DND Sec. Lorenzana backs proposal to ban NPA 'front organizations'

DND Sec. Lorenzana backs proposal to ban NPA 'front organizations'

The Senate hearing chaired by senator Ronald Dela Rosa has created a lot of shockwaves that has been geared in addressing the perennial problem with respect to the communist insurgency in the country.

Department of National Defense Sectary Delfin Lorenzana just recently made public his support to the call of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año to revive the expanded version of the Anti-Subversion Act and ban organizations with links to rebel groups.

Año called for the banning communism and declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and their “front organizations” as subversive groups to fulfill the order of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to put to an end the communist insurgency during his term.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
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“If a legal front is fronting for an illegal organization, they should be illegal, di ba? Simple lang naman 'yan eh (It's that simple),” said Lorenzana.
The defense chief like the DILG Secretary agrees that the revival of the Anti-Subversion Act would end the communist insurgency in the country
Lorenzana clarified that he has no issue with communism as an ideology but is against armed struggle.
“Communism, per se, is not illegal sa akin (not illegal for me),” Lorenzana said.
“They can make their own communist party there, na basta lang they will denounce, renounce. But when these people who believe in communism also believe in an armed struggle to overthrow a duly constituted government, masama na 'yan, iba na 'yan (that's crossing the line).”
Malacanang already said that any suggestions to revive the anti-subversion law will “require study” as there is nothing wrong with the Filipino youth joining organizations that will be the vehicle “ to express legitimate grievance against the government.”
As for the Department of Justice (DOJ), it already said that a mere membership in the Communist Party of the Philippines is “not a crime per se”. unless coupled with overt acts.

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