Jun Alcover: Former Maoist leader turned fearless pro-democracy defender

ANAD Partylist Representative, Jun Alcover

ANAD Partylist Representative, Jun Alcover

jun_drop_cap orn of humble beginnings, Jun Alcover never forgets his past but never allows his past to dominate his actions as he steadfastly remains as a beacon of hope, light amidst the darkness of despair, and a voice for the many victims of the atrocities deliberately carried out by the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NA-NDF) as well as the many thousands who are still under threat of this menace.

Sired to a soldier-father, Pastor Abarquez-Alcover Sr. of Carcar, Province of Cebu; and Jesusa Moraten-Montero of Maasin, Iloilo, on October 5, 1952 in C. Padilla St., Cebu City. Pastor M. Alcover, Jr., Jun as he is intimately called, saw the light of day in Cebu City but practically grew-up in the different areas of Mindanao, like Jolo, Sulu, and Lanao del Norte, where his father was assigned. Jun finished his elementary studies in Iligan City graduating as class salutatorian. Back to Cebu for his secondary schooling, he enrolled at the Abellana National School (ANS). Early on, he showed his mettle in leadership by getting elected president of the ANS Supreme Student Council. His leadership ability caught the eyes of militant Manila-based leaders so that they recruited and made him join later to become a ranking leader of the Kabataang Makabayan (KM) and the Samahang Demokratikong Kabataan (SDK) in the ‘70’s. A few months later, he led the first and historic militant student street demonstration in Cebu City against the administration of Abellana National School, a product of Maoist communist retooling and manipulation. Notably, this demonstration sparked the widespread several violent and bloody school demonstrations in Cebu City.

jun_caption He was conditionally enrolled at the University of San Carlos (USC) taking up Political Science as his major subject. While enrolled there, Jun initiated and led several student demonstrations against the school that resulted to his expulsion. Later in l969, he organized the Union of Democratic Workers – the first CPP labor front in the Province of Cebu that sparked the Maoist communist infiltration of labor groups there, particularly Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation in Toledo City. Also, during the same period, Jun was sent by the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee to train in explosives, ordnance, and propaganda inside the so-called UP commune. Indeed, Jun was not only a part but a pillar of the so-called First Quarter Storm activism and militancy.

In 1971, he became an original member of the CPP-NPA expansion team for the Visayas and Mindanao regions. When Martial Law was declared, he went underground later on and married Aner Bontilao-Arnoco, also an NPA amazon, in a communist wedding ceremony. After the wedding, he organized the first NPA squad in the mountains within the tri-boundary of Toledo City-Balamban-Cebu City. Due to incessant military pursuit in Cebu province and realizing that the mountains of Cebu is not suited for guerrilla warfare, Samar-Leyte area was a good refuge where he organized the first CPP-NPA units in the St. Bernard-Hinunangan-Hinundayan areas, all in Southern Leyte during the period 1973-1974.

His initiatives and hard work did not go unnoticed so that in 1973 his status was elevated to a ranking party member of the Eastern Visayas Regional Communist Party Committee. Thus, he became Commander-Political Officer (CO-PO), NPA Regional Armed Unit in Samar Island in 1974.

After long years of evading military forces, he was captured in 1978 and placed in solitary confinement for more than six months. His confinement offered him some opportunities to examine his conscience and directions in life.

Immediately, after being granted amnesty and released from detention, he became a strong and committed anti-communist/pro-democracy advocate. Catharsis , the first anti-communism radio program aired over DYLA in Cebu City was launched. Then organized the Katipunan Para sa Demokratikong Reporma (KADRE), a popular anti-communism group in the Visayas and Mindanao in 1980.

Being a former communist rebel, he understands how the communist mind thinks and operates. To deny the CPP-NPA propaganda mileage, he started a very hectic and dangerous campaign of exposing and opposing the underground. Through lectures and seminars, he exposed the deceptive recruitment and organizational build-ups employed by the different united front organizations were exposed. Because of these, he was invited to several speaking engagements in Australia and the USA.

When the industrial sector got seriously troubled due to the labor unrest initiated by the leftist KMU (Kilusang Mayo Uno), he spearheaded a movement to expose and confront it. Indeed he succeeded in averting strikes in many commercial establishments and industries in the country. He was invited by many business establishments, throughout the country, to hear him effectively talk about his success stories.

