Does Año’s push for anti-subversion law revival differentiate activists with placards from revolutionaries with guns?

News Philippines Aug 23, 2019 at 2:49 pm


Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año called for the revival of the anti-subversion law to counter the recruitment of communist rebels among Filipino youth.

“We wish to emphasize that our proposal to revive the Anti-Subversion Law is only for members of the [Communist Party of the Philippines]-[New People’s Army]-[National Democratic Front of the Philippines] CPP-NPA-NDF and all groups directly supporting it. It only covers the Communists who are actively working to overthrow the government through armed struggle and does not, in any way, cover legitimate dissent, political opposition, or similar groups,” he explained.

However, the DILG quoting Año in a statement did not appear to differentiate activists in the urban center from the CPP and NPA and that it will target those in the cities.

“If we revive the Anti-Subversion law, we will be able to dismantle the urban mass movement in the cities that fuels the armed struggle in the mountains. We will be able to stifle their so called ‘legal front organizations’ that provides sustenance to the underground mass organizations. It will be the beginning of an inevitable end,” he explained.

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