AFP says sorry for post of UP alumni who joined NPA

Students, faculty members and the UP community stage a protest at the Quezon Hall of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City on January 19, 2021, to denounce the unilateral move of Defense Secretary Lorenzana to scrap the 1989 UP-DND Accord which prohibits the military to interfere, conduct military and police operations and enter campus premises. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)- Civil-Military Operations Office (AFP-J7) has apologized over a Facebook post that identified former University of the Philippines (UP) students who joined the New People’s Army (NPA).

The AFP-J7 posted a statement on the Facebook page of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Information Exchange saying it is conducting a probe on why and how the inaccurate list was published online.

Among the names that were listed include late activist and film director Behn Cervantes, Carlos Palanca playwright awardee Liza Magtoto, business journalist Roel Landigin, former Integrated Bar of the Philippines president Roan Libarios, and Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) lawyer Raffy Aquino.

“We sincerely apologize for those who were inadvertently affected by inconsistencies regarding the List of Students who joined the NPA (Died or Captured) that was posted in the AFP Information Exchange Facebook account. That article has since been immediately taken down or deleted from our social media accounts,” the statement said.

“The Office of the J7, AFP is already conducting an internal investigation as to how the list got published. Personnel who are responsible will be held to account,” it added.

The AFP also assured it will undertake measures to avoid similar incidents in the future.

“We want to assure the public that we are now reviewing our processes and procedures to ensure that similar incidents will not happen again in the future,” the AFP Information Exchange said.

“The Office of J7, AFP remains committed to providing and disseminating information on social media platforms that will contribute to a better Philippines for all,” it added.


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