Tuesday, January 19, 2021

WESTMINCOM: Newly-promoted general vows to intensify peace campaign in his AOR

Posted to the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Jan 19, 2021): Newly-promoted general vows to intensify peace campaign in his AOR

Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City- January 19, 2021

Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas, the newly-promoted Commander of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi visited the Western Mindanao Command at Camp Navarro, Calarian, this city at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Brig. Gen. Rojas was welcomed with company-sized military honors rendered by the officers, enlisted personnel, and Civilian Human Resources at the Parade Ground and was subsequently received by WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. and the command staff at the Bautista Lounge of the command. 

During the talks, Brig. Gen. Rojas expressed his gratitude to Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. for the latter’s continued guidance and support. He also vowed to double his efforts to sustain the peace and welcome development in the province of Tawi-Tawi.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. lauded Brig. Gen. Rojas for the numerous accomplishments of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi under his leadership particularly in the campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms and the neutralization of lawless elements.

Also, Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. congratulated the newly-promoted general for the well-deserved promotion.
Brig. Gen. Rojas is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Bigkislahi” Class of 1990.









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WESTMINCOM: MNLF Community, PNP and LGU signs Joint Peace Covenant ‘’ Persona Non-Grata’’ against ASG and Hand-over Loose Firearms to MBLT-7

Posted to the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Jan 19, 2021): MNLF Community, PNP and LGU signs Joint Peace Covenant ‘’ Persona Non-Grata’’ against ASG and Hand-over Loose Firearms to MBLT-7

HMBLT7, Brgy Karungdong, Kalingalan Caluang, Sulu- 19 January 2021

The base commanders of the MNLF under Commander Ali Julkipli of Kalingalan Caluang, Sulu together with Marine Battalion Landing Team-7 have signed the Peace Covenant declaring ASG as “Persona Non-Grata” in all MNLF camps and communities in the municipality of Kalingalan Caluang in a ceremony presided by COL HERNANIE S SONGANO PN(M)(GSC), the Commander, 4th Marine Brigade held at Headquarters Marine Battalion Landing Team-7, Brgy Karungdong, Kalingalang Caluang. The activity was witnessed by the Local Government Unit and elements of the Local Philippine National Police of the said municipality on Tuesday, 19 January 2021.

According to LTCOL EDUARD C OLASO PN(M), Commanding Officer of MBLT7, the denouncement of MNLF against the presence of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in their respective camps and communities is a clear manifestation that MNLF as Peace Inclined Armed Groups (PIAG) is one with the AFP in establishing and maintaining peace and order in the municipality of Kalingalan Caluang. 

Hon Nurshamier A Halun, Municipal Mayor of Kalingalan Caluang has also lauded the coordination and cooperation between the MNLF and Marines in his municipality. Meanwhile, to further support the campaign for peace and order in his municipality, Mayor Halun has also facilitated the voluntary turn-over of the loose/unlicensed firearms to this unit.

The Barangay Local Government Unit of Kalingalan Caluang Municipality with Hon Abdulla Suwaib T Caluang, and Hon Sasad Madjuri, Barangay Chairmen of Brgy Karungdong and Kambing respectively has voluntarily turned-over the loose /unlicensed firearms namely; one (1) M1 Garand Caliber 30 Rifle with Serial number 2151493, one (1) home-made 12 Gauge shotgun, and one (1) home- made GL40MM M79 to this unit.

These firearms were subsequently placed under the custody of MBLT-7 for disposition and safekeeping. “’The voluntary turn-over of loose firearms to the Marines has signified our outmost cooperation to the objective of the security forces in my municipality’, said Mayor Halun.

COL HERNANIE S SONGANO PN(M)(GSC), Commander, 4th Marine Brigade praised the troops of Marine Battalion Landing Team-7 for the remarkable and significant accomplishment in its Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) Efforts in the 2nd District of Sulu.

“Likewise, the 4th Marine Brigade under Joint Task Force Sulu as a whole will continue to conduct intensified key leaders and stakeholders engagement in order to sustain the peace and development efforts in the area of operations”, COL SONGANO PN(M)(GSC) added.

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CPP/NPA-North Central Mindanao ROC: Lieutenant Colonel and 2nd Lieutenant, killed in helicopter crash

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jan 19, 2021): Lieutenant Colonel and 2nd Lieutenant, killed in helicopter crash

MALEM MABINI
SPOKESPERSON
NORTH CENTRAL MINDANAO REGIONAL OPERATIONAL COMMAND
NEW PEOPLE'S ARMY

JANUARY 19, 2021



A lieutenant colonel, a 2nd Lieutenant and other officials of the Philippine Air Force and Armed Forces of the Philippines were killed when their UH-1H aircraft crashed last January 16, 2021, 2:30 PM, in Sitio Nahigit, Brgy. Bulonay, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon.

The casualties were Lieutenant Colonel Arnie S. Arroyo, 2nd Lt. Mark Anthony Caabay, Staff Sergeant Mervin Bersabe, A1C Stephen Aggarado, Sgt. Julius Salvado, CAA Jerry Ayukdo and Jhamel Sugalang.

The said aircraft was monitoring and delivering supplies to the military troops operating in Mt. Saldab Range, Bukidnon since January 7.

Amid the astounding P47.5 billion allocated for military expenditure for 2021, where big amount is intended for AFP Modernization, the regime scrimped by purchasing second hand and outmoded military equipment.

As Duterte’s fascism and corruption persist, his foolish and dirty war against the people will surely fail.

https://cpp.ph/statements/lieutenant-colonel-and-2nd-lieutenant-killed-in-helicopter-crash/

CPP/NDF-Negotiating Panel: NDFP Negotiating Panel Considers Absurd AFP Complaints To CHR Against CPP and NPA

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jan 19, 2021): NDFP Negotiating Panel Considers Absurd AFP Complaints To CHR Against CPP and NPA

JULIET DE LIMA
INTERIM CHAIRPERSON
NEGOTIATING PANEL
NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC FRONT OF THE PHILIPPINES

JANUARY 19, 2021



In peace negotiations with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP), the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has represented the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People’s Army and sixteen other allied organizations within the NDFP as well as the local organs of democratic political power constituting the People’s Democratic Government led by the CPP.

We, the Negotiating Panel duly-designated by the NDFP National Council to represent the NDFP in peace negotiations with the GRP and to deal with related matters, consider as absurd and preposterous that a mere agency of the GRP, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, fabricates allegations against the CPP and the NPA, submits these fabrications to another agency of the GRP, the Commission on Human Rights, as if the CPP, NPA, NDFP and the People’s Democratic Government have become subject to the authority of the GRP and its agencies.

The fact is that there is a civil war between the co-belligerents, the GRP and its agencies on one side; and the People’s Democratic Government, the NDFP, CPP, NPA, other revolutionary forces and the entire Filipino people on the other side. If the AFP wants to file complaints against the CPP and NPA, the most appropriate thing it can do is to ask the GRP President as GRP principal to file through his representative said complaints against the CPP and NPA to the NDFP Section of the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) under the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

Unlike the GRP under the Duterte regime which engages in fascist crimes of state terrorism, the NDFP strictly adheres directly to the international law on human rights and humanitarian conduct in war as well as through the provisions of CARHRIHL. It is completely stupid and unacceptable for the AFP as mere agency of the GRP to consider the CPP and NPA as mere subjects to the authority of the GRP whereas they belong to the NDFP and the People’s Democratic Government and are major forces of the people’s revolutionary movement which continues to gain strength and power nationwide in the Philippines.

By authority of the National Council of the NDFP, the NDFP Negotiating Panel continues to exist and operate in order to deal with matters pertaining to agreements done with the GRP and to be ready for the possible resumption of the peace negotiations upon the end of the anti-peace and tyrannical Duterte regime. This regime is not forever. It is merely a passing administration of the GRP and is required to comply with the end of its term of office in the middle of next year, which is very soon. ###

https://cpp.ph/statements/ndfp-negotiating-panel-considers-absurd-afp-complaints-to-chr-against-cpp-and-npa/

CPP: Defend UP against Duterte’s fascism and state terror

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jan 19, 2021): Defend UP against Duterte’s fascism and state terror

COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE PHILIPPINES
JANUARY 19, 2021



The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) joins the UP community in denouncing Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana for unilaterally abrogating the 1989 UP-DND agreement. The move to abrogate the agreement clearly aims to impose fear and terror and place the university under the tyrannical power of Duterte’s military and police.

It is an attack against the UP community which has squarely opposed the authoritarianism of the Duterte regime. It wants to make the university bow before the tyrant.

The UP community and the Filipino people must unite to defend the 1989 UP-DND accord which allows the university to serve as a bastion for democratic expression. With this accord, the university recently has served as a safe venue for people who wanted to express their opinion without fear of being stifled or getting arrested.

The UP-DND accord has served as a shield for university students and other sectors who wanted to express their opposition to the Anti-Terror law, manifest their outrage over the relentless campaign of killings and campaign of suppression of the AFP and PNP, and denounce the regime’s corruption, militarist and failed response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

By tearing the UP-DND accord, Lorenzana and Duterte wants to strike fear into the hearts of Lumad students who have been staying in the university campus and enjoying its protection since fleeing their homes in 2017 because of non-stop harassment and intimidation by military forces occupying their communities.

The clear aim of this move is to further unrestrain the military and police by undermining academic freedom and freedom of expression enjoyed by university students and faculty. Tearing the UP-DND accord will make the university and its constituents vulnerable to the regime’s draconian Anti-Terror Law. Indeed, this will be the death of science and liberal thinking in the university. As did Marcos, Duterte wants the university to promote only the ideas that will favor the tyrant.

Lorenzana is hyping up the communist bogey to justify the abrogation of the accord and mount an attack to impose the military’s power on UP, as well as other universities and academic institutions. This shows how the Duterte regime has extended the scope of counterinsurgency to fight all democratic forces, expand the powers of the military and police and help further entrench himself in power.

Duterte’s brazen attacks against the university are a throwback to how UP and the rest of the country were placed under Marcos’ dictatorial rule. Fifty years ago this month, university students fiercely resisted and defended the university against military and police forces by putting up barricades in what is now commemorated as the Diliman Commune of 1970. Today, Duterte’s tyrannical attempts to take away the university’s freedoms are rousing the UP community to unite and resist.

The UP students, especially, must take the cudgels of defending the university by going beyond online solidarity and converging in campus in their numbers to manifest their determination to defend their freedoms which have been won through struggle by past generations of students. Together with university professors and personnel, they must show their unity, manifest their indignation, and demonstrate their power to frustrate the AFP’s fascist schemes.

Defending to preserve the UP-DND accord is a fight not only of the UP community, but all the democratic sectors who oppose the tyrant’s fascist rule. In the same way, the UP community must unite with the rest of the Filipino people by standing alongside the workers, peasants and other disenfranchised sectors in their fight to advance their rights and well-being amid the pandemic and economic crisis.

We call on all democratic organizations to fight back and strengthen the people’s unity and determination to end the Duterte regime’s reign of state terrorism.

https://cpp.ph/statements/defend-up-against-dutertes-fascism-and-state-terror/

CPP: Ipagtanggol ang UP laban sa pasismo at terorismo ng estado ni Duterte

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jan 19, 2021): Ipagtanggol ang UP laban sa pasismo at terorismo ng estado ni Duterte

COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE PHILIPPINES
JANUARY 19, 2021



Nakikiisa ang Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas sa pamayanang UP sa pagtuligsa kay Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana sa unilateral o isang-panig na pagwawakas nito sa kasunduang UP-DND ng 1989. Ang pagpapawalambisa sa kasunduan ay malinaw na layong maghasik ng takot at teror at isailalim ang unibersidad sa tiranikong kapangyarihan ng militar at pulis ni Duterte.

Pananalakay ito sa komunidad ng UP na matatag na lumalaban sa awtoritaryanismo ng rehimeng Duterte. Layong nitong payukuin sa tirano ang unibersidad.

Dapat magkaisa ang komunidad ng UP at ang mamamayang Pilipino para depensahan ang kasunduang UP-DND ng 1989 na dahilan kung bakit ang unibersidad ay nagsisilbing moog ng demokratikong pagpapahayag. Dahil sa kasunduan, naging ligtas na lugar ang unibersidad kamakailan ng mga nais magpahayag ng kanilang opinyon na walang takot ng panggigipit o pag-aresto.

Nagsilbing pananggalang ang kasunduang UP-DND para sa mga mag-aaral ng unibersidad at iba pang sektor na nais magpahayag ng pagtutol sa Anti-Terrorism Law, magpabatid ng kanilang galit sa walang-tigil na kampanya ng pamamaslang at kampanyang panunupil ng AFP at PNP, at tumuligsa sa korapsyon, at sa militarista at bigong tugon ng rehimen sa pandemyang Covid-19.

Sa pagpunit sa kasunduang UP-DND, nais ni Lorenzana at Duterte na itarak ang takot sa puso ng mga estudyanteng Lumad na matagal nang kinakanlong sa kampus ng unibersidad at nakatatamasa ng proteksyon mula nang lisanin ang kanilang mga tahanan noong 2017 dahil sa walang-tigil na harasment at intimidasyon ng mga pwersang militar na umookupa sa kanilang komunidad.

Ang malinaw na layunin ng hakbang na ito ay para bigyang luwag ang militar at pulis na makialam sa pang-akademikong kalayaan at kalayaan sa pagpapahayag na tinatamasa ng mga estudyante at kaguruan ng unibersidad. Sa pagwakas sa kasunduan, magiging bulnerable ang unibersidad at mga kabilang dito sa mapaniil na Anti-Terror Law ng rehimen. Magiging kamatayan ito ng siyentipiko at liberal na pag-iisip sa unibersidad.

Ipinantatakot ni Lorenzana ang multo ng komunismo para bigyan-katwiran ang pagwawakas sa kasunduan at ikasa ang atake para ipataw ang kapangyarihang militar sa UP, gayundin sa ibang unibersidad at mga institusyong akademiko. Ipinapakita nito kung paanong pinalalawig ng rehimeng Duterte ang saklaw ng kontrainsurhensya para labanan ang lahat ng demokratikong pwersa, palawakin ang mga kapangyarihan ng militar at pulis at lalong pahigpitin ang kapit nito sa kapangyarihan.

Ang tahasang mga pag-atake ni Duterte sa unibersidad ay nagpapaalala sa kung paanong ang UP at ang buong bansa ay ipinailalim sa diktadurang pamumuno ni Marcos. Limampung taon na ang nakararaan sa buwang ito, magiting na nilabanan at dinepensahan ng mga mag-aaral ang unibersidad laban sa pwersang militar at pulis sa pagtatayo ng mga barikada na ngayo’y ginugunita bilang Diliman Commune ng 1971. Sa ngayon, ang tiranikong pagtatangka ni Duterte na agawin ang mga kalayaan ng unibersidad ay pumupukaw sa buong komunidad ng UP na magkaisa at lumaban.

Dapat matapang na tanganan ng mga mag-aaral ng UP ang pagdepensa sa unibersidad hindi lamang sa pamamagitan ng pagkakaisang online kundi lalo’t higit sa pamamagitan ng maramihang pagtipon sa kampus para ipamalas ang kanilang determinasyon na depensahan ang kanilang mga kalayaan na naipagtagumpay sa pakikibaka ng nagdaang mga henerasyon ng mag-aaral. Kasama ang mga propesor at kawani ng unibersidad, dapat nilang ipakita ang pagkakaisa, ipamalas ang pagngingitngit, at gamitin ang kanilang kapangyarihan na biguin ang pasistang iskema ng AFP.

Hindi lamang laban ng UP ang pagtatanggol sa kasunduang UP-DND, bagkos ng lahat ng demokratikong sektor na lumalaban sa pasistang paghahari ng tirano. Sa ganun ding paraan, dapat makipagkaisa ang komunidad ng UP sa mamamayang Pilipino sa pagtindig kasama ang mga manggagawa, magsasaka at iba pang inaaping sektor sa kanilang laban para isulong ang kanilang karapatan at kagalingan sa gitna ng pandemya at krisis sa ekonomya.

Nananawagan ang Partido sa lahat ng demokratikong organisasyon na lumaban at palakasin ang pagkakaisa ng mamamayan at ang kanilang determinasyong wakasan ang paghahari ng terorismo ng estado ng rehimeng Duterte.

https://cpp.ph/statements/ipagtanggol-ang-up-laban-sa-pasismo-at-terorismo-ng-estado-ni-duterte/

CPP/NPA-Central Negros: 13 AFP kaswalti sa ambus ng LPC-NPA laban sa 62nd IB sa Guihulngan, paggawad ng hustisya sa mga biktima ng Oplan Sauron

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jan 19, 2021): 13 AFP kaswalti sa ambus ng LPC-NPA laban sa 62nd IB sa Guihulngan, paggawad ng hustisya sa mga biktima ng Oplan Sauron

JB REGALADO
SPOKESPERSON
NPA-CENTRAL NEGROS (LEONARDO PANALIGAN COMMAND
NEGROS ISLAND REGIONAL OPERATIONAL COMMAND (APOLINARIO GATMAITAN COMMAND)
NEW PEOPLE'S ARMY

JANUARY 19, 2021



Matagumpay na tinambangan ng yunit ng Leonardo Panaligan Command-New People’s Army (LPC-NPA) ang dumadaluhong na mga pasistang tropa ng 62nd IB-Philippine Army nitong Enero 16, 2021, ala-1:00 ng hapon sa Sityo Batong-Buang, Brgy. Trinidad, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental.

Naganap ang pananambang sa gitna ng operasyon ng nasabing yunit militar na mula pa noong Enero 10 ay tumutugis sa mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa laluna sa CPP-NPA.

Resulta nito, nagtamo ng 13 killed-in-action (KIA) ang mga tropa ng 62nd IB at may iba pang mga sugatan na direktang tinamaan ng command-detonated explosive (CDX). Samantalang ligtas na nakaatras ang yunit ng LPC-NPA pagkatapos ang limang minutong ambus.

Hindi totoong dalawang serye ang nangyaring engkwentro, ang totoo’y nangyari ang mis-encounter sa pagitan ng 62nd IBPA bandang alas 4:30 ng hapon. Resulta ito ng walang patumanggang pagpaputok ng nerbyusong kasapi ng 62nd IB at mga CAFGU.

Lubusang kinukundena ng LPC-NPA ang pagdukot kay Anselma Garde, isang mahirap at inosenteng magsasaka, 31 taong gulang na dalaga ng Sityo Batong-buang, Brgy. Trinidad ng nabanggit na syudad. Ginawa ng 62nd IB ang pagdukot kay Garde noong Enero 17, alas 10:00 ng umaga na hanggang sa ngayon ay hindi pa makikita ng pamilya at ng mga residente.

Mariing din na kinukundena ng LPC-NPA ang walang-habas na pambobomba ng militar gamit ang mortar mula sa Casingan Army Detachment, saklaw ng Brgy. Trinidad, at air strike gamit ang helikopter sa mga magubat na bahagi ng mga barangay ng Sandayao, Trinidad, Binobohan, Imelda at Tacpao. Nagresulta ito ng pagbakwit ng daan-daang pamilya sa lugar kung saan nagdislokar ng kanilang kabuhayan.

Ang taktikal na opensibang ito ay sagot sa demanda ng mamamayan sa Central Negros na naghahanap ng katarungan sa mga biktima ng Oplan Sauron at iba pang mga porma ng nagpapatuloy na paglabag sa karapatang-tao sa gitna ng krisis sa ekonomya at pandemyang Covid-19 na kinakaharap ng mamamayan ngayon.

Magkaisa at makibaka! Biguin ang Oplan Kapanatagan at ang NTF-ELCAC! Durugin ang rehimeng US-Duterte!

https://cpp.ph/statements/13-afp-kaswalti-sa-ambus-ng-lpc-npa-laban-sa-62nd-ib-sa-guihulngan-paggawad-ng-hustisya-sa-mga-biktima-ng-oplan-sauron/

All ‘Huey’ helicopters ordered grounded

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Jan 19, 2021): All ‘Huey’ helicopters ordered grounded

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana ordered on Monday the grounding of all UH-1H “Huey” helicopters of the Philippine Air Force (PAF). 

“Our aim is to achieve zero accidents in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, especially in the Philippine Air Force where an accident almost always results in the death of an aircraft’s crew,” Lorenzana said. 

“In accordance with established protocols, the PAF’s entire fleet of Hueys has been grounded and all the units will be inspected,” he added. 

The order followed Saturday’s crash of the PAF’s UH-1H helicopter with tail number 517 in Bukidnon, which killed seven AFP personnel, including the pilot, crew and members of the 8th Infantry Battalion.

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1385325/all-huey-helicopters-ordered-grounded

Kalinaw News: Ex- Village Chief and Milisya ng Bayan member yields to Army

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jan 19, 2021): Ex- Village Chief and Milisya ng Bayan member yields to Army



Camp Hernandez, Dingle, Iloilo – A former barangay chairman who is also a member of Milisya ng Bayan, an NPA local military unit, surrendered to the army stationed in Brgy Libot, Calinog, Iloilo on Monday, January 18, 2021.

Through the radio program of 100.1 K3 FM, a local radio broadcasting system managed by the Civil Military Operations Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division, a certain alias SAM voluntarily surrendered to the station bringing with him several firearms with ammunition.

He claimed that he was a member of Milisya ng Bayan in Brgy Ginbunyogan, Calinog, Iloilo. He was received by 12th Infantry Battalion for proper documentation and disposition of Firearms.
As per army record, as of January 1, 2021 to this date, he is the 310th NPA supporter who surrendered in Panay Island.

He surrendered three (3) firearms including one (1) .38 Magnum caliber with 5 ammunitions; one (1) homemade Rambo type shotgun with 5 ammo and magazine; and one (1) homemade firearm with seven (7) M16 ammo and magazine.

