Various groups led by the International League of Peoples’ Struggle gathered in front of the Philippine Department of Justice on 9 December 2022 to submit a petition for the removal of the terrorist designation of Luis ‘Louie’ Jalandoni by the Manila government’s Anti-Terrorist Council. “We call on all democratic and peace-loving forces to join us in defending the rights of Luis Jalandoni and fight against his unjust designation,” said ILPS Secretary General Liza Maza.

In June 2022, the ATC designated Luis Jalandoni as a terrorist, alongside five other persons, Cordillera People's Democratic Front spokesperson Simon Naugsan, Afrecia Alvares, Maria Luisa Pucray, Maria Gigi Ascaño-Tenebroso and Walter Alipio De Asis Cerbito.

Luis Jalandoni served as Chairperson of the NDFP Negotiating Panel in peace talks with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines from 1992 until 2016, when he retired. He is now Senior Adviser to the NDFP Negotiating Panel. 

The campaign to revoke the terrorist designation of Jalandoni was launched by the International Committee Defend LJ and Friends of the Filipino People in Struggle. The campaign has gathered over 1,500 signatories supporting the call to revoke the ATC’s terror-tagging. 

In an open letter issued 9 December 2022, the International Committee Defend LJ denounced “the terrorist designation of Luis ‘Louie’ Jalandoni and five others by the Philippines’ Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC). This denouncement comes as we gather mounting support from the international community… rightfully calling for the revocation of the ATC’s baseless and malicious claims. Louie is a man of peace.”

In a related development, on 10 December during International Human Rights Day, hundreds marched to Manila’s Presidential Palace to protest the rising number of extrajudicial killings, political prisoners, and the use of the Anti-Terror Law to suppress dissent and curtail freedom of expression under the Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. government. Protests were also conducted in other parts of the country demanding justice for victims of human rights abuses during the Marcos dictatorship.