Campaign fee issue triggers CPP rift

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New People’s Army logo. Ranking officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines are divided over the imposition of permit to campaign fees by its armed wing NPA on candidates for the May elections, the Philippine National Police said Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.

MANILA, Philippines—Ranking officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) are divided over the imposition of permit to campaign fees by its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), on candidates for the May elections, the Philippine National Police said Monday.

Director Lina Sarmiento, chief of the PNP Directorate for Police Community Relations, said certain “party hard-liners in the local communist movement are embarrassed” over the collection of the “permit to campaign/permit to win” fees from politicians.

She said police and military intelligence units found that the insurgents had been asking for as much as P5 million from local candidates before they could campaign in areas controlled by the rebels.

“Security analysts say this policy of the CPP-NPA has caused a rift and disagreement among senior party members, including staunch party hard-liners, due to conflicting ideological and policy differences,” Sarmiento said in a statement.

She, however, did not identify the CPP leaders opposed to the collection of campaign fees.

Sarmiento said demanding money from politicians had become “very embarrassing and unacceptable to some party hard-liners who believe that such a policy only serves the personal interest of the imperial masters of the NPA red fighters in the CPP Central Committee.”

“The CPP/NPA has continued to arrogantly stand by the correctness of its patently unlawful policy of terror on candidates and political parties who will not (comply with) this scheme of criminal extortion,” she said.

The PNP on Monday warned candidates that they faced criminal charges if they paid “campaign fees” to the NPA.

PNP Director General Alan Purisima said he had directed police units in the provinces to intensify their intelligence operations to thwart the CPP’s collection of money from those seeking elective posts.

“Let me remind the would-be victims of this criminal extortion scheme of the CPP-NPA that the act of giving any amount or item of value to the communist terrorists is tantamount to disloyalty punishable under the Revised Penal Code,” Purisima said in a statement.—With a report from Michael Lim Ubac

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  • Rovingmoron

    Extorting money from politicians will all the more force them to steal money from the government coffers to redeem what they lostduring the campaign period. If the NPA realizes this, it will be counter -productive to what the communist rebels are fighting for in their ideology. Millions in extorted money will produce badly maintained roads and bridges, poor basic services because elected officials, especially in the local levels, will create ghost projects and then pocket the money to the detriment of public interests. Isn’t this what the NPA is fighting for?

  • Mamang Pulis

    bakit ata kakaunti ang nag kokomentaryo kapag ang NPA ang gumagawa ng paninikil?

    nasaan na ayun mga alagad ni renato reyes? :))

    nasaan na yun magiting na reported ng davao—sino na yun? nico al- co- ba? parang kisame ang apelyido?

  • Line Of Flight

    I don’t think the PNP are credible sources as the sole sources for a news story on internal disagreements within an outlawed political party. If the newspaper can’t independently verify it, then it shouldn’t be in the newspaper just as I don’t think the Inquirer would publish a news story about the PNP solely based upon unverified statements made by the NPA.

    • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

      he he he kabayan di na bago ang ginagawang  pang hihingi ng NPA sa mga kandidato na gusto mangumpanya lalo na kung sa probinsya ..hinde ka siguro taga probinsya at di mo alam ang tungkol sa ginagawa nila 

      • Line Of Flight

         I doubt the reporter of this story personally knows anything. it’s one thing to know something first hand and its another thing to confirm statements by the government with rumor and gossip and “common knowledge”. that’s the difference between real news reporting and simply repeating the press releases of the government. definitely below the standards of the Inquirer, sadly

  • User Guest

    lol intrigera … magshowbiz k n lang hahahaha

  • elgeepee

    If the NPAs are truly for the people, why don’t they apply their kangaroo courts to corrupt politicians? May nasampulan naba sila litisin dahil magnanakaw ng pera ng gobyerno? Parang wala pa at bakit? 

  • mangtom

    Purisima should get off his butt and correct this extortion activity of these lazy rebels. There is no excuse why the PNP cannot stop this foolishness. If the PNP cannot put a halt on this easy money making scam, then it should change its leadership. This is pure and plain extortion. Or President Aquino should do something to end this dirty tactic of these parasites.

