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ANAD decries government move to release “NDF Peace Consultants”

January 21, 2011

“Another scorching travesty of justice and inequality if government shall indeed release about a dozen of Maoist terrorist leaders that the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF claim are their peace consultants as reported in newspapers, yesterday (ppA1 PDI, 1/20/11).”

ANAD Partylist Rep. Jun Alcover issued this statement as he called on government to further clarify its position saying, “Are we going to do a repeat of the zarzuela that surrounded the release of Morong 43?”

ANAD strongly believes that the President’s decision and subsequent order issued by DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima to her prosecutors to file a Motion to Withdraw Information was a blatant violation of our laws, established jurisprudence, and the standing Rules of Procedure of the National Prosecution Service.

“Is government bent on setting free all detained Maoist terrorists who were arrested by a valid warrant of arrest issued by the courts? Why only them? What about the many Filipinos who had been languishing in jail for many years while their cases is still pending with the courts? Is government not going to release them in the spirit of justice, equality, and fairness?” Rep. Alcover said.

The pro-democracy leader slammed the Jose Ma. Sison and Luis Jalandoni for demanding so much from government without even showing and doing its share of confidence building measures towards peace. “They have openly manipulated situations in their favor without giving anything, in return! They have responded with deaf ears and blinded eyes to the resounding call of the Filipino people for reciprocal sincerity and commitment towards peace” Rep. Alcover explained.

Rep. Alcover warned against a possible Nepal-like situation that may happen in this country. “Recent developments tends to validate some circulated information that the next step that the Maoist terrorist group shall seek is to establish a coalition government similar to that of Nepal with the communist ultimately taking over the reigns of governance and plunging the country into a deeply divided and troubled nation,” he clarified.

“We cannot afford that. Peace is all what we seek. But this must be within the framework of our constitution and the rule of law. Government must assert its authority over a revolutionary organization and stamp-out with finality all spurious and fallacious claims of having a separate or independent rule within our territory and political jurisdiction,” Rep. Alcover stressed.

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A call for reciprocal sincerity and commitment towards peace

January 18, 2011

A PRIVELEGE SPEECH

CONG. JUN M. ALCOVER

ANAD Partylist Representative

INTRODUCTION:

Mr. Speaker and members of this House of the Peoples’ Representatives, this Representation whose constituency principally espouses a sustained and strong pro-democracy advocacy, rises on the question of personal and collective privilege to raise important concerns that not only relates to what we are today but it is of utmost importance as it transcends generations upon generations of Filipinos whose freedom, peace, and democratic institutions is seriously threatened by a callous, inhuman, violent, and evil ideology, not original to Filipinos, but all the more embraced by a few egocentric human beings and skilfully inculcated on the minds and hearts of our people covering some 42 years and still going.

The threat of Maoist terrorism, expertly and intricately woven by the so many layers of lies and deceit is more pronounced today than ever before. The Maoist terrorist Communist Party of the Philippines arrogantly displayed repugnant and astute traits as they waged a relentless and ultra violent armed struggle, through their New Peoples Army (NPA), on one hand; while the National Democratic Front (NDF) is so engrossed in the political struggle through their above ground organization the Bagong Alyansa Makabayan or BAYAN, and the Underground Mass Organization or UGMO, on the other, who are vociferous, like termites, as they wage a concerted effort  to infiltrate our legal political structures and ultimately cause its total collapse and destruction.

The basic weapon used by the NDF’s political provocateurs par excellence is black propaganda and levelled against government, at all times. BAYAN and its legal sectoral front and pseudo partylist organizations skilfully waded through our democracy and effectively used Marxist doctrine: Join government to destroy government; Use democracy to destroy democracy, and Join Parliament to destroy parliament against us.

All that is happening now, are the very same doctrines insidiously instilled on this representation during the time when I was active in the Maoist communist underground organization, as pioneer political and commanding officer of the Maoist CPP-NPA in Eastern and Central Visayas, covering the years from 1968 until the late 70’s.

Mr. Speaker and members of this august chamber, the speedy release of the Morong 43, with John Mark Barrientos, Valentino Paulino, Cherylyn Tawagon, Eleanor Carandang, and Jennylyn Pizarro, who in their own respective volition decided to stay inside Camp Capinpin, clearly demonstrates how deep the venomous tentacles of the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF has infiltrated the constitutionally established offices of government and influence political situations and decisions.

The Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) Partylist denounce, in strongest terms, the haste and quickness of pace that the Department of Justice did.  Many believed that President Aquino III was caught between the great divide and deep blue sea, so to speak, when: a) he was so incensed with the idea of settling the decades old Maoist terrorist insurgency, in the country, where his predecessors failed; and b): his hands are tied to his oath of office which is basically to uphold the rule of law aside from protecting our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, among others.

