These past weeks, headlines have been filled with some big celebrity names, but not because they have a new movie coming out, but because they have been tagged by the military as NPA members, a group that has been classified as terrorists by the same.
Imagine branding Liza Soberano, Angel Locsin, and Catriona Gray – women who have done humanitarian work in their own capacities during the pandemic – as terrorists.
It’s crazy, but it’s also created a lot of confusion with regards to what terrorism really means. Fortunately, that’s what Gab Campos, a content creator on TikTok and YouTube, aims to clear with his TikTok video about terrorism.
In his video, which is only less than three minutes long, Gab defines four key terms in the simplest way possible in hopes of drawing a similarly simple conclusion of what – or who – constitutes terrorism.
Watch the informative TikTok below:
First, he defines the government’s AFP-PNP and the NPA rebellion, which both bear arms except one answers to the President as the Commander-in-Chief, and the other to the Communist Party. Afterward, he defines terrorism as the “use of unlawful violence and intimidation against civilians in the pursuit of political aims,” and then activism as the “vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change.”
By his definition, the NPA, who resorts to violence to forward its revolutionary government, is a terrorist group (since they have the guns that go pyung pyung). Activists, who push for change through civil actions and parliamentary procedures, do not resort to armed violence.
Looks legit. So what’s his conclusion?
In the same way that the government can chastise the institutions of AFP and PNP despite confirmed reports of tanim bala and killings amidst the drug raid, it also shouldn’t hastily and hazardously claim that all activists – people who want social change – are terrorists.
Gab Campos couldn’t have made it simpler (and funnier), because it really is as simple as that. Please take notes, Gen. Parlade.