Thursday, January 14, 2021

WESTMINCOM: Indonesian government, AFP solidify cooperation

Posted to the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Jan 12, 2021): Indonesian government, AFP solidify cooperation

Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City- January 13, 2021

Indonesia’s Consul General Dicky Fabrian paid a courtesy call on Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. purposely to solidify cooperation.

Consul General Fabrian was welcomed by Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. and the command staff at the Bautista Lounge of the command in Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City at around 10 a.m., January 12.

During his visit, Mr. Fabrian was accompanied by Commander Bambang Widodo, Indonesian Liason Officer, Tentara Nasional Indonesia; Col. Reza Suud, Defense Attache; Police Col. Setiyoko Agus, Police Attache; Police Maj. Wijayanto Restu, Consul for Police Affairs; Galih Perdana, Consul for Immigration Affairs; Tedjobaskoro Puguh, Consul for Consular Affairs; and Lucky Rachmadi, Staff for the Political and Security Embassy.

In his message, Consul General Fabrian expressed his gratitude to Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. for the warm welcome and extended his support to the command’s campaign against terrorism and transnational crimes.

Likewise, Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. thanked the guests for visiting the command and for their active participation in the Trilateral Comprehensive Agreement. 

“Let us continue to strengthen our relationship and enhance cooperation for lasting peace in the IndoMalPhi tri-borders" Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr added.

WESTMINCOM: 3 soldiers, 1 civilian dead in Lanao shooting incident

Posted to the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Jan 14, 2021): 3 soldiers, 1 civilian dead in Lanao shooting incident

Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City- January 14, 2021

Three soldiers and one civilian were shot and killed by unknown perpetrators on the morning of January 14, 2021.

Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command said the shooting incident transpired at around 8:45 a.m. 

“Based on the report, our troops from the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion received an information from a civilian informant regarding a shooting incident in the boundary of Poona Piagapo and Pantao Ragat, Lanao del Norte,” said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

“Troops immediately responded and proceeded to the area to validate the information. Upon arrival, the responding team discovered 4 dead bodies with gunshot wounds,” the commander added.

As per verification, the three were identified as personnel of the 43rd Mechanized Company under the 4th Mech Bn stationed at Tangclao Detachment, Poona Piagapo. 

Lt. Col. Domingo Dulay, Commander of the 4th Mech Bn said the three were onboard a motorcycle to go on marketing when the incident happened. 

“Our troops immediately conducted pursuit operation and coordinated with the PNP of Poona Piagapo and Pantao Ragat for investigation,” Lt. Col. Dulay added.

Meanwhile, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Facundo Palafox said, “We are still establishing the circumstances and we do not have any other information at the moment.”

“The fourth victim is a civilian and is yet to be identified while the names of the slain soldiers are withheld pending notification to their next of kin,” Brig. Gen. Palafox added.

Joint Task Force ZamPeLan Commander Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio expressed that this terroristic act of victimizing including an innocent civilian is simply unacceptable. He further committed to exhausting resources under his disposal for the immediate identification and neutralization of the perpetrators.


CPP/News: CPP launches vaccine info drive, demands free distribution

Propaganda news article posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jan 14, 2021): CPP launches vaccine info drive, demands free distribution

JANUARY 14, 2021

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) called on all its committees and New People’s Army (NPA) units to carry out an information campaign to raise the people’s awareness of vaccines. The drive is in line with the health campaign to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infections.

The CPP last Sunday urged the Filipino people to get Covid-19 vaccination, noting that many are unwilling to be vaccinated resulting from the Dengvaxia scare some years ago. The CPP said that it is in the greater interest of public health and fighting the pandemic that as many people be vaccinated.

Scientific information on vaccines, as well as findings of regulatory bodies concerning the efficacy and safety of the Covid-19 vaccines being developed, are publicly available, which the CPP suggested could be the basis for the people’s decision on being inoculated.

The CPP also clarified that the information drive should include raising awareness on the crucial responsibility of the state to provide the people with free vaccines to ensure that a large majority of the population are immunized from Covid-19. The people should raise the demand for free vaccines to all, urged the CPP.

The Duterte government earmarked only 2.7% of the required ₱72 billion to vaccinate at least 60% of Filipinos, revealing it has no comprehensive plans to lead a major vaccination program. This puts to doubt the supposed plan by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases to inoculate 20 million Filipinos, or merely 19% of the population. The target, low as it is, would already cost ₱20 billion for a single dose. Also, at least two of the targetted vaccine brands have yet to conduct clinical trials.

Without a clear plan for a nationwide vaccination, local government units and private companies are compelled to acquire vaccines on their own. This leaves less endowed government units to fend for themselves, underscoring the great divide between the haves and have nots over the issue of Covid-19 vaccination, commented the CPP.

Meanwhile, millions of vaccines have already been rolled out for free by governments across the world. Even less advanced countries have developed their vaccines and are set to be distributed for free. The CPP laments that the Philippine government has done nothing to help raise the country’s capability to do research and develop vaccines.

The National Democratic Front in Bicol and Southern Tagalog joined in condemning the Duterte government’s negligence in securing free Covid-19 vaccination for all, the corruption-ridden deals in the acquisition of vaccines, and the unauthorized and secret inoculation of Duterte’s security group using smuggled vaccines.

CPP/NPA-Mindoro: Helikopter ng SOLCOM, matagumpay na inambus ng NPA-Mindoro!

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jan 13, 2021): Helikopter ng SOLCOM, matagumpay na inambus ng NPA-Mindoro!


JANUARY 13, 2021

Matagumpay na inambus ng isang tim ng LDGC-NPA Mindoro ang helikopter ng 203rd Brigade na may lulang matataas na opisyal ng SOLCOM. Naisagawa ang matagumpay na opensiba ng NPA sa So. Mantay, Brgy. Monte Claro, San Jose Occidental Mindoro bandang alas-10:30 ng umaga noong Enero 9.

Pinaulanan ng putok ng mga pulang mandirigma ang helikopter habang papalapag ito upang ibaba ang mga matataas na opisyal ng SOLCOM. Dahil tinamaan ng mga putok ng NPA ang nasabing helikopter, agad itong tumalilis. Ligtas namang nakaatras ang yunit ng NPA na nagsagawa ng operasyon.

