Thursday, November 19, 2020

Tagalog News: CORDS Mimaropa, tinanggap ang 22 dating rebelde mula MTF-ELCAC

From the Philippine Information Agency (Nov 20, 2020): Tagalog News: CORDS Mimaropa, tinanggap ang 22 dating rebelde mula MTF-ELCAC (By Dennis Nebrejo) 

Nagbigay ng mensahe si MTF-ELCAC Chairman at Bongabong Mayor Elegio Malalauan sa 22 dating rebelde na sumuko sa isinagawang 'Ceremonial Handover' sa CORDS Mimaropa. Naging saksi sina (mula dulong kanan pa kaliwa) DOE Sec. Alfonso Cusi, Cong. Alfonso Umali, Jr., Police Reg'l Dir. PBGen Pascual Muñoz at kinatawan mula sa kasundaluhan. (kuha ng Bongabong LGU)

BONGABONG, Oriental Mindoro, Nob. 19 (PIA) – Malugod na tinanggap ng grupong Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) Mimaropa ang 22 dating rebelde na nagbalik-loob sa pamahalaan sa isinagawang ‘Ceremonial Handover’ ng Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) noong Nobyembre 16 sa bayang ito.

Pinangunahan ni Mayor Dr. Elegio Malaluan, kasama si Vice Mayor Richard Candelario at Sangguniang Bayan ang nasabing handover sa CORDS dahil dito na anya sila maalagaan upang makapamuhay ng maayos at makapagbagong-buhay.

Ayon kay Malaluan, “bukal sa kanilang kalooban ang pagbabalik-loob sa pamahalaan dahil nakikita nila ang malaking suporta ng pamahalaang lokal sa mga katulad nila na nalinlang ng maling idelohiya at umaasa na mamumuhay sila ng katulad ng dati na malaya ayon sa magandang programa na nakasaad sa Executive Order No. 70 ni Pang. Rodrigo Roa Duterte.”

Bukod sa alkalde, sinaksihan at nakibahagi din sa programa si Department of Energy Sec. Alfonso G. Cusi, na siyang sumusuporta sa programa ng EO 70, kinatawan sa konggreso mula sa ikalawang distrito na si Cong. Alfonso ‘PA’ Umali, Jr., PNP Mimaropa Regional Director, BGen Pascual G. Muñoz, Jr., Police Provincial Director, Col. Mardito G. Anguluan at kinatawan mula sa Phil. Army. (DPCN/PIA-OrMin)

Massacre trial, chance for Sison, cohorts to defend themselves

 From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 19, 2020): Massacre trial, chance for Sison, cohorts to defend themselves (By Priam Nepomuceno)

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. (PNA File photo)

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. considered the ongoing murder trial for 15 counts of murder against Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria "Joma" Sison a good time for him and other accused to defend themselves in court.

"Sison’s trial for 15 counts of murder for the Inopacan massacre is an opportune time for him to exhaust all the legal and constitutional rights afforded to him by the very democracy he wishes to destabilize even as he enjoys luxuries in the Netherlands," he said in a statement forwarded to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Wednesday.

Esperon, who is also National Security Council (NSC) chief, said Sison and others accused of this heinous crime are now given the opportunity to stand in court; to present their defense, and respond to the accusations against them.

The Inopacan massacre in Leyte is part of the CPP-New People's Army (NPA)'s nationwide purging of their ranks of suspected government spies conducted from 1984 to 1986.

In the Visayas, the purge was named “Oplan Venereal Disease” wherein 300 suspected government assets within the organization were arbitrarily sentenced and executed in Leyte alone.

In 2006, the Army’s 802nd Infantry Brigade of the Samar-based 8th Infantry Division discovered a mass grave of NPA members in Inopacan where 103 remains were recovered, of which only 15 were identified by their relatives and former communist terrorists who turned witnesses.

On November 16, Esperon testified before the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 against Sison and his cohorts regarding the massacre.

"This hearing has allowed us in the security sector an avenue to present numerous pieces of evidence that Sison and his co-accused are accountable for the Inopacan massacre and that he has been orchestrating the activities of the CPP-NPA all along," he added.

Esperon added that a video had been presented attesting to the massacre, which for the longest time has been in the public sphere.

He recalled that he had caused the filling of mass murder cases against Sison and his accomplices when he was then Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief.

"I have likewise presented an album of photos detailing the manner in which the victims were brutally executed," Esperon said, adding that the victims of this senseless purge were arbitrarily sentenced and executed in Leyte.

"There are many more atrocities that their so-called 'revolutionary movement' have to be held accountable for," Esperon said.

He added that people who decimated in the mass purges of the communist terrorists were individuals who shared the CPP-NPA advocacy but were summarily executed upon mere suspicion of collaborating with the government.

Esperon said no one deserves death in the hands of his own brothers much less their supposed "comrades-in-arms".

"I now dare say that it is such an unfathomable kind of evil too, in the multi-awarded author and former rebel Bobby Garcia’s words, Suffer Thy Comrades, a book he wrote based on personal accounts of the mass murders conducted within the ranks of the CPP-NPA," he added.

Garcia was himself a victim and witness of the CPP-NPA purge.

Esperon said the CPP is inextricably tied to the NPA, wherein the CPP acts as the head and the NPA functions as its limbs.

"As it stands today, the Party continues to command its armed wing through the NPA, and its legal struggle through its front organizations. In fact, the CPP-NPA remains to be the primary political threat and hindrance to peace and prosperity in the country, most particularly in the countryside," he added.

But with dwindling political clout, high-profile surrenders, well-documented revelations, and international cognizance of their true criminal and terrorist nature, the truly heinous nature of the movement is now exposed.

"It is relevant to mention that the CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United Nations Security Council under Resolution No. 1373 of 2001. Governments of the European Union, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia have likewise classified them as terrorists," Esperon said.

More importantly, the figurehead and the de facto chairman of the CPP-NPA, Sison, is listed as a terrorist individual by the governments of Canada and Australia, he added.

Contrary to claims by the CPP-NPA, the government upholds the accused’s rights as guaranteed by the Constitution and the regularity of the judicial process.

