Bukidnon teachers especially those assigned far from car lines are now added to the list as new milking cows for the CPP-NPA. The communist think they are fat source of income because they received salaries regularly.
They don’t understand that teachers sell their take-home pay and other emoluments too far in advance to usurers or ten-percenters because they can’t make ends meet. Their salaries cannot cope with the high cost of living. They have to eat 3 square meals a day, provide repair and maintenance for their shelter, clothing, send their children to school, set aside amount for transportation and a long, long list of never-ending school obligations.
It’s reported that teachers in the remote areas of Little Baguio, Namnam, Matupe, all of San Fernando Town; Hagpa, Kalabugao of Impasug-ong municipality and in Upper Pulangi, Malaybalay city
are unhappy and have been complaining they are forced to contribute P300 a month to the NPA.
Teachers who are under threat of being hurt, abducted or killed have no other recourse but to produce the money on collection day.
The communist should realize that the kind of tax they impose are excessive and confiscatory which is contrary to their avowed doctrime of lifting the welfare of the masses.
These plaints of the lowly teachers have reached the headquarters of the Army 4th Infantry Division under the able command of Chief, Major General Victor Felix, as reported by the Daily Tribune.
“Community leaders and local government units are now fearful that there will be no teachers who would like to be assigned in these areas and therefore risking an increase in illiteracy rate in this part of Mindanao,” said Major General Felix.
General Felix added that the NPAs should be more compassionate to small people like the teachers in their criminal activities in keeping with their doctrine that they are for the poor. Taxing the teachers and the common barangayfolks are actions of common criminals. They who prey on the helpless civilians just to survive and collect easy money for personal interest are opportunists.
4th ID spokesman and commanding officer of the 4th Civil-Military Operations Battalion Major Eugenio Julio Osias IV has a short but weighty point when he said, “if the NPA really wants to help the people in the community, they should stop extorting money from them.”
The Daily Tribune, NPA rebels collecting revolutionary tax from teachers, by M. J. Mallari