Duterte to mining firms: “If you continue to support them financially, I will close you down”

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President Rodrigo Duterte threatened the mining companies that continue to provide ‘revolutionary tax’ to the New People’s Army (NPA) to stop giving support to the rebel group; suffer from attacks by the New People’s Army (NPA) or face government sanctions.

President Duterte made the announcement during the “Ang Huling Tikas Pahinga” event to honor the Marawi Heroes in Taguig City.

“If you continue to support them financially, I will close you down. In the interest of the security of the state, all those funding the NPA, we will trace you,” said Duterte during the event.

Duterte said he knows that mining companies pay ‘revolutionary tax’ to the NPA so they can continue their operation in the mountains.

“All mining companies are paying taxes to the NPA. Without exception. But hindi magta-thrive ‘yang mga mining nila pag hindi magbibigay ng pera ‘yan [But the mining companies will not thrive if they don’t give money]. We have to decide once and for all. If I go against the NPAs, the communists, everybody else has to reconfigure your relationship with the NPA. Because if you continue to support financially, I will close you down,” said Duterte in a mix of English and Filipino.

The President reiterated his decision to tag the CPP-NPA (New People’s Army) as a terror group.

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