Guevarra: Satur Ocampo, others still enemies of state
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said that former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo and other alleged leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People’s Army (NPA) are not yet off the hook from charges linking them to alleged terrorist acts.
Guevarra issued the statement after the government dropped Ocampo, Rafael Baylosis, Victoria Lucia Tauli-Corpus and former Asia representative to the UN Expert Mechanism Jose Melencio Molintas from the Department of Justice’s proscription case before the Manila regional trial court.
“The amended petition has reduced the names of individuals from 649 to just eight names who are firmly identified with the CPP-NPA, and the rest are lumped, without mentioning their names, under a general allegation,” Guevarra said.
He pointed out that while the list was trimmed down, “the respondents in the petition for proscription have remained the same – the CPP and the NPA.”