MANILA- Justice Chief Vitaliano Aguirre II on Thursday said he expects a "full-blown" trial on the government's petition to classify the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army (CPP-NPA) as terror organizations.
In a press briefing at the Malacañang Palace, Aguirre said the petition seeking the reclassification of the CPP-NPA as terror groups would be filed in the coming week.
"It is a full-blown trial I believe. They have to gather all the instances where terroristic activities could be attributed to the NPA," Aguirre told reporters.
Asked whether he thinks the communist rebels will put up a fight during the looming trials, Aguirre said: "I believe so, ayaw nga nila na nasasabihan sila na they are engaged in terrorism."
President Rodrigo Duterte last year signed a proclamation declaring the left-wing organizations as terrorists, citing as basis Republic Act (RA) No. 10168 or the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012.
Duterte's declaration came following the termination of peace talks with communist rebels in November due to a series of rebel attacks on state forces.