Administrative charges were filed Monday, December 7, before the Office of the Ombudsman against ranking executives of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ECLAC) , a special body created by President Rodrigo Duterte strategizing efforts to end the communist insurgency.
Rep. Sarah Elago (Kabataan Party-list) filed the complaint against Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, Presidential Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy, intelligence chief Alex Monteagudo, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, claiming that the NTF-ELCAC execs spread false quotations and blatantly vilified her.
Also included in the complaint was Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
“The NTF-ELCAC has been using people’s money to maliciously attack progressive individuals and groups, including the youth,” said Elago in a statement .
She said the attacks were done through personal accounts of government officials, backed by state institutions as they are often signed with the government titles of the officials or accompanied by a logo of the police or the military.
“By red-tagging us, the government through the NTF-ELCAC not only discredits our legislative work and diverts attention away from pressing issues. It also puts at risk our lives, and the lives of those they work with,” the Jabataan representative said.
The Kabataan is the second partylist group under the Makabayan Bloc in the House of Representatives, to have filed charges against executives of the NTF-ELCAC. Earlier, the human righta group Karapatan also filed charges against the anti-communist body for alleged “persistent, relentless and malicious Red-tagging and vilification of the group.