Part Three: Terror by any other name, is still terror
In order to cover the revolutionary nature of the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) Overseas Revolutionary Work (ORW), the organization must repackage itself into something more palatable to the international community; never mind if they uphold the same functions.
The International Solidarity Work (ISW) was then designed by Jose Ma. Sison to muster support of like-minded organizations and individuals around the world. It follows five tracks which included the following: Migrante, United Nations system, International Solidarity Mission, peace talks and the International League of Peoples Struggles (ILPS).
From ORW to ISW
By infiltrating the UN system, the CPP was able to send a Special Rapporteur for the Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Taule-Corpus, the sister of surrendered CPP finance head Annie Taule, both of whom came from the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA). The surrender of Taule came after the killing of CPP chairman Julius Giron in Baguio City last year.
But the more significant part of this UN post is that the CPP was able to dominate and control the narrative at the UN and Europe, mostly with negative reports and fabricated lies undertaken in collusion with IBON Foundation, Karapatan and their network of allies in the media and altermedia.
By far the ILPS is the most aggressive track of the ISW, consolidating all the front organizations of the CPP around the world. A quick check with the ILPS website will tell us of the following allies and member organizations of terrorist Sison’s ILPS: Karapatan, IBON, Pamalakaya, Pasaka, Migrante, Bayan, Anakbayan, Gabriela, UMA, Piston, Katribu, CPA, ACT, Courage, etc.
Many of these organizations are now contesting the passage of the Anti-Terror Law for obvious reasons.
Of course they would all claim to be legal organizations, but none would admit that they are CPP front organizations. Not even after many members of the Gabriela-Youth, Pasaka, or Anakbayan have ended up dead with the NPA. Not even after many members of Karapatan have been arrested together with NPAs at checkpoints, or after many of the NPA leaders have been bailed out by Karapatan on many occasions.
Indeed, why would they? If they do, then funding from their European backers would stop. In my interview with two senior CPP cadres who were involved in fund sourcing, one of them being part of the regional youth sector committee of the Southern Mindanao regional party committee, they revealed that they underwent a training workshop conducted by the CPP and their foreign conduits on how to write letter proposals and project proposals for either school-based projects or community-based projects.
One of those workshops was done during the International Forum for Solidarity in Mindanao, or Infos Mindanao, in 1985. One institution involved was the Mindanao Secretariat for Social Action Center (Missa) and included Melvin Mori, now working with another German foundation, and Val Mante who became secretary general of Bayan Davao and later died from an illness as CPP regional instructor’s bureau embed in Guerrilla Front 15.
Back then the National Alliance for Justice Peace and Democracy led the initiative (Bayan was not yet founded) and they would get funding for rallies and mobilization, sometimes five to 10 times a year. But the bigger projects were directly supervised by Missa which created institutions like Development Education for Mindanao Services, Mindanao Center for People’s Culture, and the Mindanao Community Theater Network, all of which were funded with millions, a big portion of which went to their operational expenses at SMRC/CPP/NPA.
In fairness, according to former NDF member Datu Lito Omos, they were also taught livelihood training like soap making, baking, vulcanizing, and even pharmacy for the urban poor sector. But they knew it was only a cover.
More important to them was the training on how to put up “legal institutions” to undertake community training programs under the tutelage of Roger Bantiles. The Missa and the MIPC became the clearinghouse for their funding.
Later in 1987, the CPP sent Datu Lito to the UN to attend the fifth session of the UN Indigenous Peoples Population in Geneva from August 4 to 10, 1987, together with Fr. Eduardo Solang, the chairman of the CPA, which is another CPP front.
They were hosted by Pastor Cesar Taguba of the UCCP, who was NDFUK head. Taguba’s wife, Yvonne, is the sister of Joan Carling, also of the CPA.
Carling, UN Special Rapporteur Vicky Taule, and Annie Taule, CPP finance committee head, were all part of Tebtebba, another front of the CPP funded by Misereor. After meeting Sison in Utrecht, Datu Lito toured 10 countries in Europe to ask for funding from all these organizations, including Oxfam, Bröt, Caritas Nederlandica, Helvitas, Swill Lenten Action Fund, etc. In fact, in that tour Diakonie gave them 600,000 euros.
Why do we know all about this? How accurate are these reports? Let’s ask Datu Lito who hosted Olof Linatrum, Diakonie representative who went to visit him for a week in 1988. Now they have decided to come out and help stop the funding from around the world that is killing their IPs.
CPP’s Walibi plan
The expansion of the CPP’s network in Europe, particularly Scandinavia, Germany, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Greece would continue and is contained in its plan “Walibi”. It seeks for the establishment of 16 global chapters targeting overseas Filipino workers, FilComs and foreign funding agencies friendly to their cause. A large portion of this consists of church-based organizations in the Scandinavian countries, Germany and Australia.
It doesn’t matter how big these organizations are now. The NTF-Elcac now has an answer to the question the European Union government once asked us before: What have you done about the CPP?
With the Anti-Terror Law, the same organizations must now withdraw, knowing they must answer to the law.
What’s next for you, Walibi?