Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Suspects in burning banana truck still unknown

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jul 11): Suspects in burning banana truck still unknown

The perpetrators in the burning of a panel carrying bananas in Barangay Talandang last Monday night remained unidentified to the authorities as of presstime,

Lt. Colonel Raymund Lachica, outgoing commanding officer of the 3rd Infantry Brigade said perpetrators of the incident comprised of four armed individuals remained unidentified and their motives unknown.

He said the group identified themselves as communist rebels but authorities still look at the possible involvement of other groups.

“As of now we cannot conclude that the rebels were involved. We will wait for the result of the investigation of the police,” Lachica said.

He said based on their monitoring, the main rebel group is already out of Toril and Marilog areas but small groups continue to roam around.

Lachica said he no longer discounts the possibility that some of the rebels remain in the area.

He also revealed about receiving feelers that some of the rebels want to return to the folds of the law within this week.

Lachica said the city government of Davao has donated P5-Million for the halfway house called “Bahay-Kalinaw" which will be constructed at the headquarters of the 1003rd Infantry Brigade in Barangay Mahayag, Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte.

He said all the documentary requirements, reintegration and reorientation to the mainstream society and livelihood trainings of the rebel surrenderees will be conducted there.

When he assumed as commanding officer initially of the 84th IB in Malagos, Calinan, Lachica has instilled to the troops the value of discipline, in doing the right things and back to basics as part of cleansing the ranks.

He said more than a hundred rebels surrendered to their unit.

Lachica said that when the 84th IB transformed to 3rd Infantry Battalion, 73 rebels with 49 firearms surrendered to them.

Incidentally, he recalled losing four soldiers due to improvised explosive device or IEDs in the conduct of security operations in Barangay Lamanan and in other areas last February 2018.

He also narrated that the convergence through the Serbisyo Caravan headed by the local government greatly helped the residents in barangays.

Lachica said the people are constantly briefed on the security and disaster preparedness through regular meetings.

He also lauded the tight coordination between the police and the government troops when it comes to security operations in the area.

PH Navy delegation head visits RIMPAC contingent

From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 11): PH Navy delegation head visits RIMPAC contingent

Commodore Toribio Adaci, head of the Philippine Navy (PN) delegation to the ongoing "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) exercise, visited the PN contingent last July 8.

This took place at Bravo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Navy spokesperson Cmdr. Jonathan Zata said in a statement Tuesday.

Adaci was welcomed by Naval Task Force 86 personnel headed by Capt. Ernesto Baldovino aboard strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) and frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) respectively.

Also, the former joined the contingent in the Sunday mass aboard BRP Davao Del Sur which was followed by his talk to the officers and enlisted personnel aboard the ships.

Adaci lauded the PN RIMPAC contingent for successful and safe voyage from the Philippines to Hawaii and their good performance shown during the harbor phase activities conducted together with the other Navies.

He added that the leadership of Armed Forces of the Philippines, especially the PN, is satisfied with the dedication and service of every sailor and marine that make the country proud. RIMPAC 2018 started June 27 and will end on Aug. 2.

Aside from the two ships, the Navy has deployed an AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter and 700 sailors and marines.

Risk of violence for 2018 SONA low: AFP

From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 11): Risk of violence for 2018 SONA low: AFP

The risk of any violence erupting during President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23 is very low, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said Tuesday.

"Kung magkaroon man ng (If there will be a) shooting, it will be isolated. They cannot do it widespread. Kasi kung may plano na widespread (If there is a widespread plan), we can monitor it. Kasi pag mas marami kang coordination ng (attacks or disruptions) malaki gagawin mo (Because if you have many coordinated attacks or disruptions, you have to do many things), the possibility of it being discovered is also high. So as of now, wala tayong nadi-discover na ganun dahil (we are not discovering things like that because) all the possibilities are low," he added.

Detoyato said that the military is still confirming reports that local terrorist groups are planning to disrupt the SONA.

"Wala, walang (None, there are no) confirmed na reports," the AFP official stressed.

Earlier, Detoyato said the AFP through its Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) will be deploying 600 officers and enlisted personnel to augment the security measures being implemented by the police during this year's SONA.

He added that this force can be augmented if needed.

RIMPAC sea phase starts Wednesday

From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 11): RIMPAC sea phase starts Wednesday

The two Philippine Navy (PN) ships deployed for this year's "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) exercise in Hawaii are scheduled to sail out anytime Wednesday (Manila time) to participate in the so-called "Force Integration Phase" (FIP) of the naval maneuvers.

"(The two ships will be sailing) at sea or the FIP of the exercise where various naval maneuvers and free-play exercises will be conducted.

This is also the phase where live-fire will be done," Navy spokesperson, Commander Jonathan Zata, said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

The PN contingent to RIMPAC 2018 consists of the strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), the frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), an AgustaWestland naval helicopter, and 700 sailors and marines.

The FIP will last until July 19, Zata said, adding that BRP Andres Bonifacio will participate in the live-fire phase with its 76-mm Oto Melara main gun and 25-mm secondary cannons.

RIMPAC is the world's largest joint and combined naval exercise. This year’s exercises began June 27 and will last until August 2.

"Participating nations will demonstrate the inherent capabilities of their respective naval forces through a wide range of realistic exercises that include human assistance and disaster response, maritime security operations, sea maneuvers, and complex war fighting.

The exercise not only aims to harness each nation’s naval capabilities but also to bolster cooperation among participating nations to secure the maritime commons against threats," the PN spokesperson earlier said.

