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Blocking websites connected to terrorist organizations is legal.

The suspension of websites connected to communist terrorist organizations (CTGs) has a legal foundation, according to outgoing Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday.

This follows the National Telecommunications Council (NTC) ordering internet service providers (ISPs) to block 26 websites thought to have ties to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front at the request of National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. (CPP-NPA-NDF).

There is a legal basis under the law for such action taken by the NTC, according to Lacson, if the blocked websites had anything to do with funding the activities of the CPP-NPA, which the Anti-Terrorism Council has already identified as a terrorist organization.

However, Lacson stated that the NTC’s instruction may be contested in court by persons or organizations with legitimate concerns.

According to Lacson, chair of the Senate committee on national defense and security, peace, unification, and reconciliation, “it is the fundamental right of an ‘aggrieved’ party to do so as it has something to do with the interpretation of the law.”

On June 8, the NTC issued a memorandum mandating all regional ISPs to submit an action report “not later than five days” after receiving the websites to be blocked.

The websites of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, Bulatlat, Hiyaw, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, and the NDF of the Philippines are among those on the list.

Esperon filed the plea to the NTC after the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) labeled the members of the CPP-NPA Central Committee as terrorists and branded the CPP, NPA, and the NDFP as terrorists organizations.

“The actions of these communist terrorist organizations, in terms of recruitment, finance, and propaganda, should be terminated,” he stated.

Facebook and Twitter have also begun a campaign against CTG accounts and pages.

fighting Reds’ false information

Delfin Lorenzana, the departing secretary of the Department of National Defense (DND), concurred with Esperon’s decision.

“Secretary Esperon and I are in agreement. Free speech is something we support and encourage, not something we are against. We oppose the administration because of false information “He stated in a press release.

The government’s fight against false information and the prevention of these organizations preying on Filipino children will both benefit immensely from the blocking of these websites related to communist terrorists, according to Lorenzana.

“It will lessen misinformation and stop the recruitment of new young people. They are so naive and open to misinformation and propaganda “The DND leader added that it might help put an end to the communist uprising.

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