Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Mat Sabu: Trilateral maritime patrols have reduced crime in Sulu sea

From the New Strait Times (Oct 8): Mat Sabu: Trilateral maritime patrols have reduced crime in Sulu sea

The trilateral maritime patrols involving Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia have reduced cross-border crime in the Sulu sea. NSTP/ABDUL RAHEMANG TAIMING
The trilateral maritime patrols involving Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia have reduced cross-border crime in the Sulu sea.

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said cooperation under the Trilateral Cooperation Agreement had benefitted Sabah’s tourism sector and economy.

“Last month, I was in Manila to attend a meeting with the Philippine and Indonesian defence ministers (to strengthen cooperation),” he said after attending a gathering with the Federation of Tawau Chinese Associations, here, today.

“The tri-nation sea patrols have been impactful in reducing crime in the Sulu Sea and restoring security.”

The minister, who is known as Mat Sabu, is on an official working visit.

He visited the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) headquarters and security forces post on several islands in the east coast, and was briefed on the security situation.

He said the government would increase security forces’ manpower and assets.

“I will highlight Esscom’s grouses to the Prime Minister (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad), Finance Minister (Lim Guan Eng) and cabinet to boost Esscom’s readiness.

“Thus far, they (security forces) have performed their best and we need to increase their welfare. This is my determination along with the army, police and other enforcement bodies to intensify their service together,” he said.

Mat Sabu also urged the people to play their part in looking after the state’s security.

Opinion/Commentary: Communists are the No. 1 enemy of the republic

Opinion piece posted to the Manila Bulletin (Oct 11): Communists are the No. 1 enemy of the republic  (By Getsy Tiglao)

With the Muslim insurgency under control and the Islamic State having failed to establish a foothold in the Philippines, the government is left with no other enemy than the Communist Party of the Philippines.

The CPP, together with its armed wing, the New People’s Army, are continuing with their criminal activities, especially in rural areas where the military has limited presence.

They kill soldiers and policemen, barangay and other local officials, and just about anybody they deem as going against their cause, which is to overthrow the duly elected government so they can grab power for themselves.

They extort money from businessmen, farmers, and traders, and if you don’t pay up, they burn and destroy your properties. (Is this why telcos allegedly continue to pay the CPP-NPA ‘revolutionary taxes’ so they won’t touch their expensive cell phone towers? They can’t hire security teams to shoot the NPAs?)

Communists, despite what their allies in media and the academe say, are plain criminals and terrorists.

For the past 50 years, the CPP has waged war against the Philippine Republic. For decades, too, every administration has tried to negotiate a peace deal with them, to no avail. The communists just love going through motions of “negotiating” with government panels – especially if it is held in lovely Europe – but they have no real desire for peace.

When the government declares a ceasefire, the communists always use this as an opportunity to strengthen their ranks, move their cadres around, and ambush military personnel. The government has always been too good to the communists, gullible even, that the encumbered and much-maligned Philippine military lost its edge through the years.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. said it best when asked to describe the difference between the CPP and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace process:

“The CPP is deceptive, manipulative, and insincere. They burned road project equipment, they executed thousands, even their own comrades. They extort and always wanted to take advantage. They do not have the sense of honor or ‘maratabat’ of the MILF.”

There hasn’t been an all-out campaign against the communist insurgents since the 1970s during the Marcos administration. In 1986 when the Cory Aquino government came into power, the incarcerated communists were pardoned and released, even if many of them were facing murder charges.

If Aquino thought the communists would help in nation-building, she was dead wrong. They just returned to their war against government, and even managed to rebuild their ranks that had been decimated by Marcos’ military campaign.

One of those who fled the country and never came back is Jose Maria Sison, the founder and leader of the CPP. He has since been living a luxurious lifestyle in the Netherlands. He is the one fooling the Filipino youth here to abandon their futures to fight the military on behalf of a “revolution” for a failed ideology.

Can you imagine Jose Maria Sison sitting in Malacañang and declaring himself President for Life? But then again, do you think Sison would leave his posh lifestyle abroad in order to govern the Philippines? No chance, he just loves it there too much. He’s content to being the puppet master of the communists here.

Besides, if he comes back, he knows he will lose all the mystique he’s built up, portraying himself as the ultimate revolutionary leader who will one day come back and lead the Philippines to a Marxist-socialist dreamworld.

The communists lost their big chance for a peace settlement with President Duterte at the helm of government. As a former socialist who had known Sison, Duterte had a soft spot for these rebels. He even put communists in his Cabinet, but then these people failed to deliver.

Duterte acceded to the CPP’s desire to hold the recent peace talks in Norway (my, these communists just love Europe). Unfortunately, Duterte appointed head of the government panel the credulous Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza.

The communists are just too smart and manipulative that they ran circles around Dureza and the rest of the government panel. For instance, they were duped into nearly agreeing with the CPP-drafted Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (Caser), where the communists demanded power-sharing with the government.

The CPP also asked that all the country’s economic laws they deemed inimical to their “interests” to be revoked. These included banning the importation of agriculture and fishery imports, repealing all excise taxes and value-added taxes, voiding international trade agreements and other laws, recognition of the armed NPA, capital controls, and other stupid demands that would have wrecked havoc on the economy.

Duterte must have had the shock of his life when he finally read the papers outlining the CPP’s demands. Most outrageous of all was their demand for a coalition government. What? A murderous terrorist group, with 3,000 or so rag-tag fighters, wanting to be on equal footing with the Philippine Republic?

Duterte told the communists as he ordered the termination of the peace talks November last year: “I cannot give you what I do not own and certainly a coalition with the Republic of the Philippines is pure nonsense.” He added: “Let it not be said that I did not try to reach out to them.”

If ever peace talks are held again it should be in the Philippines without those pesky Europeans interfering. Also, the head of the Philippine panel and majority of its members should be high-ranking military official who will have no qualms in opposing the outrageous demands of the communists.

But I think this ship has sailed. President Duterte recently ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines to neutralize the communists. He stressed that the NPA, with their dreaded “sparrow” assassins, are committing rebellion “24 hours a day” and need to be countered with better intelligence gathering and military operations.

Duterte should go a step further by forming a task force composed of young military officials (rank of majors, not generals, many of whom are preparing for their retirement at 56) who will be given this specific task – end this communist insurgency once and for all.

10 communist rebels surrender in Agusan del Sur

From the Manila Bulletin (Oct 11): 10 communist rebels surrender in Agusan del Sur

Ten heavily armed Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) voluntarily surrendered to the Peace and Development Team and Community Support Team (PDT, CST) of “Bravo Company” of the Army’s 75th Infantry (Marauder) Battallion (75th IB) in Cosep area, Barangay Bayugan 3, Rosario, Agusan del Sur province on Monday.


The rebel returnees were officially presented yesterday to Lt. Col. Jaime R. Datuin, commanding officer of the 75th IB. They surrendered seven high powered firearms including handguns and assorted live ammunition,

Datuin said they were
former Milisya ng Bayan (MB) members of Guerilla Front Committee 14 of the CPP-NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEPRC).

He told the surrenderers that the government will assist them in their new way of life and also assured them of government support through livelihood, in relation to the E-CLIP program.

The rebel returnees will also receive immediate cash assistance, in exchange of their surrendered firearms through the government’s “Balik-Baril, Bayad-Agad” program, Datuin added.

The surrenderees are still under debriefing while preparation and documentation of their papers are also ongoing for their enrollment to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) or E-CLIP program.

“I urge other remaining CNTs who are still running in the mountains to come down now and avail themselves of the livelihood, peace and development program offered by the government,” Datuin said.

Meanwhile, at Camp Bancasi, in Butuan City, Maj. Gen. Ronald C. Villanueva, commanding general of the Army’s Northeastern and Northern Mindanao 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division (4th ID) ordered all field unit commanders in the two regions in Mindanao to accept NPAs who wanted to return to their respective families to live a peaceful and productive life.

“I received reports that some NPA terrorists who are suffering a hard life in the mountains and are longing for their loved ones wanted to come down, connect with local government officials and return to the folds of the law, and my field units are ordered to accept them,” the 4th ID chief.

“Yes, we are re-iterating again to welcome them (NPAs) and live a peaceful life in the democratic form of the government,” Villanueva told The Manila Bulletin.

