A former cadre of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) has challenged the Commission on Audit (COA) to audit the funds received by the House of Representatives’ Makabayan Bloc from the national government.
Jeffrey “Ka Eric” Celis, in an interview over the online news portal SMNI on Friday, said the party-list group receives millions yearly from the government but they are used to advance the programs of the CPP-NPA-NDF (National Democratic Front).
“We are challenging, and calling, and appealing to the Commission on Audit. Make a very credible and incisive audit on where the funds of the people are being spent on by the Death Bloc and being used by the CPP-NPA-NDF,” Celis said partly in Filipino.
Celis issued the call amid the COA report on alleged deficiencies on the budget of the Department of Health and other government agencies.
The Makabayan Bloc, composed of Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Kabataan, and ACT Teachers party-lists, is receiving a budget of not less than P70 million every year from the national government.
“We would like to call on COA, if there are funds that you should look into, this is no other than those of the Kamatayan Bloc of the CPP-NPA-NDF, which have spent billions of government funds for the last 20 years,” Celis said in Filipino.
Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Chair Greco Belgica also supported Celis’ call.
“There are allegations that their funds are being used to fund terrorist activities and the NPA. They should be audited by COA for it to be official and so that proper charges may be filed,” Belgica said in Filipino in the same forum.