In the latter and simply said, Mr. Speaker, the highest official of the land must uphold the majesty of the law, at all time, inclusive of which are the established Rules of Procedures, and the many jurisprudence of the Supreme Court.

Sad is the fact / that all these were thrown out, courtesy of DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima who ordered her prosecutors to file a Motion to Withdraw Information before the courts of law.

Let me emphasize that ANAD, through this representation, is not against the release from detention of the Morong 43 but on the issue of compliance to established rules of procedures and jurisprudence. In short, what was at stake was the issue of: the Rule of Law, existing Jurisprudence, and the established Judicial Procedure. Shortcuts, especially those done intentionally and deliberately to please somebody or a group, is wholly unacceptable and should merit outright condemnation by peace and freedom loving Filipinos.

You may all say / that it is now water under the bridge. But on the contrary, I say that this issue must be raised again and brought before us, in this august chamber, because what happened was a blatant transgression of our laws to give way to the clamor of a few whose expertise in drumbeating dirty and concocted propaganda is what they mastered and were known for.

Mr. Speaker, weeks before the Dec. 10 celebration of the International Human Rights Day, this representation and ANAD is fully aware that the Maoist terrorist sectoral front organizations and pseudo partylist groups were so engrossed in stirring public opinion by doing the rounds and talking to them or through e-mail sent to both domestic and foreign personalities and organization to pressure government into releasing the Morong 43 from detention, and thus making a mockery of our own laws.

Lamentable is the fact that despite the straightforward and clear admission of Barrientos, Paulino, Carandang, Tawagon, and Pizarro that they are members of the violent NPA and were on training for medical and emergency measures which can be used while in the mountains, Maoist terrorist sectoral front and pseudo partylist organizations insists that they are rural health workers and whose rights were violated. Sickening is their posturing and pretensions.

The release of the Morong 43 is in fact a victory for Maoism in this country, Mr. Speaker! The Maoist terrorist pseudo partylist representatives here, sitting comfortably and enjoying the perks and privileges of the institution that they committed themselves to destroy, together with their cabal of allies in this chamber, already may have celebrated their victory, altogether. However, for those whose strong faith is still firmly nestled on the protection and preservation of our freedoms and democracy, views this as a signal of bleak portents to come.

The concern of ANAD does not end with the release of Morong 43. Much to our chagrin is the fact that once again government is slowly being sweet-talked into believing that bright days are coming if the peace negotiations are revived and moving.

The ambivalence of their manipulations is very much alarming and sends chilling signals against us. This is more glaring today, Mr. Speaker, with not only a few but a sizeable number of personalities whom I am sure were hardline Maoist communist are now sitting in the air-conditioned offices and cushion-packed swivel chairs in government offices and paid dearly out of the taxpayers money. This Congress is not exempted from this highly repugnant display of arrogance and cheat.

Time and again, ANAD issued statements of caution. Again, I say, statement of caution and not to raise the ante of negativism and warmongering. The 42 years of Maoist terrorist insurgency and peace negotiations covering some 21 years resulted to nothing.

Why? It is because one of the parties in the negotiation is tightly stuck to its insincerity and non-commitment to seek the path of peace for the country and people. As ever, they are wholly obsessed in the total destruction of our free and democratic system of governance and all of its corresponding structures and institutions, including this House of Peoples Representative.

Recent developments, particularly during the 19 days unilateral ceasefire, both but separately declared by the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF and the government of the Republic of the Philippines, are vivid proofs of the terrorist’s intransigence, unfaithfulness, and insincerity to seek the path of peaceful resolution to the decades old and longest running Maoist terrorist insurgency, in the world.

Despite the assurances made by Jose Ma. Sison and Luis Jalandoni that the February 2011  Peace Talks shall push through, their subaltern in the person of Jorge Madlos, aka Ka Oris and reportedly the spokesman of the NDF in Mindanao, issued startling messages that says – – despite the resumption of the peace negotiation and the truce or ceasefire that may possibly be put in effect, the Maoist NPA’s shall continue with its military offensive, massive recruitment for members, including minors, and the expansion of their base and operational areas. This is aside from the veiled threat against mining companies who were told to raise their extorted take from 15 million pesos annually to 20 million pesos.

Indeed, Madlos scare tactic was deliberate and with purpose. Who then shall carry the heavy load of the economic backlash once these mining companies closes shop and take flight out of the country carrying their billions of dollars in investments?

No one else but the government of the Republic of the Philippines. It is not solely President Benigno Aquino III who shall feel the extreme heat and pain of any economic downturn but the entire 94 million Filipinos, or so!

