- Senator Antonio Trillanes has branded Kadamay group a front and a sanctuary for communists
- Trillanes said allowing Kadamay to occupy government housing projects could set a bad precedent
- This could also pave the way for the NPA to have a safe haven in Metro Manila, the senator added
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has branded the militant group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap or ‘Kadamay’ as a front and sanctuary for the communist groups in the country.
Kadamay has taken over a housing project in Pandi, Bulacan last month and has threatened to occupy more in the Rizal province despite warnings from President Rodrigo Duterte who earlier agreed to give the houses to group.
But according to Trillanes, he received information that Kadamay is actually both a front and a sanctuary for the communist groups.
“I received information from the security sector that Kadamay is a front organization for the communist,” said Trillanes. “If that is true, there will be security implications because they will create a community which will become a sanctuary for the communists”.
The senator said this could also pave the way for the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist party of the Philippines (CPP), to have a safe haven and a permanent shelter in Metro Manila.
Trillanes, a former soldier himself, added there were ‘grumblings’ among military men whose housing projects in Bulacan were the ones taken over by the Kadamay.
Allowing the group to occupy the housing projects intended for employees of the government may set a bad precedent, the lawmaker said.
But Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) Secretary General Renato Reyes lambasted Trillanes for branding Kadamay as a communist front; saying the senator’s allegation was ‘appalling’ and ‘very fascist’.
Reyes said Trillanes downplayed the ‘legitimacy ‘of the peasant group’s right to fight for a rightful demand.
“This is a legitimate demand. He cannot downplay or discredit these demands by simply saying that they are just communists, and the housing issue can be set aside despite the fact that there were unoccupied and available houses there. That does not make sense,” Reyes argued.