Former leftist officer: 9 ‘trapos’ paying millions for communist groups endorsement

Reelectionists Senators Grace Poe, Bam Aquino and Nancy Binay/ photo from Politiko

Nine politicians, including five senatorial candidates in the upcoming elections, have been endorsed by communist groups in exchange of millions, a former officer of a leftist group revealed on Wednesday.

According to Manila Standard's report, a certain “Ka Nonoy” Alcantara, made the statement claiming he was the National Democratic Front’s former liaison officer of its Electoral Unit.

He said, among the politicians were incumbent Senators Grace Poe, Nancy Binay and Bam Aquino, former senators Serge Osmena, and former congressman Erin Tanada.

These lawmakers, together with other "traditional politicians" which Alcantara did not name were paying up to P20 million to get endorsements from the Communist Party of the Philippines, its armed wing the New People’s Army, the NDF, the Makabayan party-list coalition and other “communist terrorist groups”.

So far, only Tanada denied the allegations and said that he was merely a human rights lawyer not a member of communists.

The former leftist officials also said that  Poe, Binay and Aquino each gave the CTGs P20 million, Osmena P10 million, and Tanada “got a discount” because his family has been a “long-time ally of the CPP-NPA-NDF.”

Alcantara said he decided to talk because Mar Roxas, who is running under the opposition Otso Diretso slate, was poised to be named as the last candidate to be endorsed by the communist groups.

He added that he was dismayed that his former colleagues are endorsing Aquino because they are supposed to trash “the US-Aquino tandem that was advancing imperialist and feudal interests in the country.”

“Now, they have exchanged their loyalties for huge sums or simply forgotten about them,” Alcantara said

“It’s clear that the movement is now all about money, especially when it is tightening the collection of permit to campaign fees in the countryside” he said

Source: Manila Standard

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