The communist-led underground alliance said Gonzales wanted to slander the rebel group, divide the opposition and prevent Estrada from effectively helping opposition candidates in the forthcoming elections.
Fidel Agcaoili, who identifies himself as chair of the NDF’s Human Rights Committee, noted that Estrada himself and his son JV Ejercito have debunked Gonzales’ statement.
Rogelio “Ka Roger” Rosal, spokesperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has publicly declared that the accusation of Gonzales against the NPA is the “pure fabrication of a clerico-fascist and a puppy of US imperialism like Gonzales,” Agcaoili said.
Gonzales claimed that CPP founding chair Jose Maria Sison directly ordered the NPA to kill not only Estrada but also President Arroyo, Norberto Gonzales himself, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez and retired Major General Jovito Palparan.
”It is not within the power of Prof. Sison to decide and order who should be listed in the standing order for the NPA to arrest or give battle to criminally liable persons like Gloria M. Arroyo, Norberto Gonzales, Raul Gonzales and the butcher Palparan who are armed and dangerous and/or surrounded by armed personnel,” Agcaoili said.
He said the rebel group is still incapable of taking actions against “human rights violators who are well-armed and well-protected at the highest level.”
The NDF, he added, will resume peace negotiations upon a change of leadership or policy in the Manila government. (MindaNews)