State Dept: CPP/NPA still on US foreign terror organization list
WASHINGTON, DC—THE Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA) remain on the list of terrorist organizations of the United States government.
“The CPP/NPA is a designated FTO (Foreign Terrorist Organization) and it continues to meet the criteria for such a designation,” State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said.
Toner sent his brief statement Thursday morning (Friday in Manila) to a group of Filipino reporters, including the Inquirer, who are on a State Department Foreign Press Centers reporting tour.
The US placed the CPP/NPA on its FTO list in 2002.
Before heading to Rome for the third round of formal talks last week, Philippine chief negotiator Silvestre Bello said government wanted CPP founder Jose Ma. Sison delisted from the US FTO to allow him to freely participate in the talks.
But the joint statement issued after the Rome talks was silent on the proposed delisting of Sison from the US FTO list.
On Wednesday, the communist rebels terminated their five-month old unilateral ceasefire, accusing President Duterte of reneging on his promise to release all political prisoners and government forces violating the truce.
A junior officer was killed while another soldier was wounded in Davao Oriental on Wednesday afternoon while responding to reports of NPA harassment in Manay town. NLD
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