The Apolinario Gatmaitan Command of the New People’s Army (AGC-NPA) in Negros Island decried the P87 million budget sugarcoated by the Negros Occidental Provincial Government as peace and order fund but in truth it is allocated for intelligence and psywar operations.
Last February 11, the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) approved an P87 million budget for its projects, programs and activities in Negros Occidental while also allocating separately a P26.1 million intelligence fund.
AGC-NPA spokesperson Ka Juanito Magbanua pointed out that in 2020 the Provincial Government through the PPOC will be spending a total of P41.1 million, P3.425M per month, in support of intelligence operations apart from its other budget for deception.
“Intelligence funds does not go through audit, really it is a means for plunderers in government and the AFP/PNP to coverup the real situation of the people and corrupt the people’s coffers,” he said.
According to Magbanua, this is the actual implementation of Executive Order 70 or whole-of-nation approach and the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) where the people’s money is used to militarize the services of the local government which is a civilian agency to destroy the revolutionary movement.
“With this purpose, instead of allotting the money for basic social services, it will only intensify widespread terror among the people, worsen human rights abuses and add to the burdens of the broad masses of the people,” he said.
Magbanua said this so-called peace effort is futile and a waste of money and time saying further that it does not solve the root causes of poverty, joblessness, high prices of basic commodities and low wages; and does not implement genuine land reform and national industrialization.
“Whatever efforts of the reactionary government with their lackeys in the AFP/PNP, they will fail because they only bring harm to the people,” he said.
Meanwhile, the AGC-NPA urged the honest officials in government who swore to serve and is concerned for the people to not allow themselves to be used by the AFP/PNP under the US-Duterte regime, overcome their fear and expose the rottenness of this tyrannical regime.
It also enjoined the Negrosanons to strengthen their unity and hold [Duterte and his clique] accountable for their crimes; be critical of the evil scheme of the butcher and mercenary AFP/PNP to destroy the revolutionary movement however innocent civilians are the ones who suffer; and expose the anti-people program that aims to plunder the people’s money and preserve the oppressive and exploitative system.
It finally called for the ouster of the tyrannical US-Duterte regime that caused the prolonged suffering of the broad masses of the people especially the peasants and workers.###