NPA has collected P1-B in northeastern Mindanao over the past 5 years

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MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon – The Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) revealed on Sunday that the Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) of the New People’s Army (NPA) had raised PHP 1 billion over the past five years – the largest sum of communist extortion money in the Philippines.

Col. Edmund Delos Santos, 4ID’s civil-military operations officer, at a press conference on Sunday, said that based on their monitoring since 2016, the NEMRC has collected an average of PHP 200 million per year, for a total of over PHP 1 billion over the past five years.

“The Caraga region collection accounted for 60% of the overall nationwide extortion, some of the collections are also used to fund (NPA regional committees in) other regions,” he said. .

Major General Romeo Brawner Jr., commander of the 4ID, said the NEMRC is where Myrna Sularte, aka Maria Malaya, operates by collecting “revolutionary taxes” from private companies such as mining companies and of construction.

Sularte, the secretary of the NEMRC, is the wife of NPA spokesperson and National Operations Command (NOC) officer Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos, who was killed during an encounter with forces of the 403rd army brigade in Impasugong, Bukidnon, October 30.

Eighfel Dela Pena alias Pika / Maui, an NOC medic, was also killed in the same encounter.

In a statement sent to the media, Sularte responded to 4ID’s request, claiming that Madlos was killed in an ambush by the military on October 29.

Meanwhile, as the 2022 campaign period approaches, Brawner urged politicians and political organizations not to pay the NPA for a “license to campaign and win” because terrorists would not use them. than to further fund their operations.

He said politicians and their groups should instead coordinate with the military and police to secure areas they plan to visit.

The Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (ANP)

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