Wed. Apr 14th, 2021

While the government is doing its best to prevent the radicalization of the Ata Manobo children who had been brought to Cebu, the legal fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) are busy harassing government officials and threaten them with legal suits.

Last February 21, the 13 rescued indigenous peoples (IPs) boarded a flight from Mactan, Cebu to return to their homes in Talaingod, Davao del Norte escorted by officers from the Philippine National Police’s Women and Children Protection Center Visayas Field Office and social workers from the Talaingod Municipal Social Welfare Office.

But the Save Our Schools and the Children’s Legal Bureau (CLB) would not accede, pretending they are doing a noble thing for the welfare of the children.

According to an Inquirer.net report, SOS-Cebu and the CLB attempted to bar the flight from proceeding to Davao City, questioning the legality of the trip. Lawyer King Anthony Perez, communications and advocacy officer of CLB, alleged that authorities failed to secure permission from the parents of seven of the 13 Lumad (sic) children who were ferried back to Mindanao.

Here are Perez’s exact words: “The seven Lumad (sic) students whose parents sought the assistance of the Children’s Legal Bureau were transported without consent from their parents and proper coordination by authorities.”

(Note the use the word “Lumad,” which is an aberration because even as it has been used inter-changeably to mean indigenous peoples, there is no tribe by that nomenclature. This is like “Tumandok,” which is simply a creation of the CPP, to impress upon us that the communists are trying to protect all their targeted tribes in their ancestral domain.)

This is reminiscent of the two Aetas that the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) presented in the Supreme Court oral arguments on the petitions against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. Just to refresh our minds, the two Aetas were paid by NUPL lawyers (P1,000 that they split between them) to make false statements and accuse the government forces of feeding them human feces while in detention.

Utlimately the two Aetas confessed to the representative of the National Commission Indigenous Peoples in their area that the NUPL lawyers bribed them and formally recanted their statements.

The Supreme Court eventually junked their petitions.

Solicitor General Jose Calida, after exposing this unethical behavior of the lawyers, recalled the modus of the same NUPL lawyer, Chel Diokno, when he falsified documents in the filing for a Writ of Kalikasan involving the West Philippine Sea.

It appeared that Diokno earlier misled 23 fishermen from Palawan into signing a blank document, which he said would be needed to improve their living conditions as fisherfolk. It turned out these signed blank documents were later “fully accomplished” and attached to another petition of a fisherfolk organization from distant Zambales.

These lawyers were simply slapped with an admonition by the SolGen.

There is a clear pattern of lying and fabrication by these leftist lawyers. Their involvement with the CPP has converted them into vicious attack dogs of Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, who won’t stop at nothing to pursue their ends.

Now Perez says they are currently exploring the possibility of taking legal action after accusing the police of not observing established protocols.

This is using the law not in the pursuit of justice, to intimidate or force a desired action. They have doing this for more than 50 years. They pry loopholes in every government action to launch haphazard legal attacks, unscrupulously weaponizing the law for war purposes, otherwise known as lawfare.

Last year their attack went full throttle, trying to criminalize “red-tagging” by accusing government officials, especially me, of unfairly labeling them as communists. But the Senate, in its committee report, said there is no need for that as there are enough laws to invoke for infringement of their rights.

The report was signed by all 12 senators, including Senators Risa Hontiveros and Francis Pangilinan, who tried to outwit me during the Senate hearing, ridiculously asserting that my red-tagging “might damage the image of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)”.

Now it can be honestly claimed that the National Task Force on Eliminating Local Armed Conflict has really stirred a hornet’s nest. Even senators now see ghosts where there are none.

It makes them so uncomfortable I will not be surprised if they push the government again to national peace talks, which even if reassembled and cause an agreement to be signed cannot guarantee Jose Maria Sison will be able to command communist terrorists on the ground to lay down their arms – something that the BalikLoob Program is already successfully reaping through localized negotiations.  

We have reached out to these victims of Joma’s pseudo-revolutionary dual tactics even as the AFP pursues them in the mountains. They are running out of space and time, and worst rationale, that thousands have returned to the fold of the law.

This leaves mostly the ideologues, including those running front organizations, who are simply enjoying luxurious lifestyles while absconding with the monies given to them by foreign donors. Considering the volume that they have amassed, the CPP-NPA-NDF and it fronts have virtually become a multinational business enterprise.

As to our laws, we will continue to safeguard and invoke them for the purpose they were crafted, to protect our law-abiding and peace-loving citizens. To those among them, even members of the Kamatayan bloc, who end up in jail, they can rest assured, our laws will protect their rights as well.

Chilling effect?

The Senate ruled that red-tagging is a non-issue but Sen. Risa Hontiveros, on the other hand, is adamant in saying that red-tagging creates a chilling effect on dissenters. But would the honorable senator feel the same effect if she were a legit activist or dissenter?