"It is our intent for the truth to come out. In this instance, it is solely the court which possesses the competency and authority to decide on the merits of the case and, correspondingly, the liability of those involved," Esperon said.

He added that contrary to Sison's claims, the government does not play dirty or fabricate lies against the accused.

"This government respects the integrity and impartiality of the judicial proceedings as well as their right to due process; hence our clamor for the trial to proceed without delay," Esperon said, adding that it has been close to two decades since he filed this case in 2006.

He added that he is beholden to the victims and the families they left behind to seek justice for their grief and despair.

"In the same light, I urge Chairman Sison, who is now in his twilight years, to contemplate on his actions as the longstanding Chairman of the CPP-NPA. With certainty, it can be stated that he and the CPP-NPA have caused decades of misery and suffering to the country, and in particular, to his former comrades and their families," Esperon said.

USAID inks P870-M project for NegOcc, Palawan, Sarangani

From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 19, 2020): USAID inks P870-M project for NegOcc, Palawan, Sarangani (By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will work with the Philippines to address water security challenges in Palawan, Negros Occidental, and Sarangani through a PHP870-million project it signed Thursday.

USAID Acting Mission Director Patrick Wesner and representatives from the Philippine government and private sector, including National Economic and Development Authority Assistant Director General Roderick Planta, Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez, Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Lacson, and Sarangani Governor Steve Solon signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on said cooperation.

Palawan, Negros Occidental, and Sarangani all face recurring water shortages amid rising water demand, degraded watersheds, and inadequate access to water supply and sanitation services.

Through its five-year Safe Water project, the USAID will provide technical assistance to help communities in these provinces gain reliable access to clean water.

USAID’s partner agency DAI Global LLC will work with the Philippine Business for Social Progress,, Mahintana Foundation Inc., Conrado and Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation Inc., and the Foundation for a Sustainable Society Inc. to implement the program.

“The US government is proud to support the efforts of Palawan, Negros Occidental, and Sarangani to achieve water security. USAID will work with partners to maximize the use of data and sound analytics to guide informed decision making, identify lasting solutions, and prioritize investments,” Wesner said.

Lacson, meanwhile, hailed the partnership as “a milestone and a significant step towards a more serious and in-depth water governance for more inclusive and sustainable development in the province of Negros Occidental.”

The new assistance seeks to increase people's access to resilient water and sanitation services. It would also improve water resource management to ensure sustainable supply as well as strengthen water sector governance in the concerned provinces.

Claims that Masbate journo victim of gov't attack malicious

From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 19, 2020): Claims that Masbate journo victim of gov't attack malicious (By Priam Nepomuceno)

Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, Jr., Southern Luzon Command chief (PNA File photo)

Claims that freelance journalist Ronnie Villamor is another victim of alleged government attack is outrightly malicious and without any basis to stand on.

This, according to
Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) chief, Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, Jr., after some sectors claimed that Villamor, who was shot dead during an encounter with government security troops in Milagros town, Masbate last November 14, was a victim of such.

"The media in our Area of Responsibility (AOR) are our partners and we protect them. For Rappler to insinuate that Ronnie Villamor is another alleged victim of government attack, is outrightly malicious and without any basis to stand on,"
he said in a statement forwarded to the Philippine News Agency Thursday.

He clarified that troops deployed in the area were looking for armed men, not Villamor, reported to them by concerned citizens.

"The troops, when they responded to the reported presence of armed men in the area, did not go there to locate Villamor, as they were focused on the armed group up an adjacent hill which turned out to be armed security guards who were deployed by their agency without coordination with the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), PNP (Philippine National Police), and barangay officials within the AOR," he added.

Based on reports, Parlade said Villamor tried to escape onboard his motorcycle upon seeing the responding troops, ignoring local officials who were preventing him and four others from escaping.

"He also ignored the warning shot. Instead, he drew a firearm as his motorcycle slipped on the road. This prompted the troops to take him down," he added.

No one in the province, he said, was aware of Villamor's occupation as a freelance journalist, adding that it was only the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) who identified him as one.

"We detest that malicious report of Rappler. They are consistent in spreading fake news in the hope of destroying the credibility of the AFP and the PNP," he added.

Many UP students being recruited by CPP-NPA: Palace

From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 19, 2020): Many UP students being recruited by CPP-NPA: Palace (By Azer Parrocha)

President Rodrigo Duterte did not say that all students of the University of the Philippines (UP) are communists, but noted that many of them are, Malacañang said Thursday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after Duterte, in a taped speech last Tuesday night, threatened to defund UP because the institution supposedly does "nothing but recruit communists."

Roque cited the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, as example as he was a former instructor at the UP.

“Marami na naman tayong kakilala talaga na nag-aaral sa mga pampublikong paaralan na talagang namumundok ‘no. In fact ang CPP-NPA, ang founder po niyan, instructor pa sa UP, si Joma Sison. ((We know a lot of students in public universities who join communist rebels in the mountains. In fact, the CPP-NPA, their founder is an instructor in UP, Joma Sison),” he said in a Palace press briefing.

Sison has been in self-exile with his wife, Juliet, in the Netherlands since 1987.

The communist founder and his wife are facing impending arrest for their supposed involvement in the so-called "Inopacan massacre," the 1980 mass purging of communist insurgents allegedly connected to the military in Inopacan, Leyte.

Roque, who used to teach in UP, said it is a known “fact” that the premier state university has produced members of the CPP-NPA.

“That’s something that is known by people. It’s not necessarily saying lahat kayo komunista pero marami talagang nagre-recruit diyan (that all of you are communists, but there are many recruiting there) and it’s a fact,” he added.

While students have the right to criticize government, Roque said UP students should also see to it that they do not waste their tuition, which is funded by taxpayers’ money.

“They have the right to criticize the government, kaya lang iyong mga gumagamit ng pondo ng bayan, huwag ninyong sasayangin ang pondo ng bayan. Kasi ginawa nga pong libre iyan at iyong mga maliliit na mga mamamayan, mga mahihirap na nagbabayad ng indirect taxes, sila po ang nagpapaaral sa inyo. Huwag namang callous (but if you use public funds, don’t waste it. Because it’s free and ordinary citizens, the poor pay indirect taxes, they’re the ones who fund your tuition. Don’t be callous),” he said.