Naganap ito sa eksaktong araw na itinakdang pagbisita ni General Antonio Parlade Jr. sa sityo Mantay upang humarap sa mga pekeng surrenderees, pasinayaan ang mga pekeng proyekto sa pamayanan at muling ipangalandakan na paubos na ang CPP-NPA-NDF sa Mindoro at sa buong bansa.

Dahil sa taktikal na opensibang ito, dali-daling humugos pauwi habang mabigat na gwardyado ng kanyang tropa ang hambog na si General Parlade kasama ang matataas na opisyal ng NTF-ELCAC at ng Provincial Task Force -ELCAC sa pangunguna ni Governor Ed Gadiano na nauna nang nailapag ng bagong biling helikopter na S70i BlackHawk. Naglakad na lamang ang mga pasistang opisyal militar at opisyal ng Local Government Unit (LGU) pauwi imbes na muling gumamit ng helikopter.

Ang matagumpay na operasyon ng LDGC-NPA-Mindoro ay patunay ng pagkasuklam ng mamamayang Mindoreño sa nagpapatuloy na pang-aabuso sa karapatang-tao ng 203rd Brigade. Matatandaang ilang beses nang ginamit ng 203rd Brigade ang mga helikopter upang bombahin, walang habas na pagbabarilin at takutin ang mga katutubong Mangyan sa mga bayan ng Victoria, Socorro, Bongabong, Roxas, Mansalay ng Oriental Mindoro; Magsaysay, San Jose, Calintaan, Rizal at Sablayan ng Occidental Mindoro noong 2020.

Nagsisilbing mensahe ito laban sa mga kasinungalingang ibinabandila ng berdugo at hambog na si General Parlade. Taong 2017 nang buong yabang na idineklara ng nasabing heneral na tatapusin niya ang CPP-NPA-NDFP sa Mindoro sa loob ng dalawang taon. Sa pagkumahog na makamit ang hibang na planong ito, hindi simpleng pahirap ang ginawa niya sa mga Mindoreño habang siya ang kumander ng 203rd Brigade-Phil Army sa isla mula 2015 hanggang 2018.

Sa panahon ni Parlade bilang kumander ng 203rd Brigade pinatindi ang panganganyon, pambobomba at strafing sa mga komunidad at sakahan ng mga magsasaka at katutubong Mangyan. Hinadlangan niya ang daloy ng pagkain [food blockade] sa mga pamayanan    saanman may engkwentro sa pagitan ng pwersa ng AFP-PNP at mga NPA kahit magutom ang mamamayan dito.

Hindi makakalimutan ng mga Mindoreño ang ginawa ni Parlade na pagharang ng pagkain sa kabila ng pananalasa ng epidemyang tigdas sa mga pamayanan na nagdulot ng pagkamatay ng ilandaang mga bata at kabataan. Inokupa ng mga berdugong tropa niya ang mga pampublikong pasilidad sa mga pamayanan na labag sa batas ng digma at CARHRIHL (Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law).

Animo’y martial law ang ginawang pagkontrol sa mga residente ng mga    pamayanan. Kabilang sa hangal na patakaran nila ang pagbawal na pumunta sa kaingin    ang mga magsasaka at katutubo dahil nagpapakain diumano ng NPA. Ipinagbawal din ang pagpausok sa mga kaingin sa dudang ipinagluluto ng mga masa ang NPA roon. Sa kabundukan, hindi iilang kaso ang ginawa nilang pagsilab ng mga tirahan ng mamamayan na pinagdudahan ng militar na nagpapatuloy sa mga NPA. Naging karaniwang gawa na lamang sa mga tropang hawak ni Parlade ang iligal na pag-imbestiga kasabay ng mental at pisikal na pagtortyur sa mga lider ng katutubo at lahat ng pinaghihinalaan nilang may kinalaman sa rebolusyonaryong kilusan.

Pananagutan ni Parlade at ng 203rd Brigade sa mga Mindoreño ang libong dinahas, sapilitang pinasuko, iligal na ininteroga, tinortyur, sapilitang pinalikas at pinaslang. Ito ang tunay na mukha ng mga mersenaryong sundalo ni Duterte na nagpapanggap na mababait sa ilalim ng pamumuno ng pasista at hambog na si Parlade.

Hindi titigil ang LDGC sa paggampan ng kanilang sagradong tungkulin na ipagtanggol ang pambansa at demokratikong interes ng sambayanang Pilipino. Sa tulong ng mamamayan, isasakatuparan nito ang mga taktikal na opensiba upang igawad ang rebolusyonaryong hustisya sa mga pangunahing kapural at salarin sa mga krimen laban sa mamamayan.

Gagawin ng mga rebolusyonaryong Mindoreño ang lahat upang hawanin ang landas sa pagpapabagsak ng diktador at teroristang rehimeng US-Duterte! ###

CPP/CPDF-NDF: The best of my life was in the NPA

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jan 13, 2021): The best of my life was in the NPA


JANUARY 13, 2021

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[An open letter to the 5th CMO Battalion — Philippine Army and Task Force ELCAC – Northern Luzon and simultaneously a response to the invitation of Radyo Natin in Bontoc, Mt. Province to the CPP-NPA to join the Philippine Army on air]

I am a retired Red fighter of the NPA, among those you are offering to surrender. Unfortunately, I can not afford to renounce my loyalty to the revolution and to the masses we ardently serve. I thank the Radyo Natin (in Bontoc) for inviting us to join and discuss with you on air. But I am sorry we can’t heed. With your (Anti) Terror Law, it is too risky to be lenient.

If you are sincerely eager to discuss with us, the appropriate venue must be at the peace talks, wherein our representatives of the CPP-NDF take the responsibility of formally talking with your representatives of the GRP so that the proposals for the essential socio-economic reforms that would eventually resolve the armed conflict between us, for just and lasting peace, would be agreed upon.

I was challenged to also publish my REVELATIONS as a (real) former member of the NPA, to belie those “revelations of former rebels” you hype which are entirely different to my experience for nearly three decades of serving as an NPA warrior.

