Tuesday, June 12, 2018

PNP, AFP showcase equipment at Abreeza

From the Mindanao Times (Jun 13): PNP, AFP showcase equipment at Abreeza

THE Police Regional Office XI, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other law enforcement agencies showcased yesterday their equipment at Abreeza Mall in celebration of the 120th Philippine Independence Day.

Abreeza Mall sought to recognize the country’s soldiers and policemen by once again partnering with the PRO XI and the AFP’s Eastern Mindanao Command in the celebration of Independence Day.

 The annual celebration, dubbed Kalayaan 2018, carried the theme “Pagbabagong ipinaglaban, alay sa masaganang kinabukasan.”

The exhibit featured a photo display, mock-up camp and display of different equipment of the AFP and the Philippine National Police.

 It also included a display of different firearms used by army units, tactical radio equipment, and explosive ordnance device (EOD) equipment. There was also a squad of soldiers.

 A patrol boat and some of the diving gears of the Philippine Coast Guard were also presented, along with the Bureau of Fire and Protection-XI’s equipment.

The mallgoers also enjoyed having their photos taken while trying on the combat vest, tactical helmet mounted with night vision googles, and high powered firearms such as the Carbine 5.56mm, M4A1, and the 60-caliber E4 used by the Navy Special Operations Unit (NAVSOU).

 The NAVSOU is an elite force of the Philippine Navy used to combat terrorism and other external attacks.

 The Tactical Operations Group-XI of the Philippine Airforce and Philippine Navy’s uniform and training equipment were also showcased.


AFP to validate deaths of 5 Indonesians, 1 Singaporean terrorists in airstrike against BIFF

From Politiko-Mindanao (Jun 13): AFP to validate deaths of 5 Indonesians, 1 Singaporean terrorists in airstrike against BIFF

The military here is verifying reports that six of the 15 fatalities killed in the military airstrikes in the past two days against the IS-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) operating in this province were foreigners, an Army official said.

“There were five Indonesians and a Singaporean who are confirmed to be with the terror group and could be among the 15 fatalities,” Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Army’s 6th Infantry Division commander, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

“They were our primary target, and we are still validating their identities,” Sobejana said.

Sobejana said the airstrikes was launched Sunday and Monday after an aerial video confirmed the existence of a BIFF weapon and bomb factory in the middle of Maguindanao’s marshland. Fifteen members of the BIFF faction under Commander Toraife were killed, eight others injured and two bomb experts arrested.

A soldier of the 33rd Infantry Battalion who was part of the ground assault unit was killed during clashes Monday with fleeing BIFF members, the military said.

Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, the 33rd IB chief, said he and his men had to wade through chest-deep waters of Liguasan Marsh to locate concealed BIFF positions.

Cabunoc said soldiers and police are tracking the BIFF remnants in a bushy area of the marsh.

He said Army informants told him that BIFF sub-leader Salahuddin Hassan alias “Orak” and some foreign jihadists are still trapped in the area after their boats were destroyed by the airstrikes and artillery bombardment.

Anti-terror ops in Mindanao leave 5 casualties

From the Mindanao Examiner (Jun 12): Anti-terror ops in Mindanao leave 5 casualties

Two persons were reported killed and 3 others wounded in a firefight Tuesday between government soldiers and local militants allied with the Islamic State in southern Philippines.

The fighting broke out in Olandang village in North Cotabato’s Midsayap town where troops raided an alleged hideout of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, blamed by the military as behind the spate of attacks against security forces in the troubled region.

Target of the military operation was BIFF leader Mando Mamalumpong. Villagers said those killed in the fighting were allegedly civilians caught in the crossfire.

Soldiers recovered an M16 automatic rifle, ammunition, two grenades and improvised explosive, including military uniform and a binocular, in the area where the gun fight occurred. One soldier was reported dead from the fighting.

The military recently launched an offensive in Liguasan marsh in the neighboring province of Maguindanao and insisted to have killed 15 militants, but soldiers did not recover any single cadaver of BIFF.

It said the strike also destroyed an alleged weapons’ factory of the BIFF, but this could not be independently confirmed, although the military said a Muslim couple, who are allegedly BIFF members, had been captured by soldiers.

The weekend operation, which occurred during the Muslim holy month of Ramdan, was ordered by Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the 6th Infantry Division. The offensive forced thousands of villagers to flee their homes for fear they would be caught in the crossfire.

The provincial governor, Esmael Mangudadatu, a staunch supporter of the military, did not release any statement on the violence in Maguindanao. The military assault also forced the Department of Education to suspend classes in four towns in the province.

Regional Education Secretary Rasol Mitmug said they continue to monitor the situation of students and teachers in General Salipada Pendatun, Pagalungan, Rajah Buayan and Montawal. He said over 1500 students and 754 teachers – both in elementary and high schools – were affected by the violence.

Photo from the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Muslim autonomous region shows civilians displaced by military operations against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters allied with the Islamic State in southern Philippines.

Governor Mujiv Hataman, of the Muslim autonomous region, has ordered social workers and emergency groups to deliver food aid to war evacuees now in different shelters in the restive province.


PRO-Cor condemns NPA attack in Sagada

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 12): PRO-Cor condemns NPA attack in Sagada

BAUKO, Mountain Province -- The Police Regional Office – Cordillera condemns the criminal acts of the terrorists that led to the death of a police officer and wounding nine others in the “Peace Zone” town of Sagada.

Newly installed PRO-Cor Regional Director PCSupt. Rolando Nana strongly condemned the atrocities of the members of the CPP-NPA-Terrorists (CNT) against the police officers conducting routine peacekeeping efforts in the northern part of Sagada on June 5.

Personnel from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15 and Provincial Mobile Force Company of the Mountain Province Provincial Police Office were conducting peacekeeping operations following reports of activities by alleged criminals when they encountered the rebels at Mount Sipitan, Barangay Aguid in Sagada.

The encounter resulted in the killing of PO2 Henry Dion of Bauko, Mountain Province, and wounding of nine others including Team Leader PSupt. Joseph Cayat, PO3 Wilfred Manacnis, POI Aldrin Bocalan, PO1 Clarence Abuan, PO1 Antolin Potpoten, PO1 Xander Depnag, PO1 Jake Paat, PO1 Yasser Guzman and PO2 Regie Palome.

