By Lorraine Marie Badoy

The poisoned pen of Tonyo Cruz

January 25, 2020, 3:50 pm

IF you want to have some understanding about the sorry state of Philippine media in general and journalism in particular and how tenacious and overreaching the influence of communist terrorists have over it, the case of Tonyo Cruz will give you clear answers.

It will show you who has been manipulating and forming the opinions of the vast majority of Filipinos and who has given you the language of hate and mistrust towards the government. Not Tonyo  Cruz per se because I do know hardly anyone reads this paid blogger these days.

But for our purpose, Tonyo Cruz’ journey with the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democrat-c Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) is of some use to us.

Hopefully, this gives you some idea of the dimensions of the challenges before us as a nation and individually, as thinking beings who grapple with a host of seemingly illogical nonsense in our midst.

For instance, why is a President as effective as this –someone who is making great strides in putting the Filipino on higher ground and the Philippines well on its way to recovery — be constantly vilified and demonized by a significant number of media practitioners?

Why is there no acknowledgment from this same group of gains he’s made that they, purportedly, have been fighting for decades: like Universal Health Care, Free Tertiary Education, the giving away to farmers of land in record numbers, Free Irrigation, etc.? Not a whisper of approval.

Why are these self-proclaimed fighters for social justice mum when this President levels the playing field for our farmers, the poorest of the poor in ways never before seen?

Why do they manufacture outrageous lies about him that hardly any Filipino who lives here believes? For instance that he is a butcher, a dictator.

For this, Tonyo Cruz (and a few of his buds I will mention) is of some use to us. He will also help us understand the CPP-NPA-NDF — something that is of utmost importance because we can never hope to end this communist terrorist scourge if we don’t take the time to know the enemy.

They will forever keep us running around in circles chasing after our own tails, mistaking each other for the enemy while these duplicitous bastards make us do what they’ve manipulated us into doing (like hate the yellows with a vengeance when it’s really them making the dim yellows dance to their tune. The yellows are intellectual and political lightweights. Think Leni Robredo.

But the Reds are the evil geniuses – let’s give credit where credit is due. A lot of them are UP graduates and this hurts me, a UP graduate, a lot.)

So on to Tonyo Cruz.

Tonyo Cruz, was recruited into the above-ground organization of the CPP-NPA-NDF, the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) at the UPLB where he studied.

CEGP is where college students get radicalized and taught the language of hate and mistrust of government. Like Anakbayan, LFS and NUJP and indeed all above-ground organizations of the CPP-NPA-NDF,  the message at his level is:

May problema sa lipunan.

May inaaping sector.

At walang ginagawa ang gobyerno.

So for media, what they’re told, at the start, matches the objective reality.

In the 70s, for instance, during the Marcos regime, real issues were the silencing of journalists by harassment or death, the muzzling of press freedom, envelopmental journalism, etc.

This rings hollow during the Duterte Administration because objective reality does not match their empty rhetoric: the Philippines has one of the freest free press in the entire world. 

The President’s first Administrative Order that he signed a mere 4 months into office was AO#1 creating the Presidential Task Force on Media Security.

From being tagged as one of the deadliest countries for journalists, the Philippines now holds the distinction of being the only country in the world to have convicted the largest number of suspects in the killing of journalists, the Ampatuan case. The only country on record to have 49 cumulative convictions of media killers.

And yet where do all these misinformation about the suppression of press freedom in a country with one of the freest free press come from?

You have Tonyo and his operatives of the CPP-NPA-NDF to thank for.

CEGP and NUJP, like Anakbayan and LFS (and all legal fronts), are NOT made up of members of the terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF. Its members, at this point, believe in the cause (press freedom for instance) and have no idea they’ve walked into a terrorist lair.

The peculiar thing about CEGP (and AnakBayan, LFS, NUJP, etc.) is that their officers are placed there by ranking party members of the CPP-NPA -DF.

Sure there are elections but these elections are rigged and manipulated so that the ones who win are the ones they want and need to win in order to achieve their end goal.

