Friday, June 25, 2021

CPP/NPA-Camarines Sur: Salot na SACLEO, modus operandi ng PNP/RMFBn, muling Nanalasa!

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jun 24, 2021): Salot na SACLEO, modus operandi ng PNP/RMFBn, muling Nanalasa!


JUNE 24, 2021

Mariing kinukundena ng Eduardo Olbara Command Bagong Hukbong Bayan – Camarines Sur (EOC BHB – Camarines Sur) ang pagpatay sa walang kalaban-labang sibilyang magsasaka na si Alex Llabres, 46 na taong gulang, may asawa at mga anak, residente ng Brgy. San Roque Heights, Bula, Camarines Sur.

Death warrant at hindi arrest warrant ang bitbit ng mga umatake kay Llabres. Hindi bababa sa 30 elemento ng pinagsanib na pwersa ng Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFBn) at Bula Municipal Police Station (Bula MPS) ang pwersahang pumasok sa bahay ng mga Llabres. Naganap ang pagpatay kaninang madaling araw, ganap na ika-3:00 ng umaga, Hunyo 24.

Gamit ang modus operandi nilang Simultaneous Anti-Criminality and Law Enforcement Operations (SACLEO), naging kalakaran na ang berdugong estilo at gasgas na linyang ‘nanlaban’ kaya pinatay. Ganito nila pinagtatakpan ang walang patumanggang pagpatay na pinapalakpakan ng rehimeng US-Duterte lalong higit kung maiuugnay ang kanilang mga biktima sa rebolusyonaryong kilusan. Si Llabres ay pinaratangang kasapi at diumano’y mataas na opisyal ng BHB.

Nananawagan ang EOC BHB – Camarines Sur sa lahat ng taong simbahan at iba pang nais tumulong na suriin at ilantad ang tunay na pangyayari. Nananawagan din ang EOC BHB – Camarines Sur sa mga kagawad ng midya na palalimin, laluna ang mga inimbitahang saksihan ang mga ganitong operasyon, at ilabas na ang mga tunay na pangyayari sa likod ng modus operandi ng PNP. Sa mga kapamilya ni Alex Llabres, huwag kayong matakot na hanapin ang hustisya sa pamamagitan ng pagdulog sa lahat ng mga matatapat na indibidwal, organisasyon at ahensyang titindig kasabay ninyo. Ang inyong mga katapangan ang sisingil at nagtutulak sa mga nangakong lokal na opisyal kayo’y tulungan sa hustisyang gusto ninyong makamit.

CPP/CIO: Police and military killings, attacks against civilians continue unabated

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jun 25, 2021): Police and military killings, attacks against civilians continue unabated


JUNE 25, 2021

We denounce the unabated attacks against civilians perpetrated by military and police forces in the course of the Duterte regime’s counterinsurgency operations. At least seven civilians have been killed in these attacks over the past three weeks.

These attacks are being carried out systematically by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against civilians who are not taking part in armed hostilities, in violation of international laws governing armed conflicts.

The clear aim of these attacks is to strike fear in the hearts of the people to silence and paralyze their resistance against the regime’s corruption, brutalities and betrayal of the nation’s sovereignty.

Yesterday at 3 a.m., at least 30 troops under the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) raided the home and killed Alex Llabares in Barangay San Roque Heights, Bula, Camarines Norte. Police justified the killing of Llabares by claiming he “resisted arrest.” Llabares is being accused of being a member of the NPA.

Earlier this morning, two civilians were arrested by police in Bohol province. At 1 a.m., Barangay Councilor Carmilo Tabada was arrested in his home in Trinidad, Bohol. Tabada is reportedly a coordinator of the Central Visayas Farmers Development Center (FARDEC). At 3 a.m., combined military and police forces arrested United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) pastor Nathaniel Vallente in his residence in Barangay San Jose, Mabini, Bohol.

Last June 19, two youth residents of Barangay Guiom, Cawayan, Masbate, were abducted by state agents and remain missing to this day. There is an impending anti-communist crackdown in Masbate after police filed complaints against 24 individuals it accused of being members of the NPA.

