By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is conducting an investigation on politicians with suspected links to the New People’s Army (NPA).
As such, PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa warned politicos with ties to rebel groups to “ready” themselves,saying he himself is “coming after them.”
“We are already conducting a case build-up. Whether you are a mayor, a vice-mayor or congressman, you just wait for our investigation to be finished and you will be exposed. I will come after you,” dela Rosa stated.
The emphatic statement by dela Rosa was issued following the arrest of an alleged NPA leader who has already ventured into kidnap-for-ransom cases.
Donat Jacob, with aliases Jonas and Dondon Diego, was identified as the leader of the NPA-Sandatahang Yunit Propaganda (SYP) operating in Bulacan.
The PNP- Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) arrested him in Obando, Bulacan, last February 24.
According to dela Rosa, Jacob was the collector of the NPA-SYP group in its extortion activities victimizing politicians, fishpond owners and quarry operators in Bulacan.
The PNP chief also revealed that some politicians, particularly in the municipalities of Angat and Doña Remedios Trinidad (DRT), act as “advisers” to Jacob’s group.
“They really have the support of some politicians and by now, those crooked men already know that they are in deep trouble because we have arrested [Jacob],” he said.
“You (politicians) have the guts to involve yourself in kidnapping? Just wait for me,” he added.
He said that the politicians had been using the NPAs to intimidate, if not eliminate, their rivals.
The PNP’s top cop, however, refused to disclose the names of the politicians with links to the rebel groups as it might jeopardize their case build-up.
This development came amid President Duterte’s recent statements of an all-out war against the NPA.