By Mario Casayuran
Any attempt to oust President Duterte from office by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP) this year is bound to fail, Senator Panfilo M. Lacson said Thursday.
Lacson, a former Philippine National Police (PNP) during the Estrada administration, said Jose Ma. Sison, one of the founders of the CCP, and the CCP/NPA (New People’s Army) ‘’have been attempting to overthrow the government, past and present and take over government for the past 50 years, by all means possible, mostly violent through armed struggle, even through peace talks aimed at having a coalition government but still aimed at a take over, violent or otherwise’.’
‘’They have not succeeded for the past five decades so I don’t see how they can,’’ Lacson said.
‘’Right now, they are reduced to a band of extortionists, arsonists and robbers, even a terrorist group,’’ he added.
Lacson then urged the executive branch, particularly the Department of Justice (DOJ), to follow up with the Judiciary the case that they filed calling for the proscription of the NPA as a terrorist Group which is provided under Section 2 of the Human Security Act of 2007.
Lacson earlier chided Sison for living comfortably in his European exile while the NPA, the armed wing of the communist movement, are sweating it out in the hinterlands.