PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte issued the marching order yesterday to the newly promoted military
officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to arrest communist personalities who are out
“For those who are out temporarily, you just maybe zero in now, because any day, I will order
for their mass arrest. Wala akong magawa eh. Ginusto ninyo, I’m addressing them to the TV, ginusto
ninyo eh,” Duterte told the military officials in an event in Malacanang yesterday.
“I gave too much too soon. I know iyong pulis, military, medyo may sentimiyento sa akin. You
know, I released almost about 32,” the President said mentioning particularly the Tiamzon couple
(Benito and Wilma).
Duterte told the military officials that the communists eventually want a coalition
government, which he said he cannot give.
“They are now considered ordinary criminals,” the President said.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday said his office will petition the Manila
Regional Trial Court next week to classify the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New
People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations.
“I will issue a Department Order directing the OIC Prosecutor General of the National
Prosecution Service to form a team to draft and file a petition before the RTC praying to grant the
petition to declare the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization,” Aguirre said.
“I hope to file this on Monday, December 11 or even earlier,” he added.
President Duterte recently signed the order declaring the CPP and NPA as terrorist
organizations and ordered Aguirre to immediately file a petition before the Manila RTC asking to
classify the communist movement as a terrorist group under Republic Act 10168 or the Human Security
Act of 2007.
The CPP and NPA have been on the US list of foreign terrorist organi-zations since 2002.
Terror tag scored
In the House of Representatives a militant solon yesterday assailed the proclamation tagging
the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as “terrorist
In a statement, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate said this only showed that the Duterte
administration has totally abandoned the peace process.
Zarate also expressed concern that this will signal more violations of human rights.
“The proclamation means the Duterte administration’s abandonment of the peace process and the
possible resolution of the largely socio-economic and political causes of the almost five-decade old
armed conflict. It’s a total capitulation to the US-inspired counter-insurgency campaign,” Zarate