Philippines: Marxist rebels make millions from corporate shakedownsMarch 7, 2014
The Communist guerrillas of the New People’s Army in the Philippines is still hard at work threatening corporations to pay illegal revolutionary taxes. And these aren’t just any old corporations—these are companies that have been awarded contracts by the government of the Philippines. In other words, a portion of Philippine tax dollars that goes to pay government contractors are essentially being siphoned off to enrich the very enemies of that the Philippine military is at war with. In Mindoro alone, the NPA has netted 100 million Philippine pesos ($2.2 million USD).
Remember, extortion against companies and businessmen is the same phenomenon that once made ETA a powerful force in Spain, and keeps the Taliban in Pakistan afloat today. See prior Money Jihad coverage of the use of revolutionary taxes to fund terrorism here.
Sooner or later, the payers run out of money or get sick of paying, and that’s when the terrorists ratchet up the violence even further against them. It’s an extremely dangerous cycle that’s difficult to break.
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NPA gets P100M in ‘revolutionary tax’
Published : Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Written by : Paul M. Gutierrez
“Almost all” private contractors who bagged government contracts in the island province of Mindoro continue to negotiate with the communist New People’s Army (NPA) for their unhampered operations in exchange for the rebels’ so-called “revolutionary tax.”
Brig. Gen. Bobby Calleja, chief of the 203rd Brigade, made the disclosure in a talk with People’s Tonight.
Calleja said recent “subversive documents” they recovered “listed” the names of contractors who are allegedly negotiating with the rebels for the payment.
Specifically, Calleja referred to a “Triple A” (AAA) contractor from Pampanga, who has bagged a major road project in Oriental Mindoro worth almost P1 billion.
At 2 percent of the contract, Calleja said the rebels would easily gain P20 million, which should give the guerillas enough resources to finance their armed struggle against the government at least for the entire Region 4-B (Mimaropa). This armed struggle would enter its 45th year on March 29, the founding date of the NPA.
Overall, the official said the NPA in Mindoro continues to rake in some P100 million each year from their enforced taxation of business establishments and contractors.
The Philippine Army, together with the Philippine National Police, is now hard pressed to stop what they described as the “banditry” and “terroristic activities” of the NPA in Mindoro.
Only last January 24, the guerillas staged a daring ambush in the tourist haven of Puerto Galera, resulting in the wounding of three soldiers.
Three days before, the group burned down the heavy equipment being used in a road project in the area.
In two incidents last year, on September 7 and November 7, the NPA also burned down the heavy equipment being used for their projects by Jomerias International Corporation and China-Geo Construction, respectively, also for allegedly not heeding their demand for revolutionary tax.
To partly remedy the situation, Calleja said he is calling on the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and other concerned executive officials to “ban” contractors negotiating with the NPA.