LGU execs warned against supporting communist rebels
posted 13-Jan-2019  ·  
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Secretary Eduardo Año of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has mandated local government chief executives, as well as legislative councils, to comply with directives prohibiting support to left-wing rebel groups.

In a memorandum circular issued last month, the DILG chief cited Sec. 3 of Executive order No. 773, series of 2009, on the responsibility of local Peace and Order Councils to “apply moral suasion to and/or recommend sanctions against local chief executives who are giving material and political support to the Communist rebels.”

He likewise underscored that a similar sanction is imposed by Sec. 4 of Republic Act No. 10168, otherwise known as “The Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012.”

Said provision states that “any person who, directly or indirectly, wilfully and without lawful excuse, possesses, provides, collects or uses property or funds or makes available property, funds or financial service or other related services, by any means, with the unlawful and willful intention that they should be used or with the knowledge that they are to be used, in full or in part: (a) to carry out or facilitate the commission of any terrorist act; (b) by a terrorist organization, association or group; or (c) by an individual terrorist, shall be guilty of the crime of financing of terrorism and shall suffer the penalty of reclusion temporal in its maximum period to reclusion perpetua and a fine of not less than Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00) nor more than One million pesos (P1,000,000.00).”

The same penalty will also be imposed on any person who organizes or directs others to commit financing of terrorism.

“These legal provisions are further reinforced by the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that local chief executives should not give any aid to the rebel groups as it would only result to so much distress and embarrassment, even losing power over the police,” Sec. Año stressed.

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