AFTER National Democratic Front (NDF) leader Jose Maria Sison openly announced a plan to oust President Rodrigo Duterte this year, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson yesterday called on the Department of Justice to follow up on the government’s petition to tag the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army as a terrorist group.
Lacson was referring to the 55-page petition of the DoJ filed before a Manila court in February 2018 to legally declare the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization.
“I urge the executive branch, particularly the DoJ to follow up with the judiciary the case that they filed calling for the proscription of the NPA as a terrorist group which is provided under Section 2 of the Human Security Act of 2007,” Lacson said on Twitter.
Sison had released a statement saying that their “principal work” this 2019 is to overthrow the administration of Duterte.
Lacson said, in fact, the CPP-NPA has been attempting to overthrow the government — past and present — and take over from it for the past 50 years.
“[They are doing it] by all means possible, mostly violent through armed struggle, even through peace talks aimed at having a coalition government but still aimed at a takeover, violent or otherwise,” he said.
But Lacson also belittled Sison’s plan saying that they have been attempting it for the past 50 years but always come empty handed.
“Right now, they are reduced to a band of extortionists, arsonists and robbers, even a terrorist group,” Lacson added.