The Department of National Defense supports the resolution of the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) in its designation of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF) as a terrorist group, based on ATC Resolution No. 2021 signed 23 June 2021.
The ATC has found probable cause warranting the designation, citing the statement of Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Ma. Sison, who identified the CPP/NPA as one of the allied organizations of the NDF. His wife, Juliet De Lima-Sison was also recently named as the Interim Chairperson of the NDF negotiating panel. The couple were both designated as terrorists under ATC Resolution No. 17 earlier this year.
The CPP/NPA themselves continue to launch attacks against the Filipino people, victimizing innocent civilians and destroying billions’ worth of crucial public infrastructure for a principle that has long since been rendered obsolete.
Members of the NDF continue to lure and recruit people to join the NPA, while the CPP itself admits and maintains through its own public media releases and documents the direct and indispensable role of the NDF in its armed operations.
The Department hopes that this development justifies and enables the defense sector to move forward in its efforts to address internal security concerns and lay the foundations of sustainable, lasting peace and national development.
Delfin N. Lorenzana
Department of National Defense