DOJ shrugs off court ruling on proscription case vs reds
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday said that the recent court ruling that declared former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Rafael Baylosis, Victoria Lucia Tauli-Corpus and Jose Melencio Molintas as non-parties to the proscription case, was not a setback.
“In the first place, the only real respondents in the proscription case are the CPP and the NPA. It is these entities, not the named individuals, who are the party-respondents in the petition to declare them as terrorist organizations,” he stressed.
Also, acting Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon, shrugged off manila regional trial court’s ruling.
“The declaration by the court of some personalities as non-parties will not have any bearing on the outcome of the case,” he explained.
The government sought the declaration of over 600 persons linked to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), as terrorists.