THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) dissuaded politicians eyeing to run in the 2022 presidential and local elections from paying the "permit to campaign" fees to the New People's Army (NPA).

Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, AFP spokesman, said paying the campaign fees would be tantamount to supporting the communist rebels.

"We are making this clear that they (politicians) should not be giving or providing [the fees to NPA rebels] because this is a direct show of support to this terrorist group," Arevalo said at a televised public briefing.

"[The politicians] would be violating the law if they do this," he added.

The military is currently in talks with local government units (LGUs) and police to monitor developments in their respective areas of responsibility should some politicians give cash to communist rebels, Arevalo said.

He also noted that the military identified "certain groups" who would demand the permit fees from politicians in exchange for campaigning in some areas.

"We will continue with our preparations especially as elections are nearing," Arevalo said.