Colonel Orlando Edralin, the Officer-in-charge of the 301st Infantry Brigade said that “The people are now more discerning and are now able to distinguish the truth from the lies. They have already awakened and have realized that the NPAs’ ideologies are only based on deception and are used only to further their own vested interests”.

He re-echoed the persistent call of the Army in Panay to the remaining members and
supporters of the NPA to abandon the group’s violent ways. “We call on our other brothers and sisters who are still supporting NPA’s senseless armed struggle to take a cue from our kababayans who are now living a normal and peaceful life. Cooperating with the terrorist is a betrayal not only to the government but also to your community and your own family”.

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https://www.kalinawnews.com/ex-village-chief-and-milisya-ng-bayan-member-yields-to-army/

Kalinaw News: Army, TESDA set up mechanism to address poverty problems

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jan 19, 2021): Army, TESDA set up mechanism to address poverty problems



BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – The 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion (23IB) together with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Agusan del Norte (TESDA-ADN) conducted a series of dialogues in the different communities under the unit’s areas of responsibility (AORs) in Agusan del Norte from January 13 to 15, 2021 to discuss mechanisms on how to bring the government and the public closer together in reaching achievable goals.



The said activity was also meant to help the communities in the AOR of the 23IB to become resilient, productive, sustainable, and responsible. The joint efforts of the 23IB and TESDA have showcased the strength of the convergence of efforts among government agencies and stakeholders, especially in the implementation of programs and projects to uplift the lives of the residents in the unit’s AOR.

Under Executive Order No. 70 or the so-called Whole-of-Nation Approach, addressing the root causes of insurgencies, internal disturbances and tensions, and other armed conflicts and threats must be done by prioritizing and harmonizing the delivery of basic services and social development packages of the government. The EO70 also ensures the delivery of programs and services that are inclusive to all residents in communities and allows the participation of all sectors in the pursuit of the country’s peace agenda.

The TESDA serves as the head of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). The cluster’s main goal is to develop self-reliant, resilient, productive and sustainable communities through the implementation of harmonized and culturally responsive development programs.

Director Rey Cueva, the Provincial Director of TESDA-ADN said that working together with various stakeholders we will ensure that the communities are provided with relevant training packages for self-employment to create more enterprises and vibrant economic activities. The mobile training teams of TESDA will be fielded to the far-flung barangays to conduct community-based livelihood skills training.

Cueva also emphasized the importance of the conduct of community needs assessment and not simply skills needs assessment by the PRLEC. Such an assessment will also involve the different agencies of the government.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the commander of 23IB thanked TESDA-ADN for its untiring support to the efforts and activities of the unit, especially on the livelihood and skills training for the communities that were once influenced by the New People’s Army (NPA).

“There are different kinds of poverty, not only on the scarcity of food but also on roads, water, electricity and the basic services from the government, such as health and sanitation,” Paulo said.

He added that through EO70, the programs and services of the government will be truly realized in communities and the people.

“The harmonious implementation of plans and programs of the government such as cooperative education is considered a continuous learning, where relevant skills and livelihood training packages for self-employment are fulfilled to create more enterprises and livelihood activities in the communities,” Paulo said.

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https://www.kalinawnews.com/army-tesda-set-up-mechanism-to-address-poverty-problems-2/

Kalinaw News: Soldiers Extends Assistance to the Family of Dead NPA in Surigao del Norte

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jan 19, 2021): Soldiers Extends Assistance to the Family of Dead NPA in Surigao del Norte



PLACER, Surogao del Norte— The 30th Infantry (Fight On) Battalion, facilitated the turnover and extended assistance to the bereaved family of late Danelyn Sanico Fabre alyas Karen, as she was laid to rest in the public cemetery at Barangay Pungtod, Alegria, Surigao del Norte, Tuesday afternoon, January 19.



In can be recalled that the said personality was abandoned by her comrades together with another wounded female NPA in a clash transpired between operating troops of 30IB and Communist Terrorist Group belonging to SYP16C1 and SDG of Guerilla Front 16, NEMRC in the vicinity of Sitio Katikuyan, Barangay Camam-onan of Gigaquit town last January 13.

Upon the retrieval from the encounter site, the soldiers immediately coordinated with the local government unit of Claver for the proper disposition of Danelyn’s dead body before she was formally turnover to her family so that they can accord her with a decent burial. Aside from the assistance given by LGU-Claver, the local government of Mainit, where Danelyn hails from, also extended financial aid to her family.

In the statement of Evilyn Fabre, the grieving mother of Danelyn, she said that they were thankful for the assistance given by the government specifically to the soldiers who took the extra effort to return their daughter home after she her lifeless body was abandoned by her comrades.

“Nagsubo gajud ako pamilya sa inin nahitabo sa ako anak na gikan sa bukid. Nanghinaut ako na dili na nila (NPA) utrohon pa paglinlang inin mga kabatanonan. Dako ako pasalamat inin mga Army na nakatabang sa ija bisan tuod na patay na sija waya sija pasagdi, giuli gihapon diri sa amo. Pasalamat gajud kaninyo, na inyo sija gitabangan bisan tuod kalayo sa gindalhan sa ija nahiabot gihapon diri sa amoa ang ija patay na lawas, nagpasalamat ako sa inyo tanan na walay ninyo sya pasagdi. Hinaot ko na an tanan aduna pa gihapo’y inyo kasulbaran sa uban pa”, the mother said.

On the other hand, the father of Judelyn called on the former comrades of his daughter to surrender and heed to the call of the government so that they will not suffer the same fate.

“Nag istorya ako sa kauban nila sa bukid na mag surrender na para di mo mapatay parehas sa ako bata nga gidala niyo nga buhi, pero nahiuli diri sa amo na patay na”, Ernesto Fabre said

Meanwhile, Col. George L Banzon, Commander of 901st Infantry (Fight Em) Brigade, he expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of the NPA member. He said that it was very unfortunate that another life gone wasted because of the exploitation being conducted by the Communist NPA Terrorist.

“We are saddened with what happened. We also expressed our condolence to the family especially to the parents for the untimely demise of their daughter. We fervently pray that she may rest in peace. It was not our intention to destroy ones life but we are mandated to protect the lives of many. Her bright future was robbed by the communist terrorists who deceitfully took advantage of her vulnerabilities”, he said.

He also stressed that the government is always ready to welcome the NPA members who want to return to the folds of the law especially those who were lured and victimized by CTG through their deceptive recruitment scheme.

“Through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program, our government is continuously reaching out for these people to abandon the violence and embrace the path of peace. We would like to convey to them that the best option is to surrender”, the Commander added.

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Kalinaw News: Army, TESDA set up mechanism to address poverty problems

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jan 19, 2021): Army, TESDA set up mechanism to address poverty problems



BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – The 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion (23IB) together with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Agusan del Norte (TESDA-ADN) conducted a series of dialogues in the different communities under the unit’s areas of responsibility (AORs) in Agusan del Norte from January 13 to 15, 2021 to discuss mechanisms on how to bring the government and the public closer together in reaching achievable goals.

The said activity was also meant to help the communities in the AOR of the 23IB to become resilient, productive, sustainable, and responsible. The joint efforts of the 23IB and TESDA have showcased the strength of the convergence of efforts among government agencies and stakeholders, especially in the implementation of programs and projects to uplift the lives of the residents in the unit’s AOR. Under Executive Order No. 70 or the so-called Whole-of-Nation Approach, addressing the root causes of insurgencies, internal disturbances and tensions, and other armed conflicts and threats must be done by prioritizing and harmonizing the delivery of basic services and social development packages of the government. The EO70 also ensures the delivery of programs and services that are inclusive to all residents in communities and allows the participation of all sectors in the pursuit of the country’s peace agenda.

The TESDA serves as the head of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). The cluster’s main goal is to develop self-reliant, resilient, productive and sustainable communities through the implementation of harmonized and culturally responsive development programs.

Director Rey Cueva, the Provincial Director of TESDA-ADN said that working together with various stakeholders we will ensure that the communities are provided with relevant training packages for self-employment to create more enterprises and vibrant economic activities.

The mobile training teams of TESDA will be fielded to the far-flung barangays to conduct community-based livelihood skills training.

Cueva also emphasized the importance of the conduct of community needs assessment and not simply skills needs assessment by the PRLEC. Such an assessment will also involve the different agencies of the government.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the commander of 23IB thanked TESDA-ADN for its untiring support to the efforts and activities of the unit, especially on the livelihood and skills training for the communities that were once influenced by the New People’s Army (NPA).

“There are different kinds of poverty, not only on the scarcity of food but also on the basic services from the government, such as health and sanitation,” Paulo said.

He added that through EO70, the programs and services of the government will be truly realized in communities and the people. “The harmonious implementation of plans and programs of the government such as cooperative education is considered a continuous learning, where relevant skills and livelihood training packages for self-employment are fulfilled to create more enterprises and livelihood activities in the communities,” Paulo said.





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Kalinaw News: YFPM, Army conduct its first YLS 2021 in Upper Pres Roxas

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jan 19, 2021): YFPM, Army conduct its first YLS 2021 in Upper Pres Roxas



MAGPET, COTABATO – Youth For Peace Movement (YFPM) – Tanan Lihok Batan-on Og Sundalo “TALBOS” in partnership with the Provincial Government Unit of Cotabato, Municipal Local Government Unit of Pres Roxas and Army’s 72nd Infantry “Gabay” Battalion initiated and facilitated the first Youth Leadership Summit 2021 to the 9 different barangays of Upper Pres Roxas, North Cotabato that commenced last January 15 to 17, 2021 held at Ilustre Elementary School.

The said activity with the theme “Leadership Competencies: Empowering Young Mind for a Better and Peaceful Tomorrow” aims to empower the role of youth as nation builders, strengthen camaraderie among participants and develop leadership potentials and good citizenship. It aims to educate the youth a wider perspective on the current issues that hinder peace, progress, and acceptance of individual’s responsibility. It was steered thru series of lectures, discussions, group/team building activities and workshops. The discussions focused on youth infiltration and recruitment of the Communist Terrorist Groups among the youth. One of the highlights in the summit was the “Gabi ng Kultura” which gives every individual a freedom to express and share their talents

The summit was attended and graced by Hon. Johanna Claire Daquipil, SK Federation Chairman; Efren Jay Labawan, YFPM- Pres Roxas; Hon. Helen Gasita, Brgy Chairman of Brgy Ilustre; Hon. Elinito Cuzon, Municipal Councilor, Pres Roxas; Col Ted Dumosmog, Deputy Bde Commander, 1002nd Bde; LTC Rey T Alvarado, Commanding Officer, 72IB; Personnel and staffs from PLGU, MLGU and BLGU; and Troops and Officers of 72IB.

“This is the first time that we experienced an activity involving our youth here in upper roxas and we know that this is just the beginning. We are very much fortunate that our LGU is very active in supporting this activity. Rest assured that we will continue to support and give our full cooperation to all the upcoming activities involving our youth. Lets help one another in maintaining the peace and order not in our Municipality, but in whole North Cotabato.” Hon. Johanna Daquipil said in her message.

In response, LTC Rey T Alvarado expressed his utmost gratitude to everyone who made the activity possible. He assured that 72Ib will continue to collaborate with the different government and non government agencies to deliver the interventions, programs and projects of the government intended for the Cotabate├▒os especially to the youth sector.

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Cheat sheet: Supreme Court anti-terror law oral arguments

From Rappler (Jan 19, 2021): Cheat sheet: Supreme Court anti-terror law oral arguments (By LIAN BUAN)



The High Court will livestream audio of the oral arguments on February 2

After a long wait, and one postponement, the Supreme Court oral arguments on the contested and highly divisive anti-terror law will finally take place next Tuesday, February 2, beginning 2:30 pm.


Solicitor General Jose Calida will defend President Rodrigo Duterte's pet law against 13 lawyers – handpicked collectively by the 37 groups of petitioners – led by former solicitor general and former Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) national president Jose Anselmo Cadiz.

Here's your cheat sheet for the all-important oral arguments.

Section 4

This expanded the definition of terrorism.

It removed the predicate crimes – or common crimes such as piracy or rebellion – that, if committed to sow extraordinary fear, become terrorism.

In Republic Act 11479, there are no more predicate crimes – instead there are 5 offenses listed with vague wordings such as "acts intended to cause extensive interference with critical infrastructure."

The petitioners will argue that this section is void for being vague. Petitions have argued that this definition makes it easy for the government to penalize any form of dissent, putting activists at most risk.

The government's defense for Section 4 is a caveat, but one called a killer caveat for the petitioners, because while it says that dissent is not terrorism, it also requires that such dissent be proven not to have a terroristic intent. It's a two-faced clause as it essentially shifts the burden of proof to the suspect.

In the preliminary discussion, the petitioners will also argue that if Section 4 is declared unconstitutional, then the law in its entirety should be automatically declared unconstitutional.

Speakers for petitioners on this topic:







Sections 5-14

They criminalize threat to commit terrorism; planning, training, preparing and facilitating to commit terrorism; conspiracy to commit terrorism; proposal to commit terrorism; inciting to commit terrorism; recruitment to and membership in a terrorist group; providing material support to terrorists; and being an accessory to terrorism.

These crimes are new: threat; planning, training, facilitating; proposal; inciting; and recruitment.

Petitions argue that these new crimes, especially inciting to terrorism, violate freedom of speech. Any group that helps people suspected of being terrorists can be penalized under "providing material support" which runs counter to the freedom of association, and ultimately, freedom of religion. It will be "guilt by association," say the petitions.

For Moros, for example, petitions argue that if Muslims practice and therefore espouse Islam, they can be suspected of being terrorists especially since their religion has long been targeted.

Speakers for petitioners on this topic: Cadiz, Tabayoyong, Diokno, Te, and Molo.

Sections 16-19

In the new law, the Court of Appeals (CA) authorization to surveil suspected terrorists can last up to 60 days, compared to 30 days in the old law. Under Section 16, designated terrorists – meaning people and groups who have not yet been declared as terrorists by any court – can also be surveilled.

Petitioners will argue that these provisions violate the constitutional rights against unreasonable searches and seizures, and violate the constitutional right to privacy of communication.

Petitioners will argue that the court's authorization will take away from surveillance subjects the option to file for extraordinary remedies such as the writ of habeas data.

Speakers for petitioners on this topic:



Section 25

In this new power, the anti-terror council (ATC) can designate people or groups as terrorists based only on its own secret hearings. This is a separate power from the court process of proscription.

Once the designation is done, the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) is automatically authorized to freeze the assets of the designated persons.

In the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), the designated people's names are published on the website. The IRR added the option of applying for delisting, which is a process not found in the law.

Petitioners will argue that this unilateral power of the ATC is unconstitutional because it encroaches on the powers of the courts and violates due process.

Sections 35 and 36 of the law specifically give AMLC the power to freeze assets upon designation. Senators who voted for the bill belatedly realized the danger of this AMLC power, especially since AMLC has admitted to not having enough investigative manpower to carry out this task

Petitioners will argue that Sections 35 and 36 are also unconstitutional.

Speakers for the petitioners on this topic:



Section 27

In the old law, proscription as terrorists happen after a full trial. Under Section 27, there can be a preliminary proscription that can happen, even as quickly as 72 hours, without a single hearing.

The permanent proscription, or the lifting of the preliminary proscription, will follow after the trial.

Petitioners will argue that these amount to an ex post facto law, a law that punishes an act which was not a crime before the law was passed.

Simply put: Acts committed before the anti-terror law was passed, which didn't result in people and groups becoming declared as terrorists, will now get them punished because of new definitions.

Speakers for petitioners on this topic are Colmenares and Cortez.

Section 29

This provision allows the ATC to authorize the arrest and detention of suspects for as long as 24 days, even without a court warrant.

Rule 9.1 of the IRR added a requirement for law enforcers to first submit a sworn statement to the ATC before they can be authorized to make arrests.

Still, if law enforcers cannot submit a sworn statement at the time they want to make an arrest, they can still do so, provided they belatedly submit the statement within 36 hours.

Petitioners will argue that this not only violates the constitutional right to due process, it also violates the Revised Penal Code and the Rules of Court.

The Revised Penal Code allows law enforcers to keep someone they arrested without a warrant for only up to 36 hours, otherwise they should be released if not charged in court.

Section 18, Article VII of the Constitution says that if the nation is under martial law and the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus is suspended, a suspect can be kept for up to 3 days only.

Section 29 of the anti-terror law puts the country under a "permanent state worse than martial law," said retired supreme court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio, also a petitioner.

Speakers for the petitioners on this topic:



Section 34

Section 34 can impose house arrest. The heading of Section 34 lists down even bailable crimes such as threat to commit terrorism; proposal to commit terrorism; and inciting to commit terrorism.

The IRR – Rule 10.13 – clarifies that house arrest is only imposed for non-bailable crimes but where the court has granted bail. (Courts can grant bail upon application in non-bailable crimes.) (PODCAST: Law of Duterte Land: Deep dive into anti-terror law IRR)

Nevertheless, petitioners will still argue that Section 34 violates not only the right to bail, but also the right to travel. It also amounts to torture, petitioners will argue, as Republic Act 9745 punishes mental and psychological torture that can occur in detention.

Speakers for petitioners on this topic are Colmenares and Cortez.

Section 56

Section 56 repeals RA 9372 or the Human Security Act (HSA).

Petitioners will argue that the repeal violates the mandate to compensate victims of torture; and the right to due process.

In the HSA, if a suspect is acquitted, the government must pay P500,000 for each day that that the suspect was detained. This scared law enforcers and deterred them from arresting suspects so that so few were prosecuted under the HSA. This provision has been removed in the anti-terror law.

Also removed is the provision for a grievance committee that would evaluate complaints against implementors of the law.

The law also removed an HSA provision that gave the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) prosecutorial power over erring law enforcers and public officials. CHR currently does not have prosecutorial power.

It also removed the provision where the law is automatically suspended one month before and two months after any election.

In this discussion, petitioners will also argue that the law violates Indigenous Peoples' and Moros' rights to self-determination and self-governance.

Speakers for the petitioners on this topic:



Tune in to Rappler for live coverage and streaming of the oral arguments on February 2, at 2:30 pm. – Rappler.com

https://www.rappler.com/nation/summary-petitions-anti-terror-law-oral-arguments

Funding available for DavNor GIDAs- ELCAC spox

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jan 19, 2021): Funding available for DavNor GIDAs- ELCAC spox (By Jan Vincent Leuterio) 


Sitio Tapayanon, a Geographically Isolated Depressed Area (GIDA) in Brgy Gupitan, Kapalong. According to National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Spokesperson, Undersecretary Lorraine Marie Badoy funds has been allocated this year for the development of GIDAs.

DAVAO DEL NORTE, Jan. 18 (PIA) – National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Spokesperson, Undersecretary Lorraine Marie Badoy, has announced that funds will be given to Geographically Isolated Depressed Areas (GIDA) in the province.

This announcement was made during Badoy’s visit to Sitio Kaylawan, Tibucag and Km 31 in Talaingod, Davao del Norte on January 15, 2021.

“From the NTF-ELCAC stand which is whole-of-the-nation approach of the government, this year is very exciting because we’ve got the budget for the barangay development program (BDP) which we’ll give to 822 barangays from GIDAs needing these projects,” she announced.


“Sila mismo ang nag-isip niyan na kailangan namin farm-to-market roads, eskwela, tulay, etc. (It was their idea themselves that they need farm-to-market roads, schools, bridges, etc.),” she added.

Badoy was impressed by the accomplishments of the province against insurgency, saying that providing fund support to it will benefit the people.

“Pag ang isang opisyal ay faithful sa kanyang sinumpaan to defend the Filipino people, ang nakikinabang d’yan ay ang taong bayan (If an official is faithful to their oath to defend the Filipinos, the people are the ones who will benefit),” she said.

Badoy explained that the combined efforts of the Local Government Units (LGU), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and all the other agencies of the government is the key to ending insurgency.

“That makes a big difference …and that’s the way it should be, kasi nangyari naman ang problemang ito dahil ang gobyerno hindi nagsilbi ng maayos. Before this walang roads, absence of access. Once you have roads there hindi na sila excluded; services pwede nang pumunta doon (This problem only happened due to the government not serving properly. Before this, there were no roads, absence of access. Once you have roads there, they are no longer excluded; the services can reach them). That’s really true that ‘when the road ends, insurgency begins’,” she said. (DavNor PIO and Jan Vincent Leuterio/PIA-XI)

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1064296

Columbio, Camiguin nagpalig-on sa kampanya batok insurhensya

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jan 19, 2021): Columbio, Camiguin nagpalig-on sa kampanya batok insurhensya (By Vincent Philip S. Bautista)

CAMIGUIN, Jan. 13 (PIA)--Aron mmapahingusgan ang kampanya batok insurhensya, ug aron makab-ot ang kalinaw ug kahusay sa ilang mga lugar, ang Columbia, Sultan Kudarat sa Region 12 ug ang Camiguin sa Rehiyon 10 giprayoridad ang mga proyekto ug gidala ang serbisyo sa gobyerno sa ilang mga naila nga Mga Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev).

Sa Network Briefing News kauban si Communication Sec. Martin Andanar, si Columbio Mayor Edwin Bermudez nag-ingon nga ilang gi-organisar ang 24 nga mga asosasyon o grupo sa mga mag-uuma sa lugar inabagan sa Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Gisugyot ni Columbio nga gitabangan nila ang mga proyekto sa plantasyon sa saging ug mga utanon. Ang local government unit (LGU) naghatag usab ug kanding ug manok, ug nagtabang sila sa pagpaayo sa mga fishpond sa nahisgutang mga lugar.


Kaniadtong Disyembre 2020, ang LGU kauban ang lain-laing mga ahensya sa gobyerno nagbisita sa 12 ka mga lugar sa CAPDev ug naghimo usa ka caravan aron mahatagan dayon nga tabang ang mga residente nga nanginahangla'g serbisyo o tabang sa gobyerno.

"Sa pamamagitan ng whole-of-nation approach, natulungan natin ang mga kababayan at naibsan ang kanilang paghihirap (Sa whole-of-nation nga pamaagi, nakatabang kami sa among mga lumulupyo para mapagaan ang ilang mga kalisud)," ingon ni Bermude.

Pagpadayon sa kalinaw, kahusay sa Camiguin

Sa Camiguin, gawas sa paghimo ug caravans aron madala ang mga serbisyo ug programa sa gobyerno duol sa mga tawo pinaagi sa lain-laing mga nasyonal nga ahensya sa gobyerno, ang 58th Infantry Division padayon ang mga operasyon sa seguridad sa mga punta sa pagsulod ug paggawas sa probinsya.

Dugang pa, ang Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Camiguin nagtaho nga 100 porsyento na ang pagsunod sa tanan nga mga LGU sa probinsya hangtod sa lebel sa barangay sa pag-organisar sa mga local task force sa Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC).

Ang Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) gilansad na sa lima nga nagpaila nga mga pilot barangays sa probinsya ug kini kauban ang Barangay Manduao, Butay, Owakan, Benhaan ug Cuna.

Sa nasangpit nga paglansad sa RCSP, aduna'y total nga P300,000 nga hinabang nga panginabuhian ang gihatag sa Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Ang Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) nagpadagan usab sa Serbisyo Negosyo sa Barangay ug naghatag livelihood starter kit sa mga kwalipikado nga benepisyaryo.

Ang Whole of Nation Initiative (WNI) usa ka koordinasyon nga lawas nga estratehikong magtubag sa mga kakulang sa pag-uswag sa mga lugar nga naapektuhan sa panagbangi. Gipili sa WNI ang mga representante gikan sa mga ahensya sa gobyerno ug gipunting ang pag-apil sa pribadong sektor padulong sa piho sa mga katuyoan. (VPSB/PIA10)

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1064209

Peace programs key to ending communist insurgency in Leyte, Southern Leyte

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jan 19, 2021): Peace programs key to ending communist insurgency in Leyte, Southern Leyte (By Marcelo M. Pedalino)

MAASIN CITY, Jan. 19 (PIA) -- Programs that promote peace and advocated, especially, by groups of young people can be offered as a way out to end problems brought about by communist terrorist organizations.

This was the solid view posited by Joy Fin Gesulga, president of the Youth for Peace PH – Southern Leyte, and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) president of Barangay Hilaan, Bontoc town.

“Through peace, we can have a great nation,” Gesulga declared at the Laging Handa Network Briefing program Thursday, January 14, where she was one of the guests, with PCOO Sec. Martin Andanar anchoring the talk show.

Gesulga said the youth group, where she belonged as leader, this year will be focused on putting an end to the CPP-NPA-NDF in the provinces of Leyte and Southern Leyte.

Peace programs dedicated on ending the problems brought about by these communist terrorist groups will be undertaken, Gesulga also said.


“In Southern Leyte, we have conducted two peace camps and we will still have 16 more municipalities where we will conduct these,” she added.

Meanwhile, when sought for comment on the upcoming Covid-19 vaccination program, Gesulga said people in her own barangay are in favor of getting vaccinated.

The vaccination issue was not discussed in depth at the municipal level, and for the whole province, she said there were some misgivings on having oneself vaccinated. (ldl/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1064262

4 Calinog town villages are CTG-cleared

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jan 19, 2021): 4 Calinog town villages are CTG-cleared (By Lilibeth A. French) 

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 19 (PIA) - - Four out of the nine villages identified as insurgency affected in the municipality of Calinog, Iloilo have been declared cleared of Communist Terrorist Group (CTG).

The four villages are Binolusan Pequeno, Binolusan Grande, Supanga and Guinbunyugan, as announced by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Iloilo during an activity held on Friday, January 15.



The remaining five barangays that are either affected or threatened by insurgency are Marandig, Aglonok, Caratagan, Garangan and Masaroy.

During the event, the chiefs of the four CTG-cleared villages received Smart TVs for the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) from Iloilo governor Arthur Defensor, Jr., DILG 6 Regional Director Juan Jovian Ingeniero and DILG – Provincial Director Teodora Sumagaysay.

The TV Aralan Series is a strategy of the Local Government Resource Center of DILG 6 to further strengthen the CSP initiatives of the military and the support from the LGUs as part of the RCSP.

In a response, Calinog Municipal Administrator Rachel Manero acknowledged and thanked the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), Philippine National Police , Armed Forces of the Philippines, DILG, Governor Defenso, Sangguniang Panlalawigan and stakeholders for the recognition.

She said the incentive received by the village chiefs is an affirmation that they are on the right track in their efforts in pursuit of lasting peace.

“We have been longing for peace and order for so long a time, and we believed that it can only be done through arms and violence. Now, the government is showing how serious it is to combat armed conflict in the most peaceful means possible - through a whole of nation approach with the involvement not only of the Armed Forces of the Philippines but also of the Philippine National Police, the local government unit and the people,” said Manero.

She also thanked the punong barabngays for taking the courage to stand up as she further commended Municipal Local Government Operations Officer Renato Landazabal for his commitment to cascade initiatives to the barangay level and for bridging the realizations of the project.

“Now, the challenge lies on the Punong Barangays, to us at the LGU -- to sustain the record and the recognition,” said Manero as she expressed in behalf of Mayor Francisco Calvo their continued commitment to support all projects, programs, and endeavors of the government to keep and maintain peace in their municipality. (JSC/laf/PIA6-Iloilo/Photo Courtesy of DILG-Iloilo)

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1064163

DOLE gives farm tractors, flatbed dryer to rebel-free brgys

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jan 19, 2021): DOLE gives farm tractors, flatbed dryer to rebel-free brgys (By Alex Lumaque) 

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Jan. 19 (PIA) – Farm tractors and a flatbed dryer were turned over by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Capiz Provincial Office, Jan. 16, to the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) barangays in Cuartero town.

DOLE – Capiz Officer-In-Charge Wilfredo Santizo said that three farm tractors, each worth P1-million, were given to identified registered farmers' association of barangays Mahunodhunod, Putian and Carataya, while a flatbed dryer worth P800,000.00 was turned over to San Antonio, all in the municipality of Cuartero.




These barangays have been cleared by the government troops and Philippine National Police from the New People's Army (NPA) rebels’ presence and influence.

“Putian has already been a recipient of a flatbed dryer from DOLE,” Santizo added, noting that the agency will also provide a fund for the 51-former rebels and supporters’ native chicken production project in the barangay.

The turnover ceremony was graced by Cuartero mayor Tito Mayo and concerned barangay officials as well as farmers' associations.

Santizo stressed that the farm equipment and post-harvest facility is DOLE’s contribution to the whole-of-nation approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC).

The agency is a member of the Poverty Reduction and Livelihood Economic Cluster (PRLEC) of the ELCAC task force from the national, regional and provincial levels.

