Thursday, November 27, 2014

BIFF says plan to bomb Davao City a hoax

Posted to the pro-CPP Davao Today (Nov 26): BIFF says plan to bomb Davao City a hoax

DAVAO CITY—Reacting to Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s appeal  to stop the spate of bombings in Mindanao, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Wednesday denied they plan to bomb Davao city.

“It’s a hoax. There’s no truth to that report. The BIFF has no involvement in the series of bombings in North Cotabato and elsewhere in Mindanao,” said BIFF spokesperson Abu Misry Mama in a phone interview with DavaoToday Wednesday.

“Please stop these attacks. You have to consider the lives of civilians,”  Duterte reportedly said.

But Mama denied all allegations that BIFF were involved in the twin bombings in Kabacan and M’lang towns recently which claimed the lives of innocent civilians and wounded others whom majority of the victims are teenagers.

“We don’t attack civilians. We only target the military,” stressed Mama.

Mama said that Duterte should, instead, appeal to the Armed Forces of the Philippines to “stop their terroristic acts in Mindanao” as he recalled in 2003 that it was the military who conducted a series of bomb attacks to sow terror in Mindanao.

Mama was referring to Oplan Greenbase, a top-secret government operation of then Arroyo administration to sow terror in Mindanao by staging series of bomb attacks in an attempt to draw funds from anti-terrorist organizations and pin the blame to Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

“So before they will point their finger to us, they should check their facts first. It’s easy to pin the blame to BIFF but the public should never forget the history of the past,” said Mama.

Col. Dickson Hermoso, spokesperson of the Philippine Army ‘s 6th Infantry Division said the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used in Kabacan bombing came from the BIFF.

 http://davaotoday.com/politics/biff-says-plan-bomb-davao-city-hoax/

CPP/NPA: Matagumpay na mga taktikal na opensiba ng BHB-Masbate sa ilalim ng Jose Rapsing Command(JRC)

NPA propaganda statement posted to the CPP Website (Nov 26): Matagumpay na mga taktikal na opensiba ng BHB-Masbate sa ilalim ng Jose Rapsing Command(JRC)
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Luz del Mar
Public Information Officer
NPA Masbate Provincial Operations Command (Jose Rapsing Command)
 
Sunod-sunod na mga taktikal na opensiba ang inilunsad sa lalawigan ng Masbate ng mga kasapi ng Jose Rapsing Command, JRC-BHB, Masbate laban sa 93rd DRC, 9th IB, PA, para-militar na grupo at mga masasamang elemento sa mga isla ng Burias at Ticao. Lahat ito ay nasa unang distrito ng Masbate.

Ang nasabing taktikal na opensiba ay nakapagsamsam ng mahigit 22 iba’t-ibang uri ng baril, mga magasin ng bala, at mga kagamitang militar.

Nob. 9, 2014 – Burias Is. – reyd sa mga kabahayan ng pamilya Ballesteros sa Brgy. Mabiton, Claveria. Nakuha dito ang 1 M16, 4 na cal.45, 1 SAS12, isang Shotgun, 2 cal.38, 1 cal.22 long barrel, isang 32 cal. at 2 cal.22 short. Ang mga baril na ito ay ginagamit laban sa mga tao at kilusan.

Nob.19, 2014, 6:30 ng umaga – raid sa bahay ni Brgy. Capt. Benny Capinig ng Brgy. Boca Engano, Claveria. Nasamsam dito ang 1 Shotgun at cal. 45. Ginagamit ni Brgy. Capt. Capinig ang mga baril sa kanyang mga iligal na negosyo, partikular na ang illegal drugs.

Nov. 22, 2014, alas 8:30 ng umaga – hinaras ng isang team ng Jose Rapsing Command, JRC,BHB ang 60 kataong 93rd DRC at 9th IB,PA na halos isang buwan nang nag-ookupa at nag-ooperasyon sa So. Guiwanon, Brgy. Danao, San Jacinto, Masbate at mga karatig barangay. Ang grupong ito ang bumaril at nakasugat sa tatlong katao na kinabibilangan ni Brgy. Kgwd. Maritess Espenilla ng Danao, San Jacinto, Masbate.

Ang haras na ito ay nagresulta sa pagkamatay ng tatlong militar at pagkasugat ng 3 pa na sadyang itinatago ng militar.

Nob. 24, 2014, alas 5:15 ng umaga – raid sa compound ni Nonie Jimenez sa Brgy. Macahoy, San Pascual, Burias Is. Si Jimenez na isang despotikong rantsero sa lugar ay nag-aalaga ng mga armadong grupo na siyang ginagamit laban sa mga tao at kilusan.
Tumagal ng halos 10 minuto ang barilan ng manlaban ang isang tauhan nito habang sumuko naman sa mga kasama ang mga kasamahan nito.

Nakasamsam ang mga kasama ng 1 M16 na may scope, bandolier na may 11 long magasin at mga bala nito, isang M14 na may scope at bandolier na naglalaman ng 15 magasin na puno ng bala, 1 Shotgun at 25 bala, 3 handheld radios, isang cal.22 long barrel na may scope at dalawang magasin at mga bala, 1 cal.38, 1 hammock, 1 backpack, 2 pares ng combat shoes at 2 pares na uniporme ng militar.

Ang lahat ng mga nasamsam ay ginagamit ng grupo ni Nonie Jimenez laban sa mga magsasaka sa paligid ng kanyang rancho at sa kilusan.

Nananawagan ang JRC,BHB-Masbate sa mga Masbatenyo na magkaisa at magtulongan upang labanan ang mga masasamang elemento at mga pang-aabusong militar sa lalawigan ng Masbate na bumibiktima sa mga Masbatenyo. Sa mga may baril naman ay huwag niyong gamitin sa masasamang gawain at lalong huwag niyong gamitin laban sa kilusan, at kung handa naman kayo ay ibigay niyo na lang sa kilusan para magamit sa pagtatanggol sa mga inaapi at pinagsasamantalahang mga Masbatenyo laban sa mapang-api at mapagsamantalang uri sa lipunan.

http://www.philippinerevolution.net/statements/20141126_matagumpay-na-mga-taktikal-na-opensiba-ng-bhb-masbate-sa-ilalim-ng-jose-rapsing-command-jrc

CPP/NDF: Kundenahin ang pananalasa ng 93rd DRC at 9th IBPA sa mga mamamayan sa isla ng Ticao, Masbate

NDF propaganda statement posted to the CPP Website (Nov 25): Kundenahin ang pananalasa ng 93rd DRC at 9th IBPA sa mga mamamayan sa isla ng Ticao, Masbate

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Val Silang
Public Information Officer
NDFP Masbate Chapter
 
Kinikundena ng NDF-Masbate at ng mamamayang masbatenyo ang halos isang buwan na walang puknat na pananalasa ng mga sundalo ng 93rd Division Reconnaisance Company(DRC) at 9th IB,PA sa mga bulubunduking baryo sa isla ng Ticao, Masbate.
Ang tuloy-tuloy na okopasyon at operasyong militar ay nagresulta sa malawakang pagkatakot ng mga tao sa lugar at dislokasyon sa kanilang pang araw-araw na pagsasaka at iba pang hanapbuhay. Tumataas na rin ang bilang ng mga biktima ng paglabag sa karapatan pantao na mga militar ang may kagagawan sa ilalim ng pamumuno nila Col Alden Juan Masagca at Major Armando Benito ng Task Force Masbate.

Ang ganitong hakbang ng mga militar ay nagdudulot ng kaguluhan at tuloy-tuloy na pang-aabuso sa mga residente partikular sa So. Guiwanon, Brgy. Danao, San Jacinto, at sa pito pang nakapaligid na mga baryo.

Sa katunayan, ang pinakahuling naging biktima ng mga berdugong sundalo ay ng walang awa nilang pagbabarilin ang isang opisyal sa baryo ng Danao na si Kgwd.Maritess Espenilla at dalawang pang katao na sina Michael Lignes at may apelyidong Domenguiano. Ang tatlo ay nagtamo ng mga sugat sa iba’t-ibang parte ng kanilang katawan.

Maging sa paglulubid ng kasinungalingan sa medya ay nagiging eksperto na rin ang mga opisyal ng 93rd DRC at 9th IB,PA matapos ituro na mga kasapi ng Bagong Hukbong Bayan-Masbate ang gumawa ng pamamaril. Para sa kaalaman ng mamamayang masbatenyo, hindi mga kasapi ng BHB-Masbate ang namaril sa tatlong sibilyan, at ang totoong bumaril sa tatlong biktima ay mga kasapi ng 93rd DRC at 9th IB,PA.

Ang mga hakbang na ito ng 93rd DRC at 9th IB,PA ay malinaw na paglabag sa Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

Samantala, pinapabulaanan din ng NDF-Masbate ang napabalita sa Bombo Radyo-Legaspi na isa di umanong mataas na opisyal ng BHB Masbate ang nahuli ng PNP San Jacinto malapit sa kanilang istasyon sa Poblacion, San Jacinto.

Si Ybonni Victor na taga Brgy. Amutag, Aroroy, Masbate ay di kailanman naging kasapi ng BHB Masbate, bagkus kabilang ito sa mga grupong impostor na binuo at pinopondohan ng mga ahente sa paniktik ng AFP at PNP para sirain sa publiko ang imahe ng BHB Masbate na sa esenya ay bigo silang siraan dahil alam na ng mga Masbatenyo kung sino ang nagsisinungaling.
 

MILF: UNYPAD conducts consultation forum on BBL in Iligan City

Posted to the MILF Website (Nov 28): UNYPAD conducts consultation forum on BBL in Iligan City



The United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) held One-day Consultation Forum on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on November 24, 2014 at Iligan City for various sectors from six municipalities and contiguous barangays in other municipalities of Lanao Del Norte that may participate during the plebiscite for the proposed Bangsamoro Government.
   
The municipalities of Baloi, Pantar, Tagoloan, Munai, Tangcal and Nunungan, all in Lanao Del Norte voted for inclusion into the ARMM during the 2001 plebiscite. Other towns that may possibly join during the plebiscite are the City of Iligan, municipalities of Kauswagan, Bacolod and Poona Piyagapo, also in Lanao Del Norte. Quite a large number of Maranaos are residing in various villages in said municipalities. 
 
Thirty Five (35) individuals comprising traditional and religious leaders, representatives from local government units (LGUs), civil society organizations, women and members of the Higaonon tribe (IP) attended the forum.

Mr. Ansary A. Diamoden presented the overview of the program while updates and inputs on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) were discussed by Mr. Camilo M. Bangcola, Provincial Chairman of the UNYPAD-Lanao Del Sur Chapter.

Highlights of the discussions during the open forum that ensued pertain to the rights of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) particularly the Higaonon, including issues and concerns of the LGUs in the affected areas.
Mr. Adinola l. Tomarompong, Sangunian Bayan (council) member of Munai town said that he is assuring his full support for the ratification of the BBL. “I believed that if the BBL is ratified by 2015, the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) that will replace the ARMM will install good governance, maintain the peace and order in the areas within its jurisdiction.

Bae Wilma W. Bado, President of Higaonon Organization in Coastal areas, who is an IP from Barangay Upper Hinaplanon and Kabaro, Iligan City manifested the support of her tribe to the BBL. 

The consultation was led by the UNYPAD’s newly appointed Vice President for External Affairs Mr. Diamoden.

Mr. Diamaoden has been serving as the Provincial Chairman of UNYPAD Ranao Chapter for several years and involved in peacebuilding works here and abroad. He is one of the outstanding senior leaders of the UNYPAD.

As executive director, he also established the UNYPAD- Relief Assistance Network and Organization, Inc.
operating in Lanao areas.

These series of consultation programs being embark on by UNYPAD all over Mindanao are intended for people in the grassroots level to have a better understanding of the GPH-MILF Peace Process and the BBL.

http://www.luwaran.com/index.php/welcome/item/1368-unypad-conducts-consultation-forum-on-bbl-in-iligan-city

MILF: Moro leaders in Zamboanga City hold seminar-workshops on BBL and Governance

Posted to the MILF Website (Nov 28): Moro leaders in Zamboanga City hold seminar-workshops on BBL and Governance

 

Unperturbed by Zamboanga City local officials that recently manifested once again their strong objection to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on the issue of contiguity and the city’s inclusion for the proposed plebiscite, Moro community leaders are tripling their advocacy programs in the city’s various villages.
   
In coordination with the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) and United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD), organizers conducted a 3-day Seminar-Workshops on Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), governance and community organizing with the theme: “Empowering Bangsamoro Community Leaders through Education” on November 21-13, 2014 at a Barangay Madrasah in Cawit, Zamboanga City.

There were 172 individuals who attended the activity comprising community leaders from various barangays, representatives of women’s organizations and youth. The MILF Provincial Political Committee in Zamboanga City and Moro community leaders and other groups organized and sponsored the program.
  
The program was aimed to enhance the knowledge of people in grass-root level regardless of tribal affiliations on BBL, the GPH-MILF Peace process and public governance. They were lectured on basic organizing and on how to conduct advocacy using their native dialect to be easily understood when reaching out to their respective communities.

 Mr. Tirso S. Tahir, a native of Tawi-Tawi and member of the BLMI Steering Committee and its Research Officer lectured on Bangsamoro Governance as stipulated in the BBL, the Fundamentals of Basic Organizing and Advocacy. He emphasized that the BBL were translated into local dialect to enable the participants understand and internalize the 18 Articles of BBL and its corresponding provisions.

“These are your rights as guaranteed by the 1987 Philippines Constitution under Article III- Bill of Rights, Section 8 and Article XIII- Social Justice and Human Rights, Section 15 and 16”, Tahir emphasized.
Mr. Tahir cited the fundamental articles in the Philippines Constitution after some participants expressed apprehension that they may not be able to participate for the ratification of the BBL due to interference by some city officials who are opposed to the BBL and the Bangsamoro.

Brother Zulfhikar Samsaraji, Chairman of UNYPAD-Zamboanga City chapter and Regional Coordinator in Western Mindanao lectured on community organizing by underlining its significance. Some religious leaders presented Islamic point of view on the issue of struggle (Jihad) that every Muslim must be in defensive position when their inherent rights and faith are threatened.
   
The participants as a result vowed to uphold their rights under the law and shall allow no one to dictate them from making legitimate decisions.

Zamboanga City has a large number of Moros than other contiguous areas in Mindanao; dominant in 38 coastal barangays, mostly inhabiting the region much ahead than the Chavacanos/settlers.

The massive influx of people and capitalists from Luzon and Visayas relegated the Moros to a minority and is suppressed in their own native land, hoping that such a situation shall be reverse in their favor under the   Bangsamoro Region, where Mindanao will no longer be an exploited land but with a new dawn of hope for those who were neglected and oppressed.

http://www.luwaran.com/index.php/welcome/item/1367-moro-leaders-in-zamboanga-city-hold-seminar-workshops-on-bbl-and-governance

MILF: House public hearing on BBL in Tawi-Tawi elicits positive responses

Posted to the MILF Website (Nov 27): House public hearing on BBL in Tawi-Tawi elicits positive responses



The House Ad Hoc Committee’s public hearing on House Bill No. 4994 or the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law held at Sand-Bar Lepa Convention Center in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on November 13, 2014 elicits positive responses from various sectors that attended.
  
The more or less 500 multi-sectors’ representatives who were eager and excited to listen, express their concerns, doubts and worries on the BBL were surprised to see Congressman Celso Lobregat of Zamboanga City among the group of congressmen that came to Bongao for the consultation on BBL.

It can be remembered that Rep. Lobregat was one of those who strongly opposed the aborted MOA-AD in 2008 that the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional. What amused the mostly Sama and Tau Sug participants were the presence of two (2) former protagonists Rep. Rodolfo Biazon, who was once the Brigade Commander of the Philippine Marines at the height of the MNLF Rebellion in early 70’s and Congressman Tupay Loong of Sulu, then MNLF Brigade Commander in the province.

Their men fought with each other in the battlefields, but for the sake of peace, they sat side by side, a unique bonding, bewilderment, for the sake of finding peace in Mindanao.

Rep. Biazon saying, “Those that got killed in the battlegrounds were sons of poor farmers and fishermen on the government side, the same was true on the side of the rebels, and worsts he continued, those who were killed in the cross-fires were innocent civilians”.

“That was very tragic experience”, he said further.

 “That is why we are here to look for a solution for the Mindanao Question”. Joining the party of the 16 Representatives, were OPAPP representatives headed by Atty. Joe Lorena, Atty. Akmad Sakkam and Atty. Asani Tammang from the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and Atty. Datu Antonio Kinoc, member of the MILF Peace Panel.

Former Provincial Governor Hji. Sadikul Sahali, father of Congresswoman Hja. Ruby Sahali and father of Governor Nurbert  Sahali told the participants, “Now is your time to voice out your opinions and views, if you feel that BBL is a way of uplifting your general welfare, is it you to decide”
“I gave you the freedom to choose”, he stressed further. “The people of Tawi-Tawi can decide for themselves”, he emphasized.

Regional Assemblyman Sulay Halipa of the Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) voiced out his sentiments with regard to the fate of 33,000 officials and personnel of ARMM, saying that once BBL is ratified, ARMM is deemed abolished.

 He said that, “That massive dislocations and lay-offs are inevitable.

Chairman Rufus clarified and cited Article XVI, Section 9 of the BBL that the BTA shall schedule a gradual phasing out of offices, that officials holding appointive positions shall continue to perform their functions in accordance with the schedule.

Basilan Rep. Jim Salliman-Hataman reiterated the stand of his brother ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman that he will turn over smoothly the governance and all its assets of ARMM once BBL is ratified by the people.
Mayor Ahmad-Nasiff Abdurahman of Simunul Municipality said that he feared that the MILF will replace them once BBL is ratified.

Chairman Rodriguez responded, that is premature and mere speculations; assured him that as elected official, you will continue to serve and can run in 2016 local elections if you are still qualified. He cited Article VI, Section 7 of the BBL, to state among others that the privileges already enjoyed by the Local Government Units under existing laws shall not be diminished unless otherwise altered, modified or reformed for good governance in accordance with a law enacted by the Bangsamoro Parliament.

Former RLA Speaker Pochong Abubakar suggested that Zamboanga City be included in the plebiscite but Rep. Lobregat reacted saying that “The ZamboangeƱos voted twice for exclusion of the City, with that, I have to respect the decision of my people. Nevertheless, I am in favor of the Bangsamoro, because this is an opportunity to restore lasting peace in Mindanao”.

 Sajid Adil of Bongao voiced out his opinion in high tone voice, saying “The BBL is not the solution to resolve the conflict in Mindanao”. He said, “Once Bangsamoro is in place, the Maguindanaons or the Maranaos will dominate the Tausugs”. “Given this scenario, infighting among ethnic tribes is unavoidable”.

Rep. Loong stood up, spoke in Tausug dialect and asked and explained to Adil the content of the BBL on electoral process, “What do you want? Congressman Loong clarified that once Bangsamoro is established a ministerial form of government will follow. Each province will elect their district representatives in the parliament. The Chief Minister will be elected by members of the parliament. So, where is the dominance there?, Rep. Loong said.
 
Prof. Said Alih of Mindanao State University-Tawi-Tawi said that the government is employing a “double-standard policy, citing the 1976 Tripoli Agreement and the Jakarta accord of 1996 in contrast with the BBL that is favorable to the MILF. “It is unfair and unjust to the MNLF”.

