The government’s anti-communist task force believes the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should disqualify the left-leaning Makabayan bloc from running for seats in the House of Representatives in future polls.
Hermogenes Esperon Jr., vice chairman of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ECLAC), said that as congressmen, Makabayan bloc members are also government employees who must condemn the New People’s Army (NPA).
“Our belief became stronger that they should be gone and disqualified by Comelec because of their admission that they don’t believe the NPA should be condemned for its violent actions,” said Esperon in Filipino at a press briefing.
The House of Representatives currently has five members coming from the Makabayan bloc.
Esperon’s comments follows President Rodrigo Duterte’s accusation that the Makabayan bloc and left-leaning groups are communist fronts.“These legal fronts of communists, all of them — Makabayan, Bayan — they are all legal fronts, Gabriela,” Duterte said. “We are not red-tagging you. We are identifying you as members in a grand conspiracy comprising all legal fronts that they have organized, headed by the NDF (National Democratic Front),” the President said. SOVEREIGNPH