In support of the Legal Cooperation Cluster Statement debunking the redtagging narrative of the NUPL
The CPP-NPA-NDF and their front organizations have relentlessly attacked the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.
These attacks include name calling, mudslinging, malicious and libelous accusations including ad hominem arguments against the NTF-ELCAC spokepersons and officials, the filing of harassment cases, and the sweeping, baseless allegations that the NTF-ELCAC has been used by the government to silence activists and alleged self-proclaimed human rights advocates.
At the core of these attacks against the NTF-ELCAC is the CPP-NPA-NDF invented term "red-tagging".
Let us take a closer look at the circumstances when the term red-tagging is used by the CPP-NPA-NDF and by their front organizations.
There is a pattern here.
A pattern that will open our eyes to the Truth about the CPP-NPA-NDF and their front organizations.
Every time the NTF-ELCAC exposes to the people the links between or among a person, organization, entity, group, and or a political party to the CPP-NPA-NDF;
these CPP-NPA-NDF associated or linked person/s or group/s would say,
THE NTF-ELCAC RED-TAGGED US!
Those who are still unaware of the Truth, will probably ride along with the operational definition given by the CPP-NPA-NDF to their creatively invented term "red-tagging".
Those who know the Truth, would say, there is no such thing as red-tagging.
IF we ask, who really knows the Truth about the CPP-NPA-NDF?
Who can speak about the CPP-NPA-NDF?
Who knows of the identities of the personalities within the CPP-NPA-NDF organization?
Who knows of the organizations and groups linked to or affiliated with the CPP-NPA-NDF?
When these questions are answered, my dear kababayans, you will know, the Filipino people will know, that those who claim that they have been red-tagged are actually trying to deny the truth that they have been unmasked, exposed, and categorically identified as members of the CPP-NPA-NDF terrorist organization and/or a member of a group or organization affiliated with or linked to the CPP-NPA-NDF terrorist organization.
Let it be known that the NTF-ELCAC does not, did not, and will not speak about the things that we are uncertain of.
The NTF-ELCAC stands for the TRUTH.
WE merely bring the message of Truth to the Filipino people.
When we say that the CPP-NPA-NDF committed atrocities against the Filipino people, we can support these allegations.
When we say that the CPP-NPA-NDF has front organizations masquerading in different forms and modes, we can sufficiently support these claims.
When the NTF-ELCAC, through the whole-of-nation approach anchored on good governance claim that we have liberated former conflict stricken areas from the CPP-NPA-NDF influence and control, we have the facts to show.
When we unmask CPP-NPA-NDF members, leaders, supporters, collaborators, operatives, front organization members and leaders, we have the first hand accounts of individuals who know of the facts and the Truth.
This is because, they have come from within the ranks of the CPP-NPA-NDF .
They have seen the CPP-NPA-NDF for what it truly is and they have willingly returned to the folds of the government and of the Filipino people because they have been the worst in the CPP-NPA-NDF and they vowed never to let the CPP-NPA-NDF exploit, take advantage of, deceive, and destroy families and communities.
The NTF-ELCAC speaks the Truth as revealed by former CPP-NPA-NDF cadres and members.
The NTF-ELCAC speaks for those who were victimized by the CPP-NPA-NDF.
We speak for the communities and the families who were exploited and oppressed by the reign of terror of the CPP-NPA-NDF.
The NTF-ELCAC has made a promise, NEVER AGAIN shall the Filipino people allow the CPP-NPA-NDF to sow terror in the countryside.
By speaking the Truth, the CPP-NPA-NDF has come face to face with a formidable foe, that is, the entire government bureaucracy, joined by the people, in a common goal to end the local communist armed conflict.
The NTF-ELCAC has done one thing that has not yet been done in the past, and this is
To challenge the CPP-NPA-NDF front organizations and political groups in Congress which has remained unchallenged for the past many decades despite its glaring manifestations that it is affiliated to the CPP-NPA-NDF.
The hard facts indicate that per first hand accounts of former CPP-NPA-NDF cadres, the MAKABAYAN BLOC which is also known by its acronym
KABAG (referring to KABATAAN, ACT, BAYAN MUNA, ANAKPAWIS, GABRIELA) are directly linked to and are associated with the CPP-NPA-NDF.
This is the bitter pill of Truth that some politicians and some of our kababayans refuse to swallow.
This is the Truth that the NTF-ELCAC has been exposing all along,
That the CPP-NPA-NDF exists in our midst thru their front organizations and that the CPP-NPA-NDF has infiltrated almost all sectors of our society.
This is the bitter Truth, that the CPP-NPA-NDF has been hiding in plain sight for the past many years, and it is only now, that WE, the Filipino people, are unmasking the CPP-NPA-NDF terrorist organization.
It is only now that the CPP-NPA-NDF's existence, including those of their front organizations, has been challenged to the core.
We are at the point in our nation's history where we are exposing, completely and comprehensively, the inner workings and the internal structures of the CPP-NPA-NDF terrorist organization, including their manipulation of and exploitation of the political and governmental structures to further their so called "revolutionary struggle" which in reality, is nothing more than a sugar coated term which actually refers to that obsession on the part of the CPP-NPA-NDF to take over the government.
We are Unmasking the CPP-NPA-NDF.
The deception is over.
It is about time that the Filipino people know the Truth.
Our people deserve the Truth and not the sugar coated propaganda of politicians who sell their souls to the enemy by forming alliances with the CPP-NPA-NDF terrorist organization and their front groups.
The NTF-ELCAC is committed to Winning the Peace by putting an end to the Local Communist Armed Conflict.
In the end, Truth prevails.
Mabuhay ang Pilipinas.
Mabuhay ang Sambayanang Pilipino.
Hermogenes C. Esperon. Jr.
National Security Adviser