The government wants progressive leftist organizations to become active participants in the country's politics to give them an opportunity to air their views, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said on Wednesday.
A spate of killings in
including the slaying of Lumads, has called attention to the need for the
government to distinguish between armed communist guerillas and those who
belong to legal fronts.
On views that, following the repeal of the Anti-Subversion Law, the New People's Army (NPA) gained momentum in some areas and grew bolder with the support of organizations that are considered legal, Lacierda said the Supreme Court has already declared the Anti-Subversion Law unconstitutional and this cannot be reversed.
"Now, certainly, we want the progressive left to come join the mainstream," he told reporters during a media briefing in Malacañang.
"That is why you have the participation of Bayan Muna, Bayan, and all the other progressive left organizations, which is good because they participate in the mainstream society. They are able to discourse in public their views," he explained.
"As to whether they are fronts of the New People's Army and all that, that is not something that we would like to comment on. It is up to them to convince people what their organizations are."
As to whether these organizations are violating the law, there are laws and guidelines that the government must enforce, he said.
There are laws for specific crimes, for instance, sedition or inciting to sedition, Lacierda said, adding that it is up to authorities to determine whether these groups break the rules.
"Alam nila kung ano 'yung batas. ‘Yan po ay isang bagay na, on the progressive left, kaya sila bumaba, kaya sila nag-join ng mainstream ay talagang kailangan din natin ang kanilang tinig para magkaroon ng mas magandang diskusyon sa publiko," he said.
Members of the NPA are suspected of being behind the recent killing of a Lumad mayor and his son in Agusan del Sur province.