EastMinCom: NPA Earnings Close to PhP1 Billion via Extortion Activities

astern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) revealed that the New People's Army (NPA) is earning up to PhP1 Billion from their extortion activities committed against the agricultural and mining operations in the operation area of EastMinCom.

According to EastMinCom commander, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal the estimated amount of close to P1 billion is based on intelligence information gathered by their operational units.

The money collected as revolutionary taxes is from agri-industrial firms especially the banana plantations, mining operators, transport sector, business firms and other individuals.

Eastmincom also noted that this is the reason why the government needs to stop the extortion of the NPA because with these funds they generate they can produce more firearms to support their cause.

Lt. Gen. Madrigal said that the military continues in engaging stakeholders to discourage the business and industry sectors from giving in to the NPA's extortion demands.

“Ang tawag sa scheme na yan ay revolutionary tax or Rebolusyonaryong Buwis sa Kaaway na Uri (RBK) (That scheme is called revolutionary tax or Revolutionary Tax for the Enemy) which means if the group is collecting money from a certain business then they are treating them as the rebels enemy,” he added.

Among the measures undertaken by Eastmincom to discourage businesses in providing revolutionary taxes with the NPA is through investments on security of equipment and preparation for their projects as active collaboration with law enforcement authorities.

“They should ask for our soldiers help so that the projects will not be delayed kasi may iba hindi nila alam o kung papaano o kanino magsasabi (because some of them do not know how or whom they’ll report to),” he added.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said that the NPA rebels are
victimizing the lowly farmers in the rural areas. The NPA rebels are contributory to the high prices of goods from the farms because of their extortion activities.

Lt. Gen. Madrigal also revealed that there are about 1,000 to 1,500 NPA rebels within the operational area of the Eastmincom.

Source: PNA Mindanao

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