Freeze order issued vs CPP/NPA bank accounts, assets

Almost simultaneously with the declaration of the Anti Terror Law that the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army is a terrorist organization, the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLAC) issued a freeze order on all bank accounts and assets it owns directly or indirectly. It directs all government agencies and financial institutions to submit a list of bank accounts and properties whose ownership could be trace to the CPP/NPA and their allied organizations.

The order dated December 23, 2020 was the first devastating blow that the government struck the CPP/NPA in implementing the Anti-Terror Law, or Republic Act No. 11479. Tightening the screws on the finances of the CPP/NPA is the one single act that its leaders and allies have feared. Without the free flow money it had enjoyed in the past, the CPP/NPA could just die a natural death. Extortion money and foreign aid, augmented by public funds coursed through the Makabayan bloc, are the only sustenance for this 52-year old terrorist group.

This development aggravates the state of affairs of the CPP/NPA. Through the NTF-ELCAC, the government has succeeded in dismantling the backbone of the guerilla forces during the last month or so with the surrender of many red fighters. The NPA’s numbers have dwindled to insignificance during the last four years, and the wave after wave of its forces laying down their weapons will bring down their fighting force to almost nil.

That the NPA has weakened can be seen in the fewer raids and ambuscades its guerilla fronts have undertaken during the last four years. A key component of the CPP/NPA propaganda is making the public believe that it has sufficient armed presence in the countryside to keep the military and police on its toes. And this is achieved by the conduct of raids on municipal buildings and military camps as well as ambuscades. Their silence lately contradicts the boastful claim made by Joma Sison that it has grown in strength.

Indeed, after 52 years, the CPP/NPA has not come an inch closer to the objectives set by Sison in 1968. It is now nothing much but a nuisance in a society that wants genuine peace. Sison and his cadres failed to demonstrate that communism is the right path to building a better Philippines for our people. It’s far from it. The truth is that the CPP/NPA has become the biggest obstacle to economic development and uplifting the lives of Filipinos.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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