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DOJ readying petition to classify CPP-NPA a terror group

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Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday bared that the government will file a petition before the Manila regional trial court next week to classify the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, as a terrorist organization.

“I will issue a Department Order directing the OIC Prosecutor General of the National Prosecution Service to form a team to draft and file a petition before the RTC praying to grant the petition to declare the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization,” Aguirre said.

“I hope to file this on Monday, December 11 or even earlier,” he added.

President Duterte on Tuesday signed the order declaring the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization and ordered Aguirre to immediately file a petition before the Manila RTC to classify the communist movement as a terrorist group under Republic Act 10168 or the Human Security Act of 2007.

Duterte earlier said he considered the CPP-NPA as criminals after the death of a four-month old baby and two other civilians in an ambush that targeted a police convoy in Bukidon province last month.

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