The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and a parents’ organization are alarmed over Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong’s order to take down posters and tarpaulins condemning acts of terrorism.
The League of Parents of the Philippines (LPP) also said the mayor and former police officer is being “friendly” with the Kabataan party-list, which is suspected of recruiting students to join communist terrorist groups.
In a statement issued Monday, the LPP said “it is implausible that the mayor does not know that by supporting the Kabataan party-list, he is answerable to the lives of thousands of children and youths who are being targeted by this perfidious group led by (outgoing Representative) Sarah Elago”.
“It is very alarming to know that Mayor Benjie Magalong, who was a former PNP (Philippine National Police) Deputy Chief for Operations, would be in cahoots with the Makabayan bloc which is, of course, the mouthpiece of the terrorist group CPP-NPA-NDF (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front),” read the LPP statement posted on Facebook.
The NTF-ELCAC said in another statement Monday that Magalong’s “betrayal” made it “exceedingly clear to our people why this communist terrorist scourge has lasted as long as it has”.
“It’s not just because of the tenacious deceit of the terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF but also because of politicians like Mayor Magalong who participate in the deceit and who would put our children in harm’s way and who think nothing of continuing the grief, the bloodbath, and the destruction of our country for their own selfish political gains,” the statement read.
Magalong’s recent directive to forbid the posting of so-called red-tagging posters was in direct violation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s orders, the NTF-ELCAC said.
“And so are his orders for them to take down these tarpaulins that educate our children about these deceitful party-list that asks for our trust in the coming elections while at the same time lying to us about who they truly are,” said Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy, NTF-ELCAC spokesperson for sectoral concerns.