Jun Alcover: Former Maoist leader
ANAD Partylist Representative
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.
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.
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….. A former communist and a man- slaughter himself… NO WONDER he disliked Mayor Duterte being a protege of former Cong. Nograles and the most corrupt president Gloria Arroyo.