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Stop or shut down: Duterte threatens mining firms funding NPA

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President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to shut down mining firms that pay so-called “revolutionary taxes” to the New People’s Army since he considers them a terrorist group.

In a speech in Taguig City Tuesday (November 21), Duterte said the operations of all mining companies could not have thrived if they did not give money to the NPA.

“So we have to decide once and for all. If I go against the NPAs, the communists, well, everybody has to reconfigure your relationship with the NPAs. Because if you continue to support financially, I will close you down,” he said.

Duterte said the government will track down businesses that fund the NPA in the interest of the State’s security.

The President said he will formally proclaim the NPA as a terrorist group since he has decided to formally end talks with its political wing, the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front.