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Bayan disowns wanted militant leader

AFP: Luque proved Bayan is a communist front

By ROGER M. BALANZA

DAVAO CITY – The militant group Bayan Muna was at a loss to explain the presence of wanted militant leader Alvin Luque in a celebration of the founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

The military said Luque’s presence proved connections of militant groups to the communist movement.

Joel Virador, vice president for Mindanao of Bayan Muna, said Luque, also known as Kumander Venus in the military circle, is no longer connected with Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), the umbrella of several cause-oriented and progressive groups here.

Luque, former secretary general of Bayan, while facing trial for rebellion and arson before a Davao City court here, has jumped bail with an un-served warrant of arrest.

While disowning Luque, Virador credited him for his contribution to Bayan, Bayan Muna and other progressive groups.

Luque attended the 41st anniversary celebration of the CPP somewhere in Southern Mindanao presided by National Democratic Front (NDF) spokesman Jorge “ Ka Oris” Madlos.

Brig. General Eduardo del Rosario said Luque’s presence at the CPP celebration had proven his links with the communist movement and the charges of rebellion and arson. In court records, a former New People’s Army rebel had fingered Luque as leading communist rebels in the burning of a public utility bus in Davao del Sur.

It has also bolstered our position that the CPP/NPA and the NDF organizations and party list groups belong to one organization, which aims to supplant democracy with communists through armed and legal struggles, del Rosario told Davao journalists following reports of Luque’s appearance at the CPP anniversary.

Virador said del Rosario’s tale about progressive groups being linked to the communists movement is an old tale that dates back to the time when the military officer was commander of the Army’s 73rd Infantry Battalion.

Del Rosario had also served as the special Army continent Task Force Davao, when his favorite line was that progressive groups in the city were communist fronts.  He has recently been named as commanding officer of a brigade covering Southern Mindanao.

Del Rosario, with the elections approaching, also warned about communists plan to embed their members in government by having them run in the elections.

Before he was issued a warrant, Luque had run for Davao City councilor in the 2004 elections but lost.

Del Rosario said Virador and Ariel Casilao and Lea Librado, who are from the militant groups, are following the footstep of Luque.

Luque is now unmasked as a communist. He disappeared to join the underground when he was charged and issued a warrant of arrest. Virador, Casilao and Librado are now following his footstep by joining the election. Our people must no be deceived, he said.

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