Headstart provides a deeper look into the ongoing spat between the AFP and progressive groups over the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict's (NTF-ELCAC) red-tagging operations. Atty. Neri Colmenares shares his thoughts on the AFP's red-tagging tactics, and reacts to the supposed surveillance operations being conducted against him. Atty. Colmenares also comments on allegations that his relative, Ella Colmenares, is a member of the New People's Army (NPA), and weighs in on the nature of armed struggles and the parameters by which armed groups are classified as terrorist organizations. NTF-ELCAC spokesperson Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. admits that they are conducting surveillance operations against Atty. Neri Colmenares and other progressive groups suspected of being front organizations for the NPA. Lt. Gen. Parlade also talks about his recent spat with LGU officials over anti-red tarpaulins, and expounds on the alleged involvement of the Gabriela Women's Party in subversive activities.




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