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Duterte declares CPP, NPA as terrorist organizations

Duterte declares CPP, NPA as terrorist organizations

In issuing the ultimatum, Colonel Edgard Arevalo, the spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, pointed out that members of the communist New People's Army (NPA) have no choice but to "surrender or suffer the same fate as their cohorts killed in the latest military operations".

Last November 23, 2017, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said there is no cancellation on the DC-Peace talk with the communist group except only if there is already an official document from the office of the President tagging them as terrorists.

"I quote the penultimate portion: "In this regard I hereby direct to publish the foregoing designation of the CPP-NPA and all other designated persons, organizations in accordance with Section 3 and 15 of RA 10168 and its implementing rules and regulations", Roque said.

Under RA 10168, or the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act, the financing of terror groups is prohibited and penalized.

She said that if the President will officially release the document, she will ask the DC-Peace to convene and discuss the effects of the official document.

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The US said last February that it was keeping the CPP and NPA on its list.

According to Roque, there was no mention of the NDFP in the proclamation.

The proclamation was issued two weeks after the Philippine government terminated peace talks with the CPP-NPA after a series of violent attacks that the President said is against humanitarian law.

"So because of the proclamation, the Secretary was directed by the Executive Secretary to file a petition in the RTC because it is not automatic that just because the executive has classified the group as a terrorist organization it will be considered as a terrorist organization under the domestic law and under relevant security council resolutions", Roque added.

Duterte, a former student of Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison, had sought to end the almost 50-year communist insurgency early in his term, even appointing leftists to his Cabinet as a demonstration of the two sides' warming ties.


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