THE six members of the progressive Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives on Monday condemned the continued red-tagging and military surveillance against them along with Bayan Muna chairman Neri Colmenares.
“We the Makabayan bloc in Congress condemns the continued red tagging and surveillance not just of our chairman former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmemares but our whole bloc as well,” the group of six party-list lawmakers said in a statement after National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) spokesperson Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade, Jr. admitted that the progressive lawmakers and Colmenares are under surveillance.
“Again we reiterate our call to stop the red tagging of the Makabayan bloc, the harassment and surveillance of its officers and members because we are just defending human rights,” they said.
The members of the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives are Bayan Muna Reps. Carlos Isagani Zarate, Eufemia Cullamat and Ferdinand Gaite, ACT-Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro, Gabriela Women’s party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas, and Kabataan party-list Rep. Sarah Elago.
Parlade said the Makabayan bloc and Colmenares were placed under surveillance for being “card-bearing” members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) based on the reliable information he got from former members of the group who are now in the government.
“It’s not only Neri Colmenares [who is under surveillance] but it is also other members of the Kamatayan bloc, the Makabayan bloc,” Parlade told an ANC cable channel interview Monday. “They are card-bearing members of the Communist Party of the Philippines, and I like to repeat that again and again and again.”
The group said that “Parlade himself admitted this on two separate interviews and again maligned our organizations in an orgy of lies and fake news.”