Police Regional Office 11 director Chief Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan slammed the New People’s Army for using their prisoner-of-war for their propaganda purposes.
Gaerlan was reacting to the latest video released by the NPA showing Governor Generoso police chief Arnold Ongachen praising the NPA for nor harming him and commending the rebels for their rehabilitation of drug dependents.
In Wednesday’s press forum of the AFP-PNP Press Corps Southern Mindanao, C/Supt. Gaerlan said that the video showing Ongachen clearly shows that the police official was under duress when making the statement.
Gaerlan condemned the NPA’s attempt to use Ongachen for their propaganda. He said it is understandable for the POW to be saying things that are in favor of his captors since his life is under threat.
CHIEF SUPT. MANUEL GAERLAN
In a video posted at the Communist Party of the Philippines’ website, ccp.ph, Ongachen is seen praising his captors for their anti-illegal drugs campaign especially on their rehabilitation of drug dependents.
Ongachen said that during the first few days of his custody, he noticed that there were people also being held by the NPA rebels. He later found out that these were drug users being rehabilitated by the NPA.