MANILA, Philippines — Police Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has ordered the 220,000-strong Philippine Nationwide Police (PNP) to cease the New Folks’s Military (NPA) from amassing permit-to-campaign taxes or allegedly extort cash from native candidates within the 2022 elections.
“Inaatasan ko ang ating kapulisan na siguraduhing hindi makakaporma itong mga NPA sa kanilang mga extortion actions. Inaasahan na natin na sasamantalahin ng mga ito ang panahon ng eleksyon para makapangikil sa mga tatakbo sa darating na halalan,” he stated.
(I’m directing our police drive to verify to thwart NPA’s extortion actions. We predict that they might benefit from the election season to extort cash from candidates.)
The PNP chief additionally urged candidates to not yield to the calls for of the communist group.
“Nagpapaalala rin ako sa mga kakandidato na huwag patulan itong ilegal na gawain ng mga rebeldeng komunista. Sama-sama nating siguraduhin na maging malinis at maayos ang eleksyon sa susunod na taon,” Eleazar added.
(Could I additionally remind candidates to not yield to those unlawful actions of the communist rebels. We should band collectively to make sure that the upcoming elections could be clear and orderly.)
INQUIRER.internet has sought the Communist Get together of the Philippines (CPP) for his or her response to Eleazar’s remarks however has but to obtain a reply from the group as of posting time.
Election season has formally kicked off within the nation final October 1 when the submitting of certificates of candidacy (COCs) by aspirants began. The COC submitting would finish on October 8.
“Mahigpit naming babantayan simula ngayong submitting ng COCs, panahon ng kampanya, aktuwal na botohan, hanggang sa proklamasyon ng mga nanalong kandidato,” Eleazar stated.
(We are going to strictly be on guard from the submitting of COCs, marketing campaign interval, precise voting, as much as the proclamation of successful candidates.)
He then cited the current police and army joint operation that resulted in a raid of alleged conflict supplies supposedly belonging to the CPP-NPA as proof of their dedication to a protected and orderly election.
“I commend our police and army personnel in Bicol area for the profitable operation in Sorsogon that resulted within the confiscation of conflict supplies from the CPP-NPA-NDF as a part of our intensified marketing campaign not solely to finish communist insurgency but additionally in guaranteeing the peaceable conduct of elections in Could subsequent 12 months,” Eleazar stated.
“Nananatiling isang malaking banta sa eleksyon ang CPP-NPA-NDF kaya inatasan ko na ang ating mga space commanders na lalo pang palakasin ang kampanya laban sa kanila dahil naasahan natin na muli na naman silang mangunguna sa mga extortion actions sa mga kandidato,” he added.
(The CPP-NPA-NDF stays an enormous menace to the election so I ordered our space commanders to additional intensify the marketing campaign towards them as a result of we anticipate them to guide extortion actions towards candidates.)
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