Camp Aquino, Tarlac City—The New People’s Army is now resorting to massive extortion activities to earn their living in Central and Northern Luzon as disclosed by Northern Command public information officer Major Gina Daet yesterday.
Daet said the rebels are now operating in Ilocos Sur, Tarlac and other provinces in the area.
“They are victimizing mostly rich persons, businessmen who are forced to give money to protect their interests,” Daet said.
According to her, the rebels begin with a letter drop at their victims’ houses or business establishments. They sometimes opt to see them personally.
When asked by the authorities how much they are giving, the victims are reluctant to divulge the amount, insisting they are only protecting their interests.