DOJ petition seeking to declare CPP-NPA as terrorist group nears submission

admin   •   January 4, 2018   •   4921

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

Usec. Villar inhibits from review of water deals

Maris Federez   •   December 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar will not be joining the team that will review the contract entered into by the government with Manila Water Company and Maynilad Water Services through state regulator Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) in 1997.

Villar on Friday (December 13) inhibited herself to dispel doubts and suspicions on the review to be conducted and the renegotiation of the government with the two water concessionaires.

DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he was the one who requested Villar to inhibit from the review although he deemed it unfair that the official is being subjected to allegations of conflict of interest.

“I requested Usec. Villar to inhibit herself to dispel suspicions that the DOJ contract review may not be completely objective due to an alleged possible conflict of interest. It’s unfair to Usec Villar who has always acted with professionality, but the circumstances call for it.,” Guevarra told reporters.

Guevarra reiterated that any lawyer who would look into the contract between the MWSS and the two water concessionaires would come to the same findings and conclusion — that the deal had been onerous for the government and the public.

Villar, a former Diwa Party-list representative and daughter of former national police chief Edgar Aglipay, is the wife of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar. Villar’s family runs Prime Water Infrastructure Corp. — /mbmf

Duterte to give incentives to SEA Games athletes on Dec. 18

Marje Pelayo   •   December 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – All athletes who participated in the recently concluded 30th South East Asian Games (SEA Games) will be awarded and will get additional incentives from President Rodrigo Duterte.

The ceremony will be held at the Malacañang on December 18, Senator Bong Go told reporters.

The former Special Assistant to the President said the President is also giving the Order of Lapu-Lapu Award to all the athletes.

“Lahat ng gold medalist, silver medalist at ang bronze medalists ay makakatanggap ng Lapu-Lapu Award mula sa Pangulo (All gold, silver and bronze medalists will receive the Lapu-Lapu Award from the President),” Go said.

Among the recipients will be the ‘hero’ surfer Roger Casugay for exemplifying the Filipino value of bayanihan and showing the true spirit of sportsmanship when he chose to save his Indonesian competitor over his quest for a gold medal.

Go said the incentives and the awards are on top of what the athletes deserve to receive as mandated by law. – MNP (with inputs from Dante Amento)

Formal peace talks with Reds likely to resume in January – Bello

Marje Pelayo   •   December 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The government intends to resume the formal peace talks with the communist group come January next year.

According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III who serves as the government’s chief negotiator, the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) would probably resume on the second or third week of January.

NDFP is the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founded by activist Jose Maria ‘Joma’ Sison who is now in exile in the Netherlands.

Over the weekend, Bello was able to talk to Sison who responded favorably to President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer for both parties to return to the negotiating table.

In line with this, Bello said the CPP may declare a truce on December 20 or 21.

Though Sison agreed to the resumption of the peace talks, he wants it done on a neutral venue.

In a recent interview, Sison said he could meet President Duterte in person but he wanted to have legal and political guarantees that he’d still be protected under the provisions of the Refugee Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Though the meet-up is a remote possibility, Sison said, it may not happen in the Philippines but “maybe in a nearby country.”

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