PNP to file charges vs politikos who NPA extortion
Politicians in Western Visayas who tolerate extortion activities by the communist New People’s Army will face criminal charges from the Philippine National Police in the region.
Western Visayas regional police head Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao said this after receiving copies of the NPA’s alleged permit to campaign letters sent to at least three politicians in Panay Island.
“It is not alarming because we are already expecting it but I am bringing this out to you so that all politicians who have received this kind of letter from the CPP-NPA are warned as well, if we find out that they are acceding to the demands of the CPP-NPA, we would go file charges against them,” Bulalacao said (https://thedailyguardian.net/local-news/pols-who-give-in-to-npa-extortion-face-criminal-raps-top-cop-says/).
He said that while his office has yet to determine if some politicians had already given PTC fees, they will take “necessary police actions” after validating information.
“Any monetary dues given to the terrorist rebels in exchange for alleged permit to campaign or permit to win is a violation of Republic Act No. 10168 or the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012,” he said.
Under this law, he said violators face reclusion temporal (16 years) to reclusion perpetua and a fine of up to P1 million.
The candidate may also face disqualification based on the provisions of the Omnibus Election Code.
He added that if the “fee” funds a conspiracy to overthrow the government, the “donor” may be held liable as co-conspirator in the crime of rebellion.
Bulalacao advised politicians who already received PTC letters to report it to authorities “so that we could discuss on how to address on their favor.”