I joined the NPA in my mid-20’s, at the prime of my youth. And now, I am at the golden age of 50’s. I refuse to retire as a Red fighter of the NPA, but my unit in the CPP-NPA had to send me off for other important tasks of the revolution. Until now, I can’t get over leaving the Red Army, because I consider that the best of my life was spent here. Spending my youth in serving the people through the armed revolution, is the milestone in my life. For this, I consider my life fulfilled in the NPA, contrary to what you are vaunting as “revelations of former rebels” that their lives were “miserably spent and lost in the NPA.” Opposite to what you are brandishing that we revolutionaries are misled, we have been enlightened and have trodden the right path towards freedom, democracy and prosperity of life for the Filipino people. I was born and raised in the dark period of US-Marcos fascist dictatorship. I was a student youth who was enlightened by the rottenness of the society at a time the Filipino people have kicked-out Marcos and was replaced by the Cory Aquino regime who pretended to be pro-people and pro-democracy. I dreamt of becoming a lawyer if not a professor, and was also obsessive of becoming an international war correspondent but I set aside these ambitions because I was roused of a greater service that I could render to my countrymen through direct and fulltime involvement in the revolution.

I was a consistent scholar since high school, yet I was not blinded by the state’s “charity” for my stable education and the “surety” of my future, when the education and future of the Filipino youth are not stable and ensured in a commercialized and repressive system of education run by your negligent state. My father was an employee of the US Military Bases and yes, of a US-owned Benguet Mining company, too. But I was not duped by the US “benevolence” in providing for our family’s living, when the Filipino people are deprived of adequate living in this backward and decrepit Philippine society long dominated by US imperialism. I wasn’t yet an activist and there were “no NPAs deceiving me’, but only through the subjects in my AB Political Science course, I appreciated socialism and communism that uphold the well-being of the poor and equal rights of all, and understood that capitalism and feudalism enrich only the capitalists and landlords by exploiting the workers and peasants. And as my study on Marxism-Leninism-Maoism deepened in my involvement in the revolution, I was further awakened that the Philippines is a waning semi-feudal and semi-colonial society that needs to be changed by waging a people’s democratic armed revolution and installing a socialist society until exploitation is eliminated and equality of the human race is achieved in a communist world society. I wasn’t yet an activist and there were “no NPAs inciting me,” but my mind was raging and seeking for a venue where I could dispute the social discrimination and despotism I was clearly witnessing, from the school. As editor of our school publication and writer-contributor of the local periodicals, I poured on my dissent to the state negligence pand repression of the youth and students, as well as the exploitation of the landlords to the peasants and the capitalist companies to the workers in our province. I organized student debates too, where I could express and assert my contention for the abrogation of the US Military Bases in the Philippines. In all debates, the NO to US Bases position prevailed, and was propagated in our province. Because of these, I was blacklisted and our school pub threatened to be closed. I was accused of creating “havoc” in our university and in our province. They should have expelled me, but because I was due on graduating, I was allowed to pursue my course but was put on stiff surveillance and harassment by the intelligence agents of the university, the ROTC, military, police and even the security agents of the reigning warlords of our province.

I realized that it was practically hard fighting alone, so I joined the youth and student movement that fights for democratic rights. All the more, I became determined in leading the legitimate struggle of the youth, peasants, fisherfolk, workers, and other poor people. All the more, I became bolder in exposing and in seeking justice for the masses’ oppression, in the streets, on the radio and on the local papers. And all the more, I was hounded by the fascist government agents, in a vicious double-bladed tactic of direct intimidation and spy conversion by tempting me of scholarship and fat allowance. Failing on both tactics, they exposed me as “an NPA” and was cited as “persona-non-grata” in my town. Because my life was at risk, I rather decided to enlist to the NPA. I realized that in the open democratic mass movement, where my weapons were barely my voice and pen, I cannot fight evenly. Read: Nobody recruited me to the NPA, I volunteered to enlist.

With the NPA and peasants in the countrysides, I found my new home. In the NPA, I was all the more enlightened that the people’s war is the ultimate means of achieving their democratic rights and that my fighting will was steeled even more. Aside from my voice and pen, I now have a gun as real weapon. The fight is now even. I am now free to expose the oppression of peasants by the landlords and merchant-usurers, to organize and lead them along the youth, women, workers and the middle class in the national democratic revolution. Even if you attack us, we just withdraw and position on the hills and we’ll ambush you. The masses are our wide net of intelligence, as well as support. We don’t need to extort, because the voluntary support of the masses is profuse. Because of the warm embrace the masses give us back, we can surmount all the adversities and challenges of life in the mountains away from our loved ones.

One day, when we chanced by a soldier who took vacation, he bragged that if they get short of supply on their operations, they would stew pebbles for their viand, as he challenged me, “and you, can you do that? (boiling pebbles for a viand)” I laughed as I retorted, “Why do you need to stew pebbles for your viand? We do not experience that because even if you are running after us, the masses run the stewed chicken after us. Why would we eat stewed pebbles?” He was awed, realizing that boiling pebbles for a meal is not a strength, rather an indication of lack of the masses’ support to you.

If these scripted storylines of “gruelling life of the NPA” are the “revelations” of these “NPA surrenderees”, I would not contest that, because life in the armed revolution is really that hard. When I joined the NPA, the comrades did not entice me of an easy life in the mountains, but rather forewarned me that life is arduous here, because this is a class war between the oppressed and the oppressors. I could have quitted and just returned to my comfortable life downtown and pursue my ambitions, but as my world broadened in the countrysides, I was all the more enlightened that the greater number of the impoverished masses are here. It is here where I should instead serve as a lawyer and teacher of the masses. And yes, my ambition of becoming a war correspondent would be realized here afterall, because I am actually in a war now! Truly, life of the NPA is full of sacrifices. But the issue is, for whom these sacrifices serve? That if the sacrifices serve for the liberation of the greater number of the oppressed class, you wouldn’t mind hurdling the difficulties of life in a war. If you die, your death is worth dying for. The lesson I learned here is that, if the essence of serving the people is not profoundly ingrained in you, and if you are not deeply rooted to the oppressed class you are supposed to serve, you cannot withstand the sacrifices that are indispensable in a class war. Worst, if you surrender and make yourself an instrument of the enemy. Like the plant if not properly rooted, easily withers in heat and breaks in a typhoon.

