NTF-ELCAC: NDF is top 'terrorist groomer' in PH

By Priam Nepomuceno

April 24, 2024, 11:29 am

MANILA – The National Democratic Front (NDF) remains the "foremost terror-groomer" among the various terrorist groups still operating in the country, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) has said.

"Even in the CPP’s (Communist Party of the Philippines) 2016 Constitution, under Article 10, it shows that the NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) is an integral and inseparable part of the CPP-NPA (New People's Army). It is the core and most consolidated group that provides support to the armed and organizational expansion of the CPP," NTF-ELCAC executive director Undersecretary Ernesto Torres Jr. said in a statement Tuesday night.

Torres said the pervasive threat posed by the NDF, established 51 years ago on April 24, 1973, undermines the very fabric of Filipino society.

The NDF's orchestration of worker strikes, student boycotts, and protests aimed at destabilizing the government underscores the imperative to confront their malevolent agenda, he added.

"These duplicitous organizations thrive on the suffering of the Filipino people, deceiving innocent individuals to join their corrupted cause and needlessly perish for it," Torres said.

He added that the CPP-NPA-NDF has methodically recruited innocent Filipinos into their armed components, perpetrating terrorist activities nationwide through its deceptive facade of front organizations.

Torres also said the insurgents' exploitation of vulnerable sectors and their manipulation of social issues have sown seeds of violence and anarchy in marginalized communities.

He noted that the targeted recruitment of vulnerable sectors, such as students and youth for terrorist grooming, is part of the "intricate dynamics" of the Underground Mass Organizations (UGMOs) of the CPP-NPA-NDF and their front organizations.

He emphasized the overarching authority of the NDF across diverse sectors within the CPP-NPA-NDF network nationwide.

Torres said “terrorist-grooming activities” are deliberately carried out by UGMOs through front organizations, such as the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) with the Revolutionary Congress of Trade Union as its underground mass organization; Gabriela/ MAKIBAKA (Makabayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan); ACT/KAGUMA (Katipunan ng mga Gurong Makabayan); and Alliance of Health Workers and HEAD/MASAPA (Makabayang Samahang Pangkalusugan), alongside legal and paralegal organizations.

The Philippine government, through the Anti-Terrorism Council, designated the NDF as a terrorist organization on June 23, 2021. (PNA)