Kadre (Philippines)

Country: Philippines
Details of Formation: Kadre was first mentioned in 1987.
Details of Termination: News sources report human-rights violations committed between 1987 and 1989. We have no evidence whether Kadre was active after 1989.
Purpose: Kadre was part of Aquino’s “total war policy” which used local residents to fight the guerillas.
Organisation: Kadre was lead by Pastor (Jun) Alcover, a radio announcer who claims to be a former leader in the Communist Party of the Philippines and its guerrilla force. Kadre was reportedly supervised by the military.
Weapons and Training: Kadre was reportedly armed by the military.
Size: Kadre claimed having 2,000 members.
Reason for Membership: --
Treatment of Civilians: One news paper reports that there were over 100 cases of human-rights violations committed by Kadre between 1987 and 1989. Another news source mentions a case where vigilantes, alongside soldiers, came to a sociology professor’s home, pulled her hair and beat her husband.
Other Information: Kadre is also known as Armed Anti-Communist Vigilante Movement for Democratic Reforms or Kalihukan sa Demokratikong Reporma. It is part of the National Alliance for Democracy (another PGM). Kadre was backed by local mine owners and was involved in strike-breaking and marijuana growing.
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD