Through its Center for Law of Armed Conflict (AFPCLOAC), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday (October 14, 2021) submitted to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) an updated report on the Communist Terrorist Group’s (CTG) violations of international humanitarian law.
BGen Joel Alejandro S. Nacnac, Director of AFPCLOAC, presented Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit, Officer-in-Charge of CHR, with a list of 166 IHL violations perpetrated by the CTGs.
The list includes 16 occurrences of child soldier recruitment and deployment, 10 incidents of civilian property destruction, 113 incidents of anti-personnel mine (APM) use, 20 incidents of deliberate deaths, and 7 additional IHL breaches.
This list is in addition to the 1,506 IHL breaches that were previously observed and reported between 2010 and 2020, bringing the total to 1,672 instances.
The report was also presented to the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) on October 6 and to the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict’s Legal Cooperation Cluster (NTF-ELCAC LCC) on October 5.
“These numbers are expected to rise as AFP units continue to monitor and submit reports on the IHL violations of the CTGs. These CTG atrocities should not be left with impunity,” BGen Nacnac said.
The CTGs continue to commit terrorist acts, disregard human rights, and breach IHL in their armed struggle to remove the government. From CT 2010 to 2020, the AFP has documented 1,506 IHL violations by CTGs, including 544 children used as child combatants, 532 incidents of destruction of civilian-owned property, 141 incidents involving the use of Anti-Personnel Mines (APM), and 289 incidents of intentional killings of innocent civilians, assassinations of former CTG members, premeditated killing of military personnel performing their duty, and other incidents of killings.
The European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines have all designated the CPP-NPP as a terrorist group.