President Rodrigo Duterte is claiming that the New People’s Army rebels have expanded their extortion activities from cells sites and plantations in the provinces to shopping malls in Metro Manila.
“Their extortion activities are rampant throughout the entire country. Anak ka ng p***** i**… Everyone pays. The malls even in Manila, they pay. Because if they don’t, they will blow you up. So they have no choice, they have to pay,” said Duterte in a speech Friday night.
“Your leaders have billions now. You will get paid when you extort, if not, when you burn tractors, they pay you. Is that really the life that you want? Now, for those of you were able to fully comprehend, if my message sinks into your head, I won’t be defeated,” said Duterte in a speech before members of the National Task Force-Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in Northern Mindanao.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana claimed that the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines has been getting P1 billion annually from extortion as early as 2017.
He cited the large concentration of NPA activities in Western Mindanao due to the presence of big business in this part of the region.
“Most of the mining, huge banana plantations are in western Mindanao. Add the telecommunications companies and the government projects being done by private contractors and the amount extorted is huge. That is the main source of their financing,” Lorenzana said.