Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army or CPP-NPA
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice is about to complete within the month the petition it will file before the Supreme Court that seeks to officially declare the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army or CPP-NPA a terrorist group, in accordance with the provision of the RA 9372 or the Human Security Act.
According to Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong, the DOJ is just waiting for other evidence they will incorporate in the said petition.
“Perhaps within the month we can complete this because of the so many incidents I am still waiting for the reports to come in, certified true copies of the reports,” Ong said.
It can be recalled Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea ordered the DOJ to file a petition before the high tribunal to declare the communists as a terrorist group.
This, after President Rodrigo Duterte verbally proclaimed the CPP-NPA as such on December 5, 2017.
Ong reasoned that they have strong evidence against the communists, noting they have recorded 10 cases of attacks committed by the CPP-NPA during the term of the Duterte administration.
The latest attack, Ong said, was the rebels’ ambush of government troops during a rescue operation in Katubig Northern, Samar after the onslaught of typhoon Urduja.
He noted they have also received similar reports of attacks from the local prosecution office.
“We were able to gather incidents of their… we call it ‘atrocities’ they call it ‘tactical offensive’… whatever those incidents of terrorist acts, terrorist activities of theirs were, ” said Ong.
He clarified that they are focusing on the organization and not on individuals to be tagged as terrorists.
“We are not petitioning Joma, but the organization itself. In my prayer in this petition, actually in the title, ‘Petition to declare Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army as terrorist organizations, associations and group of persons,’ I am not focusing on the individuals. Although I made mention their names because they are officers of the CPP-NPA,” he added.
He said many of their reports come from Surigao del Norte. They also have with them the names of the CPP-NPA’s alleged commander of platoons and their Lumad platoon.
The DOJ has yet to determine the court where to file the petition especially now that there are alleged attacks happening in various areas of the country.
DOJ’s partner in creating the petition are various government agencies like the NBI, AFP and PNP. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue