Monday, June 29, 2020

CPP/NDF-RCTU Negros: RCTU-Negros: Expose and topple the anti-people reign of the inutile and tyrannical US-Duterte regime!

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jun 28, 2020): RCTU-Negros: Expose and topple the anti-people reign of the inutile and tyrannical US-Duterte regime!

JUNE 30, 2020

The Revolutionary Council of Trade Unions (RCTU) – Negros strongly condemn the continuing subservience of the Duterte regime through the implementation of even worse neoliberal economic policies in the nation amid the Covid-19 pandemic basing on the dictates of his US and Chinese Imperialist masters, negatively impacting the lives of Filipino workers.

The worldwide pandemic has revealed the inability of solving and disregard of the inutile government of the problems of the people due to the simultaneous impositions of anti-people policies that have buried an overwhelming majority of the workers, farmers, and other impoverished sectors in extreme poverty and hunger.

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic spread in the Philippines, the workers sector was already suffering in poverty due to joblessness, contractualization, low wages, little to no benefits and the rising prices of basic needs.

Instead of solving the socio-economic and public health crises, the regime has only done militarist lockdowns that has worsened the bitter situation of workers. Based on April 2020 data, in the 45 million people part of the labor force, where 7.5 million are unemployed and 6.4 underemployed. Meanwhile, 4.4% or 1.98 million in Visayas and Mindanao have since been jobless, a number which may still increase as estimated by Ibon Foundation. All of this is a result of the wrong steps taken by the inutile government in facing the Covid-19 crisis.

Many drivers of jeepneys and tricycles, and other workers who rely on daily jobs have been displaced. They have been deprived by the government of their right to work, while foreign capitalists and corporations have been given leeway to monopolize the transportation sector through the bogus modernization scheme. Brought about by privatization, the private sector is expected to take over public service. Jeepney drivers who were once the kings of the road are now in the sidewalks, begging for alms so they can feed their families due to the effects of the jeepney phaseout.

Over 14 million Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in different parts of the globe are suffering due to the state of labor and healthcare because of government neglect to address their situation. The labor-export policy of the government and joblessness in the country, over 6,000 OFWs in 51 nations have been affected while 440 have already died due to Covid 19

Even workers from the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Industry are in fear of losing jobs. In Bacolod, around 100-200 workers are in an unsure “Floating status”. They are also victims of the failed response of the Duterte administration for the Covid-19 crisis due to the lack of medical equipment like PPEs, no mass testing and proper transport, and depriving them of their hazard pay because their employers are not obligated by the government to take proper care of their workers.

The Covid-19 pandemic has expose the aggravating anti-worker stance of the fascist and tyrannical Duterte regime wherein a concrete solution is yet to be seen in the ballooning figures of unemployment. The regime is only exploiting and enslaving the working class through acquiring capital by squeezing their labor power.

Despite all this, additional military and police troops, purchasing of war materiel, fascism and killings are the go-to answer of the state against the legitimate and democratic demands of the people. Many have fallen victim to human rights violations while the state perpetrators remain scat-free in Negros island. Recent additions to the list are the illegal arrest of Aldong Davao and the brutal killing of Jerry Catalogo, sugarcane workers and members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW).

Duterte is exposing himself as a killer and dictator, using the Covid-19 as a pretext to control the mobility of the people, passing the Anti-Terrorism Bill to formalize threatening and silencing activists, critics and the opposition. All these are part and parcel of Duterte’s plans to envelop the country in martial rule to remain in power way beyond his term. Duterte has buried the Philippines in huge debt, reaching P8.6 trillion which will be shouldered even by future generations.

Thus, it is imperative that we unite and strengthen the wide ranks of workers to defend our right to live, for healthcare, and for freedom. Raise the level of our militancy to reach more sectors of the exploited classes to collectively assert our democratic and legitimate demands. The sharpening contradictions between the ruling class and the exploited classes prove the collapsing US-Duterte regime. It will only be buried in bankruptcy due to the chronic crisis of the semicolonial and semifeudal system. It is just to advance the national democratic revolution, carrying forward the programs of genuine land reform, national industrialization and raise the economic status of the people. Along with the broad impoverished masses, workers should unite to topple down the tyrannical and bloody Duterte regime. We have nothing to lose but our chains of slavery. ###

CPP/NPA-Mountain Province: Ti PRIDE ket maysa a protesta, panakidangadang dagiti maidadanes

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jun 28, 2020): Ti PRIDE ket maysa a protesta, panakidangadang dagiti maidadanes


JUNE 29, 2020

Itatta a bulan ti Hunyo ket iselebrar tayo ti “pride march” – kolektibo a panagtignay ti umili tapno irupir ti karbengan dagiti LGBT (lesbian, gay, transgender ken dadduma pay). Nagrugi daytoy kas paset ti panakidangadang dagiti LGBT laban iti diskriminasyon, kas met iti panagpakita ti suporta dagiti LGBT kadagiti magungudawayan a mangmangged, ken maysa met laeng a martsa ti panakikaykaysa kadagiti LGBT. Ingana iti agdama, napateg daytoy nga agtultuloy a panaglagip ken demokratiko a panakidangadang.

Dagiti LGBT ket paset met laeng dagiti nadumaduma a demokratiko a dasig kas iti mannalon (karaman dagiti makitegged -talon), mangmangged (lallalo dagiti kontraktwal ken awanan permanente a trabaho), peti-burgesya (kas kadagiti propesyonal), ken nailian a burgesya (addaan dadakkel a lokal a negosyo). Gungundawayan ida dagiti appo’t daga, dadakkel a burgesya a kakumplot dagiti imperyalista ken dagiti burukrata kapitalista nga ibagbagi ti agdama a macho-pasista a turay a US-Duterte. Malaksid iti pang-ekonomiya ken politikal a panaggundaway, masagsagrap da met ti nakaro a diskriminasyon ken panangidadanes basar iti gender and sexuality da gapu iti kinabulok ti agdama a gimong a mala-kolonyal ken mala-pyudal.

Ti Leonardo Pacsi Command, NPA Mt. Province (LPC) ken amin a yunit ti hukbo ti umili nga idadauloan ti CPP, ket nairot a makikaykaysa, mangitantandudo, ken mangsalsaluad kadagiti karbengan ti LGBT ken lumablaban iti amin a porma ti diskriminasyon kanyada. Iti agdama, 16% ti bilang ti LGBT a nalabbaga a mannakigubat a kameng ti LPC. Iti intar ti hukbo ti umili, maisigsigurado met ti karbengan da iti tay-ak ti ekonomiya, politika ken militar, ken iti tuloy-tuloy a panagpadur-as ti laing ken kabaelan da. Aktibo ti LPC iti panaginnadal, panangilinteg kadagiti kamali a kapanunotan laban iti LGBT, ken iti panangisayangkat kadagiti aktibidad kas iti solidarity night ken panagaramid ti pabuya, daniw ken kanta. Bigbigbigen ti LPC dagiti LGBT nga inkasar ti Partido kas paset ti karbengan da iti panag-ayat ken panagbukkel ti rebolusyonaryo a relasyon ken pamilya.

Ti panangisayangkat ti agdama a nailian demokratiko a gubat ket para iti panangrisut kadagiti risiris iti baet dagiti dasig ken gun-oden dagiti lehitimo a dawat ken pakaseknan ti umili a Pilipino. Paset na daytoy ti panangwayawaya kadagiti LGBT iti amin a porma ti diskriminasyon ken panangidadanes inggana iti naan-anay a panagbigbig iti karbengan da kas LGBT.

Maaw-awis amin nga LGBT nga ipangato ti tukad ti panakidangadang babaen iti panakilaok iti naindasigan a rebolusyon ken panagsampa iti NPA .

Nalabbaga a saludo kadagiti LGBT a makidangdangadang! Agbiag!

CPP/NDF-RCTU: RCTU-ST: Modernisasyon ng tradisyunal na jeepney, anti-maralitang plano sa balangkas ng neoliberal na patakaran ni Duterte!

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jun 28, 2020): RCTU-ST: Modernisasyon ng tradisyunal na jeepney, anti-maralitang plano sa balangkas ng neoliberal na patakaran ni Duterte!


JUNE 28, 2020

Mariing kinokondena ng Revolutionary Council for Trade Unions-NDF-ST (RCTU-NDF-ST) ang kawalang-katarungang nararanasan ngayon ng mga kawawang drayber ng jeepney at kanilang mga pamilya dahil sa pagpatay ng gobyernong Duterte sa kanilang kabuhayan. Walang awang pinahirapan ng rehimeng US-Duterte at inilulubog pa sa kalunos-lunos na kalagayan ang mga drayber ng dyip at pamilya nila. Dahil sa militaristang lockdown at ilang buwang pagbabawal na makapaghanapbuhay, nauwi na sa sobrang kawalan at araw-araw na pamamalimos ang mga drayber, kahit na nagiging dahilan ito sa unti-unting pagkawala ng kanilang dignidad.

Imbes na kaawaan at tulungan ng gobyerno, REHAS at hindi BIGAS ang ibinigay sa mga nagugutom at namamalimos na drayber ng dyip. Ito ang kanilang ginawa sa tinaguriang PISTON-6, na wala na ngang perang pambili ng makakain, pinahirapan pang maghanap ng pampyansa para sa pansamantalang kalayaan. Sa sobrang galit ng gobyernong Duterte sa kanila, kahit pa nga naiayos na ang lahat ng kinakailangang dokumento at nakapagpasulpot na pondong pampyansa, inantala pa ang kanilang paglaya at inungkat pa ang mga kasong matagal nang naresolba kaya naantala pa ng ilang araw ang 2 drayber kasama na ang isang 72 taong gulang na drayber.

Simula noong Marso 15, 2020 o sa mahigit na 3 buwan, di pa nakababyahe ang mga drayber ng dyip. Kalakhan sa kanila’y walang natanggap ng ipinagmamalaking ayuda mula sa DSWD at DOLE. Sa Metro Manila may 55,000 drayber ng dyip ang hindi nakakabyahe, kaya tinatayang 275,000 katao ang apektado agad ng matinding kagutuman. Dahil sa kawalan ng kita, ang ilang mga drayber at pamilya nito ay nakatira na lamang sa mga dyip na kanilang pampasada at sa mga kalsada upang mamalimos para may maipakain sa kanilang mga nagugutom na anak at asawa.

