Poor farmers also victims of NPA: Piñol
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said poor farmers are also victimized by the New People’s Army through the imposition of revolutionary taxes.
Piñol was reacting to the government’s withdrawal on the ceasefire talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF. It was the National Democratic Front who first pulled out of peace negotiations with the communist rebels.
“Medyo napeperwisyo na rin ang ating mga magsasaka dahil sa taxation na ini-impose ng NPA,” he said. “I can understand kung ‘yung hinihingan nila ‘yung malalaking kumpanya, pero huwag naman ‘yung mahirap na magsasaka,” he said in an interview with DZRH.
“Bakit kailangang magpatayan tayo para lamang maibenta ‘yung pananaw kung paano patakbuhin ang gobyerno?” he asked.