Contrary to what you are highlighting as “revelations” of these “former rebel rape victims”, that “women in the NPA serve as sex slaves of their comrades,” it is in the NPA that I achieved the liberation, empowerment and respect of women oppressed in this macho-feudal society. I have experienced how the recognition and protection of the rights of women are institutionalized in the NPA, through its code of conduct and policies strictly implemented such as the Three Rules of Discipline and Eight Points to Keep in Mind as well as The Policies on Relations and Family in the Communist Party of the Philippines. My mother who had gone sleepless since I went uphill anxiously assuming that my comrade men “could just do whatever they want of me in isolated NPA camps deep in the forests,” was relieved after seeing for herself the discipline and proletarian camaraderie being practiced in our rank. Too impressed of what she experienced in the Red Army, she couldn’t hold back exclaiming, “It’s in the NPA where you could find the gentlest of the men afterall! (Well, aside from my father, she adjoined…. ) Probably, what you are referring to as rape cases and exploitation of women in the NPA were the cases of Conrado Balweg. Balweg who was found guilty by the revolutionary court to have exploited women in the NPA, was repudiated by the people and later on punished by the revolutionary government. Ironically, he was patronized by your government. By pounding on the dirty prop of “sex slavery in the NPA,” you are desperately passing on your filth to the People’s Army. Wherever you are destined to, your impudence to women are rampant, customary and common-knowledge, because that is institutionalized in your fascist army as an instrument of this ruling patriarchal-bourgeois-feudal state that endorses women oppression.

My uncle, a retired Philippine Army officer, who heeded to my invitation to see for himself what the NPA looks like, got teary-eyed, admitting that all the while, he thought that the NPA is a band of monkeys, and that, all the while, he couldn’t accept that his niece whom he pampered that much joined this band of monkeys. And now, seeing through his very eyes that the NPA is a band of nice people, he got the biggest shock and disgrace in his life. By showcasing “revelations of former rebels,” you are trying to illustrate a “grim image of the NPA” while creating a real-life shoddy image of your regime being seen and decried worldwide as champion of human rights abuses. You are callously flaunting fabricated “acts of terrorism of the NPA” while murdering and terrorizing tens of thousands of civilians in your savage anti-drug and counter-insurgency war and political repressions. By exhibiting a “bleak future they are leading in the revolution” you are desperately discouraging the youth to act for change, while denying them of a guaranteed future by holding on to neoliberal policies that continuously drop them out of school and leave them into the widening hollow of unemployment and poverty. You are desperately pulling the Filipino youth away from the NPA while maneuvering them into the AFP-PNP only to make them bloodthirsty triggermen of your extra-judicial killings and frontliners of your violent Oplan Kapayapaan.

When I joined the NPA, I guess the masses were testing me when they remarked, “Are you sure you are not misled? With your looks and wit, you could have even turned into an actress. You could have been a millionaire!” I answered, “No thanks, I’d rather be your penniless servant than a self-serving millionaire.” The P20,000 or millions more you are offering if I surrender is a small amount that I could earn, should I preferred to be a millionaire if I turned into an actress, instead of the NPA, as what the masses have told. The P20,000 or millions more you are offering us should we surrender is not the amount of genuine land reform, national industrialization, sovereignty and self-determination, freedom and democracy of the Filipino people that we are fighting for. Even if you spend billions of pesos for our surrender, that cannot pay for the lives of the masses and comrades that you have extinguished in your brutal war of suppression. Justice must be rendered instead, by intensifying the people’s war and toppling your tyrannical rule.

May you open your eyes and be enlightened of the nauseating corruption in your government while the people are reeling in this pandemic and now again in this spate of typhoons. May you open your eyes and be enlightened of the the glaring injustice to our suffering countrymen by continuously depleting health, social services and calamity funds, while wantonly beefing-up counter insurgency funds that are only squandered on senseless surrender baits and only devoured by your corrupt officials. May you open your eyes and be enlightened that the social prejudices and human rights abuses you are exacerbating in your futile ELCAC crusade only drives the people to seek justice by joining forces with the CPP NPA-NDF and advancing the armed revolution even more.

Just pray that those lawmakers, simple activists, social critics and innocent civilians you are red-tagging and putting their lives at risk won’t be driven away to the mountains like what was done to me and other more.

Ka Maria Nel joined the NPA in the early 1990s and currently a member of the Makabayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan (MAKIBAKA) in Cordillera. The MAKIBAKA in Cordillera is a member-organization of the Cordillera People’s Democratic Front.

Kalinaw News: Joint AFP-PNP apprehended NPA member in Talisay City

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jan 14, 2021): Joint AFP-PNP apprehended NPA member in Talisay City

A member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was apprehended by the joint elements of 79th Infantry (Masaligan) Battalion and Talisay City PNP on January 14, 2021 at Hda. Ambulog, Brgy San Fernando, Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

This came after the incident that transpired on January 13, 2021 where unidentified persons believed to be members of CPP-NPA escaped when the troops responded to a report on the presence of armed group in Hda. Ambulog.

The troops were monitoring the area when they noticed a suspicious person about to enter the house of Marilyn Dianton.

The troops immediately hold the said individual for questioning and was later identified as Ruffa Baynosa y Sobelario aka Reniel, a resident of Brgy San Jose, Toboso, NOC.

Upon verification by the PNP Talisay, Ruffa Baynosa has an existing three (3) warrants of arrest with Criminal case no. 4353,4354 and 4355 all for Murder, Criminal case no. 4356, 4357, 4358 all for Frustrated Murder, and Criminal case no. 4359, and 5356-58 for another Frustrated Murder issued by Ma. Rita Bascos Sarabia, Presiding Judge of RTC Branch 58, San Carlos City, NOC.

She was one of the twenty fully armed NPAs involved during the ambush against civilians onboard a Utility Truck at Purok Mabuhay III, Sitio Toril, Brgy Salamanca, Toboso, NOC last 13 July 2009 that resulted to the death of three (3) civilians and wounding three (3) others.

Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Alvaran, Commanding Officer of 79IB commended the efforts of the troops and personnel of Talisay City Police Station under the leadership of P/Maj Jigger C Gimeno for their perseverance and commitment which led to the apprehension of said NPA member.

