By J. Jala | 08:19 PM December 27, 2020
Former rebels and peace advocates rallied to reject the “terrorist agenda” of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its allied organizations during an indignation rally in Batuan and Bilar towns on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020.
Members of multisectoral organizations, including former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, marched and converged before noon in front of the public markets in a “show of force” against the CPP, which marked its 52nd founding anniversary.
Carrying placards and tarpaulins, they denounced the terrorist activities, as well as the continuing recruitment of minors and indigenous peoples by the CPP, NPA, and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF).
“Let us open our eyes to the truth. The promises that you may hear now will not come true and nothing good will come out. As a former rebel, I condemn these terrorists who have recruited thousands of civilians and decry justice for those who have fallen dead and hopeless due to their deceptions,” Bere Banal stressed during the peace rally.