Red-tagging claims have always been the tactic of communist terrorist groups and their allies to cover up the truth on their acts and atrocities, a ranking official of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) said on Monday.

“There is a pattern here. A pattern that will open our eyes to the truth about the CPP-NPA-NDF (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front) and their front organizations. Every time the NTF-ELCAC exposes to the people the links between or among a person, organization, entity, group, and or a political party to the CPP-NPA-NDF; these CPP-NPA-NDF associated or linked person/s or group/s would say, THE NTF-ELCAC RED-TAGGED US!,” NTF-ELCAC vice chair Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said in statement posted at the task force’s Facebook page, debunking “red-tagging” claims made against the body.

He added that those still unaware of the truth will probably ride along with the operational definition given by the CPP-NPA-NDF to “red-tagging”, which Esperon described as a “creatively invented term” by these groups.

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