Makabayan bloc seeks House probe on government ‘terror list’

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Members of the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives want a congressional investigation on the so-called “terror list” of the Department of Justice petitioning the declaration of several leftist leaders and activists as terrorists.

They filed House Resolution 1807 asking their colleagues to probe and condemn the supposed list “as it violates basic rights of the individuals listed and put their lives in danger.”

The Makabayan bloc is composed of Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna, Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas of Gabriela, Antonio Tinio and France Castro of ACT-TEACHERS, Ariel Casilao of Anakpawis and Sarah Elago of Kabataan.

On February 21, the Department of Justice filed a petition to proscribe as terrorists the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army, as well as 657 individuals supposedly ranking members of these organizations.

“House Resolution 1807 could be a means of Congress to help expedite the peace negotiations as it will put in issue how this list was unjustly compiled. This can also correct the injustice to the organizations whose lives and limb have been imperiled by their inclusion to this ‘hit list’,” said Zarate.

“The list includes numerous rights defenders,a former legislator and even a UN special rapporteur among others. This list, which is really becoming absurd by the minute, is anathema to providing a conducive atmosphere for the resumption of talks,” he added.

“A House probe on the supposed terror list can recommend that road blocks to the negotiations be removed and for the talks to be expedited,” Zarate said.