A recent Facebook post has resurrected a false claim tagging former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. as an organizer of the Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
The Oct. 3 post of Facebook page True News Stories says:
1965 una naging Presidente si Marcos. Barely three years pa lang si Marcos sa office in 1968, wala pang Martial Law, inorganisa na ni Sen Ninoy Aquino ang Moro Secession (MNLF-MIM ni Nur Misuari) and Communist Insurgency (CPP-NPA ni Joma Sison) in collaboration with Malaysia para guluhin ang gobyerno ng Pilipinas (Marcos first became president in 1965. Barely three years into his term in 1968 when where was still no Martial Law, Sen. Ninoy Aquino organized the Moro Secession [Nur Misuari’s MNLF-MIM] and Communist Insurgency [Joma Sison’s CPP-NPA] in collaboration with Malaysia to destabilize the Philippine government).
The claim has no basis and has been debunked.
The CPP was founded by Jose Maria Sison on Dec. 6, 1968, while the NPA was founded by Sison, Bernabe Buscayno and Lucio Manlapaz on March 29, 1969.
The MNLF was founded by Nur Misuari in 1972, the year martial law was declared, not in 1968 as True New Stories claimed.
Sison previously said in a 2010 interview with historian Lisandro Claudio that no formal alliance existed between Aquino and the CPP-NPA.
Claudio’s research, however, cites an an “informal” alliance between the two.
Claudio said in a lecture at the Ateneo De Manila University that Aquino shared networks with Sison and then CPP chair Rodolfo Salas.
He quoted Sison that Aquino and the CPP-NPA were “informal and practical cooperators against the Marcos regime from late 1968 onwards up to his assassination.”
Sison also said Aquino maintained good relations with units headed by Buscayno in Tarlac, but no written instrument of alliance was ever formalized. (JRC)
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