Candidates told not to give in to NPA extortion demand

January 12, 2016 7:12 am 

MANILA, Jan. 11 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is urging politicians running in the May 2016 elections not to give in to the New People's Army (NPA)'s extortion demand.

"The NPAs call it 'permit-to-campaign' and 'permit-to-win' but we simply call it extortion. So if its extortion, don't give in to extortionists," AFP public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said Monday.

While still to receive any formal complaints, Detoyato said they are constantly monitoring the situation in the field.

The military official said the AFP, while doing everything in its authority to counter the NPA extortion threat, is dependent on the information given to it by the public to act in timely and efficient manner.

"We are (encouraging) them to report it to the Commission on Elections, to the police, to the nearest military (unit) so that we can take proper action," Detoyato said.

Detoyato added that giving in to the rebels' extortion threat this elections means additional funds for the latter's violent activities. (PNA)

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