- Several anti-communist groups urged the representatives under the Makabayan bloc to resign
- National Task Force to End Local Communist
Armed Conflict vice chairman at National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said they will file disqualification cases against them in the Comelec
- Teddy Casiño, Bayan Muna party-list vice president, said it is wrong to associate them to communist groups without evidence
Several groups have aired their frustrations and disappointment over the lawmakers under the Makabayan bloc.
Anti-communist groups and other civil society organizations called on the Makabayan bloc lawmakers to resign for allegedly recruiting minors to join the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s
Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).
Members of the League of Parents of the Philippines (LPP), Liga Independencia Pilipinas (LIPI), Hands Off Our Children (HOC), and Yakap ng mga Magulang joined forces to condemn the Makabayan bloc representatives for their alleged recruitment of minors and for denying their ties with communist groups.
LPP chair Remy Rosadio spoke during the rally and asked the lawmakers allegedly linked to communist groups to stop using their youth to their own causes.
“You are just destroying our families. Stop using our children for your senseless revolution. Stop brainwashing them,” Rosadio said.
National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict vice chairman at National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon also said they are planning to file a disqualification case in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against the parties allegedly linked to communist groups.
“Lalo lamang tumibay ang aming paniniwala na dapat mawala sila at madiskuwalipika ng Comelec dahil sa pag-amin nila na sila pala hindi naniniwalang kondehanin ang NPA… As government employees or workers, dahil sila ay congressmen, ay bakit hindi nila makondena ang ginagawa ng NPA?” Esperon was quoted in a report by ABS-CBN.
Meanwhile, Teddy Casiño, Bayan Muna party-list vice president denied that associating him with the CPP-NPA, especially if there is no evidenc is against the law.
“To conclude that I am engaged in the
armed struggle, to conclude that I am doing something ille gal and that is guilt by association, trial by publicity. That is what we want to avoid,” Casiño said.