MEETING ANAD’S CONSTITUENCIES. During the long wait for the Supreme Court’s decision, ANAD national chairman Jun Alcover does his regular visitations to the different chapters and affiliates of the pro-democracy alliance. Such is his earnest effort to continue the struggle against the Maoist communist-terrorist even without support from government.

MEETING ANAD’S CONSTITUENCIES. During the long wait for the Supreme Court’s decision, ANAD national chairman Jun Alcover does his regular visitations to the different chapters and affiliates of the pro-democracy alliance. Such is his earnest effort to continue the struggle against the Maoist communist-terrorist even without support from government.

He then organized the National Alliance for Democracy (NAD), well known for having stifled KMU infiltrations. NAD also served as the broad and umbrella organization of pro-democracy advocates in the country. Also, Jun established the National Alliance for Democracy & Freedom Foundation, Inc. (NADFFI). Mainly composed of former rebels and marginalized groups, NADFFI aims to initiate, develop and congregate support for livelihood and entrepreneurial projects of its members. Due to the unwavering support by several captains of industries, he went into the security business to help safeguard peace and provide employment to some 700 guards, all adherent to his advocacy.

At one point he was he was vice president for the Visayas of the Philippine Guardians Brotherhood, Inc. (PGBI) headed by Sen. Gringo Honasan. Later, Jun organized the New Guardians for Freedom and Democracy, Inc (NGI.). He subsequently became its Founder/National President.

In 2001, aware that the Maoist communist NPA-NDF already has infiltrated the country’s Congress (legislature) and used government funds to fuel anti-government campaigns, Jun decided to bring his incessant peaceful anti-communism campaign to the hallowed halls of the House of Representatives, through the country’s partylist system of representation. NAD Partylist was the vehicle used for this electoral move. However, because for one reason or another, NAD Partylist was disqualified for technical reasons, This gave birth to the Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) which joined the 2004 elections using the name ANAD partylist, duly-accredited by the Commission on Elections.

As a result of the 2004 elections, ANAD Partylist then was to have one seat with over three hundred thousand (300,000) votes but some opposing forces fought hard and eventually prevented ANAD partylist taking its rightful seat in Congress.

Unfazed, ANAD Partylist made another shot during the May 14, 2007 elections. Finally, the Supreme Court finally puts its imprimatur on ANAD party list’s competence and qualification as among the 18 winners in the most recent national elections for party list representation. With the order of the Supreme Court, Jun Alcover took his oath of office before House Speaker Prospero Nograles on April 28, 2009.

Counter-organization and counter-mobilization of all awakened Filipinos remains as the focus of Jun’s . pro-democracy lectures which are regularly conducted by ANAD either on its own initiatives or through the invitations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

ANAD in the same way as its preceding organizations is solely supported by donations and/or contributions, e.g. moral or financial, from different organizations and individuals determined to expose, confront and oppose the evils wrought by the Maoist CPP-NPA-NDF.

Despite their very limited resources and without support from the government and the military, ANAD officials and volunteers remains steadfast and committed to contribute their share in defense and preservation of freedom, and institutions in this country.

Last September 2008, NADFI published a book, “ATROCITIES & LIES: The Untold Secrets of the Communist Party of the Philippines” authored by Jun Alcover, Yettan Veritta Liwanag, Tito A. Porras and Matthew Jennings. Currently, despite his hectic schedules, Jun Alcover hosts a radio program dubbed as “SUMBONGANAN” aired over Bantay Radyo (with simultaneous broadcast at dyDD-1260kHz for Metro Cebu, dyZZ-1458kHz for Negros Oriental and dyHH-864kHz for Northern Cebu, and DXIP in Davao City.)

Contrary to allegations by communist legal front organizations’ black propaganda, ANAD is not a creation of government or the military but a product of the Filipinos desire and determination to protect our country’s freedom and democratic ideals.

Hard work and strong determination to keep aflame the courage to defend our country’s cause of freedom and democracy, put him where he is now – a strong voice as Representative of the Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) Partylist in the halls of Congress.

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