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Aguirre, Acosta back new group against state 'enemies'

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and chief public attorney Persida Acosta attend the launching on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 of a newly formed group, the Citizen National Guard, that vowed to protect the government from its perceived detractors. STAR/Romina Cabrera via Twitter

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 9:23 a.m., Oct.4) — Two top Justice officials have signified their support to a newly formed group, the Citizen National Guard, that seeks to battle "yellowtards" among other "enemies of the state."

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta attended the launch of Citizen National Guard aiming to protect the government from its perceived enemies, namely:

  • ISIS-inspired terrorism
  • Communist party of the Philippines-New People’s Army
  • Drug cartels
  • Seditious political opposition (Yellowtards)
  • Foreign intelligence agencies generation international support for regime change

The PAO is an agency under the DOJ.

Aguirre lauded the group, adding that he, too, has created a similar body that aims to counter these "enemies of the state."

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"This is extra official. In our own little way, we want to help them," he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte won the chief executive position promising war against drugs. Thousands have been killed under the bloody drug war, but critics have pointed out that drug lord has yet to be put behind bars.

Early in August, the communist National Democratic Front of the Philippines revealed an alleged plot of the US Central Intelligence agency to kill communist leader Joma Sison and Duterte. The Malacañang, however, dismissed the reports saying that it has "no basis" and is "pathetic."

Duterte, since the start of his term, have repeatedly cursed at the US—a long-standing ally of the Philippines—for supposedly meddling with his running the country. He has, however, adopted a friendlier stance recently recognizing that Washington had a hand in the Philippines’ liberation.

The term "yellowtard" is thrown around by internet users referring to loyal supporters of the Liberal Party, the political party of Duterte’s predecessor, Benigno Aquino III. It is a play between the yellow, the color associated with the moribund party, and retard, which indicates a delay in progress.

It is also a play on "retard", an offensive term used to refer to people with cognitive disabilities.

The label, however, has also been used by Duterte's supporters on any critic of the administration regardless of political allegiances. — with reports from Romina Cabrera

 

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