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Poll bets that collude with the Reds will be disqualified: NTF-ELCAC

MANILA, Philippines — The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) warned candidates in national and local elections that collaborating with the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) by paying them the so-called Permit To Win (PTW) and Permit To Campaign (PTC) fees, which were declared illegal by the Commission on Elections, could result in their disqualification (COMELEC).

“We applaud the COMELEC en banc for ensuring that our elections are free, fair, and peaceful by preventing the CPP-NPA-NDF from intervening in the electoral process,” “National Security Adviser and Vice-Chairperson of the NTF-ELCAC, Secretary Hermogenes C Esperon, Jr., said in a statement on May 2

He said, ” “The COMELEC has made its decision. The CPP-NPA-NDF and their allied front organizations’ PTW and PTC extortion schemes are prohibited, outlawed, and illegal.”

He stated that the CPP-NPA-NDF has no place in our electoral processes.

These terrorists must not be permitted to “interfere with the right to vote of the Filipino people” or “to use the elections to destroy the government from inside,” he stressed.

Any candidate for national or local office who pays the PTW and PTC to the CPP-NPA-NDF and their front groups “commits the ultimate kind of treachery against the Filipino people,” “of the public trust,” and “of our constitution,” according to Esperon, and is disqualified.

“This payment tarnishes the memory of all those who have perished in the Filipino people’s battle against the CPP-NPA-reign NDF’s of terror and violence,” he stated “..

The CTGs’ actions were classified as vote-buying and voter coercion by COMELEC Resolution No. 22-0179, which are electoral violations punishable under Sections 261 (a) and (e) of the Omnibus Election Code.

The act of paying the PTW and PTC payments to the CPP-NPA-NDF, according to the COMELEC resolution, is an act of vote-buying on the part of the candidate, which is a reason for disqualification under Section 68 (a) and (b) of the Omnibus Election Code.

Payment of PTW or PTC fees to the CPP-NPA-NDF or their front organization also constitutes terrorism financing and acts providing material support to terrorists, as defined by Section 4 of R.A. No. 10168, or the Anti-Terrorism Financing Act of 2012, and Section 12 of R.A. 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Financing Act of 2020.

The COMELEC resolution said that if such a candidate is elected, he or she may be disqualified from holding office. Apart from the fact that such acts of extortion are comparable to terrorism, the CPP-NPA-NDF may be held accountable for vote-selling.

While assuring the people of the NTF-“commitment ELCAC’s to preserve the rule of law” during the elections, Esperon also stated that the CPP-NPA-NDF and its affiliated front organizations are “coming to an end.”

The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines have all designated the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization.

On June 23, 2021, the Anti-Terrorism Council formally recognized the NDF as a terrorist group, identifying it as “an integral and inseparable part” of the CPP-NPA, which was established in April 1973.

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