The officers are placed there by the highest-ranking members of the terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF because there is a grand plan and that grand plan ends at one goal: the overthrow of the government and the installing of themselves in power.

That’s the one and only goal of the CPP-NPA-NDF.

So they make sure everyone is aligned with this dark goal and like a macabre dance, moves in unison towards death via the leadership of members of the CPP-NPA-NDF of their seemingly innocent and even noble organization – not knowing they are being led down the road to perdition.

After around 5 months, Tonyo was invited to join the Kabataang Makabayan — an underground NDF organization — via an immersion that commenced at the anniversary of the CPP-NPA-NDF, December 26.

When your child reaches this level, he is exposed for the first time to the armed terrorists, the NPAs-- and they’re exposed to fake testimonials and made to hero-worship these terrorists who proclaim themselves as ‘tagapagtanggol ng masa’—which is a hoot because these ‘tagapagtanggol ng masa’ are really ‘pinakamalupit sa masa’ wreaking fear and havoc into their simple lives, exacting weekly tributes of food from the poor while their own children go hungry.

If his first 5 months with CEGP is the softening of the ground, immersion on December 26 is when they plant the seed: the taking up of arms and the overthrow of the government is the one and only solution to the social injustice you see around you—which is why it’s underground.

When they agree to join the Kabataang Makabayan — the underground arm of the CEGP, they are saying they agree in overthrowing the government and that they will do all they can to reach this end goal. 

Your kids still go back to school post-immersion but the seed of terrorism has been planted.

By March to April is when the whispered seduction becomes a solid commitment: we need soldiers to fight this battle. Can we count on you?

It is at this point when we lose our brainwashed children because they leave school,  our homes, our care, our guidance, and our love. And we don’t see them for years if we’re lucky.

And never ever again if we’re the most doomed, the most ill-starred, ill-fated parent that ever walked the earth.

Our children take up arms and go to the mountains to fight a war manufactured by these duplicitous, vicious bastards who see them as nothing more than fodder — inconsequential, collateral damage to a war whose end goal is the installation of these decrepit bastards into power.

The ones who mean the most to us, our most precious, who firmly reside in our hearts and souls — our children –mean nothing to these communist terrorists and are mere ammunition to their deadly goals.

Already thousands of our children have paid with ruined lives.

Over and over, I’ve had to bear listening to our children express grief at how they had given so much to a cause that turned out to be as false as the courage of the cowards who run the CPP-NPA-NDF — starting with the nefarious bastard in The Netherlands.

And those who can still speak of their remorse are the lucky ones.

There are those – in the unbearable thousands – who lie buried in shallow graves across the land—never to be found by their parents who have been cursed to walk the earth searching for children they have lost forever.

For them, there will be no enlightenment of the serious errors in judgement they made. For them, darkness forever.

And Tonyo Cruz took an active part in this and has blood on his hands.

As a youth sector activist of the KM, Tonyo Cruz actively lured our children into the deadly traps set for them by the CPP-NPA-NDF — the CEGP, ANAKBAYAN, LFS, STUDENT CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT OF THE PHILIPPINES and many more.

Later, Tonyo Cruz became a member of the CPP under the CPP’s National Youth and Students Bureau as part of their propaganda machine. So this Pied Piper of death marched unknown numbers of Filipino youth into their death and destruction.

Later on, he was deployed at the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan or BAYAN where he was in charge of the media and information desk of BAYAN National.

It was under this toxic creature’s watch that the broad alliance behind the ERAP RESIGN MOVEMENT in 2000 was created.

And yes, it is the CPP-NPA-NDF behind the OUST DUTERTE MOVEMENT. (And all those movements through the years designed to oust Philippine presidents because their end goal, as I’ve repeatedly said, is the overthrow of the government.)

By its very nature, media is non-conformist. The CPP-NPA-NDF knows this and they use this against journalists who have that bent and maybe the ones stuck in high school who think it’s cool to be anti-establishment no matter if there are occasions when heaving a sigh of relief for a job well done by the President is more fitting.

So while NUJP and CEGP are made up of members who do not necessarily agree to the overthrow of the government, their leaders are members of the CPP-NPA-NDF and are tasked to lead them down that path of government overthrow.