Earlier this month, at least six civilians were killed by military and police forces in the guise of anti-NPA operations. On June 8, police and military forces killed three civilians in Barangay Anas, Masbate after picking them up from different towns the night before, and presented them as members of the NPA. On June 15, three lumad farmers, including a 12-year old girl, were mowed down by gunfire by troops of the 3rd Special Forces Battalion in Barangay Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

Farmers’ group concerned over midnight arrests in Bohol

 From the pro-CPP/NDF/NPA online publication Bulatlat (Jun 25, 2021): Farmers’ group concerned over midnight arrests in Bohol (By Anne Marxze Umil)

FARDEC’s program coordinator for Bohol Carmilo Tabada. (Photo courtesy of FARDEC)

A farmer’s support group expressed concern over a series of arrests in Bohol just after midnight, June 25.

In a statement,
Farmers Development Center officer-in-charge Marianne Corazon Tagalo related that at around 1:00 a.m. today, a composite team of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) arrested its program coordinator for Bohol, Carmilo Tabada, at his home in Trinidad, Bohol. His family confirmed his arrest, Tagalo said.

She added that Tabada was arrested over planted firearms and grenade explosives and is currently detained at the Trinidad Police Station.

At 3:00 a.m., United Church of Christ in the Philippines Pastor Nathaniel Vallente was also arrested in Mabini, Bohol for the same reasons.

Tagalo said that the authorities claim to be in possession of a search warrant against Vallente, but they were concerned that the raiding team were not wearing any body camera. She added that barangay officials also did not sign the manifestation of arms and ammunition retrieval.

Tagalo said Vallente is an active council member of the Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma sa San Jose (NAMASAJO), one of FARDEC’s peasant partners in Bohol.

“FARDEC denounces to the highest degree this series of attacks that harks back to Negros Island’s Synchronized Enhanced Managing of Police Operations (SEMPO) that massacred innocent farmers in 2018 and 2019. Tabada is a barangay councilor and leader of esteemed commitment that greatly helped (in the) implementation of our projects for peasant communities in Bohol,” Tagalo said.

Prior to Tabada’s arrest, he was also red-tagged last March. A group of motorcycle-riders staged a protest in front of his home in time for the New People’s Army’s founding anniversary. Tagalo also said that the repeated red-tagging and surveillance forced him to “scale down” his presence and prioritize his family’s safety.

Tabada has been been with FARDEC since 1998. He later became its coordinator in Bohol in 2002.

“Among the results of Tabada’s efforts and grassroots networks was the rice mill in Trinidad which significantly aided local farmer unions, among them NAMASAJO, in setting rice prices and breaking buyer monopolies before its forced closure in December 2020,” Tagalo said.

She added that this latest incident of attack against FARDEC staffs impedes their operations “toward truly eradicating poverty and hunger among farmers in Central Visayas.”

She lamented that just a year ago, its Sustainable Agriculture Program coordinator, Elena Tijamo, was abducted from her Bantayan island, Cebu home. Her whereabouts are still unknown.

“We call for the immediate release of both Tabada, Pastor Vallente, and other peasant leaders in Bohol who have been victimized by intense counter-insurgency pretense in recent weeks. This is yet another reflection of the government’s failure to curb the worsening human rights situation in the country,” Tagalo said.

Pastor linked to NPA nabbed in Bohol

From the Manila Bulletin (Jun 25, 2021): Pastor linked to NPA nabbed in Bohol (By Calvin Cordova)

A 52-year-old pastor suspected to be a supporter of the New People’s Army (NPA) was arrested in Mabini, Bohol Friday, June 25.

Nathaniel Vallenta, known as “Pastor Dodo” in the United Church of Christ (UCCP) based in Mabini, was caught keeping several firearms when law enforcers raided his home in Barangay San Jose, Mabini at dawn.

Authorities swooped down on the man’s house on the strength of a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Leo Moises Lison of the Regional Trial Court Branch 3 in Tagbilaran City.

Seized from the man’s house were four .45 caliber pistols, one hand grenade, various ammunition and subversive documents, the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Central Visayas (PNP-CIDG Region 7) said.

In its report, the CIDG Region 7 said Vallenta belonged to the Tabada Crime Group engaged in gun-running activities in Bohol.

Vallenta was detained at the CIDG-Bohol pending the filing charges against him, police said.

Negros Occ Army chief promoted

From the Visayan Daily Star (Jun 25, 2021): Negros Occ Army chief promoted (BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN)

Col. Inocencio Pasaporte, the top Army official in Negros Occidental is now a general.

