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Mga nangongotong! DND chief says NPA gets P1.2B a year from mining areas

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If you can’t join Customs, join the New People’s Army instead.

That’s because the communist armed group is extorting up to P1.2 million a year from mining companies in Mindanao alone, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.

Speaking before the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Davao City, Lorenzana said this extortion is dubbed as “revolutionary taxes.”

“Do not give in to their demands. They rely on extortion to survive. If the sources of their funds run dry, their activity will also decrease and eventually end their movement,” he said (http://davaotoday.com/main/politics/lorenzana-npa-collects-p1-2-billion-per-year-in-mining-areas-in-mindanao/).

He said his department is now drawing up a program to help businessmen deal with such extortion.

DCCCI president Ronald Go said the NPA’s extortion activities are affecting businesses in the region, and previous administrations had sidetracked the problem.

“Every sector must contribute to ending these extortion activities, not only the military solution,” Go said.

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