“Such action is considered an act of cowardice, and a desperate move to pursue their selfish motives and prevent the police force who have been aggressive in its peacekeeping efforts to secure the civilian populace especially in the remote areas,” Nana said.

The atrocities by the armed group in the scenic town also created fear among the people of Sagada and the tourists that come to the area.

He called on all chiefs of police to intensify their crime prevention efforts and strengthen security in their areas of responsibility and further step up their anti-criminality strategies. He also appealed to the public to join hands with the authorities and provide relevant, and timely information on similar incidents to the nearest police station or through social media. “PRO-COR leadership is appealing to the all stakeholders to assist authorities, by providing information to be used in filing criminal charges against the perpetrators, in order to give justice to the killed and wounded PNP personnel,” Nana said.

Despite the incidents, the Mountain Province PPO assured safety and security of tourists and the local residents as they continue to conduct follow up operations and maintain the peace and order in Sagada and other municipalities of the province.

Meanwhile, Nana awarded the Medalya ng Kadakilaan to PO2 Dion and provided financial assistance to the bereaved family.

He also awarded medals and provided initial financial assistance to the wounded cops when he visited them at the Luis Hora Memorial Hospital in Bauko.

“We assure the families of our policemen of the benefits to be given to them by the PNP for the courage they showed in the name of peace. This act that they showed is a manifestation of the government’s pursuit to ensure peace in the Cordillera region,” Nana said.


Peace and Order Council opposes CPLA recruitment in Benguet

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 12): Peace and Order Council opposes CPLA recruitment in Benguet

The Benguet Provincial Peace and Order Council wants alleged members of the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army-Cordillera Bodong Administration (CPLA-CBA) to stop recruitment and other activities in the province.

During its regular meeting last week, the PPOC unanimously approved a resolution opposing the recruitment in the province by a group claiming to be CPLA-CBA members and officials.

This was made following reports of barangay officials and other community leaders that an alleged group claiming to be members of the CPLA and CBA have been engaging and recruiting people in their communities to become members and eventually be integrated in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Governor Crescensio Pacalso said there are even reports that aside from recruiting, other alleged members of the CPLA-CBA are using the campaign on federalism as part of the engagement to advance their own personal interest.

The PPOC is calling for vigilance among the people of Benguet not to be persuaded and be recruited by the deceitful individuals and groups .They are also called on to report such activities being conducted in their localities to the PPOC or to the law enforcement agencies.

The governor said that the same resolution was also passed earlier this year by the Kalinga PPOC led by Gov. Jocel Baac after it was reported that there were individuals and groups claiming to be CPLA officers and members who have been going to the different municipalities of Kalinga. They were also reported to be convincing people to join their force, promising that they will be enlisted in the Army or become members of a regional security force once the Cordillera becomes a federal state.

In March this year, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza had refuted claims of recruitment to the AFP by alleged individuals and groups or factions of the CPLA. He also denied having authorized any individual or group in the Cordillera region to conduct recruitment activities and promising to their recruits financial assistance, employment and integration with law enforcement agencies as well as being part of a regional security force.

The Benguet PPOC is keen on inviting OPAPP representatives in their next meetings to discuss the issues of the CPLA-CBA in the province.


Philippine Army welcomes surrender of NPA couple in Bukidnon

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 12): Philippine Army welcomes surrender of NPA couple in Bukidnon


The Philippine Army welcomed the two members of Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) who surrendered on Sunday, June 3.

The couple, identified as Elsie Camahay Ampildon, also known as Angie/Jamaica, a regular member of NPA’s Headquarters Force of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC), and her husband Tanny Saritao Ampildon a.k.a Verdel of NPA’s Militia ng Bayan, surrendered to the 8th Infantry (Dependable) Battalion, Sunday afternoon at the Army camp in Impasugong, Bukidnon.

As a gesture of goodwill, the couple handed over a US Cal.30 M1 Carbine weapon to the military officials during the surrender rites.

“I welcome the surrender of our brothers and sisters who were former members of the CPP-NPA. We will work hand in hand with our local government units. With the help of CLIP (Comprehensive Local Integration Program) Committee of Bukidnon, we ensure your safety and well-being,” Lieutenant Colonel Ronald M. Illana, 8IB commanding officer said.

He urged NPAs—especially those wounded during the series of encounters—to embrace peace or face death.

He recounted that in a separate encounter a month ago with 8IB troops near Sitio Ulayanon, Brgy. Kalabugao, Impasugong, Bukidnon, the NPA’s NCMRC command had a great loss when the government troops seized five high-powered firearms, 30 backpacks full of war rations, and numerous subversive documents.

It was also in 14 April this year, when 8IB troops rescued Susan Cabusao Guaynon, the three-month pregnant abandoned by her NPA comrades when she was hit in the battle.

“I call on those CPP-NPA Terrorists who still remain deceived by their leaders, especially those who were wounded, to quit from running and hiding. Surrender now while there is still time. There is no point in risking your lives for a failing ideology such as that of your ill-motivated and futile armed struggle. Choose peace or die of your wounds or hunger. And make no mistake, we will have no let-up in our Focused Military Operations," Ltc. Illana said. (1Lt. Erwin P. Bugarin, CMO Officer, 8th Infantry Battalion, 4ID, PA)


Filipinos must unite to combat fear, want: AFP

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 12): Filipinos must unite to combat fear, want: AFP

While it expressed preparedness to fight enemies of peace and prosperity, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has urged Filipinos to do their part in ongoing battles against fear and want.

"While your soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines are the ones at the forefront of the nation’s fight against contemporary enemies of peace, security, and prosperity, every one of us must give his or her share to win our battles to gain freedom from fear and freedom from want," AFP spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo said in message as the country celebrated its 120th Independence Day on Tuesday.

Arevalo said that Tuesday's celebration is a “legacy bequeathed by our forebears” through their blood, sweat, tears, and innumerable sacrifices.

"What we do with that hard-earned freedom is our gift to our heroes and to the future generation of Filipinos," he added.


Hawaii-bound PN sailors celebrate Independence Day on high seas

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 12): Hawaii-bound PN sailors celebrate Independence Day on high seas

The two Philippine Navy (PN) ships, now en route to the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval maneuvers in Hawaii, celebrated the country's 120th Independence Day with simultaneous flag-raising and divine service.

This was disclosed by PN spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna in a message Tuesday.

"The PN contingent led by the Commander Naval Task Force (NTF) RIMPAC, Capt. Ernesto O. Baldovino, celebrated the country’s 120th Independence Day while en route to the RIMPAC 2018 exercise in Honolulu, Hawaii. The commemoration kicked off with a simultaneous raising of the flag followed by a divine service on board BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) and BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602)," Lincuna added.

Both ships also sailed in formation with the BRP Andres Bonifacio rendering water cannon salute in honor of the event.

Also, sailors and marines aboard the BRP Davao Del Sur formed on the flight deck the word “NAVY” and the Philippine flag, which was captured by the hovering AW-109 helicopter.

Baldovino, in his speech, reiterated the country’s rich tradition of courage and patriotism that every sailor and marine of the flotilla carries as it proudly represents the country and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to the world’s largest international naval exercise.

Lincuna said the celebration was capped with a “boodle fight”, a meal shared by sailors and marines across the rank as a manifestation of unity and camaraderie.

Sailing with the PN ships is the Royal Malaysian Navy Ship KD Lekiu.

All of the above-mentioned vessels left Cebu for Hawaii last June 6.

Lincuna added that the naval vessels will have a brief stopover at Kwajelin Atoll before sailing to Honolulu, Hawaii. Navies from Indonesia, Japan and India will be meeting along the way and will sail together to participate in RIMPAC 2018.

They are expected to arrive in Honolulu this coming June 25.

"The PN's participation in RIMPAC18 underscores the Command’s commitment in promoting multilateral cooperation to further strengthen relationship among participating navies of the world," Lincuna said.


Troops told to keep hitting BIFF: AFP official

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 13): Troops told to keep hitting BIFF: AFP official

Military units now conducting operations against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao are ordered to keep on hitting the terrorist group.

"(Sustain operations against the) BIFF until hindi na sila makapag-conduct ng (they can no longer conduct) counter-offensive and offensive operations," Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said Tuesday.

He added that this order was given by AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr. Also, military commanders are ordered to ensure that every operation will result in the ejectment of BIFF in areas where operation are being held.

"Binigyan niya ang mga commanders ng mga (He has given commanders) operational goals and standards na dapat may naki-clear kayo na mga areas (that there must be areas that are cleared in) every operation, so ang ginagawa nya dapat may (so there must be an) extra push towards operations, extra push towards the positive contribution to the AFP mission, ang AFP mission is to clear all security threats, defeat pero (but), while it is being done, meron ding (there must also be) peace efforts," Detoyato added.

Operations against the BIFF started last June 10 after military units bombed suspected terrorist positions, including an improvised explosive device factory near the Linguasan Marsh, Maguindanao.

Military operations have so far neutralized dozens of the BIFF while wounding an undetermined number.



Posted to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Website (Jun 11): BANGSAMORO CSOs hold Dialogue with MILF CENTRAL COMMITTEE

IN PHOTO- MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim presiding the dialogue between MILF Central Committee Members and leaders of CSOs

CAMP DARAPANAN, SULTAN KUDARAT, MAGUINDANAO. June 11, 2018 - Leaders of Civil Society Organizations based in the Bangsamoro core area held a dialogue with the MILF Central Committee led by Chairman Al haj Murad Ebrahim on the status of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at the Plenary Hall of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Central Committee.

Prior to the dialogue, the Consortium of Bansamoro Civil Society (CBCS) led by Guiamel Alim called for a meeting with its partner organizations, the Federation of Bangsamoro Civil Society ( FBCSO), League of Bangsamoro Organization ( LBO), United Youth for Peace and Development ( UNYPAD), Women Organization Movement of the Bangsamoro ( WOMB) and its network SIGNBBL for a focus group discussion (FGD) on what to do after the approval of the bill on BBL in the plenary by the two Chambers of Congress.

The CSO leaders agreed during the FGD to request the MILF Central Committee for an update regarding the BBL and their official stand on the alleged " diluted " versions of BBL made by the two chambers far different from the BTC – drafted BBL version in the light of mixed reactions gathered from the ground that caused confusions among Bangsamoro communities.

During the dialogue proper, MILF Chair Al Haj Murad narrated the chain of events on how the BBL passed the scrutiny of both chambers and the assertion of the legislators championing its passage with support from the leaders of both Houses.

Al Haj Murad also explained what transpired during their meeting with the President on the night of May 28 while the period of amendments is being conducted by both Houses, and how the President certified the two bills as ‘urgent’ measure.

IN PHOTO- Bangsamoro CSO Leaders who attended the dialogue

He also presented a matrix of the different versions of the bill that were deleted, amended and enhanced by both chambers from the BTC-drafted BBL and narrated how the BTC Commissioners led by its Chairman Ghazali Jaafar, and MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal manifested their reservations on the deleted major issues hoping to be restored by the Bicameral Conference scheduled on July 9 – 13.

Both Jaafar and Iqbal argued that some provisions that were deleted were part of the CAB which is the Final Peace Agreement signed with the government, hence, a political document that must be respected.

Iqbal stressed that in the negotiations you cannot get all you want, and sometimes you are open to compromise as long as it is for the general welfare of the Bangsamoro people.

Al Haj Murad assured the CSO leaders that whatever may happen during the BiCameral meeting they will consult the Bangsamoro people whether to accept or not the final versions of the bill, and counting on the wisdom of our national leaders that the outcome of BiCam is favorable to the Bangsamoro people as a whole.

" Whatever happens, we have done our part as vanguard of the Bangsamoro people, and the ultimate ends lies in the hands of Allah." he added.

On the part of the Bangsamoro CSO"s, they reiterated their unconditional support to the on-going peace process and would remain vigilant in giving correct information to the Bangsamoro communities considering that " fake news " are so rampant these days, and being posted in the social media with the aim to misinform, and misguide the general public.


MILF: MILF seeks to restore BBL provisions deleted by lawmakers

Posted to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Website (Jun 10): MILF seeks to restore BBL provisions deleted by lawmakers

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao- The fate of the Mindanao GPH-MILF Peace Process hangs on the final version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which will be decided by a Congress bicameral conference committee from June 9-13.

But the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is seeking to restore provisions of BBL deleted by lawmakers during their debates on the proposed law seen by stakeholders as the final push for resolving the Mindanao Question.

At a BBL forum held on Thursday, June 7, MILF Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar, also the Chairman of Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that drafted the BBL was swinging from optimism to pessimism and back again.

"I'd like to declare here that change is coming to the Bangsamoro," Jaafar said in his opening speech, promising "fiscal autonomy," "empowerment," and "economic development" under the new region, Rappler quoted him saying during the forum.

At the later part of the forum, Jaafar's mood changed when government officials explained that the draft of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), which he chairs, cannot be restored in its entirety.

"We are revolutionaries. We are not trained to talk much, but we are trained to do more," Jaafar said in front of an audience that included Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

"If there is no BBL, there is no decommissioning of troops," Jaafar warned.

It can't be any BBL. Jaafar said they want "all the provisions retained" to make sure that the law complies with government commitments in the peace deal.

"There are many amendments in the Senate version that were amended. I think it's over 100. We raised objections to some of those amendments when we were at the Senate," Jaafar said.

Among the significant amendment in the Senate is the deletion of a section listing the reserved powers of the national government, effectively removing the Bangsamoro region's power over all other areas not on the list.

"We realize the process of legislation but the interest of the Bangsamoro cannot be taken for granted. If people reject that in a plebiscite, what can we do?" said Jaafar.

There is frustration among the people, especially with the Senate version, Jaafar said.

Jaafar said they also need a CAB-compliant BBL to be able to persuade members of local armed groups like the Maute Group and MILF breakaway group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) to abandon the violence.

"How can we convince them if the BBL is inutile?" said Jaafar. Frustrations over the long delayed peace process are believed to have allowed the Maute Group to recruit fighters from MILF clans to join the siege of Marawi in 2017.

OPAPP Secretary Jess Dureza said it is important that all stakeholders help in managing their own expectations and the people on the ground.

"I see a better light at the end of the tunnel," Dureza said when the panel discussion was heating up. He turned to Jaafar and held his arm.

Jaafar forced a smile. "Let's hope for the best," he said as quoted by Rappler.


CPP/MAKIBAKA-Sierra Madre: Singilin at Pagbayarin ang Rehimeng US-Duterte sa Karahasang Militar sa mga Katutubo at Sambayanan na ang Katulad ay Malagim na Bangungot para sa mga Bata at Kababaihan!

MAKIBAKA-Sierra Madre propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jun 12): Singilin at Pagbayarin ang Rehimeng US-Duterte sa Karahasang Militar sa mga Katutubo at Sambayanan na ang Katulad ay Malagim na Bangungot para sa mga Bata at Kababaihan!

Rosa Barros, Spokesperson
MAKIBAKA Sierra Madre

11 June 2018

Mariiin nating tutulan at labanan ang kahambugan at kabulastugan ng mapaminsalang “Oplan Kapayapaan” ng pasistang rehimeng US-Duterte sa pang- uupat sa mga inosenteng sibilyan na ngayon ay dinaranas hindi lang ng mga katutubong Lumad mula sa Katimugan sa Mindanao kundi maging ng mga Dumagat sa dulong Hilagang Quezon, sa rehiyong Timog Katagalugan (TK).

Para sa mga Dumagat, ang kahulugan ng “Oplan Kapayapaan” ni Duterte ay iligal na pang-aaresto, pambubugbog at pagbibilanggo, paglikas at pag-iwan sa mga pananim at iba pang pinagkakabuhayan, pananakot na sinumang manatili sa mga sityo at kabundukan ay itatratong NPA at kagyat na babarilin, at food blockade.

Nitong Mayo 15 hanggang Mayo 18, humangos pababa sa mga sentrong komunidad ng Brgy. Umiray, General Nakar, Quezon ang hintakutang mahigit sa 200 pamilyang Dumagat (higit 400 katao), karamihan ay mga bata at kababaihan, para iwasan ang tuluy-tuloy na pandarahas ng magkabilang lakas ng mga sundalo mula punong himpilan ng 2nd ID ng TK at 7th ID ng Gitnang Luzon – para din lang salubungin ang paglikas na ito ng pagmamanman, pananakot at pambabastos sa mga kababaihan ng mga unipormadong sandatahang hukbo ng bansa o AFP.

Hanggang sa kasalukuyan, umaabot na ng halos 600 ang mga lumikas o bakwit na mga katutubo sa 6 na sentrong sitio ng Brgy. Umiray, at iba pang kalapit na mga barangay sa bayan ng General Nakar hanggang katabing barangay ng bayan ng Dingalan, sa lalawigan ng Aurora. Daratal ang higit na gutom at pagkakasakit kapag hindi ito nalapatan ng karampatang solusyon- ang palayasin ang mga militar!

Ayaw nang bumalik sa kanilang pinanggalingang komunidad ang mga katutubo hanggat naroroon ang mga militar. Kahit naman saan, hinaharas at tinatakot ang mga bakwit mapaduon sa kanilang pamayanang nagmimistulang No man’s land at maging sa mga pansamantalang silungan na pinostehan na din ng mga sundalo at sinasabihan silang huwag makipag ugnayan sa media, taong simbahan, mga human rights workers at iba pang suporter ng mga katutubo na nagsisikap silang mapakinggan, madamayan at matulungan.

Para higit na sindakin at patahimikin ang mga katutubo, sinampulan sila ng walang kupas na estilong pandurukot at pambubugbog at saka ikukulong katulad ng ginawa ng mga sundalo ng 80th IB-PA na nasa ilalim ng 2nd ID, sa mga Dumagat na sina Dandoy de la Cruz Avellaneda, edad 40 at Rocky de la Cruz Torres, edad 22, pawang residente ng Sitio Dadiangao, Brgy. Umiray ng General Nakar, na iligal na inaresto noong Mayo 14. Binidyuhan ang 2 habang pinag-aarteng kunwaring sila ang namaril at pumatay sa sundalong nasawi sa isang labanan sa mga NPA, bago ikinulong sa Camp Nakar,SOLCOM, sa Lucena City sa gawa-gawang kasong kriminal.