Matagal nang nakararanas ng matinding kahirapan ang mga drayber ng dyip. Matagal na ring planong i-abolis ng gobyerno ang mga tradisyunal na dyip at alisin na sa lansangan ang mga itinuring na “hari ng kalsada”. Ang plano ng gobyernong Duterte na “Jeepney Modernization Program” ay matagal na nitong isinusulong, nais nitong palitan ng mga E-jeep at mala-mini bus na sasakyan ang mga tradisyunal na jeepney. Nakabalangkas sa malakihang negosyo ang planong jeepney modernization ng rehimeng US-Duterte bilang preskripsyon sa neoliberal na patakaran at mga imposisyon ng IMF-WB.

Kaya naman, nagkukumahog ito na pabilisin ang pag-sasapribado ng lahat ng serbisyong panlipunan, pangunahing yutilidad kagaya ng komunikasyon, kuryente, tubig (kaliwa dam – China) at transportasyon (kasama na pangangasiwa sa pangmasang transportasyon sa ating bansa). Mas pinasahol at pinasaklaw nito ang mga nauna ng programang neoliberal ng mga nagdaang rehimen sa ating bansa.

Pagkaupo pa lang ni Duterte bilang pangulo ng bansa, nagbalangkas na agad ito ng isang panukalang programa na mag-aabolis sa industriya ng jeep sa bansa. Makalipas ang isang taon (2017), pormal nang ipinagbawal ang mga lumang jeepney na may edad na 15 taon at hindi na ito binigyan ng prangkisa para makabyahe. Ang mga jeepney na lalagpas sa limitasyong edad ay obligadong palitan ng mga modernong jeepney na gaya ng hybrid, electronic jeep, LPG power o jeepney na may makinang tugma sa Euro-4.

Bumuo sila ng isang iskema na Fleet Management Program (FMP) na pinatatakbo ng pribadong kumpanya, upang isurender ng mga operators ang kanilang pag-aaring jeep sa pamamahala ng FMP. Ang “kooperatiba” kuno, ngunit kumpanya sa katotohanan ang magdedetermina kung kelan sila babyahe, saan ang ruta at maging ang maintenance ng kanilang jeep. Kung hindi makakasunod ang mga operators sa mga requirements na ito ay babawiin ng LTFRB ang kanilang mga prangkisa. Pwersahang pagwasak sa kabuhayan ng milyong bilang ng mga drayber ng jeep na malulugmok sa kahirapan at kagutuman.

Ang nakakagalit, imbes na bigyan ng ayuda ang mga maapektuhang drayber at mga operators ng jeep sa anti-maralitang patakarang modernisasyong ito, mas pinili pa ng gobyernong ito na bigyan ng AYUDA ang mga malalaking korporasyong dayuhan sa transportasyon. Nagbalangkas ng programang P27 Bilyon na Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) na magbibigay ng tulong sa mga multinasyunal na kumpanya gaya ng Toyota Motors, Mitsubishi, Foton at Hyundai na lumikha ng 200,000 units ng modernong jeepney kada kumpanya, kada taon. Kung tutuusin ang napakalaking halagang ito ay kayang-kaya nang pondohan ang pambansa at komprehensibong programa para sa rehabilitasyon, pagmamantina at para matulungan ang mga drayber ng jeep at maging pagpapa-unlad ng tradisyunal na jeepney sa kabuuan.

Malawakang tinutulan ito ng mga drayber ng jeepney, partikular ng grupong PISTON. Pero sa pagpasok ng nakamamatay na pandemik na Covid-19, imbes na itigil ng gobyernong Duterte ang kanyang buhong na balakin upang pagtuunang harapin ang pagtugon sa pandemya, sinamantala pa ito ni Duterte para maisakatuparan ang anti-maralitang planong modernisasyon. Pinagbawalan ng makabyahe ang mga jeep kahit pa nga na-scale down na sa General Community Quarantine (GCQ) ang halos buong Luzon. Ipinakikita lamang nito na hindi prioridad ng gobyernong ito na lutasin ang kahirapang nararanasan ng mga maralitang drayber kundi ang kanyang tanging hangarin ay mapagsilbihan nya ang mga malalaking kapitalistang dayuhan at lokal sa nasabing industriya.

Nakakagalit din ang susing tagapayo ng LTFRB sa jeepney modernization na si Engr. Albert Suansing sa pamimilit na tanggapin na lamang ng mga drayber ang kanilang plano. Aniya, matagal na daw nilang sinabihan ang mga drayber ng dyip na magkakaroon ng rationalization program, at para maka-angkop ang mga drayber sa ginagawang pagbabago, kinakailangan nilang magsama-sama para makabuo ng isang kumpanya o di kaya ng isang malaking kooperatiba. Ito lamang ang tanging paraan para makapag-proseso sila ng pag-utang sa bangko ng makabili sila ng mga bagong yunit ng modernong jeep (ala mini-bus). Malinaw pa sa sikat ng araw na isa itong malaking negosyong pinatatakbo ng mga KORAP hindi lamang sa LTFRB at DOTr kundi maging ng mga buwaya sa Malacañang.

Imbes na paunlarin ng gobyerno ang industriya ng jeepney sa bansa ay gusto lamang nilang pagkakitaan ang milyon-milyong makokorap mula sa Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) na makukuha nila sa kada unit ng modernong jeep o mini-bus na mabibili sa kumpanyang mapipili nila. Sa kasalukuyan ay aabot sa P1.8M hanggang sa P2.2 milyon ang halaga ng isang unit ng modernong jeepney, hinding-hindi ito kakayanin ng isang operator ng jeep, kaya naman ang makakabili lamang nito ay malalaking kumpanya sa transportasyon. Ibig sabihin, mamo-monopolyo na ng malalaking kumpanya ang mga lansangan at mga pampasadang jeepney.

Ang ipinagmamalaki namang rationalisasyon ng LTFRB ay hindi kalutasan o pagbuti ng kalagayan ng mga drayber kundi unti-unting pagpatay sa mga ruta ng jeepney dahil bibigyan lamang sila ng ruta sa mga interior na lansangan at hindi na sa dati nilang nirurutahang kalsada. Hindi na rin sila makakabalik sa kanilang dating ruta dahil sa ibinigay na ito ng LTFRB na bagong ruta ng mga bus, kaya naman hindi na sila papayagan magbyahe sa ruta na ito kahit pa dekada na silang doon bumabyahe. Hindi lamang mga jeepney drayber ang maaapektuhan ng kalokohan at pangga-gagong ito ng gobyerno, kundi maging ang mga kawawang mananakay ay apektado din.

Karagdagang pahirap ito sa bulsa ng mga manggagawa at sapilitang pagbawas sa kakarampot na ngang sweldo sa kasalukuyan. Sa inisyal na kwenta, may minimum na P15.00 (kung madadagdagan ng isa pang sakay dahil sa putol-putol na byahe at karagdagang P3.00 pa sa dagdag pasahe kung ibabase sa pasahe ng modernong jeepney na mas mahal ng P3.00 kumpara sa tradisyunal na jeepney.

Hindi pa kasama dito ang sobra-sobrang tagal ng paghihintay dahil sa kakulangan ng masasakyan at malalayong lakarin para makasakay sa kasunod na ruta, kaya kapag na late ka pa sa trabaho ay paniyak na mababawasan pa din ang iyong sweldo. Kung susumahin, aabot sa P30.00 karagdagang gastusin sa isang araw o P900.00 kada buwan ang mababawas sa kakarampot na ngang sinasahod ng mga manggagawa lalo’t hindi naman nagdagdag ng sahod si Duterte sa rehiyon ng Southern Tagalog sa loob ng halos 2 taon.

Malaking dagdag gastuin din ito sa libo-libong estudyante na pumapasok papunta sa Metro Manila o di kaya ay sa mismong probinsya nila. Tuloy-tuloy na nga ang pagtaas ng tuition fee at iba pang bayarin, dagdag pahirap pa ito sa mga estudyante at sa dulo ang kawawang magulang na manggagawa din ang magbubuhat ng hirap para madagdagan ang baon ng kanilang mga anak na estudyante. Maliban sa dagdag gastusin, ang palipat-lipat na pagsakay dahil sa bagong ruta ay magiging pahirap sa mga senior citizen at People’s With Disabilities (PWD’s) na direktang lumalabag sa mga ordinansa at batas na ibinigay na konsiderasyon at pangangalaga sa kanila.

Kung gagawing prioridad lamang ng gobyernong ito ang pagpapaunlad sa public mass transport system gaya ng railway system/daang bakal, road transport system at ang sea/air transport at kaalinsabay sa pagsasabansa ng lahat nang daang bakal at pagpapaunlad pa ng mga Public Utility Vehicles (Jeepney at Bus) ay magkakaroon ng tunay na pagresolba sa kasalukuyang problema sa pampublikong transportasyon. Kaalinsabay din nito ang pagdebelop sa mga kagamitan at materyales na gagamitin sa transport industry na locally produce ng sa ganoon ay maitulak ang pag unlad ng sarili nating manupaktura. Hindi rin naman tayo kulang sa mga mineral na pangangailangan gaya ng ore/bakal, nickel at bronse na mahalagang gamit para sa industriya ng daang bakal, dahil mayaman ang Pilipinas sa mineral na ito.

Napakahalaga at mahigpit na magka-ugnay ang mass transport system sa urban land at rural development, kaya susing aspeto ito sa pagpapalakas ng ekonomiya. Katunayan, may mahalagang papel ito sa pundasyon ng pagtatayo ng Pambansang Industriyalisasyon at Tunay na Repormang Agraryo. Sa ganitong konteksto, nararapat lamang na sa maksimum ay manatiling pag- aaring publiko ang pangmasang transportasyon lalo na ang sistema ng daang-bakal (railway system) at pampublikong behikulo (Public Utility Vehicles) gaya ng Bus at Jeep na mga pinakamahalagang aspeto ng road mass transport.

Kaalinsabay nito ang matinding kapabayaang ginagawa ng rehimeng US-Duterte sa mga manggagawang Pilipino gaya ng mga mga empleyado, driver, konduktor at iba pang mga manggagawa sa sektor ng pampublikong bus. Imbes na bigyang resolusyon ang kababaan ng sahod, kawalan ng security of tenure, pang-aabuso, hazard at posibleng pagkawala ng kanilang kabuhayan ay gobyerno pa mismo ang nagtutulak para mapabilis ang paglalarga ng neoliberal na patakarang maglulusaw sa kanilang mga trabaho at kabuhayan.

Kinakailangang labanan at salubungin ng malakas na protesta ng mamamayan ang kriminal na kapabayaan ng gobyerno sa pampublikong transportasyon at ng malawakang pribatisasyon sa pag-aaring publiko’t serbisyo sa ilalim ng makadayuhang Build Build Build/Private Partnership Program ni Duterte. Ang mga kaganapan sa ating pampublikong transportasyon (jeepney at bus transport) ay kinakailangang i-ugnay natin sa malawak na pakikibaka ng mamamayan at maging sa lumalalang pagpapatupad ng labor flexibilization at mura at siil na paggawa.

Nanawagan tayo sa mga drayber ng jeepney sa Timog Katagalugan at buong bansa na tapusin na ang pagtitiis at pagtitimpi sa aping kalagayan, hinahamon tayo ngayon na mas paigtingin ang pagkakaisa at pagkilos laban sa isang rehimeng pahirap, tiraniko, korap at mamamatay-tao. Palakasin ang ating hanay sa pamamagitan ng malawakang pag-oorganisa, pagmumulat at pagpapakilos para ang hiwa-hiwalay na pagkilos ng mga drayber ng jeep ay maipakat natin sa lumalawak na galit at pakikibaka ng sambayanang lumalaban.

Mabuhay ang RCTU-NDF-ST!
Mabuhay ang CPP-NPA-NDF!

CPP/News: A look back into the case of activist Jomorito Goaynon

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jun 28, 2020): A look back into the case of activist Jomorito Goaynon

JUNE 28, 2020

Lumad leader Datu Jomorito “Jumong” Goaynon, chairperson of the Kalumbay Lumad organization, is one of a few charged with “terrorism” under the Human Security Act, the law which is now being amended by the regime through the Anti-Terrorism Bill.

Goaynon was illegally arrested on January 28, 2019 along with Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Northern Mindanao chairperson Ireneo Udarbe at a checkpoint of the 65th IB in Talakag, Bukidnon while on their way to a meeting with fellow peasants. He was charged in May 2019 for violating the HSA. He has been languishing in jail for almost a year and a half now.

Goaynon is also one of the founding leaders of Sandugo Alliance of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination, and served as one of the spokespersons of the Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya, the annual march, rally, and camp-out by Filipino minority peoples of the Philippines in Manila. Prior to his arrest, he was subjected to red tagging by the Duterte regime and was being publicly accused of being “top leader” of the New People’s Army (NPA) and a “terrorist.”

The charges of terrorism against Goaynon was dismissed due to lack of merit along with charges of attempted murder, frustrated murder, illegal possession of firearms and explosives, and rebellion filed against him. He, however, remains detained as he faces other trumped-up charges of kidnapping, robbery and arson.

Datu Jumong was among the 657 activists and individuals labeled by the Department of Justice as “terrorists” in its proscription case against the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and NPA. The said case was filed before the Manila Regional Trial Court in February 2018, three months after Duterte’s issuance of the Proclamation 374 declaring the CPP and NPA as “terrorist organizations.” Widely denounced as a witchhunt, the case was refiled on July 2018 with Goaynon’s name, along with approximately 600 more, removed. Despite this, the surveillance on and harassment against Goaynon and his colleagues continued unabated.

Goaynon earned the ire of the military and successive fascist regime for championing and defending the cause of the poor Lumad peasants. He was subjected to harassment by the 65th IB to pressure him to “surrender” as an “NPA leader.” This prompted him to file a complaint before the Commission on Human Rights a week prior to being arrested by the same military unit. Goaynon’s photograph was displayed in public places across Northern Mindanao accusing him of being an “NPA recruiter.” He was also reported to have received numerous death threats from the military.

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement asserted that Goaynon is not a terrorist but a human rights defender who was unjustly arrested for rightly defending his fellow Lumads’ ancestral lands from plunder both by the government and private entities. He was engaged in documenting human rights violation against Lumads as he was also a vocal critics of the regime’s plan to displace residents from their ancestral lands to pave way for the expansion of plunderous mining, logging and plantation concessions, as well as plans to convert these for ecotourism-uses.

Kalinaw News: Tribal Leaders Welcome Army Commander in Kalabugao Plains

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jun 30, 2020): Tribal Leaders Welcome Army Commander in Kalabugao Plains (By 4th Infantry Division)

IMPASUGONG, BUKIDNON. June 28 – The Indigenous People (IP) tribal leaders conducted a ritual to formally welcome the Army’s 403Bde Commander together with his subordinates last June 26, 2020 at the covered court of Barangay Kalabugao, Impasugong, Bukidnon.

Datu Manbunayan, Indigenous People Mandatory Rerpresentative (IPMR) of Brgy Kalabugao said “Amoang gidawat ang kumander sa briged kauban ang kasundaluhan sa amoang komunidad. Kauban sila, nakita namo ang kahusay ug kalinaw dinhi sa Kalabugao. Dungan pa, nanghinaot ko na ang ilahang mga plano sa pagpalambo sa among komunidad kay matuman.” (We are welcoming the brigade commander and his soldier in our community. With them, we see peace and order here in Kalabugao. Further, I am hoping that their plans to help in developing our community may realize.)

“Nalipay ko nga ang komunidad sa Lumad kauban nato sa pagkab-ot sa malungtarong kalinaw. Sa kamatuoran nga ilang gisaway ang pagsulod sa grupong teroristang New People’s Army (NPA) nagpasabot nga nasabtan nila ang dili maayong idelohiya sa teroristang grupo. Kini nga yunit gapanaad nga magpadayon sa pagprotektar sa mga Lumad, sa ilang komunidad ug yutang kabilin,” said LTC Edgardo V Talaroc Jr, Commanding Officer of 8th Infantry Battalion. (I am glad that the IP communities are with us in our quest in attaining just and lasting peace. The fact that they denounce the entry of the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) implies that the IPs are enlightened from the pointless ideologies of the terrorist group. This unit vows to continue protecting the IPs, their communities, and ancestral land.)

Col Ferdinand T Barandon, 403rd Brigade Commander expressed his gratitude for the warm acceptance of the IP leaders. “Kini ang pamatuod nga gidawat sa mga Lumad ang presensya sa kasundaluhan sa ilang komunidad ug gikapoy na sa bakak nga saad sa mga CNTs. Sa panagsamang paningkamot sa mga Lumad, kasundaluhan ug mga kauban sa kalinaw ug kalambuan, makaya natong tapuson ang insurhensiya nga magkauban.” He said. (This is a proof that the IPs accepted the presence of the Army in their community and are tired of the CNTs false promises. With the convergence effort of the IPs, Army, and our peace and development partners, we can surely end this insurgency together.)

Pamuhat is a Higaonon term for the ritual to officially receive individuals in their communities. Said ritual is conducted to strengthen ties between the army and the IP community, and further seek guidance and protection from their supreme deity for the soldiers in performing their task to protect communities and ancestral land against the Communists Terrorists Group (CTG).

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Kalinaw News: MTF-ELCAC Delivers Farm Equipment to Kalabugao Farmers

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jun 30, 2020): MTF-ELCAC Delivers Farm Equipment to Kalabugao Farmers (By 4th Infantry Division)

IMPASUGONG, BUKIDNON. June 27 – Impasugong Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC), a task force institutionalizing the Whole-of-Nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable development brings joy and optimism as it delivers PhP 4.4 Million worth of farm equipment to the Kalabugao Farmers yesterday.

The Department of Agriculture (DA-10) Region X turned-over two (2) units of Floating Tiller-Boat type, two (2) units Kubota RT140 corn sheller, 200 bags of OPV white corn seeds, one (1) Solar Power Irrigation System and 14,000 Tilapia fingerlings to the Kalabugao Farmers. Further, said agency donated a total of three (3) units of McCormick C110 Max 100 farm tractor with trailing harrow, disc plow, and trailer worth PhP 7.7 Million each to the three (3) Battalions of the 403rd Infantry “Peacemaker” Brigade. One of the recipient Battalions is the 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion which will hand-over the utilization of the tractor to the farmers of Kalabugao in Impasugong, Bukidnon.

The said projects were realized through the relentless effort of the Impasugong MTF-ELCAC and intensive collaboration with the Local Government Unit of Impasugong, Philippine Army, DA, other government agencies, and generous private individuals.

Mayor Anthony Uy, Municipal Mayor of Impasugong, emphasized his full support to the government, “Sa atong mga kaigsuonan, ayaw pawala ug pag-asa, kay naay gobyerno nga motabang kaninyo ug dili kamo biyaan. Magbuliga kuý. Atong gobyerno mutabang jud para kanatong tanan. (To our brothers and sisters, do not lose hope for the government is here to help you and will not leave you. Let us cooperate. Our government will surely help us all.)

“Usa ra ang atong gobyerno. Ang atong gobyerno nga gipangulohan ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte nga gahatag og dako nga mga programa ug proyekto para sa inyo. Ang among yunit, kauban sa Impasugong MTF-ELCAC ug uban pang mga kauban sa kalinaw ug kalambuan magpadayon sa mga maayong binuhatan aron mapadali ang katapusan sa mga armadong komunista”, said LTC Edgardo V Talaroc Jr, Commanding Officer of 8th Infantry Battalion. (We only have one (1) government. Our government under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte will provide various programs and will project to you. This unit, together with Impasugong MTF-ELCAC and other peace and development partners, will continue to provide interventions to expedite in ending the local communist armed conflict.)

Col Ferdinand T Barandon, 403rd Brigade Commander extended his gratitude to the Department of Agriculture and Local Government of Impasugong. He said, “Akong gidayag ang mga ahensya sa gobyerno sa ilang gihatag nga suporta sa pag human sa teroristang armadong pakigbisog. Sa kahusay ug kalinaw nga panglantaw, dakong tabang sa atong mga mag-uuma kini nga interbensyon. Mulambo jud ang ilang produksyon sa agrkultura nga makapataas sa estado sa ilang kinabuhi. Tungod ana, mapaubos ang kalagmitan sa pag-impluwensya sa mga tao og mga kaigsuonan natong NPA. Sa ing-ani nga interbensyon, di na layo sa pagkab-ot ang kahusay ug kalinaw apil na ang kalambuan. Mapadali na ug magpadayon pa nga atong makab-ot ang kalinaw ug kalambuan. (I commend the government agencies for their support in ending terrorist armed conflict. In the perspective of peace and order, this intervention will help immensely our farmers. It will greatly improve their production in agriculture and this will translate to enhancement of their standard of living. And because of that, it will lessen the probability of them being influenced by our brothers and sisters in the New People’s Army (NPA). With this intervention, the peace and order situation as well as the development will not be far ahead. We will easily and continuously achieve peace and development.)

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Kalinaw News: Cabanglasan IP village condemns NPA terrorists

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jun 30, 2020): Cabanglasan IP village condemns NPA terrorists (By 4th Infantry Division)

MARAMAG, Bukidnon – 26 June 2020, a total of 145 individuals belonging to Umayamnon and Bisaya Tribes in Sitios Tagbacan, Tumbago, Saluringan, and Katablaran all of Brgy Canangaan, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon denounced the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) by burning the CPP-NPA flags and declared the terrorist as Persona Non-Grata in their community. The activity was held at Municipal Gymnasium, Cabanglasan Bukidnon.

Kagawad Arturo Delamansi, Chairperson for Peace and Order Committee of Barangay Canangaan officiated the burning of CPP-NPA flags, followed by the burning of flaglets by the former NPA mass supporters.

The burning of the flag of CPP-NPA symbolizes the affirmation of withdrawal of support and the declaration of CPP-NPA-NDF of the 4 Sitios of Barangay Canangaa as Persona-Non Grata.

The activity was graced by Hon. Renante Inocando, Mayor of Cabanglasan; LTC Franklin F Fabic Commanding Officer 88IB; Tribal Chieftain Datu Conrado Salimbaon; Barangay Officials of Brgy Canangaan headed by Chairman Monding Ogade; PNP; BFP; and other Local Government Agencies.

Recently the Municipality of Cabanglasan declared CPP-NPA-NDF as Persona-Non Grata and conducted Send-Off Ceremony to the Community Support Teams (CSTs) that will immerse on the Five Barangays of the municipality that were identified as CPP-NPA affected; Canangaan, Paradise, Mandahican, Mandaing, and Cabulohan.

In his statement, Mayor Renante Inocando thanked the 88IB and PNP for the courage and commitment by bringing peace in his municipality. He also reminds his people of Barangay Canangaan specifically the four (4) Sitios to help them in protecting their community. “Don’t let the NPA manipulate you, don’t be afraid to them. Let us unite and help one another to attain sustainable peace in our community.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Franklin F Fabic said, “We will do our mandate of protecting the people and securing our land. We, the Maringal troopers, will continue to hunt down these terrorists for the protection of our people with the help of our LGU and from all of you. Let us unite for a better future of our younger generation.”

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Kalinaw News: 214 IDPs return home safely

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jun 30, 2020): 214 IDPs return home safely (By 4th Infantry Division)

MARAMAG, Bukidnon. June 23 – A total of 214 internally displaced persons (IDPs) benefitted as the PLGU of Bukidnon and Local Government Unit (LGU) of Cabanglasan quickly responded to the needs in So Tagbakan, Sitio Tumbaga, Sitio Katablaran, and Sitio Saluringan all of Brgy Canangaan, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon.

The said IDPs fled from their homes amidst threats from the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs). They are temporarily sheltered in San Vicente Elementary School of Barangay San Vicente and IBA Integrated School of Brgy Iba, Cabanglasan.

Upon receiving the information, the PLGU of Bukidnon and LGU Cabanglasan promptly provided relief operations, feeding programs, stress debriefing, malaria prevention, and medical missions to ensure the well-being of the evacuees. On the other hand, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Army provided security and other assistance.

Also, the evacuees received the following items per household; 10 kilos of rice, canned goods, bear brand packs, detergent bar, shampoo, safeguard soap, 2pcs diaper per baby, mosquito net, sky flakes biscuit, pot, spoon and forks, plates, noodles, and coffee.

Mrs. Layla Dumogan, one of the evacuees from Sitio Tumbaga, Brgy Canangaan said, Nagpasalamat ako sa gobyerno ug sa mga taga 88IB ug atong kapulisan alang sa ilang suporta ug tabang sa amo (I thank the government and the 88IB and our PNP for their support and assistance)

Honorable Renante Inocando, Mayor of Cabanglasan said, “we, your local government together with the 88th Infantry Battalion and PNP will continue to do our commitment to bring basic services amid this situation. We hope for your full cooperation with us.’’

After the activity, the 214 individuals, were able to return to their places. Local government units of Cabanglasan facilitated the transportation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Lieutenant Colonel Franklin Fabic Commander Officer of 88IB said “we are very thankful to the local government for giving basic services to the evacuees while we are doing our job in defeating the NPA doing atrocities here in Cabanglasan. I am also thankful to the citizen who reported the presence of the NPAs that resulted in the major accomplishment of our government forces.”

“We assure you that your Army together with PNP will protect you and won’t allow your peaceful living to be disturbed again by lawless people. In return, we are hoping for your continuous contribution by not allowing any presence of CNTs in your community.” Ltc Fabic added.

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Kalinaw News: Tired BIFF members surrender in North Cotabato

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jun 29 2020): Tired BIFF members surrender in North Cotabato (By 6th Infantry Division)

Three disgruntled members of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters under Karialan faction, including a minor, have surrendered to the army on Friday, June 26, 2020n in Brgy. Paidu Pulangi, Pikit, North Cotabato.

The former BIFF terrorists were Gaga Abdul, 25, platoon leader, Jeremy Abdul, 18 and minor who is 17 years old. They are all residents of Sitio Tatak, Brgy Dalgan, Pagalungan, Maguindanao.

In a simple ceremony the surrenderers were presented to Joint Task Force Central Commander Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon at Headquarters 602nd Infantry Brigade in Carmen, North Cotabato.

The surrenderers handed over 1 homemade Barret sniper rifle, 1 homemade KG9 and 1 homemade uzi.

“An increasing number of BIFF coming out to surrender is a manifestation that they choose to live peaceful lives and join the mainstream community,” said Maj. Gen. Diosdado Carreon.

He also lauded the 90th Infantry Battalion led by Lt. Col. Michael D. Maquilan for their continuous effort to convince the BIFF group to surrender and contribute to the campaign against terrorism and violent extremism in Central Mindanao.

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Kalinaw News: Maguindanao town intensifies campaign on loose firearms

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jun 29 2020): Maguindanao town intensifies campaign on loose firearms (By 6th Infantry Division)

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – The 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion (1MechBn) under 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade facilitated the surrender of loose firearms in Datu Unsay town of Maguindanao on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

Datu Unsay Mayor Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr. handed over 8 high powered firearms in a ceremony held at the town’s municipal hall to 1st Mechanized Brigade Commander Col. Jesus Rico D. Atencio.

Firearms surrendered were 1 Carbine rifle, 1 M79 rifle, 1 caliber 7.62mm Barret sniper rifle, 1 caliber 50 Barret, 1 caliber. 45 pistol, 2 rocket propelled grenade and ammunition.

The constituents of Datu Unsay voluntarily surrendered their firearms through the efforts of Alpha Company of 57th Infantry Battalion under 1MechBn in cooperation with the local government chief and the concerned barangay chairmen.

Col. Atencio said that the success of the activity was made through the cooperation of the local government units (LGU) and the Army’s campaign against proliferation of loose firearms.

JTFC Commander Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon, was elated as another LGU has done its part to take part in the campaign of the government in eradicating loose firearms tied with criminalities and armed lawlessness particularly in Maguindanao and the whole South Central Mindanao.

The firearms were brought to the headquarters of 1MechBn for safekeeping and proper documentation.

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Kalinaw News: Philippine Army: Upholding Democracy and the Human Rights of the enemy

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jun 29 2020): Philippine Army: Upholding Democracy and the Human Rights of the enemy (By Kalinaw News)

A shot to the chest for the notorious Abu Sayyaf leader, Isnilon Hapilon, and a shot to the head for Omar Maute, the Maute Group leader; they are the lawless terrorists who threatened to take the freedom of the Filipinos living in the Islamic City of Marawi. A hundred and fifty-three (153) days passed since heavily armed men carrying a black flag marched on the previously peaceful street of Marawi City. Thousands of Meranao fled their homes in fear of the terrorists who declared themselves as the Maute Group, a radicalized gang of bandits who used their twisted radical ideologies to wreak havoc.

It was a humanitarian crisis but the military remained steadfast. After 153 days of battle, the military successfully liberated the Islamic City of Marawi and has been working with the government and other agencies to rehabilitate the devastated city. The Marawi Siege put the spotlight on the unwavering bravery and sacrifice of the Filipino soldiers as the modern defenders of democracy and human rights.

Upholding Human Rights, Including the Enemy’s In Iligan City, a female soldier, Private First Class Eunice Jane Curayag, offered to donate her blood to extend the life of a New People’s Army insurgent, Lando, who was left by his comrades after an encounter with the government forces. In Bukidnon, a bleeding 17-year old NPA supply officer, Nina, was given first aid kid by the state troops when her uncaring companions rushed to save their own lives during an encounter. In Metro Manila, the the Philippine Army assisted the family of an NPA leader, Noel Levanta, in giving the dead cadre a proper burial. The military helped in approaching Antipolo Mayor Dennis Hernandez to request financial assistance for the cremation of his body.

In Oriental Mindoro, the military searched for the legitimate next of kin of an NPA, Elmer Murillo, and even used its helicopter to bring back his cadaver to his family in Lopez, Quezon. In Surigao del Sur back in 1999, Jelyn Dayong was a 13-year old NPA Child Warrior who was left wounded with a dead comrade beside her. She was immediately evacuated to the hospital to save her life. The kid was treated with appropriate care, kindness and attention. She grew up and became part of the Philippine Army and even married a soldier. These are few of the many instances where the military upheld the right to life and due process of the people no matter their political affiliation, verified transgressions, and forceful aggressions.

The Perennial Heroes

While the military troops have an upper hand in combat operations versus groups that are threats to national security, they also champion the advocacy of compassion, doing extra humanitarian services, even to those considered enemies of the state. The military has an active and visible participation in all the crises that the country faces: volcanic eruption, onslaught of super typhoons, other disasters and calamities, attack of war terror, and the pandemic crisis. The soldiers are the people’s first and last line of defense. They propagate and advocate for human rights. They truly adhere to the principles of International Humanitarian Law, especially the Rules of Engagement.

High security satisfaction
The Social Weather Station Survey conducted in December 2019 revealed a 79% public satisfaction rating on the performance of duty by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The military has been enjoying a high public satisfaction ratings since 2015 and the Filipinos are confident that the AFP capable of defeating the emerging threats to the country’s security.

This confidence can be attributed to the military’s commitment to excellence and professionalism brought about by the still ongoing Army Transformation Roadmap.

The military’s dedication to improvement successfully rebuilt the image of the Filipino soldier as the guardian of the people’s rights and the country’s sovereignty.

Kalinaw News: Martsa para sa kapayapaan inilunsad sa Laak

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jun 29 2020): Martsa para sa kapayapaan inilunsad sa Laak (By 10TH INFANTRY DIVISION)

Camp General Manuel T Yan Sr., Mawab, Davao de Oro – Naglunsad ng Martsa para Kapayapaan ang mga nasa mahigit 150 miyembro ng Underground mass organization (UGMO) sa Bayan ng Laak, Davao de Oro nitong Hunyo 28, 2020.

Habang nagmamartsa, taas-boses nilang isinisigaw, “IBAGSAK ANG KOMUNISTA, MABUHAY ANG DEMOKRASYA!” Dala rin nila ang mga plakard na naglalaman ng iba’t ibang saloobin laban sa mga NPA, “CPP-NPA-NDF MAKAGUBA OG PAMILYA,” “CPP-NPA-NDF WAG TULARAN, DEMOKRASYA SUPORTAHAN” at marami pang iba.

Sa pamamagitan ng Community support program, natulungan ng 60IB ang nasa 156 miyembro ng underground mass organization upang makalabas mula sa impluwensya ng teroristang NPA. Kinondena ng mga miyembro ng UGMO mula sa Barangay Kapatagan at Special Brgy Dalimdim ng Laak, ang mga paglabag ng CPP-NPA-NDF sa karapatang pantao, pagpatay sa kanilang mga kaanak, pangre-recruit ng minor de edad na mga kabataan, pananambang, panununog at marami pang iba. Ito ay pinagtibay sa pamamagitan ng isang resolusyong nagdideklara sa CPP-NPA-NDF bilang persona non grata.

Ang mga nagmartsang miyembro ng UGMO ay nauna ng isinailalim sa tatlong araw na live-in seminar. Bahagi ng seminar ang ALL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS & SERVICES ORIENTATION sa unang araw, DERADICALIZATION PROGRAM sa ikalawang araw at panghuli ay CSP CULMINATION PROGRAM na kung saan ay bahagi nito ang Martsa para Kapayapaan (Martsa Alang sa Kalinaw).

Emosyunal ang naging pahayag ni Maria Tapilot patungkol sa kanyang karanasan sa NPA, “pinatay nila ang asawa ko kahit pa nagserbisyo sa kanila, ginagawang utusan, lahat sinunod pero pinatay pa rin nila. Kaya nananawagan ako sa lahat na buhay pa mga kabiyak nila, huwag magpalinlang sa mga teroristang NPA!”

Sa kanyang talumpati ni, inihayag naman ni Antonio L. Libuangan, Mayor ng Laak, “ramdam natin ang pighati dahil sa krimeng kagagawan ng NPA at naging biktimba ang ating kababayan. Ngunit sa ngayon, dahil dumami ang mga nagsisukong miyembro ng teroristang NPA at UGMO, ang iba ay napatay sa engkwentro, ang ating bayan ay pangatlo sa buong probinsya bilang pinakatahimik at payapa. Ako’y natutuwa sa inyong pagsuko at pagbabagong buhay sa tulong ng 60IB. Asahan ninyo, ang lahat ng ahensya ng pamahalaan ay tutulong sa inyo upang maihatid ang hustisya at sapat na tulong pangkabuhayan. Dalangin ko na walang magugutom sa ating bayan at lahat may marangal na trabaho.”

Sinang-ayunan naman ito sa talumpati na binigay ni Hon. Ruwel Peter S Gonzaga, Kongresista sa ikalawang distrito na dumalo sa nasabing peace rally. “Sa abot ng aking makakaya at sa programa ng aking opisina na maaaring maihatid sa inyo, gagawin ko. Lahat ng nandito, tutulungan ko kayong mabigyan ng trabaho na naaayon at alinsunod sa mandatong nakaatang sa aking opisina.”

Pagsuporta din ang hatid na mensahe ng gobernador ng Davao de Oro Jayvee Tyroon Uy sa pamamagitan ni Board member Alfonso Tabas Jr, “seryoso ang Davao de Oro na itaguyod ang kapayapaan sa tulong ng kasundaluhan at mamamayan. Dahil sa mga proyektong nagawa ng gobyerno sa kasalukuyang administrasyon, ang natitirang hamon na lamang ay paghahatid ng impormasyon sa mamamayan tungkol mga programang pangkabuhayan at development.”

Samantala, madamdamin ang naging mensahe ng Commander 10ID, Major General Reuben Basiao para sa mga dating miyembro ng NPA at UGMO, “kayo ang dahilan kung bakit ang mga kasundaluhan ay nagtatrabaho at nagsasakripisyo kasama ang lahat ng ahensya ng gobyerno. Ako ay natutuwa sa desisyon ninyong magbalik loob sa gobyerno upang ipagpatuloy ninyo na suportaan ang lugar nyo, ang Barangay Kapatagan at Special Barangay Dalimdim. Ang pagpapanatili ng kapayapaan at pagsulong ng kaunlaran dito sa inyong lugar hindi kaya ng mga kasundaluhan lamang. Kayo ang sentro at pinakaimportante na bahagi ng programa ng gobyerno kaya nandito ang ating mga opisyales ng pamahalaan, mga ahensya mula lokal hanggang nasyunal. Pasalamatan natin ang local chief executive at ang ating Kongreso sa pagbibigay ng Appropriation, ang laki na ng iniunlad ng Laak.”

Binigyang-diin ni MGen Basiao na kung wala ang pagsuporta ng mga mamamayan sa ginagawa ng gobyerno kasama ang kasundaluhan, walang pag unlad sa lugar. “Ang pagtayo ninyo, ang pagbalik-loob at ang katapangan nyo na ikondena at itakwil ang CPP-NPA-NDF, yan ang gusto nating ipakita, ipabatid sa mamamayan dahil kahit gaano kasipag ng mga nasa gobyerno at ng kasundaluhan, kung walang ang pagsuporta ninyo, walang mangyayari sa ating bayan.”

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Kalinaw News: Peace rally ng KRM sa Bukidnon dinaluhan ng Spokesperson NTF – ELCAC (KRM in Bukidnon slams NPA; supports gov’t program

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jun 29 2020): Peace rally ng KRM sa Bukidnon dinaluhan ng Spokesperson NTF – ELCAC (KRM in Bukidnon slams NPA; supports gov’t program (By 10TH INFANTRY DIVISION)

Camp General Manuel T Yan Sr., Mawab, Davao de Oro- Dumalo si NTF – ELCAC Spokesperson Undersecretary Lorrain Badoy sa peace rally ng mahigit tatlong daan na dating mga miyembro ng Kilusang Rebolusyonaryo sa Munisipyo o KRM noong Sabado, ika-27 ng Hunyo 2020 sa Bayan ng San Fernando, Bukidnon.

Matatandaan noong Agosto taong 2019, ang Underground Mass Organization na kalaunan ay naging KRM at pinamunuan ni Datu Claudio Talaytay na may kabuuang mahigit isang libong miyembro ay tuluyan ng nabuwag at sumuko sa pamahalaan.

Kinondena ng KRM ang ginawang pag organisa ng mga NPA sa kanila. Ayon sa tinalagang alkalde ng KRM batid nila ang hirap ng sitwasyong pangkabuhayan ng kanyang mga katribu. Sa isang panayam, sinabi ni Datu Claudio na ang binuong KRM ay nagdulot ng pagkabahala at pagtigil ng ilan sa pagsasaka dahil ginagamit lamang ito ng mga NPA sa kanilang sariling kapakanan. “Ang iba ay naging milisyang bayan at mayroon din sumampa sa NPA kaya kinukondena namin ang kanilang panlilinlang at panggugulo sa aming kabuhayan. Sa labing anim na taon naming pagsuporta sa mga NPA, walang magandang nangyari sa buhay namin. Sampu ng aking mga kasamahang tribu, kami’y lubos na nagpapasalamat sa Philippine Army, lalo’t higit sa 89IB na kami ay nabigyan ng tulong mula sa pamahalaan.”

Dala-dala ng mga miyembro ng KRM ang mga plakard na nagpapahayag ng kanilang pagkagalit sa NPA, pagkadismaya sa mga pangako nito, pagpapatigil sa gawaing komunismo at terorismo at ang panawagang magbalik-loob sa pamahalaan ang mga NPA.

Samantala, ikinatuwa naman ni Undersecretary Badoy ang naging desisyon ng mga miyembro ng KRM na tapusin na ang ugnayan nito sa mga teroristang NPA. Aniya, “sa isang IP summit nalaman ng Pangulong Duterte na kayo pala ang inaabuso, ginagamit nitong mga teroristang NPA. Noong Disyembre 2020, Nabuo ang NTF-ELCAC dahil sa inyo. Ako’y natutuwa dahil nakikita n’yo na ngayon kung sino ang tunay na mga bayani.”

Gayundin ang saloobin ng Division Commander 10ID Major General Reuben S Basiao, at kanyang sinabi “malaki ang aking pasasalamat sa ating mga Local Chief Executives, mga board members, sa mga opisyales ng NTF- ELCAC na naririto ngayon upang makita ang tunay ninyong kalagayan at mapaabot sa nasyunal ang inyong pangangailangan. Natutuwa akong makita ang epekto ng Executive order 70 o ang Whole of Nation approach to end local communist armed conflict. dahil nandyan kami buhat noong simula hanggang ito ay isagawa. Hindi ito mangyayari kung sundalo lamang ang nandyan…Personal kong pinapasalamatan ang kasundaluhan lalo na ang Battalion Commander dahil pinakita ninyo na walang pang-aabuso, lagi ninyong inaatupag na matulungan ang mga mamamayan.”

Siniguro naman ng 89IB na maipaabot ang kinakailangang tulong mula sa pamahalaan para sa mga dating miyembro ng KRM. Samantala, nauna ng isinailalim nito sa tatlong araw na Live-in seminar ang mga miyembro ng KRM upang higit na maunawaan ng mga ito ang tunay na layunin ng mga teroristang NPA sa pag-oorganisa ng masa sa kanayunan.

Batid ng kasundaluhan na kinakailangang magkaroon ng psycho-social, socio-economic, at edukasyon upang manumbalik ang kompyansa ng mga tao sa pamahalaan. Kaya naman, sa pakikipag-ugnayan ng 89IB sa iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan, kabilang sa nagbigay ng pagtuturo ang Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Philippine National Police upang ipabatid sa kanila ang mga programa at proyektong pangkabuhayan na makakatulong sa kanilang pagbabagong buhay.

Nasa Limang People’s Organization (PO) ang nabuo ng Community development team ng 89IB mula sa mga miyembro ng KRM, lahat ay rehistrado na sa DOLE Bukidnoon. Nakatanggap na sila ng paunang tulong-pangkabuhayan mula sa Nasyunal at lokal na ahensya ng pamahalaan.

Nilalayon ng peace rally na ipabatid sa mga mamamayan ang masamang epekto ng pagsali sa armadong pakikibaka at pag-anib sa mga alyadong organisasyon nito.

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Gov’t troops clash with NPAS in Bohol

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 29, 2020): Gov’t troops clash with NPAS in Bohol (By Rey Anthony H. Chiu)

ENDEARING THEMSELVES TO COMMUNITIES. 1Lt. Elma Grace Remonde-Arbulencia (right) talks to army troops prior to a Civil Military Operations as the Army continues to foster strong trust in communities to empower them to report sightings of armed men like what happened to NPAs in Bayawahan Sevilla. (PIA Bohol/47IB fotos)

CORTES, Bohol, June 28 (PIA) -- Foraging in the hinterland barangays near the borders of Bilar, Batuan, Balilihan and Catigbian where the thick forests of Loboc watershed provide protection and harbor and pushed by hunger pangs and the easy life of extortion using their weapons to instill fear, an undetermined group tried the proven fear factor in Brgy. Bayawahan, Sevilla town on June 26, 2020 to a dismal failure.

Having had enough of the fear, residents were not cowered in fear and found a way to slip out reports to internal security operators about the armed men forcefully asking for food and threatening those who refused to give in.

A report from the Philippine Army through Civil Military Operations and Information Officer, First Lieutenant Elma Grace Remonde, bared that troops of 47th Infantry Battalion, while conducting security operations and confirmation of the presence of the extortionists, encountered an undetermined number of the New People's Army at 5:45 p.m. in the forested parts of the barangay.

The elements of 47th Infantry (Katapatan) Battalion were directed to verify the numerous reports from the civilian populace regarding the presence of armed men in the area who were forcefully asking for food and threatening those who refused to provide, she said.

The government troops then engaged the rebels in a ten-minute gunfight, as the rebels retreated to the thick forests.

At the army clearing operations, the government troops recovered one caliber 45 pistol, two caliber 45 magazines, one rifle grenade ammunition, three cell phones, two solar panels, personal belongings, and subversive documents.

Troops also discovered a harboring area with two posts and bunkers that can accommodate 20 persons.

Lt. Col. Allan J. Tabudlo, the Commanding Officer of 47th Infantry Battalion, expressed his disgust over the terroristic activities of the NPAs in Bohol.

"I'm sorry to know that despite our current pandemics of COVID-19, they still threaten our countrymen, forcibly demanding food despite the present misery of the people. It is sad to think that we still have fellow citizens who believe in them instead of being with their loved ones in times of crisis," said Tabudlo.

Said to be the third armed encounter in Bohol since the island province was declared “Insurgency-Free” in 2010, the encounter proved that the rebels have resorted to extortion, knowing that Boholanos this time are not anymore as hospitable to the terrorists.

"I call upon our fellow Filipinos in the mountains who still believed in that fraud ideology to come down and return to the community to live in peace with their families," Tabudlo added.

Tabudlo's call is consistent with the Presidential directive to end local communist armed conflict for a peaceful Philippines.

In a radio interview, Remonde shared that there were reports of residents evacuating the area for fear they could be caught in the crossfire.

She also confirmed that locals are strongly supporting the campaign for genuine and lasting peace in the island of Bohol by reporting the presence of the rebels, something which would have been unthinkable in the past years.

As the Army continues mapping up pursuit operations, officials assured that the Army would remain responsive to the call of the people to be their able partners in securing Bohol and the Boholanos. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol with Lt. Remonde)

Task Force Balik-Loob gives updates on E-CLIP program for rebel returnees

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 29, 2020): Task Force Balik-Loob gives updates on E-CLIP program for rebel returnees (By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan)

Concurrent Task Force Balik-Loob Chair and Defense Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans and Reservist Affairs, Undersecretary Reynaldo Mapagu speaks with officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines's North Luzon Command during his visit to provide updates on the E-CLIP implementation in Luzon. (DND photo)

CALOOCAN CITY, June 29 (PIA) -- The Department of National Defense (DND)-led Task Force Balik-Loob over the weekend presented updates on E-CLIP implementation during a visit to one of the Armed Forces of the Philippines' unified commands that combat terrorism and insurgency in the area.

Concurrent Task Force Balik-Loob Chair and Defense Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans and Reservist Affairs, Undersecretary Reynaldo Mapagu led the contingent when the team visited the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) where he presented an update on the implementation of the E-CLIP within the NOLCOM's area of responsibility as well as issues and concerns raised by E-CLIP implementers in the area.

The official was received by LtGen. Ramiro Manuel Rey AFP, Commander, NOLCOM, together with BGen. Arwel Oropesa AFP, Deputy Commander for Operations, BGen. Ramon Evan Ruiz AFP, Deputy Commander for Administration, and concerned Unified Command Staff headed by their Chief of Staff Col. Rodney Intal. Also present were representatives from the 5th Infantry Division and the 7th Infantry Division.

Mapagu urged NOLCOM to continue its support, not only for the E-CLIP but also for the other clusters of the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict, especially its Joint Regional Task Forces in the areas covered by NOLCOM.

The E-CLIP or Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program, which is a complete package of assistance to former rebels, is one of the flagship programs of the Duterte administration that seeks to address social healing and national unity toward the higher objective of having just and lasting peace. It aims to provide social equity to former members of the CPP-NPA-NDF and the Militia ng Bayan to reintegrate them into mainstream society.

Unlike the previous government’s reintegration programs, however, the E-CLIP provides a wide array of benefits based on the particular needs of the former rebels and their families such as financial assistance, shelter, education, skills training, healthcare and legal assistance through a convergence of various national and local government agencies.

These benefits are not the “end” but rather the means or tools to aid the former rebels while in the process of transitioning into the mainstream society.

The implementation of E-CLIP by provincial E-CLIP committees is being monitored and assessed by Task Force Balik Loob.

"We recognize the key role that reintegration programs play for the weakening and eventual dismantling of CTG guerilla fronts, even during my earlier days as a young battalion commander," Rey said.

Rey further expressed Team NOLCOM’s full support of the implementation of the E-CLIP.

To recall, the Task Force Balik-Loob was created by virtue of Administrative Order No 10 dated 03 April 2018 as a central coordinating body to supervise the government's reintegration efforts for members of the CPP-NPA-NDF including their immediate family members.

The Task Force is composed of representatives from the Department of National Defense, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Office of the President, and the National Housing Authority, as well as other partner government agencies. (PIA NCR)

Lorenzana highlights need for 'enhanced measures' after terrorists neutralized in Parañaque

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 29, 2020): Lorenzana highlights need for 'enhanced measures' after terrorists neutralized in Parañaque (By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan)

CALOOCAN CITY, June 29 (PIA) -- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has underscored the need to "enhance our measures" against terrorist threats following the neutralization of suspected terror group members in Parañaque City Friday past midnight.

"I commend the elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police who conducted a successful law enforcement operation earlier today, 26 June 2020, that resulted in the neutralization of four terrorists. The presence of these terrorists in the NCR [National Capital Region] highlights the need for us to enhance our measures against those who intend to bring harm to our people," Lorenzana told the PIA-NCR in a statement.

"A law such as the Anti-Terrorism Bill of 2020 will give our law enforcers greater capacity to stop these terrorists and prevent them from wreaking havoc in our communities," the official added.

In a report by the Philippine News Agency, four alleged members of the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria)-inspired Daulah Islamiyah terror group were killed in a shootout with police and military troops in Barangay Don Bosco.

Killed in the operation were Merhama Abdul Sawari, Bensaudi Sali, Rasmin Hussin, and Jamal Kalliming.

The operation was conducted by virtue of a search warrant against Sali issued by the Parañaque City Regional Trial Court Branch 258 for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

The suspects immediately fired shots at arresting officers, prompting them to return fire.

Authorities seized various handguns, explosive devices, ISIS flags, and records of financial transactions.

The group was tagged as a financial conduit of the ISIS in East Asia due to their connection with Daulah Islamiyah bomb expert and sub-leader Mundi Sawadjaan, one of the masterminds behind the twin bombing at the Jolo Cathedral in Sulu in January 2019.

Authorities said Sawari was the facilitator of financial support coming from Indonesia. (PIA NCR)

Self-reliance to push more assistance to IP villages of Talaingod

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 29, 2020): Self-reliance to push more assistance to IP villages of Talaingod (By Jeanevive Abangan)

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DAVAO DEL NORTE (PIA) - More assistance are coming their way to indigenous peoples (IP) communities of Talaingod once they nurture self-reliance and abandon their allegiance to the New People’s Army (NPA) rebel group.

Provincial Governor Edwin Jubahib has made this assurance as he continues to infuse livelihood assistance to Ata Manobo villages in the Municipality of Talaingod together with national line agencies and the Philippine Army.

During his recent trip to Sitio Kaylawan (an IP term meaning forest), Jubahib not only assured villagers of more government programs and projects but also promised them of sustained supply of rice to every family found diligent in planting agricultural crops and in backyard animal raising.

Prior to his visit to Sitio Kaylawan accompanying Secretary Isidro Lapeña of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Jubahib hauled to Talaingod 16,000 seedlings of various vegetable and trees and 30,000 banana seedlings to be planted in some idle lands of Ata Manobo ancestral domains.

He expected them to till their lands and make them productive while encouraging them to become serious in the quest to change their economic status.

“Mao na kinahanglan magtinabangay ta. Dili lang kami sa gobyerno ang magsige ug tabang sa inyoha, kondili motabang mo sa inyong kaugalingon para mausab ang dagan sa inyong panginabuhi. (So, we have to help each other. The government shouldn’t be always helping but you also have to help yourself to improve your livelihood), he said.

He assured to bring along more government assistance from the national and from the local governments and that would also mean continued monthly supply of five kilos of rice for those monitored tilling their lands and planting the seedling that he had hauled for them.

“Kung mahitabo na, 10 years from now mas kwartahan pa mo sa mga tawo nga naa sa syudad. (If this would happen, 10 years from now you would be much moneyed than people in the city),” he said referring to foreseen productive lands.

In support to agricultural production, the provincial government will also be installing solar panels in this far-flung village along with TESDA and the 56th Infantry “Tatag” Battalion. (PIA XI Jeanevive Duron Abangan)

Gobyerno sinsero'ng motabang sa mga NPA nga mubalik sa sabakan sa balaod

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 29, 2020): Gobyerno sinsero'ng motabang sa mga NPA nga mubalik sa sabakan sa balaod (By Vincent Philip S. Bautista)

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Si Representate Julitte T. Uy sa ikaduhang distrito sa Misamis Oriental gipadayag ang sinseridad sa gobyerno sa pagtabang sa mga rebelde mubalik sa sabakan sa balaod atol sa presscon sa kampo sa 58th IB Claveria Misamis Oriental. (JMORucat/PIA10)

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Hunyo 29 (PIA) - Gipadayag si Representate Juliette T. Uy sa ikaduhanng distrito sa Misamis Oriental ang sinseridad sa gobyerno sa pagtabang sa mga rebelde nga mubalik sa sa sabakan sa balaod.

Sa gipahigayong press conference karong bag-o sa 58th Infantry Battalion sa Claveria, Misamis Oriental, giingon ni Uy nga daghang nga balaod ang natukod nga maghatag ug ayuda sa mga rebelde nga gusto'ng mubiya sa armadong pakigbisug ug mubalik sa gobyerno.

Kini nga mga benepisyo naglakip sa libre nga tuition alang sa ilang mga anak. Kung ang usa ka rebelde mosurender, mahimong maka-avail sa libreng balay o tagaan sa P400,000 aron tukuron ang ilang balay, bayran usab ang ilang armas nga ilang i-surrender ug tagaan sila ug puhonan para panginabuhi gikan P100,000 ngadtu sa P150,000.

Giingon niya nga malipayon siya sa mga mibalik nga rebelde nga sa katapusan nakita nila ang kahayag sa pagbalik sa gobyerno sama ni Alias ​​Dino, usa ka lider sa NPA, Alias ​​Dina, medico, ug Alias ​​Jegs, miyembro nga nanlimbasog nga mabuhi sa mga bukid, nagtago ug nagdagan alang sa ilang mga kinabuhi.

"Dili lang sila ra, apan kadaghanan sa ila mga bata," pasabut ni Uy.

Si Alias ​​Dino ug Dina adunay duha ka mga anak, usa ka 3-anyos ug 5-anyos nga nahabilin sa ilang paryente sa dihang aktibo pa sila sa kalihokan.

"Kini nga problema insurhensiya milungtad na sa dugay'ng panahon nga kinahanglan masulbad na karon. Kung ang Pangulo o ang nasyonal nga gobyerno dili mo-suporta niini, wala’y mahitabo," matud pa ni Uy.

Sa laing bahin, si Uy nagpahayag og suporta sa Anti-Terror Bill. Hinuon, nag-tuo siya nga ang maong balaod mahimong maabuso. Apan nagtuo siya nga ang gobyerno karon sinsero sa pagkab-ot sa kalinaw ug kahusay sa nasod.

Gipasalig ni Uy sa iyang mga sakop nga andam siyang motabang nga mapanalipdan ang lalawigan pinaagi sa pagpamati sa mga problema sa mga local government unit ilabi na sa pagpadayon sa kahapsay ug kalinaw sa probinsya.

“Tanan kita mga Pilipino. Walay laing mutabang kanato gawas sa atong kaugalingo,” matud pa ni Uy.

Gi-awhag usab niya ang mga rebeldeng komunista nga sulayan ang mga programa ug serbisyo sa gobyerno. Kung nakita nila nga dili sinsero ang gobyerno, makabalik sila sa bukid.

Naglaum siya nga ang gihatag sa gobyerno kanila, ilang ampingan ug amumahon. (VPSB/PIA10)

Ang pag surrender sa NPA dako nga lakang alang sa kalinaw - Army

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 29, 2020): Ang pag surrender sa NPA dako nga lakang alang sa kalinaw - Army (By Vincent Philip S. Bautista)

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BGen Maurito L. Licudine, 402nd Brigade Commander sa 4th Infantry Division sa Philippine Army mipadayag atol sa press conference sa 58th Infantry Battalion sa Claveria, Misamis Oriental nga ang katuyoan sa gobyerno mao ang pagtapos sa insurhensya pinaagi sa "Whole of Nation Approach." (JMORucat/PIA10)

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Hunyo 29 (PIA) - "Ang pagbalik sa mga NPA importante kaayo alang kanato tungod kay sila atong mga igsoong Pilipino."

Mao kini ang pamahayag ni BGen. Maurito L. Licudine, 402nd Brigade Commander sa 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army kabahin pagbalik sa usa ka kanhing lider sa NPA kaniadtong Hunyo 19 kinsa mitug-an usab sa militar sa ilang mga gitaguang high-powered firearms.

Sa usa ka press conference nga gipahigayon sa kampo sa 58th IB sa Claveria Misamis Oriental, gihatagan og importansya ni BGen. Licudine ang kamahinungdanon sa mga rebel returnee nga nanaog gikan sa mga bukid, ug mibalik sa “mainstream society” nga usa kini ka lakang aron tapuson ang kagubot sa nasud.

Sa subra 50 ka tuig nga milabay, siya miingon, kami nakig-away sa insurhensya. Sa tinuud, kini lang nasud sa Asya nga adunay gihapo'y problema sa insurhensya.

Wala na sila [NPAs] nakig-away alang sa usa ka ideolohiya apan sila extortionist na, matud pa ni Licudine.

Kanunay silang nangilkil sa salapi ug mipatay sila o gipangsunog nila ang mga kabtangan kung magdumili ug htag ang mga tag-iya. Naghatag lamang sila ug kagubot sa mga negosyo ug bisan na sa yanong katawhan sa komon.

Ang Presidente seryoso kaayo sa pagtapos sa insurhensya sa nasud. Ang Executive Order 70 o ang paghimo sa National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) aron masiguro nga ipatuman sa tibuok nga ahensya ug departamento sa gobyerno ang pagtapos sa armadong panagbangi sa nasud.

“Ang tanan nagkahiusa batok sa usa ka problema ug nagtinabangay sa matag usa. Kini nagpasabut nga ang tanang serbisyo sa gobyerno usahon aron masulbad ang problema,” namahayag si Licudine.

Dugang niya nga kadaghanan sa mga miyembro sa NPA nalimbongan ug nailad sa ilang dili sakto na idelohiya. "Imbis nga makigbisog ang mga NPA hangtud sa kamatayun, mas maayo nga hatagan sila og higayon nga magsugod sa usa ka bag-ong kinabuhi," pag-awhag sa heneral.

Adunay proseso sa paghatag sa cash award alang sa mga armas, depende sa kondisyun niini. Alang sa usa ka high powered nga armas ug magamit pa, ang salapi mokabat sa P100,000 alang sa usa ka M16 o AK47. "Kini nga kantidad makatang na sa pagsugod ug bag-ong kinabuhi," pasabut ni Licudine..

"Kini alang lamang sa mga armas. Adunay uban pang mga programa sa gobyerno nga ihatag sa mga rebellding NPA nga mubalik sa gobyerno," panapos sa heneral. (VPSB/PIA10)

Army, LGUs send off CSP teams to depressed villages in Capiz, Iloilo

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 29, 2020): Army, LGUs send off CSP teams to depressed villages in Capiz, Iloilo (By Jemin B. Guillermo)

ILOILO CITY, June 29 (PIA) – The teams for the Community Support Program (CSP) were already deployed, June 22, to the villages Capiz and Iloilo provinces.

The CSP Teams, composed of soldiers from the Army’s 12 Infantry Battalion were deployed to the depressed barangays in Tapaz , Capiz, as well as in Calinog, Janiuay, Lambunao, and Maasin in the province of Iloilo, a press release from the 3rd Infantry Division’s Public Affairs Office said.

Officials from the local government units of Capiz and Iloilo provinces attend the send off ceremony of the Community Support Program (CSP) Teams, June 22, for the depressed villages of said provinces. (3ID-DPAO photo/PIA)

The Army's 12th Infantry Battalion and the local government units (LGUs) of Capiz and Iloilo joined the send-off ceremony of the CSP Teams which was held at West Visayas State University, Calinog, Iloilo.

Representatives of the Office of the Governors of both provinces, and the mayors and barangay captains of the identified municipalities and villages, respectively, attended the send-off the ceremony.

The ceremony was highlighted by the simultaneous signing of Certificate of Acceptance of the Barangay Captains.

Following the signing of Certificate of Acceptance are messages of peace which were delivered by 301st Deputy Brigade Commander Colonel Orlando Edralin, Calinog mayor Francisco Calvo, Tapaz mayor Roberto Palomar, and Iloilo Provincial Government representative Ms. Mary Rose Matucan.

301st Deputy Brigade Commander Colonel Orlando Edralin points out the value of CSP as a tool to end the cruelty of the communist-terrorists, and how its partnership with the local government could help achieve peace and development that everyone is longing for. (3ID-DPAO photo/PIA)

In his message, Edralin underscored the importance of CSP in protecting the people from the true virus of the community—the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs), who, for 51 years have sown terror to the community.

He also emphasized the value of CSP as a tool to end the cruelty of the communist-terrorists, and how its partnership with the local government could help achieve peace and development that everyone is longing for.

"This activity is the beginning of new hope for the people of Capiz and Iloilo because of the stronger alliance and camaraderie between the Philippine Army and the local government units in providing services to them,” Edralin said.

He added “It is the hallmark of unity towards achieving peace and in ending the local communist armed conflict in Panay which for decades has caused unwarranted misery to the Ilonggos in the Island.”

Present also during the ceremony were representatives of the respective Municipal Social Welfare Development (MSWD) Office, Municipal Local Government Operations Office (MLGOO), Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), Municipal Agrarian Reform Office (MARO), and Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) of the said municipalities, Capiz Police Provincial Office (PPO), Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC), and other contingents from Capiz. (JBG-PIA6/3ID-DPAO)

Lacson: Don’t listen to ‘fake news’ about Anti-Terror Bill

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 29, 2020): Lacson: Don’t listen to ‘fake news’ about Anti-Terror Bill (By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan)

The principal author of the Anti-Terrorism Bill Senator Panfilo Lacson is being interviews by Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. (PIA NCR)
CALOOCAN CITY, June 29 (PIA) -- Senator Panfilo Lacson, a principal author of the Anti-Terrorism Bill 2020, is urging the public not to listen to disinformation and take time to read the measure.

During Monday’s edition of the Laging Handa public briefing powered by the Presidential Communications and affiliate media, Lacson hit those spreading doubts on the measure designed to reinforce government powers to run after and arrest terrorists, and said the bill has many safeguards to prevent abuse of authority.

“Sana po 'wag tayong makinig sa maling interpretasyon ng mga kumokontra. Magkaroon tayo ng tiwala sa pamahalaan at alagad ng batas. Katakot-takot na safeguards ang nilagay natin dito para maiwasan ang abuso,” he said, emphasizing that he will utilize all available platforms presented to him in order to explain to the public, and enlighten those with “misplaced perceptions” that stemmed from “misinformation and misinterpretation.”