Roque also stood pat on his remark that students from Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) should still submit their academic requirements even if they wished to go on a mass student strike to condemn the government’s response to recent typhoons and the coronavirus pandemic.

He said if they refused to comply with academic requirements, they should not complain about not being able to graduate.

“Siguro anak mayaman, bahala kayo sa buhay ninyo, pero huwag din kayong magrireklamo kung itong mga pribadong eskuwelahan na ito ay hindi kayo paggagradweytin, dahil kasama po sa karapatan ng mga pamantasan na huwag magbigay ng degree doon sa mga hindi nakaka-comply ng academic requirements (Maybe you’re rich kids, so you’re free to do what you want, but don’t complain if you don’t graduate because it’s the right of the school not to give degrees to students who don’t comply with their requirements),” he said.

Roque, a former student-activist himself, said he believes in students’ right to free speech, but noted that they should still make it a point to submit their school requirements.

On Wednesday, Roque clarified that Duterte may have “somehow confused” UP as the proponent of the planned “academic strike” instead of ADMU.

“That’s why the President also had something, a message to UP. But although I think the message should only have been addressed to Ateneo students,” he said.

In an interview over ANC's Headstart, UP Vice President for Public Affairs Elena Pernia denied Duterte's accusation that the university recruits students to join the communist insurgency.

“We don’t recruit for the communist party. We are an educational institution. We teach, we do research, we do public service. We don’t recruit. The University of the Philippines has a history of being activist, but we must make clear that the university is not anti-government. We are the national university,” she said.

Palace to review plan to extend Bangsamoro transition by 3 years

From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 19, 2020): Palace to review plan to extend Bangsamoro transition by 3 years (By Azer Parrocha)

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao administrative building that houses the Office of the Chief Minister in Cotabato City. (Photo courtesy of BPI-BARMM)

Malacañang on Thursday said it will review the proposed resolution of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) urging the Congress to extend the Bangsamoro transition period from year 2022 to 2025.

In a Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim expressed support for the resolution.

“It’s the first time po na narinig itong request na ito (we heard this request). I’m sure the Palace will consider it and will study options,” he said.

The BARMM, an expanded autonomous region created upon the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) in January 2019, is the outcome of the comprehensive peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) after years of negotiations.

Currently, the BARMM is under transition.

During the transition period, the interim Bangsamoro government will identify the new structural framework of the BARMM taking into consideration the existing structure, budget, and other relevant features of the now defunct-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The transition period will end once the new set of BARMM officials have been elected in political exercises.

In journalist Christian Esguerra’s Facts First podcast aired last November 12, Ebrahim said there is a need to “strengthen” the BARMM government because it is a new entity.

“This needs time in order to do it, you can’t do it overnight,” Ebrahim said.

Lawyer Jose Lorena of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), one of the principal authors of the resolution, said the extended transition period will provide the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) with sufficient time to continue in performing its powers and functions, and complete its mandate.

Lorena also said his basis for passing the resolution is Ebrahim’s position that he is in favor of extending the transition period.

“I stand by our chief minister, when he declared that in the normalization, there is much to be sought off,” he said.

Groups bat for minors’ protection from CPP-NPA recruitment

From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 19, 2020): Groups bat for minors’ protection from CPP-NPA recruitment (By Lade Jean Kabagani)

'STOP YOUTH RECRUITMENT'. Anti-communist groups stage a protest rally in UP Diliman on Thursday to denounce the violence and abuses committed by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF). The groups also appealed for increased protection of children against illegal recruitment activities. (Contributed photo)

Anti-communist groups on Thursday called for increased protection of minors from the recruitment schemes of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and its allied organizations.

League of Parents of the Philippines (LPP), Liga Independencia Pilipinas (LIPI) and other civil society organizations alongside mothers of students who were reportedly recruited by various militant groups, made this call in a protest at the University of the Philippines Diliman, as they denounced the atrocities and abuses committed by the rebel group.

They railed against the "continuous indoctrination of wrong ideologies" to minors during their rally.

LPP chair Remy Rosadio said the initiatives to oust President Rodrigo Duterte could be part of the CPP-NPA's deceitful political tactics and recruit more people into the rebel group.

Rosadio said CPP-NPA-linked organizations are relentlessly maneuvering fraudulent tactics to recruit more youth and exploit minors to join the communist armed movement.

"Why do they claim themselves to be pro-marginalized and pro-people when all they do is to mislead our youth towards communist terrorism?," Rosadio said.

These are part of the CPP-NPA revolutionary schemes, she said, which include motivating the youth to become critical against the government and eventually join the communist armed movement.

"Instead of uniting the Filipino people, they are moving towards destroying the future of our youths. This must be stopped now," Rosadio said.

The anti-communist groups appealed to students not to destroy their future by engaging with "illogical beliefs, senseless insurgency, and irrational armed movement."

Relentless to their call to end communist terrorism, the groups said they will not stop rallying until the CPP-NPA is held liable to their atrocities given the "tons of evidence" pointing to their "cruelty and barbaric actions."

"We will never stop speaking up until the exploitation of children and killings of the innocent will end," they said.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

Kalinaw News: 1 NPA member killed, firearms and explosives captured as army in Bicol thwarts NPA’s extortion activities in Sorsogon

Posted to Kalinaw News (Nov 19, 2020): 1 NPA member killed, firearms and explosives captured as army in Bicol thwarts NPA’s extortion activities in Sorsogon

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-Amid the on-going humanitarian missions of the Army in typhoon-stricken areas of Bicol region, it continues to initiate series of successful engagements in Sorsogon province that resulted in the killing of one communist NPA terrorist (CNT) and the capture of five firearms.

The first armed skirmish transpired at around 7:40 in the morning of November 18 after the elements of 31st Infantry Battalion (31IB) conducted a security operation in response to a report made by the residents about the extortion activities of Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in Barangay San Francisco, Bulusan town.

