Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS - By Philip C. Tubeza @pc­tubeza­INQ

Op­po­si­tion Sen. An­to­nio Tril­lanes IV on Sun­day urged Pres­i­dent Duterte to kick out from the Cab­i­net mem­bers iden­ti­fied with the Left af­ter Mr. Duterte or­dered the mil­i­tary to go af­ter the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philippines (CPP), and its armed wing, the New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA).

In a state­ment, Tril­lanes added that sources in the mil­i­tary had in­formed him that there were “hun­dreds” of sus­pected CPP cadres work­ing in the ad­min­is­tra­tion and whowere us­ing gov­ern­ment re­sources to help com­mu­nist in­sur­gents.

Mala­cañang on July 26 said that three mem­bers of the Cab­i­net iden­ti­fied with the Left would re­main at their posts de­spite the es­ca­lat­ing word war be­tween the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion and the CPP.

Pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Ernesto Abella said Mr. Duterte still had trust and con­fi­dence in Agrar­ian Re­form Sec­re­tary Rafael Mar­i­ano, So­cial Wel­fare Sec­re­tary Judy Tagui­walo and Na­tional An­tiPoverty Com­mis­sion lead con­vener Liza Maza.

“They’re there. As long as they’re there, we can as­sume they still have his full trust,” Abella told re­porters.

“That is the as­sump­tion be­cause no ac­tion has been taken against them as far as I know,” he added.

‘CPP-NPA cadres’

Tril­lanes said “hun­dreds of CPP-NPA cadres were of­fi­cially em­ployed by the DSWD (Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment), DAR (Depart­ment of Agrar­ian Re­form), Dole (Depart­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment), NAPC (Na­tional Anti-Poverty Com­mis­sion) and HUDCC ( Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil).”

“More­over, th­ese com­mu­nists are us­ing the re­sources from th­ese gov­ern­ment of­fices to stock­pile arms and am­mu­ni­tion, which they will use later on against our sol­diers,” said Tril­lanes, a for­mer Navy of­fi­cer who led the Oak­wood mutiny in 2003.

Abella said the NPA and the Cab­i­net mem­bers were dif­fer­ent.

“They’re not mem­bers of the NPA as far as we can see. What is im­por­tant is they are do­ing their job in their agen­cies, in their de­part­ments.”

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