Revival of anti-subversion law would lead to NPA’s demise – Albayalde

Revival of anti-subversion law would lead to NPA’s demise – Albayalde

Recently, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Ano called out  the revival of Republic Act 1700, which criminalizes membership to any organization that is deemed national security threat like the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the NPA.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde believes that such revival of RA 1700 would ensure the death of the New People’s Army(NPA).

Albayalde supports for the call of the DILG in reviving the Anti-Subversion law, “Because the CPP/NPA employs violence and terrorism to advance its cause to topple government, all its organizational components including ideological roots must be subject to the justice system as violations of law just like the criminal actions committed by armed fighters of the NPA,” he said.

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde
(photo credit to owner)

The revival of RA 1700 will augment President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 70 which is aimed at ending the communist insurgency in the country.

“Criminalizing subversion will empower government to exercise its inherent right to protect itself against forces that seek to bring it down,” it added.

The call for the revival of the anti-subversion law came to light when allegations and some rebel returnees testified that the CPP-NPA is very much active in recruiting members in colleges and universities to join the ranks of the reds.

Though the PNP chief himself believes that such revival would need further in dept study citing incidents in the past wherein it was used in committing human rights abuses.

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