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Melissa Roxas: That Is Not Me!

July 29, 2009

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It is the normal expectation of citizens in a democracy that when public officials speak they are accorded a healthy measure of both credibility and respect.

In other words they are assumed to be telling the truth.

But as the Melissa Roxas drama continues to unfold, the opposite is happening.

Today the Fil-Am activist and acknowledged member of the left-wing Bagong Alyansang Makabayan was at a congressional hearing with officials of the Commission on Human Rights sitting protectively by her side.

But Melissa was still visibly traumatised but adamant the military agents had indeed abducted  her and kept her a virtual prisoner for 6 days, all the while subjecting her to physical and mental torture.

As she was sobbing Melissa declared, “that is not me,” referring to the supposed expose video surfaced last week by the political party of notorious former general Jovito Palparan tagging the winsome Fil-Am as a New People’s Army amazon.

Apparently anticipating Melissa’s denial, the military has issued to contradicting statements:

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr.:

We analyzed the video and we found that it was authentic and that it was Roxas on the video.For us in the AFP, this is a good development because we are seeing another side of Roxas.

There was no official order for the abduction and torture of Roxas.

Major General Ralph Villanueva, chief of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division:

Melissa Roxas’ name does  not appear in previous Army intelligence reports identifying communist rebels operating in Central Luzon. Most that we have are aliases. The supposed alias of Roxas, Ka Aya, has not also appeared in previous lists.

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The Saturday expose of ANAD Representative Jun Alcover and Bantay Rep. Jovito Palparan gave a different character of Roxas. We are verifying this.

If she’s indeed a [New People’s Army rebel], then she has a different motive in coming out.

I have not seen yet the video footage that Alcover and Palparan claimed to be proof of Roxas’ membership in the NPA.

Our unit has no new information that would contradict earlier findings that no soldier with the 7th Infantry Division was involved in the May abduction of Roxas.

Malinis kami [We’re innocent] and we’re ready to face investigation and we’re willing to cooperate.

The statements of  the military strain this writer’s attempt to suspend disbelief.

That Roxas was detained against her will for 6 days without any warrant for her arrests, absent any charges pending or filed against her tells me she was quite possibly a victim of state agents acting beyond the pale of the law, or worse – agents bearing authority akin to those in a de facto police state.

POSTSCRIPT:

I will be remiss if I omit the following. A Google image search of Melissa yielded, among others, two photos of her smiling bespectacled lady and her speaking at an exhibition which had what looked like a Bayan tarpaulin backdrop.

The two images are montaged with two freeze frames from the Palparan-Alcover video.

I do not draw any conclusions.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2009 5:31 am

    This MELISSA ROXAS is fooling the Filipino People when she said, “I am not the person in the photo” referring to the photos and videos presented by Rep. Alcover and Rep. Palpran.

    I am surprised why the CHR headed by DELIMA is being protective of this person MELISSA ROXAS. Why can’t the Commission see that the allegation of abduction, torture, illegal detention of this woman is a well crafted propaganda of SATUR OCAMPO, LISA MASA and their group? Why can’t they see that blaming the military is stupidity? If indeed, the military abducted Melissa Roxas, and further, if Melissa were able to see the face of one of the persons who abducted her, would the military let her go alive to tell her story? The military is not that stupid.

    Melissa Roxas is a pawn being used by the NPA and the Communist Party of the Philippines. She was used to malign the Aroyo Government. No matter how Melissa would deny that she was caught in a video, the intellegent people of the Philippines know better. MISS DELIMA, your Honor, please be fair. The military has also human rights which must be protected from undue and unwarranted accusation. The NPA had killed so many. How long will it take you to denounce the violation of human rights by these TERRORISTS?

    • July 30, 2009 6:07 am

      Hi ‘legal hark’.

      I think, however, that we should not miss one point: the true issue is nit really about whether Mss. Roxas is an NPA partisan or not.

      The issue is whether she was in fact kidnapped and tortured.

      The violation of human rights by whichever side should not be condoned.

      Do you believe Melissa should have been kidnapped tortured?

      • August 2, 2009 9:54 am

        Melissa Roxas was not kidnapped by the Military. She must have been taken by the NPA and then blame the Military. As I said, if it were the military that kidnapped her, she could not have been released to tell her story.

        This Melissa Roxas kidnapping charade is a propaganda of the NPA, SATUR OCAMPO, LISA MASA and the other communists against the duly constituted government.

  2. pinoyfun permalink
    July 30, 2009 6:56 am

    If she can lie being an NPA. She could also lie about the alleged abduction. She should have gone to FAMAS rather than the CHR.

    • July 30, 2009 7:01 am

      Hi pinoyfun.

      I follow your logic.

      One of the goals of my post, you will realize, is also for her to come clean on her story. All parties in this horrid case must clear the poisoned air.

  3. wh3resmycar permalink
    July 30, 2009 9:22 pm

    actually being a NPA is a SERIOUS NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE.

    people who belong in that sector believes that they are fighting for freedom. for cryin out loud, there’s no freedom in a communist country.

    this melissa roxas is such a hypocrite. the file photos, including the video, is concrete evidence already that she’s a communist.

    civilians in a communist country eat torture for breakfast, hard labor for lunch and death for supper. and good luck with that thing we call habeas corpus, it dont exist in a communist.

    whats funny is that this lady’s alter ego pushes for communism, and now she’s asking for human rights. shes making a joke of our constitution.

  4. rommel456 permalink
    August 1, 2009 12:00 am

    how can this not be part of the issue when from the very beginning she was already lying,.. she testified in front of everybody that she is not an NPA and was never connected with these terrorist..

  5. Jonathan Valdez permalink
    August 19, 2009 5:58 pm

    I would still like the validity of the video to be verified. You’re right Fernando, the main issue is still was she abducted, and if yes, by whom? A possible angle is this video and pics are being to used to discredit Melissa. I wait to to see how this all unfolds.

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