Bayan Muna blasts PNP for black prop calling members ‘NPA supporters’

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Bayan Muna chairman and Makabayan senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate on Monday slammed the Philippine National Police (PNP) for violating election laws by distributing black propaganda materials against the Makabayan bloc in Manila.

Based on reports of Kontra Daya Metro Manila, some police were caught distributing news papers tagging Bayan Muna party-list as “NPA supporters” at the Geronimo Elementary School in Sampaloc, Manila, they said.

Among the police officers identified by Kontra Daya were officers Gonzales, Salalac, Reyes, and Mateo, according to the group.

“This is patently and blatantly illegal,” Colmenares said.

“Police should not be engaged in campaigning for or against any candidate. What’s worse, they’re doing this on election day, when campaigning is prohibited. Gen. Albayalde and Sec. Año should immediately order their men to stop,” he added.

Zarate said the PNP “are no different from the goons of dirty politicians.”

“Make no mistake about it: the day of reckoning will come; we will file charges and make these pathetic mercenaries and their superiors accountable,” he said.