AFP-PNP team, school heads should discuss CPP recruitment

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 11): AFP-PNP team, school heads should discuss CPP recruitment

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Wednesday a joint team composed of police and military officers should be formed to dialogue with the heads of colleges and universities earlier tagged as alleged recruiting grounds of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA).

“My suggestion is that it should be a joint AFP-PNP (Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police) (team) that will (hold the) dialogue with the heads of the universities, so that we can understand why we are saying that, and of course, so we will understand why they are denying that they are not the recruitment grounds of the CPP-NPA," Lorenzana said.

He said they are still waiting for the intelligence reports to determine the number of schools, where alleged rebel recruitment is ongoing.

"We will see. We are still waiting for the intelligence report section people to inform us what (other) universities (are allegedly serving as) recruitment grounds of the CPP-NPA," the defense chief added.

Last week, the AFP identified these schools as the University of the Philippines (UP) - Diliman, UP-Manila; Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Sta. Mesa; Ateneo de Manila University; De La Salle University; University of Santo Tomas; Adamson University; Far Eastern University; University of the East (UE) - Recto; UE-Caloocan; Emilio Aguinaldo College; Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology; San Beda College; Lyceum of the Philippines; University of Makati; Caloocan City College (now the University of Caloocan City); University of Manila; and the Philippine Normal University.

"We have reports of concerned parents communicating to us their worries about the 'brainwashing' activities that their children were subjected to, like film showing; video teleconferencing with a terrorist leader like Jose Ma. Sison; and Martial Law reenactments during break time of high school students, etc.," AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo earlier said.

Arevalo added that many parents, especially those who are also in the military, are wary of these creeping indoctrination of their children that tend to draw them into activism and radicalism.

"Beware of the wolves in sheep’s clothing. (With this), we caution school administrations and parents about some members of the NPA infiltrating the schools," he added.

NPA owns up ambush of ex-Samar town mayor

From the Manila Standard (Oct 10): NPA owns up ambush of ex-Samar town mayor

The Arnulfo Ortiz Command of the New People’s Army has claimed responsibility for the attempt to kill ex-Mayor Ananias Rebato of San Jose De Buan in Samar.

“The death penalty issued by the people’s court went through the process of filing the case, thorough investigation, verification of presented evidence and deliberation of the justices before arriving at a unanimous decision. The people’s court has repeatedly summoned the former mayor to answer the charges and attend the hearing of his case, only to be shunned and instead he requested the military to conduct military operations aimed at harassing and silencing the complainants,” said the NPA in a press statement dated Oct. 9.

In a statement, the NPA accused Rebato of “31 counts of rape and multiple sexual harassments perpetrated on women ‘scholars,’” “involvement in counter-revolutionary activities,” and “massive corruption of public funds, pocketing millions’ worth of infrastructure projects.”

The NPA also claimed the former mayor, now recuperating at a hospital in Tacloban City, “holds the rank of first lieutenant under the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines or ISAFP.”

Meanwhile, Capt. Francis Agno, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division based in Catbalogan City, Samar, reiterated that Rebato “is a good man.”
He belied the accusations of the NPA against Rebato.

“The ex-Mayor is not an ISAFP member. The accusations are invented,” added the chief of the army’s division public affairs office.

Rebato and his bodyguards were shot at by four unidentified gunmen on Oct. 8 in Brgy. Babaclayon of the said town after attending a fiesta event.

One of Rebato’s men was killed while he only sustained wounds, while one assailant was also killed by the ex-mayor’s security personnel during the attack.

The police also arrested the second suspected gunman.

Rebato served as mayor from 2007 to 2016.

He is rumored to run in the 2019 local elections.

MILF: Bangsamoro Political Gains Are Products of our long Struggle for Self-Determination– Boy Hashim

Posted to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Website (Oct 9): Bangsamoro Political Gains Are Products of our long Struggle for Self-Determination– Boy Hashim


BULIOK, Pagalungan, Maguindanao - Boy Hashim, Chair of the Military Advisory Council of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF-BIAF) told the participants to the General Assembly organized by the 4th Brigade, Inner Guard Base Command that the political gains that we see and enjoy now are products of our long struggle for self-determination.
“The MILF leadership will sustain the gains and products of Moro struggle for the Bangsamoro’s next generation to enjoy”, Hashim emphasized.

“Let us work together in establishing our government, the Bangsamoro Government”, Hashim said.

Eastern Mindanao Front Commander Amerudin “Jack” Abas said “We must fully support the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and ensure that ‘Yes’ votes win during the plebiscite.”

Abas said the Bangsamoro has the capability to govern themselves.

“The BOL is a result of our unity, determination, and steadfastness. As Bangsamoro, we shall continue to move forward for the betterment of our communities and people”, Abas underscored.

“We will act towards one direction for the interest of Bangsamoro people”, Abas concluded.

Professor Esmael A. Abdula, Training Officer of the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI), said “President Rodrigo Duterte said in some of his speeches that the passage of BBL (now BOL) is one way of correcting the historical injustices committed against Moro people.”

“BOL is the solution to the sufferings of the Moro people since colonial times”, Abdula highlighted.

Abdula also narrated the stages of Moro Struggle such as armed struggle, political struggle, and democratic struggle.

Abdula urged the participants in the general assembly to vote ‘yes’ during the January 21st plebiscite.

Engineer Datuali Talembo said “We civilian supporters of the GPH-MILF Peace Process are fully supportive to the ratification of the organic law to achieve lasting peace in Mindanao.”

Talembo added that the unity is a big factor to strengthen governance.

MILF: UBJP, CBCS Hold Dialogue with Faculty, Students in Lamitan City

Posted to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Website (Oct 8): UBJP, CBCS Hold Dialogue with Faculty, Students in Lamitan City

IN PHOTO- Mr. Majid Nur (sitting left) of UBJP-Basilan with eyeglasses

ISABELA, Basilan. United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP), and Consortium on Bangsamoro Civil Society held dialogue with student leaders and faculty members of the Universal College in Lamitan City on BOL on October 8, 2018.
UBJP Basilan Chapter represented by Majid A. Nur, UBJP Education & Training Officer discussed some salient points of the BOL supplemented by Mr. Natan Insung representing CBSC-Basilan Chapter.

Mr. Insung who spearheaded the dialogue said that it is very important and timely that teachers, and students should be well-informed about the BOL, and the schedule of the plebiscite. Most of the participants are not really familiar about the contents of BOL.

One of the students asked, "What are we going to do during the plebiscite? Mr. Insung answered him that before you answer the question on the ballot, read carefully the question/s.

Nur clarified that the most important question in the ballot is on ‘inclusion of Isabela and Basilan,” that voters should carefully answer. Nevertheless, both Insung and Nur urged the students-participants to vote yes so that Basilan and Isabela City can join the Bangsamoro.

Mr. Andy Asalul, former Provincial Board member advised the participants to inform their friends and their parents to vote yes on plebiscite day January 21, 2019.

Another student leader asked about scholarship, "Can we still avail of our scholarship & allowance we are enjoying now from PAMANA when Bangsamoro Government is in place?

IN PHOTO- Students stand during the invocation

Jubaira Said, former City Councilor answered in positive and said that as a government scholarship it would be continued.

Mr. Crisanto M. Orillo, College Administrator thanked the guests and resource persons for enlightening them on the benefits of joining the Bangsamoro Region.

He also thanked the student leaders and teachers who participated.

MILF: Editorial - The President’s health

Posted to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Website (Oct 8): Editorial - The President’s health

A man should always hope that the other should live longer and well. In the case of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s, the more it is hoped for. Aside from being the first president to have hailed from Mindanao and with a Moro blood running in his veins, he is the father of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), a landmark piece of legislation that can spur the real start of healing process in Mindanao, especially in Moro-dominated areas.

This law ushers in the prospect of real peace, justice, development, and progress in this region.

Yes, other presidents before him have their respective outstanding merits (few with serious if not bloody policies), but only President Duterte has the most correct reading of Moro narrative that set the motion to pass the BOL, despite the opposition and concerted spoiling efforts of many well-entrenched interests’ groups, biases, prejudices, stereotyping, and hatred. Former President Benigno Aquino III had invested so much for the success of the GPH-MILF peace process that led to the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in 2012 and 2014, respectively, but due to many reasons, one of which was the shortness of material time and the tragic Mamasapano incident in 2015, the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), now BOL, did not make it to the 16th Congress.

