NPA extorting P1M from each gubernatorial candidate in Eastern Samar—military


MANILA, Philippines—The military said on Thursday that communist insurgents in Eastern Samar have been demanding as much as P1 million in campaign fee from each of the gubernatorial candidates to allow them to campaign in “red” or communist rebel-infiltrated areas.

Col. Arnulfo Burgos, the AFP spokesperson, said in an interview that the demand for campaign fees was a clear case of extortion by the New People’s Army (NPA).

“This is clearly a form of extortion violating our laws. That is why we are asking our candidates not to give in to the demands of the NPA,” Burgos said.

Burgos added that the military was able to gather evidence against the communist insurgents after troops recovered documents pertaining to the campaign fees in NPA camps they overran recently.

Burgos said that the demand made to candidates for vice governor was P500,000 each.

Burgos said the military’s tack has been “to engage with the local government units as well as businessmen to appeal to them to cooperate with the military.”

“We want to help them so we can secure them too,” Burgos said.

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  • dark matter

    They claim to represent the people yet they are known for their extortion.

  • Beng Atibo

    What is the military doing about it. Wala kayong silbi, alam na ninyo pinababayaan pa ninyo. Puro sabi na makipagtulungan ang mamamayan. Saan napupunta ang intelligence funds ninyo.

    • Rosauro

      Simply put. Di mo alam ang na sa utak ng misis mo. Di mo alam kung saan siya nagppunta minsan. Siguro nga dahil wala ka intelligence fund.

  • johnlordphilip

    NPA use to be a group advancing the people’s cause. Now it is nothing but a terrorist group creating more problem for the country rather than helping the people!

  • les21reago

    @ Burgos KAY PAN DAKPA GAD ITON HIRA…Kamaiha na hiton nga mga NPA dida ngan kadamo Military check point hasta pa niyan the amo pareho la guihapon nga estorya.

    • george_padi

       amu gud. nagpipinangaturog la ngan nagpipinadako buy.ay ha hra kampo..pansulonga it nga mga NPA para mahigamitan mangad kmu

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  • wildUbuntu

    Mga NPA, Di na kayo nakakatulong, nakakaperwisyo pa! Magbagong buhay na kayo! please lang!

  • Rovingmoron

    Same old story. That’s the reason when these local government officials are elected into office, they are forced to recover their lost money from the government coffers. If they can no longer survive without support from The Netherlands, they should turn themselves up rather than extort money from politicians.

  • Peter

    Hoy CASINO pakiayos mo nga itong mga KABARO mo!

    • Rosauro

      Utos niya e upang may magmit niya sa kampanya niya for senator.

  • regd

    As opposed to the military who will charge quadruple?

  • dikoy321

    Don’t give, NOT even a single centavo !

    The AFP can advise candidates to simply campaign thru other means: Internet, Radio, TV, FB, or place all candidates for Governor/Vice Governor in the plaza of the Capital, make them debate to be covered by Internet, Radio, TV, FB, etc. for wide coverage !

    DO NOT PAY, let the NPA bandits suffer from a dry-up of their fund sources !

    Politicians should COOPERATE with the AFP/PNP to catch those NPA bandits !

    Forward Philippines !!!

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