Pasaporte, who serves as the 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, and five ranking officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, have been promoted to the next higher rank by President Rodrigo Duterte, on recommendation of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and the Board of Generals, headed by AFP chief, Gen. Cirilito Sobejana.

Pasaporte said his promotion to the rank of brigadier general took effect June 22.

Also promoted to brigadier general were colonels Robert Velasco, Augusto Gaite, and Ferdinand Razalan, while Commodore Danilo Fuentes was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral.

Pasaporte, who is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1991, supervises the internal security operations of the 62nd and 79th infantry battalions in Negros Occidental.

With his promotion, Pasaporte is set to occupy a higher position in the AFP soon.

Col. Michael Samson, deputy commander of the 303rd IB, is also a member of PMA Class 1991.

Military says BIFF bomb killed pregnant woman, wounded 2 kids in Maguindanao

From MindaNews (Jun 24, 2021): Military says BIFF bomb killed pregnant woman, wounded 2 kids in Maguindanao (By DALOMABI LAO BULA)

The military has accused the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) of planting a “booby-trap designed” bomb that killed a pregnant woman and wounded her two toddlers in Barangay Tuayan, Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao on Tuesday.

Lt Col John Paul Baldomar, spokesperson of 6th Infantry Division said the BIFF is notorious for hiding bombs intended for soldiers or to sow fear among among indigenous groups who are claiming disputed lands in the province’s hinterlands.

Province of Maguindanao. Map courtesy of Google

Baldomar refuted reports that Rosita Kinindi died and her two children were wounded when a mortar fired by soldiers landed on their hut while she was preparing breakfast on Tuesday.

He said there was no military operation in Datu Hoffer at the time, only in Ampatuan town.

He said he contacted the relatives of the victims and had met the tribal leaders to clarify reports on mainstream and social media, and that they could attest that no military operation happened in their village.

Baldomar added he also approached the local officials of Datu Hoffer who were quoted in the reports about the alleged mortar fire.

He said they found out that relatives of the victims were killed by the BIFF too in a brutal manner.

One was tied to a tree and beheaded and three others were burned before they were shot with high-powered firearms, he said.

Meanwhile, the 6th Infantry Division insisted that Ali Akbar was responsible for the June 3 burning of a Yellow Bus Line unit in Mlang town and the January 27 bombing in Tulunan, North Cotabato.

Akbar, the alleged mastermind, was arrested on June 21 in a joint law enforcement operation in Purok 3, Barangay East Patadon in Kidapawan City.

But relatives and neighbors claimed on social media that Akbar is a blind man.

“We are all aware of his condition. It took us more time to initiate the arrest as we verified first his eye condition and series of validation of his real identity. We can assure you he is not totally blind and he is our man we are looking for,” Baldomar said.

He said the suspect’s eyes were damaged in an accident caused by his previous bomb making activities.

BGen Roberto Capulong, 602nd Infantry Brigade commander said they have information that the suspect is an expert bomb maker and is connected to the Dawlah Islamiya-Hassan Group.

Akbar has an outstanding warrant of arrest from Branch 23 of the 12th Regional Trial Court for frustrated murder.

During the arrest, authorities reportedly seized bomb components and a black flag associated with the ISIS.

In an interview with reporters in Kidapawan City, the suspect denied that bomb components were found during the arrest but admitted he was once a member of the terror group but left many years ago. (Ferdinandh B. Cabrera/MindaNews)

Civilian killed, 2 hurt in NPA attack in Surigao Sur

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 25, 2021): Civilian killed, 2 hurt in NPA attack in Surigao Sur (By Alexander Lopez)

Google map of Lanuza, Surigao del Sur

A civilian was killed while two others were wounded when more or less 20 communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels attacked a construction site in Surigao del Sur on Thursday night.

In an interview Friday, Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office director Col. James T. Goforth said two backhoes of the firm MR1 Construction were also burned by the rebels at the site in Purok 2, Barangay Zone 2 in Lanuza town at around 9 p.m.

Killed during the attack was Eldrin Daraman, the watchman of the construction firm.

Two workers were also injured during the attack and were immediately brought to a nearby medical facility.

Goforth said personnel from Lanuza Municipal Police Station and 2nd Surigao del Sur Provincial Mobile Force Company immediately responded to the site but were fired upon by the rebels.

