Activist Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday criticize the Duterte government for demanding CPP-NPA to stop collecting revolutionary tax.
Hontiveros reacted hours after presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the CPP and its political arm, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), must stop collecting revolutionary tax.
“The President’s demand for the New people’s Army to stop collecting revolutionary tax is baseless. E ppano mabubuhay ang mga yan kung walang kakainin”, the senator said during a radio interview.
“Tong president kasi natin kung anu-ano na lang ang maisipan gawin kahit wala na sa punto”, Hontiveros added.
The lady senator also added that the government should expedite the release of political prisoners if the former want to continue the peace process without any hindrance.
Hontiveros aired her side hours after fellow activist and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), Secretary General Renato Reyes reacted.
Hontiveros said Duterte’s demand is not possible and baseless.
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