CAGAYAN DE ORO JOURNAL (Ben Balce/Feb 15) - Street parliamentarion cum congressman Satur Ocampo yesterday lashed at National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales for campaigning against left-leaning party-list groups, calling the official a "patent iar" and "immature intriguer."
At the Cagayan de Oro Press Club (COPC), the Bayan-Muna representative said Norberto's call baseless and illegal.
"The malicious intent of Gonzales is to slander the progressive party-list groups and to devide the broad united front against the despicable Arroyo regime," said Rep Ocampo.
Ocampo also accusedd the Palace of being behind Gonzales's campaign. He called the move an attempt to cover up the reported 127 extra-judicial killings in the country since 2001.
Earlier, Gonzales has called on the Armed Forces to reject left-leaning party-list groups.
The Civil Relations Service of the AFP has expressed its support for Gonzales and it reportedly urged soldiers not to vote for the groups that are perceived to be communist fronts.
Ocampo said Gonzales's pronouncements are "pure fabrications of a fascist and a puppy of US imperialism."