NTF-ELCAC spox backs NICA chief’s claim against Reds front group in Senate

Presidential Communications Operations Office Undersecretary and NTF-ELCAC Spokesperson Lorraine Marie Badoy (Contributed photo)

QUEZON CITY, April 8 (PIA) -- The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) on Wednesday stood behind the claim of National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Director-General Alex Paul Monteagudo that the union of Senate employees is reportedly a front of the communist group.

In a report by the Philippine News Agency, Presidential Communications Operations Office Undersecretary and NTF-ELCAC Spokesperson Lorraine Marie Badoy said the NTF-ELCAC is "convinced" that the Sandigan ng mga Empleyadong Nagkakaisa sa Adhikain ng Demokratikong Orgnisasyon (SENADO) is being controlled by the labor group Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE).

COURAGE has been tagged as a front organization of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

“The NTF ELCAC stands solidly behind the Director General of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Alex Paul Monteagudo when he says that COURAGE is a front of the CPP-NPA-NDF and that it functions as the ears and eyes of this terrorist group,” Badoy said.

Monteagudo, in a Facebook post on Monday, alleged that SENADO is manned by COURAGE and serves as the “eyes and ears of the CPP-NPA-NDF to hijack government plans and programs.”

Badoy backed Monteagudo, saying COURAGE’s main goal is to infiltrate and weaken the government “by radicalizing and then recruiting its innocent members who have no idea they are being used.”

SENADO, for its part, vehemently denied links to CPP-NPA-NDF and also dismissed Monteagudo’s Facebook post as “malicious, baseless, and dangerous.”

The group then urged the senators to conduct an investigation into the allegation hurdled against the union, as well as other organizations in government.

Badoy said CPP-NPA-NDF front organizations, after being used by the communist group, “will have nothing to show for it but the grief and destruction they have brought upon themselves and our country.”

“We, therefore, welcome with open arms the call of S.E.N.A.D.O. president and CPP-NPA-NDF operative Rosel Eugenio for a Senate investigation into this matter,” she said.

Ending insurgency

Badoy said the NTF-ELCAC would not let communism thrive.

The government’s resolve, she said, is to end communism under President Rodrigo Duterte’s watch.

She made the vow, as she recognized that the 52-year communist scourge has brought “untold pain and sufferings on our people- more so the most helpless among us: our children, our indigenous peoples and the poorest of the poor.”

“The Filipino people have suffered long enough. We are grateful that we finally have a President who will stop at nothing to end the abuse of the Filipino people” Badoy said.

Badoy said stopping insurgency will be the current administration’s “gift” to the people.

“We are one with him (Duterte) in giving this gift to the Filipino people when he steps down in office in 2022: a country in a much better shape than what was handed to us where the CPP-NPA-NDF will be no more. And the Peace that has eluded us will finally be ours and our children’s,” she said.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terror group by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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