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THE government stood firm on the veracity of the supposed terror list, even as National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon maintained that it was done with “sufficient” research and basis. 

During the oral arguments at the Supreme Court, which has commenced hearing petitions questioning the constitutionality of the Anti-Terror Law, Esperon played two videos of Communist Party of the Philippines’ founder Jose Maria Sison supposedly naming allied organizations. 

“Makakasiguro kayo na ang ating pagpapalabas ng listahan ay dumaan sa masusing pananaliksik,” said Esperon who hinted at the list as exactly the same with international listings. 

Esperon also told a public briefing the list was based on a 2017 declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte, in which he tagged the CPP and the New People’s Army as “terrorists.” The Anti-Terror Council, where Esperon is vice chair, had earlier filed a resolution echoing Duterte’s statement. 

“Dahil sa dami ng kaso nila ay nalista sila pati sa ibang bansa at may proclamation si pangulo na terrorist sila noong 2017,” Esperon said. 

Petitioners also questioned the use of the video, which they said was unauthorized and unauthenticated, and that he did not take his oath prior to his interpellation with the high court. 

He also warded off allegations of crossing beyond what the law allows. “Hindi violation ‘yan.”

However, Sison claimed in a statement that the clip was “unauthenticated and obviously spliced.”

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