Jaime Padilla, a spokesman for the CPP-NPA, with his comrades in March 2019 at the 50th anniversary of the movement taking up arms in the Philippines. Photo: EPAJaime Padilla, a spokesman for the CPP-NPA, with his comrades in March 2019 at the 50th anniversary of the movement taking up arms in the Philippines. Photo: EPA
Jaime Padilla, a spokesman for the CPP-NPA, with his comrades in March 2019 at the 50th anniversary of the movement taking up arms in the Philippines. Photo: EPA

Will the Philippines’ anti-terror bill crush communists, or give them a boost?

  • The army is keen to use the new legislation to lump the Communist Party of the Philippines in the same category as groups such as Abu Sayyaf
  • There are also concerns the act will be used to ‘red-tag’ leftist organisations that hold seats in Congress, pushing some people towards the rebels

Topic |   The Philippines
Jaime Padilla, a spokesman for the CPP-NPA, with his comrades in March 2019 at the 50th anniversary of the movement taking up arms in the Philippines. Photo: EPAJaime Padilla, a spokesman for the CPP-NPA, with his comrades in March 2019 at the 50th anniversary of the movement taking up arms in the Philippines. Photo: EPA
Jaime Padilla, a spokesman for the CPP-NPA, with his comrades in March 2019 at the 50th anniversary of the movement taking up arms in the Philippines. Photo: EPA
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