PH designates NDFP as terrorist organization

Marje Pelayo   •   July 19, 2021   •   465

MANILA, Philippines  — The Philippine government, through the Anti-terrorism Council (ATC), has declared the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) as a terrorist organization.

In a resolution dated June 23, 2021, the ATC said it found probable cause to designate the NDFP — also known as National Democratic Front (NDF) — “as a terrorist group of persons, organization, or association for having committed, or attempting to commit or conspire in the commission of the acts defined and penalized under Sections, 7, 10, and 12 the Anti-terrorism Act of 2020 (ATA).”

According to the resolution, the ATC referred to the NDFP as an “integral and inseparable part” of the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP/NPA) which was formally tagged as a terrorist group in December last year.

The NDFP’s designation follows the terrorist designation of CPP founder, Jose Maria Sison and his wife Juliet, by the ATC.

Moreover, the resolution said, Sison further highlighted NDF’s connection with the CPP/NPA when he identified the CPP/NPA as allied organizations of the NDFP in his message for the NDF’s 48th anniversary in April 2021.

 

 

 

 

AMLC issues freeze order on assets, funds related to NDFP

Robie de Guzman   •   July 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has issued a freeze order on accounts and assets related to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) after the anti-terrorism council (ATC) designated it as a terrorist group.

“The AMLC issued Resolution No. TF-42, series of 2021 directing the issuance of Sanctions Freeze Order to take effect immediately against the National Democratic Front (NDF), also known as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), pursuant to its designation as terrorist by the ATC Resolution No. 21 dated June 23, and the freezing without delay of the following property or funds, including related accounts,” the AMLC said in a notice posted on its website.

The ATC earlier designated the NDF as a terror group, citing is as an “integral and inseparable part” of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army since 1973.

The AMLC said the freeze order covers property or funds that are owned or controlled by the NDF, and its “not limited to those that are directly related or can be tied to a particular terrorist act, plot, or threat.”

Also covered are property or funds that are “wholly or jointly owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the NDF.”

Property or funds derived or generated from funds or other assets owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the NDF; and property or funds of persons and entities acting on behalf or at the direction of the NDF, are also covered by the freeze order.

The AMLC said that any person, whether natural or juridical, including covered persons, private companies, government owned or controlled corporations, and government agencies and instrumentalities shall be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law pursuant to Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012 (TFPSA) if they are found:

  • Dealing directly or indirectly, in any way and by any means, with any property or fund that he knows or has reasonable ground to believe is owned or controlled by the NDF, also known as the NDFP, including funds derived or generated from property or funds owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the NDF

 

  • Making available any property or funds, or financial services or other related services to the NDF

“All covered persons are mandated to submit as Suspicious Transaction Report all previous transactions of the NDF, also known as the NDFP, within five days from effectivity of this order,” the AMLC said.

“All persons, organizations, associations or groups of persons whose property or funds are frozen, including related accounts are hereby informed that they may avail of the remedies under Republic Act No. 11479, otherwise known as Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, and its Implementing Rules and Regulations and under the TFPSA and its Implementing Rules and Regulations,” it added.

 

 

 

Military backs Anti-Terrorism Council’s resolutions on terrorist tag

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday expressed support for the decision of the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) to publish resolutions designating some individuals as terrorists.

“The AFP supports the Anti-Terrorism Council’s Resolution Nos. 16 and 17 which designate 10 local terrorist group individuals and 19 CPP-NPA members as terrorists,” AFP chief of staff General Cirilito Sobejana said in a statement.

“The military organization further conveys its full confidence to the ATC’s decision which was carried out based on verified and validated information,” he added.

The ATC published on Thursday Resolution No. 17, designating 19 alleged leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army as terrorists.

The council also listed as terrorists in Resolution No. 16 ten members of different local terrorist groups such as the Abu Sayyaf Group, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and the Daulah Islamiyah.

These individuals are accused of conspiring, planning, and preparing for the commission of terrorism, covered by Sections 6, 7, and 10 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

With this development, the AFP said it will be able to further protect the public citizens from terrorist acts by closely working together with government law enforcement agencies and focusing resources to bring the mentioned personalities to justice.

“We are optimistic that the ATC’s resolution will continue to empower government, under the rule of law, to eradicate terrorism in our country, and maintain a peaceful and progressive nation for every Filipinos,” Sobejana said.

Under the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020, the ATC has the authority to designate individuals, groups of individuals, organizations, or associations as terrorists without a court hearing.

This measure will allow the Anti-Money Laundering Council to freeze the assets of designated personalities or organizations.

Persons designated as terrorists have 15 days to file a request for delisting.

Joma Sison ‘not bothered’ by PH government’s terrorist designation

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Self-exiled communist leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison on Thursday shrugged off the government’s move to designate him and other alleged high-ranking members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as “terrorists.”

Sison and his wife were among the 29 individuals designated as terrorists in a resolution published by the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC).

Sison, who is in the Netherlands, said he and his spouse are “not at all bothered” by the inclusion of their names in the list.

“To start with, the list of names in the designation appears to be arbitrary, dubious, and even contradictory or inconsistent with the various public and purportedly personal statements even of its own NTF-ELCAC (National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict) evil minions,” he said.

“Moreover, it includes mostly publicly-known political consultants of the NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) Negotiating Panel in the peace negotiations with the Manila government who are all entitled to the protection of the GRP-NDFP Joint Agreement of Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and other binding bilateral agreements,” he added.

He, however, admitted worrying about the welfare of other personalities tagged in the list who are staying in the Philippines.

“We are not bothered even by the threats of Duterte death squads coming over to hit us which have been persistently reported to us by various sources. We have been alert to these threats,” Sison said. “Our main concern is for those who are in the Philippines and are designated by the aforesaid resolution and many more people who are red-tagged and vulnerable to the criminal violence of the Duterte regime.”

Under Resolution No. 17 dated April 21, the Anti-Terrorism Council formally tagged Sison and 18 other alleged high-ranking members of CPP’s Central Committee as terrorists.

The resolution, signed by Executive Secretary and ATC chairperson Salvador Medialdea, and National Security Adviser, and ATC vice-chair Hermogenes Esperon Jr., was published in a local newspaper on Thursday.

In a separate resolution, ten members of different local terrorist groups such as the Abu Sayyaf Group, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and the Daulah Islamiyah have also been designated as terrorists.

These individuals are accused of conspiring, planning, and preparing for the commission of terrorism, covered by Sections 6, 7, and 10 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

“Based on verified and validated information, the ATC found probable cause, as defined I the Anti-Terrorism Act, warranting the designation of the following center committee members of the CPP… for planning, preparing, facilitating, conspiring, and inciting the commission of terrorism and recruitment and membership in a terrorist organization or a group organized for the purpose of engaging in terrorism,” the resolution read.

Under Section 25 of the Anti-Terrorism Law, the ATC has the authority to designate individuals, groups of individuals, organizations, or associations as terrorists without a court hearing.

This will allow the Anti-Money Laundering Council to freeze the assets of designated personalities or organizations.

Individuals tagged as terrorists have 15 days to file a request for delisting.

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