MANILA, July 19 (Mabuhay) — The Anti-Terrorism Council has designated the National Democratic Front as a terrorist organization, calling it an “integral and inseparable part” of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army.
The designation of the NDF as a terrorist organization comes a few months after the Anti-Terrorism Council also designated the CPP-NPA as terrorist organizations last December 2020.
In a resolution signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea last June 23, the Anti-Terrorism Council noted that Article X of the 2016 CPP Constitution “shows that the NDF a.k.a. NDFP is the core and most consolidated group that provides support to the armed and organizational expansion of the CPP/NPA.”
“Article X [of the 2016 CPP Constitution] shows that the NDF aka NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) is the core and most consolidated group that provides support to the armed and organizational expansion of the CPP-NPA,” the ATC said in its resolution.
“Members of the NDF aka NDFP continue to lure and/or recruit people to join the NPA, while the CPP itself admitted and maintained, through public media releases as well as in CPP documents and revelations of former members, the direct and indispensable role of the NDF aka NDFP in its armed operations,” it added.
The designation would trigger the government’s authority to freeze assets of the NDF, which was established in April 1973.
A request for delisting may be filed before the ATC within 15 days from publication of the designation.
It noted that CPP founder Jose Maria Sison identified the CPP/NPA as allied organizations of the NDF while his wife Juliet de Lima-Sison was recently named interim chairperson of the NDF negotiating panel.
The Anti-Terrorism Council, in May this year, also designated 19 alleged CPP-NPA leaders as terrorists. (MNS)