In the wake of ex-Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Satur Ocampo’s capture in regards to his alleged kidnapping of 14, one question presently swims on everyone’s mind.Is he, or would he say he is not a communist? It is safe to say that he is included with the New People’s Army?
Give history a chance to represent itself with no issue: Looking back in history, there are a few chronicled accounts that joins Satur Ocampo to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and additionally it’s fear based oppressor arm the New People’s Army (NPA). A 1989 report that was seized in July 1988 in Manila, in the middle of the strife within the CPP-NPA proves that Ocampo is the “propagandist” of the said group.
The report says:
An inner report of the Communist Party’s yearly Politburo meeting last March noted, for instance, that “for the first time, in numerous spots, there is an absence of individuals to hold weapons.”
The report, seized during the capture of NPA propagandist Satur Ocampo in July in Manila, complained that party membership fell by “several thousands” in 1988. “Whole guerrilla fronts have been lost because of the inadequacy of the cadre, neglect of the mass base” and military “mistakes,” the report said.
Despite his repeated denial and firm statements of “I am not a terrorist!” When he got arrested, maybe it is due time to recognise that if he was a propagandist of the outlawed group before, then maybe there is a chance (a big one at that) that he still is until today.
The question is, what’s going to happen now? Are the Filipinos willing to forget what he did?
Satur Ocampo, ACT Teachers Partylist rep France Castro ang others were arrested earlier this week after they were stopped in a checkpoint. In the 5 vans that they were using, they allegedly have 14 kidnapped children that they took in the wee morning from the lumads.