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Aguirre orders state prosecutors to file RTC petition declaring CPP-NPA as terrorists

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Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has directed the Office of the Prosecutor General (OPG) to file the petition to declare as terrorists the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing the New People’s Army (NPA).

In a department order dated December 6, Aguirre told Acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan “to file the necessary application or petition organization with the appropriate court for the proscription or declaration of the Communist Part of the Philippines-New People’s Army as terrorist organizations pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 9372, otherwise known as the ‘Human Security Act of 2007’.”

“The OPG is also directed to request assistance from the concerned agencies to submit regular reports of the actions taken in the implementation of this Order,” he also instructed.

Aguirre acted based on the proclamation of President Rodrigo Duterte classifying the CPP-NPA as terrorist groups.

Citing provisions of the law, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque explained the proclamation was required to have the necessary application before the regional trial court for the proscription or declaration.