Friday, June 15, 2018

MILF: BCN organizes Chapter in Upi, Maguindanao

Posted to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Website (Jun 15): BCN organizes Chapter in Upi, Maguindanao

The Bangsamoro Communications Network, Incorporated (BCN) organized its chapter in Upi, Maguindanao on June 11, 2018.

The BCN was organized in 2012 coincidentally also during the month of Ramadan with SEC Registration No. 201232868.

Bangsamoro Communications Network, Inc. is an organization of radio amateurs using the handheld radio as a platform to advocate peace and development in the Bangsamoro core area.

It is also use as a medium for spiritual upliftment by conducting Da'wah Program on the air by using handheld radios which is economical and no network needed for one to pay airtime.

Upi is a 1st class municipality with a population of 53,583 (population census 2015) where Bangsamoro is minority, and Te'duray is a majority followed by Christian settlers.

The BCN also serves as a public emergency assistance group that could link barangays, municipalities, cities and provinces within the Bangsamoro homeland.

BCN is open for partnership with their respective Local Government Units for the maintenance of peace and order.

In its organizational meeting held on June 11, 2018, around 20 applicants have signified their intention to join the radio group.

Among others, Upi chapter interim officer is Ali Anso the Program Director of DXUP Community TeleRadyo and former REACT XII Regional Chief for five years and REACT Upland Group Chief which garnered him " Outstanding Reactors of the Philippines " in 1998.

IN PHOTO-Pioneering members of BCN during their organizational meeting

Chartering of the chapter are scheduled after the celebration of Eid'ul Fitr to be attended by national officers of the group.

Anso vows to help and serve the general public and the local government in the maintenance of peace and security in their area of responsibility ( AOR).

MILF: UPI Muslim Residents Call on BiCam Members to Restore Deleted or Amended BBL Provisions

Posted to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Website (Jun 15): UPI Muslim Residents Call on BiCam Members to Restore Deleted or Amended BBL Provisions

IN PHOTO- Participants to the Eid’l Fitre join the peaceful gathering in Nuro, Upi, Maguindanao calling on BiCam members to restore deleted or amended provisions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)

Muslim Residents of Upi, Maguindanao were in solidarity with a nationwide call of the Bangsamoro people and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for the restoration of major provisions of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that were deleted or amended by the two Chambers of Congress during the plenary.

The call was made after the Eid'ul Fitr congregational prayer at the playground of Nuro Central Elementary School.

The Muslim residents are still hoping that there is still light at the end of the tunnel in the upcoming Bicameral conference scheduled this July 9 - 13.

The appeal was initiated by the Federation of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organization (FBCSO), Upi Muslim Consultative Assembly (UMCA), Muslim Youth Fellowship (MYF), and the Alliance of Peace Advocate ( APA) based in Upi, Maguindanao.

The group is also engaged in signature campaign relative to the call of SIGN BBL NETWORK and Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations (CBCS) for a million signatures supporting the call to be submitted during the Bicameral conference to gain the sympathy and persuade BiCam members to reconsider their decision on the draft BBL, as it is far different from the BBL-drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).

IN PHOTO -FBCSO President Abdullah P. Salik Jr. Al haj being interviewed by DXUP during the event.

MILF: Editorial - Reasons for concerns!

Editorial posted to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Website (Jun 16): Editorial - Reasons for concerns!

There are at least two prominent provisions in BTC-crafted Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that are purposely intended to implement the unimplemented provisions of the GRP-MNLF Final Peace Agreement (GMFPA) of 1996 when the law, R.A. 9054, was passed into law.
These are Section 4, Article XV of the BBL, which provides for the conduct of plebiscites for cities, municipalities, and other geographical areas which were not able to join the Bangsamoro as per results of previous plebiscites, and Section 10 of Article XIII which provides for the co-management in the exploration, development, and utilization of fossil fuels and uranium by the Bangsamoro Government and the Central Government.

The third demand of the MNLF is for the establishment of a provisional government. But it appeared that our brothers in the MNLF did not push this hard, knowing it well that the 1996 agreement is not very clear on this. The other reason, perhaps, is the openness and willingness of the MILF to work with them once the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) is established. In essence, the BTA is a provisional government.

Both the Senate and House versions of the BBL deleted this provision on the periodic plebiscites. Only one plebiscite is allowed or proposed and that is during the ratification of the BBL. On the co-management, the House virtually left the BTC-BBL provision intact, but the Senate heavily diluted it.

Without saying, however, the deletion of many powers already granted to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) by virtue of R.A. 9054 – and are not transferred to the Bangsamoro Government – poses serious concern to us, especially the MNLF. Given by the right hand and taken away by the left hand? So unfortunate!

To us, the best gauge that the BBL establishes an entity higher than the ARMM is if all those powers given by R.A. 6734, R.A. 9054, and other executive issues are transferred to the Bangsamoro Government. In fact, we were happy to hear the commitment of the House leadership that there would be no diminution of the powers already given to the ARMM. In fact, they promised us more plus, plus.

The unwanted result is that the policy of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte when he assumed the presidency “to implement all agreements” is set aside. Consequently, the MNLF, instead of just three demands, would have more axes to grind against the government. This development also does not augur well with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which time and again urged the Philippine government to sustain the gains of the two peace processes and come up with a law containing the best substance of the FPA and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

By bringing up these issues, we do not mean we do not trust the collective wisdom of Congress to come up with a much better and more energized BBL after the bicameral committee conference. We continue to trust and have faith on them especially those legislators who vividly displayed their commitment to pass good versions of the BBL in both Houses. We are fully cognisant of their dedication and valiant stand when they defended their respective committees’ reports in both Chambers.

We also take this opportunity to thank members of the Senate, headed by Senate President Tito Sotto, when they approved their version of BBL on the second and third reading by a vote of 21 against zero. We salute you all!

NDF/Sison: GRP cancellation of stand down ceasefire starting on June 21 and resumption of formal talks in Oslo on June 28 is frustrating

Jose Maria Sison propaganda statement posted to the National Democratic Front Website (Jun 14): GRP cancellation of stand down ceasefire starting on June 21 and resumption of formal talks in Oslo on June 28 is frustrating

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
Press Statement | June 14, 2018

It is both disappointing and frustrating that the Duterte regime has unilaterally cancelled the scheduled start of the stand-down ceasefire on June 21 and the resumption of formal talks in the peace negotiations in Oslo a week later on June 28.

The written agreements pertaining to the aforesaid scheduled events have been signed by no less than the respective chairpersons of the GRP and the NDFP negotiating panels, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello and Fidel V. Agcaoili, and witnessed by the Royal Norwegian special envoy Ambasador Idun Tevdt on June 9.

I urge the two negotiating panels to release to the public and to the press the written and signed agreements of June 9 and 10 signed by the chairmen of the GRP and NDFP negotiating panels and by the members of their respective special teams.

It is starkly clear that the GRP under Duterte is not interested in serious peace negotiations with the NDFP. It is interested vainly in obtaining the NDFP capitulation under the guise of an indefinite ceasefire agreements and breaking the provision in the GRP-NDFP Joint Agreement on the Secuirty and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) which requires formal negotiations in a foreign neutral venue and therefore putting the negotiations under the control and under duress of an emerging fascist dictatorship and its armed minions.

Because the GRP under Duterte is obviously not interested in serious peace negotiations, the revolutionary forces and the people have no choice but to singlemindedly wage people’s war to achieve the national and social liberation of the Filipino people.

It is clear to the entire people that a broad united front of all anti-Duterte forces has arisen to effect the ouster of the current regime for its crimes of treason, mass murder, drug smuggling, corruption, intolerable tax burden, inflating prices of basic goods and services, rising rate of unemployment, depreciation of the peso, onerous loans and overpriced infrastructure projects and other aggravated conditions of exploitation and oppression in the country.

NDF/Sison: The press and the public have the right to know

Jose Maria Sison propaganda statement posted to the National Democratic Front Website (Jun 15): The press and the public have the right to know

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
June 15, 2018

The press and the public have the right to know the content of the stand down agreement that was signed on June 9, 2018 by GRP and NDFP negotiating panel chairmen DOLE secretary Silvestre Bello and Fidel Agcaoili and other GRP and NDFP representatives.

This agreement has been unilaterally scrapped by the GRP. And the press and public wish to know why. They also want to know the contents of agreements signed on June 10, 2018 pertinent to the June 28-30 resumption of formal peace talks and the interim peace agreement which have been unilaterally cancelled by the GRP.

Al the aforementioned documents are of public interest and have become archival materials that are worthy of contemporary and historical study. Both or either of GRP and NDFP negotiating panels can share the documents with the press and public.

CPP/Ang Bayan: In honor of Ka Pepe Luneta

Article from the English language edition of the CPP online propaganda publication Ang Bayan posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jun 7):
In honor of Ka Pepe Luneta

The Communist Party of the Philippines honors Jose (Ka Pepe) Luneta as a hero of the Filipino proletariat. Ka Pepe is one of those who reestablished the CPP in 1968. He passed away last May 1 in Bielefeld, Germany at the age of 73 after 55 years of helping advance the Philippine revolution.

Ka Pepe was born of a middle class family in Batangas City but chose the class standpoint, viewpoint and methods of the revolutionary proletariat. He became a mass activist in 1963 and participated in Marxist-Leninist study circles. He joined student rallies and mass work in Manila and Central Luzon.

He was among the leading co-founders of KM in 1964. He was in China in 1968 to help in the Philippine section of Peking Radio. He was a delegate in absentia to the congress of reestablishment of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in December 26, 1968 and was elected to the CPP Central Committee and Political Bureau. He returned to the Philippines in 1969, joined the Executive Committee of the Central Committee and was appointed General Secretary in June 1971.

He excelled in education, languages and cultural work. He translated from the Chinese original the song “Ang Masa” which spread like wildfire among mass activists during the First Quarter Storm of 1970.

 He was arrested in Malabon, Rizal on January 1976. He and his comrades were detained and severely tortured in military intelligence safehouses. He inspired his comrades by telling them that they are fearless because they are selfless for the people. He escaped his prison guards in 1982 when brought outside for a dental checkup.

He worked in the Ilocos-Mountain Province-Pangasinan region until 1984 and contributed to its development. He was transferred to the Southern Luzon Commission (SLC) and served as its Party secretary from 1984 to 1989. He contributed significantly to the development of the Southern Tagalog and Bicol regions and in the expansion work in the islands of Mindoro and Palawan under the SLC.

In 1990, he left the country to undertake political work among overseas Filipinos and help in building solidarity relations with other peoples. He later would go to Germany to seek political asylum in 1984. From then on, he stayed in Germany as a refugee. He devoted himself to propagating information about the struggle for national and social liberation in the Philippines and in forging solidarity between the Filipino and Germans and other nationalities.

In the course of his entire life as a proletarian revolutionary, Ka Pepe made significant contributions to the growth in strength and advancement of the CPP and the people’s democratic revolution in the Philippines, and to the development of proletarian internationalist relations and solidarity relations with peoples of the world.

Based on Ka Jose Ma. Sison’s “In honor of Comrade Jose (Ka Pepe) Ebora Luneta” which can be read at

[Ang Bayan is the official news organ of the Communist Party of the Philippines and is issued by the CPP Central Committee. It provides news about the work of the Party as well as its analysis of and views on current issues. Ang Bayan is published fortnightly.]

CPP/Ang Bayan: AFP and PNP massacre 9 Moros

Article from the English language edition of the CPP online propaganda publication Ang Bayan posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jun 7):
AFP and PNP massacre 9 Moros

Under The Guise of “war against drugs,” combined forces of the 7th IB and PNP North Cotabato massacred 9 moros, including seven members of the 105th Base Command of Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces-Moro Islamic Liberation Front and 2 minor civilians. The incident occurred at Sitio Biao, Barangay Kilada, Matalam, North Cotabato last May 26. Relatives of the victims were also arrested.

The massacre took place four days before Congress approved the Bangsamoro Basic Law. The victims were identified as Dadting M. Hassan, Muhamidin A. Hassan, Konne A. Hassan, Burrah S. Salping, Muhalidin S. Salping, Tiyo Mantik, Orom Mantis, Deng Malunok and a certain Abu.

Butch Malang, chairperson of MILF Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) condemned the massacre. He said that this is a violation of human rights and the provisions of the Operational Guidelines of the Government of the Philippines and the MILF Agreement on the General Cessation of Hostilities. Based on their investigation, there was no shabu found in the area. He also added that no firefight took place since the PNP and AFP already disarmed the victims while some of them were asleep when they were shot.

Malang also slammed the failure of state forces to coordinate with the MILF on operations within their territories despite series of meetings for coordination and cooperation last May 25 and May 11 which was attended by the chief of the PNP North Cotabato himself. Government units are tasked to coordinate with the MILF and the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group as protocol for their the anti-drug operations.

In the documentation by KAWAGIB on Tuesday, residents of Purok Biao, Barangay Kilada belied the accusation that the victims were drug users and pushers. They said that 70 police and army authorities first conducted the raid on May 25 and followed it up with another operation the next day, where they raided the house of Dadting Hassan. Around 50 families evacuated from the community fearing more attacks from the PNP and AFP.

For Suara Bangsamoro, the Matalam massacre is no different from the growing number of cases of killings and massacre under the Duterte regime. Before the incident in Matalam, state forces also killed Mindatu Aminola, another MILF member from Barangay Olonoling, Tupi, South Cotabato on May 19. Last year, AFP and PNP elements also massacred three members of MILF in Barangay Koronadal Proper, Polomok, South Cotabato.

[Ang Bayan is the official news organ of the Communist Party of the Philippines and is issued by the CPP Central Committee. It provides news about the work of the Party as well as its analysis of and views on current issues. Ang Bayan is published fortnightly.]

CPP/Ang Bayan: National minorities forced to evacuate

Article from the English language edition of the CPP online propaganda publication Ang Bayan posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jun 7):
National minorities forced to evacuate

Indigenous peoples families were forced to leave their homes amid intensified militarization of their communities in Mindanao and Luzon. Meanwhile, two women activits were killed by military agents while harassment and intimidation in peasant communities continue unabated.

Forced evacuation
In Misamis Oriental, 47 Higaonon families from Sitio Camansi, Barangay Banglay, Lagonglong were forced to evacuate last May 26 because of the intensified operations and encampment of the 58th IB in their community.

Under the command of 1st Lieutenant Valleser of the 58th IB, soldiers relentlessly threatened, harassed and intimidated residents who they accused of giving support to the NPA. They also strafed the school in the community. One civilian was held at gunpoint and five houses were ransacked.

Soldiers kept close watch as residents trekked to the Lagonglong Gym where they first encamped. Since they were prohibited by local government from staying longer in the gym, they were compelled to walk another 100 kilometers to the center of Cagayan de Oro City.

Soldiers under the command of a certain Captain Diaz continue to coerce civilians to surrender in exchange for reward money and food. Residents are interrogated and photographed individually under the pretext of relief goods distribution. This was the sixth time the community was forced to evacuate since 2015.

In Quezon, 420 Dumagats were forced to evacuate along the riverbank of Sumag, Barangay Umiray, Gen. Nakar. The residents were harassed by elements of the 80th IB and 2nd ID after an encounter with the NPA last May 14. Twelve Dumagat civilians were arrested and were falsely charged for purportedly violating the gun ban. Meanwhile, Rockey Torres and Dandoy Avillaneda, two Dumagats who were illegally arrested and tortured by military elements last May 14 (See Ang Bayan, May 21, 2018) are now facing trumped up murder charges.

While soldiers currently occupy the Umiray barangay hall, residents endure their “talikod mundo” (shelters made of sacks and coconut leaves) along the riverbank. The residents were compelled to leave their farmlands and livelihood due to the intense militarization of their community. The soldiers have already slaughtered the residents’ livestock.

 In Zamboanga del Norte, residents from Barangay Saad, Siayan again left their homes last April 26 due to the AFP’s relentless military operation in their community. They temporarily evacuated in the covered court of Barangay Poblacion in Siayan.


Beverly Geronimo, 27, member of the Tabing Guangan Farmers Association (TAGUAFA) and leader of the Parents-Teachers Association of the Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation Inc., (MISFI), was shot dead by elements of the 25th IB last May 26 in Barangay Salvacion, Trento, Agusan del Sur. Geronimo and her daughter Nene (not her real name) were on their way home aboard a vehicle when the suspects held them up. Beverly sustained seven gunshot wounds while Nene was shot in the arm. Nene recounted that her mother pushed her away to save her from the shooting.

Beverly has been intimidated by the military since 2009 for actively opposing large-scale mining and expansive operations of OZ Metals and Agusan Petroleum. A couple of months before the killing, the military presented her and other members of TAGUAFA as Red fighter surrenderees. They have also been threatened to be killed tokhang-style (killed in the name of the “war against drugs”) if they would not cease giving support to the NPA.

 On the same day, Bayan-Central Luzon reported the murder of Carolina Lana, a former leader of the Samahan ng mga Magbubukid na Kababaihan in Aurora. Lana was shot dead by two men in her store in Barangay Dianawan, Maria Aurora, Aurora Province.


In Bukidnon, Quezon Vice Mayor Pablo Lorenzo’s armed goons fired two shots at Manobo-Pulangihon farmers in Barangay Botong, Quezon last May 26. The goons also ransacked the farmers’ temporary office and stole their money, belongings and food, including five sacks of rice.

The farmers are members of the Tribal Indigenous Oppressed Group Association, and are actively asserting their right to their ancestral land. They also oppose the Lorenzo family’s plan to convert their lands into a pinapple plantation. They reported the incident to the local police but the latter did not help them.

In Cavite, farmers under KASAMA-LR conducting collective land cultivation (bungkalan) in Lupang Ramos, DasmariƱas were repeatedly harassed and intimidated on June 2-4 by goons of Rudy Herrera, a notorious landlord agent. Last May 28, in an attempt to evict the farmers from the area, Herrera ordered Nestor Pangilinan and his group BUKLOD to enter the 150-hectare land that was being cultivated.

On June 2, Herrera’s goons physically assaulted Rosalinda Atienza, 62, and Romeo Aledia, 45, members of KASAMA-LR. On June 3, Hererra and Pangilinan brought with them 40 fake land-claimants to interrupt the bungkalan. In connivance with the PNP, they barred the supporters of KASAMA-LR from the farmers’ camp. On June 4, gunshots were fired at members of KASAMA-LR while they were on their way home from the barricades they set up to protect their land.

The farmers of Lupang Ramos have long been struggling for their right to land. In 1990, the Department of Agrarian already ordered the distribution of the land as per the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). After a decade, however, the Supreme Court revoked this order and ruled that the disputed land is not covered by CARP. Determined to assert their right, the farmers decided to launch their bungkalan on September 2017.

In Metro Manila, a junk shop which serves as the office of the Sandigan ng Maralitang Nagkakaisa sa Dumpsite Catmon Org. Inc. was strafed on May 27 by Malabon Mayor Antolin Oreta’s private goons. Thirteen residents of Barangay Catmon, Malabon including the leaders of various organizations and two minors were inside the office during the incident.

Arrest and detention

Juan Alexander Reyes, a union organizer, was arrested by state agents on June 2 in Barangay San Antonio, Quezon City. He was shoved to a van and was taken to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-NCR in Camp Crame where he was slapped with illegal possession of firearms and a case of arson in Agusan del Sur.
Reyes is a leader of the Sandigang Manggagawa sa Quezon City (SMQC) and Bayan-Quezon City. He actively participated in the campaign against endo and in the struggle of the workers in Pearl Island Commercial Corporation, and many other factories in the city.

In Butuan City, Nerita de Castro was arrested by elements of the CIDG-Davao and Caraga and the 402nd Brigade in Emenville Subdivision, Barangay Ambago last May 31. De Castro is a small-time business woman who devoted her life in advancing the rights of women. She was also a member of Karapatan-Surigao del Sur during the 1990s and served as the executive director of Pulso Micro Media Services from 1990 until 2006. Pulso is under the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Tandag. She was charged with murder for purportedly having been involved in a killing and an attempted killing in Lianga, Surigao del Sur. She is currently being subjected to unceasing interrogation by agents of the CIDG-Davao City, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Presidential Management Staff and members of the PNP-Caraga.

 In Negros Oriental, elements of the 62nd IB arrested last May 25 Jesus Rafols, a farm-worker from Sitio Bungao, Barangay Trinidad, Guihulngan City. He was illegally detained for three hours by the military. Following the arrest, the soldiers militarized the sitio and put the village folk under strict surveillance. Drones were also flown in the community from May 26 to 29.

[Ang Bayan is the official news organ of the Communist Party of the Philippines and is issued by the CPP Central Committee. It provides news about the work of the Party as well as its analysis of and views on current issues. Ang Bayan is published fortnightly.]

CPP/Ang Bayan: Defend Lumad schools

Article from the English language edition of the CPP online propaganda publication Ang Bayan posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jun 7):
Defend Lumad schools

Save Our Schools Network and Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Learning Center (STTILC) reported about five incidents of encampment and harassment by the AFP in Lumad schools during the opening of classes last June 4.

Since May 29, at least 20 troopers of 51st IB have occupied the STTILC Tibucag campus in Barangay Dagohoy in Talaingod. Another 25 soldiers conducted patrols around the campus and occupied six houses in the community.

 Meanwhile, 23 soldiers occupied the Lumad school in Sitio KM17, but eventually left after being confronted by the teachers.

 More than 40 AFP troops encamped in Sitio Laslasakan, Barangay Palma Gil. On June 3, soldiers entered the school campus in Sityo Nasilaban, Barangay Palma Gil and interrupted teachers and students cleaning their school.

 Throughout the week, members of the 51st IB set up checkpoints along roads going to the communities and targeted Lumad teachers.

During the opening of classes in STTILC in Sitio Nasilaban, drones were flown by military troops while students and teachers were conducting a flag ceremony. Soldiers then arrived and ordered the students to harvest vegetables and bring the produce to their military camp. STTILC said 241 students and 11 teachers are affected by the incidents.

Under Duterte’s martial law, the group reported that 2,200 students were forced to drop-out, as well as the killing of two students, illegal detention of a Lumad teacher, the coercion against teachers to surrender as NPA members, arrests and filing of trumped-up charges against Lumad teachers, and the arrest and filing of trumped-up charges against Lumad teachers.

Around 59 Lumad schools remain closed due to the unrelenting AFP military operations.

[Ang Bayan is the official news organ of the Communist Party of the Philippines and is issued by the CPP Central Committee. It provides news about the work of the Party as well as its analysis of and views on current issues. Ang Bayan is published fortnightly.]

CPP/Ang Bayan: Duterte’s BBL fans the flames of the Moro people’s struggles

Article from the English language edition of the CPP online propaganda publication Ang Bayan posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jun 7):
Duterte’s BBL fans the flames of the Moro people’s struggles

Duterte’s Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is set to further reinforce their national oppression. It subsumes any so-called “Moro authority” to be exercised in the BBL under the 1987 Philippine constitution and the powers of the central government.

Most critically, it reserves the central government’s exclusive right to operate an armed forces within the Bangsamoro area, and puts local police operations under the Philippine National Police. Duterte’s BBL aims to disempower the Moro people by disarming and demobilizing their armies, thus disabling them from defending their rights and exercising political authority.

Furthermore, Duterte’s BBL denies the Moro people the exclusive right to determine the use of their natural resources. The Moro people will forever suffer the loss of the Liguasan Marsh and the Lanao Lake and its rich resources long coveted by foreign big capitalists. Duterte’s BBL is set to transform Bangsamoro land into a haven for plunderous mining companies, and destructive rubber and oil palm plantations, and make the broad masses of the Moro people suffer widespread displacement from their lands.

Duterte’s BBL is an insidious measure which pretends to serve the Moro people but in fact aims to oppress them further. The broad spectrum of Moro groups are disenchanted, to say the least. To many, Duterte’s BBL further insults and assaults the Moro people who just recently suffered gravely from the war of destruction against Marawi City perpetrated by Duterte, the AFP and the US military.

Duterte and the whole anti-Moro chauvinists in the reactionary state are making the same mistake of deceiving the Moro people. The enactment of Duterte’s BBL in its present mangled form will surely rouse the Moro people, especially the broad masses of peasants, workers and semiproletariat, as well as petty-bourgeois intellectuals, to continue waging revolutionary resistance.

Various armed Moro revolutionary groups are bound to intensify their armed struggle as Duterte’s BBL makes it crystal clear that they have no other recourse. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and all revolutionary forces reiterate full support to the Moro people’s continuing struggle for their right to self-determination.

The CPP enjoins the broad masses of the Moro people to rise up with the Filipino people against the Duterte government which has made them suffer through wars and attacks against their human rights. The Filipino people and the Moro people are strongly connected by their struggles for national liberation and social justice against common enemies. Their history of symbiotic resistance continues.

[Ang Bayan is the official news organ of the Communist Party of the Philippines and is issued by the CPP Central Committee. It provides news about the work of the Party as well as its analysis of and views on current issues. Ang Bayan is published fortnightly.]

CPP/Ang Bayan: NPA ambushes PNP in Mt. Province

Article from the English language edition of the CPP online propaganda publication Ang Bayan posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jun 7):
NPA ambushes PNP in Mt. Province


Ten police officer’s were wounded while one was killed in an ambush successfully launched by the New People’s Army-Mt. Province (Leonardo Pacsi Command or LPC) against PNP operating troops in Mt. Masini in Barangay Aguid, Sagada last June 5. Among the wounded are PSupt. Joseph Bangcawayan and Insp. Mariano Liban Jr..
According to Ka Magno Ugyaw, spokesperson of the LPC, the PNP has been operating in the area since February to arrest small-scale miners who purportedly operate without permits. Ironically, the destructive operations of foreign large mining corporations remain unhampered. Under the pretext of a bogus total log ban, police officers prohibit indigenous peoples in the area from cutting timber for household use. These two pseudo-environmentally friendly campaigns have been extensively used to violate the rights of the people.

Ka Magno added that the prohibition imposed by the PNP on the Igorots to use the resources in their own ancestral lands is a blatant violation of their right.

Meanwhile, in Northeastern Mindanao Region, NPA units conducted not less than seven military actions last May 25-31. The AFP suffered not less than eight casualties from these successful attacks.

Two harassments and a sniping operation were conducted by the NPA-Surigao del Sur. On May 25, the NPA was able to flank and fire at the 36th IB headquarters in Upper Ambago, Barangay Dayuan, Tago. On May 26, another NPA unit harassed the 75th IB troopers in Km. 9, Diatagon, Lianga. On May 31, the NPA sniped the “C” company 36th IB headquarters in Barangay Cabangahan, Cantilan. Sgt. Alden Awadi was killed in action.

In Surigao del Norte, the NPA ambushed 36th IB troopers on May 26 in Little Baguio, Bacuag who were returning from their military operation. One was killed while five were wounded among the soldiers.

In Agusan del Sur, the NPA harassed a CAFGU detachment in Barangay New Tubigon, Sibagat on May 29. On the following day, the NPA sniped elements of the 8th Special Forces Coy occupying Sitio San Roque, Magsaysay, in the same town.
On May 30 in Agusan del Norte, the NPA ambushed Edgar Panisan, an active CAFGU trooper in Mahaba, Cabadbaran. Panisan used his position in the village as councilor to conduct surveillance and coerce civilians to surrender as NPA members.

In North Cotabato, the NPA was able to seize the initiative from attacking 39th IB troopers on May 8 at around 10 a.m. in Sitio Kapatagan, Barangay Luayon, Makilala. Not less than nine were killed among the soldiers during the firefight.
In South Cotabato, the NPA blew up a command-detonated explosive against troops of the 27th IB in Sitio Lemteneneg, Barangay Kematu, T’boli on May 8. Ten AFP troopers died while 11 were wounded.

In Quezon, the NPA sniped operating troops of the 80th IB in Sitio Longo, Umiray, General Nakar on May 24 at around 6 a.m. An AFP official was killed in action. On May 27, the NPA harassed a platoon of the 80th IB in Sitio Inamitan in the same barangay. Several soldiers were wounded in the offensive.

[Ang Bayan is the official news organ of the Communist Party of the Philippines and is issued by the CPP Central Committee. It provides news about the work of the Party as well as its analysis of and views on current issues. Ang Bayan is published fortnightly.]

CPP/Ang Bayan: Struggle amid crisis and fascism

Article from the English language edition of the CPP online propaganda publication Ang Bayan posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jun 7): Struggle amid crisis and fascism

The social crisis under the US-Duterte regime is deteriorating rapidly. Millions are ruined by worsening poverty and hunger in the face of rising prices, additional tax burdens and a sharp decline in wages and income. Duterte’s promised “change” is a sham. It is now clear that only by organizing and struggling can the people carry forward their cause.

Duterte blindly perpetuated the previous oppressive neoliberal socio-economic policy. The worst among these is the TRAIN law which imposed a number of burdensome taxes. Since its implementation in January, prices have shot up, especially of basic needs. Making things worse, prices of diesel and other petroleum products have risen by around 40%.
Wages of workers and ordinary employees are extremely inadequate to cope with skyrocketing prices. The meager minimum wage is not even half of the income needed by a typical family to live decently. Millions are scrambling daily to make ends meet amid rising costs of food, rent, water, electricity, fare, education, medical care and others. Millions are denied sufficient wages and benefits, as well as their right to job security. Almost nine million Filipinos are unemployed or underemployed, in addition to 27 million who are no longer counted in the labor force. Many are made to work in precarious conditions. They are additionally oppressed by contractual forms of employment which Duterte promised but failed to end.

Across the country, landgrabbing by big landlords and capitalists in real estate and agribusiness to pave the way for commercial crops, plantations, infrastructure and energy projects, timber and mines is rampant. Duterte has turned a deaf ear to the grievances of peasants for genuine land reform; and is more interested in agribusiness deals with foreigners, especially in his push to expand rubber and oil palm production.

The Filipino people are being compelled by the intense socio-economic crisis to struggle to defend and advance their welfare and interests. Struggles are breaking out. In the past few weeks, several strikes and protests have erupted successively to demand regularization of contractual workers and an increase in the minimum wage.

In the rural areas, peasant struggles continue to advance the demand for genuine land reform and assert their rights to the land they till. They launch collective occupation and cultivation of land. They are amplifying their call for an end to the CARP fake land reform program.

The struggles of teachers, government employees, students and other democratic sectors for higher salaries, free education, strengthening public services and others are also advancing.

Since Duterte has assumed power, no measure or policy has been carried out to redirect the local economy and draw it out from crisis. In the possible resumption of peace negotiations with Duterte, the agenda includes genuine land reform and national industrialization—key issues which the NDFP asserts as the most important measures to raise the toiling masses from their impoverished conditions and achieve lasting peace.

Over the past two years, Duterte has refused to listen to the pleas of the poor. Tyranny and terrorism have been the response of the fascist regime in its aim of suppressing resistance and, thus, impose his kind of peace—that desired by the exploiters and oppressors. Duterte uses the military and police to suppress. Cases of killings, arrests, detention and filing of trumped up charges are rampant.

But the rising up of the Filipino people is inexorable. They shatter the terror that Duterte imposes and strive to advance along the course of resistance. They could not remain silent and bear enslavement and oppression. They draw strength from their unity and steadily advance in the path of struggle. The sparks of resistance are bound to ignite a conflagration. Soon, the march of the indignant masses will thunder across the country and shake the ramparts of Duterte’s rule.

[Ang Bayan is the official news organ of the Communist Party of the Philippines and is issued by the CPP Central Committee. It provides news about the work of the Party as well as its analysis of and views on current issues. Ang Bayan is published fortnightly.]

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 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.

CPP/Information Bureau: End Talaingod siege! End AFP siege of rural communities!

CPP-Information Bureau statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jun 13): End Talaingod siege! End AFP siege of rural communities!

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines

13 June 2018
Press Release

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) calls on the Duterte regime and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to end the military siege of Talaingod town where it has applied Marawi-style tactics against the civilians to force the people, especially the Manobo Lumad, to end their defense of their ancestral land.

The small town of Talaingod, Davao del Norte, with a population of less than 30,000, is under siege by three AFP battalions—the 56th IB, 72nd and 88th IB, as well as by their Alamara paramilitaries. Fascist troops have swarmed barangays and sitios for months on end. They have conducted incessant combat operations and endangered the lives of thousands of civilians.

Human rights abuses by soldiers run rampant. They have illegally occupied Lumad community schools and prevented these from opening and operating. They have restricted people’s movements and caused massive disruption in production and commerce as people are hampered from attending to their crops, hunting and selling of their produce, and buying rice and other commodities.

They have applied non-stop pressure on community leaders and ordinary residents to force people to enlist themselves as “NPA surrenderees” under pain of being accused as members or supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA) and dealt with as armed combatants. Last weekend, the AFP shamelessly staged a so-called “surrender ceremony” where it reportedly bamboozled and pressured Manobo tribal chieftain Datu Guibang Apoga, who was elderly and ailing, and deceptively presented him before the public as having given up the Manobo’s resistance to defend their ancestral lands.

The Duterte regime’s suppression campaign against the Talaingod under martial law aims to pressure the Manobo Lumad people to give up their defense of their ancestral land and resistance against destructive logging and mining operations of foreign and local big capitalists.

The AFP is applying the Marawi tactics of all-out war (which target civilian populations) and military siege employing overwhelming force to threaten and intimidate residents. In Marawi, the ultimate aim was to drive away the people through aerial bombardment and carve up the land to setup a large AFP and US military reservation and free large swathes of land to establish rubber and oil palm plantations.

As in Marawi, the aim of the AFP and Duterte in waging all-out war across the Pantaron mountain range is to suppress all forms of resistance in order to take over the land of the Lumad people and appropriate and plunder its rich resources. Foreign big mining firms as well as foreign big agribusiness corporations are drooling over the rich ancestral land of the Lumad people.

The Duterte regime is employing the same all-out war tactics to free wide swathes of land across Compostela Valley, Davao del Sur, Bukidnon, the Zamboanga provinces, Agusan provinces and other Mindanao provinces, as well as to drive away the Moro people in the Liguasan Marsh. There is some similarity as well with the tactic of having the military take over the Boracay island and Duterte’s plan to take over and privatize the land of the local residents and minority groups to be sold to big business and foreign capitalists.

The CPP calls on the Filipino people to demand an end to the Talaingod Siege and an end to the AFP’s all-out war against the Lumad people and civilian populations in Mindanao and across the country, to the AFP’s attacks against Lumad community schools and to the AFP’s “surrender campaign” against civilians.

At the same time, the CPP fully supports the continuing struggle of the people of Talaingod and the Lumad people across the Pantaron range, to defend their ancestral land against military, government and big business encroachment.

The New People’s Army, under the Party’s leadership, will continue to defend the peasants and minority peoples against the US-Duterte regime’s martial law and Oplan Kapayapaan all-out war of suppression and destruction. The Party calls on the Filipino people to join and support the NPA in carrying out its task of defending the broad masses of the Filipino people.

CPP/NPA-Sierra Madre: NPA-Sierra Madre-ST congratulates the NPA-Bulacan in their raid against the company owned by Chinese tycoon Lucio Tan

NPA-Sierra Madre propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jun 14): NPA-Sierra Madre-ST congratulates the NPA-Bulacan in their raid against the company owned by Chinese tycoon Lucio Tan

Armando “Ka Mando” Jacinto, Spokesperson
NPA-Sierra Madre (Rosario Lodronio Rosal Command)

14 June 2018

The NPA forces in Mt. Sierra Madre-Southern Tagalog under Rosario Lodronio Rosal Command (RLRC-NPA-Mt. Sierra Madre-Southern Tagalog Sub-Regional Command) congratulates the red fighters and commanders of NPA-Bulacan in their successful raid against the armed goons of Chinese tycoon Lucio Tan in Barangay Ciudad Real, San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan.

A platoon of NPA-Bulacan troops successfully conducted the raid against the armed goons of Monte Grande Development Corporation, a company owned by Chinese tycoon Lucio Tan situated in Barangay Ciudad Real, San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan. The raid was conducted at 11 AM until 12 noon, this 13th day of June, 2018 . NPA-Bulacan confiscated seven (7) firearms, including 5 long firearms (SAS) and two (2) .9mm pistols with bullets.

The Monte Grande Development Corporation is involved in the land grabbing of 77 hectares of land owned by the farmers in the said barangay. Using the armed goons, Lucio Tan’s company was able to demolish the farmers owning the land.

The affected farmers seek the help and assistance of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and other concerned government agencies but their pleas fell on deaf ears. The DAR and other government agencies did not lift any finger to help the farmers and passively let the land grabbers trample on the rights of the farmers. Thus, they seek the help and assistance of the People’s Democratic Government led by CPP-NPA-NDFP who were obligated to act to defend the interests of the farmers.

The raid was a punitive action by NPA-Bulacan to punish the land grabbers and give justice to the farmers long oppressed by big landlords and big bourgeoise compradors like Chinese Tycoon Lucio Tan. This action should serve as warning to others big landlords and oligarchs the the NPA won’t let the oppressed ng farmers and the Filipino People.

This action by the NPA-Bulacan directly and indirectly helps the revolutionary forces in Mt. Sierra-Madre-ST and a clear testimony that the interest of the farmers and the people will always be the main reason for any punitive action against the land grabbers and oppressors. The NPA will always act to uphold the rights and interests of the people in accordance with the policies and program of the People’s Democratic Government led by CPP-NPA-NDFP.

Long Live the New People’s Army!
Long Live the Communist Party of the Philippines!
Long Live the People’s Democratic Government led by CPP-NPA-NDFP!
Long Live the Filipino People!

CPP/NPA-Bulacan: Kumpanyang pag-aari ni Lucio Tan, nireyd ng NPA-BULACAN. Pitong armas, nakumpiska!

NPA-Bulacan propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jun 14): Kumpanyang pag-aari ni Lucio Tan, nireyd ng NPA-BULACAN. Pitong armas, nakumpiska!

Jose Del Pilar, Spokesperson

14 June 2018

Matagumpay na ni-reyd ng New People’s Army (NPA-Bulacan) ang opisina at detatsment ng mga armadong goons ni Lucio Tan na nakatalaga sa kanyang kompanyang Monte Grande Development Corporation sa Barangay Ciudad Real, San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan, kahapon, Hunyo 13, 2018 sa ganap na ika-11:00 hanggang ika- 12 :00 ng tanghali.

Si Lucio Tan na dating “dummy” ng diktador na si Marcos ay naging kaibigan at kasabwat ng mga pumalit na preidente kat Marcos tulad nina Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, Macapagal-Arroyo at ngayon ay malapit na ring kaibigan ng rehimeng US-Duterte kaya’t patuloy itong namamayagpag sa pang-aapi at pagsasamantala sa mga magsasaka.

Sa reyd na ito ay nakumpiska ng NPA-Bulacan ng pitong (7) armas kabilang ang 5 na mataas na kalibreng baril at 2 pistola at mga bala. Binabalaan din ang mga empleyado ng kompanya na itigil na ang kontra-magsasakang gawain.

Ang nasabing kumpanya ni Lucio Tan ay sangkot sa pangangamkam ng lupa sa mga magsasaka. Umabot sa 77 ektaryang lupa ang kinamkam sa mga magsasaka sa nasabing lugar.

Sa kabila ng kahilingan ng mga magsasaka na igalang ang kanilang karapatan sa kanilang lupa ay nagbingi-bingihan ang mga ahensya ng gobyerno tulad ng Department of Agrarian Reporms (DAR). Sa halip na saklawin ng reporma sa lupa ay hinayaan ng mga ahensya ng gobyerno ang kompanya ni Lucio Tan na kamkamin ang lupa at palayasin ang mga magsasaka sa kanilang lupang sakahan.

Dahilan sa kawalang pag-asa na mabigyang katarungan sa ilalim ng mga nagdaang rehimen at maging sa kasalukuyang rehimeng Duterte ay lumapit ang mga magsasaka at mamamayan sa nasabing lugar sa kausap na gobyerno ng Pilipinas sa Usapang Pangkapayapaan, ang Demokratikong Gobyernong Bayan na pinamumunuan ng CPP-NPA-NDFP para sila ay mabigyang hustisya sa kanilang kaapihan.

Ang reyd na ito ay aksyong pamarusa sa kompanya ni Lucio Tan bilang pagbibigay katarungan sa kaapihan ng mga magsasaka at mamamayan na pinagsasamantalahan ng nasabing kompanya. Magsilbi itong babala sa lahat ng mangangamkam ng lupa sa lalawigan ng Bulacan na hindi kailanman mapapayagan ng NPA ang patuloy at walang habas na pangangamkam ng lupa at pang-aapi sa mga magsasaka ng mga malalaking pangnoong maylupa, burgesya kumprador at mga dayuhang mandarambong.

Ang NPA, sa pamumuno ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas, ay patuloy na paglilingkuran ang sambayanan. Kakapit-bisig ng buong bayan ay bibigyang katarungan ang mga kaapihan ng mamamayan hanggang sa ganap na paglaya sa pagsasamantala ng iilan. Ang lahat ng kasapi ng Bagong Hukbong Bayan ay laging nakahandang ialay ang buhay para sa sambayanan Pilipino.


CPP/Information Bureau: Condemn violent dispersal of Nutriasia workers strike

CPP-Information Bureau propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jun 14): Condemn violent dispersal of Nutriasia workers strike

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines

14 June 2018
Press Release

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) strongly condemns the Duterte
regime and the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the violent dispersal of
striking workers of Nutriasia earlier today.

Police personnel started to harass workers as early as 6 a.m. deploying two
firetrucks near the picketline. Workers lay prone at the company gates to defend
their protest. The police started to attack the picketline early afternoon and
arrested at least four workers. Many others were hurt including five workers who
were severely injured.

Nutriasia workers are demanding the regularization of more than a thousand
contractual workers and the reinstatement of union leaders dismissed by the

The Party enjoins the broad masses of workers, students and other sectors to
extend support and solidarity with the striking workers of Nutriasia, as well as
workers in other companies, in their struggle to defend their right to regular
jobs and for wage increases.

DWDD: ENCOUNTER | 9IB, 22IB engages NPA terrorists

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 14): ENCOUNTER  |  9IB, 22IB engages NPA terrorists

CAMP GUILLERMO NAKAR, Lucena City (DWDD) – As we celebrate the 120th Anniversary of Philippine Independence, joint elements of 9IB and 22IB encountered Communist NPA Terrorists in Brgy Cabadisan, Ragay, Camarines Sur, today, June 12, 2018.


Based on the report reaching the headquarters of Southern Luzon Command, a unit of army soldiers under 902nd Infantry Brigade acted upon reports from concerned civilian about the presence of an armed group in the area.

A firefight ensued that lasted for about 5 minutes. Thereafter, the NPAs numbering about eight (8) scampered towards different directions leaving with them one (1) M16 rifle and one (1) M14 rifle.

BGen Peale Jon L. Bondoc, Commander of the 902nd Infantry Brigade said the troops were able to conduct pursuit operation in which they were able to recover additional one (1) M16 rifle with attached M203 grenade launcher in the house of a certain Michael Diron identified to be a Militia ng Bayan (MB) member.

MGen Jesus A Manangquil, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division, said that the encounter is a result of the intensified internal security operations in Bicol Region to protect communities and ensure the unhampered implementation of government development projects for the people.

Meanwhile, Lt General Danilo G. Pamonag, SOLCOM Commander, expressed his gratitude for the concerned civilians who continuously cooperate with the AFP by reporting the presence and activities of the armed threat groups. These simple acts are forms of heroism on their part because they contribute greatly in ensuring the security of communities and protecting the freedom that our forefathers fought for. SOLCOM / MCAG

DWDD: CONTINOUS NEGOTIATIONS | 22 NPAs surrendered to SOLCOM in Sorsogon

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 14): CONTINOUS NEGOTIATIONS  |  22 NPAs surrendered to SOLCOM in Sorsogon

CAMP GUILLERMO NAKAR, Lucena City (DWDD) Twenty-two (22) members of Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) from Sub-Regional Yunit Guerrilla, Komiteng Probinsya 3- Sorsogon under Jeffrey Benzon Q Hazel/@Pita/@Jeffrey surrendered to 903Bde through 31IB at Barangay Rangas, Juban, Sorsogon June 10, 2018.

The 22 NPAs brought with them one (1) M653 Rifle; one (1) M14 rifle; one (1) KG9; one (1) carbine and three (3) cal. 45 pistol.

BGen Greg Almerol, Commander 903Bde, said that the successful surrender of the CNTs was brought about by continuous negotiation with the help of other government agencies and LGUs in the area. The former rebels were transported to Camp Ola, Legazpi City for custodial debriefing.

Meanwhile, a certain Armando Dor Panol, a regular NPA member surrendered to 9th Infantry Battalion in Labo Camarines Norte on May 28, 2018 carrying with him two (2) M16 rifles and subversive documents. Another seven (7) CNTs and 35 members of Militiang Bayan voluntarily surrendered to troops of the 2nd Infantry Battalion under the 903rd Bde in Masbate on January 21, 2018, three days after 10 NPAs yielded in Daraga, Albay.

Lt Gen Danilo G Pamonag, Commander SOLCOM expressed his appreciation to the efforts of the field units because it is the first time in history that a number of NPAs surrender in Province of Sorsogon. He further said that the series of surrender is a manifestation that more and more NPAs have realized the futility of fighting against the government.

“The Command welcomes the surrender of the 22 members of the CNTs. It is not only an achievement for the AFP but most especially for the family members of the former rebels because, at least, this is one step closer for them to have a normal life and enjoy every moment with their families and loved ones.” He assured that SOLCOM will continue its mandate to protect communities and ensure the unhampered implementation of government development projects for the people.

Further, LTG Pamonag urges the members of the NPA terrorists to lay down their arms and live a normal life with their families while they still have a chance. “Instead of fighting the government, we should all unite and help our people achieve a better life,” he added. SOLCOM / MCAG


From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 14): MARAWI AND BEYOND  |   The JTF Marawi Story


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Get your copy now and own the most comprehensive documentation of the Marawi crisis.

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DWDD: ENDING ARMED STRUGGLE | Another NPA member surrenders to 8IB

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 14): ENDING ARMED STRUGGLE  |  Another NPA member surrenders to 8IB

IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon (DWDD) Another member of the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNT) voluntarily surrendered to the 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion bringing along one (1) M16 rifle last June 10, 2018 at the 8IB headquarters in Impasugong, Bukidnon.

The former CNT was identified as certain Romel Salimbaon Ahing alias As-As / Tikboy, 20 years old male, resident of Sitio Catablaran, Barangay Canangaan, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon and a member of the Sub Regional Committee, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC).

LTC Ronald M Illana, the Commanding Officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion, welcomes the surrender of another member of the CPP- NPA Terrorists. “This is a good sign that they are now slowly heeding the call of President Rodrigo RoaDuterte to give up the Arm Struggle and embrace the government once more.” said LTC ILLANA.

“We do understand that these people are just victims of deception, agitation and false promises inculcated by the CPP-NPA. With that in mind, we encourage these people to surrender and see the efforts of the government to attain peace as it unfolds before them.” he added. 8IBDependable/MCAG

DWDD: UPDATE | PN to participate in RIMPAC 2018

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 14): UPDATE  |  PN to participate in RIMPAC 2018

ONBOARD BRP Davao del Sur (DWDD) – Philippine Navy to join the world’s largest international maritime exercise, the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2018 from June 27 to Aug. 02 off Hawaii, United States.

The Philippine Navy (PN) will be participating for the very first time in the world’s premier and largest combined naval exercise dubbed as Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 scheduled on June 27 to Aug. 02 in and around the Hawaiian Islands.

Two Navy vessels, BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) and BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF17) with an embarked AW 109 naval helicopter, a naval special operations group team and one Marine Company form part of the participating Naval Task Force (NTF) RIMPAC, led by Captain Ernesto O. Baldovino as the Commander NTF RIMPAC, while Commander, Fleet-Marine Ready Force, Commodore Toribio D. Adaci Jr. spearheads the contingent as its head of mission.

The NTF is further complemented by components from Civil Military Operations (CMO), training, medical, legal, and students from different PN education and training schools


The 700-man naval task force will represent the country in the second International Defense and Security Engagement (IDSE) of the Philippine Navy this year. The first IDSE was in Indonesia where the PN participated in the Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo 2018.

A Royal Malaysian Navy Ship (KD LEKIU F30) joined the Philippine NTF as it sailed from Cebu and has linked up with other navies (Indonesian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Navy) along the way for the ASEAN++ Group Sail to RIMPAC18.

The exercise will be done ashore and at sea. Highpoint of the RIMPAC are the serialized training, advanced integration, and free play training activities. Key components of the NTF shall participate in the Surface and Air, Amphibious and Special Operations serials of the exercise.

The Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) is a multilateral naval exercise that covers the entire spectrum of naval operations ranging from disaster response and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. This is the gathering and showcasing of the best naval assets and personnel around the globe with the end in view of promoting regional stability in the Pacific Region and sustaining cooperative relationship among the participants.

This exercise provides an opportunity for the Philippine Navy to build and enhance relationship with other navies participating in the exercise through cultural exchanges, sports and similar activities as well as engagements with the sizeable Filipino community in Hawaii.

The vigorous support from the government and its stakeholders through the modernization program, provided the PN with the capability to participate in RIMPAC 2018 further fulfilling its diplomatic role in keeping peace and stability in the region. NPAO / MCAG

DWDD: COMMUNITY EFFORT | More NPA members and supporters surrender in Nueva Ecija

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 14): COMMUNITY EFFORT  |  More NPA members and supporters surrender in Nueva Ecija

CAMP SERVILLANO AQUINO, Tarlac City (DWDD) – Several members of the Communist New People’s Army Terrorist Group (CNTG) yields to Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) Army troops in two (2) separate occasions in Nueva Ecija.

Six (6) personalities initially surrendered to the troops of 7th Civil Military Operations (CMO) Battalion and 84th Infantry Battalion (84IB), both under the Joint Task Force (JTF) “Tala” of the 7th Infantry Division (7ID), in Brgy San Agustin, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija at 5:00 in the afternoon of June 12, 2018 (Tuesday),

The surrenderees consist of a New People’s Army (NPA) member, three (3) Militia ng Bayan (MB) members, while two (2) of them were Bayan Muna members in their localities. They were identified later as Artemio Olite Bonilla @ ARTE/OCHO/JAKE; Virgilio Bilugot De Guzman @ BIYONG; Dante Flores De Guzman @WAWAY; Rodolfo Achenta Diaz @PAMBOY; Premitivo Espiritu Marcelo Jr @FRED; and Johnny Serante Eldifonso @ PADER.

They also turned-over one (1) high-powered firearm and eight (8) low-powered firearms comprised of one (1) US Springfield M1903 Cal .30 bolt action; two (2) Cal .38 Smith and Wesson with SN# 082246/Colt; three (3) 12-Gauge shot (Improvised); one (1) 20-Gauge shot (Improvised); and two (2) Cal .22 (Armscor Air Rifle-converted).

The next day, June 13, 2018 (Wednesday) at 11:30 in the morning, another two NPA members also surrendered with a high-powered firearm (an improvised Springfield 5.56mm rifle) to the same Army units in a Temporary Patrol Base at Sitio Kamanggahan, Brgy San Agustin, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija.

They were identified as Marcelino Valdez Roja @ Marsing (46 years old, single, and a resident of Brgy San Agustin) and Benjamin Ralleta Tanguilig Sr @ Charlie (56 years old, and a resident of Brgy Burgos), both of Carranglan, Nueva Ecija.

Said personalities were former regular members of the NPA Josefino Corpuz Command but were later utilized as Milisyang Bayan (MB) of Kilusang Larangang Gerilya (KLG) Caraballo in Carranglan area.

Said surrenderees were presented to the Local Government Officials headed by Carranglan vice Mayor Efren “ Bogie “ Alfonso and Hon. Rogelio Abad, the ABC President.

The surrender was a result of the sustained efforts of Community Support Program (CSP) Teams of the said Army units deployed in the area, through the conduct of CMO activities and Radio Broadcasting System (RBS) operations.

NOLCOM will keep its doors open for those intending to embrace the peaceful resolution to the conflict. NOLCOM will also continue to assist in facilitating the integration of former rebels in the mainstream society and have a normal life with their families. NOLCOM / MCAG

DWDD: JOINT RECOMMENDATION | 7ID, PNP declare Pangasinan as Insurgency Free

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 14): JOINT RECOMMENDATION  |  7ID, PNP declare Pangasinan as Insurgency Free

FORT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija (DWDD) – The 7th Infantry “Kaugnay” Division together with Pangasinan Police Provincial Office recommended the declaration of Pangasinan Province as Insurgency Free at Agtarap Hall, Pangasinan Provincial Police Office, Lingayen, Pangasinan today, June 14, 2018.


A Joint Recommendation between the 702nd Infantry “Defender” Brigade, 7ID and Pangasinan Police Provincial Office was signed endorsing Pangasinan to be declared as “Insurgency Free”.

An Insurgency Free Province means that there is already a very favorable peace and order conditions which were verified by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) deployed in the area. The declaration of the province as insurgency free is necessary to further spur its unhampered march towards progress while keeping the commitment of the Philippine Army and PNP to continue its effort in sustaining and preserving the peace and order in the province.

A Joint Declaration on the Clearing of the Province of Pangasinan was previously signed by the former Commander of 7ID, MGen Irineo C Espino AFP (Ret) and the former Governor of Pangasinan, Hon. Amado T Espino Jr on July 12, 2010.

The pronouncement of Pangasinan as “Cleared” from the Local Terrorist Groups’ (LTGs) and the Communist NPA Terrorists’ (CNTs) affectation and influence is a requirement prior to the declaration of Pangasinan as Insurgency Free.

Major General Felimon T Santos Jr AFP conveyed his compliments to the 702nd Brigade and other 7ID units to its recent accomplishment. He said that the declaration of Insurgency Free means that the people in Pangasinan supports the government’s thrust against the LTGs and CNTs. He added that all of 7ID units are utterly committed in performing their duty so that all of the provinces within the division’s area of responsibility will be declared “Insurgency Free”.

Brigadier General Henry A Robinson AFP Jr., Commander of 702nd Infantry (Defender) Brigade, 7ID said that they will not let their guards down regardless of the declaration of Pangasinan as Insurgency Free. He said that the recommendation for the declaration is the result of the undertakings of 7ID units assigned in the area. He further said that 702nd Brigade is committed to keep the peace and order of Pangasinan.

It is noteworthy to mention that the provinces of Bataan, La Union and Pampanga were already declared Insurgency Free. 7IDKaugnay / MCAG

DWDD: CAPTURED | Region 3 Most Wanted apprehended in Bataan

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 14): CAPTURED  |  Region 3 Most Wanted apprehended in Bataan

CAMP SERVILLANO AQUINO, Tarlac City (DWDD) – A most wanted member of the New People’s Army Terrorist Group was apprehended by joint elements of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police in Bataan province at about 4:30 PM of June 13, 2018 (Wednesday).

The suspect was arrested in Brgy. San Juan, Samal, Bataan who was later identified as Juanito D. Carabeo @ TOKTOK, 62 years old, married and a resident of Brgy San Juan, Samal, Bataan. He was a CPP/NPA member with a pending warrant of arrest of Murder, Rebellion and an Arson case at the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 2 Balanga City.

Joint operatives from the 300th Air Intelligence Service Wing (300AISW) of the Philippine Air Force, 7th Military Intelligence Battalion (7MIB) under the 7th Infantry Division (7ID) of the Philippine Army (PA), Naval Intelligence Service Group (NISG) of the Philippine Navy, Police Regional Intelligence Units, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Samal Municipal Police Office (MPS) conducted a synchronized manhunt operation against the most wanted person with warrant of arrest.

This resulted to the arrest of said suspect listed as most wanted at the regional level. Subject person was brought to Samal MPS for documentation and proper disposition. NOLCOM will continue to conduct Law Enforcement Support Operations (LESO), in tandem with other law enforcement units to maintain peace and stability in the communities, contributing to nation-building. 7DPAO / MCAG

DWDD: STORY OF HEROISM | LTC Ryan Servero, Leads from the Heart

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 15): STORY OF HEROISM  |  LTC Ryan Servero, Leads from the Heart

FORT ANDRES BONIFACIO, Taguig City (DWDD) – Lt Col Ryan Severo of the 10th Infantry Battalion (10IB) best exemplifies servant leadership among his troops. His transitioning role as the incoming commander of the 44th Infantry Battalion (44IB) and then eventually as the commander ordered

 to replace the relieved commander of 10IB is a story that needs to be told.

His assignment in Marawi City was unforeseen and a lot had already been happening prior to his actual deployment to Marawi, including the high number of casualties, wounded soldiers, thousands of civilians trapped in the conflict zones, and civilian hostages held by the enemy. But these challenges did not make him any less of a leader. He exemplified adaptability, flexibility, and readiness under pressure.

Amidst the low morale of his troops, Lt Col Severo encouraged the battalion to move on, initiated moves to motivate his personnel, incorporated the opinions/suggestions of his subordinates in their plans, trained his troops, organized sustainment for his soldiers for the long haul, recognized/awarded good performance, and brought back spunk to his men which transformed them into a highly charged battalion. ORCPA /  MCAG

DWDD: BETTER LIFE | 19IB Troops sends ex-rebels children to school

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 15): BETTER LIFE  |  19IB Troops sends ex-rebels children to school

MAGPET, Cotabato (DWDD) Soldiers of 19th Infantry “Commando” Battalion (19IB) sent three children of Alias Janjan, a former rebel, to Manobo Elementary School in Brgy Manobo, Magpet, Cotabato during the first day of class, last June 4, 2018.

The said children, two boys and a girl, were enrolled at an elementary school with the help of the Community Support Teams (CSTs) of Alpha Company of 19IB, who also bought them school supplies and uniforms.

Jane (not her true name), 14yrs old, the eldest of the three, is attending Grade 3 class. Her younger brothers, 12 yrs old and 10yrs old are attending Grade 5 and Grade 3 classes respectively.

“They are just like any other children of former NPA rebels that were left in the care of their mother when their father – Janjan joined the armed movement of NPA terrorists. They did not pursue their studies because they were transferring from one place to another.” Lt Prolen Bonacua, the Alpha Company Commander of 19IB said.
Alias Janjan surrendered to 19IB two months ago and was former team leader of Squad 2, Pulang Bagani Command (PBC) 3 of the NPA’s Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC).

“Ang pagsulod sa armadong kalihukan ug pagka-angin sa kaugmaon sa akong mga anak, ang pinakadakong sayop nga akong gibuhat sa tibuok nakong kinabuhi. Respitado ko sa akong mga kauban kay tungod mayo akong pagdumala kanila. Apan, akong mga anak, wala nako maatiman. Wala nako damha ang paghikaw nako sa saktong edukasyon angay kanila. (Joining the NPA at the expense of my children’s future was the biggest mistake I have made in my whole life. I was a leader to my fellow rebels, but not to my three children. Unwittingly, I have already deprived them of their right to education)” Janjan said.

Alias Janjan brought one M16 rifle upon his surrender. He was among the bulk of NPA surrenderees during the early phase of 19IB’s campaign in Magpet, Cotabato.

“Janjan’s documents are already being processed as well as with the other surrenderees. They are entitled to receive financial and livelihood assistance through the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).” Lieutenant Colonel Ehrlich Noel Paraso, Commanding Officer of 19IB said.

Meanwhile, Ms. Aneolyn Bargamento, Head of Manobo Elementary School stated that the attendance of their students dwindles when NPA enters the community and when encounter with government forces occur. She is grateful that soldiers’ CSTs are around their area because they feel secured and now school children are attending classes.

On the other hand, Major General Ronald Villanueva, Commander of Army’s 4th Infantry Division said that “4th Infantry Division deploys Community Support Program teams to conflict affected areas in order to assess and determine the issues in the barangay that will be relayed to the local government agencies and Chief Executives for it to be resolve in the level of barangay, municipal or provincial level. Moreover, I commend the initiative of 19IB in helping the family and children of our former rebel. For the NPA terrorists who are thinking to surrender and experience a life away from hunger and fear, the government has Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program that will assist you in your reintegration to the mainstream society.” 19IB Commando / MCAG

DWDD: EMPOWERED IPs | Manobo graduates from Mobile Computer Literacy Training

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 15): EMPOWERED IPs  |  Manobo graduates from Mobile Computer Literacy Training

CARMEN, Surigao Del Sur (DWDD) – The Manobo tribe in Barangay Hinapoyan, Carmen, Surigao del Sur led by Datu Tanie Quillano – Municipal IPMR and Mickjun Quillano – Elected Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman, extends their sincere gratitude as 54 of their tribe member graduates Mobile Computer Literacy (MCL) Training last June 6, 2018.

The MCL Training is a one (1) month training launched in Carmen, Surigao Del Sur last May 03, 2018 supervised by TESDA, 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion, Department of Education – Surigao Del Sur Division and the LGU of Carmen to provide basic computer education to IP Youth to include IP Out of School Youth in Carmen, Surigao del Sur utilizing the Army’s Mobile Computer Literacy Van, a fully air-conditioned 40 foot container van installed with 21 High Technology Computer Sets.

 The MCL training was first launched last January 23, 2018 in San Miguel, SDS with a total of 152 IP Youth/Graduates in three (3) batches of the MCL Training.

“In behalf sa among tribo, manobo o mamanwa o higaonon, amo kining lantawon nga dakong utang kabobot-on sa nagpahigayon niini ilabina kang Mayor Jane Valeroso Plaza, sa TESDA og sa atung kasundaluhan sa 402 brigade pinaagi kang Brigadier General Gacal og kang Lt Colonel Trinidad sa 36IB, Daghang Salamat…” – Datu Tanie Quillano – IP Mandatory Representative of Carmen, Surigao del Sur. 36IB Valor / MCAG