DILG to lo­cal ex­ecs: Don’t pay cam­paign fees to rebels

The Philippine Star - - NEWS | OPINION - By EM­MANUEL TU­PAS

The Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) yes­ter­day warned lo­cal of­fi­cials against pay­ing "per­mit to cam­paign fees" to com­mu­nist rebels.

In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Ed­uardo Año has is­sued a mem­o­ran­dum cir­cu­lar re­mind­ing all gov­er­nors, may­ors and elec­toral can­di­dates that they could be held li­able un­der Repub­lic Act 10168 or the Ter­ror­ist Pre­ven­tion and Sup­pres­sion Act.

“Many re­elec­tion­ists are in the heat of cam­paign mood, whether dis­creetly or openly, as the May 2019 midterm elec­tions near. Paalala lang po na huwag mag­paloko at mag­bayad ng ‘per­mit to cam­paign’ or ‘per­mit to win’ sa mga ko­mu­nistang grupo na it­in­u­tur­ing ng gob­y­erno na mga

teror­ista (Just a re­minder not to be duped and pay ‘per­mit to cam­paign’ or ‘per­mit to win’ to com­mu­nist groups the gov­ern­ment con­sid­ers ter­ror­ists),” DILG spokesman As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Ed­uardo Malaya said in a state­ment.

The DILG di­rected all re­gional, pro­vin­cial, city and mu­nic­i­pal peace and or­der coun- cils to rec­om­mend sanc­tions against lo­cal chief executives who are known to have sup­ported the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines and its armed com­po­nent, the New Peo­ple’s Army, through the pay­ment of per­mit to cam­paign fees.

“Un­der this scheme, they de­mand money from can­di­dates in ex­change for al­low­ing them to en­ter and cam­paign freely in the hin­ter­lands that are within their area of oper­a­tions,” Malaya said.

He de­scribed the act as a form of ex­tor­tion of the rebel to raise funds to fuel their cam­paign to over­throw the gov­ern­ment.

“The DILG is call­ing all (lo­cal gov­ern­ment units) and law en­force­ment agen­cies to en­sure that all can­di­dates and po­lit­i­cal par­ties are al­lowed un­ham­pered en­trance in ev­ery LGU and to en­sure the peace and or­der in all ar­eas, in­clud­ing those con­sid­ered as hot­beds of in­sur­gency, so that all can­di­dates and po­lit­i­cal par­ties are given ac­cess to the elec­torate dur­ing the cam­paign pe­riod with­out in­tim­i­da­tion or ma­nip­u­la­tion by any group,” he said.

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