Mr. Speaker, with a heavy heart and in my solitude, I made a deep soul searching and asked this question to myself – – – What has happened to our leaders? These are the very same leaders who were chosen by millions of Filipinos to administer this country and steer the rudder of governance clearly and steady on course along the lines of real freedom and principles of democracy.

But my reading of recent developments points to an impending disaster, of calamitous proportion, for our cherished freedoms and democratic ideals with our chosen leaders more than willing to give away anything  just to convince a group who is notoriously known to be incorrigible liars and skilfully adept in displaying the art of deception. Is their truth to the rumor that decidedly, this is for political expediency and hype?

A very biased, solid, and concrete manifestation of confidence building measures that has never been reciprocated equally by Jose Ma. Sison’s CPP-NPA-NDF except the continued detonation of land mines and bursts of gunfire resulting in the grizzly murder of Joven Cabe, a 9-year old child and 10 soldiers in Las Navas town, Northern Samar just two-days before the start of the 19-day unilateral ceasefire that the CPP-NPA-NDF declared and under the guise of giving meaning to the Yuletide Season which even they themselves do not adhere or believe.

The deception is glaring, Mr. Speaker. Indeed, it was a ceasefire that’s so precious and much desired by the Maoist terrorist to replenish their logistical needs, consolidate their forces, and strategizes once again what necessary steps to make, all in the name of the Godless, inhuman, and violent Maoist communist terrorist revolution!

I wanted to share with you a famous line which has become a byword, not only by me but by those whose endearing love for freedom and democracy still burn deep inside. The saying goes – – – NEVER TRUST A COMMUNIST! Does this hold true today? I think, the answer is a very big YES!

It seems, we are not heading to any specific objective. This is another zarzuela of lies and deceit well calibrated and deliberately planned by Maoist terrorist personalities to sow chaos and eventually the total collapse of freedom and democracy in this country.

We cannot afford to be complacent and feel relaxed if we want to deal fairly, equitably, and honestly with communists. The more than 20 years of hard pressed negotiations for peace has failed because of Maoist terrorists’ machinations and making.

Why is this happening? Is it because of what they call – – – political expediency? Whose political interest is at stake now? Are we willing to easily give in without knowing the root causes of all of these?

Mr. Speaker, in all frankness and candor, allow me to ask this question: Have we changed course, in the matter of state policies? As a matter of fact and if my memory tells me right, our government maintains a “No Negotiation Policy” towards terrorists and criminals, particularly kidnappers. The implementation of this policy transcended several of our country’s presidential administrations. Now that we are about to go back to the negotiating table, I therefore ask this question – – – Has our government extended the status of belligerency to the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF?

As a matter of right, this representation and my constituency, Mr. Speaker, demand an answer from President Aquino III. We should not forget ANAD shares the same interest with the leaders of government to seek peace, also. But this must not be at the expense of justice, fair play, and the rule of law.

If the answer is NEGATIVE, then government must impose its authority over and above the illegitimate and the illegal. Contrary to the allegations of the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF, there is no such thing as revolutionary government in this country. There is only one legitimate government in this country and that is the government of the Republic of the Philippines and nothing else. Therefore, government is duty bound to put a stop to the unabated extortion activities perpetrated by the Maoist terrorist. On this regard, Mr. Speaker, to effectively enforce the law, we should not do a slapstick response to the violence and inhumanity that the Maoist terrorist’s CPP-NPA-NDF has committed against our people. A resolute and lawful response is what our people expect from government.

ANAD reiterates our position that PEACE TALKS SHALL ONLY BE HELD AFTER THE REMOVING OF FIREARMS by the Maoist terrorists. Prudence and mutual respect dictates that the legitimate should, at all times, prevail over the illegitimate; and the legal should never yield to the illegal.

Mr. Speaker, if peace is what we seek, then this must be within the framework of our constitution. The Maoist terrorist NPA must remove their firearms before the resumption of the peace negotiations. It is absurd, highly outrageous, and unacceptable for government to talk peace with the terrorist M-16 rifles foisted at our back and their fingers on the trigger, ready to squeeze it, Mr. Speaker.

At the same time, government must reciprocate this by ordering all of its security forces: the military, police, and auxiliary forces, to return to their respective camps or barracks, during the talks.

We should not commit the same mistakes as before. We should not allow complacency to set in at the expense of our peoples’ security and lives. We must put an end to the lies and the unrelenting manipulation that Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF personalities, to include those who are now sitting comfortably in this hall, have mastered and skilfully exerted to the detriment of our country’s future and well-being.

