Panelo on killings: Don’t blame gov’t

Presidential Legal Counsel Atty. Salvador Panelo

Malacañang today dismissed as Communist propaganda “laced with malice” the statements of a former lawmaker Neri Colmenares blaming the police for the killings in Negros Oriental.

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Colmenares’ utterances “are but a part of the propaganda of the Communist Party of the Philippines, to which obviously he subscribes and parrots.”

Colmenares simply wants to discredit the government, said Panelo, “while trying to give himself the appearance of relevance after being repeatedly repudiated by the electorate in the national elections.”

Panelo put the blame squarely on the Communist front’s armed partisans belonging to the New People’s Army, saying it has “committed various crimes to the people and to the nation, including the murder of many innocent government agents and civilians.”

He also slammed the NPA for extortion and the destruction of properties.

“Colmenares has never condemned any of the atrocious and illegal acts of this rebellious group, a fact that demonstrates not only his use of double standards when it comes to his principles but it also shows where his loyalty belongs,” Panelo said.