MANILA, Philippines – The government has warned the public against providing money and material support to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).
In a statement, the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) said the CPP-NPA and NDF have been designated as a terrorist organization by the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) through its Resolution Nos. 12 and 21.
The AMLC warned that under Section 12 of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, any person who provides material support to a terrorist individual or organization, knowing that such individual or organization is committing or planning to commit terrorist acts, is liable as principal and in relation to Sections 4 and 6 of the ATA, shall suffer the penalty of life imprisonment.
It also cited Section 8 of Republic Act 10168 or the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act (TFPSA), which provides that any person who makes available any property or funds or financial services or other related services to designated persons or organizations shall suffer the penalty of reclusion temporal to reclusion perpetua and a fine of not less than P500,000 nor more than P1 million.
“Further, Section 11 of the TFPSA authorizes the Anti-Money Laundering Council, upon its own initiative or at the request of the ATC, to freeze property or funds that are related to terrorism financing,” the agency said.
“In effect, the ATC designation makes any person who provides monetary and material support to the CPP-NPA-NDF liable for violations of relevant provisions of the ATA or TFPSA,” it added.
Over the years, the Communist Terrorist Group has engaged in terrorism financing.
According to a former ranking NPA member, fees collected from political candidates are pro-rated based on the sought position.
The AMLC said that recovered CPP-NPA documents, statements of former NPA members, and other reliable sources reveal that communist terrorists raise and collect funds through extortion/taxation, including election fees, such as “permits to campaign/win” from politicians.
Other regular and major sources of funds are mining companies, telephone companies, construction firms, and other businesses, including project funds from abroad. These funds amount to billions of pesos, where 60% goes to the CPP Central Committee and 40% remains with the regional units for their terrorist operations.
Apart from money, communist terrorists also receive firearms, combat boots, uniforms, and technical equipment/gadgets.
Prior to the ATC designation, the CPP-NPA has been designated as terrorist organizations by other countries and jurisdictions, including the United States, European Union, Australia, United Kingdom, and New Zealand.
“Putting an end to the local communist movement entails cutting off their sources of funding and other means of support,” AMLC said.
“Thus, the public must immediately report any coercive or illegal fund collection by the communist terrorists as these terrorism financing activities sustain the violent agenda of the CPP-NPA-NDF that disregards not only our country’s laws but also human life, public safety, and right over property,” it added.