“Your Army and PNP will be unrelenting in the pursuit of peace and development for the local populace of Northern Negros. I also encourage the public to stay vigilant and report the presence of NPAs in the area. Do not get easily swayed by the propaganda spread by the left-leaning groups,” said Lieutenant Colonel Alvaran.

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Kalinaw News: Former Kabataang Makabayan President turned NPA yields with firearms, ammos in Aurora

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jan 14, 2021): Former Kabataang Makabayan President turned NPA yields with firearms, ammos in Aurora

BALER Aurora-A former Kabataang Makabayan (KM) President turned New People’s Army (NPA) rebel has surrendered to the 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion, Philippine Army in this province on Sunday afternoon.

Lt. Col. Reandrew P. Rubio, commander of 91st IB identified the NPA surrenderer as alias Ka Gi, former President of KM at Barangay Cadsalan, San Mariano, Isabela and former member/courier of Central Front, Komiteng Rehiyon (KR) Cagayan Valley, and a resident of Barangay Dimaseset, Dilasag, Aurora.

He was recruited from a Kabataang Makabayan to a member of the terrorist armed group.

Ka Gi, surrendered Sunday to the government troops armed with one (1) M16 rifle, one (1) short magazine for M16 with thirteen (13) rounds of ammunition for M16 and one (1) ICOM at Bravo Company, 91IB, Barangay Dibaraybay, Dinalungan, Aurora.

Rubio said that combined elements of Bravo Company, of 91st IB, 7ID (lead unit) led by 1LT BOBBY A FERRER (INF) PA, Bravo Company Commander, and Aurora Police Provincial Office facilitated the voluntary surrender of ka Gi.

He lauded the decision of Ka Gi to return to mainstream society and focus on being a productive citizen.

“This only shows that through our collaborative efforts are effective. The armed struggle has only brought sufferings, death and misery to our people. Let us stop using violence for the sake of nonsense revolution,” Rubio said.

He also urged other rebels to lay down their arms and return to the comfort of their families and friends.

“Live peacefully and take advantage of the government’s integration program because it will provide you with an opportunity to have a peaceful life in the communities and together we will solve our problems in a peaceful way,” he added.

The former rebel will soon avail him selves of the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

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Kalinaw News: Proyektong TALAGA inilunsad ng PRLEC sa Rizal, Cagayan

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jan 14, 2021): Proyektong TALAGA inilunsad ng PRLEC sa Rizal, Cagayan

CAMP MELCHOR F DELA CRUZ, Upi, Gamu, Isabela- Inilunsad ng Poverty Reduction Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) ang proyektong TESDA Alay ay Liwanag at Asenso Gamit ang enerhiya ng Araw (TALAGA) sa Barangay Minanga, Rizal, Cagayan noong ika-13 ng Enero taong 2021.

Sasailalim sa labinlimang araw na pagsasanay ang nasa 27 na mga indibidwal sa ilalim ng proyektong TALAGA na pangungunahan ng Technical Education and Skills Development Authority o TESDA katuwang ang 501st Infantry Brigade, 5th Infantry Division Philippine Army at iba pang mga miyembro ng PRLEC. Ito ay upang matutunan ng mga benepisyaryo ang paggawa ng Solar Panel na magbibigay ng elektrisidad sa naturang barangay na magbibigay liwanag lalo na tuwing pagsapit ng gabi at upang mabigyan din sila ng pangkabuhayan sa pamamagitan ng Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Installation.

Binigyang diin ni Josephine Cabrera ng TESDA ang kahalagahan ng naturang pagsasanay dahil makatutulong ito sa pagbibigay ng liwanag sa mga tahanan ganundin bilang hanap-buhay ng mga residente. Aniya, daan ito upang makamit ang asenso at progreso.

Sa naging pahayag naman ni Punong Barangay Elmer Echemane, malaki ang kanyang naging pasasalamat sa pagsisikap ng mga miyembro ng PRLEC na marating ang kanilang lugar at maipaabot sa mga residente ang kanilang proyekto, “Matagal nang panahon na inabuso ng mga rebeldeng CPP-NPA ang aming barangay. Kaya mas lalong tumindi ang hirap ng kalagayan namin dito. Kaya nagpapasalamat kami sa TESDA, sa kasundaluhan, maging sa kapulisan at iba pang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan na patuloy na nagsusumikap upang maiparating ang mga proyekto at serbisyo publiko. Napakalaking tulong ng protektong ito upang magsimulang bumangon at umasenso ang bawat isa sa amin.”

Sinabi naman ni Col Steve D Crespillo (MNSA) PA, Commander ng 501st Infantry Brigade na hindi pababayaan ng kasundaluhan ang kanilang lugar, “Your Philippine Army will continue to assist the Local Government Units, National Government Agencies and Non-Government Organizations to ensure the delivery of basic services to the communities. We have the Community Support Program in the insurgency affected areas to help them and facilitate the delivery of government projects and programs.”

Samantala, sinabi naman ni MGen Laurence E Mina PA, Commander ng 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army na patuloy na makikiisa at makikipagtulungan ang Startroopers sa pagpapa-abot ng mga programa at proyekto ng pamahalaan katuwang ang mga miyembro ng PRLEC. Aniya, ang proyektong TALAGA ang magsisilbing simbolo ng pag-asa ng mga residente, “Ang proyektong ito ang magbibigay ng liwanag hindi lamang sa inyong mga tahanan kundi maging sa inyong kinabukasan. Hindi natin hahayaang hadlangan ng mga teroristang CPP-NPA ang pagsulong ng kaunlaran sa inyong barangay.”

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Kalinaw News: Top Ranking CPP-NPA Members, Guerilla Front Secretaries, annonced allegiance to the Government

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jan 14, 2021): Top Ranking CPP-NPA Members, Guerilla Front Secretaries, annonced allegiance to the Government

DAVAO CITY – It was a happy 2021 indeed for the (11) former rebels as they denounced their links with the CPP-NPA-NDF, and started a new life in their renewed perspective and doctrines to live alongside the Philippine government.

Promises of good life -in the means of engaging into humanitarian activities, peace building efforts, poverty alleviation schemes, etc – all were just broken by their comrades and high ranking officials which discouraged these former rebels to continue their plight with the organization.

