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Europe-based socialist groups, wittingly or unwittingly, are funneling funds to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) which, in turn, uses the money to finance the armed revolution waged by the New People’s Army (NPA) against the government.

Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., assistant deputy chief of staff for operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), said CPP’s “international solidarity works” is centered in Europe where socialist organizations employ to solicit funding.

Malacañang said it is firm on its belief that some members of the Liberal Party (LP) have their hands on the so-called “Red October” ouster plot led by the CPP.

Reacting to an earlier statement issued by Sen. Francis Pangilinan calling on Duterte to stop linking the opposition party to the CPP-NPA and the Magdalo Partylist over the alleged conspiracy to overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte from power.

Pangilinan said the AFP clearing them of any involvement should put the issue to rest.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the administration’s confidence remains high that the plot will not bear fruit.

Financial aid intended for non-government organizations (NGO) ends up with the NPA (the armed group of the CPP), the official said.

Parlade said the communist group is taking advantage of the influence of CPP founding chair Jose Maria Sison with various European NGO.

“Let me emphasize that they (CPP) are very influential there because Joma Sison is the head of the International League of People’s Struggle in Europe. This is an organization of socialist organizations in Europe,” Parlade said.

“This is one way for them to generate funds,” he added.

Schools for commies

Parlade recalled an instance when the CPP got 620,000 Euros equivalent to about P31 million which was originally intended for an NGO based in Bukidnon involved in the “Healing the Hurt” program.

“But the money was diverted to the guerrilla base. These funds are being used to establish schools where they (CPP-NPA) teach children about violence,” Parlade said.

Parlade added the military estimates that 40 percent of the funds solicited by the CPP from European donors go to the CPP-Central Committee.

The military official added the CPP is using Europe as a stage to attack the government – riding on the issues of alleged human rights violations and extra judicial killings to gain sympathies.”

In fact, Parlade said Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary general Renato Reyes has visited Europe to hit the Duterte administration for alleged extrajudicial killings (EJK) and human rights violations.

Report credible

Roque said the intelligence report on the “Red October” movement stands.

“I don’t think the military cleared them at all. I think the AFP’s intelligence report remains.
Investigation is still going on and if we obtain additional evidence, then perhaps it could be followed with the filing of cases. Let’s allow our law enforcement agencies to do their work,” Roque said.

“We have no doubt that `Red October’ exists but we also have no doubt that nothing will come out of it because of the incredible support of the people to the President,” he added.
Roque likewise said it didn’t come as a surprise to him that the CPP-NPA and other left-leaning groups are scouring for new recruits for their “ambitious” plan.

“That’s intelligence report of the AFP, that’s their job. And quite frankly if you ask me, it hardly surprises me because, of course, the CPP-NPA will try to recruit students. But the reality is, none of the schools, I think, will openly endorse such a recruitment. And, of course, this recruitment is undertaken in a secret manner. So, it’s not as if they will have a booth for students to enlist to become members of KM (Kabataang Makabayan) or CPP-NPA,” Roque stated.

“It’s a statement of fact. You know, the CPP/NPA has grand ambitions. They’ve long wanted to topple the government but nothing is happening. Dream on.”

Dialogues sought

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is seeking a dialogue with officials of top universities which it earlier had identified as having been infiltrated by the communist movement which is allegedly recruiting students for a plot to remove President Rodrigo Duterte from office.

The AFP named at least 18 schools where communists were supposedly trying to project Duterte as the new dictator through a film showing.

AFP chief of staff Gen. Carlito Galvez said in a statement he will seek a dialogue with school administrators, students, the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education about the issue.

“We will take some action on that. We will make sure that we can organize whatever is needed to be done,” Galvez said.

The 18 schools named as communist breeding grounds were also listed in seized documents from the CPP-NPA but Galvez said it is “still validating” intelligence information about these schools.

“We just released this to make them (university officials) aware,” he added.

Grand design

The military earlier had said communist rebels were heading a “broad” coalition of Duterte’s critics, students and labor groups to overthrow him next month in a plot dubbed “Red October.”

The CPP and its alleged co-plotters have rejected the accusation.

The National Union of Students of the Philippines, meanwhile, claimed the military’s “Red October” allegation is meant to “create a climate of fear and insecurity” and portray the government as “ a victim of destabilization.”

A militant lawyer’s group also described the AFP claim that communists are creeping inside the Department of Justice (DoJ) aside from a recruitment at educational institution as red scare tactics.

This was according to Atty. Edre Olalia, president of the National Union of Philippine Lawyers in response to the statement of the military about the supposed inroads into the government of communists and actually infiltrated the DoJ.

With Elmer N. Manuel and Kristina Maralit

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