NDF seeks probe on Army’s campaign drive for Marcos
By Paulo DS. Papa
The National Democratic Front (NDF) in Bicol demanded an investigation on the electioneering activities of military personnel who are allegedly campaigning for Bong Bong Marcos (BBM) while implementing the Community Support Program (RCSP) in places cleared of communist rebels.
In a press release, Roja Banua, NDF-Bicol’s spokesperson, said that based from the reports they have received from far-flung areas in the region, military personnel are campaigning to the local residents to vote for BBM for president in the 2022 elections.
“Hindi nila dapat palampasin ang lahat ng tuso at pailalim na maniobra ni Duterte upang makapanatili sa pwesto kabilang na ang lihim na pagsuporta at pangangampanya para kay Bongbong Marcos” the NDF press release said.
The 9th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, however, denied the allegation of the NDF.
Capt. Paul Belleza, 9ID spokesperson, told Bicol Mail that the Philippine Army is non-partisan. He said the Army does not get involved in politics as it is prohibited by the Constitution.
“Never makikialam (the army). Alam mo na man an satuyang mga tugang na yaon sa taas baga (communist rebels) mahihilig sa propaganda” he said.
Belleza urged media practitioners to be cautious about press materials being released by communist rebels.