Apr 7, 2021 @ 11:52

Abogado senators decry NICA chief’s red-tagging of Senate workers’ union

Abogado lawmakers part of the Senate minority defended members of the Sandigan ng mga Empleyadong Nagkakaisa sa Adhikain ng Demokratikong Organisasyon or SENADO after the head of the government’s intelligence agency linked the group to rebel groups.

National Intelligence Coordinating Agency director general Alex Monteagudo claimed in a Facebook post that the Senate is run by Courage, which they dubbed as a front organization of the CPP-NPA-NDF. They’re there to “hijack government plans and programs,” the supposed intelligence executive said.

The Senate, however, is run by senators.

“SENADO union upholds the interest and welfare of Senate employees, not of any other group,” senators Franklin Drilon, Leila de Lima, Francis Pangilinan, and Risa Hontiveros said in a joint statement.

“Like COVID-19, we must prevent red-tagging from further spreading. Thus, we find it unfortunate and utterly deplorable that there are officials who resort to red-tagging,” they added. “We strongly condemn the red-tagging of the union of Senate employees and we vehemently denounce government officials who continue to label, brand, vilify, and harass individuals and organizations such as SENADO as state enemies and subversives.”

They again used the opportunity to lobby for the passage of a bill that makes red-tagging a crime punishable with jail time and permanent disqualification from public office.

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