The Commission on Election (Comelec) has appealed to candidates anew not to give in to the demands of communist rebels for the so-called “permits-to-campaign” PTC fees in Caraga region in the run-up to Barangay, Sangguniang Kabataan elections next month.
Lawyer Francisco Pobe, Comelec director in Caraga, said candidates in the upcoming May 14 elections in the region will face sanctions once they give in to the Communist movement’s demands for PTC fees or any individual in the form of donations or any logistical support.
“We will file administrative cases against them (candidates or local officials) if they are found to have given in to the insurgents’ demand for PTC or they’re in cahoots with the NPA or any individual or group,” Pobe said.
Pobe stressed that under the Local Government Code, candidates even government officials may face administrative sanction if they’re found supporting the enemy of the government.
The military claimed money the rebels could generate from candidates could reach millions of pesos particularly in Caraga region, where the NPA has been strongest, which would be used to bolster the insurgents strength and resolve in bringing down the government. By CLC