Most of them served for more than 10 or 20 years and have seen enough pictures that paved the way for leaving their group. For alyas ‘Junjun’ he was disheartened by the mere fact that children, supposedly cared and protected, were made collateral of the inhumane practices within their community.

“Sakit paminawon nga ang usa ka bata walay labot sa gubat ug wala siya kabalo unsay gubat. Bata nga naligo sa iyang sariling dugo, sa Barangay Bantuyan Caraga, looy kayo ang bata, overkilled pa gyud”

(It is disheartening to see an innocent child who hasn’t any knowledge about this continuous insurgency lying in his own blood after being killed, actually overkilled, by our own) says Junjun.

The horrific tragedy pushed Junjun and some of his companions to jump out from the ‘intoxicating environment’ they came in. After she surrendered and went back to their home, episodes of adjustments occured which later on were accepted by her other loved ones.

“Sa dugay nga panahon nga wala nako matagamtaman mao ang pag-uban sa pamilya. Although usa ako ka inahan duna koy duha ka anak. FIrst time nga nauban na nako ako duha ka anak ug ang akong bana sa pasko, ug mao nay wala nahatag ug wala natagamtaman sa pipila ka tuig ug first time pud nako nga nag new year uban ang akong pamilya”

(For a long time I haven’t experienced being with my family. I am a mother but I was not on hand in caring for my children. It was my first time that we are complete on special days, Christmas and New Year, that I didn’t experienced for a long time inside the group) she said although the government already gave her the assistance already to her family but the happiness she felt that was stolen on her for the past 11 years, was irreplaceable.

Because of the consistent efforts of various battalions of the army in their Community Support Program (CSP), in partnership with the local government units humanitarian actions on the region’s hinterlands, far flung areas where services are hard to deliver due to inaccessible road and other circumstances, made them (former rebels) opened their eyes to the genuine efforts of the government in reaching out to the people, not just by mere propaganda or word of mouth promises.

They added that their support in the government’s campaign to end insurgency is lifetime regardless of who is sitting in the administration.

Reducing of Guerilla fronts within Mindanao became a trend as GF33 now moved to extinction, followed by other fronts showing signs of manpower reduction.

The 11 former rebels will receive assistance under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-Clip) and will undergo a series of programs inside halfway homes.

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Kalinaw News: One NPA Killed and One Captured During Army, NPA Clash in Surigao del Norte

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jan 14, 2021): One NPA Killed and One Captured During Army, NPA Clash in Surigao del Norte

Gigaquit, Surigaodel Norte – One (1) member of the CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) was killed and one (1) was captured when a firefight ensued between government forces of the 30th Infantry (Fight On) Battalion, Philippine Army and the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in the hinterlands of Brgy. Camam-onan, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte in the afternoon of January 13, 2020.

The two (2) fatalities were both female combatants of the New People’s Army (NPA) believed to be members of SYP16C2 of Guerilla Front16 and Banakon Squad of SDG16, NorthEastern Mindanao Regional Committee. They were identified by as Danilyn S Fabre @ Karen, 25yrs old, resident of Mainit and Jocelyn Hiningcagan @Kyla, 22yrs old resident of Gigaquit both of the province of Surigao del Norte.

The encounter took place when troops of 30IB were responding to a report from the civilians about the presence of the armed NPAs who were extorting money from the Royalty Shares of the Indigenous Peoples (IP) Communities in the area. While the patrolling elements were on their way, they were fired upon by the NPAs who were encamped thereat that led to a firefight that lasted more or less thirty (30) fully armed CNTs surprised them.

The situation led to a firefight as the government troopers return fire that lasted for about forty-five (45) minutes forcing the NPAs to scamper at different directions leaving behind the cadaver of @Karen and the helpless and wounded @Kyla who sustained gunshot wound at her thigh/leg. Said female NPAs were discovered by the government forces out rightly abandoned by their comrades who only were interested to secure their respective own selves and no concern of their female comrades. The troops were able to overrun the enemy camp and seized two (2) AK47 Rifles, one (1) M16 Rifle, Assorted war materials, and Subversive documents.

Lt Col Ryan Charles G Callanta, Commanding Officer of 30IB said; “We positively responded to the call for help by the IP Communities who were getting fed-up of the CNTs extortion and whose desires are to live peacefully in their communities free from the harassment, fear and intimidation, deceit and abuses by these terrorist NPAs. And our troops are always there and ready to provide security to our IP brothers and sisters in the area. But, I am personally saddened that another life was wasted whose conviction was deceived by the lies, baseless and pointless struggle that for quite so long, these CNTs are sowing to lure innocent civilians particularly minors and youth. Our sincere condolences to the bereaved family.

Let me also commend my troops for their sacrifices made in taking good care of the dead body and the wounded female NPA with full respect bestowed. Transported them by trekking the rugged terrain despite lack of sleep and rest my troops endured a 10-hour hike just to ensure that the dead NPA will be given a respectful burial and the wounded be treated well in a hospital.”

“For the remaining NPA members, it is high time for them to choose to be with their families rather than to end up like what happened to their comrades by believing a Godless ideology and pointless struggle. The government assures full support to those who want to avail the reintegration program and ensure that those who will choose to go back to the folds of law will have their better lives for tomorrow.” He added.

Furthermore, the cadaver of @Karen was already brought to the funeral service and was properly and respectfully turned over to her family. @Kyla who was seriously wounded was immediately brought by the soldiers of 30IB to the Forward Medical Support Team in Butuan City and was provided with necessary medical assistance, and eventually brought to Camp Evangelista Station Hospital for further and necessary medical treatment for her speed and guaranteed recovery.

Kalinaw News: NPA member abandons 2 month child to escape arrest

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jan 14, 2021): NPA member abandons 2 month child to escape arrest

Talisay City, Negros Occidental. A two month old baby was left orphaned when the parent ran away from the troops of the Army’s 79th Infantry Battalion, responding to NPA threats in Hacienda Ambulong, Brgy. San Fernando, Talisay City.

Upon receiving reports about NPA’s presence within a community, 79th IB responded to the residents’ call for help. Before the soldiers arrived at the site where NPA presence were reported, the rebels swiftly ran from the area escaping their arrests.

