Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said that he sees nothing wrong with the tarpaulins and banners sprouted along Roxas Boulevard and other areas in Metro Manila declaring CPP-NPA-NDF as persona non grata

“The expressions of sentiment against CPP/NPA/NDF [Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front] atrocities are free speech and are legally protected under the Constitution,” said Año.

“Remember, these are the terrorists’ groups driven by an archaic ideology who have been killing our police and soldiers and extorting from innocent civilians for the past 50 years,” the Cabinet official continued.

“It is just right that people denounce them for their crimes against the people. If you are not a member of the CPP/NPA/NDF, then you have nothing to worry about. How can these be ‘red-tagging’ when they are Communists or Reds by their own admission,” he added.

Año reiterated that it was CPP founder Joma Sison who red-tagged the groups in the first place, so they should complain to their leader and not to the government.

“I believe these tarpaulins are mere expressions of citizens or certain groups that they are fed up with abuses and atrocities perpetrated by the CPP/NPA/NDF,” he said.

“I welcome such kind of expression to send the message to the CPP/NPA/NDF that they are not welcome in the national capital region, just like what other provinces, cities, and municipalities all over the country,” the official enthused.

“We encourage all LGUs and other organizations fed up with the lies, deceitfulness, and atrocities of the CPP/NPA/NDF to place their own tarpaulins and billboards to send a strong message that their terrorism and criminal acts are not tolerated by the people,” he added.

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