Philippine government has officially entreated the European Union to halt its funding for certain groups they are claiming as “fronts” of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army.
National Security Adviser and Vice Chairman of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said the EU funds are purportedly being used to fuel terrorist activities of the communist rebels, in a letter to Gilles De Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator dated March 26.
These funds are supposedly used “to propagate terrorism” and “to recruit and exploit vulnerable sectors such as indigenous people (IP), the systematic destruction of the latter’s culture and value system, and the murder of their leaders.”
In doing so, Esperon stated the CPP-NPA has effectively established international networks through these front groups.
There were three Belgian non-government organizations that have “indirectly and unwittingly partnered” with its local counterparts in the Philippines were: SOLIDAGRO, Viva Salud, and KIYO.
Other Philippine NGOs identified as façades of the CPP-NPA were: Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV); IBON Foundation; Karapatan; Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation, Inc.; the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines; the Salugpungan Ta’tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center, Inc.; the Alliance of Health Workers; the Kilusang Mayo Uno; Gabriela; and ACT.
“It is appalling that these entities are used to radicalize children with the end view of turning them into child warriors and future leaders of the CPP-NPA communist-terrorist groups,” the letter stated.