As the troops from 79th IB were scouring the area, they found a 2 month old baby lying alone on one of the houses from where the rebels left. The soldiers were able to verify from one of the houses’ Landlord that the baby was the child of one of the NPA rebels who fled the area.

The Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division spokesperson, Major Cenon Pancito, released a statement condemning the cowardly act done by the rebels saying;

“Dito natin makita na itong mga NPA kung gaano ka walang puso na kahit pa sa kanilang mga anak, ay wala ang kanilang pagmamahal, dito natin makikita na kung gaano talaga kamali ang institusyon nitong NPA na ito, sapagkat tinatanggal nito sa mga mamamayan yung pagmamahal niya mismo doon sa mga anak”

(“By leaving their child, we can see that the NPAs are heartless people, people without love. Through this we can see that there is really something wrong with the institution (NPA) because they remove from their members the love they have, even for their children”)

Maj Pancito on the same statement said that the child was turned over to PNP and as of the moment were handed over to the custody of Talisay Social Welfare Department for the child to receive the proper care it deserves.

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Kalinaw News: Joint Task Force Central Peace Dialogue to Resolve Conflict in South Upi

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jan 14, 2021): Joint Task Force Central Peace Dialogue to Resolve Conflict in South Upi

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – The Joint Task Force Central and the 6th Infantry (KAMPILAN) Division initiated a peace dialogue to address conflict in South Upi, Maguindanao held at the headquarters of 57th Infantry (MASIKAP) Battalion in Barangay Mirab, Upi, Maguindanao on January 11, 2021.

Major General Juvymax R. Uy, Commander of 6ID and JTF Central called for the dialogue after the series of incidents in the said municipality which resulted to the burning of houses, evacuation of hundreds of families, ambush of the convoy of Mayor Reynalbert Insular, and the harassment of the vehicle of SB Member Basit Kamid.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Pondanera, Commanding Officer of 57th IB said that peace and security is a shared responsibility, thus violence must be stopped to properly address problems and provide lasting solution to the conflict.

Major General Uy, gave chance to all the interested parties to air their sentiments by exclusively talking to them by group to determine the root cause of the problem.

Lt. Col. Anhouvic Atilano, 6ID Spokesperson and Commander of the 6th Civil Military Operations Battalion presented during the meeting the Conflict Resolution Strategy of the JTF Central as the framework for the peaceful resolution of the conflict and quickly address the needs of the more than 500 families affected by the conflict.

“We will create the Task Force Ketenanek to help facilitate the resolution of the conflict, secure the communities, and diffuse the tension by repelling the armed lawless groups in the area”, said Lt. Col. Atilano.

Through this mechanism, the TF “Ketenanek” or TF “Katahimikan” in Teduray dialect will provide steps to unite the tri-people in South Upi and create a peaceful community by reconciling the conflicting parties through their local government unit, the Provincial Government of Maguindanao, and the BARMM government while the Security sector assures to provide adequate efficient Security Forces, according to Lt. Col. Atilano.

All the Stakeholders in attendance have signified their commitment to help end the violence and they supported the peace framework mechanism.

“In Behalf of the LGU South Upi, we’re glad that the 6ID initiated this dialogue to stop this conflict, your presence is an indication that all of you are peacemakers”, said Mayor Insular.

On the other hand, Major Gen. Uy has this to say – “Tayo ay nasa civilized world at wala na tayo sa wild-wild west, where the rule of the gun follows, hindi na ganyan ngayon, nasa demokrasya na tayo, at simula ngayon walang magdadala ng baril sa inyong mga lugar except the security forces para matigil na ang cycle of violence”, he stated.

JTF Central will now facilitate the safe return of the internally displaced families and facilitate the quick peaceful resolution of the problem to bring normalcy in the area.

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Kalinaw News: 193 Candidate Soldiers start training in Bukidnon

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jan 14, 2021): 193 Candidate Soldiers start training in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon – A total of 193 new Candidate Soldiers (CS) of 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division have started their Basic Military Training (BMT) to become future soldiers at Headquarters 4th Division “Mentor” Training School (4DTS) last January 11, 2021.

The reception rites took place which conveys the start of the training process of the Candidate Soldier Course Class 652-2020 held at the DTS grandstand. The school believes that it is the right of an individual soldier to recieve the necessary and quality training before deployment to combat duty following the basic concepts: the dignity of individual is not violated; given proper leadership and training an ordinary men and women can become effective soldiers of 4ID.

Meanwhile military discipline and drills are found to be of great assistance in preserving good government. Holding the students to sharpen their intellectual faculties through obedience and respect to proper authority helps develop the rarest and most precious gift which mark the noblest type of men “The Power of self-control”.

The strict training does not guarantee that every graduate will excel in character building and moral value. However, the school continually imposes to the students the lessons of truthfulness, honor, self-restraint, moral tone, duty and patriotism, while health and vigor were given of equal importance to make them less inclined to vicious habits.

The 193 new CS, composed of 153 males and 40 females, have been subjected to a 21-day mandatory quarantine prior to training. They will undergo four months of rigorious training where they will acquire basic military skills needed for their field duty. It can also be noted that this will be the first time that the 4DTS will cater female CS trainees instead of sending them to the nearest training school in 6DTS in Carmen, North Cotabato.

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Kalinaw News: Army pursues NPA sighted in Talisay City

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jan 14, 2021): Army pursues NPA sighted in Talisay City

Sagay City, Negros Occidental— Troops of 79th Infantry (Masaligan) Battalion conducted security patrol at Hda. Ambulog, Brgy San Fernando, Talisay City, Negros Occidental on January 13, 2021 upon receiving reports on Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) presence in the area.

While approaching to a certain house where the said CNTs were sighted, two (2) unidentified CNTs hastily escaped leaving behind a 2-month old baby, their valuables and subversive documents with high intelligence value, including medical supplies, three (3) cellular phones, seven (7) phone batteries, one (1) Samsung powerbank, two (2) cellphone chargers, one (1) Gas stoves with five (5) butanes, food supplies and clothing.

The troops interviewed the owner of the house and revealed that a certain aka Jandy, the mother of the two-month old baby left her child to them and flea towards unknown direction.

Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Alvaran, Commanding Officer of 79IB extended his gratitude to the people who gave the information about the presence of the CNTs.

“Your continuous support by way of relaying an information about the presence of these rebels, contributes a lot in our fight against insurgency.”

“We are saddened about the 2-month old baby abandoned by her mother because of a senseless cause. Ka Jandy had a choice but she chose to leave her child and go against the government.

I urged Ka Jandy as well as the rest of the CNTs to lay down their arms, abandon the pointless armed struggle, return to the folds of the law and start a new life with their families. The government is willing to help them start anew”, Ltc Alvaran added.

The baby is now under the custody and care of the Talisay City social welfare and development office.

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Reds suffer losses in consecutive Samar security ops

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 15, 2021): Reds suffer losses in consecutive Samar security ops (By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan)  January 15, 2021, 9:53 am

PNP chief, Gen. Debold Sinas. (File photo)

Communist terrorists have suffered losses during three days of internal security operations by the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in Samar this week, the country's top cop said on Friday.

PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas said
a newly-recruited New People's Army (NPA) fighter identified as Alger Morillo, a native of Northern Samar, died in a clash with government troops in Barangay Inubod, Matuginao, Samar that lasted for an hour and 15 minutes on Jan. 10.

Morillo belongs to the Front Committee 1 of the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

His remains were given a proper burial at the Matuguinao Public Cemetery in Barangay Del Rosario, Matuguinao, Samar.

Troops from the SAF's 12th Special Action Battalion recovered from the clash site an M-16 rifle, an improvised explosive device (IED), assorted ammunition and magazine assemblies, and backpacks with personal belongings.

On Jan. 11, a 10-minute encounter ensued in the village that led to the recovery of more equipment and supplies left by the fleeing NPA terrorists.

On Jan. 12, a SAF team recovered an improvised sniper rifle after a three-minute encounter in the same area.

Meanwhile, police units in the Caraga Region conducted checkpoint operations to intercept communist terrorists fleeing from the encounter with Philippine Army (PA) troops in Sitio Katikuyan, Barangay Camam-onan, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte on Jan. 13.

This resulted in the death of a female rebel and the capture of another female insurgent.

Recovered from the encounter site were two AK-47 rifles and an M-16 rifle.

These NPA terrorists were reportedly led by one Michael Luca alias “Rifle/Richard”, and Ricky Per alias “Rhem”.

Sinas also ordered municipal police stations in nearby towns to be on the lookout for wounded CPP-NPA rebels seeking medical treatment in local hospitals.

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.

Cusi calls for intensified fight vs. communist terrorists

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 15, 2021): Cusi calls for intensified fight vs. communist terrorists

Mimaropa Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS), chairman and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi

At the sidelines of the year-end assessment meeting of the Mimaropa Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS), chairman and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi stressed the need to intensify an all-out campaign against the communist terrorist groups that were reportedly recruiting minors to join their rogue organization.

Municipality of Bongabong-Oriental Mindoro Mayor Elgin Malaluan expressed alarm over the growing number of incidents where the youth are being targeted.

“It is unfortunate that the CPP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army) has been taking advantage of the pandemic to mislead and recruit minors to their lost cause,” Malaluan 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.

“As ordered by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, we need to build back a better Philippines and provide a comfortable life for all so I hope that the Regional Task Force will continue to implement infrastructure development projects as well as programs to provide a livelihood, housing, education, and health, especially for the indigent communities. Recently, I have been actively involved in engaging partners that helped provide boats for fishing, seed/money for agribusiness, and computers for the schools,” Cusi added. “I believe that the insurgency problem can be solved if we work together to address poverty and ensure that government programs are inclusive and empowering.”

Philippine National Police Region 4-B Brig. Gen. Pascual Munoz issued the PNPs reassurance, saying, “We welcome the challenge of CORDS chairman and Energy Secretary Cusi to intensify our campaign against the communist terrorist group (CPP-NPA) and we will continue to work to eradicate this menace.”

Currently, the area has been implementing curfew hours and additional checkpoints in strategic points around the region.

The local government units of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan have issued persona non grata status to these communist terrorist groups who continue to be a menace to the peace-loving communities of Mimaropa.

Mimaropa consists of the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan.

5 surrendered rebels in Aurora get cash, food aid

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 14, 2021): 5 surrendered rebels in Aurora get cash, food aid (By Jason De Asis)

AID FOR FORMER REBELS. Brig. Gen. Valeriano T. De Leon, director of Police Regional Office 3, distributes cash and food assistance to five surrendered rebels in Baler, Aurora on Wednesday (Jan. 13, 2021). Four of the surrenderers are former members of Milisyang Bayan Northern Platoon while the other is a former squad leader of Segunda North Platoon operating in Aurora province. (Photo courtesy of PRO-3)

BALER, Aurora – The Police Regional Office in Central Luzon (PRO-3) has extended cash and food assistance to five former rebels who recently surrendered in this province.

During the regional command conference here on Wednesday, Col. Raul Siriban, provincial director of Aurora Police Provincial Office, presented the five surrenderers to PRO-3 regional director, Brig. Gen. Valeriano T. De Leon.

Siriban said the five former rebels, whose identities were not mentioned for security reasons, surrendered last Jan. 2 and 8.

He said that four of them are former members of Milisyang Bayan Northern Platoon and the other one is a former squad leader of Segunda North Platoon operating in this province.

Siriban said he is thankful for the decision of the former rebels to return to the fold of the law.

“We welcome them and we assure them that we will continually help them. We will work closely together with the other government agencies,” Siriban said.

De Leon, for his part, said the surrenderers are eligible for the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government (E-CLIP).

Meanwhile, the PRO-3 turned over several firearms, ammunition, magazines, and other accessories to the Aurora Police Provincial Office to ensure more efficient and effective delivery of service by enhancing the lawmen's firepower, mobility, and tactical capabilities.

In a separate activity, the PRO-3 distributed assistance in Barangay Maria Aurora here.

De Leon personally led the distribution of the aid composed of goods and hygiene kits, assisted by Maria Aurora Mayor Amado Geneta.

The beneficiaries were some 200 indigent residents from the towns of Baler, San Luis, Dipaculao, and Maria Aurora.