Setting the Record Straight

Fidel Agcaoili
Chairperson, NDFP Peace Panel

The February 27, 2019 press release of the Philippine News Agency as published in Manila Bulletin is way off the mark.

For the record, I am not a lawyer, never had the ambition to be one despite coming from a family of lawyers.

So I have nothing to do with the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, though some of its members happen to be legal consultants of the NDFP Negotiating Panel even before the organization was founded, as well as legal counsels of detained NDFP consultants and political prisoners.

Such happenstance does not make NUPL a so-called front of the Communist Party nor are the concerned lawyers as members of the Party. In accordance with due process, it is for any court of law, be it revolutionary or reactionary, to determine the truth of such allegations through competent and admissible evidence and not through manufactured witnesses or planted evidence like what is brazenly happening now.

But red-tagging has a more sinister objective. It is meant to smear any organization or individual to set them up for the kill, as has been shown in many cases in the past such as those of NDFP consultant Randy Malayao and NUPL lawyer Benjamin Ramos.

The peace-spoilers in the GRP security cluster are having a heyday, before but especially after GRP Executive Order 70, engaging in a wild frenzy of anti-communist witch hunting against legal democratic organizations, individuals and the parliamentary opposition. They have even become bold enough to disrespect and challenge the pronouncements of their commander-in-chief. But I leave it up to them to sort out their differences.###