DAVAO OFFICIALS WILL NOT PAY FOR NPA CAMPAIGN PERMIT
DAVAO CITY– Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang in an interview said that the City Councilors have agreed not to give in to the request of the New People’s Army (NPA) to pay for a permit to campaign for May 13 midterm elections.
Earlier this year, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) chief Eduardo Año has warned all governors, mayors, and candidates not to pay “permit to campaign” to the rebels. He also reminded all local chief executives and local government officials that contributing any form of support to the NPAs is a violation of existing laws. He described this scheme as a form of extortion.
“Because people are asking what is our position and I said our position is to really follow the law. That is our position and even to the national government. Wala namang incidents na ganito but the DILG has already issued a Memorandum Circular warning us not to contribute or else,” said Dayanghirang, who is also the national chairman of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL).
Section 4 of the Republic Act (RA) No. 10168 otherwise known as “The Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012,” states that: “Any person who, directly or indirectly, willfully and without lawful excuse, possesses, provides, collects or uses property or funds or makes available property, funds or financial service or other related services, by any means, with the unlawful and willful intention that they should be used or with the knowledge that they are to be used, in full or in part: (a) to carry out or facilitate the commission of any terrorist act; (b) by a terrorist organization, association or group; or (c) by an individual terrorist, shall be guilty of the crime of financing of terrorism.”
Those officials violating the RA 10168 shall be penalized with reclusion temporal in its maximum period to reclusion perpetua and a fine of not less than P500,000 but not more than P1million.
“We will follow the DILG stand on the matter. The rebels as of today, I have not known anything that they are requesting any financial support or assistance but we will follow the Memorandum Circular of DILG because if we will contribute we might be removed from the office. Remember Año has already given the warning,” Dayanghirang said.
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