Duterte will ask rebels to stop harassing traders

MAYOR RODRIGO Duterte will ask the leadership of the New People’s Army (NPA) to stop harassing  businesses in the city.
In a consultation with members of the business sector, Duterte admitted the rebels have intensified their activities in relation to its revolutionary tax activities to get more funds for their operations.
However, the mayor said he could not discuss with the rebels, particularly the Pulang Bagani Command 1 under Leoncio Pitao alias Kumander Parago. The mayor used to meet Parago.
“I can’t talk to them about policies. I have to go up to the Commission in Mindanao – their pulit-buro,” he said. But Duterte said his efforts could only reach a certain level because it is a nationwide concern which the national government must address.
He said the activities of the NPA and those of other groups are beyond his control. Had they been criminals, he could “eradicate them in 24 hours,” he said, although he added there are rules to be followed
“The NPAs, I can’t control them including terrorists. I can’t solve it myself. I can only take care of the criminals,” he added.
Duterte said the government could not also harm the members of the rebel movement who are in the legal fronts or those in the “white area.” He said doing this would change the equation and would make the city once again as a killing field.
Simeon Marfori II, Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, said the business sector is grateful that the city government has been pushing for the peace and order situation to be maintained. He said because of this they were able to thrive well in the city.
Marfori said they are willing to cooperate with Duterte in keeping the good climate of the city especially with the recent attacks of NPA which could greatly affect the city’s image.
He said investors will most likely shy away in investing here if a lot of security and peace and order problems are being disseminated.
The recent attack of the group was last Wednesday night in Tigatto, Buhangin District where the member’s of Parago’s group burned four heavy dump trucks and two heavy equipment owned by Lapanday Development Corporation. The report of the military said the 15-men group also strafed the hangar of the company.(MindanaoTimes)

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