[News] Philippines to Declare 600 Alleged Communists 'Terrorists'?

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  Philippines to Declare 600 Alleged Communists 'Terrorists'?

March 8, 2018
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The Philippines is seeking to declare over 600 alleged communist 
guerrillas “terrorists,” according to a government petition in court 
seen by Reuters.

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The country's justice ministry said last month that it was seeking for a 
Manila court to officially declare both the Maoist Communist Party of 
the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA) as 
“terrorist” groups.

Among those targeted are Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who was a United Nations 
special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, four Catholic 
priests, Communist Party founder Jose Maria Sison, and several former 
lawmakers.

“Duterte is engaged in a wild anti-communist witchhunt under the guise 
of anti-terrorism,” Sison said. “Duterte is truly the No. 1 terrorist in 
the Philippines.”

The NPA has waged a People's War against the Philippines government, 
which is called “semifeudal” and “semicolonial” for half a century. When 
President Rodrigo Duterte came to office in 2016, some expected him to 
seek a solution to the conflict when he freed several communist prisoners.

Those hopes were quickly shattered, as Duterte quickly became among the 
harshest anti-communist leaders the Philippines has had since its 
military dictatorship.

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