Four former top rebels of the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) confirmed on Monday that Makabayan Bloc or “KABAG” (Kabataan, Anakbayan, Bayan Muna, ACT, Gabriela) lawmakers are also officials of the CPP-NPA-NDF.
At the weekly virtual press briefing of the National Task Force to End Local Communists Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), former CPP official Jeffrey Celis alias “Ka Eric” certified that party-list lawmakers Neri Colmenares, Satur Ocampo, Liza Masa, and Teddy Casiño of the Makabayan Bloc are real operatives of the CPP-NPA-NDF, claiming they all have personal knowledge and frequently met with the KABAG lawmakers during the Regional Committee meetings of the CPP-NPA-NDF.
“We can look them directly to their eyes,” Celiz said, referring to the KABAG lawmakers.
“If there are national election campaign, it is not true that those talking are simple members of these party-lists. Those who spoke to them had the blessing of the CPP Regional Party Committee,” the former member of Kabataan Makabayan said in Filipino.
He also said there are three levels in the CPP-NPA-NDF meetings.
“If there are meetings, we have what call L1,L2, and L3 meetings. If L1, Level 1, that’s open meeting of the mass. If Level 2, that’s underground meeting. If Level 3, CPP party meeting,” said Celiz in Filipino, adding that he met the Makabayan Bloc members during those meetings.
Celiz said the Party-list representations are very important to the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) as they will work hand in hand with the armed struggle of the communist movement in the mountains and even urban operations.
He said the scheme is called Urban Operations and Bureaucratic Infiltration or “white area”.
Alma Gabin, the former Education Deputy Secretary of the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee and a founding member of the Kabataan Party-list, said her stint at the CPP-NPA-NDF even made her as a nominee of the leftist youth group in 2010, rubbing elbows with top officials like trade union leader Dennis Velasco and Kabataan Party-list Representative Sarah Elago.
Gabin recounted that the same person who recruited her in her college days is the same person who took her to an oath-taking not as a Kabataan Party member but as a CPP-NPA-NDF member.
“This is not red-tagging”, the former rebel said, “KABAG is directed to the mission of the CPP-NPA-NDF” which is to topple the government.