From the Visayan Daily Star (Jul 21): Warns of NPA extortion
The Army's 3rd Infantry Division is seeking the cooperation of private companies victimized by the extortion activities of the New People's Army in the Visayas.
“It is the duty of law enforcement agencies, such as the Army and the PNP, to protect the interest and investment of private companies, but we cannot address the situation if they will not give their support to the authorities,” Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, 3ID commanding general, said.
Aying said numerous construction companies involved in building bridges, water systems and farm to market roads, have received extortion letters from the CPP-NPA.
He added that the NPA threaten to burn equipment of construction firms and sabotage their operations, if they ignore their demands.
Private companies should also invest in security, Aying said.
The extortion modus of the CPP-NPA is aimed at supporting their logistical requirements to conduct more terroristic activities, sowing fear in the hearts and minds of the masses, he added.
Unfortunately, some of the construction firms give in to the NPA demands, not knowing the implications of their actions, Aying, added.