Communist rebels ask 4 Misor firms: ‘pay taxes’

By CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor with ERCEL MAANDIG, Correspondent

MISAMIS Oriental––The communist New People’s Army (NPA) purportedly sent demand letters to four major industrial firms in Misamis Oriental asking a P 5 million “revolutionary tax” from the company, a police officer said on Monday.

Police Senior Insp. Rogelio Labor, police town chief of Villanueva, said that the letters were addressed to the management of the Japanese-owned Philippine Sinter Corporation, the German-supervised STEAG, a coal fired power plant, the Coca-cola Plant, and the Elegant Alloy Metal Corp.

Labor said the firms were all multi-national companies located in the municipal town of Villanueva, one of the three coastal towns identified as the Misamis Oriental’s economic industrial zone.

In their letter, the group demanded a P 1 million to P 5 million to help defray cash assistance to the victims of Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City on December 17, 2011, Labor added.

He said another group, who also claimed to be members of the NPA rebels, has sent a letter demanding a 2 percent “revolutionary tax” from the gross contract price of a contractor in Claveria for a Multi Million Infrastructure Project.

According to Labor, the police’s provincial command was trying to establish the authenticity of the alleged letter-demand.

“The police are conducting an investigation to determine whether the letters came from groups who were trying to extort money masquerading as NPA rebels,” Labor added.

The Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CCP/NDF) has confirmed they have extended P 100,000 cash assistance to the local government for the victims of typhoon Sendong on December 2011.

George Madlos, a.k.a. “Oris,” the spokesperson of CPP/NDF Mindanao, also announced a week after typhoon Yolanda struck the Visayas Region that the communist rebels has extended P 100,000 cash assistance to victims of typhoon Yolanda. CRIS DIAZ, Exec. Editor, Mindanao Daily News

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