Law group urges Guevarra: Withdraw petition for terror tag on Reds
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has been urged to withdraw the petition seeking to declare as terrorists the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing the New People’s Army (NPA).
The Public Interest Law Center (PILC) made the call after the Manila regional trial court (RTC) handling the petition declared as non-parties Bayan Muna representatative and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Rafael Baylosis, UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and lawyer Jose Melencio Molintas,
“The court order is proof that the case, where allegations have been recycled countless times, reeks with ill motive and red-tagging,” said lawyer Rachel Pastores, managing counsel of PILC which lawyers for both Ocampo and Baylosis.
“In the absence of any evidence against them, the DOJ should just withdraw the petition for proscription,” she stressed.
She cited that even Guevarra admitted that “the inclusion of hundreds of individuals and aliases sought to be declared “terrorists” was not verified and merely fed by the AFP, PNP, and NICA.”
“The Department of Justice (DOJ) should have been prudent not to just swallow hook, line and sinker all information supplied by these intelligence agencies,” she said.