Fighters of the New People’s Army could also be based mostly within the mountains and hinterlands, however they’re in no way penniless.
In his July 28 column for the Manila Times, former Arroyo-era Cabinet Secretary Rigoberto Tiglao Jr. stated the reportedly NPA makes as a lot as P1.5 billion yearly extorting from landlords and businessmen in rural areas.
They conduct extortion actions within the guise of gathering their so-called “revolutionary tax.”
Tiglao revealed how a lot the NPA makes as he expressed alarm about theramifications of continuous the peace talks in gentle of the communists’ assaults on authorities forces.
“[The peace talks might give their NPA the opportunity to strengthen itself, with the publicity making it more frightening that it will be easier for them to extort more money—reputedly P1.5 billion annually—from helpless businesses and landlords in our rural hinterlands,” he stated.
President Rodrigo Duterte has nixed peace talks with the NPA’s political arm, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines because of the latest assaults. A proper discover, nonetheless, has but to be despatched to the group.