Or is she referring to the chilling effect that she wants government officials, especially the security sector, to feel every time she threatens them with sanctions, especially non-confirmation at the Commission on Appointments, every time her friends in the underground are unmasked by vocal members of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

May we know if she were asked, as members of the Makabayan Bloc were asked to denounce the violence of the CPP-NPA-NDF, if she would condemn them too?

Remember that this is the same CPP-NPA-NDF that has been killing and threatening Akbayan members, who chose to sever their relations with the Reaffirmist group of Joma.

This is the same CPP-NPA-NDF that killed rejectionists Filemon “Ka Popoy” Lagman, Leopoldo “Ka Hector” Mabilangan and Romulo Kintanar.

Does the good senator know the chilling effect the Kamatayan Bloc congressmen sends whenever they use their parliamentary privilege to speak out against government officials, the military, judges, lay workers, teachers, faculty? After all there is a big possibility that the vitriols they release are actually signals to dreaded assassins such as the Special Partisan Unit (Sparu) of the NPA?

The CPP-NPA-Sparu that kills even legitimate activists, if only to blame the government.

Remember the revelations of confessed Sparu James Durimon @Jurros in a Senate hearing mentioning the assassination at least seven peasants in Negros, on orders of his CPP boss, Charity Amacan, in order to pin down the government for extrajudicial killings timed with the visit of UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard in 2017.

For 50 years the majority of the Filipino people kept mum about the CPP-NPA underground because of the dangers of doing otherwise. Even active military and police officers were scared of the repercussions.

As a wife of a former police official, Senator Hontiveros should know this.

Who then are these legit dissenters you are trying to defend, Madam Senator? If they are in the media, fine, anyway we are not after them. We simply want them to be fair in their reporting.

Or are you defending communists who after winning some seats in public offices, all of a sudden we see them aboveground, although we know of them still engaged in some underground work.

Are you defending Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño, Carlos Zarate, Sarah Elago, France Castro, Ferdinand Gaite and the like, past or present? Do you really believe they are legitimate dissenters? How come they cannot denounce the CPP-NPA’s violence?

Or is it the organizers of the SOS movement? Sister Patricia Fox and her rural missionaries? Chad Booc of Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (Alcadev), Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur (Trifpps), and Salugpungan? Take a pick and we will tell the people why they are dangerous threats to our society, especially our children, particularly this Chad Booc.

 If it is Booc, think about these, Madam. Chad Booc is not an activist. Chad was dangerously lurking underground to do work for the CPP-NPA — the terrorist organization declared by the Philippine government as terrorists on Dec. 5, 2017 through Presidential Proclamation 374 — until his capture in Cebu.

He works with Alcadev but is not the volunteer teacher that you think he is, but an illegal recruiter. Sure, he has friends who know him otherwise, but let me tell you about this school he worked for and tell us if this would have a chilling effect on peace-loving readers.

Neither sheer activists are Alexa Pacalda, Glendhyl Malabanan, Honey Mae Suazo, and many more who are with the NPA today.

To those who have in some way been involved with this organization in the past, as a donor, partner agency, collaborator, I am sure there would be a chilling effect on them.

The four R’s

Alcadev, just like the Salugpungan, Trifpss, Program for Mamanwa Integrated Services and Development or PMISD, and Center for Lumad Advocacy and Services or Clans are creations of the CPP-NPA-NDF in order to teach young IP children the 4 R’s: reading, writing, arithmetic and arming.

Yes, they are also trained to disassemble and assemble arms, do maneuvers, become spies, detonate bombs. They are also taught two more 2R’s.

Running errands. Yes, but not for their parents because many of them are taken away from unsuspecting parents, but for the CPP-NPA formations, while they are too young to bear arms themselves at 12 to 14 years old.

The final R is taught to them as soon as they are 15, being a full-time Rebel.

Did I invent these things? No, Madam Senator, some of them are in the transcript of your Senate committee hearing, revealed by our credible resource persons, if only you cared to listen not selectively.

So, why Chad for Alcadev? Because we don’t expect law-abiding teachers of DepEd to teach these things to their wards. You have to keep these activities closely guarded. That is the reason why they carefully choose the staff to supervise the school.

One such staff is or was because recently she was too sick to continue with her work, Mica Caspe. She is the party wife of the late rebel leader Fr. Frank Navarro. Also known as @Daday, she was tasked by Myrna Sularte@Malaya, the wife of Jorge Madlos @Oris, secretary of the northeastern Mindanao regional party committee, to manage Alcadev, as well as the other CPP schools mentioned earlier.

She is also connected with the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP). Her main task though was to establish alliances with various sectoral groups, nongovernment organizations and even some government agencies, particularly to generate funding for their recruitment schools.

Word is out and have been mentioned again and again but without concrete reform until the enactment of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

These collaborators are now hoping to convince Senator Hontiveros to serve as their final “R” to silence me to no end.” to “These collaborators are now hoping to convince Senator Hontiveros to serve as their final “R”, as in Risa, to silence me to no end.

Note: Steven Pabalinas contributed the cartoons found in this article.

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