Testimonies of ex-NPA rebels vs Left ‘credible’ - Lacson

Testimonies of ex-NPA rebels vs Left ‘credible’ - Lacson

 


The former Philippine National Police Director General is of the opinion that the testimonies and the personalities that uttered them are credible.

Senator Panfilo Lacson said this statement after the different testimonies of former leaders of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels against leftist movements during the Senate committee hearing he convened.

In the next scheduled senate hearing, regarding the red-tagging issue former Rep. Neri Colmenares and the progressive Makabayan bloc will be allowed to defend themselves against the allegation of military officials that they are a threat to national security.

Jeffrey Celiz, a self-confessed former NPA intelligence officer and Senator Panfilo Lacson
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Early this week, Committee on National Defense and Security, Peace, Unification and Reconciliation chaired by Lacson conducted its hybrid hearing on proposed Senate (SR) Resolution 559, which aims to exercise its oversight authority over the defense sector on the issue of red-tagging or red-baiting of certain celebrities, personalities, institutions, and organizations.

It was in that hearing Jeffrey Celiz, a self-confessed former NPA intelligence officer, claimed that members of left-leaning partylist groups have links with the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front-New People’s Army (CPP-NDF-NPA).

Lacson was asked about the testimonty of Celiz, “Without rebuttal from those whom he implicated in the recruitment of minors based on what he claims his personal knowledge, not to mention the corroborative testimonies of the other rebel returnees, so far they may have sounded credible.”

The legislators from the House of Representatives comprising the Makabayan bloc (the Bayan Muna, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Kabataan, and Gabriela) was invited to the hearing, but decided to snubbed the senate committee hearng for various reasons.

Asked whether there will be a second chance for the Makabayan bloc to attend the hearing to defend their ranks, Lacson said, “Yes, in the spirit of fairness, I will call for another hearing depending on the availability or willingness of the party-list groups and/or their organizations to participate.”

“It is unfair for the committee to shut out either party to prevent them from confronting any issue that may need an immediate response,” Lacson pointed out in a text message.

 

 

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