ON December 27, the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) approved a freeze order on the bank accounts and other assets of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), following the CPP-NPA’s being classified as a terrorist group by the Anti-Terrorism Council.
The law allows the AMLC to check the bank accounts of people and groups identified as terrorists.
Since NPA fiscal accountability is vague, the AMLC might uncover the sources, where and how they spend their extorted cash.
Subsequently, the National Democratic Front called on the CPP-NPA to create armed urban partisan groups. During the 52nd founding anniversary of the CPP held online in Europe on Dec. 26, 2020, CPP founder Jose Maria Sison was reported to have declared that there is basis “to conduct armed partisan operations in the cities to mete out revolutionary justice against President Rodrigo Duterte’s terrorist forces based in the urban areas.”
Basically, it means the NPA is forming hit squads based in urban areas against police officers, military men and government officials similar to the Sparrow units of the 1980s.
This partisan armed group is also known as terrorist NPA assassins carrying out extrajudicial killings of government officials and unarmed civilians.
The CPP-NPA has finally opted to deploy their so-called partisan units to go after government forces. The fear of running out of financial resources has made the CPP-NPA to resort to its utmost conduct of violence.
A desperate move to pressure the government into unfreezing their bank accounts and force the government back to “peace negotiations” so they can continue their extortion activities along with their excuse of “for the benefit of the poor.”
Truth be told, it was never about the social injustice, nor the poor people, it was all about money, after all.
Christielle Jane M. Guinarez, 24