A cable TV news report has tagged Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) chief Jose Maria “Joma” Sison as backing Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, which the camp of the presidential bet immediately dismissed.
A Net 25 report showed Sison making the following statement: “Tuloy pa rin ang ating paghimok sa mga kaalyadong progresibo na matiyaga at magkapatatag sa patuloy na pag(s)uporta kay Leni, at nangakong tatayo na kasama ang masa upang labanan ang mapang-aping sistema (Let us continue to support the progressive allies who are persistent and resilient in continuing to support Leni, and has committed to be with the masses in fighting the exploitative system.”
The report stated Sison has been in touch “several times” with Robredo’s spokesperson, Atty. Barry Guitierrez, who said the reports linking the vice president’s camp to Sison were all fake news. He added their lawyers were “studying the appropriate case to be filed against these perpetrators of misinformation.”
National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict spokesperson for Sectoral Concerns, Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Marie Badoy, previously lashed at the Robredo camp as the alleged endorsement of Sison “is proof positive that this marriage made in the bowels of hell has been consummated”.
The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
The Anti-Terrorism Council has also formally designated the National Democratic Front as a terrorist organization on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and inseparable part” of the CPP-NPA that was created in April 1973.