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Militant Filcom leaders threaten legal action vs Duterte supporter

04 August 2020

By The SUN

Aries' Facebook post which Bayan covered with a 'fake news' tag

Two high-profile Hong Kong migrant leaders have threatened legal action against a fellow overseas Filipino worker for allegedly defaming them in a Facebook post, and targeting the organizations they belong to as part of a terror campaign.

A statement issued earlier tonight by Bayan Hong Kong and Macau was accompanied by a link to a Facebook post that depicted its chairperson, Eman Villanueva, and United Filipinos-Migrante HK chair Dolores Balladares Pelaez along with other Filipino militants as “salot sa lipunan.”

The post was made on Jul 19 in the name of  Jeanette Angel Aries, an OFW who is said to be the leader of Emilio DDS (Duterte Diehard Supporters). The statement gave her real name as Jeanette Lopez.

In the picture showing Villanueva and Pelaez together, Aries accused them of “exacting funds from OFWs in Hong Kong and spreading fake news against the government.”
The two were also branded as “fund collectors” for the Philippines’ left-wing groups, CPP-NDF-NPA. (Communist Party of the Philippines, National Democratic Front and New People’s Army).

“Our officers and members in Bayan Hong Kong and Macau, together with our friends and supporters, will lodge complaints against Lopez and her group both on Facebook and take actions against them through legal means,” said the statement.
“Their brazen red tagging of progressive migrant leaders and organizations in Hong Kong should be exposed and condemned.”

The statement said Lopez and her followers have been targeting so-called progressive groups that have Hong Kong chapters, including Bayan, Migrante and Gabriela, in their hate campaign.

Two years ago, another member of Emilio DDS called “Jenny” reportedly distributed pamphlets vilifying the left-leaning organizations, and even made vlogs condemning them.

The hate campaign reportedly intensified when Bayan and its aligned organizations started a widely supported campaign for the scrapping of the mandatory contribution to PhilHealth.
“We even wrote to the Philippine Consulate calling their attention on this group’s malicious actions and unfounded accusations,” said the statement.

Bayan said Emilio DDS is emboldened to attack them because they are supported by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, which was formed under the auspices of the Duterte administration.
“Now, with the Anti-Terrorism Act in effect, the Emilio DDS faces no consequences even if their posts are false and malicious in nature, and even if their deeds endanger the lives of leaders and members of migrant organizations,” said the statement.

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