19 April 2010

Local politician and military intelligence agent extorting money in the name of the revolutionary movement



Press Release
April 19, 2010

The Sergio Lobina Command of the New People's Army in Eastern Samar today assailed Urbano Barbo or “Pater”, a councilor of Balangkayan town in the province, for extorting money from candidates in the election in the name of the revolutionary movement. “The 8th Infantry Division has been spreading lies about the NPA's so-called “permit to campaign” and “permit to win”,” said Ka Rubio Manggubat, spokesperson of the Sergio Lobina Command. “Yet the real extortionist in Eastern Samar is the military in the person of Barbo, who is not only a Balangkayan councilor but also an identified agent of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. While the military has been slamming the NPA during the election, Barbo and his criminal gang have been demanding money from candidates by using the name of the CPP-NPA-NDF and Fr. Santiago Salas, spokesperson of the National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas.”

Manggubat added that Barbo's criminal gang is operating in the towns of Balangiga, Salcedo and Giporlos, and possibly other parts of Eastern Samar. “Since Barbo's criminal activities cover a considerable area, it is possible that the military is abetting and encouraging him to share in his loot, as well as to smear the good reputation of the NPA. His main henchmen are known to be Dodong Valbuena, whom we also exposed earlier for extorting in the name of the NPA, as well as a certain “Mappy”. These criminals demand money from candidates in the election presumably in exchange for putting them in the good graces of the NPA. In fact, negotiating with the revolutionary movement is no mere money matter, but must first be based on respect for the people's democratic government and the willingness to discuss the problems of the people.”

The SLC spokesperson also clarified that, “We wish to assure the public not to worry because Barbo's crimes will not go unpunished. It is just and legitimate for the NPA to stop Barbo's extortion activities and arrest, charge and try him before the people's court for these and other crimes he may be accountable for.”#

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