“A 30-minute encounter ensued between our personnel and the attacking rebels, after which, insurgents withdrew towards the mountainous portion of Barangay Mampi, Lanuza," he aid.

He said troopers from the 36th Infantry Battalion of the Army also reinforced the police personnel during the gun battle.

“After we successfully repulsed the attack, the personnel from Lanuza Fire Station were able to respond and penetrate the site where equipment were razed by the rebels. The damage is still undetermined as our investigators are still in the area. Aside from the backhoes, I believe there are other small equipment that were destroyed by the NPA rebels during the attack,” Goforth said.

He added that extortion is the prime motive behind the attack and the destruction of the equipment of the construction firm.

He identified the perpetrators as the members of Guerrilla Front (GF) 30 of the NPA's North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee.

“The rebels intended to destroy all the equipment inside the compound of the company but our forces were able to repel their plan,” Goforth said.

He also condemned the NPA rebels for killing the watchman and the wounding of two other civilian workers of the construction firm.

“We are saddened for the loss of another innocent life. The person was performing his duty at the company when attacked and killed by the insurgents. The rebels also injured two other innocent civilians,” Goforth said.

He added that joint pursuit operation with the Army is still ongoing in the area.

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

Alleged ‘bomb courier’ nabbed in SoCot

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 25, 2021): Alleged ‘bomb courier’ nabbed in SoCot (By Richelyn Gubalani)

‘BOMB COURIER.’ Mugshot of alleged “bomb courier” Boni Lingay Sueb, 22, who was arrested by operatives while reportedly carrying explosive components late Thursday afternoon (June 24, 2021) at the boundary of Barangays Sulit and Lapu, Polomolok town in South Cotabato. The suspect is reportedly linked to Islamic State-inspired local terrorist group Dawlah Islamiya-Maguid Group or “Socsargen Katiba.” (Photo courtesy of Polomolok police station)

Joint law enforcement operatives have arrested an alleged “bomb courier” in a law enforcement operation on Thursday afternoon in a village in Polomolok town, South Cotabato province.

Col. Jemuel Siason, South Cotabato police director, said Friday
suspect Boni Lingay Sueb, 22, was nabbed while reportedly carrying explosive components at the boundary of Barangays Sulit and Lapu around 5:30 p.m.

He said the operating team, which was in the area to serve several arrest warrants and conduct internal security operations, stopped and searched Sueb after noticing him moving suspiciously in the area.

The operatives, composed of elements from Army and police intelligence and operations units, found in the suspect’s backpack a rifle grenade, improvised plastic container, assorted wires, soldering gun, candle, and a document on “making improvised explosive”.

“Based on the information, the arrested suspect was a courier of IED (improvised explosive device) components within the area of South Cotabato and nearby (areas),” Siason said in a report.

Lt. Redin Cuevas, investigation unit chief of Polomolok police station, said they are currently looking into the suspect’s supposed links to Islamic State-inspired local terrorist group Dawlah Islamiya-Maguid Group or “Socsargen Katiba”.

He said their investigation showed that Sueb is not a bomb-maker but had been carrying or moving components for the group.

Cuevas said they are still establishing whether the suspect was a member of the terror group or just served as a paid courier of explosive materials.

“Our EOD (explosives ordnance disposal) unit is currently conducting a technical evaluation to check whether the recovered components were the same as those used in previous attacks in the area,” he said in a radio interview.

Cuevas said their intelligence monitoring and operations are ongoing against the remaining members and supporters of the Dawlah Islamiya in the area.

He said the key members of the group had reportedly left the area but it still has “eyes and ears” in the communities.

“We’re continually verifying that information and not taking for granted all reports that we’re getting from various sources,” he said.

The suspect will be charged with violation of Republic Act (RA) 9516 or the law on illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives, and RA 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

1989 Rano massacre remembered

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 25, 2021): 1989 Rano massacre remembered (By Che Palicte)  

HONORING THE VICTIMS. A member of the Bagobo-Tagabawa tribe offers candles and flowers at the Rano Monument on Friday (June 25. 2021) to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the June 25, 1989 massacre in Digos City. The tragedy left 39 individuals – 22 children, 10 women, and seven men – killed on the spot. (PNA photo by Che Palicte)

DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur – Survivors of the June 25, 1989 massacre on Friday marked its 32nd anniversary through a tribute along with national and local officials in Barangay Binaton here.

