Anti-Terrorism Council designates CPP, NPA as terrorist groups

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 25) – The Anti-Terrorism Council has approved a resolution designating the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People's Army, as terrorist organizations.

The document approved on Dec. 9, states that there is probable cause that the CPP-NPA committed acts defined as terrorism under the Anti-Terrorism Act, and should be tagged as "terrorist organizations, associations or groups of persons.”

The ATC is the body tasked under the law to designate any individual or group as a terrorist, following the guidelines set by the United Nations Security Council. 

However, only the Court of Appeals can order the proscription. The council's designation would not mean automatic arrest or detention, but would prompt the council to request the Anti-Money Laundering Council to freeze the accounts and assets of the designated terrorists.

The council mentioned the petition filed by the Department of Justice seeking to outlaw the revolutionary group that is still pending in the Court of Appeals.

This comes just a day before the CPP celebrates its 52nd founding anniversary. The group earlier said its activities such as assemblies, will push through despite calls from the government to surrender. 

The CPP was formed by Jose Maria Sison on Dec. 26, 1968.

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