From the Star-Sun Network Online February 26 2006
Party-list Legislators, Communist Leaders Sued for Rebellion
MANILA — In line with the crackdown on people allegedly out to destabilize the government, police on Monday filed rebellion charges against 15 individuals identified with the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army.
In his complaint before the Department of Justice , police directorate for investigation and detective management acting head Rodolfo Mendoza Jr. submitted the names of at least 51 individuals or their aliases and several still unidentified persons for the crimes of rebellion and insurrection.
Among those charged were communist group founder and chairman Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front chairman Luis Jalandoni, NPA leaders Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, Sotero Llamas and Fidel Agcaoili, party-list Representatives Satur Ocampo (Bayan Muna), Rafael Mariano (Anakpawis), Crispin Beltran, Teodoro Casiño (Bayan Muna), Liza Maza (Gabriela), and Joel Virador (Bayan Muna), and militant leader Nathaniel Santiago (Bayan).
Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez Sr. said some of the personalities named in the complaint would be called to the justice department for preliminary investigation.
He reiterated his earlier statement that some junior officers involved in a failed military rebellion in July 2003 have established links with the communists to topple the Arroyo administration, based on evidence gathered by police.
“There is obviously an alliance. There are documents that will establish links, from the diskettes itself. This has been a long-standing case but we only decided to file now because it was only now that police were able to consolidate all the evidence,” he said.
The complaint, contained in a thick blue folder was but one of three volumes submitted by police as evidence against the respondents, which include classified documents and a diskette found in the possession of recaptured mutineers 1st Lieutenants Lawrence San Juan and Patricio Bumidang Jr.
Mendoza said the individuals allegedly conspired to bring down government by drawing up a three-year plan for 2003 to 2005, which will be enforced in three stages to include the setting up of armed city partisans and broadening their legal fronts.
“In time, they claimed they would have grown to 128 guerilla fronts that cover 8,000 barrios and significant portions of some 700 to 800 municipalities and cities in more than 90 percent of the provinces nationwide, 50 percent in Luzon, 20 percent in Visayas, and 30 percent in Mindanao,” Mendoza said.
The plan involved the raising of the “level of people’s war and make all-round advances in the revolution.”
According to the police, the objectives of the three-year program was divided into two fronts: legal fronts composed of militant groups Bayan Muna, Anak Pawis, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), Gabriela, Pamalakaya, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Kadamay, League of Filipino Students, Kaguma, Courage, Armas and others.
The illegal groups were the guerilla units and urban terrorist groups scattered all over the country, police said.
From 2003 up to the present, the police and military have attributed several atrocities to the communist group and its military arm, the NPA. Among these were:
* numerous raids and ambuscades nationwide
* selective assassinations of so-called “rejectionists”, to include Aguinaldo, Kintanar, Kabara and Lagman
* employment of child combatants
* mass killings
* use of landmines
“This three-year program for expanding and consolidating the NPA has been extended by its political bureau for another year, to 2006, in order to provide ample time to the NPA and other revolutionary forces to fulfill the targets of their program,” Mendoza said in the complaint.