NPA supporting some bets, claims official

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 01 2013 06:20 PM | Updated as of Apr 02 2013 02:21 AM

MANILA - The communist New People's Army is planning to infiltrate government by supporting the candidacies of some local and national candidates, a military official claimed Monday.

Citing a recovered rebel document, 8th Infantry Division spokesman Capt. Gene Orense said the NPA will be using funds collected by the group to support some candidates sympathetic to their cause.

"Eventually, the [candidates] will give any kind of support (to the NPA)," the military official said.

Orense declined to name the candidates getting NPA support, saying they might be charged with electioneering. However, he noted that some leftist candidates are running in the party-list elections.

The military official claimed the rebel's plans were included in a document titled Election Action Plan 2013 that was seized by Army soldiers in Basey, Samar last January 31.

He said the document revealed the NPA intends to advance its struggle "by infiltrating the government bureaucracy, particularly the legislative branch and access the government resources (like) Priority Development Assistance Fund or the Pork Barrel to support the insurgency movement."

He said the NPA already intends to gain resources by charging candidates fees to allow them to campaign in rebel-infested areas.