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Poll winners in Iloilo, Capiz may face raps for financing NPA

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At least 15 winning candidates in the May 13 midterm polls in Iloilo and Capiz provinces may be charged with violating Republic Act (RA) 10168 or the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012.

They allegedly gave permit to campaign fees to the New People’s Army (NPA), according to the Philippine Army.

Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, battalion commander of the 61st Infantry Battalion, said they have monitored 37 candidates who provided financial support to the NPA.

Fifteen of them won either as mayors or members of the Sangguniang Bayan in said provinces, added Batara in a Panay News article.

“For the past months, there were candidates consistently monitored to have been giving support to the NPA, including some candidates who gave in on the rebels’ ‘permit to win’ and ‘permit to campaign’ (fees),” he said.

“We continue our monitoring of these officials and if we have gathered enough concrete evidence, there would be appropriate charges to be filed against them.”

RA 10168 prohibits the giving of funds to terrorist organizations. Section Section 4 of the law penalizes any person found guilty of terrorist financing with the penalty of reclusion temporal in its maximum period to reclusion perpetua and a fine of at least P500,000.