MALAYBALAY CITY, Philippines - Government troops scouring the hideout left by the New People's Army (NPA) after a raid by government troops on December 10 in Mt. Obulan, along Mt Balatucan Mt. Range in Misamis Oriental, found boxes of contraceptive pills on the personal belongings of NPA members.
On October 22, a former NPA member belonging to Sub Regional Command 2, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee known as alias Michelle admitted there are abusive NPA leaders having sex with female members. "Naa gyud mga abusadong lider nga gapanggamit ug mga babayi sa hukbo. Bisan minyo ang mga babayi basta batan-on, makighilawas sila. Ug nahadlok man ang mga babayi kay basin pasakiton ug patyon ug file musugot," she said.
(There are really abusive NPA leaders that are having sex with female members. Even if they are married, as long as the woman is young, they will want to have sex with them. And these women are afraid to get hurt to killed if they refuse).
Republic Act (RA) 7877 or Anti Sexual Harassment Act of 1995 and RA 8353 or Anti Rape law of 1997 protect women from harassment and sexual exploitation.
Asst. Regional Director Yvette Sunga of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) X said, "the effect of sexual exploitation is immeasurable, it shatters the complete well being of a woman having been violated and abused. They will remain prisoners especially if they are living with their perpetrators."
"If they cannot respect their own colleagues, how can they respect other people. We condemn in the strongest terms the exploitation of women for political agenda much more for sexual pleasure. It is simply unacceptable," said 403rd Brigade commander, Brigadier General Edgardo De Leon.
He said the big number of contraceptives that are constantly being discovered among the personal belongings of the NPA clearly indicates that NPA members are not pro-life.
"The medical tools that were found with the contraceptives even suggest that abortion is possibly being performed by NPA medics to their pregnant colleagues. I remember a female former rebel telling me that she purposely asked his boyfriend to impregnate her so she would have a reason to go home. Thus, NPA commanders could be ordering their medics to perform abortions on their pregnant colleagues so they will not have a reason to go home. " he added.