ACT Teachers Party Representative and activist Antonio Tinio warned President Rodrigo Duterte that the New Peoples’ Army would intensify its attacks after the president cancelled the peace talks with the rebels.
In a press briefing, Tinio called Duterte’s decision as irresponsible and bias.
Red-baiting and the filing of trumped-up charges will intensify following President Duterte’s latest threats against “all legal fronts” that allegedly aid communist rebels, the progressive Makabayan party-list bloc predicted on Thursday.
Tinio took exception to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque’s statement that “conspiracy” could be a ground to arrest activists belonging to legal groups.
“Mere membership is not illegal. There has to be an actual violation of the law before you are arrested,” Tinio said.
This after Duterte said he will order the arrest of political fronts of the rebel, which he lately declared as terrorists.
ACT-Teachers Party and other left-wing party lists including Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), Gabriela, et al, are considered political front of the rebel group CPP/NPA/NFF.
Roque said in a statement on Thursday: “Even if they did not physically take up arms, if they are part of a conspiracy to commit acts of terror or rebellion, then they can be held liable under the theory of a conspiracy.”
Tinio said this would lead to “trumped-up charges,” where activists belonging to legitimate political groups would be accused of involvement in ambushes by the belligerent New People’s Army. /Joy Valle/