Funding terror

March 05, 2019

A terrorist is a person or organization which sows violence, destruction, and death.

If so, other people and parties aiding or abetting a terrorist must be also a terrorist.

It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

But tracing or tracking terrorist funding is not an easy task.

In fact financing terrorist organizations and their bloody activities is a complicated mission, requiring the assistance of international organizations and agencies.

As the government takes its war against local communist armed conflict a step further, the National Task Force got the assurance of European officials who vowed to look into the information presented by the Philippine government on the reported funding of Belgium and other EU-member countries for CPP activities.

In a series of recent engagements with officials of the European Union (EU), European Parliament, and European Commission (EC), the Philippine delegation requested to “stop the flow of funds to identified communist terrorist front organizations.”

Data presented by the Philippine delegation showed that communist front organizations receive funds from the Belgian government and some European countries in the guise of marginalized and pro-poor programs.

Documents obtained by the Armed Forces (AFP) also reveal that the Belgian government has released its first tranche of more than 621,000 Euros out of the 15-million Euro grant to some non-government organizations for the 2017-2021 program. This year, some 1.3 million Euros are expected to be released.

According to Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations, the communist terrorist groups hide behind legitimate organizations.

The military has identified seven recipient organizations based on documents from the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, not to mention those from other European countries.

“We bring this to the EU as one of our major concerns and we seek your cooperation for the sake of our people by helping us stop the flow of funds,” said Alex Paul Monteagudo, Director General of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.

Parlade said the information about the EU and Belgian government unwittingly funding organizations affiliated with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People’s Army (NPA), came from EU and the Belgian government themselves.

“Many of this money was channeled by these NGOs to other organizations whose only objective is to portray President (Rodrigo) Duterte as a tyrant and his administration as oppressive,” he added.

He said, “What we wanted the EU and UN (United Nations) to also know is that the CPP and its front organizations, like Karapatan, are consistent and persistent in providing UN and European governments with all these false data.”