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REVEALED: DND Secretary Ibinulgar Ang Bilyong Halaga na Naipon ng mga NPA for Extortion Activities

The New People's Army (NPA), one of the world's oldest communist armed groups in Asia is allegedly raking in around P1.2 billion a year in extortion activities according to an expose revealed by Secretary Delfin Lorenzana of the Department of National Defense (DND).

Sec. Lorenzana noted that the P1.2 billion figures is the NPA's income in the Eastern Mindanao alone, the figures could reach higher when the extortion activities from different parts of the Philippines will be added.

The revelations of Sec. Lorenzana was made at the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) General Membership Meeting in Makati Shangri-la which he attended together with Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa.

The DND Chief stated that the extortion activities of the NPAs strikes at the heart of doing business in Mindanao especially those in Eastern Mindanao. The Eastern Mindanao group comprises the Provinces of Agusan del Norte and Sur, Surigao del Norte and Sur, Davao, Compostela Valley ang South Cotabato.

“The amount of money that the NPA is extorting, I refuse to call them revolutionary tax, those are not tax, those are plain and simple extortion. The amount of money that the CPP-NPA is collecting from Eastern Mindanao alone is P1.2 billion pesos a year,” Lorenzana said.

Sec. Delfin Lorenzana also admitted during the meeting that he was the one who encouraged Pres. Duterte to stop the peace talks with the Reds due to the numerous atrocities committed by the Communist rebels.

“That is why I was the one, they are correct, I was the one who was blocking the talks because I said “Mr. President let us stop the talks with the CPP-NPA as it is not going anywhere,” Lorenzana told reporters.

Lorenzana, at the same time, said if only the National Democratic Front (NDF) will sign a joint ceasefire with the government today, they can advocate peace talks immediately.

Source: The Manila Bulletin

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