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Go nixes revival of Anti-Subversion Law, prefers peace talk resumption

August 16, 2019 - Friday 7:08 PM by Jon Joaquin

Article Banner Image LET’S TALK. Senator Christopher Lawrence Go favors the resumption of peace talks with the Communist Party (CPP) of the Philippines instead of reviving the law that would criminalize mere membership in the group. Story on Page 2. File photo by KARLOS MANLUPIG

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on Thursday thumbed down the revival of the Anti-Subversion Law as proposed by Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduaro Año.

“Hindi po ako pabor sa pagbuhay, sa pag-revive ng Anti-Subversion Law dahil pabor po ako sa resumption of peace talks with the communist party,” Go said in an interview in Barangay Potrero, Malabon City where he extended aid to fire victims.

(I am not in favor of reviving the Anti-Subervsion Law because I favor the resumption of peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines [CPP].)

Año had told the Senate committee on national defense and security on August 13 that reviving the Anti-Subversion Law was necessary to end the communist rebellion.

The law, which made it illegal to be a member of the CPP, was repealed in 1992.

“Kung bubuhayin mo ‘yan (Anti-Subversion Law), masisira na naman ang usapang pangkapayapaan,” -- Senator Christopher Lawrence Go

Año said he wants the measure revived and to target the CPP and leftist groups that he said serve as its front organizations.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo has been quoted as saying a revival of the law will help stop the communist movement from recruiting minors.

Go, however, said the best way to deal with the problem is through peace talks.

“Ang akin dito, magkaroon na po ng usapang pangkapayapaan,” he said.

(For me, there should be peace talks already.)

“Kung bubuhayin mo ‘yan (Anti-Subversion Law), masisira na naman ang usapang pangkapayapaan, dahil alam naman natin na may mga party-list, whether you like it or not, affiliated talaga sa (communist party). Huhulihin sila kung maisabatas ‘yan. Sa ngayon, I’m against reviving the Anti-Subversion Law,” Go said.

(If we revive the Anti-Subversion Law, the peace talks will again be derailed because we know that there are some party-list groups, whether you like it or not, that are affiliated with the CPP. They will be arrested if that is revived. So for now I am against reviving the Anti-Subversion Law.)

The peace talks with the communists were offically canceled by President Rodrigo Duterte on March 21, 2019.

"I am officially announcing the permanent termination of our talks between the Government panel and the Communist Party of the Philippines," Duterte said in a speech at the Philippine Army's 122nd Founding Anniversary rites.

"I am no longer entertaining any interventions or persuasions in this democratic state of the Republic of the Philippines," he added.

Prior to Duterte’s announcement, Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said panels composed of representatives from different sectoral groups, local government units, and the military will supervise localized peace engagements.