Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff, Gen. Gilbert Gapay on Tuesday scored former Bayan Muna Party-list representative Teddy Casiño for not condemning the acts of the local communist movement.
“Casiño had one good chance to draw a line between his party-list and the CTG (communist terrorist group) and he missed it,” Gapay said in a statement, referring to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).
During Tuesday’s Senate hearing on red-tagging, Casiño said the NPA are “not enemies” and justified their atrocities as being “engaged in rebellion.”
“Ginawa nila ‘yon dahil hindi sila nasasapatan (They are doing that because they think something is not enough),” he added, despite Senator Panfilo Lacson’s pointing out that NPA rebels have killed government personnel and have engaged in extortion activities.
“It is now clear how the CPP-NPA conspire to continue their unlawful acts and terrorist ways as exposed by the resource persons today. The organization’s exploitation of issues and idealism affecting the vulnerable sectors has to stop now,” Gapay said. SOVEREIGNPH