All these are simple demands that no one would dare deny it, if only sincerity, purity of intentions, and commitment towards peace really lingers inside their conscience and heart. But definitely, all these shall be thrown out by people whose ulterior motive is to foster violence and human depredation leading to the total collapse of our country’s democracy and freedom.

I therefore call on all members of this august chamber that we forge a covenant of unity and rally behind this call for reciprocal sincerity and commitment from the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF and jointly seek, with government and the millions of  Filipinos, the very elusive peace that all of us have maintained a burning desire to attain.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker and my esteemed colleagues.

ANAD dares Maoist terrorists to reciprocate government with sincerity and commitment for peace

January 18, 2011

“I call on all members of Congress to unite and rally behind the call for an equal and reciprocal sincerity and commitment for peace from the Maoist terrorist’s CPP-NPA-NDF and jointly seeks with government that elusive peace where all of us have maintained a burning desire to attain.”

These were the words of ANAD Partylist Rep. Jun Alcover in his privilege speech during Congress plenary yesterday (January 17) when the Lower House resumed its regular session after the holiday recess,

Rep. Alcover pointed to the government’s “No Negotiation” policy with terrorists and other lawless groups. “Has government already extended the status of belligerency to the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF when it decided to revive the peace negotiations?” he asked even as he pointed out that this policy has transcended several presidential administrations since former President Corazon Aquino.

“As a matter of right, this representation and my constituency demand an answer from President Aquino III. We should not forget ANAD shares the same interest with the leaders of government to seek peace. But this must not be at the expense of justice, fair play, and the rule of law,” he explained.

Rep. Alcover further explained saying, “Prudence and mutual respect dictates that the legitimate should, at all times, prevail over the illegitimate; and the legal should never yield to the illegal. There is only one government in this country and that is of the Republic of the Philippines. There is no revolutionary government as claimed by the Maoist terrorists. If peace is what we seek, then this must be within the framework of our constitution and the Maoist terrorist NPA must remove their firearms before the resumption of the peace negotiations,” he clarified.

“It is absurd, highly outrageous, and unacceptable for government to talk peace with the terrorist M-16 rifles foisted at our back and their fingers on the trigger, ready to squeeze it,” he added.

On the other hand, ANAD strongly condemned the haste and quickness of pace in which the Morong 43 was freed, “. . . but on the issue of compliance to established rules of procedures and jurisprudence. In short, what was at stake was the issue on the Rule of Law, existing Jurisprudence, and the established Judicial Procedure that was blatantly violated probably because of political expediency,” Rep. Alcover said.

Rep. Alcover stressed that while many think that the issue on the Morong 43 is already ‘water under the bridge’, so to speak, “. . . . on the contrary the issue must be raised in this august chamber because  what happened was a blatant transgression of our laws to give way to the clamor of a few who are experts in drumbeating dirty and concocted propaganda against government,” he pointed out.

ANAD dares Maoist CPP to prove Alcantara, Codaste, and Brigano are NDF Peace Consultants

January 8, 2011

“Now the ball is on the court of the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF to prove that Tirso Alcantara, aka Bart, is one of the many surreptitious NDF peace consultants that merits immunity guarantees under the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and must be released from detention,” said ANAD Rep. Jun Alcover in reaction to Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Deles’ statement that Alcantara is not among those in the list of NDF peace consultants that the Maoist terrorist submitted to the government panels of Ambassador Howard Dee in l996, and former Justice Sec. Silvestre Bello in 2001 (ppA2 PDI, and www.inquirer.net, all dated 1/8/11).

“Once again, the Maoist terrorists are caught with their pants down and lying to their teeth as they claimed that Alcantara, Pedro Codaste, and Edwin Brigano are NDF peace consultants,” said Rep. Alcover as he reiterated ANAD’s position urging on government to uphold the rule of law and our country’s judicial system even as the road to peace is once again negotiated.

“President Aquino III must learn from the mistakes of her late mother after she ordered the release of Jose Ma. Sison and other CPP-NPA-NDF leaders from detention, in l986. Instead of supporting her administration, Sison and others brought their anti-government campaign to the international community and made Utrecht, Netherlands as staging area for their revolution. They never ceased fighting government!” he pointed out.

On the other hand, ANAD strongly support the demand of government to make public the list of all NDF peace consultants and staff with their respective pictures on it. “It has been the position of ANAD, since years ago, that in the interest of transparency and clarity, government must demand from the Jose Ma. Sison’s group the official list of NDF peace consultants and their staff,” Rep. Alcover added.

