Philippines officially asks EU to stop funding alleged CPP-NPA fronts
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government has formally requested the European Union to stop its funding for certain groups they are alleging as “fronts” of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army.
The EU funds are supposedly being used to fuel terrorist activities of the communist rebels, National Security Adviser and Vice Chairman of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said in a letter to Gilles De Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator dated March 26.
The funds are allegedly used “to propagate terrorism” and “to recruit and exploit vulnerable sectors such as indigenous people (IP), the systematic destruction of the latter’s culture and value system, and the murder of their leaders.”
Because of this, Esperon said the CPP-NPA has successfully established international networks through these front groups.
Three Belgian non-government organizations that have “indirectly and unwittingly partnered” with its local counterparts in the Philippines were: SOLIDAGRO, Viva Salud, and KIYO.
Philippine NGOs identified as fronts of the CPP-NPA were: Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV); IBON Foundation; Karapatan; Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation, Inc.; the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines; the Salugpungan Ta’tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center, Inc.; the Alliance of Health Workers; the Kilusang Mayo Uno; Gabriela; and ACT.
“It is appalling that these entities are used to radicalize children with the end view of turning them into child warriors and future leaders of the CPP-NPA communist-terrorist groups,” the letter read./ac
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