Military tells 2019 poll bets: Reject Red extortion

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Posted at Oct 17 2018 09:26 AM

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The military on Wednesday urged candidates in the 2019 midterm elections to reject the demands of communist rebels in exchange for not harassing them in the looming campaign period.

"Dapat manindigan po talaga tayo na hindi tayo magbigay kasi 'pag nagbigay po tayo, talagang pambili ng armas. Ang kanila pong pagpapalakas ang kanilang gagawin," military chief-of staff Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez said in a DZMM interview.

(We should stand firm against giving payoffs because these will be used to buy weapons that rebels will use to strengthen themselves.)

Candidates, he said, can apply instead for a security detail.

The police and military are also tightening security in conflict areas, Galvez added.

DZMM, 17 Wednesday 2018