And the illegal CPP-NPA-NDF can swim very freely using the cover of their legal fronts — the most powerful of which are the CPP-NPA-NDF members who sit in the House of Representatives.

Yes, folks, there sit in the highest offices of the land – terrorists out to overthrow the government.

So gobyerno nagpapasweldo sa mga nagpapabagsak nito. At pera ng taong bayan ang ginagamit para sa kahirapan ng taong bayan.

Ang saklap diba?

A clear illustration of the duplicitous method employed by the CPP-NPA-NDF: their revolutionary dual tactics: using the law, infiltrating government, weaponizing human rights advocacy, exploiting the peace process and peace talks, establishing NGO’s and legal institutions, link-up with international network especially the European Union, the United Nations among others.

The urban mass movement of the CPP-NPA-NDF has many layers of masks and deceptions and manipulations that are not evident right away because it is hard to establish the interlinkages.

Also, they are quite adept at using laws and government resources to their tactical advantage and to advance their strategic goal which is to topple the government through the armed struggle—their PRINCIPAL form of struggle.

In other words, you can never take away the NPA component of the CPP-NPA-NDF. The overthrow of the government through violent means is at the very core of this terrorist group.

Are Tonyo Cruz, Inday Varona, Nonoy Espina, Renato Reyes,Teddy Casiño, Carol Araullo NPA members?

No, they’re not.

They are members of the CPP-NPA-NDF, however, and have consciously and willingly agreed to the overthrow of the government. Carol Aurallo is a central party committee member of the CPP-NPA-NDF, for instance.

Tonyo, however, had a falling out with the CPP-NPA-NDF when one of Jose Maria Sison’s closest, Rita Baua, castigated him in front of everyone. He is no longer a member of the central committee but he continues to be a member of the CPP-NPA-NDF. And continues to do his toxic share via paid blogging and other operations.

The cadres I speak to laugh derisively when they speak of this particular group (Teddy, Carol, Tonyo, etc,) because they’ve never dirtied their hands with the hard life of an NPA – fighting in the mud, enduring hunger, putting their lives on the line.

In other words, they espouse the violent struggle they themselves won’t join.

Teddy Casiño is laughed off by these ex-cadres who fought in the mountains for decades as “burgis na ayaw masira ang kutis” so that he chose to stay in the city and wreak havoc via remote control.

How like their Poon—the biggest coward—hiding in The Netherlands while ordering thousands upon thousands of Filipinos to march into their doom.

Tonyo Cruz, Renato Reyes, Carol Araullo — these scandalous hypocrites — goad our children to give up their lives and they do so in the comfortable lives they refuse to leave – while our children lay dying in the mountains, while IP tribal leaders get slaughtered in the mountains by their comrades, while IP children as young as 5 years old train to be child warriors.

But their day of reckoning has finally arrived.

They have finally met their match in Rodrigo Duterte — a President who is the very face of public service — and thus, has the love and support of the people.

A President who has the political will of steel to do what’s right for this country--to end this communist terrorist scourge when he steps down in 2022 via a whole of nation approach.

And soon, the poisoned pen, the unethical and obscene use of talent, the vast and toxic wasteland that this terrorist, Tonyo Cruz, wreaks on all of us, will end.

In the meantime, Tonyo Cruz and those I have named here are welcome to defend themselves from the serious accusation I’ve leveled against them: that they are members of the terrorist group, the CPP-NPA-NDF.

I’d deny it if it were false.

But if it were true, I would say all sorts of non-sequitur (aka change the topic) but not give the simple answer this simple question requires.

Exactly the way Anakbayan Spokesperson Alex Danday, a ranking member of the terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF, is doing it.

I, therefore, challenge Tonyo Cruz and those I have named here to answer this simple question: are you a member of the CPP-NPA-NDF?

If not, will you denounce the atrocities of this terrorist group?

The nation eagerly awaits your response.


About the Columnist

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Dr. Lorraine Badoy Is Presidential Communications Operations Office Undersecretary for External Affairs and New Media