Various communist front organisations are now crying bloody murder over the on-going party-list purge being undertaken by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to rid the country of groups found to be inconsistent with the party-list concept. Communist front Bayan Muna, for one, faced with mounting pressure to justify its continued branding as a party-list group “believes the Aquino administration and its allied groups are behind moves to have them disqualified from the 2013 polls.”
Allowing communist elements to exist either as legitimate participants in the democratic process or as outlaws infesting the hinterlands is a lose-lose proposition. If Bayan Muna candidate Teodoro CasiÃ±o, for example, succeeds in his bid for a seat in the Philippine Senate in the 2013 elections, he will have access to the notorious pork barrel funds routinely disbursed by MalacaÃ±ang to Senators (a practice widely-criticised as a means used by the Executive Branch to influence and solicit favours and support from legislators). These funds could then be diverted to the funding of the communist New People’s Army’s (NPA) terrorist activities.
This is also an assertion made by a group called the People’s Advocacy for Collaboration and Empowerment (PEACE) who have filed a complaint with the COMELEC denouncing various party lists as including Bayan Muna as mere fronts of the outlawed Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
Peace, along with the New Guardians for Freedom and Democracy, and the People’s Advocacy for Collaboration and Empowerment and Pro Democracy Foundation of the Philippines, claims Bayan Muna and several other “communist party-list groups” are using their P70-million yearly pork barrel to fund the New People’s Army (NPA).
Indeed, although Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares denied this claim, it is noteworthy that his official statement to the media did not include any explicit denial of any links between his organisation and the NPA.
“They have no evidence against us because there is no truth to their allegations that Bayan Muna is diverting government funds to the NPA […]”
Back in 2002, no less than Jose Maria Sison, leader of the CPP and probable commander-in-chief of the NPA issued a press statement describing how the NPA plays a key role in the overall terrorism landscape of the Philippines…
The revolutionary forces of the Bangsamoro, like the MILF and the progressive section of the MNLF can consolidate their armies and choose the time for launching their own offensives, while the military, police and paramilitary forces of the Manila government are preoccupied with their campaigns of suppression against the revolutionary people and forces in most parts of the archipelago. In the future rounds of revolutionary armed struggle by the Moro people, the reactionary armed forces will fare worse than their continuing failure to destroy a small bandit gang called Abu Sayyaf in the tiny island of Basilan.
The PEACE complaint reportedly cited Bayan Muna as being part of a coalition of several organisations that serve as legal “fronts” to Sison’s communist party…
[…] no less than Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison identified legal democratic forces that help their cause including the Bagong Alyansyang Makabayan (Bayan), Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), the Pambansang Kilusang Magbubukid or the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Gabriela, League of Filipino Students (LFS), Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) and KADENA.
The Communist Party of the Philippines is a leading communist party in the Philippines. It remains an underground political organization since its founding on December 26, 1968 and has been operating in clandestine manner since its founding. It aims to overthrow the Philippine government through armed revolution with its direct leadership over the New People’s Army and National Democratic Front.
Soon after its reestablishment, the Party linked up with the other cadres and commanders of the Hukbong Mapagpalaya ng Bayan (HMB), remnant of the Hukbalahap and engaged them in ideological and political studies, mass work and politico-military training. On March 29, 1969, the New People’s Army was established and on April 24, 1973 the National Democratic Front (Philippines).
Afterwards, the CPP launched the “protracted people’s war” a strategical line developed by Mao Zedong during the phase of guerrilla warfare of the Communist Party of China. The eventual objective is to install a “people’s revolutionary government” via a two-stages revolution: National Democratic Revolution followed by a Socialist Revolution.
[NB: Parts of this article were lifted from the Wikipedia.org article “Communist Party of the Philippines” in a manner compliant to the terms stipulated in the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License that governs usage of content made available in this site.]
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