MANILA, Philippines — “We are not terrorists,” said ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio.
This was the cry of Makabayan congressmen now that they are being tagged as terrorists under the Palace’s Proclamation No. 374.
It has been obvious that members of the Makabayan bloc in Congress are leading the series of protests against the government.
But the group said they are not insinuating terrorism in doing so.
“Hindi terorismo na ipaglaban ang human rights, ang right to due process ng bawat mga Pilipino lalo na ng maralita. Hindi terorismo ang ipaglaban ang karapatan sa lupa ng mga magsasaka,” said Tinio.
(It’s not terrorism but human rights that we are fighting for; the right to due process of all Filipinos especially the poor. It’s not terrorism to fight for the right of farmers to property.)
The group fears that the proclamation is being used to silence all progressive groups and activists.
“Ang mangyayari dito maraming mga trumped-up charges, pero ang layunin ay para mapatahimik, masupil at mapakulong pa mga ang mga aktibista at mga organisasyong makakaliwa,” said Tinio
(There will be more trumped-up charges to hush, suppress and put in jail all activists and leftist organizations.)
But according to the Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, it is clear that Proclamation No.374 declares the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army as an identified terrorist organization under Republic Act 10168, contrary to the claim of the Makabayan bloc. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue