Agence France-PresseApril 28, 2013 06:16
Leftist Philippine rebels are raking in millions of dollars extorting money from candidates in next month's elections and will likely use this to buy guns, a senior military official said on Sunday.
Each candidate illegally pays between 50,000 and five million pesos ($1,210-121,000) to buy protection from the New People's Army (NPA), said Major-General Jose Mabanta, commander of one of the country's army divisions.
"My estimate is that half of all political contenders are paying, half in my area. That is also true in other areas," he told reporters.