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Duterte tells NPA to stop extortion: Kung gobyerno ‘di makakubra, kayo pa!

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President Rodrigo Duterte is tired of the New People’s Army (NPA) extortionist revenue model where communist rebels threaten families or businessmen if they refuse to pay revolutionary taxes.

“Ang mga NPA, kayo nakikinig kayo ngayon, kung gusto talaga ninyong tumulong, stop the extortion. Those are one of the things that I have just — when I was shooting the breeze with some of your guys. You will have to stop extorting money and ‘yung taxation ninyo,” said Duterte who was a follower of Communist Party of the Philippines founder Joma Sison during his student days.

Duterte said NPAs have squeezing families or businessmen of their earnings.

“If you can’t stop extortion, you have no business… Hindi ka nga… Putang… Hindi nga nagkukubra ang gobyerno, kayo pa,” said Duterte. “We don’t even ask a single centavo and you are there giving permits. So you compete with government. So it is as if there is two governments in this Republic and so hindi talaga tayo magkaintindihan niyan. Away ‘yan,” he added.

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