Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año on Thursday denounced the so-called Makabayan blocs’ refusal to condemn the local communist movement, because they are also part of the government that the communists want to overthrow.
“If you cannot even condemn the perpetrators of these horrendous crimes against the people in your capacity as elected public officials, there is definitely something wrong. The refusal of the Makabayan bloc to condemn and distance itself from the CPP-NPA-NDF and their crimes is a clear and indisputable betrayal of public trust,” the DILG chief said.
He added members of the Makabayan bloc are elected government officials who receive salary, emoluments and benefits from government, hence “they are morally, ethically and legally required to denounce the communist terrorists whose main objective is to overthrow the government that they are part of,” he added.
In the recent Senate Committee on National Defense hearing on Red-tagging chaired by Senator Panfilo Lacson, former Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Spokesperson Teddy Casiño refused to condemn the CPP-NPA-NDF and said they do not consider them as enemies.
We do not consider them as enemies, we consider them as fellow Filipinos na dapat kausapin (that we should dialogue with),” he told the Senate.
Año said Casiño’s statements are clear attempts to wash their hands of the blood of the thousands of victims of CPP-NPA-NDF atrocities through the years. SOVEREIGPH