From the Philippine Information Agency (Oct 15): NPA extortion scheme will increase capability to sow threat -- 4ID
CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City --- With the upcoming Election 2016, the Army has once again warns the public not to yield to NPA extortion demand.
Based from the previous election report, NPA in Northern Mindanao have collected money to some political candidates through their Permit to Campaign (PTC), and Permit to Win Scam (PTW).
Former NPA revealed that for every candidate running for congress and governor, the NPA are collecting the amount ranging from P300,000.00 to P650,000.00.
For candidates running at the municipal level, they are demanded to give the amount ranges from P200,000.00 to P500,000.00. More so, even candidates who are running in lower position and in rural areas were also threatened to give in to NPA extortion scam ranges from P5,000.00 to P250,000.00.
Relative to this, there are eight provinces, 11 cities, 114 municipalities and 2,137 barangays in the 4th Infantry Division area of responsibility (AOR).
Assuming that majority of the political candidates will be threatened to give in to NPA scheme of extortion, a minimum of P50 Million amount of money will be collected which is enough to acquire 1,000 AK 47 rifles, ammunitions, and voluminous Improvised Explosive Device to be used to sow terror in this side of the country.
Cpt Joe Patrick A Martinez, 4ID spokesperson 4ID said the PTC and PTW scam of the NPA is a form of extortion and a form of grave threat that are punishable by law.
“Giving in to their demand is actually sustaining insurgency which will not only threaten the community and eventually the giver,” said Martinez.
He also said the Philippine Army is ready to protect the people and secure every community.
Hence, Martinez urged to help them do their job by not giving in to the extortion demand of the NPA.
“We urged you to report immediately to the nearest authority when you receive extortion letter so that proper action can be taken against the NPA. Let the voice of the people stand through their votes and not through PTC and PTW,” Martinez said. (4ID/PIA)