President Rodrigo Duterte is serious when he offered 25,000 reward for every NPA killed by Lumad Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) members, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in two interviews today.
“Kung ano po ang sinabi ni Presidente sa kaniyang speech about how to counter the Lumad doon sa in the insurgency problems, iyong mga how to counter the rebels na sumasali — iyong mga Lumad na sumasali sa [NPA],” Andanar said during an interview with Unang Hirit’s Arnol Clavio.
“Dito sa counter insurgency, lahat po ng sinasabi ng Presidente para na ho masugpo ang New People’s Army at CPP-NPA-NDF ay seryoso po ang Presidente dito,” he said.
Moreover, Andanar said regular soldiers may not be qualified for the incentives.
“So what the President is really saying is that, ang kampanya ng ating gobyerno laban sa NPA ay patuloy. Now it’s just a way of incentivizing the Lumad,” he told Bruce V. Rivera and Jesus Falcis over DWFM.
“I’m sure pati iyong mga sundalo natin ay mga exempted naman iyong mga iyan, in fact nadoble ang kanilang mga suweldo,” he added. “So I think that it’s really psy-war game also.”
Sources: https://pcoo.gov.ph/media_interview/interview-presidential-communications-operations-office-secretary-martin-andanar-bruce-v-rivera-jesus-falcis-dwfm-boljak/; https://pcoo.gov.ph/media_interview/interview-presidential-communications-operations-office-secretary-martin-andanar-arnol-clavio-gma-7-unang-hirit/