Is there a silent Commie persecution going on right now? It seems like it. So, if you're a Communist sympathizer or you're just a plain and simple admirer of Karl Marx or Vladimir Lenin or someone heard you speak of the analects of Mao Tse Tung, you better watch your back. For there could be an agent behind your back, ready to pounce on you.
Are we back in the Cold war era where the mere mention of Socialism or Communism is a crime? Are we really back in that age when someone shouts "imperialism!" or " Mabuhay CPP-NPA-NDF!", he'll be hauled to jail immediately?
Blame General Dominquez book, " The Trinity of War" which is on its third edition. This almost Nazi-like book is to be blamed for the renewed paranoia of the military against anything red. This book spells out the new doctrine of the Armed Forces of the Philippines when treating Communism or its branches. The book actually encourages the destruction of legal and legitimate organizations which at least believes in the National Democratic agenda of the CPP-NPA-NDF, albeit, not openly declared.
For all I know, the Anti-Subversion Law has been effectively repealed. Communism was considered de-criminalized in 1994, and whoever believes in Communism has the right to freely expressed it, however others hate it. Believing in something is an inherent and inviolable right. And being a Communist is one of them.
When a State authorizes the use of military or State power against those who merely believe in an ideology, it acts as a dictator or an authoritarian. And when a government transforms itself into a dictatorial or an authoritarian regime, it is the right of Peoples to militate against it. This is even recognized by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the People.
As far as I know, even if you're a card-carrying member of the Communist Party of the Philippines, you'll not be arrested because it is not a crime anymore to be a member of the CPP-NPA-NDF or any other political party.
It is a crime however, if you're a combatant or an armed member of the New People's Army. That's another story.
Bearing arms against the government and declaring that you believe in the protracted people's war and you live in the mountains and subsist only with potatoes or camotes, of course, that will clearly put your life at extreme risk. There are two (2) things you must know: believing in something and acting on it.
If you believe in something and acted based on it, meaning, you actually rebelled, got your firearm and declared rebellion against the State, you are now, a declared enemy of the State. The State has the right to exercise its right for self-preservation. The State will kill you. The State has the right to arrest you, detain you and present you in court with charges of rebellion. If the civilian courts deemed you guilty, then, be ready to face the consequences of your actions.
Yet, if you just espouse Communism and you just propagandize, then, that is a right enshrined in the Constitution and you will not be arrested.
In the case of the Morong 43, their arrests shows you the effects of a misunderstanding or a mis-appreciation or worst, a mis-interpretation of current reality. If you're a health worker and you believe in the National Democratic ideal, you are okey provided you don't mingle with the Communist rebels. If you don't live with the rebels, and just help the poor folks, then, you are not a combatant; hence, safe from prosecution.
Our soldiers should know the distinction. It should be very clear with them.
Otherwise, people might suspect that, in their desperation to defeat their enemy, they'll commit the same mistakes as what they did during the Marcos years.