Ano’ng kabulastugan ang ganitong panghahamak ng mga sundalo ng 80th IB-PA na sibilyan ang pinagdidiskitahan at idinadamay sa mga operasyong militar! Hindi na bago sa mersenaryong tradisyon ng AFP na ibinabaling ang kanilang galit sa mga sibilyan at ipinagpipilitang sila ay mga kasapi ng NPA para dahasin. Malubhang paglabag ang ganitong kondukta ng mga sundalo ng rehimeng US-Duterte sa pandaigdigang batas ng digma at lokal na bersyong Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL)!

Markado na sa lalawigan ng Rizal ang pagiging bulastog ng mga elemento ng 80th IB- PA nang pagbabarilin nila ang mga menor-de-edad na mga kabataang namamasyal lulan ng pribadong sasakyang palapit sa kanilang tsekpoint sa Brgy. Sn. Rafael, bayan ng Montalban, taong 2005. Sa halip na managot sa mga sugatang bata ay lalo pang nanindak para hindi makapagkaso ang pamilya ng mga biktima. Sa mga panahon ding ito nabalita ang iba pang pamamaslang at pagnanakaw na sa mga sundalo itinuturo ang daliri bilang mga kriminal pero nanatiling nakapamamayagpag sa tabing ng mga kontra-insurhensyang programa ng mga papet at pasistang rehimen.

Malubhang krimen ng estado ang pamamaslang sa lider-Dumagat na nanguna sa paglalantad at pagtutol sa pagtatayo ng Laiban Dam na si Nicanor “Ka Kano” de los Santos na lantarang binaril sa pyesta ng Antipolo City, sa pangunguna ng mga sundalong sina Luziano Tolentino at Sgt. Briones ng Task Force Panther noong panahon ng rehimeng US-Arroyo, Disyembre 8, 2001.
Kasunod ito ng nakapangingilabot na pamamaslang ng Oktubre 2001, sa 4 na mangangasong katutubo ng Brgy. San Ysiro, Antipolo City, sa isang malagim na krimen kagagawan ng mga elemento ngPNP-SAF na pinamumunuan noon ng upisyal na si Ericson Dilag. Pinalubha ang ganitong pandarahas, na pinatayan na nga ng kapamilya ay binastos pa ng mga kriminal na pulis ang nagrireklamong asawa ng pinaslang, na sobrang hinamak at nilapastangan ang pagkababae sa pamboboso at pagpipilit na ililis ang kanyang “libis” dahil diumanong may itinatagong baril sa ilalim ng kanyang salawal!

Magpahanggang ngayon ay malaking sagutin ng nagpapatuloy na pasismo ng estado ang pamamaril hanggang mapatay ng mga sundalo noong Hulyo 2010 ang 3 katutubo mula sa Brgy. Puray, Montalban, Rizal, na sina Benita San Jose, Demilita Largo, at Edward “Galman” Navarte. Gayundin, ang kawalan ng hustisya sa iligal na pag-aresto sa mga katutubong Dumagat na sina Eddie Cruz, Rosario Marquez Loreto at Maritess Marquez na binulok sa kulungan nang mahabang panahon bago palayain. Binibigyang-katwiran ang ganitong inhustisya sa pagbibintang na NPA sila.

Ilan lang ang mga nabanggit sa unahan ng mahabang listahan ng krimeng pinapula ng dugo ng mga katutubo na magpahanggang ngayon ay hindi nabibigyan ng hustisya. Pananagutan ito pangunahin ng mga halang ang kaluluwang elemento ng PNP-SAF at tropa ng 16th at 1st IB-PA, at ang pagbabalik ng 80th IB-PA na ngayon ay naghahasik ng teror sa mamamayan sa Bundok at laylayan ng Sierra Madre..

Hindi na mapangalanan ang iba pang mga ayaw magpatukoy dahil sa takot ng mga kapamilya at biktima ng mga kababaihang nireyp, mga batang nanghuhuli ng gagamba na binaril at pinatay na parang mga hayop kapag napapalapit sa mga ginagwardyahang bakuran o himpilan ng mga sundalo at pulis at mga walang-
pakundangang pamamaril sa mga mangangaso at magkokopra, at iba pang mga tinotokhang at damay na inosenteng sibilyan sa largadong gera at gera kontra- drogang programa ng rehimeng US-Duterte.

Sa ngayon, katambal ang daan-daang lumilikas na Dumagat ng libu-libong biktimang katutubong Lumad sa Mindanao at nakapangingilabot na pagkawasak ng Marawi City dulot ng “Oplan Kapayapaan” kakumbina ng lantarang pasista at militaristang Martial Law ni Duterte. Nililikha ang matinding takot sa mga komunidad ng katutubo sa itinatambak na daan-daang sundalo kung kaya at napipilitang iwanan nila ang kanilang mga tahanan, pananim, iba pang ari arian at mga alagang hayop na kinatay at ginawang ulam at pulutan ng mga sundalong lasing sa kapangyarihan at binabaliw ng kautusan ng kanilang pangulong Duterte na barilin ang mga kababaihang NPA sa kanilang kaselananan. Sobra-sobrang kabastusan at kahibangan ng isang pinuno na siya naman ngayon ang lebong (salot) at director ng pasistang estado, sa utos ng among Imperyalismong US.

Hindi natin dapat hayaang subukan pa sa mga Dumagat ng pasistang rehimeng US- Duterte ang mapangwasak na pambobomba, pamamaril, pangmamasaker at pananalasa ng Martial Law na naging malagim na bangungot para sa mga pamayanang Lumad at Moro ng Mindanao! Para saan ang lahat ng karahasang ito?

Iniluwal ng ating kasaysayan ang katangian ng lipunang mala-kolonyal at malapyudal na katulad ng ating bayan ang pangangayupapa ng papet na estado sa among Imperyalista. Nasa harapan ng mga katutubo at settler ng mayaman nating kabundukan ang banta ng malaganap na malawakang pagpapalikas at dislokasyon.

