With the election season about to heat up, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) advised candidates campaigning in the rural areas not to give in to the New People's Army's (NPA's) "permit to campaign" and "permit to win" scams.
AFP public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato Tuesday said that giving in to the demands of the NPA will only give the faltering rebel movement funds to buy ammunition and firearms which they will use to wreck havoc and mayhem on peaceful communities.
Rebel forces are still a threat in the Davao Region,
and some parts of Northern Luzon.
Detoyato also urged politicians, being extorted on by the rebels, to report these incidents to the military so that proper action can be taken against the NPA.