One of the survivors, Nelly Ayap-Digal who was 15-years-old during the tragedy, vividly remembers that they gathered that morning for worship at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) in Sitio Rano Barangay Binaton.

She said about 73 members of the Bagobo-Tagabawa tribe were attending the Mass when her uncle came and warned them
that heavily armed New People’s Army (NPA) rebels headed by ‘Kumander Bensar’ were approaching.

“We did not listen to him, we continued worshipping and later on, we heard a gunshot. They (NPA) killed my uncle. We ran and hid in a nearby house but they fired at us. I saw my relatives and neighbors killed and soaked in their own blood,”
Digal said in the vernacular, adding that her nephew was one of them.

“I was hit in the head and in my spine. I was then rushed to the hospital,”
she recalled.

The tragedy left 39 people – 22 children, 10 women, and seven men – killed on the spot.

“It pains me every time I think about it. However, I still thank God that I am alive and have recovered from the incident,” she added.

The names of the 39 members of the Bagobo-Tagabawa who were massacred on June 25, 1989, were etched on a memorial tablet. (PNA photo by Che Palicte)

Meanwhile, Helen Dominguez, one of the survivors who lost five family members on that fateful day, narrated that some of them managed to run away and go into hiding while the others, including her family, were left behind and mercilessly shot dead by Bensar’s group.

“I ran and hid through the squash plants with my four-year-old child and prayed to God that we are spared from harm. I heard people screaming and begging for help but Besnar ordered his men to fire at them,” she said in the vernacular.

She added that NPA rebels went to three houses near the chapel and killed everyone who was caught hiding.

After three hours of killing spree, the group went back to the UCCP chapel and started singing and laughing about the carnage. Sensing that the perpetrators already left, Dominguez and her child stood up and saw bloodied dead bodies.

She cannot describe her anguish when she saw the lifeless body of her pastor husband who was beheaded by the communist group.

“They beheaded my husband. I lost five members of my family. You just don’t know how painful it is,” Dominguez said.

Government’s help

Mayor Josef Fortich Cagas said the city government allocated a PHP100,000 budget for the annual commemoration of the incident.

He said the families of the victims were also provided with livelihood programs, as well as scholarship grants for their children.

Cagas vowed to put a memorial marker on the exact site where the massacre happened.

“We will make sure to establish it before our term ends in June next year,” he said.

He added that the tragedy will be forever etched in the Digoseños’ hearts and a constant reminder for them to be strong and fearless.

“As we seek justice for the victims, let us honor their deaths in strengthening our stand against terrorism, criminality, and insurgency,” he said.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, who personally attended the commemoration, said the 1989 incident is a manifestation that the government was not helping to address the needs of the people.

“I guess the government during that time has not responded to your needs, that is why the presence of these killers (NPA) are everywhere,” she said.

Badoy, who is also National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict spokesperson, vowed that the Duterte administration would do everything to protect the welfare of the indigenous peoples.

“You know, at the end of the day, the President will always say there's only one thing that the people want from a public servant, and that is to serve. You just serve. That's what the President says if you want this (insurgency) to end," she added.

Rano Monument and Hall of Peace

As part of the Rano massacre commemoration, the Bagobo-Tagabawa tribe unveiled the Rano Monument in Rimpong Tribal Village, Barangay Binaton, in memory of the 39 victims.

The Rano Monument (PNA photo by Che Palicte)

It was organized by the Kapiid Ka Banua (KKBI) Tribal Council and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), symbolizing the people’s strong condemnation of the Communist Party of the Philipines (CPP) - NPA and its terrorist acts.


Davao artist Kublai Millan designed the memorial and the Vale Kasunayan (Hall of Peace) depicting life, renewal, and transformation of the said tribe after the painful massacre.

“We remember those who were massacred through the dead leaf that is bigger than all of us. It looms above all and invites us to walk under it and see the cross beneath these giant dead leaf. The names are there to be known and remembered by all, and the words of anger and grief are immortalized,” Milan said.

He added that part of the monument is a sprouting leaf that symbolizes new life.

“Then as we look up to this new leaf, we see it forming the shape of a dove – the symbol of peace. It’s an invitation to all those who come over to experience the culture of Bagobo-Tagabawa to bring peace in their hearts,” Millan added.

