NPA calls for end to Garcia dynasty in Davao City second district

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The communist New People’s Army (NPA) has called on the people in the second district here to dislodge the over 20-year-old rule of the Garcia political clan, saying it only resulted in the exploitation of the people, especially during the election time.

In a statement emailed to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Parago Sandoval, spokesperson of the NPA’s First Pulang Bagani Command operating in the city’s Paquibato district, said the NPA has found the “bullying” of local politicians campaigning in the city’s second district as “objectionable.”

“It’s high time to change the politics of sheer self-perpetuation and coercive partisanship in the areas of Southern Mindanao and particularly in the rural districts of Davao City,” said the statement, even as the rebel group reiterated its lack of belief in Philippine elections.

Parago’s statement singled out Rep. Mylene Garcia, daughter of three-term Rep. Manuel Garcia and sister of three-term Rep. Vicente Garcia, currently running for reelection in the city’s second district.

Sought for comment, Garcia said: “While I disagree with some of their statements, I respect their views and I pray that they will join the rest of us in a free, honest and peaceful elections.”

“I wish them well,” she added.

“At the expense of real development and progress for the people, the Garcias have lorded it over for more than 20 years in the Davao City’s second district and have perfected the use of psychological warfare and terror sweetened by largesse during Election Day, especially in Paquibato district and outlying areas,” the NPA statement said.

“The New People’s Army welcomes any opportunity, any development that would puncture the dynastic arrogation of power, particularly in the second congressional district of Davao City,” it added.

The statement also accused officers and members of the 69th Infantry Battalion to have served as “staunch private armies” of the Garcias in “perpetuating the garrison-like campaigning and voting in Paquibato and other parts of the second district.”

“With no real performance or track record to speak of, and with no inclination to represent the interests and aspiration of the lumad (indigenous peoples), workers, peasants and other basic sectors in the halls of reactionary Congress, a change in leadership could mean a reprieve for the masses from the murky politics that have characterized the past administration,” the NPA said.

The NPA urged the people to “seize the opportunity to repudiate the politics of status quo and atrocious election campaigning, and support candidates who may possibly rise to the challenge of representing and working for the people’s interest.”

Although the statement singled out Garcia, it kept mum about Garcia’s strongest political ally, Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, under whose political party Garcia has been running. Duterte, who leads the political party Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, is known to be on friendly terms with rebels.

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  • m1600

    pero kung may lagay sa inyo ok lang maski 100 taon sa pwesto hayyy … panay kotong ang alam ninyo na gawin sigurado paldo nanaman ang bulsa ni kdr. ngayon na eleksyon hahaha.mga bwaya na NPA.

  • boldyak

    people urged to end NPA’s terrorism…

  • zandro santos

    To end Garcia Dynasty? Bakit? Dahil ayaw sumuporta sa DIGMANG KOTONG ng Terroristang NPA?

  • Pepe Smith

    And the NPA is very quiet about the Duterte’s? Is it because of Duterte’s monetary support for their group?

  • jcsantos

    We call for the end of NPA’s over 40 years of “ruling” (theft, arson, extortion, murder, kidnapping, etc.) in the various parts of Philippine provinces.

  • durian

    Ang mga kriminal na Komunistang NPA ang isa sa mga nag uudyok sa ating mga Pulitko na mangongorakot sa pwesto kasi hindi birong halaga ang kanilang hinihingi sa kanilang kabaliwang “permit to campaign(PTC) – permit to win” sa ating mga konsintidor na mga pulitiko. Saan ba manggagaling itong kunsakali man ebinabayad sa maling PTC/PTW ng ating mga pulitiko sa mga kriminal na NPA na ito? Di ba sa ‘pork barrel’ o sa kaban ng Bayan. Ang Komunistang NPA ay isang huwad na armadong bayan, isang salot sa lipunan at mamamatay tao.

  • durian

    Ang bansang ito ay hindi umuusad patungo sa isang proresibong bansa dahil sa mga pesteng kriminal na mga komunistang NPA na ito. Dapat sa kanila itapon lahat sa bansang Tsina ng makita at maranasan nila ang tunay na buhay sa ilalim ng sistemang Komunista..Huwag silang mag sabog ng lagim dito sa Pilipinas at hindi papayag ang karamihang mamamayan na maging komunista ang bansang ito. Ngayon na humantong na sa sukdulan ang pag titimpi ng mga mamamayang Pilipino sa mga salot na komunistang NPA na ito…, taong bayan na ang huhusga sa mga kriminal na ito..

  • rolando mendoza

    kung gusto ng mga npa na ito na matapos ang political dynasty dito sa pilipinas ay pag papatayin nila para maubos na. ganoon na rin ang mga bigtime na magnanakaw sa gobyerno.

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