Senator Panfilo M. Lacson is urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to follow the case asking the court to legally declare the NPA as a terrorist group.
He said that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)’s priority to oust a sitting President in 2019 should be an added reason to tag the New People’s Army as a terrorist group.
“[CPP founder Jose Maria Sison] has been at it for the past 50 years. So many lives lost already. DOJ should follow up with the court the proscription case vs the NPA as a terrorist group as per Section 2 of Republic Act 9372,” Senator Lacson said.
He noted that the CPP-NPA has been attempting to overthrow past and present governments for the last five decades.
“They have not succeeded for the past five decades so I don’t see how they can. Right now, they are reduced to a band of extortionists, arsonists and robbers, even a terrorist group,” Lacson said.
In February 2018, the DOJ asked a Manila court to legally declare the CPP-NPA as a terrorist group, citing the Human Security Act of 2007.