The Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) is strongly condemning the extortion schemes being implemented by armed members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) against politicians planning to campaign in the areas of Eastern Mindanao.
"The (CPP's) resorting to armed struggle utilizing threats, intimidation, terror and violence infringes upon the constitutional rights of the people to choose the best leaders who can bring real reforms through good governance," EMC public affairs office chief Capt. Alberto Caber said.
He added these dirty tactics are meant to delimit the candidates’ campaign activities in the countryside.
Caber said the EMC is strongly advising candidates against giving in to the demands of these bandits as the extortion money can be used to sustain the armed struggle through violence and intimidation against innocent civilians and properties.
"Also as consequence, this (CPP) extortion scheme hampers the delivery of government services and causing underdevelopment or non-development of far-flung communities," he stressed.