Fierce gunfight between the government troops and at least 20 CNTs lasted for 45 minutes forcing the enemies to withdraw in haste.

Aside from overrunning the enemy’s hideout with 10 huts and a teach-in facility, troops also captured three anti-personnel mines, 100-meter wire, generator set, printer, stove, LPG tank and terroristic propaganda materials.

This morning, government troops received another report about CNTs’ extortion activities yet again in a nearby barangay.

Elements of 31IB supported by the PNP immediately scoured the vicinity of Barangay San Jose in the same town and encountered at least 20 CNTs.

A 40-minute firefight between the two forces resulted in the killing of one CTG member and seizing of three M16 rifles, one M14 rifle, one ingram, five anti-personnel mines, four commercial radios and one antenna radio.

Lt. Col. Eric Culvera, Battalion Commander of 31IB attributed the success of the operations in the growing support and cooperation from the Sorsoganons.

“Had it not been for residents’ tip-off, we will not be able to foil CTG’s continuous lawless acts which could worsen the situation of the Bicolanos struggling to rebuild their lives brought by the series of calamities,” Lt. Col. Culvera said.

Joint Task Force Bicolandia under MGEN HENRY A ROBINSON JR PA expressed its strong condemnation on the CTG’s ruthless act.

“Extorting money from the Bicolanos devastated by three strong typhoons is purely evil. Wala na ngang naitutulong ang teroristang grupong ito sa kasalukuyang pinagdaraanan ng ating mga kababayan, dinaragdagan pa nila ang paghihirap ng mga Bicolanos. But with our decisive anti-insurgency campaign, we will not allow them to continue deceiving the local populace and terrorizing the communities,” MGen. Robinson said.

Kalinaw News: Civil-Military Operations Regiment inaugurates Jarque Hall

Posted to Kalinaw News (Nov 19, 2020): Civil-Military Operations Regiment inaugurates Jarque Hall

The officers, men and women of Civil- Military Operations Regiment honored a former prominent CMO specialist, the late Cpt Jose Rene N Jarque, by naming a multi-purpose Hall under his name.

The unveiling ceremony of the Jarque Hall marker was held October 30, in a simple but meaningful rites. The occasion became more significant with the valued presence of Mrs Grace C Jarque, widow of Capt Jarque, their son Ryan, now a doctor of medicine, and daughters Hannah and Marla. Also present were Captain Jarque’s father, Brig Gen Raymundo Jarque (Ret), himself a former commander of PA Civil Relations and Information Service, (now known as CMO Regiment) and wife Xenia.

Capt Jarque began his stint in the Philippine Army as an officer in the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment where his accomplishments in the field of CMO stood out. He was proficiently conducting Psychological Operations as an effective tool to complement civil-military operations in Philippine Army insurgency campaigns. He passionately developed the PSYOPs doctrine in 1991 entitled A Handbook on Psychological Operations This manual laid the foundation of the Psychological Operations for the Philippine Army and subsequently in the AFP.

A short audio-visual presentation, entitled A Psyops Specialist, was presented during the activity, with former co-workers of “Jarks” as he was fondly called, recalling his character and immense contributions to PSYOPs and CMO today.

The Jarque Hall is likewise dedicated to past and present CMO Operators of CMOR, who have served tirelessly and contributed their efforts to win the hearts and minds of the people.

Kalinaw News: Army troops and NPA terrorist clash in Carigara, Leyte

Posted to Kalinaw News (Nov 19, 2020): Army troops and NPA terrorist clash in Carigara, Leyte

Ormoc City – Troops of 14th Infantry Battalion, 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army encountered undetermined number of fully armed NPA members at vicinityof Barangay Hiluctogan, Carigara, Leyte on November 17, 2020.

The encounter transpired as the army troops continue to conduct pursuit operations against NPA Terrorist who recently abandoned a temporary encampment in the area. Firefight lasted for about five minutes before the enemy fled to different direction. Left behind by the NPAs were one civilian back pack containing CPP-NPA-NDF Educational Books, CPP Flag, rice, flashlight, poncho; rain boots; duralite slipper; empty shells of Cal 5.56 M16 rifle, Cal 7.62 M14 rifle and Cal 45 pistol; personal belongings; and, subversive documents/propaganda materials.

Brigadier General Zosimo A. Oliveros, Commander of 802nd Infantry Brigade, said that he will not hesitate to use the full might of the government forces in order to protect the people. However, he calls for the fleeing NPAs to return to folds of law, join the main stream of society, and to reunite with their family especially that Christmas is fast approaching.

“Likewise, we will continue to support the Local Government Units of Carigara, Leyte in protecting its constituents from any threats and illegal activities posed by CPP-NPA-NDF and prevent them to regain their lost ground and mass base in the area”, Brigadier General Oliveros added.

BGen Oliveros thanks the residents of Brgy Canlampay, Carigara for the timely information which enable the troops to dislodge and prevent them from conducting terroristic activities against helpless civilians. This only shows that the NPA Terrorists are no longer welcome in the area.

Kalinaw News: 19 na dating NPA nakatanggap ng tulong pampinansyal sa DSWD

Posted to Kalinaw News (Nov 19, 2020): 19 na dating NPA nakatanggap ng tulong pampinansyal sa DSWD

Malita, Davao Occidental – Nakatanggap ng tulong-pinansiyal mula sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ang 19 na dating Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) na sumuko sa 73rd Infantry Battalion na ginanap kahapon, Nobyembre 18, 2020 sa kampo ng kasundaluhan.

Sa pamamagitan ng programa ng DSWD na Community Base Services Section, ang mga dating rebelde ay nakatanggap ng salapi na nagkakahalaga ng anim na libong piso (PhP 6,000) bawat isa.

Sa panayam, sinabi ni Gemma Dela Cruz na “Mao nga gitawag kini nga Community Base Service (CBS) tungod kay kini iya sa komunidad ug nahimo ka nga bahin niini sa imong pagkabig sa gobyerno” (Kaya ito tinawag na Community Base Service ay dahil para ito sa komunidad at naging parte na kayo nito nang kayo ay nagbalik-loob sa gobyerno).

Ipinarating din ni Lt. Col. Ronaldo G. Valdez, Pinuno ng 73IB, ang kanyang pasasalamat sa ahensya ng DILG at DSWD. Kanya ding nabanggit ang kanyang mensahe sa mga sumuko. “Ang mga tulong na ibinibigay sa inyo ay upang mabago ang inyong nasirang buhay sa pagsanib sa mga rebelde. Nawa’y ang ibinigay ay makatulong sa inyo,” kanyang sabi.

Sa pamamagitan ng CBS, napipigilan ang karahasan at ang mga negatibong epekto nito sa komunidad. Isa ito sa pamamaraan ng gobyerno upang bigyan ng pagkakataong magkaroon ng panibagong buhay ang mga rebelde sa kabila ng mga nagawa nitong pagkakamali noon.

CPP: Larab | November 14, 2020

Propaganda publication posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Nov 18, 2020): Larab | November 14, 2020


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CPP/News: Floods and forests, plunder and profit

Propaganda news story posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Nov 18, 2020): Floods and forests, plunder and profit

NOVEMBER 18, 2020

The ecological debacle that the Philippines is currently facing is characterized by floods, landslides and mudslides which devastated vast areas in Luzon at the heels of successive typhoons in the past few weeks. The culprits are easily identifiable—mega dams stopping the flow of rivers, alongside historical denudation of the country’s mountains. Alongside their demand for social justice, a wide array of democratic sectors are clamoring for environmental justice. They demand an end to the plunder and destruction of the environment which makes the Philippines vulnerable to ecological disasters and extreme weather disturbances.

State-sponsored large-scale logging and mining operations spanning several decades have resulted in massive deforestation. Companies which are mostly foreign-owned and engaged in the export of timber and mineral extracts are allowed to operate with impunity and rewarded with numerous perks and incentives.

A research published on October 25 by TreeHugger, a US-based environmental watchdog, indicates that the Philippines is among the top 10 countries in the world that recorded the highest deforestation rates in the past two decades. Using satellite images, the study points out that the country recorded an average deforestation rate of 28% since 1990.

Based on the latest Philippine Forestry Statistics released by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in 2015, the country has only a remaining 7 million-hectare total forest cover, or merely 23% of its total land area, which is the lowest is Southeast Asia. Only 3% of primary or virgin forests remain in the country.

A history of catastrophe

The Philippines used to be 90% (27 million has) forested during the precolonial period, down to 70% (21 million has) in the early 1900s. Massive deforestation during that era is mainly attributed to the establishment of export crop plantations by the Spaniards.

Deforestation decreased during World War II but escalated again during the post-war years, particularly from the 1940s to 1980s which have seen the steepest deforestation rate as lumber exports became one of the country’s source of foreign income. Under the guise of reconstructing the economy, successive puppet regimes lifted restrictions on log harvesting and exportation. Remaining restrictions such as the 50-cm minimum diameter for timber to be cut were ignored by loggers. By the early 1970s, over 170 000 has of forest lands were being destroyed annually. Less than 5% of this was reforested.

The logging industry also served as one of the most lucrative sources of ill-gotten wealth by those in power, especially during the Marcos dictatorial regime. In 1975, logging companies protected by Marcos extracted a record high of 15.5 million cubic meters of lumber. From 1972 to 1988, around 8.57 million hectares of forested area and 3.8 million hectares of virgin forests were destroyed. By the late 1980s, only 8% of the forest cover in the country remained. Since then, the rate of deforestation slowed down, simply because very little has been left of the Philippine forest cover.

The catastrophe in the Cagayan Valley which was submerged in flood in the wake of recent Typhoon Ulysses and the overflowing of the Magat Dam, brings to light the history of large-scale deforestation in the area. One of the biggest plunderers of the Sierra Madre mountains is Marcos crony Alfonso Lim Sr., who owned the Taggat Industries Inc., Western Cagayan Lumber Co. Inc., Sierra Madre Woods Ind. Inc., and four other logging companies which were responsible for denuding hundreds of thousands of hectares of forests in Sierra Madre.

During martial law, then Secretary of Defense Juan Ponce Enrile gave military protection to Lim, with one of his logging companies enlisting 150 soldiers. Lim supplied them with with weapons and paid for their salaries. Earlier in 2016, Lim’s properties were sequestered after his family lost the graft case filed against them.

To monopolize the timber industry, the Marcos regime also appointed Enrile as the “general” for logging in the Philippines who was tasked to issues permits to logging companies. At the same time, Marcos also awarded him with the biggest logging concession in the Philippines which covered 95,770 hectares of forests in Northern Samar as owner of the San Jose Timber Corp. This is in addition to seven of his other logging companies which denuded forests in Palawan, Samar, Bukidnon, Butuan, Cebu and Palawan. He is also the owner of a rubber plantation in Basilan. On top of this, Enrile was engaged in illegal logging in Las Navas, Northern Samar, which was protected by a paramiltary group called “Lost Command” which was directly headed by Philippine Constabulary Col. Carlos Ledesma. The said group was behind the massacre of 45 anti-logging residents of Barangay Sag-od in the said town in September 1981.

Isidro, son of the late Marcos crony David Consunji, is currently the biggest logging mogul in the country. He owns the DMCI Holdings, Incorporated, a conglomerate which operates various logging companies in more than 102,954 hectares of land in 10 municipalities across South Central Mindanao. Seven of these are based in Sultan Kudarat, two in Maguindanao and another in South Cotabato. His logging operations are covered by Integrated Forest Management Agreements (IFMAs) issued by the DENR that are valid for 25 years and may be renewed. DMCI logging operations are notorious not only for massive denudation of forests but also for using armed suppression in encroaching in ancestral lands and displacing Dulangan Manobos, settlers and Moros. Large-scale gold and coal mining concessions are also located in the said areas.

Currently, conservative estimates by the reactionary government put the rate of destruction of forest cover at 47,000 hectares annually. This includes closed and open forests as well as mangroves which help in preventing erosion, floods and storm surges. However, despite the worsening impact of natural calamities in the Philippines in recent years attributed to deforestation, Duterte continues to promote and uphold the export of lumber and other wood products by allowing large-scale logging operations across the country, especially by multinational companies.

