Four Iloilo mayors accused of supporting rebels

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Four mayors of Iloilo province are being monitored for allegedly colluding with the the New People’s Army (NPA).

Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) director Police Colonel Roland Vilela, however, did not disclose their identities.

“There could be four or five of them. And we’re gathering evidences against them,” he added.

Aside from mayors, the IPPO’s monitoring list also includes other elected officials. (

“We would like to know if they still continue supporting the rebel group,” according to him.

Once the evidence is gathered, Vilela said he will submit the names to the Department of the Interior and Local Government for proper actions.

“We want them to be stripped of their powers over the police,” he said.

Giving any form of support to communist rebels is a violation of Republic Act 10168 or the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012.

The law imposes the penalty of reclusion temporal in its maximum period to reclusion perpetua and a fine of not less than P500,000 and not more than P1,000,000 to any person who provides or collects help that will be used:

*to carry out or facilitate the commission of any terrorist act;

*by a terrorist organization, association or group; or

*by an individual terrorist.