DILG ready to file charges vs candidates giving support to rebel groups | Inquirer News
Close  

DILG ready to file charges vs candidates giving support to rebel groups

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 02:42 AM October 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is ready to file charges against 2022 candidates found to have given any kind of support to rebel groups, particularly to the Communist Party of the Philippines, National Democratic Front, and the New Peoples’ Army (NPA), Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Wednesday.

ADVERTISEMENT

In a briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte that aired early morning Wednesday, Año reminded that candidates in the 2022 elections are prohibited to give any support, whether it be financial, material, or political, to rebel groups including the Abu Sayyaf group, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and the like.

This is prohibited under Section 4 of the Republic Act No. 10168, which penalizes it with reclusion temporal to reclusion perpetua and fines of P500,000 to P1 million.

FEATURED STORIES

It is likewise not allowed under Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code, providing that erring candidates can be meted out a penalty of one to six years of imprisonment and disqualification from any public office.

“Nakahanda ang DILG na magsampa ng kaso upang i-disqualify ang kandidatong mapatunayang nagbabayad o nagbibigay ng anumang uri ng suporta sa mga teroristang grupo oras na magsimula ang ating campaign period sa 2022 elections,” he said.

(The DILG is ready to file cases against candidates in 2022 and have them disqualified once proven that they have given any kind of support to terrorist groups.)

Political groups paying rebel groups for “permits to campaign” is tantamount to supporting illegal activities and goals, Año said.

/MUF

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: 2022, candidates, charges, DILG, NPA, Rebel groups
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.