President Duterte, according to report, had raised the possibility of having “stage 3” cancer. Knowing his leadership style, we can only hope further that it is not very accurate. Even in boxing, one has to fake some weaknesses in order to lure the other to take that as real, but once the gambit is set, the next is a foregone conclusion.

Granting, however, that there is truth to the report, but “Stage 3” is not a lost case. With the latest stage of the art medical technology and expert practitioners, this can still be treated by chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. But it seems, the President is not inclined to undergo further medications.

The report added that the president did not know the state of his health, but would not seek treatment anymore if diagnosed by doctors with stage 3 cancer.

President Duterte is quoted as saying: “I did not look after myself, I did not stop drinking [alcohol]. That is why, I am regretting it. It always comes late. So, it got worse, I do not know where I am now physically, but I have to wait.”

“But, I’ll tell you this. If it’s cancer, it’s cancer. It it’s third stage, no more treatment. I will no longer prolong my agony in the office.”

One rare quality of leaders is their bravery to face the truth even it causes them pain. President Duterte has this.

NDF National Council: No to AFP’s license to kill

NDF National Council propaganda statement posted to the National Democratic Front Website (Oct 10): No to AFP’s license to kill 

NDFP National Council
Public Information Office
Press Statement

October 9, 2018

Duterte’s call on AFP and PNP units to “neutralize” the NPA and to shoot even captured revolutionaries is an open endorsement for the AFP to kill with impunity. It highlights anew his regime’s contempt for international humanitarian law (IHL) and due process.

Issuing his call before AFP troops in Samar, Duterte was seemingly echoing Gen. Jake Smith who, in a bid to suppress Filipino resistance to US colonial rule, gave American soldiers in 1901 his infamous orders to take no prisoners, kill everyone ten years old and over and turn Samar into a “howling wilderness.”

Duterte’s call is a clear violation of international norms in the conduct of war, specifically on the treatment of armed personnel rendered hors de combat due to illness, injury or any other cause and those taking no active part in the hostilities.
These same principles are enshrined in the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) which the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) signed in 1998.

Despite being signatory to both the IHL protocols and the CARHRIHL, however, the GRP has been directing its military, paramilitary and police forces to violate international humanitarian law in the treatment of captured NPA guerrillas and Moro rebels. Worse, they target not only armed guerrillas but even non-combatants—unarmed peronnel of the revolutionary movement, political activists and civilians suspected of sympathizing with the NPA.

Under the Duterte regime’s Oplan Tokhang, PNP and vigilante groups under its wing have also planned and carried out the mass murders of more than 25,000 suspected drug “pushers and users” to date.

Now, Duterte wants to use “tokhang” methods against NPA guerrillas in a vain attempt to finish off the revolutionary movement by mid-2019.

Duterte’s fascist henchmen in the military and police should be warned that no crime against the people and the revolutionary forces remains unpunished. They can ask Gen. Jovito Palparan, who received accolades from his master Gloria Arroyo for serving as The Butcher, but who now knows that there is no such thing as lifelong impunity.

 As for Duterte, he will be no different from Marcos and all other presidents who reached deeply into their fascist arsenals but failed miserably in their attempt to put an end to the armed revolutionary movement.

CPP/NPA-Negros Island: Mabuhay ang mga makipungsodnon kag rebolusyonaryo nga mga Pamatan-on!

NPA-Negros Island propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Oct 8): Mabuhay ang mga makipungsodnon kag rebolusyonaryo nga mga Pamatan-on!

Juanito Magbanua
NPA-Negros Island (Apolinario Gatmaitan Command)
New People's Army
October 08, 2018

Nagsala ang US—Duterte nga rehimen sa pag-“red tag” sa mga aktibista kag pagpakamalaot sa mga kritiko ni Duterte bangud ini magpabaskug lamang sa kaakig sang pumuluyo kag sa nagasingki nga pag-away batok sa nagaluntad nga pasista, korap kag ido-ido nga rehimen. Nagapat-ud lamang ini sa dugang paglapad sa nagahiliugyon nga prente nga magpabagsak ni Duterte.

Naghatag ang US—Duterte nga rehimen sang partikular nga atensyon sa mga pamatan-on agud magpabilin ini nga nakagapos sa sistema nga mala kolonyal kag mala pyudal sang Pilipinas. Sa iya pagyuko sa mga neoliberal nga polisiya sang US, iya nga gin-agaw ang bwas damlag sang mga pamatan-on nga Pilipino kag nagtuga sang madamo nga reserba nga hukbo sang mga “semi— skilled” kag barato nga mamumugon nga kontraktwal. Dugang sila nga nabiktima sa nagagaruk nga kultura nga nagtulod sa ila sa mga kontra-sosyal nga mga aktibidad kaangay sa mga druga, pagtuga sang kagamo kag sugal.

Ang ka-praning sang estado naglab-ot na sa punto sa paglagas sa mga estudyante sa mga eskwelahan. Sining ulihi, ang 18 ka mga unibersidad kag kolehiyo sa Metro Manila ginmarkahan sa Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) bilang patag sang rekrutment sang Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) kag New People’s Army (NPA) sa ila gin-alegar nga “Red October Plot”. Samtang diri sa Negros, si Philippine Army 303rd Brigade Commander Col. Alberto Desoyo kag ang Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office nagpamahug sa pagpagwa sa ila lista sang mga eskwelahan kag aktibista. Gani, may ara na 7 ka pangalan sang mga lider masa sa ligal kag demokratiko nga kahublagan sa Negros Occidental nga gintatakan nga NPA. Ang AFP dugang nga nagaluto sang mga isyu nga nagapasibangud sa CPP kag NPA agud hatagan katarungan ang nagahana nga deklarasyon sang Martial Rule sa pungsodnon nga sakop.

Athag ang katuyoan sang AFP. Ang pag-angot sa mga kolehiyo kag unibersidad sa CPP kag NPA kag paggamit sini bilang balibad sa ila pagsulod sa mga eskwelahan para sa pagpangapin kuno sa mga estudyante isa ka paghinabon para sa pagmilitarisa sa mga eskwelahan. Nagapamatuod lamang ini nga ang nagaluntad nga reaksyonaryo nga rehimen indi na makahari sa karaan nga pamaagi kag magakadto na sa tuman nga kapintas agud mapreserba ang iya gahum. Ang mga administrasyon sang mga eskwelahan kinahanglan nga magprotesta kag hublasan ang ini nga iskema.

Madugay na nga ginapakamalain sang AFP ang mga pamatan-on nga aktibista nga naghukom sa pag-alagad sa pumuluyo paagi sa paghalad sang ila kabuhi sa mga sandigan nga masa bilang gin-brain wash nga mga komunista. Ginahimo sila nga kaladlawan bilang mga tawo-tawo lamang sang CPP-NPA. Luyag sini nga hadlokon ang mga pamatan-on sa pagpanindugan para sa ila mga kinamatarung kag pagpakig-away para sa ginpigos kag ginhimuslan. Ang malain pa, bantugon ang rekord sini sa pagpangpriso, pagtortyur kag pagpamatay sa mga pamatan-on nga aktibista upod sa iban pa. Ang ginhimo nga pagkonbikto sa reaksyonaryo nga korte ni anay heneral Jovito Palparan bangud sa pag-abduct sa mga estudyante sa University of the Philippines nga si Sherlyn Cadapan kag Karen Empeño nagapamatuod sa pagkabat-olan sang AFP kag magagatong ini para sa pagpangita sa hustisya agud sukton ang AFP sa iya salabton sa tanan nga mga krimen batok sa pumuluyong Pilipino.

Sa matuod, ang US-Duterte nga rehimen nahadlok sa mga maki-pungsodnon nga pamatan-on. Sa panahon sang martial law kag bisan sa panahon ni Erap bilang presidente, ang mga pamatan-on nga militante nga aktibista nga naga-upod sa mga mamumugon kag mangunguma kag iban nga demokratiko nga pwersa nagpabagsak sa isa ka pasista nga diktador kag bat-olan nga burukrata nga kapitalista.

Ang mga pamatan-on nga aktibista pareho nila ni Rachelle Mae Palang, Josephine Lapira kag Myles Albasin mga modelo nga talaksan sang mga pamatan-on nga Pilipino. Sila isa sa mga maayo nga anak nga tampad nga naga-alagad sa pumuluyo, ginbayaan ang ila komportable nga kabuhi agud maga-upod sa mga ginhimuslan nga sahi. Ang mga matuod nga makipungsodnon nga pamatan-on nagahandom sang kahilwayan pang-ekonomiya kag pangpolitika indi lang para sa kaugalingon ukon sa ila pamilya kundi para sa bug-os nga pungsod. Mabakud ang ila panindugan kag determinado sa pag-atubang sa mga sakripisyo para sa pungsod. Ginahalad nila ang ila kabuhi para sa mga sandigan nga masa sa mga pabrika kag sa imol sa syudad kag sa hanay sang mangunguma. Bangud sa mga kahimtangan bunga sa sistema nga mala kolonyal kag mala pyudal, madamo sa ila nakamuklat nga ang matuod—tuod nga kahilwayan malab-ot lamang paagi sa armadong paghimakas. Gani, ang nagalala nga krisis sa idalom mismo sa US-Duterte nga rehimen nagatulod sa mga pamatan-on sa banas sang rebolusyon.

Sa palaabuton nga mabulawanon nga anibersaryo sang CPP, ang Apolinario Gatmaitan Command nagasaludo sa mga rebolusyonaryo nga pamatan-on nga naga-amot para sa mga dalagku nga kadalag-an sang Partido sa iya 50 ka tuig nga inagihan, bilang mga sumulunod sang bwas damlag kag bilang kabahin sa mga ginpigos kag ginhimuslan nga pumuluyong Pilipino, insakto lang nga maga-upod kamo sa NPA kag upod sa malapad nga ginhimuslan nga mga masa magpabagsak sa US-Duterte nga rehimen kag dal-on ang demokratikong rebolusyon sang banwa sa mas mataas nga lebel tubtob sa lubos nga kadalag-an.

CPP/NPA-Western Samar: Rabid counter-revolutionary and serial rapist ex-Mayor Ananias Rebato punished by the NPA

NPA-Western Samar propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Oct 10): Rabid counter-revolutionary and serial rapist ex-Mayor Ananias Rebato punished by the NPA

October 09, 2018

The Arnulfo Ortiz Command of the New People’s Army-Western Samar claims today the attempt to mete the death penalty on rabid counter-revolutionary and serial rapist ex-Mayor Ananias Rebato on October 8 at past midnight in Brgy. Babaclayon, San Jose de Buan. The former mayor of the said town was attending the barangay fiesta and surrounded by his six armed goons and five CAFGU elements. He was walking towards the highway when approached by a team of the NPA special operations group that directed four gunshots at him. His close-in henchman, Tuko Tesoro, also sustained gunshots and died on the spot.

The death penalty issued by the people’s court went through the process of filing the case, thorough investigation, verification of presented evidence and deliberation of the justices before arriving at a unanimous decision. The people’s court has repeatedly summoned the former mayor to answer the charges and attend the hearing of his case, only to be shunned and instead he requested the military to conduct military operations aimed at harassing and silencing the complainants. The former mayor was found guilty of the following charges:

1. Thirty-one counts of rape and multiple sexual harassment perpetrated on women “scholars,” most of them minors and daughters of peasants from hinterland barrios. By taking advantage of his authority as mayor that enabled him to grant scholarships to poor students, former Mayor Rebato kept a steady supply of young women he can rape and molest. These vulnerable young women, when impregnated are later coerced, including their families, and forcibly sent to Manila for abortion. Out of the hundreds he victimized, only thirty-one testified and gave sworn statements, the rest requesting to keep their silence due to the constant fear of retaliation.

2. Involvement in counter-revolutionary activities such as maintaining a platoon of goons aimed at harassing suspected NPA members and sympathizers. He masterminded the abduction and disappearance of a peasant from Brgy. San Nicolas whom he suspected of being an NPA sympathizer.

3. Ex-Mayor Rebato was no ordinary mayor during his long term in service. Not only was he a proud sponsor of brutal militarization in the hinterland barangays of San Jose de Buan, giving away bribes and financing CAFGU and regular military elements, thus securing his reign as mayor, but he also holds the rank of first lieutenant under the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines or ISAFP. Thus he spearheaded the building of a vast intelligence network for counter-revolutionary activities targeting peasants. He openly campaigned for the surrender of peasants to be later paraded as “NPA surrenderees,” while constantly terrorizing peasant leaders when they go to the town to deliver their farm produce.

4. Massive corruption of public funds, pocketing millions’ worth of infrastructure projects such as the National Greening Program and other livelihood programs. It is no secret in town how the ex-mayor picked his family and political supporters to maintain his administrative office and staff up to job-order employees. From the municipal government down to barangay councils manned by his lackeys, the ex-mayor institutionalized massive corruption, political patronage and briberies that further worsened the plight of San Jose de Buan as one of the poorest towns in the Philippines.

While the ex-mayor survived the attempt to serve capital punishment, the revolutionary movement and the NPA will continue to seek justice long awaited by the women he raped, the peasants he ordered to be killed and his decades-long corruption and abuse of authority while serving as the town’s mayor. This also serves as a warning to him and his henchmen who might retaliate against innocent civilians.

The NPA also condemns the arrest of a young peasant from Brgy. San Nicolas whom the military tagged as an NPA member involved in the recent military action. The arrested youth recently held by the military is a civilian and just happened to be at the vicinity attending the fiesta. The NPA demands that the military unconditionally and immediately release him and respect his civil and political rights.

In the course of the military action, an NPA cadre, Comrade Ambie Gabane, also known as “Ka Mati/Ka Mamoy,” sacrificed his life for the revolutionary cause. His martyrdom is heavier than Mt. Huraw and his youth and life selflessly offered to serve the people will inspire millions of youth and peasants to advance the revolution.

CPP/NPA-Mt. Apo SROC: NPA ambushes abusive Davao City Army unit, hitting 9 casualties

NPA-Mt Apo Sub-Regional Command propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Oct 10): NPA ambushes abusive Davao City Army unit, hitting 9 casualties

Mt. Apo Sub-Regional Operations Command
New People's Army

October 10, 2018

In desperation to perpetuate itself in power, it is expected that the US-Duterte regime will use all sinister means, not least conspiracy theories, to justify its rising tyranny against the people. As the AFP’s Eastern Mindanao Command tries urgently to whip up hysteria with the regime’s self-concocted Red October plot, the New People’s Army units in the region are frustrating the enemy’s encirclement campaigns through intensified guerrilla warfare.

On September 28, an NPA unit of the Mt. Apo Sub-Regional Operations Command delivered heavy body blow against the 3rd Infantry Battalion in Sitio Indawhong, Brgy. Salaysay, Baguio District in Davao City. Around 2:00 pm, the Red fighters ambushed a platoon of the 3rd IB and CAFGU, killing four enemy troopers and severely wounding at least five more.

Less than an hour after the firefight, attack helicopters rained bombs and artillery fire near Sitio Indawhong and adjacent Sitio Kalachuchi. For almost 24 hours, the area was continuously mortared, prompting the evacuation of at least 42 families or more than 200 civilians from the two communities.

The masses of Davao City rejoice this recent tactical offensive against an atrocious AFP battalion responsible for the spate of extra-judicial killings, numerous forced and fake surrenders of civilians, intimidation and forced recruitment under the Martial Law in Mindanao.

The NPA ambuscade was carried out as revolutionary justice against the 3rd IB, whose abusive troops have wreaked tumult in the lives of Lumad and peasants with vicious impunity, emboldened by the fascist instigations of both GRP Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

Since 2017, in desperate attempt to attack the revolutionary movement in Davao City, operatives or uniformed elements of the 3rd IB turned against civilians and killed farmer and construction worker Ariel Gelberio and motorcycle driver Roel Satingasin in Brgy. Lamanan, farmer Rodolfo Dagahuya, Jr. in Brgy. Dominga, farmer couple Jezreel and Dalia Arrabis in Brgy. Tamayong and farmer Meling Calawag in Brgy. Salapawan.

The 3rd IB’s fascist crimes escalated this year. In Marilog District, 3rd IB troopers were responsible for ransacking several houses of civilians in Brgy. Tamugan and Brgy. Suawan in at least two incidents. In Calinan District, a peasant family was held at gunpoint and forced to admit to keeping a cache of arms for the NPA. Failing to find anything, the Army forced the family to surrender and tagged them as NPA supporters.

In Brgy. Tawan-tawan, Baguio District last July, farmers were subjected to psychological torture, held incommunicado for several days and forced to surrender as NPA fighters following a firefight between 3rd IB troops and Red fighters. In all aforementioned districts, and including Paquibato, Toril and Tugbok districts, civilians were coerced to surrender as either NPA fighters or supporters and forced to enlist as members of the CAFGU in order to “clear their names.”

With all these atrocities under its belt, it is preposterous for the 3rd IB to boast that the masses of Davao City are embracing Oplan Kapayapaan and is supportive of the Martial Law in Mindanao. Unlike the shock, terror and psychological warfare operations of the fascist AFP troops in the Lumad and peasant communities, Red fighters are immersed in the countryside 24/7, ready to defend the lives and livelihood of Lumad and peasants.

Army HQ attacked by rebels

From the Mindanao Times (Oct 10): Army HQ attacked by rebels

An undetermined number of New People's Army (NPA) rebels fired upon the 1001st Infantry Brigade headquarters based in Sitio Quarry, Barangay Mapaang, Maco, Compostela Valley around 8:15 a.m. yesterday.

Brig. Gen. Gilbert Saret, the commander of 1001st IB, told TIMES yesterday said the gunfire came from the southwest direction, more or less 100 meters away from the camp.

The attack lasted for about three minutes before the rebels withdrew.

The 101st Division Reconnaissance Company immediately launched a pursuit operation to try to pin down the rebels. Saret said nobody was hurt among the soldiers.

He said the NPAs also attacked the camp in 2015. “The NPA took position and fired upon the headquarters during the time of sir Monilla (Maj. Gen. Casiano Monilla) last 2015,” he said.

“We are assessing their motive and we will make necessary the adjustments so that the incident will not happen again,” Saret said.

Commission on Appointments approves promotion of 74 military officers

From Rappler (Oct 10): Commission on Appointments approves promotion of 74 military officers

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Edgard Arevalo and 6th Infantry Division commander Cirilito Sobejano were among those confirmed

CONFIRMED. Newly promoted military officers pose with with Senate President Vicente Sotto III  Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto on October 10, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CONFIRMED. Newly promoted military officers pose with with Senate President Vicente Sotto III Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto on October 10, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, October 10, confirmed the promotion of 74 senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Initially, there were only 70 names on the list but the CA committee on national defense reconsidered 4 others after submitting an explanation.
“They submitted a written explanation, may kasamang (together with) legal opinion and their interpretation of existing laws – Presidential Decrees and Republic Acts. When I perused sa sinubmit nila sabi ko (what they submitted, I said) I’m inclined to agree with their position,” said CA member Senator Panfilo Lacson in an interview after the hearing.

Among those confirmed were AFP spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo and Major General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the 6th Infantry Division.

Here is the complete list of the 74 military officers:
  1. Aaron Bulaclac to the rank of Colonel, Dental Service
  2. Cesar Tojong to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  3. Luis Capacia to the rank of Colonel, Dental Service
  4. Josefino Lanuncia to the rank of Colonel, Medical Corps
  5. Job Gonzales to the rank of Colonel, Medical Corps
  6. Achilles Estravila to the rank of Coloel, Medical Administrative Corps
  7. Glenn Celebrado to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Navy-Marines
  8. Luther Punzalan to the rank of Colonel, Dental Service
  9. Ariel Tabaquero to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  10. Rodolfo Gesim to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  11. Acmad Omar Jr to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Air Force
  12. Jose Dodjie Belloga Jr to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  13. Pablo Lorenzo to the rank of Brigadier General
  14. Sergio Benitez to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  15. Virgilio Soriano to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  16. Michael Manalo, to the rank of Colonel, Dental Service
  17. Glicerio Peralta to the rank of Brigadier General
  18. Nelson Pecache, to the rank of Colonel,Medical Corps
  19. Arlene Frageto the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  20. Angelito Retuta to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Air Force
  21. Roberto Huet, to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  22. Roderick Guerrero, to the rank of Colonel Judge Advocate General Service
  23. Jeroboan Deveza to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  24. Adolfo Espuelas Jr to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  25. Leomar Jose Doctolero to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  26. Peter Burgonio to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  27. Mario Jacinto to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  28. Michael Logico to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  29. Dino Anthony Flores to the rank of Colonel, Medical Corps
  30. Julieto Estoque to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  31. Onorlie Brillantes to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Air Force
  32. Eldred Harrieto Ragpala to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  33. Randolph Rojas, to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  34. Audie Mongao to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  35. Emil Cruz to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  36. Pompeyo Jason Almagro to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  37. Rodney Intal to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  38. Pedro Balisi Jr to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  39. Adriano SJ Duadico to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Air Force
  40. Rosendo Abad Jr to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  41. Marinela Cailipan to the rank of Colonel, Medical Corps
  42. Arsenio Sadural to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  43. Rolando Fernandez Jr to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  44. Virgilio Luna to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  45. Paulito Idul to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  46. Christopher Tampus to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  47. Lynart Castisimo to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  48. Allen Paredes to the rank of Major General
  49. Eugenio Boquio to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  50. Galileo Goyena Jr to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  51. Ronald Jess Alcudia to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  52. Felisa Tuliao to the rank of Colonel, Veterinary Corps
  53. Joel Albarda to the rank of Colonel, Chaplain Service
  54. Renato Nato to the rank of Captain, Philippine Navy
  55. Arlino Sendaydiego to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  56. Daniel Tansip to the rank of Colonel, Chaplain Service
  57. Fernando Ventura to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Air Force
  58. Elmer Aterrado to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  59. Nathaniel Casem to the rank of Major General
  60. Rolando Dumawa to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  61. Erickson Gloria to the rank of Major General
  62. Pelagio Valenzuela to the rank of Major General
  63. Rene Diaz to the rank of Brigadier General
  64. Redentor Cabanizas to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Army
  65. Alejandro Baclayon to the rank of Major General
  66. William Gonzales to the rank of Brigadier General
  67. Edward Libago to the rank of Brigadier General
  68. Edgar Arevalo to the rank of Brigadier General
  69. Adrian Sanchez Jr to the rank of Brigadier General
  70. Pio Diñoso III to the rank of Major General
  71. Maxima Ignacio to the rank of Brigadier General
  72. Fabian Pedregosa to the rank of Brigadier General
  73. Rami Bitong to the rank of Brigadier General
  74. Cirilito Sobejana to the rank of Major General

PEACETALK: Contextualizing Reference points for looking at the effectivity and impact of Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) programs

Posted to MindaNews (Oct 9): PEACETALK: Contextualizing Reference points for looking at the effectivity and impact of Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) programs (By Yusuf Morales)

This article discusses the different reference points that may be used to look at the impact and effectivity of PCVE programs in the Philippines that are implemented by state and non-state actors. The discussion revolves around how one can use reference points to understand the depth and effectivity of these programs to the actors involved in the program.


The Philippines now is in the eye of the storm of violent extremism in Southeast Asia, being the venue of one of the recent attacks of violent extremism (Zamboanga and Marawi Siege, 2013 and 2017 respectively), the country joins other countries that have fallen victim to this scourge.

Violent extremism is one of the most pressing challenges to countries around the world. This presents issues within governance, peace and development as well as
national security concerns, not to forget the importance of engaging state and non-
state actors as such that there is a need to have reference points for looking at effectivity of PCVE programs.

In order to be able to say that a PCVE program is effective, allow us first to adopt a working functional definition of Violent Extremism within a Philippine context. “Violent extremism on the other hand is the phenomena wherein individuals or groups undergo a psychological process wherein they arrive at a point where they will engage in violence in the accomplishment of their political or ideological goals. This can be said to be having six elements:
  • Anti-state perspective
  • Narrow perspective and worldview, reflected by the vertical type of thinking exhibited by many members of VE groups.
  • Perceived ideological enemies
  • Narrative of oppression arising from a series of factors which are push factors.
  • Justified use of violence against perceived ideological enemies[i].”
Based on this working definition, the context is that for a program to be successful in PCVE there must be an active attempt to be able to shift the focus of perception or thinking of individuals who have this mindset, which is in the language of DSSP (Development Support and Security Plan) Kapayapaan, “Winning Hearts and Minds.” In short for a PCVE project to be successful, it should be able to incorporate values of multiculturalism, respect of others cultures, beliefs and perspectives and a welcoming attitude towards diversity.
National policy and perspective
In order to have a framework from where to appreciate initiatives in PCVE in the country, one has to look at the existing national policy and perspectives in the context of governance, peacebuilding and security. These are reflected primarily in the current National Security Policy and the National Security Policy which were formulated by the National Security Council and the DSSP Kapayapaan.
Among the important key objectives of the National Security Policy[ii] is to fulfill this national vision and safeguard the national interests which include, among others, the protection of the people, their ways of life, welfare and well-being; strengthen the country’s democratic institutions, safeguard its territorial integrity and sovereign rights; and enhance the Philippines role and image as a strategic partners of the international community. This is reflected in the National security strategy[iii]which mandates that the fulfillment of the following specific action areas will help attain the above national vision. Among those relevant to PCVE are:
1. Guarantee Public Safety and Achieve Good Governance.
2. Mitigate the Impact of Health-Related Threats.
3. Develop a Dynamic, Inclusive, and Sustainable Economy.
4. Achieve Food and Water Security.
5. Safeguard and Preserve National Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity.
6. Heighten Consciousness and Pride on Filipino Heritage, Culture and Values.
7. Promote Human and Ecological Security
8. Achieve Energy Security. Energy security is the uninterrupted availability of energy sources to all households and economic sectors throughout the country at an affordable price.
9. Ensure Maritime and Airspace Security.
10. Strengthen International Relations.
11. Provide Strong Cyber Infrastructure and Cyber Security.
12. Improve Vital Transportation Infrastructure and Port Security.
In the words of then Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff and now OIC Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Eduardo Ano, “the strategic imperatives of the DSSP Kapayapaan[iv]on the other hand, focus on destroying terrorist groups in the Philippines as well as giving emphasis to the peaceful settlement of peace-inclined threat groups like Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF), Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). In addition, it aims to contribute to nation building, provides active support in Philippine National Police (PNP) and law enforcements in war on drugs. He elaborates: “The expanded purpose of DSSP Kapayapaan is linked with national vision and development plans of the national government.”
With these as the references to the National policy on PCVE, it is clear that any program in this regard should be able to address these concerns reflected in the National Security Policy and National Security strategy and DSSP Kapayapaan.
How do we see from different levels that PCVE programs have taken effect and have resulted to positive impact?
Impact on a personal level of beneficiaries and participants to PCVE programs
Part of the key indicators for measuring the impact on a personal level are behavioral and perceptional changes. This is reflected on how they personally engage, appreciate and respond to differences of opinion, belief and attitudes of individuals, organizations and groups that have different perspectives from them.
Among the most observable may be their words and their actions. One good indicator would be less animosity and animosity with a more welcoming attitude towards people of other beliefs and perspectives.
An example of this this can be demonstrated by subjecting such a person with other individuals who may have contradictory opinions or beliefs. If a person formerly is unwelcome to different perspectives and thinks predominantly that he or his group are the only ones who are correct or bringing the correct understanding and interpretation of religion or politics and that all other are misguided, and after engaging in a PCVE program this person gradually has a different perspective and has become welcome to alternatives and different ideas then there is in a way marked impact on the person. This would also include retractions of previous positions by way of speeches and articles.
Impact on an organizational level
To determine the impact to organizations of PCVE, this can be evaluated on the level of organizational dynamics – how their organization has changed on the level of policy and engagements to those that they organizationally engage, appreciate and respond to differences of opinion, belief and attitudes of individuals, organizations and groups that have different perspectives from them.
A demonstrative example is operationalizing interfaith and intrafaith initiatives. One of the best indicators if PCVE programs have significant effects on organizations is the openness and acceptability of collective work and engagement with others for groups that are highly exclusivist and maintain a pro-extremist perspective after engaging in PCVE initiatives. This will show that on a policy and operational level these organizations have already accepted the concept of working with others as equals and peers.
Part of the expected changes in policy and engagement of these organizations would be the decrease in release or encouragement of hate speech against other groups, or decrease in anti-state and anti-system discourse and the usage of more constructive discourse for social change and transformation (i.e, instead of focus on using the discourse of violence against enemies, the focus would be more on changing mindsets and network building for social change). Part of this also would be organization policies that are aimed to correct previous actions and positions that run counter to multiculturalism and respect for diversity and inclusivity.
Impact to government agencies
The impact of a PCVE program operates on several levels:
For law enforcement, security sector and policy offices it would provide a more profound and correct assessment and understanding of violent extremism. It will allow these agencies to correctly identify threats, assess the potential jump over of groups from simple radicalism to violent extremism, and properly arrest individuals and groups before they conduct acts of violence against people and communities, adoption of correct policies to address violent extremism and create scenarios which would discourage individuals or groups to be recruited, adopt or engage in violent extremism. Agencies that conduct rehabilitation of offenders would engage in more behavioral centric approaches to change perceptions among VE inmates.
For agencies who are engaged in governance, correct appreciation of PCVE would mean that there are more multi-stakeholder approach programs that would directly address socio-economic ills or programs that aim to minimize social anger, this can be done by enhancing the Conditional Cash Transfer of DSWD to directly target lower income bracket families and families of incarcerated VE offenders.
For agencies engaged in education and training, they would ensure that values that promote multiculturalism respect and diversity through educational and training content.
For agencies that engage in legislation, they would pass laws that would become policies that would address the blank spaces in the government’s approach in addressing violent extremism.
Impact to the community
Determining the impact of a PCVE project or program to a community can be seen in how it responds to its previously set values or practices as a community. This collective response would either affirm values that are expressed by multicultural and culturally inclusive communal dynamics. This would imply lesser community and religious conflicts and the lessening of biases, this would also note an increase of CSO-government collaboration and partnerships in the interest of governance, peacebuilding and public safety.
Among the possible demonstrable aspects of the positive impact of PCVE programs would take the form of active participation in community watch being, vigilant against external actors who aim to incite violence and conflict in their communities, stronger community-government collaboration in crafting more policies that manifest inclusive governance like having culturally sensitive consultative bodies like Muslim Consultative office, or Indigenous Peoples Council of leaders, Strong participation of women in community governance, peacebuilding and public safety issues. Welcoming attitude to different groups that have diverse perceptions and beliefs but vigilant against organizations that may incite or propagate hate and violence against others.
Looking forward
As the country is one of those that have a strong commitment to address the threat of violent extremism, it is important to note that there is an impending need to evaluate the ongoing PCVE projects being conducted by International Non-Government Organizations, programs done by regional and local NGOs funded by international donors, or CSOs that implement PCVE programs in partnership with these groups and assess the impact that the PCVE programs these groups do in relationship with the National policy on peace and security and relating the government’s efforts in PCVE. An assessment of their impacts can help government see the gaps and possible policy adjustments to address violent extremism.
[Yusuf Morales is a commissioner at the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, and was formerly the Muslim and IP Concerns coordinator and a current consultant for the Ateneo de Zamboanga University , he sits as one of the Board of Advisers of the Al Qalam Institute for Muslim Identities in Southeast Asia at the Ateneo de Davao University. Cuurently a visiting lectuer at the different Uniformed service training institutions in the Philippines Commissioner Morales is one of the leading PCVE practitioners in the country, Commissioner Morales has extensively written and conducted trainings on PCVE and together with other PCVE practitioners continue to assist and help the Philippine government understand this current challenge.]
[i]“Peacetalk: Reflecting over multi-stakeholder participation and engagement over PCVE”. Morales, Yusuf. Published on Mindanews, Sep 23, 2018 4 October 2018

IEDs found along Maguindanao highway disarmed

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 10): IEDs found along Maguindanao highway disarmed

Military bomb disposal experts disarmed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) found separately in two areas along the national highway in Maguindanao province Tuesday evening.

Senior Insp. Zulkunain Kunakon, Guindulungan town police chief, said civilians reported to the police around 10 p.m. the discovery of a paper box filled with IEDs rigged with mortar explosives in Sitio Pansul, Barangay Macasampen.

Kunakon said responding members of the military’s Explosives Ordnance Disposal Team (EODT) arrived at the area and
found four 81-mm and one 60-mm mortar rounds attached to a booster that can be triggered through a mobile phone.

“The EODT immediately deactivated the bomb,” Kunakon said in an interview over a local radio station.

He said the composition of the IED has the capacity to inflict heavy damage to travelers passing by the highway had it not been found. Some two hours later, villagers also reported another IED found in Barangay Tamontaka, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

Major Arvin John Encinas, Army’s 6th Infantry Division spokesperson, said alert civilians reported to authorities about the IED discovery around 11:30 pm., prompting the EODT to rush to the scene and disarm the bomb.

“The bomb was fashioned from an 81-mm mortar explosive with mobile phone as triggering device,” Encinas said.

Chief Insp. Sabri Lakibul, Datu Odin Sinsuat police chief, said the bomb was found near the Mindanao State University (MSU)-Maguindanao Postgraduate School situated along the highway in the area.

Lakibul said the bomb could have been intended for MSU-Maguindanao postgraduate students, who have a scheduled fun biking activity that would commence in front of their school on Wednesday morning.

Military and police personnel are still trying to determine the group responsible for the bombing attempts.

Suspected NPA rebels harass ComVal army detachment

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 11): Suspected NPA rebels harass ComVal army detachment

An undetermined number of armed men, believed to be members of the New People's Army (NPA), fired at the Army's 1001st Infantry Brigade (IB) detachment in Sitio Quarry, Barangay Mapaang in Maco, Compostela Valley Wednesday morning.

Brig. Gen. Gilbert Saret, commander of 1001IB said the troops heard more or less 15 gunshots coming from the southwest around 100 meters from the location of the detachment.

Saret said none of the troops was hurt during the incident.

Following the incident, Saret said the 101st Division Reconnaissance Company was sent to conduct clearing operations.

Wednesday's attack was the second time for the 1001st, the first occurring three years ago.

Guerilla Front 2 under the NPA's Sub-Regional Committee 2, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee, is known to operate in areas under the jurisdiction of the 1001IB .

“Mangilan ngilang armadong grupo lang naman nagpaputok (Only a few of the armed group fired their firearms),” he said.

“We are assessing their motive and we will make necessary adjustments so that the incident will not happen again,” Saret said.

NPA leader nabbed, 3 others surrender

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 10): NPA leader nabbed, 3 others surrender

APPREHENDED. Authorities arrested Salvador Hisuan, a New People's Army leader in Panay, due to murder with the use of unlicensed firearm in Iloilo City on Tuesday (October 9, 2018). (Photo by Jennifer Rendon)
ILOILO CITY -- The leader of a unit of the New People’s Army of Komiteng Rehiyon-Panay was arrested Tuesday afternoon in this city for murder, Colonel Benedicto Arevalo, commander of the Philippine Army’s 301st Infantry Battalion (IB) said on Wednesday.

Joint elements of the Crime Investigation and Detection Group 6 and 301st IB’s Intelligence Task Group arrested Salvador Hisuan (alias Kumander Pepe/Speed) at around 5:45 p.m. along Ledesma St., City Proper here, by virtue of warrant of arrest for murder with the use of unlicensed firearm.

Hisuan, commander of the Regional Sentro De Grabidad (RSDG) or the Regional Operations Command (ROC), is a “very notorious” rebel leader in Panay and they have been monitoring him for a long time, Arevalo said,

“This is a lesson learned that the law could still catch up with them even if they hide for a very long time,” he said.

He recalled that Hisuan was involved in the land mine blast targeting troops of the 47th Infantry Battalion and Scout Rangers at Barangay Datagan in Calinog, Iloilo that resulted in the killing of nine soldiers and wounding of 18 others.

He said Hisuan was also responsible for the killing of Captain Abelardo Motia of the 12th Infantry Battalion who was gunned down during a fiesta in Dumarao, Capiz. These incidents both happened in 2005.

Arevalo added that the arrested NPA leader is also responsible for the burning of equipment of individuals in Panay who refused to give in to their extortion demands.

“This will bring a big impact because he is involved in extortion activities,” he said.

Hisuan is now under police custody. Arevalo refrained from disclosing the location for security reasons.

Meanwhile, Arevalo said prior to the arrest of Hisuan, three rebels who are members of Strike Force of Sentro De Grabidad (SDG) of the Central Front, Komiteng Rehiyon-Panay surrendered to the Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion based in Camp Monteclaro in Barangay Igtuba, Miag-ao, Iloilo at around 12:10 p.m.

They are identified as Marlon Castor Lozada alias Niko, 34; Jomar Camarig Depalubos alias PG, 29, both residents of Sitio Inuscan, Barangay Cahigon, Calinog, Iloilo; and Pablito Lozada Depalubos alias Atlas, 49, resident of Sitio Tinabasan, Barangay Buri, Tapaz, Capiz.

Arevalo said the surrenderers will avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program that provides incentives to include PHP15,000 immediate cash assistance; PHP50,000 livelihood assistance; PHP45,000 to PHP90,000 firearm remuneration depending on the type of firearm and access to other government assistance.

“There will also be additional assistance like housing, educational, health and many more,” he said.

Arevalo said these rebels might have been tired of hiding. He added that they might also want to live peaceful lives with their families.

Arevalo assured that they will continue with their mission to pressure the rebel groups so they could not harm or harass civilians in Panay.

GenSan downgrades security alert level; lifts curfew

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 10): GenSan downgrades security alert level; lifts curfew

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The city government has lifted the city-wide curfew as it downgraded the alert level in the area due to the improved security situation.

Dr. Agripino Dacera Jr., head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said Wednesday the move was based on a resolution issued by the city’s crisis management committee.

Dacera said the committee headed by City Mayor Ronnel Rivera decided to lower the area’s security alert level from 4 to 3 following an assessment by the city police, the Army-led Joint Task Force GenSan, and other intelligence and law enforcement units.

“The (security) threats have so far softened in the city as well as the whole (Soccsksargen) region,” Dacera said in an interview over TV Patrol South Central Mindanao.

The crisis committee raised the alert status here to level 4 following the bomb blast near a commercial area along the national highway in Barangay Apopong last Sept. 16 that left eight people wounded.

Police arrested the alleged primary suspect three days after the blast and filed charges against 18 others, who were all tagged as members of Islamic State-inspired local terror group Ansar Al-Khilafah Philippines.

An advisory issued by the city government on Tuesday said the observance of the 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew was lifted by the crisis
management committee through a motion made by the mayor during a meeting late last week.

Dacera said the enhanced security measures, including the “No ID, No Entry” policy in checkpoints and all entry points in the city will remain in effect.

Thorough inspection of vehicles will continue at the designated checkpoints and chokepoints in the city, he added.

The advisory said all passengers of both public and private vehicles are required to present their valid identification documents before they could be allowed to enter the city.

The increased police visibility within the city, in coordination with other security and law enforcement agencies, and the conduct of related security measures will also be sustained.

Private establishments were also encouraged to heighten coordination with the city police and Joint Task Force GenSan in line with security concerns involving their personnel and establishments.

“The public is encouraged to continue to be vigilant and to report all suspicious people, objects, and activities to their barangay offices/officials and public safety agencies,” it added.

7 Maute members, supporters yield to military

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 10): 7 Maute members, supporters yield to military

Some seven members and supporters of the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-linked Maute group in Lanao del Sur surrendered Tuesday to government troops.

Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo, Army’s 1st Infantry Division commander, on Wednesday said the Maute members surrendered to the troops of the 55th Infantry Battalion under the Joint Task Force Ranao in Pagayawan town of Lanao del Sur.

Murillo said the seven Maute surrenderers turned over three .30-caliber Garand rifles, four .45-caliber pistols, a Carbine rifle, and a 9-mm pistol.

Murillo declined to release the names of the seven Maute members and supporters, saying the “custodial debriefing of the group is still on-going.”

Maute, originally known as Dawlah Islamiya, has pledged allegiance to the ISIS. It was founded in 2012 by brothers Abdullah and Omar Maute.

The group clashed with the military on several occasions, the most significant of which was the May 2017 Marawi siege.

Abdullah and Omar, along with Basilan-based Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon were killed during the “Battle of Marawi” that ended in October 2017.

Murillo commended the efforts of the troops and various stakeholders that worked for the surrender of the seven Maute group members and supporters.

PH deploys C-130 loaded with aid supplies to Indonesia

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 10): PH deploys C-130 loaded with aid supplies to Indonesia

The Philippine government on Wednesday deployed a Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" cargo aircraft full of relief goods and other materials to earthquake and tsunami-ravaged Indonesia.

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who was present during the send-off ceremonies at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, said the C-130 mission is in response to the request for aid by the Indonesian government.

"This is just a request by the Indonesian government if we could provide some humanitarian assistance for the victims of the earthquake in Palu, so this request has been given to us I think last week and it took us a a while to prepare for the goods as I said a while ago we could have reacted earlier but we had also disasters here in the Philippines (a reference to Typhoon 'Ompong' which ravaged several provinces in Northern Luzon last month), lately up to know, we are still retrieving some bodies at the landslides," he added.

The Philippine Air Force C-130 carries six water filtration units, six generators, 100 tents, 4,400 assorted sleeping kits.

"I think we are also donating some amount, I don't know the exact amount that the government will give to the Government of Indonesia to be used for the rehabilitation of (earthquake and tsunami-hit) Palu," the DND chief said.

Lorenzana said that a second C-130 sortie is scheduled on Oct. 15.

"The C-130 (and its crew) will be staying there (Indonesia) for quite some time to help in the ferrying of goods," he added.

When asked if the Philippines will be deploying any manpower for the ongoing rehabilitation efforts in Indonesia, Lorenzana said this will depend on the Indonesian government.

"(We) will wait for the request of the Indonesian government if they want people from us to help in the rehabilitation," the DND chief added.

The DND chief, however, clarified that the Philippines will not be involved in the ongoing retrieval operations.

The magnitude 7.5 earthquake which struck Sulawesi, Indonesia took place last Sept. 28 killed an estimated 2,000 people and destroyed 7,000 houses aside from triggering a six meter-tsunami.

Budi Dhewajani, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indonesian Embassy to the Philippines, expressed gratitude for the aid being provided by Manila.

"We thank, as I have mentioned earlier, we thank the government and the people of the Philippines for all the condolence and assistance when my government (requested) for international support, the Philippine government quickly responded (to) assist us in this difficult situation," she added.

No visits to leftist groups' offices: PNP

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 10): No visits to leftist groups' offices: PNP

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has denied allegations of visiting offices of some organizations to monitor them in connection with the alleged “Red October” ouster plot against the Duterte administration.

“The front organizations of CPP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army), they exaggerated in fact in any protest rallies, ang tinitignan natin dyan yung (what we are looking for) there are tendencies to instigate chaos and violence. That's their propaganda so di totoo yan (it is not true). That's a big lie, yung sinasabi nila na pinupuntahan sila parang ang dating ay (that we visit them and it seems) they are being persecuted, they are being targeted so there must be martial law. Kalokohan yan (it’s not true),” PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. told reporters on Tuesday.

Durana made the remark after the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) assailed a PNP memorandum issued in September, calling on station commanders to conduct surveillance and profiling of "left-leaning groups" and their leaders.

Several organizations and personalities claimed they were visited by police officers last month. These include the office of the urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay), the campus residence of the University of the Philippines (UP) Student Regent, an office of an environmental group and even hospital unions.

“While we recognize that they belong to the progressive left and they feel strongly on some of the issues that are now being addressed by our government, masyado naman silang pinapalaki yung issue (they are just magnifying the issue),” Durana noted.

He added that the Filipino people are intelligent enough, especially the students, who are well-informed, as they have access to the internet and access to news and information all over the world.

Earlier, PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde assured that measures are in place to secure the protest actions set on October 17.

“Unang-una yung mga kilos protesta parang naging parte na ng buhay natin yan (First of all, mass actions are a part of our lives), it's a way of life already by some sectors of our society. Although in any protest, kailangan natin mag-provide ng (we need to provide) security not only for those who are conducting the rally but also doon sa mga hindi (for those who are not joining it), para may (to ensure) peace and order doon sa lugar (in these places),” he said.

US reiterates offer to sell F-16 jets to PH: Lorenzana

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 10): US reiterates offer to sell F-16 jets to PH: Lorenzana

The US government reiterated its offer to supply the Philippines with the Lockheed Martin F-16.

The offer took place during Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's visit to Washington D.C. last September where he met with US Secretary James Mattis.

"Yes, he offered to sell the (F-16)," Lorenzana said in a message to reporters Tuesday.

The DND chief, however, said these fighters are too expensive for the Philippines along with the attack helicopters which are also being offered by the US.

"He also offered their new attack helicopters but they are also expensive," he added.

Also discussed in the said meeting were bilateral cooperation on counter-terrorism, maritime security and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, as well as the ongoing modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Arsenio Andolong, DND spokesperson, said the F-16 was offered to President Rodrigo Duterte in a letter sent by three US cabinet officials last August.

However, President Duterte has already declined the proposed deal, saying the military does not need this kind of fighter jets because the Philippines is not at war with any country.

"We do not need any F-16s. It would be utterly useless to buy it, but I need attack helicopters and small planes for the counter-insurgency," he said.

"Three US Cabinet Secs (Mike Pompeo-State, Wilbur Ross-Commerce, & Jim Mattis-Defense) wrote a letter to President Duterte offering F-16s & other defense articles. This offer was reiterated to Secretary Lorenzana during his visit to Washington," he added.

PNP to talk with provincial school execs to address CPP recruitment

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 10): PNP to talk with provincial school execs to address CPP recruitment

As part of its continuing efforts to curb recruitment activities of communists, the Philippine National Police (PNP) seeks to expands its talks with higher education institutions (HEIs), including those in provinces.

“We will go to other universities because this is not only happening here (Metro Manila),” PNP chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde said.

Albayalde said the outcome would serve as a template in the conduct of the dialogues with heads of colleges and universities in various parts of the country.

“We will just have a pilot project here in National Capital Region. If the result is good, we can go to the different parts of the country,” he added.

“The dialogue in the provinces could be delegated to the police regional directors,” he added.

Albayalde, however, clarified that their proposed dialogue will not be mandatory, stressing that only small percentage of colleges and universities could be recruitment hubs of communists.

Albayalde earlier tasked National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, Director Guillermo Eleazar, to initiate the dialogue with the presidents and heads of the 18 colleges and universities tagged by the Armed Forces of the Philippines as recruitment grounds of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Eleazar confirmed that he met with CHED Officer-in-Charge Prospero de Vera III on Saturday.

“Dr. de Vera intends to consult with presidents or leaders of universities not only in NCR (National Capital Region) but in other regions to discuss the issue and eventually hold dialogues with them and the PNP leadership,” Eleazar said.

The commission has yet to come up with the schedule of the dialogue.

Albayalde earlier urged the CHED to do its part in preventing the recruitment of communist rebels, citing incidents in the past wherein parents themselves were surprised that their children were either arrested or killed in military and police operations.

“The only thing is we are just concerned about the welfare and the education of our students who could be easily influenced especially those who are emotional,” he said.

Albayalde assured that the “coordination” with colleges and universities will not equate to the suppression of academic freedom.

“Let me point out that human rights advocacy is an institutional policy in the PNP that is deeply-rooted in our doctrine, systems and procedures,” he said.

Albayalde added that the continuing education on human rights has been constantly afforded to all 180,000 police personnel through periodic training programs and follow-on seminars, while human rights training modules are now incorporated in all PNP mandatory training and specialization courses from recruitment and onwards along the entire career in the police service.

He also reaffirmed his earlier pronouncements about the reported infiltration by front organizations of the leftist underground movement, to radicalize and recruit young students in some state colleges and universities.

While stressing that academic freedom is important to promote critical thinking in educational institutions, he said it does not give anyone the right to abet, encourage or violate laws and regulations much more, to take advantage of the students’ idealism to propagate hatred, violence and armed struggle against the government.

“I just hope that patriotism and nationalism that promote values of love, sacrifice and service to country would be taught more in our schools especially in state colleges and universities,” he added.