AFP’s campaign to sabotage Left electoral bid is on, says Pamalakaya
The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Saturday said the Armed Forces of the Philippines has just started its campaign to sabotage the electoral bid of militant party list groups in the 2010 elections.
According to Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap one proof that the military is spreading malicious disinformation to deceive the Filipino public is the AFP report that his group will join the party list election next year, and that its campaign will be funded from the $ 210 million raised by the New People’ss Army from collected revolutionary taxes from big business operating in guerilla zones controlled or influenced by the communist guerillas.
“The report is a product of sloppy intellgence work and not so intelligent escapades of the military. But just the same they did it on purpose, which is to sabotage the participation of progressive personalities and party lists in tne 2010 elections,” said Hicap.
The Pamalakaya leader denied the previous report of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that is running in the party list election in 2010 with the financial backing of the New People’s Army, the political armed of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
According to document seized by the military from communist rebels during an encounter, the CPP and its front organizations will be active in the 2010 elections and they have raised $ 210 million from revolutionary taxes the communist guerillas imposed on big businesses to support its party lists and the senatorial candidates under the newly formed group Makabayan.
The same document said Pamalakaya, a party list of farmers and fishermen will participate in the 2010 elections under the party list system and will have Rafael Mariano as its no.1 nominee.
“First, please allow us to correct this misinformation being peddled by the AFP. Pamalakaya is not a party list group and definitely will not run in the 2010 elections under the party list system. To set the record straight, Pamalakaya will suppport the party list bid of Anakpawis and the three senatorial candidates of Makabayan – Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino of Bayan Muna and Liza Maza of Gabriela in the 2010 elections,” said Hicap.
“Actually we are not shocked nor surprised by this intelligence report, since the military is used to feed the public with tall tales, false reports and false alarms to justify their evil plans and at the same time enjoy the unbridled corruption of public funds,” the Pamalakaya leader added.
According to the military intelligence report based on documents seized by the military from the NPA guerillas during an encounter, the fisherfolk group Pamalakaya will run in the 2010 elections and that Anakpawis party list Rep. Rafael Mariano would be its no.1 nominee.
“Pamalakaya’s existence and advocacy are an open book to the Filipino public and even to the military establishment since it is a legal organization. The information fed by the military informer to the AFP about our plans in the 2010 elections is wrong,” Pamalakaya’s Hicap said.
“For the information of the AFP and their not-so-intelligent persons, Pamalakaya, like in 2004 and 2007 elections, will continue to support the electoral bid of Anakpawis, which Rep. Mariano serves as president,” Hicap said.
Pamalakaya said the military are again into mass production of grand stories against the left-leaning groups and party lists and their personalities to justify present and future moves that could imperil if not derail the active participation of legal organizations like Bayan Muna, Anakpawis and Gabriela party lists in the 2010 elections.
AFP intelligence personnel also said the Commnunist Party of the Philippines (CPP), its armed wing the New People’s Army and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)have raised the equivalent of
$ 200 million as campaign funds for the candidates who will be supported by the communists in the 2010 elections.
The sources said the $200 million raised so far allegedly came from “revolutionary taxes” imposed by the CPP-NPA on politicians, businessmen as well as transportation and telecommunication firms operating throughout the country.
The captured documents also indicated that the CPP-NPA is optimistic that more funds would be raised with the 2010 elections less than a year away, the sources said.
In particular, a large chunk of such funds would come from “fees” to be collected from the politicians who want to campaign in the “rebel-held or controlled areas” in the country’s far-flung areas, the military sources said.
“It is common knowledge, and this is not denied by the CPP-NPA, that the rebels succeed in collecting fees from national and local politicians to enable them to enter and campaign in areas where the rebels are most active,” one of the AFP sources pointed out.
About 45 million qualified voters are expected to troop to the polling precincts in the country’s first-ever fully automated polls in May 2010 to elect the successors of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Vice President Noli de Castro.
Also at stake in the coming polls are 12 senators who are to be elected nationally as well as provincial and local positions like congressmen, governors, town and city mayors and councilors.#