Makabayan bloc solons a "no show" in Senate's hearing about "red tagging"

Makabayan bloc solons a "no show" in Senate's hearing about "red tagging"


The so called “red tagging” issue has reached the halls of the Senate as the Senate’s Committee on National Defense and Security, Peace, Unification, and Reconciliation has decided to conduct a Senate inquiry on the matter.

Senator Panfilo Lacson who heads the committee noted the absence of the MAkabayan bloc members of the House of Representatives in the Senate hearing dwelling into the so-called "red tagging" of individuals and groups allied with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF). 

Offcial notices were sent last October 30 to the different groups – Bayan Muna, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Kabataan, Gabriela, while properly received, did not confirm their attendance.


An open invitation was likewise sent last week to the representatives of the Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan) bloc of the House of Representatives to voluntarily attend this public hearing. The letter was coursed through the Speaker of the House, considering that the Committee cannot issue the said invitation directly to individual party-list representatives in view of the inter-parliamentary courtesy existing between the two chambers.

"Having said that, we received a letter from former Rep. Neri Colmenares requesting that another hearing be held so he may be given an opportunity to attend, but without the presence of the members of the security sector, particularly Lt. Gen. (Antonio) Parlade. The chair may have to discuss this with the members of the committee," Lacson said.

Lawyer for the Makabayan bloc, Atyy. Maneeka Sarza represented the group in the Senate hearing.

In a letter submitted to the committee, Makabayan bloc representatives are unable to atted the scheduled Senate hearing because all of them are busy and is focusing on their different relief missions for the victims of Super Typhoon.

Senator proceeded in convening the hearing in pursuance of its oversight authority over the defense sector on the issue of red-tagging or red-baiting pursuant to Senate Resolution No. 559.

"As I have repeatedly done in the recent past, let me be forthright by saying that as one of the authors and the principal sponsor of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, we ensure that the same is applied correctly and appropriately with utmost respect for the rule of law, and that the Bill of Rights under the 1987 Constitution will always be the backbone of this legislation," Lacson said in his opening statement.

Members of the defense sector( AFP?PNP) who were physically present during the hearing outlined and presented proof of the radicalization and recruitment program targeting youths by communist terrorist groups using front organizations.


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