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Philippines general claims to be 'winning peace' against rebels

Controversial counter-insurgency campaign gets credit for success
Philippines general claims to be 'winning peace' against rebels

Philippine troops during a military operation in Mindanao. Photo: Mark Navales

Published: September 02, 2014 10:02 PM GMT

The Philippine military claims it is “winning peace” against anti-government insurgents.

In a press briefing on Wednesday, General Gregorio Pio Catapang, the chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said the strength of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Group and the communist New People's Army (NPA) has stalled.

He credited the enforcement of the government's counter-insurgency program, the Internal Peace and Security Plan, for the results.

"Our intensified government internal security operations last year have led to the neutralization of at least 55 [Abu Sayyaf]-linked personalities," Catapang said.

The general said the capture of top leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines last March “created a vacuum” in the organization, which he claimed was responsible for a drop in violent incidents initiated by the NPA, the Communist Party’s armed wing.

Human rights groups, however, said rising incidents of human rights abuses by the military have marred its "campaign for peace."

Cristina Palabay, secretary general of the advocacy group Karapatan, said her organization has documented 204 victims of extrajudicial killings and 207 cases of frustrated killing committed since the military implemented its anti-insurgency campaign.

Karapatan also recorded 99 victims of torture, 21 enforced disappearances, and 504 political prisoners. 

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