The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is encouraging the public to make use of virtual private networks (VPN) or the Tor browser to bypass a “firewall” set by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) aimed at blocking websites that are deemed in affiliation and in support of the Communist political movement.
The statement came from CPP’s Marco Valbuena following NTC Commissioner Camaliel Cordoba issuance of an order to internet service providers (ISP) asking for the prohibition to the access of some alleged websites, per request of National Security Council (NSC) advisor Hermogenes Esperon.
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In total, 26 websites were blocked as a result of the effort in what the government claims as in connection with terrorists and terrorist groups, which includes the New People’s Army and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
But while the NSC’s list of websites was certain to be in association with the CPP and the NDFP, Valbuena notes that only seven were identified as having genuine links to said political groups.