Sat. Jan 29th, 2022

A former cadre of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) said the neutralization of Menandro “Ka Bok” Villanueva is long overdue and has long been wanted, most especially by the people he terrorized.

(pna.gov.ph)

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Noel “Ka Efren” Legaspi refuted the claim of Marco Valbuena’s CPP information bureau that Villanueva dedicated his life to the oppressed masses.

“It is not true that all Ka Bok’s life was dedicated to the cause of the oppressed and exploited masses, but rather to the terroristic cause of the CPP-NPA-NDF which is the violent overthrow of our duly constituted government,” Legaspi said.

Legaspi served as deputy secretary of the CPP Far South Mindanao Regional Committee and long-time spokesperson of the National Democratic Front (NDF) Far South Mindanao before he returned to the fold of the law.

He surrendered to government troops in January 2018 in South Cotabato province along with his wife Jeanalyn Defensor Bendalian, after nearly 26 years in the communist terrorist organization and availed of the government’s reintegration program.

Legaspi said Villanueva opted to die for the CPP’s futile and lost cause that is the national democratic revolution.

He added that Villanueva’s act was not heroism “but an act of stupidity and stubbornness”

“He wasn’t serving the Filipino people at all, instead, he sowed fear and terror within our midst,” Legaspi said.

He said in the guise of nationalism and democracy, Villanueva led the party movement in Mindanao for five decades, and five years ago the entire NPA, in sowing terror across the country.

“They murdered civilians, burned properties and equipment, extorted money, destroyed families, deceived and killed the youth and the indigenous peoples, robbed government coffers through their operatives within the House of Representatives, and stunted the country’s economy,” Legaspi said.

He said Villanueva should be held responsible for the death of more or less 60,000 people since their so-called national democratic revolution started five decades back.

“More so, he should pay his share of debts from the Filipino people by robbing, extorting, and wasting billions of pesos for their terrorism,” he added.

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