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DOJ to appeal Manila ruling on CPP-NPA

September 22, 2022 - Thursday 6:09 PM by Antonio Hernandez

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Saying that the government needs to protect itself from those who want to overthrow it, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said they would appeal the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) dismissing the case seeking to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) as a terrorist organization.

Remulla said the DOJ would not hesitate to elevate the case to the Court of Appeals (CA) if necessary.

"We will file an MR (motion for reconsideration), and if we have we will go to the CA," Remulla told media members seeking his comment on the ruling of  Manila RTC Branch 19 Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malgar against the government.

Remulla said the government should be able to defend itself from those attacking or seeking to overthrow the current system through violent means.

"The State has to take care of itself when people are attacking the State.At kinakailangan nating kumilos.We use the law for this purpose," Remulla ave?red.

But Remulla refused to discuss the judge's comment in his ruling, saying that political acts and rebellion cannot be considered terrorist acts.

The DOJ has 15 days to file a motion for reconsideration, and Remulla said he and his officials would evaluate whether to raise new arguments against the RTC ruling.

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