North Cotabato village chair survives ambush

From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 11): North Cotabato village chair survives ambush

Police have launched manhunt against two men who tried to kill a village chairperson of a communist rebel-infested town of Magpet in North Cotabato on Tuesday morning, a provincial police officer said Wednesday.

Supt. Bernard Tayong, speaking for the North Cotabato provincial police office, said that Magpet police personnel, backed by the Army’s 90th Infantry Battalion, have been pursuing a lead that could result to the identification and arrest of the suspects.

The target of the ambush, Ferdinand Cariaga, chairperson of Barangay Salab, Magpet survived the assassin’s bullets at about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Chief Inspector Jose Molina, Magpet police chief, said Cariaga was driving his motorbike heading toward the town proper to join the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) meeting at 9 a.m. when ambushed by still unidentified gunmen.

Tayong said residents nearby rushed Cariaga to the Kidapawan Medical Specialist Hospital in Kidapawan City and he remained conscious although critically wounded on his chest, abdomen, and thigh.

Tayong also said Cariaga, who was alone while on a motorbike, underwent surgical operation at about noon Tuesday.

Police and military probers believed the New People's Army was behind the ambush due to Cariaga’s strong stance against the rebels in his village.

Army: 12 BIFF killed in 2-day offensives in Maguindanao

From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 11): Army: 12 BIFF killed in 2-day offensives in Maguindanao

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao -- The military here claimed that 12 Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were killed in military offensives on Sunday and Monday.

Capt. Arvin John Encinas, spokesperson of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6ID), said the two-day air and ground assaults in Barangay Malingao, Shariff Saydona town left a dozen BIFF casualties and their remains were recovered by authorities and local officials.

The slain BIFF members were recovered in Sitio Pandan, Sitio Mungkas and Sitio Pandan, all in Barangay Malingao were some 50 BIFF fighters were sighted.

Encinas identified the slain BIFF as Baser Alon, Nurdin Kalun, Kemi Jainudin, Wahed Anuwar, Bensar Ali, Arapat Gemal, Bedo Gamadil, Wari Brahim, Bakar Seral, Tato Menta, and two unidentified rebels.

Nine other militants were injured in the clashes, he added.

“Our troops on the ground are continuously gaining advantage over the BIFF bandits in the SPMS Box for past several days of intensified military operation,” Brig. Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana, 6ID commander, said in a statement Tuesday.

The SPMS box refers to the towns of Salibo, Pagatin (Datu Saudi), Mamasapano, and Shariff Aguak, where the BIFF mainly operates.

“Our troops remained on alert,” Encinas said, adding that the BIFF tried to set off improvised bombs along the roads leading to the clash site but Army bomb experts deactivated them Tuesday morning.

He said the death of the 12 militants brought to 35 the total number of BIFF killed so far in ongoing clashes since July 1, which marked the start of the all-out offensive against the terror group in the province.

MILF: Thousands attend Bangsamoro Youth, and Professionals Assembly in Buluan, Mauindana

Posted to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Website (Jul 8): Thousands attend Bangsamoro Youth, and Professionals Assembly in Buluan, Mauindana

BULUAN, MAGUINDANAO ---- Thousands of local residents attended the Bangsamoro Youth and Professionals' Assembly held in this town, mostly representatives  of various sectors from different municipalities of the provinces of Maguindanao, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat with a common call of restoring the deleted, and amended provisions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission.

 Women’s group in their manifesto called on the Bicameral Conference Committee to restore all deleted and amended provisions of the BTC- crafted BBL to pave the way for lasting peace in Mindanao.

Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute (KPI) also called on President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to fulfill his promise to correct the historical injustices committed against Moro people through the passage of the BBL.

Sahabudin Ukang, Vice-Chairman of Muslim Youth Brotherhood-Damakling Chapter emotionally said that the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) through the passage of an acceptable BBL will end bloody hostilities in Mindanao, deaths of innocent civilians especially children, women, the ageds and the loss of billions worth of properties.

Most of the speakers were one in saying that passing the BTC-BBL Version will not only correct historical injustices committed against the Moro people, but will also accelerate development in the proposed Bangsamoro Region whose people have long suffered oppression, and marginalization due to centuries of foreign and Filipino colonialism.

MILF: Editorial - Acceptance or rejection?

Editorial posted to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Website (Jul 8): Editorial - Acceptance or rejection?

On July 9, the bicameral conference committee will finalize the version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and after which on July 23 before or during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will sign it into law.
Four months or 120 days thereafter, a plebiscite shall be conducted for its ratification by the electorates of the proposed Bangsamoro territory. Once ratified, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is “deemed abolished” and the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) shall be organized immediately as the executive and legislative authority in the proposed Bangsamoro autonomous entity.

However, based on the Senate and House versions of the BBL, it is very difficult to say what decision MILF Central Committee is going to make: to accept or reject a BBL just above the current ARMM.

In this regard, to make the BBL clearly more than the ARMM is very simple. All those powers that were given or devolved to ARMM must be given or transferred to the new Bangsamoro political entity, and then, to borrow the words of one senator, “plus, plus ….” This will give rise to a real autonomous entity.

Th truth is that both options, acceptance or rejection, are laden with unfathomable complications or problems. Chances that either option will only worsen the situation in Mindanao.

Indeed, it is not an easy decision on the part of the MILF. In this regard, consultation with the people is necessary. The pulse of the people must be given way. Above all, prayers for guidance from ABOVE is needed.

However, if what emerges from the conference is lower than the ARMM or just like it, it is easy for the MILF to decide. We cannot accept a diluted BBL. That is tantamount to capitulation.

Right now, frankly we do not know what is in the offing re: BBL. The only consolation is that most of the members of the committee (18 from the House and 10 from the Senate) are for the resolution of the conflict in Mindanao. They are also known for their fairness in dealing with people including the Moros of Mindanao.

However, three members of the committee from the House are known enemy of the BBL right from the start. They have not softened up even after President Duterte certified the proposed bill as urgent on May 30. The two legislators are fighting tooth and nail to ensure the continued stay of his family in power and control of resources in their province. The third one is opposing for the sake of opposing; he finds comfort and happiness if Moros are suffering, courtesy of his distorted sense of history. It is racism at work and at its best, if not a religious bigotry!

Be this as it may, we will continue to hope and pray for a good BBL after the conference. This is our gut feeling! We feel many people share this positive outlook.

We are adopting this positive point of view on the premise that only a real autonomous Bangsamoro entity can serve the best interest of all. A weak one will only invite, like a disease, more complications. More so, frustrations will increase manifold.

CPP/CPP-IB: To Duterte

CPP Information Bureau propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jul 10): To Duterte

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines

8 July 2018

You declaim, “Let us go to war!” like a drug-crazed war freak. As if you gave peace a chance. Over the past two years, despite your peace prattle, not once did you silence the guns of war. You have never ordered your soldiers to relent in their offensives. Peaceful rural barangays are no more with battalions of soldiers occupying their villages. People are gravely suffering under your total war, spuriously named “Oplan Kapayapaan.” You ignore their pleas. You drown their cries by raining bombs over their homes and fields. You drive them away from their lands which you and your minions covet .

You have repeatedly tripped the peace talks just as these were making headway. You come up with one unacceptable condition after another. Now you repeat ad nauseam the lie that the NDFP wants to share power with you. (They do not.) Or that the GRP has been at the losing end of all past agreements. You plan to throw 25 years of hard work down the drain. Clearly you do not want peace. At least, not one that fixes the people’s problems which rouse them to rise up in arms—landlessness, unemployment, very low wages, rising prices, burdensome taxes, corruption and bureaucrats like you making money. What you want is for the revolutionary forces to surrender and bow before you. Indeed you are drunk with power.

You think you can get away with your crimes and abuses. The Filipino people will not allow it. Your dream of silencing the people will fail. Your schemes of a dictatorship will fail. You wish to end the people’s armed resistance. You will definitely fail. Like your idol Marcos, you will end up right on top of the trash heap of history.

CPP/CPP-IB: On Duterte’s spectre of power sharing

CPP Information Bureau propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jul 10): On Duterte’s spectre of power sharing

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines

10 July 2018

Duterte is weaving a big lie in claiming that past agreements forged between the GRP and the NDFP “all end up with power sharing and a coalition government.” We challenge Duterte to stand before the public and point out specifically in which agreement did he make that discovery, instead of blabbering about nonsense such as “power sharing.”

Duterte is deliberately engendering the spectre of “power sharing” to scare the ruling elite politicians and get them all behind him in his decision to terminate the NDFP-GRP peace negotiations. At the same time, he discredits the previous GRP presidents for signing previous agreements and not being as astute as him in not seeing the NDFP’s “power sharing” motives. Duterte knows that many among his fellow reactionaries do not sit well with his decision to end the talks. The broad democratic sectors denounce his one-track militarist approach.

He also wants to disparage the CPP-NPA “for having the gall” to want to share power with him when the revolutionary forces “could not even control a single barangay for one day” (or so he claims). He aims at Prof. Jose Ma. Sison who he wants to derogate to his level as a power-hungry politician. “I cannot give it to you,” he insists. Indeed, Duterte does not want to share power with the CPP/NPA/NDF. In fact, the dictator wannabe does not want to share power with anyone. He wants it all for himself.

Revolutionaries do not seek power sharing
To set the record straight, the revolutionary forces do not seek “power sharing” with the GRP. If one closely reads the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), the only agreement so far which pertains to the substantive agenda of the talks, there is no single mention of “sharing power.” On the contrary, it speaks of “mutuality and reciprocity” as well as “separate duties and responsibilities”, which explicitly indicate two distinct entities. Nowhere in the agreement is it suggested that a coalition government will be established.

The same principle of “separate duties and responsibilities” is again stipulated in the NDFP’s draft of the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER). In Part II, Section 3, the NDFP further proposes: “In entering into this agreement, the GRP is guided by its Constitution and the NDFP by the Guide for Establishing the People’s Democratic Government and the Program for a People’s Democratic Revolution of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Accordingly, the Parties hold themselves responsible jointly and separately in implementing this Agreement.”

The revolutionary forces do not seek to share power nor forge a coalition government with the GRP, especially not with Duterte. In peace negotiations, what the revolutionary forces aim to forge is an agreement on measures which the GRP and the NDFP, as separate political entities, will carry out to serve the overall interests of the Filipino people in line with the principles of national sovereignty and social justice.

Two powers at war in the Philippines
As explicitly stated in the Party’s Program for a People’s Democratic Revolution, the overall aim of the CPP is to build a people’s democratic government (PDG) that would in time be established nationwide and replace the rotten US neocolonial client-state. The PDG represents the workers, peasants, the petty-bourgeoisie and the national capitalists. The broad toiling masses are being roused to wage armed revolution by the worsening forms of oppression and exploitation which they daily suffer.

In contrast, the neocolonial state (expressed as the GRP or the Government of the Republic of the Philippines) represents the interests of the US (primarily through its command and control of the AFP), and the reactionary classes of big bourgeois compradors, big landlords and big bureaucrat capitalists (the most parasitic class to which Duterte belongs to).

The neocolonial reactionary state is currently the dominant government in the Philippines. The PDG is still comparatively weak, although it is already established nationwide, covering at least 95% of all provinces, with political authority covering a few thousand barrios.

Nature of civil war and peace negotiations
Peace negotiations have been going on for more than 25 years now. There are peace negotiations because there are two governments at war with each other.

On the one hand, the revolutionary forces behind the PDG are not yet capable of overthrowing the GRP. On the other hand, the GRP has been weakened considerably by the ever worsening crisis of the semicolonial and semifeudal system that it is incapable of pushing back the steady growth of the CPP/NPA, even with the heightening intervention of the US military.

Thus is the nature of the civil war in the Philippines. That two armed powers are confronting each other in the battlefield and across the table is the undeniable context behind the long-running NDFP-GRP peace talks.

Duterte trivializes the negotiations by claiming the NDFP wants only “power sharing.” No. The NDFP does not covet Duterte’s powers. It seeks, rather, for the two powers, while at war to come to an agreement to address the country’s outstanding problems for the benefit of the people.

CPP/NDF-Panay: The mad tyrant and his DDS are on the loose!

NDF-Panay propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jul 11): The mad tyrant and his DDS are on the loose!

Concha Araneta, Spokesperson
NDFP Panay

11 July 2018

After his habitual tiresome rant, rambling about putting Boracay under land reform and giving land to the MANGYANS in Boracay, Duterte again warned that the problem in Iloilo is still drugs. Only days after the mad tyrant left Iloilo on June 20, his DDS (Duterte Death Squads) and PNP asslickers went on a killing spree.

First it was barangay captain Remia Prevendido Gregori allegedly linked to her slain druglord brother. Unlike Richard Prevendido who was killed by the PNP and PDEA in a so-called legitimate raid, the barangay captain’s non-uniformed but professional killers drove straight into her beach resort in broad daylight on the afternoon of June 24 (St John the Baptist day) at San Joaquin, Iloilo. Sporting masks and high-powered rifles the assassins knew precisely whom to kill and whom to maim, spending enough bullets to traumatize Gregori’s family members vacationing on the beach. Along with the barangay captain, the killers also murdered the nanny of Remia’s grandchildren and wounded her husband. The PNP declared the killing was drug-related but it is utterly clueless ‘kuno’ as to who murdered Remia Gregori.

Less than twenty-four hours later the target was another barangay captain, Noel Odicta, brother of DDS-slayed druglord Melvin Odicta. In a blitzkrieg raid at dawn of June 25, regional PNP forces encircled the Odicta compound and ransacked five houses for illegal firearms and explosives killing the barangay captain’s brother-in-law for allegedly fighting back a platoon of armed and dangerous law enforcers. A number of persons including the barangay captain have been detained for illegal possession of firearms and explosives. According to Regional Director John Bulalacao, the owners were drug suspects. He commended the PNP for a job well done. As for the killing, well he fought back ‘kasi’.

The very next day (June 26) in order to impress more terror and panic to the people of Iloilo and the region, Duterte’s DDS and police minions executed their plan to eliminate PO1 Dorben Acap, a police officer classified by the PNP as a ‘high-value drug suspect’. Alas DDS PO2 Melvin Mocorro was not sharp enough to fatally kill his target. Acap returned fire and was able to wound Mocorro who was in civilian clothes and helmet riding in tandem with his co-DDS driver. Mocorro’s helmet loosened and Acap was able to identify him. This incident of a policeman purporting to murder another policeman caused a lot of hue and cry from the public including media. Strange, unlike the two cases above, PNP top officers were unreachable, inaccessible and shy to inquiries especially from the media. Reaching out to Regional Director John Bulalacao, media got this “sorry the RD is not available at this moment”.

What a mess! Everything was going smoothly on PRO6’s way until this fiasco. Bulalacao’s scheme of fear and terror and ‘pakitang gilas’ backfired and went pfft. Upon Duterte’s bidding, Bulalacao set the ball rolling overzealously unleashing the DDS and police mercenaries.

However, this killing spree is not a regional phenomenon but a national scheme under a terrorist tyrannical rule framework. The month of July opened with two mayors from Luzon (Batangas and Nueva Ecija) gunned down in extra-judicial fashion. While this caused alarm among the ranks of local bureaucrats and unnerving those announced and unannounced in the Duterte ‘narco list’, Duterte lightly dismissed these atrocities even sounding gleeful at Tan-auan, Batangas mayor Antonio Halili’s murder. He promptly blamed Halili for being a druglord but as to who killed him, “he has no idea”.

The presidential parrot Harry Roque prattled that the Palace has nothing to do with the outbreak of murders, no killing has been state-sponsored and investigations will be done. But who is Harry Roque the fool fooling? Certainly not the public who know too well that these killings like Tokhang are planned and executed by state police, DDS and mercenaries and it is Duterte who is the chief architect and primarily answerable.

Too much blood is on Duterte’s hands. He has outdone Marcos in the number and rate of killings and murders and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people especially in Marawi, lumad communities and the rest of Mindanao. Day by day Duterte keeps on proving that he is the no. 1 terrorist in the Philippines.

But this terrorist tyrant is only good at bullying the people especially the masses of peasants, workers, youth and other working people. Yet he kowtows in subservient obedience to US imperialism and the CIA and cowardly shirks at China’s aggression and blackmail. He has practically killed the peace negotiations with the NDFP in compliance to CIA-trained Defense Secretary Lorenzana’s directive. Ever since, he has handled the peace negotiations in an arrogant, underhanded, provocative and unreasonable manner.

Whatever efforts at fake news, fake approval ratings, fake economic progress and fake benefits from TRAIN Duterte’s paid sycophants do in order to buffer his growing unpopularity and isolation, it is clear and plain that the people’s tide of discontent, disdain and resistance against tyranny and demagoguery is rising day by day until it culminates into the tyrant’s downfall.

We appeal to the people of Panay to strike at tyranny thru all forms of struggle. NDF-Panay together with the New People’s Army in our guerrilla fronts exhorts all peace-loving and righteous citizens not to be cowed by the state’s terrorism, to resist fascist violence by the PNP and AFP and to support or join the people’s armed resistance.

@ nagresulta sang pagkapatay sang bayaw sang barangay kapitan sa alegasyon nga nagbato sa isa ka platun nga armado kag makatalagam nga mga tagpatuman sang lawi. Madamo ang gindakup kag ginpreso lakip na ang kapitan bangud sa iligal nga paghupot sang mga armas kag eksplosibo. Suno kay Regional Director John Bulalacao, ang tag-iya sang mga ini mga suspetsado sa druga. Gindayaw niya ang PNP para sa maayo nga pagtuman sang trabaho. Bahin naman sa pagpatay, kay ti, “nagbato abi!”

Gilayon man pagkasunod nga adlaw (Hunyo 26), agud magpasigá paagi sa dugang nga kakugmat kag panik sa mga pumuluyo sa Iloilo kag sa rehiyon, ang DDS ni Duterte kag ang sumulunod nga kapulisan nagpatuman sang ila plano nga pag-eliminar kay PO1 Dorben Acap, isa ka upisyal sang pulis nga klasipikado sang PNP bilang ‘high-value drug suspect’. Ugaling, si DDS PO2 Melvin Mocorro indi gid matanda agud mapatay niya sang patal ang target. Nakabalos si Acap kag napilasan pa si Mocorro nga nakasibilyan ang panapot kag naka-helmet upod sa iya pareho nga DDS nga nagamaneho sang motor. Napalos ang helmet ni Mocorro kag nakilala siya ni Acap. Ini nga insidente sang isa ka pulis nga nagatuyo mag-marder sang isa man ka pulis nagpaukal sang madamo nga reklamo halin sa publiko lakip sa masmidya. Ang makatilingala, kay indi pareho sa duha ka nauna nga kaso nga namensyunar sa ibabaw, ang matag-as nga upisyal sang PNP indi na malab-ot, indi na maangutan kag hinali lang sila nangin mahuluy-on sa pagsabat sang mga palamangkutanon ilabi na halin sa masmidya. Kon kontakon gani si Regional Director John Bulalacao, ang makuha sang midya amo ang “sorry the RD is not available at this moment”.

Ano nga damulit! Halos tanan katanlas lang kuntani para sa PRO-6, asta nga nagtuhaw ining makahuluya nga kapaslawan. Ang padihut ni Bululacao nga magsabwag sang kakugmat kag “pakitang gilas” ang narebenta kag nawad-an sang hangin. Sa bendisyon ni Duterte, si Bulalacao ang nagkumpas kag matinumanon kag tudo-tudo nga ginbuy-an nga maglayaw ang DDS kag mersenaryo nga mga pulis.

Apang ining pagpamatay indi lang diri sa rehiyon kundi isa ka padihut sa pungsodnon nga sakup sa idalom sang teroristang tiranikal nga paggahum. Ang bulan sang Hulyo nagbukas nga may duha ka meyor sa Luzon (Batangas kag Nueva Ecija) ang ginpangluthang sa pamaagi sang ekstra-hudisyal nga pagpatay. Samtang nag-alarma ini sa kubay sang lokal nga burukrasya kag nagpakulba sa mga gin-anunsyar kag wala naanunsyar sa listahan sang ‘narco list’ ni Duterte, mahapos nga ginbale-wala lang ini ni Duterte nga mga kalakasan kag makita pa siya gani nga nalipay sa pagmarder sa meyor sang Tan-auan, Batangas nga si Antonio Halili. Madasig niya nga ginbasol si Halili sa iya pagka-druglord, pero sa kon sin-o ang nagpatay, “wala siya ideya”.

Ang presidensyal nga pikoy nga si Harry Roque nag-ngasal nga ang Palasyo wala labot sa paglupok sang madamo nga marder, wala sang mga pagpamatay nga gin-isponsor sang estado kag himuon pa ang imbestigasyon. Pero sin-o ang ginatonto sang nagabinuang nga si Harry Roque? Pat-ud indi ang publiko nga maathag nga nakahibalo nga ining pagpamatay pareho sang Tokhang ang lunsay ginplano kag ginapatuman sang kapulisan sang estado, DDS kag mga mersenaryo kag si Duterte amo ang puno nga utok kag primarya nga may salabton.

Sanaw sa dugo ang mga kamot ni Duterte. Nalabawan pa niya si Marcos sa kadamuon kag kadasigon sang pagpamatay kag pagpangmarder kag pagdislokar sang ginatus ka libo nga mga pumuluyo ilabi na sa Marawi, sa mga komunidad sang Lumad kag iban pa nga lugar sa Mindanao. Adlaw-adlaw, ginasiguro ni Dutete ang pagpamatuod nga siya ang numero uno nga terorista sa Pilipinas.

Apang ini nga terorista nga tirano maayo lang sa pagdaug-daog sa mga pumuluyo ilabi na sa masang mangunguma, mamumugon, pamatan-on kag iban nga anakbalhas. Nagayaub siya sa pagsunod sa imperyalismong US kag sa CIA kag talawan nga nagalikaw sa agresyon kag pagblakmeyl sang China. Sa aktwal, ginpatay na niya ang negasasyon pangkalinungan upod sa NDFP sa pagsunod sa direktiba sang ginhanas sang CIA nga Secretaryo sang Depensa, si Lorenzana. Halin pa sang una, gintratar niya ang negosasyon pangkalinungan sing may arogansya, indi tampad, nagapangprobokar kag sa pamaagi nga indi rasonable.

Himuon sang mga bayaran nga mga sumulunod ni Dutete sa pagpaggwa sang mga paltik nga balita, paltik nga approval ratings, paltik nga pang-ekonomya nga kauswagan kag paltik nga benipisyo sa TRAIN agud lang mapigaran ang madasig nga pagkahamulag kag pagkadula sang popularidad ni Duterte. Apang maathag kag madali makita ang adlaw-adlaw nga pagtaub sang pagkadiskontento, tuman nga kaugot kag pagpamatuk sang pumuluyo sa tiranya kag pagkadiktador ni Duterte kag ang putuk-putukan sini amo ang iya pagkapukan.

Nagaapelar kami sa mga pumuluyo sang Panay sa pagbunal batuk sa tiranya sa tanan nga mga porma sang paghimakas. Ang NDF-Panay upod sa New People’s Army sa aton mga prenteng gerilya nagabuyok sa mga nagapalangga sang kalinungan kag matarung nga mga pumuluyo nga indi magkahadlok sa terorismo sang estado, batuan ang pasita nga kalakasan sang PNP kag AFP kag suportahan ukon magbuylog sa armado nga pagpamatuk sang pumuluyo.#

DWDD: 100 teachers, commandants trained for Basic ROTC program

Posted to DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Facebook Page (Jul 8): 100 teachers, commandants trained for Basic ROTC program
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 CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City--The Department of National Defense, Department of Education, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines conclude yesterday, July 8, the four-day Capability Building workshop for the pilot implementation of Advanced Citizen Training Program (ACTP).

The workshop is aimed at preparing 100 teachers and 100 AFP commandants from identified schools offering Grades 11 and 12 nationwide projected to imp...lement the ACTP.

 ACTP is anchored on House Bill 5113 endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte, proposing the mandatory Basic Reserve Officers Training Course (ROTC) in Gr 11 & 12 in consultation with other ROTC stakeholders.

The proposed bill was presented and unanimously approved for endorsement to Congress as a priority measure by the Pres and the Cabinet during the 12th Cabinet meeting on 07 Feb 2017 in Malacañang.

The bill was eventually filed in the House by Dep Speaker Raneo Abu (2nd Dist, Batangas) as HB 5113 on 22 Feb 2017, adopting them to the DND/AFP bill.

In line with the President's endorsement of the HB 5113, DepEd and DND/AFP worked together to come up with a Basic ROTC curriculum/POI that can be piloted in 100 senior high schools nationwide in the next school year.

This resulted to the 16 Mar 2018 signing of a Memorandum of Agreement to pilot this Basic ROTC curriculum but will be called as ACTP pending the passage into law of HB 5113.

The workshop will conclude today in Tanza, Cavite with Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, Dr. Rizalino Jose T Rosales who represented Sec Leonor Briones, Director, Bureau of Learner Support Services under which is the Youth Formation Div which oversees the ACTP and the Deputy Chief of Staff AFP Vice Admiral Gaudenci Collado.

DWDD: U.S. and Philippines Strengthen Alliance with Maritime Training Activity 2018

Posted to DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Facebook Page (Jul 9): U.S. and Philippines Strengthen Alliance with Maritime Training Activity 2018

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 San Fernando City, Philippines (NNS) – The U.S. and Philippines Navies kicked off Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama at Naval Station Ernesto Ogbinar in San Fernando City, Philippines, July 9. The week-long engagement focuses on the full spectrum of naval capabilities and is designed to strengthen the close partnership between both navies while cooperatively ensuring maritime security, stability, and prosperity.

Expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3), diving and salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) and a P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft will operate alongside Philippine Navy frigate BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF 16) and landing dock ship BRP Tarlac (LD 601) in at-sea evolutions in the South China Sea.

Evolutions include air defense exercises (ADEX) aimed to increase proficiency in air and missile defense, diving exercises (DIVEX) to promote mutual efficiency underwater, and search and rescue exercises (SAREX) designed to enhance capabilities in aid-and-assistance to distressed mariners.

Shore phase evolutions include symposiums and seminars on a wide range of naval capabilities including medical, public affairs, engineering, explosive ordnance disposal and anti-submarine and surface operations, all taking place in San Fernando City, San Antonio, Manila and Subic.

The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force will join the exercise as an observer and valued partner. "The name of this Maritime Training Activity, Sama Sama, - meaning ‘together, jointly’ - perfectly captures the spirit and energy of this tremendous event.

The U.S. and Philippine alliance has always been a special relationship based on mutual trust and respect and strengthened by enduring maritime engagements," said Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, Commander, Task Force 73.

"Built on 70 years of strong friendship and deep historical ties, our shared interest in maritime security is what Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama is all about — our shared belief that regional challenges increasingly require cooperative solutions by capable naval forces."

MTA Sama Sama builds upon other engagements with the Philippines including Pacific Partnership, the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission, Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT), which involves more than a dozen partner nations, and Balikatan-34.

These engagements serve to enhance information sharing and coordination and support long-term regional cooperation.

"This training provides us with an exceptional opportunity for both Philippine and U.S. Navies to engage in a broader range of maritime operations and unique scenarios in our
maritime areas. In this way, we could explore for more cooperation, enhance our interoperability, and provide us effective mechanisms for collaboration and partnership of our Navies in the spirit of our mutual treaty engagement,” said Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat, Commander, Northern Luzon Command.

“Notably, this Maritime Training Activity demonstrates the extraordinary commitment of our Navies in building and strengthening our partnership in keeping with our bilateral relations as longtime ally. As such, this year's exercise focuses on developing mutual capabilities in addressing maritime security priorities and concern for mutual benefits and interests".

In July 2017, the U.S. and Philippine Navies conducted a coordinated patrol in the Sulu Sea demonstrating a mutual commitment to responding to piracy and illegal transnational activity.

Sailors from both navies exchanged best practices in visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) techniques, as well as information sharing.

"It is incredible to see all that will be accomplished during this exercise, as Sailors and Marines from the U.S. and Philippines work side-by-side across multiple domains to safely execute and engage on and under the sea, in the air, on land, and in the local communities," said Capt. Lex Walker, Commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7.

"As the MTA continues to evolve in scope and scale, the U.S. and Philippine Navies will continue sailing together towards the common goals of increased maritime security and stability."

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DWDD: 5ID supports localized peace talks with CTGs

Posted to DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Facebook Page (Jul 9): 5ID supports localized peace talks with CTGs

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CAMP MELCHOR F DELA CRUZ, Gamu, Isabela – The 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army voiced its support to the plan of the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to pursue a localized peace talks with the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) instead of pursuing the national peace talks under the self-exiled communist leader, Joma Sison.

These words came after the DND and AFP leadership recommended in the previous days that a much practical approach must be undertaken to end the communist terrorist influence in the countryside.

MGen Perfecto M Rimando Jr AFP, Commander, 5ID who has operational jurisdiction over two regions in Northern Luzon area, backed the said program and cited the distinct culture of every Filipino. He said that “We should not single out the approach in relation to peace talks, because the approach applied in one area might not be appropriate in another area. Localized peace talks is the better alternative since the communist terrorists here in Northern Luzon have different motives compared to their comrades in Visayas and Mindanao.”

The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has its own way to settle their problems. The living witness to this is the successful negotiation that ended the uprising of the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) through the intervention of their tribal elders.

In Cagayan Valley Region, the active participation and laudable initiatives of the Provincial and Municipal leaders that led to the surrender of Communist NPA Terrorists in the past months might be considered as a big step for a localized approach to the problem. This proved that the local leaders have their own method to settle things. They have the programs and wits to invite their “kababayans” to return to the mainstream of society.

In Cagayan Province, former rebels have now the opportunity to land a job under the Cagayan Employment Assistance Program of the PLGU. Just recently, 13 former rebels were employed. These former rebels are part of the more than 30 CNTs who surrendered during the first two quarters of this year.

“With this development in our area of operation, we are optimistic that a long-lasting peace in the area of Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Regions is within reach. The 5ID will give its all-out support to an initiative being pursued by the local leaders in relation to the localized peace talks with the CTGs,” MGen Rimando Jr, emphasized.

DWDD: Congratulations to PMC Football for Peace!

Posted to DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Facebook Page (Jul 10): Congratulations to PMC Football for Peace!

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Congratulations to OMF and PMC Football for Peace!

AWARD OF MERIT at The 16th Philippine Quill Awards. Football For Peace: Partnership with the AFP for Peaceful Communities

SEMPER Pax. Our Passion is PEACE....


DWDD: Project “Ball for Peace”

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Facebook Page (Jul 10): Project “Ball for Peace”

The Zamboanga City Indigenous Peoples Sports Association (ZCIPSA) in partnership with 4th Civil Relations Group, CRSAFP will conduct its first ever project “Ball for Peace”, a Basketball competition which will be participated by IPs sector from different Tribes namely Yakan, Kolibogan, Sama-Badjao, Subanon and Sama-Bangingi.

A screening for basketball game from ages 19 - 30 as Senior and ages 13 -18 as Junior initiated by ZCIPSA President, Haj. Nasir Ismula; COL JOSE VICTOR L... VARGAS JR, 4CRG, Group Commander; Hon. Roel “Elong” Natividad, BAP National President; Engr. George Jocutan, OIC - NCIP; assisted by different Ingenious Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) held at Headquarters 4th Civil Relations Group, CRSAFP, Camp Don Basalio Navarro, Zamboanga City last 08 July 2018.

 The primary purpose of the creation of ZCIPSA is to promote solidarity and camaraderie among IPs of different tribes and other ethnic groups within the region as well as to encourage the youth to join in such sports or event to prevent them from engaging in illegal activities.

The tournament will be on August 19, 2018 that will start with a Motorcade from Paseo del Mar with different tribal presentation highlighting the rich culture of IPs of Zamboanga Peninsula and will officially open at City Coliseum Brgy. Tetuan, Zamboanga City.

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DWDD: PH Navy Vessels Open for Public Tour in Hawaii

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Facebook Page (Jul 10): PH Navy Vessels Open for Public Tour in Hawaii

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii – The two (2) naval vessels of the Philippine Navy (PN) to the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercise conduct an “Open Ship” on July 07, 2018 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) and BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF17), along with other ships involved in the RIMPAC held a one-day guided shipboard tour that are open to the public.

Around 3,000 military and civilians experienced the “Filipino Hospitality” during the tour. Aside from orientation of the ship’s capability, the open ship was highlighted by the cultural performance from the students of Naval Officers Basic Course (NOBC) aboard LD602 and live band performance from the PN Seabees Band aboard FF17.

RIMPAC 2018 will run until Aug. 2, 2018. This is the first time that the Philippine Navy sends a contingent to participate in the world’s largest maritime international exercise. It further enhances its national pride in sending not just one but two naval vessels. The PN contingent is led by Capt. Ernesto O. Baldovino PN(GSC), Commander of Naval Task Force 86 RIMPAC.

The Philippine Navy’s participation to RIMPAC 2018 trumpets the Command’s commitment in promoting multilateral cooperation to strengthen relationship and cooperation among participating navies of the world.


51st Engineering Brigade Philippine Army Change of Command Ceremony

From the Philippine Army Website (Jul 10): 51st Engineering Brigade Philippine Army Change of Command Ceremony

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FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila - Army Commanding General, Lieutenant General Rolando Joselito D Bautista AFP hands-over the Unit Symbol to the new Commander of 51st Engineering Brigade, Philippine Army, Colonel Emmanuel Anthony V Ramos, Philippine Army during the Change of Command Ceremony on 09 July 2018 at Camp General Rigoberto J Atienza, Libis Quezon City.
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Donning of Ranks to the Newly Promoted Generals

From the Philippine Army Website (Jul 10): Donning of Ranks to the Newly Promoted Generals

Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila – Army Commanding General Lieutenant General Rolando Joselito D Bautista AFP, dons second star rank to the Most Senior Promotee Major General Dinoh A Dolina AFP, Commander 3rd Infantry Spearhead Division on July 09, 2018 at Headquarters Philippine Army.

Likewise, the CGPA dons first star rank to Brigadier General Elias H Escarcha AFP, Brigade Commander 201st Infantry Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Philippine Army and Brigadier General Ramon Evan T Ruiz AFP, Commander 53rd Engineer Brigade, Philippine Army.#
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DWDD: Arrested Suspected High Ranking Communist terrorists turned over to RTC Bukidnon

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Facebook Page (Jul 11): Arrested Suspected High Ranking Communist terrorists turned over to RTC Bukidnon

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NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Two suspected high ranking members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army Terrorist Group (CNTG) based in Mindanao were turned over yesterday July 10, 2018 at the Bukidnon Regional Trial Court and presently detained at BJMP Bukidnon after they were arrested in an Inter...-Agency Law Enforcement Operations in Barangay Lagao, General Santos City on July 4, 2018.

The two were identified as Maria Limbaga Unabia ALIAS DEL of Koronadal, South Cotabato and Francis Madria ALIAS KIANG, of Malaybalay, Bukidnon, both suspected high ranking members of CTG in Mindanao.

They were arrested by virtue of warrants of arrest in CC NO. 29243-16 and CC NO. 29241-16 and 29242-16 for the crimes of murder, frustrated murder, and attempted murder issued by the Regional Trial Court in Bukidnon.

Likewise, 11 persons were also arrested and were charged for Violation of PD 1829 obstruction of justice after they tried to prevent the arresting team from executing the Warrant of Arrest against the two suspects.

The 11 arrested persons were detained at General Santos Police Office pending their commitment order by the court and other legal procedures. However, they were granted temporary liberty by Honorable Judge Emilio O Quianzon Jr., Vice Executive Judge of the City Trial Court when he allowed the group of Congressman Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna and Ali Macalintal of KARAPATAN SOCSKSARGEN to post bail on their behalf with the amount of Thirty-Six Thousand Pesos (Php 36,000.00) each on July 6, 2018.

The Inter-Agency Law Enforcement Operations composed of PNP units, NICA 12, and Joint Task Force GenSan came after an Intelligence Report stating that some suspected members of CNTG will converge in an undisclosed place in General Santos to asses and plan for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Meanwhile, PNP General Santos assisted by a legal team from the Armed Forces of the Philippines is on the process of applying for the issuance of a search warrant to allow the conduct of forensic examination to the confiscated electronic gadgets from the arrested person during the arrest.

Immediately after the arrest, Lt. General Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., Commander Eastern Mindanao Command directed his subordinates to intensify security operations to deny any group, particularly the communist terrorists in conducting atrocities, in relation to the directive of Jose Maria Sison to oust President Duterte.

"While we are protecting our communities from atrocities let, us further intensify our security operations to deny the terrorist group from conducting atrocities and subversive acts in furtherance of the directive of the communist leadership to oust President Duterte illegally," Gen. Madrigal Jr. said in his directive.