “I joined the NPA because I am against sexual abuse and female exploitation, however our NPA commander sexually abused us and neglected our rights as a woman,” Wilma exposed
Alyas Saisai, 32, a former NPA medic, married from Agusan Del Norte was also raped by his NPA commander, she got pregnant but suffered miscarriage due to stress and hardship in the mountain. “I was raped and threatened that he will kill my husband if I will inform the committee.” I wanted to kill him for repeatedly abusing me sexually, he should be executed by death”. I went lie-low due to sexual abuses and injustices in the NPA organization” Saisai added.
Moreover, sexual abuses were also confirmed when the troops of 88IB based in Maramag Bukidnon recovered some contraceptive pills, condoms and porn materials inside an NPA hideout in the forested area of Barangay Kibongkog, San Fernando, Bukidnon last October 22, 2019.
MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, the Commander of the 4ID emphasized, “For 50 years, NPA commanders have been violating their female combatants. They must respect the rights of our women and stop treating them as sex slaves.”
“I urge all female NPA combatants to surrender and save yourself from these abuses. Together with the government, we will ensure that the female former rebels undergo the healing and reconciliation process through the help of DSWD and other concerned government agencies for them to recover emotionally and psychologically and prepare them to return to mainstream society,” Gacal ended.