DOJ : Motion to declare CPP-NPA as terrorists remains on track

DOJ : Motion to declare CPP-NPA as terrorists remains on track

The Duterte administration is really serious in ending the longest insurgency problem with the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong  of the Department of Justice (DOJ) said the declaration of  Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as a terrorists has remained on track in seeking for its court approval.
Members of the New People's Army training somewhere in the mountains ( photo credit to owner)

The DOJ had to react following Senator Ping Lacson called a follow up with the judiciary seeking for the much awaited declaration as against the CPP-NPA as terrorists.
“There are developments,” said Ong, who was the lead prosecutor in the prosecution of Lacson for the killing of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito in November 2000. The senator was already cleared of the charges.
The state prosecutor did not give details as to the legal moves they have undertaken before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 19.
Ong filed the motion seeking for the proscription with the Manila Regional Trial Court last February 17, of last year.
The DOJ filed as such after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte last December 2017 has called for the declaration as terrorist the longest maoist rebellion following their continued  attacks against government forces (AFP, PNP & CAFGU) despite the government’s efforts to reach out to communist rebels for peace talks.
“Duterte extended his hands to a lasting peace pero viniolate nila yan (but they violated it), said Atty. Ong back in February.
The state prosecutor told reporters once the RTC grants its petititon: “the government can now wiretap their communication system.” And more importantly the government can also look into the bank accounts of the organization and its members as well as “ free and sequester their assets.”

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Report from Manila Bulletin

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