He, however, clarified that the whole complex not just becomes a venue to remember but to transform from the violence of the past.

“We strive not just to remember, but to bring transformative justice to the lives laid to waste by an ideology whose foundation is violence and whose aim is to destroy. As has been defined, transformative justice seeks to respond to violence without creating more violence, and it is a collective act and mindset by the community,” Millan said.

BDP to foil Reds' poverty tool used in recruitment

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 25, 2021): BDP to foil Reds' poverty tool used in recruitment (By Priam Nepomuceno)

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

With the Barangay Development Program (BDP), the government now has in possession a tool that can help defeat poverty that plays a part in the recruitment and radicalization of vulnerable communities into the ranks of communist terrorists and their radicalization.

"For us in the security sector, we recognize that the radicalization of vulnerable communities and recruitment into the armed insurgency can be traced in part to poverty, hunger, lack (of) access to education and economic opportunities, inadequate healthcare, infrastructure, and injustice. Our goal at the NTF ELCAC (National Task Force to End Local Communism Armed Conflict) through the BDP, is to address these fundamental factors," National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. said during the ground-breaking ceremonies for the BDP in the Bicol Region Thursday.

He said the NTF ELCAC, of which he is vice-chair, is very appreciative of the strong and overwhelming support of all local chief executives, lawmakers, and the private sectors for the BDP.

"We stand here today, both national and local organs of the government, arm-in-arm and united to end the root causes of the armed insurgency," Esperon said.

The BDP is the government's counter-insurgency plan that aims to deliver various government programs in conflict-afflicted and geographically isolated villages that have been considered "cleared" from the influence of communist rebels.

It has identified 822 barangays nationwide that will receive PHP20 million each for farm-to-market roads, classrooms, water and sanitation systems, health stations, and livelihood projects.

Of the PHP19 billion total budget of the NTF ELCAC, PHP16 billion is allotted for the development of barangays cleared of insurgency.

"We take pride in the accomplishments of the NTF ELCAC, starting with the groundbreaking ceremonies that are taking place across the country. With the realization of the BDP, we join President Duterte in his earnest aspiration that our country may soon reap the fruits of peace, prosperity, and progress," he added.

Esperon said the BDP package being implemented in the Bicol region is the outcome of meticulous collaborative efforts between the local government, the security sector, private sector partners, and the national government, which all pitched in identifying stakeholders' needs in the area.

BDP ground-breaking now underway

He said the ground-breaking ceremonies for the BDP implementation in other regions are now underway.

"More importantly, I take this opportunity to reiterate that it is the President’s desire that the projects are completed soonest -- with the mark, and as samples, of good governance. The President is confident that the governors to whom the BDP funds are released, and the implementers of the BDP projects, will see to it through measures of transparency and accountability set by the national government," he added.

Esperon said the first ground-breaking for a BDP project took place in Balagbag East, Rizal, Kalinga last May 24.

"Today (Thursday) June 24, 2021, we have the BDP ground-breaking ceremony in the Municipality of Casiguran, Sorsogon Province in Bicol Region (Region V). The event will be graced by no less than the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for Region V Secretary Gregorio Honasan; incumbent Governor of Sorsogon, former Senator Francis 'Chiz' Escudero; high-level officials from the various national government agencies; local chief executives; as well as military and police commanders," he added.

Through the BDP, 15 barangays in Sorsogon shall each be receiving a package of programs and projects worth PHP20 million to aid in the development of their communities this year.

The municipality of Casiguran shall be implementing the BDP in Barangay San Pascual and Sta. Cruz, totaling to PHP40,000,000.

The breakdown of the PHP20,000,000 worth of projects in Barangay Sta. Cruz is, as follows:

* Construction of barangay road in Sitio Ariman worth PHP10 million;

* Construction of local access road from Central to Station Sampaloc worth PHP3 million;

* Construction of local access road from Central to Sitio Purog worth PHP3 million;

* Electrification of Sitio Purog worth PHP1 million;

* Expansion of Level III water supply system from Casiguran Water District worth PHP1 million; and

* Construction of one health station in Sitio Centro with the provision of medicines worth PHP2 million,000,000.