“Katulad ng oportunidad na ipinagkaloob ninyo sa akin ngayong umaga, lahat ng available na platform, nakausap ko na ang PNP [Philippine National Police], Management Association of the Philippines, League of Provinces of the Philippines, at kung ano ‘yung available na platform para maipaliwanag at ma-enlighten ang ating mga kababayan para [maituwid] ‘yung misplaced perceptions bunga ng katakot-takot na misinformation at misinterpretation,” he said.

“Ang pinaka-glaring na misinterpretation siguro, pinaka-controversial ‘yung lagi kong ine-explain ay sa Section 29 kung saan sinasabi nila na binibigyan ng authority o power ang Anti-Terrorism Council na i-authorize ang ating military personnel o mga law enforcement agents na mag-aresto,” he added, explaining that the legislative intent of the measure is clearly to premise Section 29 on a valid warrantless arrest, as also lawfully allowed in other crimes that are not related to terrorism.

“Napakalayo po ‘yun sa katotohanan. Kung babasahin po natin ang Section 29, ‘yung title mismo detention without judicial warrant ang sinasabi rito,” the senator said.

“The Anti-Terrorism Council is only giving authority to those who will conduct custodial investigation because not all police, soldiers have special training to do so,” he added.

“Ang pino-propose nating ma-amend ay ‘yung Article 125 ng Revised Penal Code hindi yung Section 135 kasi hindi natin pwedeng galawin ‘yun o amyendahan dahil ‘yun ay rules of court ng judiciary; Supreme Court ang pwedeng mag-revise ng rules of court,” he added.

Under Article 125 of the Revised Penal Code, detention of suspects committing grave offenses in regular cases is only up to 36 hours.

Lacson explained that part of the safeguards included in the final provision in the measure will require authorities to “report” to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) the details of their planned arrest.

“Nilagyan pa natin ng safeguards… Dinagdagan pa natin ito na ang CHR ay kaagad na ma-notify in writing ng mga nag-aresto based on a valid warrantless arrest,” he said.

“Unang-una, kapag naaresto ka base sa warrantless arrest under Rule 113 Section 5, agad-agad kailangan i-notify ng pulis na nag-areto ang huwes, ang Anti-Terrorism Council, at ang Commission on Human Rights. At para hindi maabuso ang karapatang-pantao, ang CHR dapat nandiyan kaagad mag-inspect, mag-imbestiga, kunin ang mga records,” he added.

“The mere failure on the part of the law enforcement agents na i-notify ‘yung huwes, pwede siyang makulong ng 10 taon bukod pa sa perpetual absolute disqualification from holding public office at lahat ng kanyang pension ay tanggal hindi makukuha. Kung hindi makukulong, ang mananagot ‘yung kanyang superior officer,” he furthered.

“Pangalawa, ‘yung ATC ang siyang magbibigay, mag-de-deputize sa mga alagad ng batas na magsasagawa ng custodial investigation. Kung walang written authority as mentioned sa Section 29, hindi maski sino na miyembro ng AFP at PNP ay makakapagsagawa ng custodial investigation,” he said.

Lacson said in applying for a court order to conduct surveillance activities, the Court of Appeals was also given jurisdiction and not only the Regional Trial Court judge.

“Ang isa pang safeguard dito ay information lahat ng proceeds. Lahat ng makakalap na information o ebidensya sa pagwa-wiretap classified, hindi pwedeng ipagkalat,” he said.

“Ang pwede lamang mag-release ay Court of Appeals. Kapag nag-violate ang alagad ng batas na nag-wiretap at hindi niya pinangalagaan, kulong siya at ganun din ang mga parusa, administrative and criminal,” he added.

The lawmaker then clarified that the bill defined terrorism as engaging in acts with the purpose of inciting fear and seriously destabilizing structures in the country, among others, and that it is different from inciting to sedition.

“Kung inciting to sedition, ini-incite mo ang mga tao para mag-rebelyon. Ito ini-incite mo para mag-commit ng terrorism na defined naman adequately under Section 4,” he said.

“Sinama natin ‘yung inciting to commit acts of terrorism kasi nga para sa pagplaplano pa lang, pag-recruit, pag-facilitate eh meron ng karampatang aksyon na pwedeng gawin ang ating mga alagad ng batas, Otherwise, magkukulang ang ngipin ng batas kasi alalahanin natin na ang terrorism malaki ang damage hindi lang sa buhay ng tao. Mga inosenteng sibilyan talaga ang target nito for maximum impact,” he added.

“Ang target talaga nila ay makapag-create, mag-sow ng fear, takutin ang ating mga kababayan. Magkaibang-magkaiba ang inciting to sedition at inciting to commit acts of terrorism,” he further said.

The Anti-Terrorism Bill, Lacson said, should be enacted into law with urgency as government cannot wait for terrorists to attack and then respond.

“Ang terorismo, wala itong pinipili. Hindi naman natin pwedeng sabihan ‘yung mga terorista na pakiusap lang po, huwag muna kayong magbomba dahil meron pang COVID-19,” he said

“Hindi ganun. Sila ang hinahanap nila oportunidad at maximum impact. Pag sinabing urgent, ang Anti-Terror Bill is always anurgent measure kasi nga terrorism knows no timing nor boundaries nor borders so dapat laging handa tayo sa pamamagitan ng isang potent, strong legal backbone to address terrorism,” he added. (PIA NCR)

NPA sa MisOr nisurrender tungod sa kagutom og kalisod sa kinabuhi

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 29, 2020): NPA sa MisOr nisurrender tungod sa kagutom og kalisod sa kinabuhi (By Vincent Philip S. Bautista)

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Tulo ka NPA combatants mi-surrender sa 58th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army sa Claveria Misamis Oriental kay wala na kaagwanta sa kalisud sa kinabuhi sulod sa walhung pundok. (JMORucat/PIA10)

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, June 29 (PIA) - Si Alias Dino, usa sa tulo ka membro sa New People’s Army nga nisurender sa 58th Infantry Battalion sa Claveria Misamis Oriental namahayag nga ang kagutom ug kalisod sa kinabuhi sa pagdagan ug tago sa kabukiran alang sa way pulos nga idolohiya mauy nakapa-aghat kaniya mga mubalik sa sabakan sa balaod. 

Matod ni Dino, nailad sila sa dihang giimbitahan sila sa grupo walo na ka tuig ang nakalabay. Giingon sa mga lider didto nga ang NPA mao ang sakto nga gobyerno, usa ka gobyerno alang sa mga kabus. Gisultihan sila nga adunay kaangayan ug managsama lamang ang tanan, apan ang tanan kakawangan.

Ang ilang kinabuhi nahimong hilabihan ka lisud matag adlaw. Busa giawhag niya ang uban pang mga membro sa NPA nga manaog ug mubalik sa gobyerno.

"Dako kaayu ang among pasalamat nga gidawat kami'g balik sa gobyerno. Wala gyud mi pasakiti bisan gamay sukwahi sa giingon sa maong mga kaubang rebelde nga kon mubalik kamo sa gobyerno, patyon mo sa mga sundalo ug ang mga babaye, lugoson. Ug nakita nako karon nga kadtung tanan nga ilang giingon, dili tinuod, pamahayag ni Dino.

"Ayaw namo pag agwanta dinha, grabe ka gutom dinha. Undang na mo nianang pakigbisug nga way kapuslanan. Balik namo sa gobyerno. Naa diri ang inyong kaugmaon ug para sa atong mga anak ug sa muabot mga kabataan. Ayaw mo og kawili dinha," dugang pa ni Dino.

Samtang, si LTC Ricky L. Canatoy, commanding officer sa 58th Infantry Battalion miingon nga kini usa ka bag-ong sinugdanan sa atong mga kaigsoonan nga mibalik sa gobyerno.

Ang nasudnong ug lokal nga kagamhanan naghatag sa hingpit nga suporta sa mg NPA nga ni-surrender ug mibalig sa sabakan sa balaod.

Ang regional, provincial, municipal ug bisan ang Barangay Task Force alang sa pag-tapus sa kagubot sa walhung komunista naghatag suporta pinaagi sa Enhanced - Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) diin adunay mga firearms renumeration, panginabuhian ug uban pang suporta gikan sa nagkalain-laing mga buhatan sa gobyerno.

Ang 58th Infantry Battalion, matud pa ni Canatoy, kanunay abli sa pagdawat sa NPA nga mo-surrender ug mubalik sa gobyerno. (VPSBautista/PIA10)

Army recovers NPA cadaver, high-powered firearm in Iligan

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 29, 2020): Army recovers NPA cadaver, high-powered firearm in Iligan (By 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade)

ILIGAN CITY, June 29 - Troops of the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion and 14th Division Reconnaissance Company recovered a cadaver in an intense firefight with elements of the New People's Army (NPA) on June 27 in Brgy Kalilangan, this city.

The cadaver of the NPA member was left behind by his retreating comrades.

Also recovered was an AK47 assault rifle with seven magazines and ammunitions, several molotovs, and left booby traps to inflict casualties not only military personnel but also civilians and animals that will pass the area.

The NPA fatality was part of the group that attacked a CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) Patrol Base in Barangay Kalilangan on June 26, 2020 where two CAA members were seriously wounded.

Ltc Domingo Dulay Jr, commander of 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion (Bn) said with the information provided by the local residents, the troops were able to successfully conduct the pursuit operation following the harassment of the CAA Patrol Base.

The two-hour firefight on Saturday also resulted in the death of Pfc Ceeday Ang-ang of 4Mech Bn and wounding of another army personnel.

BGen Facundo Palafox IV who has operational jurisdiction in Lanao del Norte and Iligan City said that the AFP will continue to go after these communist-terrorists using its full might and execute its mandate to protect the people.

“I give my salute to the late PFC Ang-ang for his ultimate sacrifice. He shall forever be remembered. I also send my deepest condolences to the bereaved family," he said.

He also commended the courageous residents of Kalilangan for their timely information and encourage them to remain vigilant and report the presence of armed rebels in the area.

Palafox further reiterated his call to all members of the NPA to surrender and stop the senseless violent activities.

“You all have been deceived but the government is willing to help rebuild your lives through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program. Let us all give peace a chance and live peacefully," he added.

The remains of the NPA member was turned over to the local government of Iligan for identification and proper disposition.

Additional troops were deployed to pursue the fleeing rebels in order to ensure the safety of the indigenous community in the said barangay. (2ndMech Brigade, PA)