Based on data by the Bureau of Customs, the Philippines has exported 878,664 tons of lumber from 2016 to 2019. Almost 90% of exports went to only two countries, namely China (81%) and Japan (18%). Similarly, under the regime of Benigno Aquino III, the country also exported almost 1.6 million tons of lumber. The aforementioned figures excludes the hundreds of millions of exported processed wood products such as plywood and furniture among others, and lumber extracted through rampant illegal logging operations.

Sham environmental rehab efforts

Instead of implementing environmental rehabilitation efforts, Duterte’s economic agenda is focused on promoting destructive mining, logging operations, as well as infrastructure projects and other artificial beautification programs such as the controversial dumping of dolomite sand at a portion of Manila Bay. Even the flagship program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources dubbed the National Greening Program (NGP) which is touted to [plant more than one] billion[s of] trees is exposed as a scheme for massive contract growing of commercial timber and fruit bearing trees that are mostly invasive and endanger biodiversity. Local politicians from the big landlord class and their agroforestry business counterparts mainly benefit from contracts awarded under the NGP.

Data published by the Commission on Audit in 2019 on the NGP revealed that exotic (or non-endemic) species have continuously been the predominant species planted in NGP areas. This includes fast-growing commercial trees such as mahogany, falcata, rubber, and cash-crops such as coffee and cacao. The so-called reforestation scheme of the NGP goes against the advice of the scientific community that calls for the planting of trees that are endemic in the forests.

The same products are among the country’s top agricultural exports. Contrary to its claim of rehabilitating forests, the DENR touts that it is expecting to harvest tons of falcata timber in approximately 79 hectares of NGP plantations and generate a P31.6 billion profit for its contractors. Such will be the case in many areas where exotic commercial timber and crops are being planted. Forest covers will only be temporary as these will only be cut down later on.

On top of this, the NGP is also being utilized as a large-scale land use conversion and grabbing scheme. Under the guise of reforestation, NGP contractors encroach in ancestral lands and forcibly evict indigenous people and settlers who have long occupied and cultivated these.

CPP/NDF-EV: NDF-EV condemns AFP for forcibly taking seven children, including five minors, in Leyte

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Nov 19, 2020): NDF-EV condemns AFP for forcibly taking seven children, including five minors, in Leyte


NOVEMBER 19, 2020

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas condemns the officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the spate of human rights violations by troops of the 93rd Infantry Battalion conducting pursuit operations against the New People’s Army in Carigara, Leyte last November 13.

Soldiers illegally raided the house of couple Edencio and Nora Dionaldo and then forcibly took seven of their children, including five minors with one ill with meningitis.

The raid was illegal to begin with. The soldiers were pursuing a unit of the NPA and arbitrarily raided the home on mere suspicion that Edencio was a member of the NPA. They illegally arrested Nora and her 21-year old son Ernie who was taking care of his siblings when the soldiers stormed the house. After the raid, at least 11 men who happened to be near their home were also arbitrarily detained and interrogated overnight.

The NDF-EV calls for the urgent release of Nora and Ernie so that her children can be reunited with their mother. We also call for the immediate relief of the soldiers together with their commanders in the 93rd Infantry Battalion, 802nd Infantry Brigade and 8th Infantry Division for this spate of human rights violations. The fascist troops must be investigated and promptly tried in the proper courts.

The attack on Dionaldo family is the latest in the string of attacks by the AFP against children in Eastern Visayas for its anti-communist witch hunt. Minors “rescued” under suspicious circumstances, taken away from their families to be detained in military camps and held under duress are manipulated into participating in their anti-NPA campaign. The NDF-EV calls upon human rights defenders to look into the cases of these minors, provide them legal assistance and bring them back to their families.

The NDF-EV also holds accountable the Duterte regime and its military officials especially the NTF-ELCAC for these brazen abuses. Their anti-communist hysteria has set a precedent for fascist state forces to conduct more arbitrary searches, abductions and mass arrests against anyone, including non-combatants and minors, with even the slightest relation to the revolutionary movement or to organizations and individuals tagged as “communist fronts.”

We condemn 802nd Infantry Brigade commander Zosimo Oliveros for threatening local civilian officials into participating in the AFP’s counter-insurgency campaign. He is arm-twisting the civilian authorities into cooperation by Red-tagging everyone who does not participate in their all-out war. He and his superiors in the 8th ID and NTF-ELCAC are essentially bringing into life the Anti-Terror Law.

CPP/NPA-Sultan Kudarat-FSMROC: Aksyong militar batok sa 3 ka asset sa AFP malampusong gilunsad sa Sultan Kudarat

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Nov 19, 2020): Aksyong militar batok sa 3 ka asset sa AFP malampusong gilunsad sa Sultan Kudarat


NOVEMBER 19, 2020

Malampusong gipahigayon sa NPA-Sultan Kudarat ang aksyong militar batok sa 3 ka aktibong aset sa militar kaniadtong Oktubre 24, 2020 sa Sitio Secret Valley ug Sitio Magon, Brgy. Datu Wasay, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat.

Napatay sa maong aksyon sila si Randy Borda, Danny Biore ug David Banderado sa usa ka magkadungan nga reyd sa tagsa-tagsa nila ka panimalay alas 5:00 sa buntag. Nakuha sa ilang posesyon ang: 1 ka 12 gauge shotgun, 2 ka home-made shotgun, ug mga buhing bala.

Isip mga aktibong ahente sa kaaway, nailhan sila sa ilang kontra-rebolusyonaryong binuhatan hilabi na sa pagpagamit sa mga operasyong-militar kaniadto sa Marine Battaion Landing Team ug karon sa 37th Infantry Battalion. Aktibo silang nagpahigayon og combat reconnaisance sa militar, nahimo silang giya sa mga operasyong militar, pagharang sa mga pagkaon ug pagpanghasi sa masa. Sa mao, lehitimo silang military target sa NPA.

Nahimo usab nga lunod-patay ang 3 ka aset nga nagpagamit sa AFP aron panalipdan ug labaw pang hawanan ang dalan alang sa kompanyang Consunji hilabi na sa pagpangilog og yuta ug pagpangawkaw sa yutang kabilin sa mga Dulangan Manobo.

Ang tibuok rebolusyonaryong pwersa ug katawhan taas moral nga ginadayeg ug ginasaludaran ang NPA sa maong malampusong aksyon.

Magsilbing pahimangno ang maong aksyon partikular sa uban pang mga lunod-patay nga ahente sa militar nga nagapatuman sa kontra-rebolusyonaryong iskemang brutal nga ginapatuman sa AFP ug rehimeng Duterte sa probinsya.

CPP/NPA-NOC: Fight and defeat #Duterterrorism!

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Nov 18, 2020): Fight and defeat #Duterterrorism!


NOVEMBER 19, 2020

“Terrorism”, in general, is the use of deliberate violence against civilians as a means to sow fear and terror among masses of the people to impose power.

The United Nations General Assembly has repeatedly condemned terrorist acts using a more political description of the term, to wit:

“Criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes (that) are in any circumstance unjustifiable, whatever the considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or any other nature that may be invoked to justify them.”

This description and definition of terrorism has often been abused by reactionary states and governments to suppress opposing individuals or groups. US Law, for instance, defines “terrorism” as “violent acts or dangerous acts…that violate federal or state law…intended to influence…(and) affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping. Thus, conveniently absolving itself of terrorist acts committed by its own government, as with the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima during WWII, or the wars of aggression and interventionist wars it continues to launch post-9/11 in light of its so-called “global war on terror” that has caused the mass murder of civilian populations worldwide.

“Terrorism”, in fact, is the convenient weapon of all oppressive, suppressive and exploitative systems and forces to eliminate their opposition, legal or illegal, and valid dissent.

Currently, in the Philippines, this kind of state terrorism is most exemplified by “#Duterterrorism”.

What is #Duterterrorism? It is the Duterte regime’s systematic use of armed and coercive state violence against civilians to preserve its mafia state and protect the interests of Duterte, his military junta and his mafia government in the service of his favored ruling clique and imperialist bosses, US and China.

#Duterterrorism went into play full force in less than a year since Duterte took office when he launched his three wars against the Filipino people: #Duterterrorism exposed itself in the so-called “war on drugs” (Oplan Tokhang and Oplan Double Barrel) that killed some 30,000 mostly poor Filipinos in a murder frenzy by police and vigilante death squads. Ignoring the Filipino people and international censure, Duterte continues to use the anti-drug war to make it appear that he is employing an iron fist against criminality but, in truth, has only succeeded in monopolizing the local drug trade by eliminating would-be competitors. Meanwhile, giant drug lords close to Duterte like Peter Lim and presidential son Paolo remain untouchable.

#Duterterrorism reared its ugliest head in the form of the all-out war against the revolutionary movement and the people (Oplan Kapayapaan) that followed the Duterte regime’s scheming unilateral termination of the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). War-monger Duterte ordered the AFP to “flatten the hills” by launching indiscriminate aerial bombings and artillery shelling, terrorizing peasant communities and destroying farmlands and the environment. Combined with the brutality of focused and sustained military operations, the military stepped up its recruitment of paramilitary forces and saturated the countryside with thousands of military detachments nationwide – around 600 in Mindanao alone.

Cases of human rights violations steadily rise, characterized by the extrajudicial killings of activists and human rights defenders, illegal arrests, forced and fake surrenders, filing of trumped-up charges, forced evacuation and hamletting of communities, military occupation and threats to bomb Lumad schools, harassment of media practitioners and closure of critical media groups and institutions, and red-tagging of legal democratic organizations, progressive personalities, the religious and private citizens.

#Duterterrorism went further through its fabricated war against the Bangsamoro. On the pretext of a “rebellion”, the Duterte regime staged a brutal 147-day siege of Marawi City in a US-directed war that displaced and wreaked havoc on at least 500,000 of its civilian residents and nearby towns. At its wake, he sowed terror on the entire island of Mindanao by imposing martial law allegedly to “suppress terrorism”. He railroaded the Bangsamoro Basic Law to further disregard the Moro people’s right to self-determination and reinforce their national oppression. Duterte’s BBL has only served to disempower the Moro people by disarming them and exploiting them further through the wholesale of their ancestral domain to big businesses and foreign investors, including the oil- and mineral-rich Liguasan Marsh.

After the military siege of Marawi, Duterte had declared that the AFP will be focusing its operations against the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People’s Army (NPA) and promised to “annihilate” and “render irrelevant” the revolutionary movement by the end of 2018. After miserably failing to meet his self-imposed deadline, he extended the target deadline to mid-2019, then the end of 2019, to the end of 2020, and, recently, until the end of his term on 2022. He then proclaimed Executive Order 70 that created the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), placing the entire government machinery at the behest of Duterte and his military gang junta for their whole-of-nation terrorism.

Duterte’s triple war of mass murder, militarization and mayhem are his biggest terrorist crimes against the Filipino people. These three wars have now evolved into a more systematic, encompassing and sinister attack against the Filipino people through the enactment of the Anti-Terror Act (ATA). #Duterterrorism is now effectively legalized by the ATA, vilifying every and all government dissenter, anyone at all who exhibits opposition to Duterte’s policies and exercises freedom of speech and expression, as “terrorists” or “terrorist supporters”.

By Duterte’s own admission, the ATA is focused mainly on the revolutionary movement which he considers the only genuine threat to his mafia regime. And if #Duterterrorism’s twisted logic is to be applied, anyone who dares air out protest or grievance against the regime is automatically red-tagged as “communist terrorists” or their supporters, like celebrities Liza Soberano, Angel Locsin and Catriona Grey.

