Esperon, Parlade never get tired of answering CPP

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    THE Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), once the epitome of thoroughness in research and appreciation of facts, has unbelievably degenerated into a blind propagandist and fabricator of numbers to support its preconceived conclusions that are unmistakably always anti-government. Well, that is what a dissident, rebel organization should be.

    The latest CPP boo-boo is the statement of one of its spokesmen using the alias Marco Valbuena saying the Barangay Development Program (BDP) of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) is a mere “band-aid solution to cover up the roots of peasant unrest in the countryside.”

    ‘The CPP spox also claimed that the NTF-ELCAC is undermining “civilian supremacy” by taking over the functions of civilian agencies through its barangay development projects. This is wrong again…’

    These are Valbuena’s numbers as presented: Under the BDP, P20 million will be distributed to 215 barangays, which is supposedly equivalent to P93,000 each. The communist party’s spokesman said, “What will the NTF-ELCAC’s P20 million bring to 215 barangays (which if distributed equally amounts to P93,000 each)? Practically nothing. Just think, each barangay will get a health center worth P6,976? Or P13,953 for a school building?”

    National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon clarified that P20 million is to be given to each barangay cleared of the threat and influence of the New People’s Army from 2016 to 2019. He said 822 barangays will receive the P20M assistance, not 215 as Valbuena claimed. Clearly, this means an allotment of P16.44 billion for the programs and projects to be implemented under the BDP.

    The CPP spox also claimed that the NTF-ELCAC is undermining “civilian supremacy” by taking over the functions of civilian agencies through its barangay development projects.

    This is wrong again, as Esperon gave the assurance that it is the civilian agencies that shall implement the BDP as these have been involved in the NTF-ELCAC from the beginning.

    It should be noted that this second criticism by Valbuena is exactly the issue raised by the Rep. Carlos Zarate group in the House of Representatives against the P16.4-billion budget of the NTF-ELCAC during the budget deliberations. This objection by the so-called Makabayan bloc was dismissed by both the House and the Senate, which passed the budget item untouched.

    Like Esperon, Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., chief of the Southern Luzon Command and an active defender of the NTF-ELCAC, has also been very vocal in unmasking the duplicitous and deceitful character of CPP spokesmen, especially on social and economic issues.

    They will never get tired of retorts and counter-arguments against the communists because the Filipino people, whom the government serves, must not be misled.

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