 Partikular sa Bundok Sierra Madre, sa magkakanugnog na lalawigan ng Quezon, Laguna at Rizal, pilit ipinapatanggap sa mamamayan ang pagiging makatwiran ng pagtatayo ng mga genggeng (dambuhala) dam at hydropower sa balatkayo ng dalisay na inumin para sa taumbayan subalit nakadisenyo pala sa yugto-yugtong dambuhalang proyekto para sa pangangailangan sa kuryente at enerhiya ng mga negosyo ng naghaharing uri at among Imperyalista (New Centennial Water/Lower Kaliwa, Kaliwa-Kanan Dam o Laiban Dam, Violago Dam, Sumag Dam at Sierra Madre Dam) at iba pang engrandeng proyektong para sa ekoturismo, agri-bisnes at industrial complex na katulad ng Pacific Coast City na sumasaklaw ng mahigit 80,000 ektaryang lupain, kabundukan at baybaying-dagat sa dulong hilagang Quezon at kalapit na lalawigang Aurora, inaangkin ng dambuhalang debeloper na Green Circle Properties na pagmamay-ari ni Atty. Romeo Roxas.

Hindi na nakakapagtaka na bilang pangunahing protektor ng mga dayuhang imperyalistang puhunan at lokal na partner na malaking burgesyang komprador, ang presensya ng mga sundalo sa Bundok Sierra Madre at laylayan ay nagsisilbing instrumento ng pasistang estado sa paghawan ng daan para tiyaking matuloy ang kanilang mga plano, supilin at durugin lahat ng magtatangkang pumigil kapalit man nito ang pagkasira sa kagubatan at kakahuyan, mga bukal at ilog, at mayamang lupa at kalikasan. na kikitil naman sa kabuhayan at paninirahang lupang ninuno ng mga katutubo sa Bundok Sierra Madre.

Ipinagkakait ng rehimeng ito, at ng lahat na nakalipas na rehimeng nagpakatuta sa Imperyalismong US, ang pangarap ng karaniwang tao na isang masagana at payapang pamumuhay, pagkain, lupa, tirahan, abot-kayang serbisyong panlipunan, kagalingan at karapatan. Pinatunayan sa kasaysayan ng pagbabago ng lipunan na tanging sa pagpapabagsak sa naghaharing uri ng pinaghaharian lang maaaring magkaroon ng katuparan ang pangarap na ito.

Patuloy inilalantad at nilalabanan ng mga kababaihan at taumbayan ang kabuktutan ng kontra-mamamayan at makadayuhang Oplan Kapayapaan sa mga operasyong “kapayapaan at kaunlaran” na iwinawasiwas ng sandatahang lakas ng rehimen, ngunit nangahulugan ng kapariwaraan ng mga kababaihan, pananakot at pamamaslang ng mga magsasaka at katutubo na kaagad ay minamarkahang mga NPA para bigyang katwiran ang karahasang militar. Higit ngayong nagiging makatwiran ang pagsusulong ng digmang bayan!

Ating ipagbunyi ang kagitingan ng mga rebolusyonaryong naghandog ng sariling buhay para ipagtagumpay ang Demokratikong Rebolusyong Pilipino (DRB) na may sosyalistang perspektiba at pinamumunuan Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (Marxismo-Leninismo-Maoismo).

Sa unang dekada (1970’s) ng paglulunsad ng armadong pakikibaka at pagpupundar ng baseng masa sa ating rehiyon at lalawigan, partikular sa Hanggahang Laguna- Quezon sa Bundok ng Sierra Madre, isa si Kasamang Lorena “Ka Laurie” Barros sa mga gintong anak ng bayan, mga kabataang tumungo sa kanayunan at nag-NPA para ilunsad ang Matagalang Digmang Bayan sa estratehikong linya ng pagkubkob ng kalunsuran mula sa kanayunan.

Sa tanglaw ng walang pag-iimbot na diwang “Paglingkuran ang Sambayanan”, nakipamuhay sa mga katutubo at masang magsasaka sina Ka Laurieat marami pang mga rebolusyonaryong kasama para alamin ang kanilang kongkretong kalagayan at maimulat, maorganisa at mapakilos ang kanilang hanay para lumahok sa pambansa demokratikong rebolusyon at baguhin ang aping kalagayan at bulok na sistema.

“Simpleng pamumuhay at puspusang pakikibaka, ” ang konduktang taglay ni Ka Laurie at mga kasama sa pagtatayo ng mga moog ng rebolusyon, ang kondukta ng bawat aktibista at komunista at tunay na hukbo ng bayan. Kabaligtaran ng hukbo ng pasista, teroristang estado ni Duterte na puno ng kabastusan, kabalasubasan at karahasang animo’y mga berdugong nanggigilit ng mga sibilyan.

Naglalagablab ang mapulang tradisyon ng armadong pakikibaka at pagtatanggol ng kababaihan mula pa sa panahon ni Gabriela Silang at Gregoria de Jesus hanggang panahon nina Kasamang Laurie, Rosario “Ka Solly” Lodronio Rosal, Eliza Pera, Jocella Epipano, Ka April, Medel, Violy, Pamela Jane “Ka PJ” Lapiz, Nica Aumentado at marami pang mga kasamang ibinuwis ang buhay sa pagsusulong ng rebolusyong agraryo at armadong pakikibaka sa mga katutubo ng Bundok Sierra Madre.

Tinatawagan natin ang lahat, mga kababaihan, katutubo at moro at sambayanan para singilin at pagbayarin ang rehimeng US-Duterte at berdugong sandatahang lakas nito, lubos na lumahok at magtaguyod sa demokratikong rebolusyong bayan na may sosyalistang perspektiba. Tanging ang rebolusyong ito ang magbabagsak sa imperyalismo, pyudalismo, at burukrata kapitalismo na ugat ng kahirapan, at itayo ang demokratikong gubyernong bayan.

Sumapi sa NPA, Tunay na Hukbo ng Bayan! Rehimeng US-Duterte, Ibagsak!

