DILG warns candidates paying campaign fees to rebels
Aileen Cerrudo • May 2, 2019 • 1920
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will file charges against candidates proven to be paying campaign fees to communist rebels.
According to DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya these candidates will be liable if they have enough evidence to prove that these candidates are paying extortion money to communist rebels.
“They will be held liable even after the elections if we are able to gather evidence that they are aiding, financing, supporting or conniving with these communist terrorist groups and their allies who are out to trample our democracy and oust our duly constituted authorities,” he said during a press briefing on Thursday (May 2).
DILG said the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) were able to collect over P100 million from various extortion activities nationwide from 2016-2018.
Election candidates will pay a certain amount of money to communist rebels in order allow them to campaign in their area.
Meanwhile, Malaya said there is already a decline in the number of local candidates paying extortion money to communist rebels for this election compared in 2016.
However, for those candidates who continue to pay rebels for a campaign permit, they will be in violation of Republic Act no. 10168 or the Financing of Terrorism, Disloyalty and Co-conspirator in Crime of Rebellion.
According to Malaya they received reports about negotiations with the rebel groups in parts of Cordillera, Quezon, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Eastern Mindanao. (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Tuesday said he has directed all unit commanders to be on alert and further intensify police operations against communist rebels following a bomb attack in Iloilo that left two cops injured.
“The NPA attack that resulted in the wounding of two of our policemen is certainly a strategy being employed to make it appear that they are still strong and eventually use as a leverage for their extortion activities to candidates for the next year’s election,” Eleazar said in a statement.
“Dahil dito, inatasan ko na ang lahat ng ating mga unit commanders na maging alerto at lalo pang paigtingin ang mga operasyon laban sa mga CPP-NPA-NDF upang hindi sila mabigyan ng pagkakataon na magkamal ng pera na patuloy nilang gagamitin sa recruitment at sa pagsasagawa ng karahasan,” he added.
The PNP identified the injured policemen as Patrolman Jessie Castamado and Police Corporal Genel Simpas.
Initial reports stated that personnel from the Iloilo Police Mobile Force Company were harassed by members of the Southern Front Komite, Komiteng Rehiyon Panay at their base area in Barangay Mayang.
The local police force then conducted a pursuit operation, which resulted in the encounter. But the members of the communist terrorist group detonated two improvised explosive device that resulted in the injury of Castamado and Simpas.
The number of casualties in the enemy side after the seven-minute firefight was undetermined, police said.
The two policemen were taken to the Rep. Pedro Trono Memorial District Hospital for medical treatment and are now in stable condition, it added.
Eleazar vowed to extend assistance to the injured personnel. He also tasked the local police in the area to conduct follow-up operations to catch the perpetrators.
MANILA, Philippines — Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade has resigned as spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).
Parlade confirmed his resignation from the task force in a text message to UNTV reporter Lea Ylagan.
“Yes, I have submitted my letter of resignation addressed to the President almost a month ago,” Parlade said.
He said he came up with the decision to resign from ELCAC to ease pressure on the embattled task force regarding his appointment as one of its members.
“I want to ease the pressure to the NTF ELCAC principals who are being questioned by legislators for designating me in spite of my being in the active service,” Parlade said. “There are so many legal bases justifying my appointment as constitutional but I will not belabor myself with those. I am happy that there are now six more civilian NTF spokespersons who shall carry on the fight passionately and with conviction.”
Parlade assured that even after this retirement, he will continue his fight against terrorism.
“Even then, I want to assure our critics that I am not running away from this fight. As a citizen of this country, it behooves me to continue with my patriotic duty to defend our country and end the 52 years onslaught of the CPP-NPA terrorists, whatever legal way I can. Ngayon pa na patapos na sila?” Parlade said.
Parlade is also set to retire as head of the military’s Southern Luzon Command on July 26 at the age of 56.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said also in a message to Lea Ylagan that Maj. Gen. Bartolome Bacarro will replace Parlade. —/mbmf
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has called on the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) to turn over members involved in the Masbate mine blast.
After the CPP-NPA took responsibility for the incident, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the group should be held accountable for the death of football player Kieth Absalon and his cousin Novlen Absalon.
“Now that the CPP-NPA has accepted full responsibility for the senseless murder, it now becomes their duty to turn over the terrorists responsible for the deaths so that justice maybe served to their families and loved ones,” he said in a statement. Año also assured the safety of the suspects while undergoing trial.
“The ends of justice require that those responsible must be held accountable for their crimes against the people under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines,” he said.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are prepared to file criminal charges against the CPP-NPA members involved in the incident. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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