The six-member Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives has reiterated its call to stop the red-tagging of their group which the National Task Force to End Communist Armed Conflict has linked to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army which is considered a terrorist organization by government.
Bayan Muna party-list Reps. Carlos Zarate, Ferdinand Gaite, and Eugenia Cullamat; Gabriela party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas; ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro; and Kabataan party-list Rep. Sarah Elago comprise the Makabayan in the current 18th Congress.
“We reiterate our call to stop the red-tagging of the Makabayan bloc, the harassment and surveillance of its officers and members because we are just defending human rights,” they said.
“We the Makabayan bloc in Congress condemns the continued red-tagging and surveillance not just of our chairman, former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmemares, but our whole bloc as well,” they added.
They claimed that Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr.’s continued attacks against them is a form of retaliation after they exposed the “generals’ pork” worth P19.1 billion under the proposed 2021 national budget.
The Leftist solons assailed the NTF-ELCAC’s P19.1-billion funding during the plenary deliberations on the proposed P4.506-trillion national budget for next year.
“The generals sitting at the leadership of the NTF-ELCAC now are seething with rage because the generals’ pork in the NTF-ELCAC was exposed to the public and they are hitting back at our bloc for doing so,” the militant lawmakers claimed.
According to them, the P19.1-billion discretionary funds could dwarf the alleged millions that the generals and their cohorts get from “rackets” such as those involving fake arrests and fake surrenderees under various programs like the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).