AFP official admits campaigning vs. party-list groups

DAVAO CITY – The chief of the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command admitted he has been personally campaigning against party list organizations supportive to communist rebels as the military announced “all systems go” for its units to fulfill its role in securing the May 14 polls.Lt. Gen. Rodolfo Obaniana said in a message read by EastMinCom spokesperson Randolph Cabangbang in a press conference Friday he is “vigorously campaigning against those supportive of the New Peoples Army.

He said the military will launch a campaign to expose the hidden agenda of the said party list groups.

But he denied he is politicking against the party list organizations concerned saying he will do the same even after elections.

 “In my recent visits to my units, I was enlightened that it should be my personal crusade to dissuade everyone from supporting the NPA-affiliated political organizations,”Obaniana said “these so-called regressive political organizations are obvious fronts of the NPA.” He did not name the party list groups.

He accused the party lists groups to have allegedly milked the government of taxpayers’ money to fund the terrorist activities of the NPAs.
“They have contributed millions to coffers of the NPAs and will continue to do so unless something will be done,” he said.
Partylist groups like Bayan Muna, Anakpawis and Gabriela Women’s Party have complained against the military’s campaign in the countryside not to vote for the progressive groups.
The three have been identified in surveys as “winnable.”

Progressive groups have denied doing front work for the rebels saying there is no evidence on the allegation.

Obaniana denied they have been campaigning for the government’s candidates and party-lists groups. D([“mb”,”\u003c/p\>\n\n\u003cp\> \u003c/p\>\n\n\u003cp\>"Let me say that at no point did we campaign for any\nparticular candidate," he said. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)\u003c/p\>”,1] ); D([“mb”,”\u003cspan class\u003dsg\>\n\n\u003cbr clear\u003d\”all\”\>\u003cbr\>– \u003cbr\>For more news, views and information on Mindanao visit \u003ca href\u003d\”http://www.mindanews.com\” target\u003d\”_blank\” onclick\u003d\”return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\”\>www.mindanews.com\u003c/a\>.  Also try \u003ca href\u003d\”http://www.istambay.wordpress.com\” target\u003d\”_blank\” onclick\u003d\”return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\”\>www.istambay.wordpress.com\n\u003c/a\>.\n\u003c/span\>”,0] ); D([“ce”]); //–>

“Let me say that at no point did we campaign for any particular candidate,” he said. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)

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