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Cutting the funds flow to the CPP-NPA

  • Written by Ignacio Bunye
  • Published in Opinion
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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte could not hide his frustration when he recently declared the CPP-NPA as a
terrorist organization.  

This came on the heels of an earlier presidential decision to terminate all talks with the
CPP-NPA-NDF leadership based in the Netherlands.
    
To the layman, the termination of the on again-off again talks with Jose Maria Sison and
company is fairly understandable. Sison et al have not shown any good faith in dealing with the
government. While the talks are going on, the CPP-NPA on the ground have not stopped attacking
government troops and extorting from business establishments in their area of influence.
    
In fact many have been wondering why it took so long for the President to pull out of the
talks.
    
But the declaration of  the CPP-NPA (but not the NDF)  as a terrorist group is something  else
and it needs further explanation.  
    
By way of background, the United States has long declared the CPP-NPA as terrorists. The US  
has been badgering the Philippines to do the same. Sison et al, for their part, deny to the death that
they are a terrorist group.  
    
So why is so much importance attached to the label?
    
The short answer is:
    
Post 9/11, a terrorist organization will find it more difficult, although not impossible,  to
raise funds and to move it around in order to finance its activities.
    
It all started when the  UN Security Council adopted a wide-ranging resolution  demanding
member countries to take action to suppress terrorist financing.  
    
150  governments responded positively and have  since  passed legislation criminalizing
terrorist financing,  and also requiring financial  institutions to report suspicious transactions.
    
In these jurisdictions, banks are now required  to check their clients and third parties
involved in transactions against a list of suspected terrorists.
    
The same governments have also ratified the UN Convention on Financing Terrorism. The
convention has created a greater degree of international cooperation in tracking down terrorist
financiers.  
    
To a certain extent, the legal measures have disrupted  the flow of funds used for terrorist
activities,  constraining overall capabilities of terrorists and helping frustrate their ability to
timely execute attacks.
    
With such measures applying  to the CPP-NPA, the group needs to work doubly hard to source
their requirements outside of  their usual “charitable” sources.

Most sportsmanlike of De La Salle
    
There are many memorable moments in the recently concluded UAAP Season 80 basketball
championship but for me, one of the most unforgettable occurred outside the court.
    
Immediately, after the final buzzer which saw the Ateneo Blue Eagles snatch this year’s crown,  
the De La Salle building was bathed in bright blue lights.  And it stayed so overnight. For a while,
passersby thought there must have been a mistake.
    
But no, it was really intended  by the De La Salle Green Archers as an  accolade to a very
worthy opponent.
    
What a magnificent gesture of sportsmanship.
    
Saludo ako sa inyo!
    
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