Drilon comes to the rescue of the Reds

Somewhere deep in the mountains of the Sierra Madre, cadres of the New People’s Army are shouting with glee and pumping their fists in the air to honor a newfound hero for their cause. And in safehouses all across Metro Manila, activists seeking the overthrow of the government are toasting each other that if a measure being pushed by Senator Franklin Drilon is enacted, they won’t have to wear masks anymore during protest actions to hide their identities.

Drilon, in a bill filed before the Senate, is proposing the criminalization of red-tagging and holding those who commit such act punishable by 10 years in jail. Nothing could provide the communists greater comfort and succor in these trying times than a shield of protection against red-tagging that only Drilon could possibly throw.

Of course, such measure has zero chance of success of being enacted, not in the present Congress, and not in the future. Filipinos are sick and tired of the destabilization efforts of left-leaning organizations led by the Makabayan bloc that aim only to weaken the foundations of government and punch holes into the government’s armor in the fight to end the communist insurgency.

Drilon simply wants to look good to the communists. At this point, the only chance Drilon can hope to lead the opposition (he is the ring-leader of that gang, not Leni Robredo) back to power is strengthen the alliance with communist insurgents. At the back of his mind, only a successful revolution from the countryside can bring down President Duterte, and he is rolling out a red carpet for his allies.

Why criminalize red-tagging? What harm does it do? Will it destroy our democratic institutions? Will it trample on people’s rights?

This is apparently Drilon’s counter-foil to the increasingly successful efforts of the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). The battle for the hearts and minds of the people is swinging in favor of the government. More and more NPA cadres are giving up their arms and returning to the folds of the law. It’s mostly because of the propaganda efforts of the NTF-ELCAC, not bullets and bombs and artillery shells, that is turning the tide.

Do Filipinos want to tie the hands of the government behind its back with this proposed measure? Do the people want the likes of General Antonio Parlade muzzled and give breathing space for the red-painted left leaning organizations?

The left is now on the retreat. In a matter of time, the entire communist insurgency will be crushed. The Duterte government is demonstrating to NPA rebels that the roots of their dissatisfaction are being addressed. And the government is showing that genuine economic progress can be made to happen if obstacles to peace are removed.

There is nothing Drilon can do to stop the Duterte administration from winning this war.

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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