  • bongarroyo

    normal lang na gawain ito kapag may eleksyon…

    iyong mga politikong drug lorg ay lumalakas ang benta kapag may eleksyon….

    concentrate naman sa holdapan at kidnap for ransom ang mga politikong goons..

    pabingo at pa jueteng naman ang mga gambling lord..

    kaya dapat magbayad sila ng tax sa mga terorista……..

    may mga kandidato rin naman ang mga terorista di ba?

  • MULEN

      The problem is not so much on the collection itself but on how all the money are accounted for and distributed. There’s no proper accounting thereby raising the suspicion among party members that some NPA unit commanders keep the money for themselves to the detriment of armed struggle in general. Matagal ng problema ang pagkasilaw ng mga kumander sa kinang ng salapi pero nagiging sakim ang mga ito at ibunulsa halos lahat ng mga kotong na nakukulekta. 

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

       in which case, ideology takes a back seat, and greed sets in. no different from ordinary tulisan or highway robbers.

      • MULEN

        This particularly holds true in Southeastern Mindanao (Surigao provinces, Comval and Davao provinces). The NPA combatants are very much active there, collecting extortion money from the big mining firms to the lowly timber poachers but the money reaching the central party coffers come in trickles. Kakapiranggot kaya umalma na ang mga matataas na opisyales ng partido.  

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        But still, extortion is still extortion, even if only a trickle goes up the ladder.

  • sabaw_at_kanin

    matapos ang ilang dekadang pakikipaglaban, nauwi ang CPP-NPA sa pagiging mga mangingikil at mamamatay tao. hungkag na mga prinsipyo at ideolohiya ang batayan. tsk tsk

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    oy mga ulupong na PNP. licensed firearms ba ang dala ng mga NPA na yan? bakit dnyo yabangan at paghuhulihin?

    • kipbuts

      Huwag naman ganyan.
      Kawawa naman ang mga kapulisan natin. Tao din sila na may puso’t damdamin. Pang-career at kuwarta-kuwarta lang ang sekretong pakay ng kanilang pagpupulis. Kina Bonifacio, Rizal, atbp. lang ang magpakabayani para sa bayan at wala sa ating kasalukuyang kapulisan. Kamakailan lang ang Davao City Vice Mayor, Rody Roa Duterte pumunta sa campo ng mga NPA sa Compostela Valley Province (na naka-chopper pa) at namigay pa ng limpak-limpak na pesoses sa NPA. May nagawa ba ang DILG Secretary kun saan directly nakakawing ang PNP? May nagawa ba ang DOJ na kung saan under nila ang NBI? At higit sa lahat may nagawa ba ang goberno to that blatant act of treason against the republic? Wala. This republic will goes to the dogs someday.  

  • $16638896

    bkt di pa mamatay matay itong mga hinayupak na npa nato. ung pnp naman akala mo kung sino mag warning. para magkasilbi kayong mga npa, todasin nyo na ung mga magnanakaw sa gobyerno para may pakinabang kayo. win win situation para sa mga pinoy.

  • Dawn Dare

    Stupid PNP general. The crime isn’t disloyalty, otherwise we’ll put a lot of stray dogs and cats to death. The crime is treason.

  • dikoy321

    The NPA commander gets the MILLIONS and the poor NPA fighters get only talbos camote and tuyo !

    Mga NPA fighters, UMALSA na KAYO, kung ayaw nyo MA-UTO ng mga duwag na amo nyo, kasama na si Joma !

    Ibagsak ang mga TULISAN na NPA commanders !

    Forward Philippines !!!

  • Luka Munyita

    Mabuhay ang NPA! – Bayan Muna, Gabriela, ACT, KARAPATAN, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Kabataan, League of Filipino Students!

  • AllinLawisFair

    Say, why is it that a ranking member of the Dy dynasty of Isabela has been paying visits to Jose Maria Sison in his refuge in the Dutch city of Utrecht? The last time a Dy family member went there was in mid September 2012.

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