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The website of the Reds is being blocked indefinitely, according to an online petition.
MANILA, Philippines — An online petition has been created calling for the communist terrorist organizations’ websites and internet platforms to be taken down and permanently banned.
Former Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) cadre Jeffrey “Ka Eric” Celiz told the Philippine News Agency on Thursday that the petition was filed on Wednesday using the online platform Change.org, which is used to start petitions, campaigns, and mobilize supporters.
Celiz is the secretary-general of Sentrong Alyansa Ng Mga Mamamayan Para Sa Bayan, a nationwide organization of former rebels (Sambayanan),
“Former rebels and cadres from the CPP-NPA-NDF started an internet petition yesterday. This measure aims to legally address the widespread problem of unrestrained information environments, including the internet platform, which has been exploited by communist terrorist groups such as the CPP-NPA-NDF,” he stated.
The online petition has 341 signatories as of this writing.
Celiz stated that as part of their objective, they hope to collect at least 5,000 signatures online.
“This is the Filipino people’s collective will and consolidated call to petition concerned authorities to act immediately on the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front or the CPP-NPA-abuse NDF of the internet media platform, where they openly promote, sponsor, and advance the terrorism agenda,” the online petition read.
The petition https://www.change.org/p/sovereign-petition-of-the-filipino-people specifically requests that concerned authorities shut down and permanently ban The Philippine Revolution Web Central https://cpp.ph, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) https://ndf.org, and other websites that provide timely news and information, including statements from the CPP and allied organizations of the NDFP.
The CPP and other revolutionary forces, according to the petition, will continue to use and leverage all available digital venues to promote, defend, and advance their terrorism goal.
For more than 50 years, the CPP-NPA-NDF has engaged in terrorist acts in the country, including damaging arson, assassination, and mass murder of children and state security forces.
It has exploited internet media channels to attract Filipino teenagers and children and radicalize them into extremists.
“Terrorism and those who advocate or sponsor it do not deserve access to our information channels since doing so would only strengthen their ability to kill our people, as the CPP-NPA-NDF and their collaborators have done,” Celiz added.
He stated that the struggle against communist terrorism requires widespread public support and engagement.
The different avenues of the fight, including the information war and communication channels, must be integrated to achieve the goal, he stressed.
The United States, European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines have all designated the CPP-NPA as a terrorist group.
The NDF was officially legally labeled as a terrorist organization by the Anti-Terrorism Council on June 23, 2021, identifying it as “an integral and independent part” of the CPP-NPA, which was established in April 1973.