Candidates giving fees to communists under close watch of PRO 13
Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Butuan City (25 January) -- The regional command of Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) is closely monitoring five local candidates who allegedly paid Permit-to-Campaign (PTC) and Permit-to-Win (PTW) fees to the communist New Peopleís Army (NPA), a police official disclosed Monday.
Declassified police intelligence report showed NPA extortion demands rage from P10,000 to P100,000 depending on the position the candidate is running for.
"We are closely monitoring, evaluating and validating these so called PTC and PTW fees demanded by the NPAs," said PRO 13 chief of operation and plans division Senior Supt. Nestor M. Fajura.
He also said that the initial reported five local candidates are already being closely watched and monitored.
The police official declined to name names as investigation is still going on.
Fajura said field commanders were already directed to closely watch these candidates.
He said the regional command of PRO 13 has mobilized 3,000 maneuvering and territorial forces to maintain peace and order and to protect the sanctity of the May 2010 polls.
To date, 72 out of 100 applicants for security detail were already approved by the Caraga regionís Comelec-PNP-AFP Joint Security Control Center (JSCC) here.
Meanwhile, a field Army commander said the NPA is out to demand extortion money from election candidates to cover the gaping holes of its financial problems.
"We see extortion as a desperate coping method of the NPA to survive, because of their logistical and financial problem" said regional Army spokesman Maj. Mitchele B. Anayron, Jr.
"Extortion is whatís keeping them alive, not their ideology," he said.
PTC fee is demanded as a guarantee for candidates to carry out "hassle-free" campaigns inside areas claimed by the NPA, while PTW fee is in exchange for definite votes delivered for the candidate payee.
At least 35 candidates from Northern Mindanao (Region 10) had filed their applications requesting for security details with the Regional Joint Security Control Center (RJSCC).
The RJSCC secretariat said 25 of these candidates are incumbents while 10 are new ones who requested for the security detail of some 59 members of the PNP, four from the AFP and five from private protective agencies. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]