Contrary to Duterte’s claims, however, former Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio attests that there is no legal basis at all that the CPP and NPA can be declared terrorists under the ATA. In his legal opinion of the ATA, Carpio pointed out that the CPP and NPA are waging a rebellion, and “rebels are not terrorists and cannot be declared as terrorists”. He further stressed that the CPP and NPA’s rebellion intends “to remove any territory or military force of the Philippines from the allegiance to the Government or its laws” and is therefore different from the ATA’s overly broad and loose definition of “terrorism”.

It is clear that in Duterte’s desperation to annihilate the CPP-NPA, the ATA’s real intent is to deny and discredit the legitimacy of all revolutionary forces by downplaying rebellion as mere lawlessness, insurgency or banditry. Its aim is to strip the Filipino people of their basic and historic right to take up arms against an oppressive and exploitative regime by refusing to distinguish between terrorist acts and revolutionary violence in defense of their civil liberties, national patrimony and sovereignty.

The CPP and NPA are, in principle and in practice, not terrorist organizations. They are revolutionaries engaged in a just war. They oppose and fight terrorism in all forms. They are a revolutionary force that has stood against state terrorism, from the Marcos fascist dictatorship to all succeeding pseudo-democratic reactionary regimes thereafter. They are waging a national democratic revolution to overthrow the oppressive, exploitative and rotten ruling classes in society, now chiefly represented by Duterte.

The NPA is waging armed struggle which is deeply rooted and rely mainly on the support of the masses. It adheres by its own strict rules of discipline as well as in accordance with international humanitarian laws. NPA commanders and Red fighters are regularly reminded not to take even a strand of thread or needle from the masses, to always be polite in speech and action, to respect women at all times, not to damage crops and farmlands and to treat prisoners-of-war humanely.

In stark contrast, Duterte has ordered the mercenary AFP to “shoot NPA women in the vagina” and said that he will defend the military “even if they raped NPA women five times”, “bomb Lumad communities”, “cut the heads of the NPA” and even publicly condoned and encouraged the land-grabbing of ancestral domains by mining and agri-business companies.

The NPA voluntarily exercises iron discipline and is dedicated to defending and protecting the lives, interests and welfare of the masses. Its enemies are the mercenary armed forces, police, paramilitaries and other auxiliary armed groups of the AFP that engage in counter-revolutionary terrorism against the people.

#Duterterrorism, on the other hand, aims to crush and silence all of the regime’s political opposition in its desperation to cling to power at all costs and concentrate all corruption spoils for himself and his military mafia.

Through the ATA, Duterte seeks to suppress and repress the growing protest and dissent of the people, like his idol Marcos did when he declared martial law. Unfortunately for Duterte, he is bound to suffer the same fate as his fallen fascist idol. Instead of intimidating and scaring the people, the ATA had instead resulted in the growth in strength and numbers of the anti-Duterte broad united front.

It has driven different democratic sectors and parties together to launch all forms of resistance against #Duterterrorism. It had only succeeded in rousing more people to defy and fight #Duterterrorism and wage armed and non-armed resistance. Rampant human rights violations and worsening repression and tyranny have only served to bring more people closer to the armed revolution, to support and participate in the revolutionary struggle for national and social liberation. ###

CPP: Undo the Marcos hero’s burial fraud

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Nov 18, 2020): Undo the Marcos hero’s burial fraud

NOVEMBER 18, 2020

Four years ago today, the tyrant Duterte ordered a hero’s burial for the dictator Marcos.

Today, as one of the major forces that fought to dismantle the Marcos dictatorship, the Party vows to work perseveringly to undo this act of fraud and ignominy and to push until complete justice is achieved.

The Party will support the demand for the dictator’s remains to be exhumed and removed from the Libingan ng mga Bayani and for it to be incinerated.

The Party will continue to work for justice and ensure that all the wealth accumulated illegally by Imelda and the rest of the Marcoses and their cohorts be confiscated and that all guilty of plunder, murder and abuse of power be thrown in jail after a speedy, fair and public trial.

Together with the rest of the Filipino people, the Party will tirelessly fight all efforts of the Marcoses to return to Malacañang and demand their permanent exclusion from all levels of political power.

The Party urges the post-Duterte regime to work to correct this act of historical revisionism and to never again allow the Marcoses to return to power.

CPP/IB: NPA seizes 7 firearms from drunken Surigao del Sur Coast Guard men

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Nov 16, 2020): NPA seizes 7 firearms from drunken Surigao del Sur Coast Guard men


NOVEMBER 16, 2020

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today congratulated the New People’s Army (NPA)-Surigao del Sur for mounting a successful raid against abusive elements of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) having a drinking binge while on duty in Barangay Wakat, Barobo, Surigao del Sur last October 12 at 6:15 p.m.

“Likely tipsy and confused by their intoxication, the PCG operatives failed to defend their post which allowed the Red fighters to control the station without even firing a single shot,” said CPP Chief Information Officer Marco L. Valbuena, citing reports from NPA-Surigao del Sur.

According to NPA-Surigao del Sur spokesperson Sandara Sidlakan, the NPA unit seized a .30 caliber machine gun, four M16 rifles, and two .45 caliber pistols, 5 ammo vests, two handheld radios and several rounds of live ammunition.

“This successful tactical offensive is a huge slap on the face of the 4th ID, particularly its spokesperson Maj. Rodulfo Cordero Jr., and his fascist commander MGen. Andres C. Centino, who belittled the CPP’s call on the NPA to intensify tactical offensives nationwide,” said Valbuena.

In newspaper reports, Maj. Cordero claimed that they are “ready” for the NPA offensives and asserted that they have enough forces. Valbuena pointed out to the NPA report which stated that the NPA unit was easily able to pass through the highway despite the AFP’s checkpoints, adding “Maj. Cordero must be joking when he claimed they are ready.”

“The AFP will never be ready because they do not know when and where the NPA and the people’s militias will next mount an attack,” said Valbuena. “They cannot keep their forces on eternal Red alert. They cannot impose an absolute prohibition on drinking, lest their men become disgruntled.”

Sidlakan, for her part, said the NPA offensive was a response to complaints against the PCG unit operating in the area. Coast guards reportedly extort money from small fishermen and oblige them to give out a portion of their catch for free. There was also a complaint against a drunken Coast Guard personnel who slapped a child on the face.