The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac) filed a petition in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) recently to cancel Kabataan party list’s registration. They did so on the basis of the party list allegedly being a legal front for communist rebels.
According to Kabataan representative Sarah Elago, the move was a waste of government resources.
According to the petition, filed last June 25 in the Comelec, the anticommunist task force called the Kabataan party list “a funnel to a terrorist organization”. The reference was directed towards the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army. Elago said that the charges are “nothing new” and “trumped-up”, noting that these charges have been dismissed multiple times.
A disqualification case was also filed by NTF-Elcac against Gabriela Women’s Party. Both Kabataan and Gabriela are part of the Makabayan bloc at the House of Representatives. Other members of the left-leaning bloc include lawmakers from Alliance of Concerned Teachers and Bayan Muna.
There has already been a call for the government to defund the NTF-Elcac.
Instead, the current P19 billion budget could be reallocated for the pandemic response of the administration. Lawmakers made this call after some of the task force’s officials’ involvement with red-tagging.
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