Thu. Oct 28th, 2021

A former Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) cadre, who was once a coordinator of a party-list group in the Zamboanga area, urged Filipino voters to shun candidates and party-list groups fielded by the different communist legal front organizations in the 2022 elections.

(Photo Courtesy: PNA)

During an interview over SMNI’s Laban Kasama ang Bayan Program on Oct. 11, Ka Arkins Evangelista revealed his work as a cadre operatorof the Bayan Muna party-list during the 2019 elections.

Evangelista said he was recruited into the CPP-NPA when he became a scholar of the Mindanao Interfaith Foundation Services Inc. (MISFI) in 2015.

After that, he became a member of the Katipunan ng Gurong Makabayan (KAGUMA), an underground organization whose members are teachers and educators that support the communist armed struggle.

He was also once a volunteer for the human rights group Karapatan.

After graduating from college, Evangelista said he was told by a CPP-NPA Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee secretary, whom he named Ka Precy Alvarez, to go up to the mountains and attend a meeting in preparation for the 2019 elections in support of Bayan Muna party=-list and of the whole Makabayan bloc in Western Mindanao.

During the meeting, it was decided that Evangelista be appointed as the provincial coordinator for Bayan Muna in Zamboanga del Norte.

“When I got down from the mountains, I immediately received an email from Jennifer Agoob, former finance secretary in the region. After that, I received an authorization letter stating that my appointment as the provincial coordinator of Bayan Muna in Zamboanga del Norte.  This was signed by Atty. Neri Colmenares,” Evangelista narrated.

After formally receiving his appointment documents, Evangelista said he was sent to gather volunteers that will act as the Bayan Muna and the Makabayan Bloc poll watchers

He said they assigned as poll watchers for every barangay and municipality for the entire Zamboanga del Norte.

Another former CPP-NPA cadre Jeffrey “Ka Eric” Celiz explained they are already expecting Colmenares and the Bayan Muna party-list to deny their knowledge of Evangelista, including their connection to the communist terrorist group CPP-NPA-NDF.

Celiz, however, said it would be ridiculous if Colmenares indeed denies it, especially that he has been a party-list representative of Bayan Muna.

Colmenares has already filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) with the Commission on Elections for senator in the May 9, 2022 elections under the Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan) bloc, composed of party-list groups that include Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis, ACT Teachers, and Kabataan.

“To all the voters, please do not vote for Neri Colmenares and the entire Makabayan Bloc, the Act Teachers, Gabriella, Bayan Muna, Kabataan, Anakpawis. Do not vote for them because they are connected with the CPP-NPA and the funds are use are meant to destroy the government and recruit more youth,” Evangelista added in Filipino. 

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