A service caravan was also conducted by the PRLEC of ELCAC in Capiz last September 2020 to launch the Community Vegetable (COVEG) Farm in Putian that served as a springboard to other government projects and programs in the barangay as well as the other RCSP villages of the town. (JBG/AAL/PIA Capiz)

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1064173

Iloilo ex-village chief, Milisya ng Bayan member surrenders to army

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jan 19, 2021): Iloilo ex-village chief, Milisya ng Bayan member surrenders to army (By Jemin B. Guillermo)

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 19 (PIA) -- A former Iloilo village chief, who is also a member of Milisya ng Bayan, a New People’s Army ( NPA) local military unit, surrendered to the army, January 18, in Brgy. Libot, Calinog, Iloilo.


Through the radio program of 100.1 K3 FM, a local radio broadcasting system managed by the Civil Military Operations Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division, alias “Sam” voluntarily surrendered to the station bringing with him several firearms with ammunition, 301st Infantry Brigade Acting Civil Military Operations Officer Capt. Ruel Llanes said in a press release.

He surrendered three firearms including one .38 Magnum caliber with five ammunitions, one homemade Rambo type shotgun with five ammunitions and magazine; and one homemade firearm with seven M16 ammunitions and magazine.

Alias “Sam,” who was received by 12th Infantry Battalion for proper documentation and disposition of Firearms, claimed that he was a member of Milisya ng Bayan in Brgy. Ginbunyogan, Calinog, Iloilo.

Llanes said that per army record from January 1, 2021 to January 19, 2021, “Sam” is the 310th NPA supporter who surrendered in Panay Island.

Meanwhile, Colonel Orlando Edralin, the Officer-in-charge of the 301st Infantry Brigade, said that the people are now more discerning and able to distinguish the truth from the lies.


“They are already aware and have realized that the NPAs’ ideologies are only based on deception and are used to further their own vested interests,” Edralin said.

He re-echoed the persistent call of the Army in Panay to the remaining members and supporters of the NPA to abandon the group's violent ways.

“We call on our other brothers and sisters who are still supporting NPA's senseless armed struggle to take a cue from our kababayans who are now living a normal and peaceful life,” he said.

He added that “Cooperating with the terrorist is a betrayal not only to the government but also to your community and your own family.” (PIA6/Capt. Ruel Llanes/CMO-301Bde)

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1064260

CHR-5 condemns killing of 3 soldiers in Legazpi City ambush

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jan 19, 2021): CHR-5 condemns killing of 3 soldiers in Legazpi City ambush (By Danica Caballero)


LEGAZPI CITY, January 18 (PIA) – The Commission on Human Rights in Bicol (CHR-5), on Monday, condemned the ambush of the New People’s Army (NPA) to military forces in this city which led to the death of three soldiers and left one hurt.

Lawyer Arlene Alangco, Regional Human Rights Director for Bicol, released a statement saying that “it is never justified to use violence or force in pursuit of (these) ideologies.”

“All are called upon, both state and non-state actors, to adhere to the rule of law and respect International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and all other domestic laws of the country,” Alangco said.

The soldiers who are members of the Philippine Army’s (PA) 9th Infantry Division were attacked on Sunday morning in Barangay Banquerohan while travelling on a motorcycle.

The soldiers wore civilian clothes.

Police Regional Office 5 (PRO-5) spokesperson Major Malu Calubaquib identified the fatalities as Corporal Joemar Maravilla, Private First Class Ronald Zamora, and Private First Class Reymar Palencia. Another soldier, Sergeant Ferdinand Ignas was wounded.

A report said that the soldiers who were deployed at Community Support Program of the PA coordinated with Legazpi police for the entry of heavy equipment of a private contractor for a road opening in Barangay Villahermosa in Daraga going to Barangay Bariis in Legazpi City.

Moreover, the PRO-5 issued a statement Sunday afternoon, condemning the ambush. PRO-5 director Police Brigadier General Bartolome Bustamante said it was a blatant disregard of the law, and an utter lack of respect for human lives.

“This dastardly act is another addition to the communist group’s long list of crimes and further cement their reputation as a terrorist group,” Bustamante said.

On Monday morning, the NPA owned the attack in a press statement. (PIA5/DDC/CHR-5/PRO-5)

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1064226

JTF Bicolandia expects more returning CTG members in the future

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jan 19, 2021): JTF Bicolandia expects more returning CTG members in the future (By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay)

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, PILI, Camarines Sur, Jan. 19 (PIA) –9th Infantry Division Commander and Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) Chairman MGEN Herny A. Robinson Jr., PA believes that the government’s sincerity to bring Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) members to their “true home” is slowly but finally bearing fruit.

This after (11) CTG members in Castilla, Sorsogon including Danilo Guray, the second in rank of Platoon 1, Larangan 2, Komiteng Probinsya 3 of BRPC surrendered
to the government bringing with them 11 High Powered Firearms (M16 rifles).

Another nine (9) Sentro De Grabidad (SDG) members from Bulan town, also in Sorsogon also put down their arms,
expressed their willingness to accept the government’s program and start anew. They also handed over 9 High Powered Firearms (M16 rifles) on Saturday, Jan. 16.



MGEN Robinson said that this “snowball” of surrenderees will eventually weaken and disintegrate the CTG as more and more are expressing their desire to return to the folds of law and abandon the decade-long fight in the mountain.

It will be recalled that last year, the Philippine Army also reported that CTG members also surrendered to the authorities in the provinces of Masbate, Camarines Sur, Albay and Sorsogon.

Division Public Affairs Office (DPAO) Spokesperson CPT John Paul Belleza, in a press statement said that those who surrendered could have realized that the “dream” of a “humane world” doesn’t actually exist in the organization that they thought will bring them the much-needed change they are dreaming of.

“Seeing how filthy, inhumane and ruthless their leaders in the movement are, these former rebels (FRs) decided to abandon the armed struggle and live a more meaningful and peaceful life with their families,” Belleza said.

MGEN Robinson also condemned the killing of innocent soldiers who were deployed in the mountains to ensure the safety of civilians and as partners of the government in manning areas to avoid the COVID-19 virus from spreading.

“These developments continue to cripple the CTG thus, the Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC) is now desperately using their assassins to murder defenseless soldiers who are on the community development mission.”

“To recuperate from the heavy losses due to the series of successful engagements and continuous snowballing of surrenderer from its members to the government, the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) treacherously attacked four members of the Philippine Army around 8:25 in the morning at Barangay Banquerohan, Legazpi City, Albay, Sunday, January 17,” Robinson added.

The said ambush resulted to the death of 3 military personnel who died on the spot while one was wounded. They are all members of the 31st Infantry Battalion (31IB).

“They are actually on their way, aboard their motorcycles to proceed to a coordination meeting with the LGU when they were treacherously ambushed by at least 10 communist NPA terrorists (CNTs). They are supposed to attend a meeting concerning the security aspects of the upcoming mobilization of equipment and construction of Villahermosa-Bariis road,” Belleza narrated.

The Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) under MGEN Robinson condemned the terror act hurled yet again by the CTG. He also expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

"This is an act of evil and a clear proof that CTG is anti-people and anti-development; harming our troops who are trying to secure another significant project for the residents of Albay. This is also the very reason why we should all be united in condemning this terroristic act,” the commander said.

“We might be mourning right now but we will make sure that our soldiers who were treacherously killed will not be put in vain. We will crush these inhumane terrorists. So, to the remaining members of the CTG, before it happens, surrender to the government and withdraw your membership and support to this hopeless terrorist movement," MGen. Robinson said in closing. (LSMacatangay, with reports from 9ID, JPBelleza,DPAO-PIAV/Camarines Sur)

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1064243