Friday, August 21, 2020

Sulu-based Army unit gets new commander

From the Sun Star-Zamboanga (Aug 21, 2020): Sulu-based Army unit gets new commander



ZAMBOANGA. The Philippine Army installs Brigadier General William Gonzales (left) as the new commander of the 11th Infantry Division based in Jolo, Sulu, replacing Major General Corleto Vinluan Sr. (center). A photo handout shows Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, Philippine Army chief (right), presides the turnover of command Tuesday, August 18, at Camp Don Basilio Navarro that houses the Western Mindanao Command headquarters in Zamboanga City. (SunStar Zamboanga)

THE Philippine Army has installed a Scout Ranger officer as the new commander of its 11th Infantry Division (ID) based on Jolo, Sulu.

Installed as the new 11ID commander is Brigadier General William Gonzales, who replaced Major General Corleto Vinluan.

The change of command ceremony was held Tuesday, August 18, at Camp Don Basilio Navarro with Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana as the presiding officer.

Camp Don Basilio Navarro houses the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) headquarters in Zamboanga City.

Gonzales served as commander of the First Scout Ranger Regiment prior to his assumption as the 11ID commander.

At the same time, Gonzales will also serve as the Joint Task Force Sulu commander.

He also served as assistant chief-of-staff for Education and Training (G8) of the Philippine Army and as Commandant of the Officer Candidate School, Training and Doctrine Command.

A member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) "Makatao" Class of 1989, Gonzales holds a Masters in Management in Public Administration.

Meanwhile, the 11ID under Vinluan's stewardship has neutralized 169 Abu Sayyaf Group personalities, including foreign terrorists, recovered 212 firearms, and prevented the detonation of a suicide bomber last 2019.

Vinluan belongs to the PMA "Maringal" Class of 1988.

Sobejana has called on the officers and men of the 11ID to continue the enthusiasm in accomplishing their mission together with their new commander.

"Sa ating pagtugon na tapusin ang terorismo sa lalong madaling panahon, mas paigtingin pa ninyo ang kakayahang hanapin, ipitin, at ubusin ang kalaban, at ipagpatuloy ang panalo habang pinatutupad natin ang mabuting pamamahala ng ating hanay," Sobejana said. (SunStar Zamboanga)

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1867710/Zamboanga/Local-News/Sulu-based-Army-unit-gets-new-commander

NPA losing strongholds in Caraga: Army

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 21, 2020): NPA losing strongholds in Caraga: Army (By Alexander Lopez)



END OF SUPPORT. Flags of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) are burned during the mass surrender of 150 members and supporters of the rebel movement in Carmen, Agusan del Norte, on Thursday (Aug. 20, 2020). Similar mass surrender ceremonies were also held in the provinces of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur recently. (Photo courtesy of 23IB)

BUTUAN CITY – The number of areas considered as "strongholds" of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in the Caraga Region continues to plunge due to the surrender of the hundreds of its members and supporters, an Army official said.

Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, commander of the Army's 23rd Infantry Battalion, cited the mass surrender of NPA supporters from August 19 to 20 this year in the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Surigao del Sur, which are under the area of operations (AORs) of the 23IB, 26IB, and 36IB.

“Our brothers and sisters who are already exasperated and riled while languishing from miserable lives inside the CNT (Communist NPA Terrorist) movement deserve to live peacefully. The government is giving them the chance to experience new lives with their families,” Paulo said in a statement Friday (Aug. 21).

Paulo said NPA combatants have realized "the wrong path they chose while suffering from the hardships they encounter inside the movement.

The NPA's mass supporters, he added, have grown tired of the presence of the communist rebels in their communities.

On Thursday, Paulo was joined by local and regional officials in welcoming 150 NPA members and mass supporters who pledged allegiance to the government in a ceremony held in Sitio Macopa, Barangay Poblacion, Carmen town.

Of the 150 who surrendered, 30 were members of the NPA's Militia ng Bayan (MB), while 120 were mass supporters of the movement residing in barangays Poblacion and Rojales, Carmen town.

The former NPA supporters, he said, were part of the underground affiliates of the NPA, particularly the Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad, Yunit Milisyang Bayan, Pambansang Katipunan ng Magbubukid sa Pilipinas, Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan, and Kabataang Makabayan.

In a separate activity on Thursday, 24 NPA members and supporters also pledged their allegiance to the government in a ceremony spearheaded by the Army's 26th Infantry Battalion in Talacogon, Agusan del Sur.

On Wednesday (August 19), 17 NPA fighters and supporters also returned to the fold of the law in a ceremony led by the 36IB in the town of Madrid, Surigao del Sur.

“The CNT movement in Agusan del Norte is watering down as their mass base continues to weaken due to the series of surrenders of the regular members and supporters. People now realize the evils that the communist movement brought to their lives and communities for years,” Paulo said.

He added that residents in far-flung villages "have now become conscious of what they actually gained" after years of supporting the communist rebel movement.

“They got nothing but miseries in life, hardships and underdevelopment in their communities. The only option left, is for these mass supporters to turn their backs from the ideology that nailed their lives down to extreme poverty and return to the government that espouses the true essence of democracy that facilitates development initiatives and works for genuine peace,” Paulo said.

He also urged the remaining NPA rebels in Agusan provinces to lay down their arms and avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) and help the government achieve peace.

“If we are united, we can be a huge force to bring big changes in our communities, changes that will uplift us economically, politically and socially, so that in the future, our children and the next generation will have something to reap, not only on the development initiatives that we planted together but also dignity and pride,” Paulo said.

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1113013

15 ex-NPA militiamen in Negros get P15-K each

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 21, 2020): 15 ex-NPA militiamen in Negros get P15-K each (By Nanette Guadalquiver)



CASH AID. Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (right) turns over a check of PHP15,000 to a former New People’s Army Yunit Militia member, in the presence of Third District Board Member Andrew Montelibano (left) at the provincial capitol grounds in Bacolod City on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 20, 2020). A total of 15 recipients were granted immediate assistance under the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program or E-CLIP. (Photo courtesy of PIO Negros Occidental)

BACOLOD CITY – Some 15 former Yunit Militia members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Negros Occidental received a total of PHP225,000 or PHP15,000 each in immediate assistance from the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

The recipients included 14 who surrendered to the Philippine Army’s 79th Infantry Battalion based in northern Negros and one with the 62IB in central Negros.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson led the turn-over of the checks to the recipients in rites held at the provincial capitol grounds in this city on Thursday afternoon.

“I am thankful that you have decided to return to the fold of the law. I hope that you will serve as an example to your former comrades and you can convince them to surrender. We in the government will help you in the best way we can. The checks you received will help you start over,” he told the former militia members.

The turn-over rites were witnessed by Third District Board Member Andrew Montelibano; Col. Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of 303rd Infantry Brigade; Lt. Col. Gerard Alvaran, commander of 79IB; Col. Romy Palgue, director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office; and Local Government Operations Officer VII Fatima Diaz of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the lead implementing agency of the E-CLIP.

Alvaran said the distribution of cash assistance to former Yunit Militia members clearly shows the government’s sincerity in its call for CPP-NPA members to return to mainstream society and reunite with their families.

“E-CLIP is solid evidence that the government is sincere in reintegrating former rebels in the mainstream society and in ending local communist armed conflict. I commend these former rebels for choosing the right path and becoming part of building a better community instead of fighting against government authorities,” he added.

On July 27, three former rebels (FRs) in Negros Occidental received a total of PHP200,000 in immediate and remuneration assistance under the E-CLIP.

Each of the FRs, previously CPP-NPA combatants, was given a check of PHP30,000 as immediate assistance and PHP110,000 more for the firearms they turned over to the authorities.

On July 16, some 18 ex-NPA rebels also received immediate and reintegration assistance amounting to about PHP36,000 each as benefits under the E-CLIP.

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1112990

'Terror group backer' slain, bomb materials seized in SoCot raids

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 21, 2020): 'Terror group backer' slain, bomb materials seized in SoCot raids (By Richelyn Gubalani)



BOMB-MAKING MATERIALS. Photo shows the rifle grenades, blasting cap, and electrical wires recovered from the house of an alleged bomb-maker affiliated with the Dawlah Islamiyah’s Hassan group in a raid on Friday (Aug. 21, 2020) in Polomolok town, South Cotabato province. A village councilor who was tagged as a drug pusher and supporter of the Islamic State-inspired group was also killed in a separate operation in the area. (PNA photo by Richelyn Gubalani)

A barangay councilor who was tagged as a supporter of an Islamic State-inspired local terrorist group was killed while several bomb-making materials were recovered in separate raids in Polomolok town, South Cotabato, on Friday.

Lt. Col. Alex Joe Orcjada, chief of the Polomolok municipal police station, said suspect Basit Piang Canapia was killed in a shootout with joint operatives past 5 a.m. in Purok 1, Barangay Rubber.

Canapia, an incumbent councilor of Barangay Rubber, resisted arrest during a search operation at his home for possession of illegal drugs or violation of Republic Act 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, Orcjada said.

Orcjada said the suspect suddenly drew a handgun and opened fire, triggering a brief shootout with the operating team composed of elements from intelligence and operation units of the Police Regional Office-12, South Cotabato police, and the Army Special Forces.

Canapia was fatally wounded in the encounter and declared dead upon arrival at the Polomolok municipal hospital, the police official said.

“He was included in our drug watchlist and came out in our investigation as a supporter of the Nilong sub-group of the Dawlah Islamiyah-Hassan group,” Orcajada said in an interview.

He said the group was engaged in drug trafficking and other criminal activities in Polomolok and the neighboring areas.

Around 5:30 a.m., the police official said the operating team stormed the house of an alleged bomb-maker of the Nilong sub-group in Sitio Vio, Barangay Lapu but the suspect, identified as Jorhan Utap Palalisan, managed to escape.

Recovered at the house were two live rifle grenades, three packs of suspected shabu, blasting cap, and electrical wires, he said.

Orcjada said pursuit operations are ongoing against Palalisan, who had been also linked to gun-running activities in the area.

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1113034

Milisyang Bayan member surrenders

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 21, 2020): Milisyang Bayan member surrenders (By Jason De Asis)



GAVE UP. A member of Milisyang Bayan (MB) surrendered and yielded his firearm to the government in Barangay Bantug, Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija on Friday (Aug. 21, 2020). Lt. Col. Reandrew P. Rubio, commanding officer of 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion, Philippine Army, said the surrender was made possible through the efforts of continuous dialogue and negotiation of the 91IB, 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company of Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office, and Gabaldon Municipal Police Station. (Photo by 91st Infantry Battalion)

BALER, Aurora – A member of the New People's Army's (NPA) Milisyang Bayan (MB) on Friday voluntarily surrendered and yielded his firearm to the government in Barangay Bantug, Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija.

Lt. Col. Reandrew P. Rubio, commanding officer of 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion, Philippine Army, said the surrender was made possible through the efforts of continuous dialogue and negotiation of the 91IB, 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company of Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office, and Gabaldon Municipal Police Station.

The surrenderer was identified as Virgilio F. Perez, alias Bert, 41, a member of MB Platoon Timog Sierra Madre (TSM).

He likewise surrendered his defaced M16 rifle with two short magazines loaded with 26 rounds of ammunition.

Perez is now under the custody of 91st IB at Barangay Calabuanan, Baler, Aurora for proper documentation and custodial debriefing.

“Ako ay lumantad at sumuko na dahil hindi ko nagustuhan ang pamamalakad sa loob ng kilusan at pilit akong dinadalaw ng armado para akoy muling pabalikin at para maging full time na NPA (I surfaced and surrendered because I no longer like the way the movement was operating and the armed group keeps on visiting me to convince me to come back and to become a full-time NPA),” he said in his statement to 91st IB.

Rubio said that the surrender of the MB member manifested the effective implementation of National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC).

“Our doors are open to those who wanted to return to the mainstream and we are willing to facilitate the Enhanced - Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and other benefits intended for the surfacing NPA bandits,” he added.

Brig. General Andrew D. Costelo, commander,703rd Infantry (AGILA) Brigade said in compliance with the provisions of Executive Order No. 70 (created NTF ELCAC that institutionalized a whole-of-nation approach in obtaining exclusive and sustainable peace), the 703BDE vigilantly continues its commitment to put an end to local armed conflict.

“We call on all concerned to surrender and take another chance in life. The Agila troopers shall help any and all who will choose to return to the folds of the law. As we combat Covid-19 and other government enemies, let everyone be reminded that we intend to include all, no one shall be left behind,” Costelo said.

Major General Alfredo V. Rosario Jr., commander of 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, Major General Alfredo V. Rosario Jr., lauded the initiative of the concerned government authorities to facilitate the surrender of a member of the communist terrorist group in their area of responsibility.

He said the government readied benefits to all former rebels as they return to the folds of the law.

He encouraged everyone else to give peace a chance, as support to the government is a support to the majority of the people.

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1113036

AFP SolCom units help in Masbate quake relief efforts

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 21, 2020): AFP SolCom units help in Masbate quake relief efforts (By Priam Nepomuceno)



The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), through its Southern Luzon Command (Solcom), is now supporting government humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts following the magnitude 6.6 earthquake that hit Cataingan, Masbate on Tuesday.

"SolCom has provided aircraft for rapid damage and needs assessment operations. HADR and medical teams from the 9th Infantry Division and Headquarters SolCom were also alerted and ready to be deployed for possible search-and-rescue operation," AFP public affairs office chief Navy Capt. Jonathan Zata said in a message to the Philippine News Agency on Thursday.

He added that the military is constantly coordinating with the affected local government units and the Office of Civil Defense regarding the aid the AFP can provide.

"The AFP through the SolCom is in constant coordination with the local government units and the Office of Civil Defense to provide necessary equipment and manpower," Zata said.

He added that the assistance aims to ensure the safety of all residents in the affected areas, as well as assist in relief and rehabilitation efforts.

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1112980

Air Force transports over 1-M pounds of PPE sets, med supplies

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 21, 2020): Air Force transports over 1-M pounds of PPE sets, med supplies (By Priam Nepomuceno)


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The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has so far flown 1,010,313.11 pounds of cargo, which were used in ongoing efforts to contain the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.

Lt. Col. Aristides Galang, PAF spokesperson, in a message to the Philippine News Agency on Thursday, said these cargoes were flown from March until August 20 based on latest data.

These can be broken down into 390,548.44 pounds of personal protective equipment (PPE) sets and 619,764.67 pounds of medical supplies.

Galang said during the same period, PAF has also transported some 1,227 individuals.

The PAF has allocated seven of its aircraft for its Covid-19 support missions.

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1112986

CPP/NPA-Mountain Province: NPA Mt. Province pays the highest tribute to Marxes “Ka Jigs” Dazon

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Aug 21, 2020): NPA Mt. Province pays the highest tribute to Marxes “Ka Jigs” Dazon

MAGNO UDYAW
SPOKESPERSON
NPA-MOUNTAIN PROVINCE
LEONARDO PACSI COMMAND
AUGUST 21, 2020

The Leonardo Pacsi Command – NPA Mt. Province pays the highest tribute to Marxes “Ka Jigs” Dazon, and the four other martyrs of the August 8 encounter in Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur. The LPC and all revolutionary forces in the Mt. Province send the warmest condolences to Ka Jigs’ family, friends and community.

Ka Jigs was an Igorot youth from Tadian and Besao Mt. Province. He was responsible and hardworking as he aspired for a bright future for his family and ili (community). Despite the opportunities available to him to pursue individual dreams, he set his foot on the ground, eagerly analyzed the Philippine society and took seriously the valuable lessons and inspiration of our ancestors and martyrs. At the age of 19, he decided to join the New People’s Army.

In the span of two years, he quickly developed as a red fighter and a dedicated member of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Ka Jigs has become a military cadre, leading a squad while contributing to the unity and integrity of the entire unit. Ka Jigs was equally active in the political and cultural work within the unit and among the masses. He emphasized on the need to raise consciousness about the history, situation, struggle of the people and their strength to change the rotten system. Ka Jigs also had a renewed hope and inspiration from his child, and became more determined to serve the interest of the majority towards the establishment of a socialist society for the next generations.

As a national minority youth, Ka Jigs held tight on the communal responsibility to defend ti daga a nagtaudan (the ancestral land), even as he went to different provinces and region, tirelessly performing the tasks of the NPA – advance the agrarian revolution, establish the people’s government, and wage the people’s war. Ka Jigs was resolved that only the victory of the national democratic revolution and the construction of a socialist society will ensure the right to ancestral land and self-determination of the Cordillera people and all national minorities. Across boundaries, the masses embraced Ka Jigs who was an example of the willingness of the ordinary people to tend to each other and advance the revolution.

Ka Jigs bravely took the continuing challenge posed to the youth – to achieve the bright future free from oppression and exploitation. He did not wish for his comfort, wealth, fame nor any personal interests. He chose not to be cowed, deceived nor used by the puppet state and its fascist armed forces to terrorize and pacify the people demanding for land, jobs, just wages and other democratic rights. He wholeheartedly strived for the liberation of the Filipino people from the chains of the imperialists, landlords, compradors and bureaucrat capitalists. Ka Jigs offered his strength and skills to serve the masses until his last breath.

The Leonardo Pacsi Command renders a red salute to Ka Jigs – an examplary cadre of the Cordillera, a true hero of the Filipino people and the oppressed people advancing liberation struggles wordlwide. With the worsening socio-economic crisis and as the US-Duterte regime intensifies its fascism and dictatorial rule, the LPC enjoins the youth of the Montanosa and Ilocos to selflessly serve the people, take the arms left by Ka Jigs, and join the NPA. Fetad!

https://cpp.ph/statements/npa-mt-province-pays-the-highest-tribute-to-marxes-ka-jigs-dazon/

Kalinaw News: JTFC and 6ID Commander attends blessing and turnover of halfway house for Former Rebels

Posted to Kalinaw News (Aug 21, 2020): JTFC and 6ID Commander attends blessing and turnover of halfway house for Former Rebels
CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Joint Task Force Central and 6th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon with his Staff attended and witnessed the Blessing and Turn-over of Halfway House for former Rebels at Animal Production & Processing Center Compound, Brgy. Tinongcop, Tantangan, South Cotabato yesterday, August 18, 2020.

The ceremonial turnover was presided by Hon. Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Governor and Hon. Vicente De Jesus, Vice Governor of South Cotabato. It was likewise attended by Heads of different line agencies; Ms. Josephine C. Leysa, CESO IV-DILG Regional Director, Ms. Haide D. Agustin, RSW-PSWDO, Col. Jemuel F. Siason, Provincial Director, SCPPO and the Provincial Local Officials of South Cotabato.




Said endeavor is a part of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) of the government for the former rebels. The Halfway House will be utilized for the training and reorientation of the former rebels prior to their reintegration to the mainstream society.

In this program, the former rebels will receive various interventions such as psychosocial, spiritual, family forum and counseling and skills enhancement seminars while staying at the facility. Various agencies will also be tapped to facilitate livelihood assistance and other basic services. They are also constantly monitored by the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee composed of the Halfway House Personnel, PSWDOs, LGUs, DILG, PNP, and Philippine Army.

“In behalf of the provincial government of South Cotabato, my office is open and wholeheartedly entraining all those surrenderers who are in need of assistance and I will provide government services to all former rebels who are willing to lay down their firearms and surrender to the government,” Governor Tamayo said.

The JTFC and 6ID Commander thanked all participants in their sincere effort to help the AFP in its mission to end insurgency in Mindanao.

“We are extending our sincere gratitude for the convergence of efforts of all Government agencies necessary to end local armed conflict in different vulnerable communities in the entire province of South Cotabato,” Maj. Gen. Carreon said.





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https://www.kalinawnews.com/jtfc-and-6id-commander-attends-blessing-and-turnover-of-halfway-house-for-former-rebels/

Kalinaw News: 174 NPAs yield in mass surrender activities in Caraga Region

Posted to Kalinaw News (Aug 21, 2020): 174 NPAs yield in mass surrender activities in Caraga Region
BANCASI, Butuan City – One hundred seventy-four (174) members of New People’s Army have yielded to the government troops in two separate mass surrender activities in the Caraga region held at Headquarters 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion Brgy Zamora, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur and at Sitio Macopa, Brgy Poblacion, Carmen, Agusan del Norte on August 20, 2020.
In one day, two mass surrender activities were conducted as a result of the efforts and interventions of the Community Support Program (CSP) of the 402nd Infantry Brigade in partnership with the PNP’s Community Action Team (ComACT).





Attended by Hon. Pauline Marie R. Masendo, Municipal Mayor of Talacogon, Agusan del Sur and Brigadier General Maurito L. Licudine, 402nd Brigade Commander, the 26IB under the leadership of Lt. Col. Reynald Romel Goce, welcomed the 24 surrender of CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) composed of seven regular NPAs and 17 Milisya ng Bayan (MB) members bringing along with them 23 assorted firearms.

Meanwhile, a total of one hundred fifty (150) Communist-Terrorist members surrendered to the 23rd Infantry Battalion under the leadership of Lt. Col .Julius Cesar Paulo during the ceremonial mass surrender at Sitio Macopa, Brgy Poblacion, Agusan del Norte with Hon Jovitte C Calo, Municipal Mayor of Carmen, Agusan del Norte as Guest of Honor and Speaker. The surrenderees composed of 24 MB members, 126 Mass Supporters brought along with them two Cal. 45 Pistols, three Cal. 38 Pistols, one Cal. 22 rifle, nine Home Made/Improvised Shotguns to include several explosive materials and ammunitions.

Brigadier General Maurito L. Licudine, Commander of the 402nd Brigade lauded the remarkable accomplishment of the 23IB and 26IB which he said is very timely in view of the intensified campaign against the Communist-Terrorists Group that is continuously weakening and losing support from the communities.

“We are indeed pleased and optimistic on the turnout of surrenderees orchestrated by our Battalions through our CSP. These were not made possible without the convergence efforts and support of the LGUs, IP communities and peace partner stakeholders under the Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC)” Licudine said.

For this month of August 2020 alone prior to the said mass surrender activities, thirteen (13) regular CNTs bringing with them seven (7) firearms have abandoned the armed struggle and surrendered to 23IB and 58IB, both operationally controlled battalions of the 402nd Infantry Brigade.

It can be recalled that on August 6, 2020, four (4) CNTs namely: @JB and @MIYA, both from Platoon RYAN of SRC-1, NCMRC bringing along with them two (2) firearms; and @RONALD and @ROSE from SDG FELOT of SRC-1, NCMRC, surrendered to the 58th Infantry (Dimalulupig) Battalion. According to them, they were given false promises that they will have a better life if they joined the terrorist organization.

While on August 12, 2020, four (4) Communist-Terrorist members from SYP KINGDOM, GF4A, NCMRC namely: @AMALIA, 21 years old and @SIMON/JUDGE, 27 years old, both members of Squad Uno, SYP KINGDOM, GF4A, NCMRC; @BENON, 34 years old, Team Leader, and @HAPPY, 18 years old, both from Squad Dos, SYP KINGDOM, GF4A, NCMRC, voluntarily surrendered to the 23IB troopers. During the interview, these CNTs revealed that they abandoned the dying cause of the communist terrorist movement after realizing that they were deceived by the propaganda and false promises of the CTG.

Moreover, last August 16, 2020, two CNTs namely: @REY, 29 years old and @GRACE, 28 years old both members of Squad-2, SRDG SAGAY, SRC-3, NCMRC who wish to start anew with their lives after thirteen (13) years inside the terrorist organization, surrendered to the elements of 23IB under the operational control of 402nd Brigade bringing along with them two high-powered firearms.

Since January 2020 and prior to the mass surrender, the 402nd Brigade has ‘neutralized’ a total of 288 CTG personalities composed of 241 surrenders 64 regular NPAs, 43 MBs and 134 UGMO/Supporters), 27 apprehended and 20 killed CNTs.

BGen Licudine added that the CNT neutralization is significant to complement the Caraga RTF ELCAC efforts and pave the way for them to provide interventions in order to address issues commonly exploited by the CTG in the communities considered as geographical isolated, disadvantaged and conflict affected areas (GIDCAs).

He said, “While we are committed to relentlessly pursue the remaining CNTs who opted not to lay down their arms, we can assure them that the government particularly your Army is here and ready to assist former rebels and their families to transition in becoming productive members of the society”.

BGen Licudine explained that all stakeholders have a role in the government efforts to reintegrate members of the CPP-NPA and help achieve just and lasting peace in every community.













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https://www.kalinawnews.com/174-npas-yield-in-mass-surrender-activities-in-caraga-region/

Kalinaw News: MILF and communities condemn terrorist presence in Lanao del Sur

Posted to Kalinaw News (Aug 21, 2020): MILF and communities condemn terrorist presence in Lanao del Sur
MADALUM, Lanao del Sur — The military joined citizens and a Moro group in condemning the presence of local terrorists in a ceremony in Barangay Tamporong morning of August 17, 2020.
“Ang pagkundena sa mga teroristang grupo ay siyang paraan sa pagpapalayas ng mga terorista sa inyong komunidad, gamit ang pinagsamang lakas ng gobyerno at ng mamamayan nito,” said Lieutenant Colonel Rey David Taqueban, the 12th Civil-Military Operations Battalion Commander.



He added, “Ito ay ating ginagawa upang magkaroon ng mapayapa at maunlad na buhay sa komunidad.”

[The combined force of the government and the citizens in condemning terrorist groups is a way to expel them. We do this to have peaceful and prosperous lives within the community]

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front and residents from Barangay Tamporong hosted the mass condemnation against Local Terrorist Groups (LTG). They burned LTG flags to show their denunciation on terrorists.







The ceremony was also attended by 103rd Infantry (Haribon) Brigade Deputy Commander Colonel Nolie F. Anquillano, 55th Infantry (Vigilant) Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Franco Raphael Alano, Police Lt. Col. Edgar Batoon, MILF Base Commander of BILAL, 124th Base Command Abu Zubair L. Hadji Mustapha, Sultan Ebrahim S. Halid, Brgy Tamporong Chairman Camal M. Mangotara, Madalum Vice Mayor Sultan Usman T. Sarangani Sr, and Madalum, LDS Mayor Usman “Palao” M. Sarangani Jr.

“Ang pinakita dito ng AFP ay hindi gyera kundi kalilintad,” Brgy Tamporong Chairman Mangotara said.

[The did not show war. Instead, they showed peace]

The residents expressed their gratefulness for the presence of soldiers in their area. They said they feel more secure knowing that there are military battalions who are ready to fight terrorists who attempt to ruin the peace in their communities.
Week-long Peace Education

Aside from participating in the mass condemnation, the 12CMOBn also conducted a week-long peace education for the residents of Tamporong.

Lt Col Taqueban led the troops in discussing Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism with the residents of Brgy Tamporong. The lectures empowered the citizens with knowledge on what to do when they suspect terrorist activities in their area. This will also prevent terrorist recruitment to allow progress in their community.

On the other hand, the unit’s Hijab Troopers conducted Psychosocial Intervention for the benefit of the children. This activity instilled peace and taught nonviolent approaches to children so they will grow up to be peace-loving citizens.

The 12CMOBn has been conducting PCVE lectures and Psychosocial Interventions in the Lanao Provinces communities since its deployment back in 2018. They have been an essential unit in the rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City as well as the peace-building and peace-keeping efforts in the said area.

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Kalinaw News: 150 NPA members and supporters yield en masse in Agusan Norte

Posted to Kalinaw News (Aug 21, 2020): 150 NPA members and supporters yield en masse in Agusan Norte
BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – A total of one hundred fifty (150) members and mass supporters of the Communist New People’s Army Terrorist (CNT) formally surrendered all together and pledged allegiance to the government in a ceremony held in Sitio Macopa, Barangay Poblacion, Carmen town in Agusan del Norte on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

The activity was led by the 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion with the support of the local government unit (LGU) of Carmen, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the different line agencies of the government.
Among the one hundred fifty (150) CNT members who surrendered, thirty (30) were members of the Militia ng Bayan (MB) while one hundred twenty (120) were mass supporters of the movement who come from two barangays in Carmen town and were part of the underground links and affiliates of the CNTs, particularly the Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad, Yunit Milisyang Bayan, Pambansang Katipunan ng Magbubukid sa Pilipinas, Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan and Kabataang Makabayan.

The mass surrender was achieved through the efforts of the Community Support Program (CSP) of the 23rd IB and the Community Action (ComAct) Team of the PNP, with the support of the council members of Barangay Rojales and Poblacion and the Local Government Unit to clear and to dismantle the remaining members of the Guerrilla Front (GF) 4A as well as destroy the Sentro de Grabidad (SDG) CAOCAO and Sub-Regional Sentro de Gabidad (SRSDG) SAGAY of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) of the CNT. The ultimate aim of the joint efforts is to bring peace and order and pave the way for the implementation of the development initiatives of the government to the conflict-affected areas of Barangays Rojales and Poblacion in Carmen.

During the ceremony, the one hundred fifty (150) mass surrenderers denounced the CNTs, formally cut their allegiance to the communist movement, and declared the CNTs as persona non grata in their barangays. The declaration of persona non grata is the result of the realization of the residents of the manipulations done by the CNTs and the expression that they are already fed up, sick and tired of the presence and exploitation of the communist rebels. They also condemned the terroristic acts done by the CNTs in their communities and pledged to support the programs and services of the government in their localities.

The former rebels also handed over firearms during the ceremony and burned the CPP-NPA flag as a symbol of their decision in choosing a new path for peace and development. The surrendered firearms were accepted by Mayor Jovette C. Calo of Carmen town and Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the Acting Commanding Officer of 23IB.

In her statement, Mayor Calo expressed gratitude to the residents of Barangays Poblacion and Rojales, especially to the former members of the CNTs for their decision to leave the communist movement and return to the folds of the law.

“Now you have chosen the right path of your life to reach out to your dreams not only for your self but for your family as well. In fact, your courage and braveness symbolized the cutting-off of support to the CNTs,” Mayor Calo said.

She added that as the mother of the municipality, she is encouraging every parent to become vigilant and look after their children to protect them from the recruitment of the CNTs. “We need to protect them from the deceptions of the CNTs. I hope that after this activity, you will become the parents who think about what will be your next step to change your community for the better,” Mayor Calo said.

In his testimony, Alias June, one of the surrenderers thanked the government and the 23rd IB for the new opportunities given to them to live peacefully. “Nagpasalamat mi og dako sa atong gobyerno ug sa kasundalohan sa 23IB, sa kapulisan ug sa tanan nga agency nga naningkamot ug nitabang aron mahan-ay ang among kinabuhi. Layo ra kaayo ang trato sa CPP-NPA sa amoa kung itandi nako sa pag trato sa kasundaluhan ug sa gobyerno sa amo. Mao nga dako kaayo ang ano pag mahay sa pag supporta namo sa walhong grupo nga wala man nakatabang ka name,” Alias Jun said.

During the activity, each of the former rebels was also provided with initial assistance such as five kilos of rice from the LGU Carmen.

Furthermore, the Technical Education Skills Development Authority in Agusan del Norte (TESDA-ADN) led by Provincial Director Rey Cueva also provided them with marinated bangus and assorted biscuits. As long-term assistance, TESDA-ADN will also process the former rebels to be enrolled in the different scholarship grants of the agency for them to undergo schooling on different skills education and training programs.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Paulo, in his message during the ceremony, expressed gladness over the increasing number of CNT members who surrendered to the government to embrace a peaceful life by reintegrating into mainstream society.

“We urge the remaining members of the CNTS to lay down their arms and return to their families and communities. We are always willing to help and assist you to get back to your normal lives,” Paulo said.

He added that the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) is designed to reshape the lives of CNTs who awaken from their dark days inside the communist movement and decide to renew their lives.

“Our brothers and sisters who are already exasperated and riled while languishing from miserable lives inside the CNT movement deserve to live peacefully. The government is giving them the chance to experience new lives with their families,” Paulo said

He also pointed out that the mass surrender of one hundred fifty (150) former rebels indicate the thinning support of the people to the communist movement in Agusan del Norte.

“The CNT movement in Agusan del Norte is watering down as their mass base continues to weaken due to the series of surrenders of the regular members and supporters. People now realize the evils that the communist movement brought to their lives and communities for years. Now, residents in far-flung villages become conscious of what they actually gained after years of supporting the CNTs. They got nothing but miseries in life, hardships and underdevelopment in their communities. The only option left, is for these mass supporters to turn their backs from the ideology that nailed their lives down to extreme poverty and return to the government that espouses the true essence of democracy that facilitates development initiatives and works for genuine peace,” Paulo added.

The 23rd IB Commander also urged the former rebels to become the partners of the Army and other stakeholders and work for the development of their communities.

“If we are united, we can be a huge force to bring big changes in our communities, changes that will uplift us economically, politically and socially, so that in the future, our children and the next generation will have something to reap, not only on the development initiatives that we planted together, but also dignity and pride,” Paulo said.







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Kalinaw News: LGU initiate a Peace and Development Summit together with the Army

Posted to Kalinaw News (Aug 21, 2020): LGU initiate a Peace and Development Summit together with the Army
MAGPET, COTABATO – The Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) of Antipas, North Cotabato in collaboration with 1002nd Infantry Brigade and 72 Infantry Battalion, conducted a “2-Day Punong Barangay’s Peace and Development Summit” on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at the Tourism Building, municipality of Antipas.

The Barangay Captains’ Summit with a theme, “Kapit Kamay tungo sa Pagbabago ng Barangay. Makiisa, Makilahok at Makialam” was attended by 13 Barangay Local Executives and 11 members of Sangguniang Kabataan of Antipas. The activity specifically aims to appraise the role, functions, duties and accountabilities of every barangay chairman. Moreover, it also focused on the empowerment of individual local governance at the barangay level by educating them on the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020; giving them knowledge on how to protect their communities by strengthening Integrated Territorial Defense System; and enhancing their knowledge on the different programs of the government intended for them; lastly, appraising the barangay LCEs on their role in the implementation of Retooled Commumity Support Program and EO Nr 70 “Whloe of Nation Approach”
The summit commenced by the presence of Hon. Egidio Cadungon Jr., and Hon. Cristobal Cadungon, Mayor and Vice-mayor of Antipas respectively with the facilitation of the Municipal Local Government Operation Officer Ms. Ivy S. Cervantes and the troops of 72IB led by Ltc Rey T Alvarado, Commander, 72IB.

Moreover, said activity was initiated by the LGU-Antipas in partnership with 72IB and also in collaboration by the different local agencies from the DA, DENR, DILG, PAO, PPDO, PNP, TESDA, MHO on giving lectures on their ongoing programs and projects. There were also testimonies from Former Rebels on their experiences regarding the Communist Terrorist’s propaganda and infiltration in the barangays exploiting legitimate issues.

On the last day of the summit, Hon. Rudy Caoagdan, representative of 2nd District graced the occassion as Guest Speaker during the culmination program. Col Potenciano C Camba INF (GSC) PA, 1002Bde Commander also attended the activity together with PCpt Jorlito Patrona PNP, COP, Antipas MPS; heads of different Local Gov’t Agencies, Hon Egidio Cadungon, Municipal Mayor; and Hon Cristobal Cadungon, Vice Mayor, LGU staff and troops of 72IB.

“We are very thankful for the active participation of all brgy captains and SK officials. This activity signifies your true commitment to service. Your Army will always be your partner in achieving a lasting peace in our communities; and always ready to facilitate the LGU and LGAs in the smooth delivery of basic services in the farthest sitio.” LTC Rey T Alvarado, said in his message.

On the otherhand, Mayor Egidio Cadungon Jr and Cong. Rudy S. Caoagdan espressed their appreciation and gratitude to all the participants and facilitators and promised to give their full support in the development of their respective barangays.





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Kalinaw News: 17 NPA members and supporters surrenders anew in SurSur

Posted to Kalinaw News (Aug 21, 2020): 17 NPA members and supporters surrenders anew in SurSur

MADRID, Surigao Del Sur August 20 – A total of 17 members and supporters of the New Peoples Army voluntarily surrendered without firearms to the Army’s 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion yesterday, August 19, 2020 at Headquarters 36IB, Brgy San Juan, Madrid, this Province.

The 17 surenderees were composed of Four (4) NPA regular members who are on lie low status and thirteen (13) Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) members composed of three (3) Sangay sa Partido sa Lokalidad (SPL) and ten (10) mass supporters/contacts who are all residents of Sitio Sibayoto, Brgy Tigabong and Brgy Buntalid both of Cantilan, SDS who withdrew their support from local communist movement and voluntarily surrendered to LTC JEZREEL J DIAGMEL INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer, 36IB in Brgy San Juan, Madrid, SDS.

Said surrender was made possible thru the effort of CSP Teams and Former Rebels deployed at Brgy Buntalid, and at So. Sibayoto, Brgy Tigabong, all of Cantilan, SDS.

Surrendered SPLs and UGMO members revealed that a certain resident of So. Tublihon, Brgy Parang, Cantilan served as courier and had a direct contact and access to Noel Tumarlas Alacre @Megan, CO of Pltn 2 and Rickey Mahinay @Amara, VCO of Pltn 2 both of WGF30, NEMRC. Said personality are responsible in the delivery of assorted foodstuffs, flashlights, ropes and other supplies on monthly and quarterly basis to include cash amounts ranging from 5K to 50K to the aforesaid CNT group.

Also, the surrenderees revealed that some individuals and establishments are the source of cash amount and food supplies that were all from Madrid, SdS.

According to the CSP team, the 17 members decided to voluntarily surrender because of the hardships that they experience in the hands of the communist terrorist group and their failed promises and ideologies. Also, they added that thru the CSP they saw the sincere gesture of the government in addressing the issues and needs of the community especially, the marginalized sector and Geographically Isolated and Disadvantage Areas (GIDAs).

“We realized that we supported the wrong organization. We were deceived by the sweet words and false promises of the CTG in uplifting our lives where-in the reality they are the ones who force us to provide for their foodstuff, money and other materials for their own sustenance”. one of the surrender SPL said.

In his statement, Lt Col Diagmel, said that the relentless efforts of the CSP teams to accomplish their assigned tasks coupled with commitment and dedication to achieve lasting peace and sustainable development and with the support of the local officials leads to the successful surrender of the Former Rebels and supporters.

“With the sincere desire of the people to transform their community into a peace loving and productive citizen. Convergence of efforts among the local government agencies is proven effective in achieving the peace and development that we are longing for,” Army official said.

“We are appealing to those remaining CNT members and supporters in the nearby areas to surrender now and return to the folds of the law. Like the 17 surenderees who are now enjoying their life with their families and loved ones. Lay down your arms and avail the programs of the government ” Lt Col Jezreel Diagmel concluded. The 17 FRs and mass supporters will be process and validated for their enrolment to E-CLIP, a government intervention package for Former Rebels.

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Kalinaw News: Army facilitates turn-over of Abaca Processing & Marketing Enterprise to farmers in Davao City

Posted to Kalinaw News (Aug 21, 2020): Army facilitates turn-over of Abaca Processing & Marketing Enterprise to farmers in Davao City

Bunawan District, Davao City- Philippine Rural Development Project – Investment for Rural Enterprise for Agriculture & Fisheries Productivity (PRDP-IREAP) turned over to Tapak Farmers Marketing Cooperative (TFMC) worth 1.9 Million of Tractor with Trailer; P130,000 worth each of eight Spindle Stripping Machines and P19,000 worth each of four Weighing Scales with a total of P3,016,000 on August 20,2020 at Brgy Tapak Proper, Paquibato District, Davao City.





The ceremony was attended by Lt. Col. Silas D.Trasmontero Philippine Army, Commanding Officer, 89th Infantry Battalion, 10th Infantry Division; Lt. Col. Donald P. Gaffud Executive Officer, 1003rd Brigade, 10ID; Dir. Ricardo OƱate Jr, DA XI; Engr. Edgardo Haspe, Asst Coy Agri, DC; Hon. Ralph Abella, City Councilor, 2nd Dist, DC; Hon. Rolly Latawan, Brgy Captain, Tapak, PDDC and different officials from other government agencies.

The project aims to strengthen and develop viable agri-fishery based enterprise through efficient value chains of key agricultural and fishery products in targeted areas that is funded for enterprise projects by the world Bank (Loan Proceeds), Department of Agriculture and Local Government Units.

Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, in her message that was delivered by Engr. Haspe said, “Sa atong mga mag-uuma sa Tapak Farmers Marketing Cooprative, ang atong beneficiaries, dako ang akong pasalamat kaninyo sa inyong kontribusyon sa paglambo sa Siyudad sa Dabaw. Nanghinaot ko na inyong ampingan ning tractor, stripping machines ug timbangan aron magamit ninyo sa dugay pang panahon. Pahimoslan ninyo ni aron mapalambo ang inyong komunidad dinhi sa Tapak”.

Lt. Col. Gaffud who represented Brig. Gen. Nolasco A. Mempin in his message advised the farmers to use their machineries and equipment productively in order to alleviate them from poverty.

He also requested them to entice their relatives and friends who are still in the mountains to return to the folds of the law since there are many government programs and benefits that awaits them.

This project is a convergence of various stakeholders in support of EO 70 or Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.







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16 wing soldiers finish course in community-based training from TESDA

From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 21, 2020): 16 wing soldiers finish course in community-based training from TESDA (By Marie Joy S. Carbungco)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Aug. 21 (PIA) -- A total of 16 personnel from the 355th Aviation Engineer Wing (AEW) of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) finished their course in Trainers Methodology Level 1 via video teleconference.

The course is part of the Memorandum of Agreement between Department of National Defense and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), in support of the programs of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

Under the training program, the 355th AEW personnel were trained by TESDA through the Gonzalo Puyat School of Arts and Trades to become trainers and assessors who will conduct construction-related training and assessment in Geographically-Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas including Indigenous Peoples communities.

In turn, those who will be trained by the Wing personnel will become sources of skilled labor for construction and engineering projects to be undertaken in their respective areas. 


A total of 16 soldiers from the 355th Aviation Engineer Wing of the Philippine Air Force finish their course in community-based training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. (Marie Joy S. Carbungco/PIA 3)

TESDA Central Luzon Regional Director Jesus Fajardo said that aside from providing community-based trainings in areas without accredited training schools, this program will also help these areas by reducing poverty and providing livelihood and employment to achieve the government’s aim of ending local communist armed conflict.

“TESDA is looking forward to a continued engagement with the Air Force to further professionalize its personnel and most importantly, to champion the good governance and whole-of-nation approach of NTF-ELCAC,” Fajardo said.

For his part, 355th AEW Commander Brigadier General George Blanco expressed his gratefulness for their partnership with TESDA, as he assured the agency of their continuous support and commitment to their common goal of achieving lasting peace.

The soldiers, who had their training from June 24 to August 7, make up the first batch who finished the course. (CLJD/MJSC-PIA 3)

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1050898

Former rebels avail E-CLIP assistance

From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 21, 2020): Former rebels avail E-CLIP assistance (By Lorenzo O. Lambatin, Jr.)

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NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Aug. 21 (PIA) – Fourteen former rebels who surrendered to 79th Infantry (Masaligan) Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army received assistance from the government under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) during a recent program at the Provincial Capitol.

Beneficiaries of the program are former members of the Yunit Militia established by the Communist Terrorist Group (CTGs) in the barangays who returned to the folds of the law to start a peaceful life together with their families. Each of the former rebels received checks amounting to 15,000 pesos as immediate assistance, a press release from the 79th Infantry Batallion said.

According to Civil-Military Operations Officer 1Lt. Normal Sorilla, the checks were formally handed in by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson in the presence of Board Member Andrew Montelibano, 303rd Infantry Brigade Commander Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, 79IB Commander Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Alvaran, Local Government Operations Officer VII Fatima Diaz, and Provincial Social Worker Development Officer Jenny Macalipsay.

"I am very thankful that you have decided to return to the folds of the government and I hope that you will serve as good examples to your former comrades who are still in the mountains and if possible, convince them to come down now and surrender. Livelihood assistance from the government awaits them," Governor Lacson said.

E-CLIP provides complete package of assistance to former members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and Yunit Militias (YM) as well as their family members who have surrendered to the government. Under the program, qualified beneficiaries are entitled to receive livelihood grants, trainings and other assistance packages from various government agencies.

Lieutenant Colonel Alvaran said the activity clearly shows the government's sincerity in its call for the members of the CTGs to return to the mainstream society and live a normal life with their families.

"E-CLIP is a solid evidence that the government is sincere in reintegrating former rebels in the mainstream society and in ending local communist armed conflict. I commend these former rebels for choosing the right path and be part of building a better community instead of fighting against government authorities," Alvaran said.

"I call upon those who are still fighting in the mountains to give up the meaningless 'armed struggle' and embrace the path of peace and development. Do not be blinded by the propaganda and false ideologies being disseminated by the CPP-NPA-NDF and its allies. Brighter future awaits right here with the government and not in the mountains," Alvaran added. (JSC/Lljr/PIA6 Negros Occidental/Photo by 79th Infantry Battalion )

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Gov’t, not communism is what people need in this time of crisis - Dino

From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 21, 2020): Gov’t, not communism is what people need in this time of crisis - Dino (By Rachelle Nessia)

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CEBU, Aug. 20 (PIA) -- Left-leaning groups are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to attack the government from mismanagement to lockdown implementation, but a Cabinet official said the delivery of basic public services and programs must go unhampered even amid the health crisis as no time is more crucial than now when people need government the most.

Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino stressed the crisis should not be used to derail or slow down government works, but rather this is the time to move forward because people need government the most right now.

“We in government, we need to show that we are relevant to the people and that we care. We need to express that there is ‘malasakit' in the Duterte Administration. When we do that, we convey to the people that they need the government, and not communism,” said Dino during the recent Visayas Inter-Regional Task Force Convergence Meeting on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC).

Dino, appointed as the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) in Central Visayas, said the decades-old problem of insurgency has hindered development in the countryside.

“We stand by our commitment to end local communist armed conflict by 2021,” emphasized Dino as gaps in basic government services in some areas of Negros Oriental are being poured by regional line agencies including health services, power, education and land distribution to qualified farmers.

Among the four provinces in the region, only the province of Negros Oriental has been tagged as a red area, or one that is plagued by the presence of armed rebels.

Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella, chair of the Regional Peace and Order Council 7, said 135 local government units (LGUs) in Central Visayas have declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), including its affiliate organizations, as persona non grata while 136 LGUs have formed their own task force on ELCAC.

In the Visayas, the manpower strength of the NPA shrunk by 10 percent with less than 1,700 members as of June 2020, reported the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Central Command.

National Security Adviser Secretary Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., vice-chair of the National Task Force-ELCAC, told mayors and governors of the Visayas Region present during the virtual meeting to double their efforts and deliver their commitments to the vision of an insurgency-free Philippines by the time Pres. Duterte ends his term in 2022.

“We have to overcome and put an end to the enemy that will not bring good to our country,” said Esperon, reiterating Pres. Duterte’s order to address internal security through the whole-of-nation approach and bring development down to the countryside.

Esperon said the government will soon implement the Barangay Development Program (BDP) to pave for progress in insurgency-cleared barangays, with projects ranging from farm-to-market roads, health stations, schools, reforestation and livelihood opportunities to the residents in the areas.

Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado, in the same meeting, assured that ELCAC-related projects in line with the BDP will be given appropriate funding support by 2021, and that the budget will be given directly to the local government units to ensure projects are implemented without delay and on time. (fcr/pia7)

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Cebuano News: 12 ka mga NPA ubos sa GF Malayag misurender sa 88IB

From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 21, 2020): Cebuano News: 12 ka mga NPA ubos sa GF Malayag misurender sa 88IB (By Bernadith G. Epan)

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MARAMAG, Bukidnon, Agosto 20 (PIA)-- Dose (12) ka mga kanhing miyembro sa New People's Army kon NPA ang boluntaryong misurender sa 88th Infantry "Maringal" Battalion Headquarters South Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon sa may alas 10 sa kagabhion niadtong Agosto 24.

Ang nasangpit nga kanhing mga rebelde na-ila nga mga myembro sa Malayag 1, Guerilla Front Malayag, SRC2, NCMRC ubos sa ‘command’ ni alyas ‘Ricky’ nga nag-operate sa Cabanglasan, Bukidnon.

Uban sa gi-surender sa mga kanhing rebelde ang usa ka M16A1, duha ka Garand Rifle, tulo ka Carbine M1 Rifle, upat ka binuhat nga Shotgun, ug usa ka kalibre 45.

Sumala pa ni alyas Rolen usa ka babayeng Squad Supply Officer nga “Gutom ug kalisud ang among natagamtaman, nahadlok sad mi tungod sa pagkamatay sa among kauban atol sa engkwentro. Basin unya ug mapareha mi sa ila. Dili pa ko gusto nga mamatay tungod kay daghan pa ko’g gustong himuon sa akong kinabuhi kauban akong anak ug pamilya.”

Mahinumduman nga dunay nahitabong sunod-sunod nga engkwentro tali sa grupong Guerilla Front Malayag ug tropa sa kasundalohan sa lungsod sa San Fernando ug Cabanglasan sugod sa bulan sa Mayo hangtod sa katapusang adlaw sa Hulyo ning tuig nga miresulta sa pagkamatay ug pagkasamdan sa mga NPA, ug pagbungkag sa hideout sa teroristang grupo, nakuha ang daghang mga armas, mga materyales pang giyera, ug mga dokumento sa nahisgotang grupo sa mga terorista.

Gidayeg ni Lt Col. Franklin Fabic, Commanding Officer sa 88IB, ang boluntaryong pagsurender sa mga miyembro sa Guerilla Front Malayag. Matud niya nga unta mosurender nasad ang mga miyembro ni alyas ‘Migs’ ug iyang mga kauban.

“Alang sa tanang nagpabilin isip hulga sa kalinaw sa katawhan, dili kami mohunong sa pag-gukod sa mga komunista’ng terorista. Padayon ang pag-gukod sa kagamhanan niadtong mga naghimo ug kagubot. Dili kami mohunong hangtud dili makab-ot ug maangkon ang kalinaw sa Southern Bukidnon,” mipahimangno si Lt Col. Fabic. (CMO, 88IB, 4ID, PA/PIA Bukidnon)

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1050883

Cebuano News: Dugang 3 ka mga NPA misurender sa 88IB human nadungog ang pag-surender sa mga kauban

From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 21, 2020): Cebuano News: Dugang 3 ka mga NPA misurender sa 88IB human nadungog ang pag-surender sa mga kauban  (By Bernadith G. Epan)

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MARAMAG, Bukidnon, Agosto 20 (PIA)—Laing tulo (3) pa ka mga miyembro sa New People's Army kon NPA ang boluntaryong misurender sa 88th Infantry "Maringal" Battalion Headquarters sa South Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon human nadungog ang pag-surender sa ilang dose ka kauban niadtong Agosto 14.

Kining dugang 3 nga mi-surender mga miyembro sila sa Malayag 1, Guerilla Front Malayag, SRC2, NCMRC ubos sa ‘command’ ni alyas ‘Ricky’ nga nag-operate sa mga lugar sa Cabanglasan, Bukidnon

Uban sa gi-surender sa mga nasangpit nga rebelde ang usa ka Carbine M1 Rifle, duha ka binuhat nga Shotgun, ug usa ka ‘home-made pistol revolver’.

Matud pa ni alyas ‘Kuyaw’ usa ka regular member sa NPA nga grabe nga ka hadlok ang ilang gibati para sa ilang kinabuhi samtang naa sila sa lasang. Nahadlok sila nga mangamatay sa wa’y hinungdan nga pama-agi. Nakuyawan nasad daw sila kay daghan na ang nag-surender. Miingon siya nga mas maayo nalang daw ug mag-surender nalang pud sila.

Mahinumduman nga dunay nahitabong sunod-sunod nga engkwentro tali sa grupong Guerilla Front Malayag ug tropa sa kasundalohan sa lungsod San Fernando ug Cabanglasan gikan bulan sa Mayo hangtod sa Hulyo nga miresulta sa pagkamatay ug pagkasamdan sa mga NPA, ug pagkabungkag sa ‘hideout’ sa teroristang grupo.

Matud ni Lt Col. Franklin Fabic, Commanding Officer sa 88IB, nalipay siya nga nahibal-an nga daghan pa diay ang mga miyembro sa GF Malayag nga gusto nang mobalik sa sabakan sa balaod.

Tungod niini gi-awhag niya ang ubang mga miyembro nga mo-surender aron makabenepisyo sa nagkalain-laing programa sa gobyerno pinaagi sa Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

Ang E-CLIP usa ka programa sa gobyerno alang sa mga kanhi rebelde ug sakop sa ilang pamilya diin makadawat sila sa mga mosunod: Immediate Assistance, Livelihood Assistance, Libreng edukasyon, ug balay sa mga miyembro niini. Naa pay dugang benepisyo’ng pinansyal alang sa mga mi-surender nga nagdala ug armas.

Gi-awhag ni Lt Col. Fabic ang mga nahabilin nga miyembro sa teroristang grupo sa GF Malayag nga gipamuno-an ni alyas ‘Migs’ nga unta mag-surender na karon ug pahimuslan ang mga programa sa gobyerno alang kanila ug alang sa ilang pamilya samtang naa pa ang kahigayonan. (CMO, 88IB, 4ID, PA/PIA Bukidnon)

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1050887

Another 38 ex-NPA rebels in Bukidnon get P1.7M livelihood aid

From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 21, 2020): Another 38 ex-NPA rebels in Bukidnon get P1.7M livelihood aid (By Camille M. Bumatay, CMO, 8IB)

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IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon, August 20—Another 38 former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels and ‘Militia ng Bayan (MB)’ received more than P1.7 million worth of cash as livelihood assistance from the government for paving the way towards lasting peace.

Through the government’s Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), the said 38 former rebels (FRs) received their cash incentives from Bukidnon E-CLIP Committee on Thursday, August 13, in a mass awarding ceremony at Kaamulan Folk Arts Theater, Malaybalay City.

Each of the 23 former NPA combatants received P50,000 livelihood assistance plus P15,000 immediate aid, while the 15 ‘Militia ng Bayan (former NPA supporters)’ received P15,000 each.

Alias ‘Jer,’ one of the FRs and now a CAFGU Active Auxilliary (CAA) expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the overwhelming assistance he received from the government.

“Sobra akong kalipay ug pasalamat sa gobyerno sa ilang kinasingkasing nga pagdawat ug paghatag ug daghang suporta. Kani-adto, naa pa ko sa armado’ng grupo nga nagto-o sa sayop nga idolohiya, sa sayop nga pamuno-an. Apan karon, usa na ako ka hingpit nga CAA nga naga serbisyo sa among komunidad ug sa atong nag-inusarang gobyerno, ang gobyerno sa Pilipinas.” (I am very happy and thankful to the government for providing me utmost support. Before, I was with the struggling armed group believing in a wicked ideology, a wrong leadership; Now, I am a certified CAA serving our community under our only one government, the Philippine government,” alias Jer said.

Governor Jose Maria R. Zubiri Jr, E-CLIP Committee chairman, said "Malipayon ako nga kamo nakadawat na sa pinansyal nga tabang nga inyong magamit para magsugod sa bag-ong kinabuhi. Kini nga probinsya padayon nga maghatag sa mga interbensyon nga kinahanglan ninyo aron masuportahan ang imong pamilya." (I am glad that you've received the cash assistance that you will use to start a new life. This province will continue to provide interventions that you need to support your families).

Last month, July 20, it can be recalled that 67 FRs in Bukidnon received a total of P2.5 million worth of financial aid.

Lt. Col. Edgardo V. Talaroc Jr, 8IB commanding officer, meanwhile, urged all the remaining communist terrorist members to surrender and avail of the government’s livelihood assistance programs.

“Ug sa makausa pa, kami nagahangyo sa mga nahibilin nga mga miyembro sa Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) nga mo-surender na, buhi-i na ang inyong mga armas ug magpuyo nga malinawon kauban ang inyong pamilya. Ang gobyerno dunay E-CLIP nga maghatag ug kumpleto nga tabang para sa mga rebelde ug ilang mga pamilya nga gusto na mobiya sa armadong pakigbisog ug mobalik na sa sabakan sa balaod. (Once again, we urge all remaining CNT members to surrender, lay down your arms, and live peacefully with your families. The government has an E-CLIP that provides a complete package to the rebels and their families who decide to abandon the armed struggle and return to the folds of the law),” Lt. Col. Talaroc said.

Major General Andres Centino, commander of the AFP’s 4th Infantry Division, meanwhile, said they believe that more NPA rebels would lay down their arms after seeing their former comrades now living in peace.

“President Duterte wants to end this insurgency problem before his term ends. I am therefore urging the remaining NPA rebels to surrender and avail of the integration and livelihood programs that the government has in store for them,” MGen. Centino said. (CMO, 8IB, 4ID, PA/PIA Bukidnon)

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1050858

MILF’s 124th base command condemns Dawla Islamiya

From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 21, 2020): MILF’s 124th base command condemns Dawla Islamiya (By 55th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army)

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MADALUM, Lanao del Sur, Aug. 21 - Members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) 124th Base Command together with the residents of Brgy Tamporong, this municipality condemned the Dawla Islamiya Local Terrorist Group (LTG) and their atrocities, Monday, August 17.

Through the initiative of the Madalum Municipal Task Force on Ending Local Armed Conflict (ELAC), Tamporong Barangay Task Force ELAC, and the Army’s 103rd Infantry (Haribon) Brigade, the members of the MILF’s 124th Base Command and residents of Brgy Tamporong declared the Dawla Islamiya LTG as persona non grata and denounced all of their activities through a barangay resolution.

“The Dawla Islamiya are not welcomed here, what they are fighting for are the wrong interpretations of Islam. Their presence has disrupted the projects here,” said Abu Zubair, commander of the MILF’s 124th Base Command.

Lieutenant Colonel Alano, commanding officer of 55th Infantry Battalion, said the MILF has requested for army installations in the area and so far they’ve been very cooperative when it comes to counter-terrorism operations.

“This is a big blow against the Dawla Islamiya in terms of their support systems. We have further constricted their area of operation by lessening the communities where they can go to recruit members and entice supporters,” added LtCol. Alano.

The condemnation activity was highlighted by the burning of the LTG's black flag to symbolize the said terrorist group and all of their atrocities which have hampered progress and development in the area.

Madalum Vice Mayor Sultan Usman Sarangani Sr. said the LGU and Municipal Task Force ELAC’s is in full support to all initiatives that would put an end to all kinds of armed conflict which will bring-forth development in the municipality.

Meanwhile, Colonel Nolie Anquilliano, deputy brigade commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade said the condemnation activity means the people of Brgy Tamporong and the members of MILF’s 124th Base Command are exhausted of the senseless violence brought about by the misuse of religion by this terrorist group which is greatly damaging the image of Islam. (55th IB)

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1050962

Manhunt launched vs CNTs after 30-minute fight in MisOr

From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 21, 2020): Manhunt launched vs CNTs after 30-minute fight in MisOr (By Maj Francisco P. Garello)

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Aug. 21 – Brigadier General Maurito L. Licudine, the Commander of 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade has ordered a massive manhunt operation against the fleeing members of the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) after an encounter with the troopers of 58th Infantry (Dimalulupig) Battalion in the forested area of Sitio Mangilet, Barangay Bal-ason, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental.

“An order was already sent to the troops to scour the vicinity of the encounter site and pursue without let up the escaping CNTs,” Licudine said.

Licudine stressed that the CNTs are in the area to sow terror to the civilians and extort money and food for their survival.



“We will not give any chance for these terrorists to regroup and harass the residents in Barangay Bal-ason and the surrounding areas. We want these New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists pushed hard until they give up their arms and surrender to the government,” Licudine maintained.

While the CTGs are now distressed, hungry and tired after the armed confrontation, the 58IB troopers must continue to track down, pursue and neutralize the fleeing NPA terrorists, the 402Bde commander emphasized.

Elements of 58IB under the operational control of 402nd Brigade were conducting combat operations in the area after receiving reports from residents on the presence of armed CTG members who are planning to conduct harassments and extortion activities.

Around twenty CNTs believed to be members of Guerrilla Front (GF) 4B of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) headed by an @ PATRICK (TNU) were engaged by the operating troops in a 30-minute gun battle. The CNTs then abandoned their positions and retreated toward the southeast direction in the area after the encounter leaving still unidentified one dead comrade and possibly sustained undetermined number of casualties as evidenced by the bloodstains discovered on the spot where they positioned during the skirmish and on their escape route while no one was hurt on the government side.

The government troopers also recovered from the encounter site one M14 rifle, one anti-personnel mine (APM), a 50-meter wire, three magazines for M14 rifle loaded with ammunition, one Baofeng radio, one solar charger, and assorted medical paraphernalia.

“Your Army, particularly those under the operational control of 402nd Brigade, will not rest in pursuing these NPA terrorists who continue to hamper development initiatives of the government especially in the remote areas considered as geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas that are under the CapDEV or PDZ program,” Licudine said, as he pointed out that services of the government are needed by the people nowadays amidst the continuing threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“Instead of paving the way for the help and services to reach remote barangays during this pandemic, these NPA terrorists are aggravating the hardships of the people by spreading fear through harassment and intimidation,” Licudine said. He also lauded the courage of the residents in the area for informing the Army on the presence of the CNTs.

“We encourage the populace to report to us the presence of these terrorists in your communities and surely we will act on them. They are none a pestilence than COVID-19.” Licudine added. (402nd Infantry “Stingers” Brigade)

NTF-ELCAC visits IP communities in MisOr

From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 21, 2020): NTF-ELCAC visits IP communities in MisOr (By MAJ FRANCISCO P GARELLO JR)

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MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Aug. 21 - In line with its commitment to strengthen the Indigenous People's communities within its area of responsibility, the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade represented by Col. Cerilo C. Balaoro Jr., Deputy Brigade Commander, participated in the Inter-Agency Visitations to Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) spearheaded by National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) Chairman Secretary Allen A Capuyan.

The IPs visited belonged to the Higaonon Tribe from Gingoog City, Magsaysay, Medina, Talisayan, Balingoan, Binuangan, Salay and Lagonglong held on August 19, 2020 at Brgy Bobuntugan, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental.



The inter-agency visit to IP communities was initiated by the National Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) spearheaded by Secretary Allen A Capuyan, the Executive Director and at the same time the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) Chairman facilitated by Director Jeanne Ann M Zoilo, the Regional Director of NCIP Region 10, NCIP MisOr, the 402nd Infantry Brigade and 58th Infantry Battalion in close partnership with the provincial government of Misamis Oriental.

The visit aimed to gain first-hand knowledge on how the ICCs/IPs are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, food security programs and progress in their ancestral domain management and the violence and human rights violations being perpetrated against the ICCs/IPs by the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs).

Other agencies present during the event were Col. Michelle Anayron, assistant division commander for RRA of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division; Engr. Marisha Naivet, provincial director of DILG MisOr; Plormelinda Olet, deputy regional director of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), and representatives from Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Fish and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and Department of Health (DOH).

Meanwhile, Secretary Capuyan met with the tribal leaders to hear and address the pressing issues that were presented during the dialogue as a way to protect and promote the interest of the ICCs/IPs according to the principles of the four bundles of rights enshrined in the IPRA law. (402ndBgde)

Two militias receive benefits under ECLIP

From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 22, 2020): Two militias receive benefits under ECLIP (By Peter A. Balocnit)

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Aug 22(PIA) - - Government awarded financial assistance to two Militia ng Bayan enrollees to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) on Friday at Capitol here.

A 22- year old male from Apatan, Pinukpuk received P50,000 for his hog raising livelihood plus P15,000 immediate assistance. The 28 year- old married woman from Bagumbayan, Tabuk city also received P50,000 for her palay production livelihood and P15,000 immediate assistance.



Governor Ferdinand Tubban awarded the benefits witnessed by ECLIP members - DILG Provincial Director Mayer Max Adong, PNP Provincial Director Davy Vicente Limmong, Capt. Ben Cawa of 503rd Brigade, PSWDO Digna Dalutag, and Peter Balocnit of the Philippine Information Agency with the special presence of Pinukpuk Police Chief Master Sergeant Johnny Yogyog.

The provincial local government unit (LGU) during their profiling earlier gave the duo P5,000 each and 25 kilos of rice.

Tubban welcomed the former militia members hoping for others who are still undecided to resurface . The government he said is open for rebel returnees to rejoin mainstream society,.

He said what was awarded is a start-up for them to engage in livelihood. The LGU will still look on their other needs.

Tubban advised the two to still engage on other income generating livelihood. “Nu gagetam ket mabiyag ka ken awan papanana nu di ag progreso. Mabalin met agtaraken ti manok wenno dadduma nga dingwen, ken nu adda bassit nga daga nu mulaam, dakkel itulong na ti pamilya,” he said.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Digna Dalutag also assured the enrollees of other assistance like training or accessing them to the services of agencies. “We hope that your respective livelihood will prosper. You expect us to monitor their progress,” she said.

Provincial PNP Director Davy Vicente Limmong congratulated the two for coming back to the folds of the law and challenged them to become models for others to emulate especially those who are still connected with the New People’s Army.
He assured them that the PNP will provide security if their lives are endangered or being threatened by their former comrades.

Captain Ben Cawa of the 503rd Brigade thanked the two returnees of their wise decision. “Awan met naala yo idi adda kayo ti banbantay, sunga salamat unay ta napanunut yo nga nagsubli ti sidung ti gobyerno,” he said.

Yogyog who exerted efforts in facilitating the return of the male returnee expressed Pinukpuk Municipal Station’s gratitude for trusting them during the process of convincing him to enroll under ECLIP.

Meanwhile, Provincial DILG Director Mayer Max Adong encouraged the enrollees to join the Kalinga Returnees Association in order to avail of services offered by government offices to organized groups. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)