‘We do not do red-tagging,’ next NICA chief De Leon says

By Billy Begas

Incoming National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Director-General Ricardo de Leon has denied allegations that state forces were red-tagging people’s organizations.

In a television interview on Thursday, De Leon said it was Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison who linked various organizations to the communist group.

“First, let me clarify that…the government forces, we do not do red-tagging. Binibigyan natin ng emphasis. Sino ba yung nagsabing mang-red tag, ‘di ba si Joma Sison? Siya ang nagdedeklara itong ganitong…. yan ang front natin, ito yung ano… not the government forces,” de Leon said.

The incoming NICA chief said Sison was caught on camera naming the organizations, which served as communist fronts.

“We can show videos on how Joma Sison was really…. proudly tagging these organizations,” de Leon added. “Sabi ko nga hindi naman ako ang nagta-tag sa kanila o kami ang nagta-tag sa kanila ang nagki-claim dyan is their own head.”

De Leon also disclosed that the video footage is being played to students of the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), which he currently heads.

“The purpose is for them to be aware because sabi nga nila may mga front organizations, meron naman sa underground so that you will understand the conditions that you are confronting,” de Leon said.

PPSC provides comprehensive and continuing education, training, and human resource development to personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

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