TUGUEGARAO CITY (DWDD) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ensured the public that the petition filed in court to declare the New People’s Army (NPA) as a terrorist group is air tight.
According to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, the delay in filing the petition was because the National Prosecution Service (NPS) placed the document under strict scrutiny before filing it with the Manila Regional Court to ensure of an airtight case.
The move was to ensure that supporters of the terror group will not be able to see any loopholes in the petition.
Secretary Aguirre added that majority of Filipinos are awaiting the filing of the petition and declaring the NPAs as a terrorist group since they continuously conducted anti-people attacks, including government targets, even during the conduct of the peace process and especially after President Rodrigo Duterte released a proclamation order in December 2017 declaring the group as a terrorist.
Under Section 17 of the Human Security Act of 2007, that was the basis for the filing of the petition, the DOJ needs to apply in court the said petition to formally declare a group or organization as a terror group.
Aguirre is hopeful that the government forces will be able to easily crush the group and their legal fronts, together with supporters providing “revolutionary taxes’ if they would be declared as a terrorist group. AES / MCAG