“Also, government should not forget to demand from the Maoist terrorist group a written appointment and authority to whomsoever shall they choose to head the NDF panel, during the talks. Again, this is to ensure transparency, clarity, and assure government that we are not talking to a phantom group who, at the moment, has not shown sincerity and commitment towards peace. Instead, to the consternation of the Filipino people, only lies and deceit are continuously dished out by the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF,” Rep. Alcover said.

ANAD warns government anew

January 7, 2011

“In no certain terms and conditions would the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF give in and jointly seek the path towards peace with government. But their unwavering demonic obsession seeking the collapse of our country’s democracy and government remains high and above all,” said ANAD Rep. Jun Alcover as he slammed the claims of Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF stalwarts Jose Ma. Sison and Jorge Madlos, in separate statements,  that defended (sic!) their revolutionary group’s continued extortion, in the guise of “revolutionary tax”, against big businesses, including mining companies; groups and individuals.

“I am so much concerned about this especially with the forthcoming peace talks just a month away and the non-formal discussion in Norway already set on January 14 to 18, 2011. Sison’s cabal of pretenders is acting as if they have a legal and constitutionally established government in this country,” said Rep. Alcover.

Rep. Alcover expressed exasperation on the seeming reluctance of government, under President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, to impose its legal mantle and authority against the Maoist terrorist claim. “While it is the responsibility of government to reach out and hold discussions for peace with any group, it does not follow that any group that government is talking to could assume legitimacy of status and allowed to establish its own system of governance,” Rep. Alcover said as he emphasized that there is only one government in the country duly established by the constitution.

“ANAD is deeply concerned about these unfolding developments where government seems reluctant to impose its authority over all groups espousing de-facto authority of governance, particularly on the imposition and collection of taxes,” Rep. Alcover explained.

The statements of both Joma Sison and Jorge Madlos should cause government’s serious concern. “Issuing statements expressing its intention to continue extorting from mining companies, businesses, and individuals, under the highly surreptitious and deceptive claim of pro-people programs of the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF, is tantamount to open declaration of belligerence against a constitutionally established government,” Rep. Alcover stressed.

“Thus looking few steps further and in relation to the forthcoming peace talks, the Filipino people and government should not expect any thing positive to come out. Maoist terrorist twitting and dubious display of character is always evident so as their insincerity and utter disregard for peace,” he quipped.

“President Aquino and his political advisers are now put on the spot. They should not forget that the Filipinos have already grown tired of being toyed with the idea of holding peace talks yet nothing concrete and positive were achieved, so far. Now, the Filipinos are closely watching every step and move that government does. We shall hold the Aquino administration responsible if anything dismal comes out of this latest effort towards peace with the Maoist terrorists,” Rep. Alcover emphasized.

Rep. Alcover slams Davao City’s top execs

January 7, 2011

ANAD Rep. Jun Alcover slammed Davao City’s top officials of sheer arrogance compounded with unrelenting astuteness as if they are holders of Torrens Title personally owning the whole of Davao City and enforce complete control over life and death on its more than 1.1 million residents.

“This is the first time in the history of human civilization where a local government official blew his top over the legitimate arrest, by police and military forces, of an enemy of the state with standing warrants of arrest duly issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 6 of Agusan del Sur for robbery and homicide and for double frustrated murder,” said Rep. Alcover as he described the recent statements of Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte and his Vice Mayor/father Digong Duterte as wholly painted with abnormal chicanery!

Rep. Alcover, the only voice sounding the bells of pro-democracy in the House of Representative, expressed dismay on the father and daughter’s attitude and abysmal support towards Maoist terrorism in the area. “How can a Chief Executive of an LGU, who has sworn to protect the defend the constitution of the Republic, openly express their anger over a legitimate police action against Edwin Brigano, a notorious NPA terrorist in the Davao region? But that would be understandable if the law enforcement operation has indeed unraveled a long kept secret between them and the enemies of the state, which they only are privy,” Rep. Alcover quipped.

“At most, Mayor Duterte and her father, the former City Mayor of Davao, should have kept silent about the arrest of Brigano rather than open a can of worms through their very highly irresponsible statement that has shamed and insulted not only his office but the entire constitutionally established government structure and officials of the country,” Rep. Alcover clarified.

“Their statement borders on treason as these are open manifestation of betrayal of public trust and abetting anti-government activities within his political jurisdiction through tolerance, proliferation of, providing sanctuary and protection to, and defending the presence and activities of the enemies of the state, the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF,” he said.

“I call on the DILG, through Secretary Jesse Robredo, and the appropriate Committee on Local Governments, Justice, and Peace Order, all of the House of Representatives to conduct separate investigation on the possible serious violations committed by City Mayor Sarah Duterte and his father,” said Rep. Alcover.