Meanwhile, Barangay San Pascual will be allocating its PHP20 million worth for the following projects:

* Concreting of Trece-Sog-Ong barangay road worth PHP12 million; and

* Widening and concreting of barangay road in Sitio Mauhang connecting to National road worth PHP8 million.

Aside from Casiguran town, 26 barangays in Masbate, eight barangays in Camarines Norte shall be receiving the BDP package this year.

This totals to 49 BDP beneficiary barangays for the Bicol Region this year.

Another 282 barangays in the Bicol Region shall be receiving projects under the BDP for implementation in 2022.

The barangays covered by the BDP used to be under the influence of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA). Many of these barangays used to be NPA’s guerilla bases.

CPP-NPA stunted growth of Bicol Region

He added that the CPP-NPA presence in the Bicol Region has greatly contributed to its stunted growth.

"The presence of the CPP-NPA has stunted development in many areas within the Bicol region. Philippine Statistics Authority data indicate that the Bicol Region posted a 7 percent unemployment rate and 20.3 percent underemployment rate in April 2021. Data from 2018-2019 show the poverty incidence among the population at 27 percent despite a growth rate of 7.4 percent," Esperon 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.

Peace and security concerns, he said, brought about the presence of the communist terrorists has been a dampener for the growth of the Bicol Region.

"At the national level, we understand that the regional development of the Bicol Region is correlated to its peace and order situation. The CPP-NPA has long been notorious for extortion activities conducted against large scale agricultural and mining companies, assassination by the Special Partisan Unit, human rights violations through the illegal use of landmines, human shields, and child warriors, roadside bombings, and ambushes against government personnel and various terrorist acts committed by the Bicol Regional Party Committee of the CPP-NPA," he added.

Full military honors for ex-president Aquino: AFP

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 25, 2021): Full military honors for ex-president Aquino: AFP (By Priam Nepomuceno)

Former President Benigno Simeon 'Noynoy' Aquino III (File photo)

Full military honors highlighted by gun salutes will be accorded to the late former President and commander-in-chief, Benigno Simeon 'Noynoy' Aquino III until his inurnment on Saturday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Thursday night.

AFP spokesperson Marine Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said eight rounds of cannon will be fired in succession for reveille starting 5 a.m. Friday.

"So the next after 6 o'clock reveille, the first, after the eighth round of cannon fire there will be one round of cannon to be fired at 7 o'clock and then every one hour thereafter until the hour of 5 (p.m.) after where there will be another salvo and another round of eight salvos in succession that actually, the eight rounds actually represent the eight provinces that participated in the revolution at that time," he said in an interview with CNN Philippines.

At 10 a.m. Friday, he said all available personnel at AFP General Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, and other military units, as well as the cadets of the Philippine Military Academy, Philippine Merchant Marine Academy, and the Philippine Air Force Flying School will assemble and the official notice of the death of former president will be read in their presence.

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared June 24 to July 3 as a Period of National Mourning over the passing of his predecessor.

On Saturday, there will be a 21-gun salute with the guns fired at one-minute intervals, starting when the former president's remains will be moved from the area where the necrological services were held or until the time that he reaches the place of inurnment.

A similar firing of cannons will be observed in other military camps immediately after the inurnment has been completed, he added.

"We are going to make the necessary arrangements to render these protocols and honors and ceremonies befitting a former president. And on the date of interment, available personnel will be lining up the road to provide necessary honors to the president as his funeral is moved from the place where the necrological services were made or were done up to the place where he will be interred," he said.

On Friday, the remains of the former president will be transferred to Ateneo's Church of the Gesu and will be available for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Masses will be held at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

TV host and actress Kris Aquino, sister of the former president, said the inurnment will be held on Saturday beside the tombs of their parents, former senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City.

On Thursday, the former president was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. due to renal disease secondary to diabetes.

PNoy feted for role in military's transformation

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 25, 2021): PNoy feted for role in military's transformation (By Priam Nepomuceno and Christopher Lloyd Caliwan)

FINAL RESPECTS. The Philippine flag at the AFP headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City is flown in half-mast on Friday (June 25, 2021) to mourn the passing of former president Benigno Simeon 'Noynoy' Aquino III. Military troops rendered traditional gun salute in various camps to honor their former commander-in-chief. (Photo courtesy of AFP Public Affairs Office)

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday recognized the role of the late former president Benigno Simeon 'Noynoy' