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Duterte declares CPP-NPA as terrorist groups

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte’s order will enable law enforcers to run after individuals who provide financial support to CPP-NPA. AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 6:35 p.m.) — President Rodrigo Duterte has proclaimed the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, as terrorist groups.

“I, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, declare the CPP-NPA as designated and/or identified as a terrorist organization pursuant to the Section 3 and 15 of the RA 10168 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque announced Tuesday afternoon. 

Duterte’s order would enable law enforcers to run after individuals who provide financial support to CPP-NPA as Republic Act 10168 criminalizes the financing of terrorism.
 
Roque also read the memorandum issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre directing the latter to “immediately file the necessary application for the prescription or the declaration of the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization with the appropriate Regional Trial Court.”
 
Roque clarified that the terrorist tag is not applied to the National Democratic Front.

On November 23, Duterte formally terminated the peace negotiations with the communists.

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