CPP/NPA-Quezon: Ipinagdiriwang ng mamamayan ng Bondoc Peninsula ang pamamarusa sa notoryus na anti-magsasakang si Ruben Carabido

NPA-Quezon propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jun 12): Ipinagdiriwang ng mamamayan ng Bondoc Peninsula ang pamamarusa sa notoryus na anti-magsasakang si Ruben Carabido

Ka Cleo del Mundo, Spokesperson
NPA-Quezon (Apolonio Mendoza Command)

12 June 2018

Sa pagkamatay ni Ruben Carabido, napawi ang takot ng mga magsasaka sa notoryus na landgrabber at kakutsaba ng mga panginoong maylupa na matagal na nagpahirap sa mga magniniyog at residente ng Bondoc Peninsula.

Si Ruben Carabido ay inisparo ng isang yunit ng NPA sa ilalim ng Apolonio Mendoza Command noong June 11, pasado alas dose ng tanghali sa Barangay Busok-Busokan, bayan ng San Narciso.

Naganap ang pamamarusa habang nasa bahay ng kanyang kapatid si Carabido at nag-aabang ng mga tenanteng magsasaka na maglalabas ng niyog. Plano ni Carabido na ipahuli at kasuhan ang mga magsasaka.

Armado si Ruben Carabido at may minimintineng private armed goons ng mga landlord at kasapakat ng mga AFP-PNP-CAFGU, dahil rito, lehitimong target siya ng Bagong Hukbong Bayan.

Si Ruben Carabido ay kilalang enkargado o tagapangalaga ng lupain ng mga landlord na pamilyang Reyes at pamilyang Uy sa mga bayan ng San Andres at San Narciso.

Sa panahong siya ang enkargado, si Ruben Carabido ang naging tagapagpatupad ng mga mapang-aping patakaran ng mga panginoong maylupa kagaya ng mataas na upa sa lupa, mababang pasahod sa upahan, at pagbabawal na magtanim at mag-alaga ng hayop.

Utak siya ng pandarahas, pananakot, pagpapakulong at pagdurog sa pakikibakang masa ng mga magsasaka.

Katunayan, ang kasalukuyang kriminalisasyon sa usaping agraryo sa 349-ektarya na pag-aari ni Dr. Vicente Uy sa Barangay Camplora sa bayan ng San Andres ay pakana ni Ruben Carabido na nagresulta sa pagkakaso sa dalawampu’t dalawang tenante at magsasaka.

Nakakulong na ngayon ang anim na magsasaka sa kasong qualified theft at ang iba pa ay naobligang lisanin ang kanilang lugar.

Hinding-hindi malilimutan ng mga magsasaka sa Asyenda Uy nang alpasan ang mga baka noong Mayo 2015 at hinayaang kainin at sirain ang maisan na namumunga na.

Sa Barangay San Vicente ng San Narciso, enkargado rin siya ni Juanito Uy. Nitong nakaraang buwan ng Mayo, ipinatawag ni Carabido sa opisina ng Meyor ng San Narciso ang may labindalawang (12) magsasaka na CLOA beneficiary.

Pagdating sa munisipyo, mayroon nang yaring papel na notoryado na nagsasabing isinusuko na ng mga magsasaka ang kanilang karapatan dahil hindi na nila kayang hulugan sa banko ang amortisasyon ng lupa. Walang nagawa ang mga magsasaka kundi pumirma.

Sa Barangay Binay, bayan pa rin ng San Narciso, enkargado si Ruben Carabido ng pamilyang Veluz sa 70-ektaryang sakahan. Pasimuno siya sa pagpapalayas sa mga magsasaka kapalit ng lupang kunwang idodonasyon ng mga Veluz kay Carabido.

Sa Sityo Nangka ng barangay Vigo Central, San Narciso kinamkam niya ang may 105-ektarya na malaon nang kumpiskado ng rebolusyunaryong kilusan. Sapilitan niyang tinakot at pinalayas ang mga magsasaka rito.

Notoryus din sa Carabido sa maraming nakawan ng kalabaw at baka. Siya ang pangunahing itinuturong ulo ng sindikato ng mga mangangalabaw sa bayan ng San Andres at San Narciso.

Ginamit ni Ruben Carabido ang kanyang pusisyon at impluwensya para manatili sa pagiging kapitan ng barangay at magkamit ng mga pribilehiyo.

Katunayan, palaging walang kalaban o takot ang sinuman na lumaban sa kanya tuwing eleksyon dahil balitang-balita na ipapapatay niya ang hahamon sa kanyang kandidatura.

Ilan lamang ang nabanggit sa mahabang listahan ng utang at krimen ni Ruben Carabido sa mamamayan ng Bondoc Peninsula. Hindi ito lingid sa kaalaman ng marami.

Ang pamamarusa kay Ruben Carabido ay tugon ng rebolusyunaryong kilusan sa malaon nang kahilingan ng mamamayan na tapusin ang pamemerwisyo sa kanila.

Magsilbi itong babala at makakaasa ang uring magsasaka at iba pang maralita sa kanayunan na hindi makakalampas sa rebolusyunaryong hustisya ang sinumang may krimen sa mamamayan.


From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 12): PH@120  |  MUSIKALAYAAN 2018


IZAL PARK, Manila (DWDD) – In celebration of the nation’s 120th Araw ng Kalayaan with the theme: “Kalayaan 2018: Pagbabagong Ipinaglaban, Alay sa Masaganang Kinabukasan”, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and your Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) through the Media and Civil Affairs Group, Civil Relations Service, AFP held the MUSIKALAYAAN 2018 at the Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium in Manila.

Despite the heavy downpour brought about by the SouthWest Monsoon, Filipinos crowded the auditorium to witness the talent of various bands from the4 different uniformed services.

Marine Col Edgard Arevalo, AFP Spokesman, delivered the Independence Message by the AFP to the adoring audience.

The participating bands were:
Civil; Relations Service, AFP (CRSAFP) Band;
Philippine Marine Corps Combo;
Philippine Army Security and Escort Battalion Combo;
Philippine Air Force Headquarters Service Support Group Band;
Philippine Navy Jazz Ensemble;
Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)Band;
Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Band;
Manila Police District (MPD) Band;
Valenzuela Police Station (VCPS) Band;
Julien Joshua Dolor, Graceal and Mareal Tumanda; and the,
Police Community Relation Group (PNP-PCRG) with the PRO6

 Ms Deniece Cornejo, Kapuso Artist Brent Valdez and Kapamliya Stars Vin Abrenica, Elmo Magalona, Gerald Andersen and Yvez Flores also joined the event.