Atty, Lorena of OPAP said, “If there is anyone so close to MNLF, it is me”. He presented facts to elaborate his points which humbled Prof. Alih to sit down rather than continue reacting.

Atty. Sakkam representing the BTC and Atty. Tony Kinok from the MILF Peace Panel supported the statement of Att. Lorena.

Other speakers from the settlers and the Badjaos aired some of their sentiments but were responded well by members of the committee.

This writer was the last to speak. “As President of the Bangsamoro Intellectuals for Reforms, I manifest our strong support to the BBL. The BBL contains substantive and comprehensive provisions which uplift the people from underdevelopment, marginalization, etc. and not the Organic act that created ARMM.

 “I was one of the commissioners appointed by then President Corazon Aquino in 1988 to draft the Organic Act. Much of our desire to incorporate substantive powers, we failed, to be honest. In the BBL you find 58 Exclusive Powers transferred by the National Government to the Bangsamoro Government, which cannot be replicated to the non-Bangsamoro areas, with only 9 Reserved Powers retained by the National Government, with another 14 Shared-Powers between the Central Government and the Bangsamoro Government”, this writer said.

“The Power –sharing scheme, the Addendum of the Bangsamoro Waters, the Block Grants, the Social Development Funds, the ODA, assistance or grant-in-aids from foreign and from local source are something we foresee and happy about. The Shari’ah Justice System is enhanced under the BBL”, this writer further said.
“The Ministerial form of government that is being given to us under the basic law; asymmetric relationship with the national government is a unique model.”

“Along with this context, this writer appealed to the Honorable Congressmen to give the Bangsamoro a chance to reign so that we can prove our strong adherence to the principle of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong”.

As this writer was speaking he sensed that the congressmen were listening attentively and while making his elaborations, someone whispered presumably saying, “This man knows his assignments”.

The consultation ended at around 7:00 PM; the speakers and participants parted ways satisfied and contented, with smiling faces.

http://www.luwaran.com/index.php/welcome/item/1366-house-public-hearing-on-bbl-in-tawi-tawi-elicits-positive-responses

MILF: House Ad Hoc Committee holds public hearing on BBL in Zamboanga Sibugay

Posted to the MILF Website (Nov 27): House Ad Hoc Committee holds public hearing on BBL in Zamboanga Sibugay



The House Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) headed by Rep. Rufus Rodriguez held public hearing at the Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Capitol in Ipil town on November 22, 2014.
  
Nearly 1,300 people from several municipalities of Zamboanga Del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay comprising Moro religious leaders, Moro community residents, Lumads, local government officials, women, youth and representatives from the business sector attended the consultation.

Wilter Palma, Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Governor delivered the opening remarks and expressed his appreciation for the conduct of the consultation in his province. He appealed to the members of the Ad Hoc Committee to fast track the consultations and the passage of the BBL.

Rep. Tupay Loong of Sulu, erstwhile MNLF Commander in his opening statement mentioned the purpose and importance of the consultation on BBL. “It is a way of knowing people’s concerns and positions on the basic law that will entrench the new political entity called Bangsamoro”.

Sectors that attended the public hearing submitted 15 position papers to the secretariat of the committee.

The local government of Zamboanga Sibugay expressed support for the enactment of the bill on Bangsamoro law to finally put an end to the decades of conflict in Mindanao.         

In her closing message, Prof. Miriam Coronel- Ferrer, GPH Chief Negotiator expressed her appreciations for the strong support accorded to the committee by officials of Zamboanga Sibugay that she considered a ‘model’ province in terms of public support to the quest for peace in Mindanao.

She was elated on how the participants shared their opinions and concerns on the proposed law and cooperated well during the entire duration of consultation.

http://www.luwaran.com/index.php/welcome/item/1365-house-ad-hoc-committee-holds-public-hearing-on-bbl-in-zamboanga-sibugay