There’s a Free MRT / LRT rides, Military and Civic Static Display, Mga Pampamahalaang Programa at Serbisyo, Kalayaan Book Sale and Diskwento Caravan at the Burnham Green, Rizal Park, Manila.

Also, a Kalayaan Job Fair, Free Medical / Dental / Optical Services are also offered while a Band and Drill Exhibition will be bheld at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila before the Kalayaan Parade (Mlitary Civic parade).

In the evening, an Evening Concert will be held by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra afterwhich it will be capped by a Fireworks Display in the evening. AES / MCAG


DWDD: #ArawNgKalayaan2018 HUKBONG KATIHAN, kaisa ng sambayanan sa araw ng kasarinlan.

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 12): #ArawNgKalayaan2018 HUKBONG KATIHAN, kaisa ng sambayanan sa araw ng kasarinlan.

HUKBONG KATIHAN, kaisa ng sambayanan sa araw ng kasarinlan.


DWDD: RIMPAC 2018 | International Maritime Exercise

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 12): RIMPAC 2018  |  International Maritime Exercise

ULITHI ATOLL, Caroline Islands, Pacific Ocean (DWDD) – Staying clear of Tropical Storm “Domeng,” the Philippine Navy contingent, Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) DAVAO DEL SUR (LD 602) and BRP ANDRES BONIFACIO (FF 17), together with the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) ship KD LEKIU sails for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2018, the world’s largest international naval exercise.

The embarked Augusta Westland (AW-109) naval helicopter captured the Philippine Navy and RMN vessels as it performed naval maneuvers and communications exercises while underway near Fais Island, Ulithi Atoll in the eastern Caroline Islands in the Pacific Ocean as it sails en route to RIMPAC 2018 exercise.

BRP DAVAO DEL SUR (LD 602) ably managed to perform flight deck operations and photo exercise (PHOTEX) with BRP ANDRES BONIFACIO (FF17) and RMN’s KD LEKIU.

KD LEKIU earlier called on the port of Cebu and sailed with the Philippine Navy contingent when it left the Philippines last 06 June 2018. The flotilla will have a brief stopover at Kwajalein Atoll and will rendezvous with navies from Indonesia, Japan and India for a group sail enroute to Honolulu, Hawaii. The ships are expected to arrive in Hawaii on 25 June 2018. The RIMPAC will be from 27 June to 02 August 2018. NPAO / MCAG


DWDD: LECTURE SERIES | PN HR team at Naval Forces West

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 12): LECTURE SERIES | PN HR team at Naval Forces West

PUERTO PRINSESA, Palawan (DWDD) The Navy Human Rights Mobile Advocacy Team, headed by Navy Captain Art Sahagon PN (MNSA), targeted Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) units deployed in the island of Palawan for the 5th Leg of the Philippine Navy Human Rights, IHL and Rule of Law Advocacy Lecture Series 2018.

The NHRMAT extended their sincerest appreciation to the Commander, 3rd Marine Brigade, Brigadier General Nathaniely Casem AFP, and the Commanding Officers of the 4th and 12th Marine Battalions, for their units’ active participation during this week-long activity.

Likewise, they gave their heartfelt thanks to the Commander, NFW, Commodore Rommel Jason L Galang AFP, as well as to the Commander, NIF-West, Captain Arnel F Teodoro PN(MNSA), for their warm welcome and invaluable assistance during our stay in their AOR. NPAO / MCAG


DWDD: CP ABANTE VISAYAS | PN Amphibious Raid Exercise at Sipalay City

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 12): CP ABANTE VISAYAS  |  PN Amphibious Raid Exercise at Sipalay City


POBLACION BEACH, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental (DWDD) – Central Command (CENTCOM) through the Naval Forces Central (NFC), Philippine Navy (PN) held here an amphibious raid exercise where it simulate a military operation launched from the sea by an amphibious force, embarked from a ship or craft with the primary purpose of introducing a landing force ashore to project ground power onto a hostile or potentially hostile shore at a designated landing beach to accomplish their assigned mission. The exercise was executed by the landing force from 8th Marine Brigade (Reserve) of Naval Reserve Center – Western Visayas (NRCWV) aboard the Landing Craft (LC290) – BRP AGTA) of the Philippine Navy. The landing force was composed of One (1) Company (One Hundred (100) pers from NRCen-Western Visayas, Thirty (30) personnel from NRCen-EV) and they had simultaneously conducted disembarkation procedures and squad maneuvers. Their raiding component also eliminated the remaining enemies and subsequently rescued civilian hostages during the hostage crisis scenario of the activity.
Patrol Craft (PC114 – BRP SALVADOR ABCEDE) was utilized also to serve as Support Vessel that conducted simulated Naval Gun Fire Support (NGFS) during the said exercise. One (1) Seal Team with two (2) Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs NAVSOU 5) served as the unit conducting the beachhead clearing prior the landing of the main landing force. Fire Fighting Team, Medical Team, and PNP SWAT then arrived at the scene after the area is cleared and declared safe in order to restore peace and order that was struck at a moment during the hostage-taking crisis scenario.
The Commander, Naval Forces Central also the Commander of Maritime Joint Task Force Area Shield (MJTF “AS”), Commodore Loumer P Bernabe AFP spearheaded the event and was witnessed by the Commander Naval Reserve Command, Brigadier General Arthur M Biyo AFP, the Governor of Negros Occidental, Hon Alfredo G Maraan Jr., the Mayor of Sipalay City Hon. Oscar C. Montilla Jr. and other prominent personalities from the AFP, PNP, LGUs and other community sectors.
The conduct of such exercise serves as a response to the Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy’s (FOIC, PN) guidance to capacitate and develop the reserve force for it to mirror the active component in order to reach the level of seamless integration of the reserve force into the regular force. Said exercise will also support Central Command (CENTCOM) Campaign Plan “AbanteVisayas” that will be focusing its operations in Negros and Samar Islands in line with the AFPs simultaneous intensified Internal Security Operations to CENTCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR). CENTCOM / MCAG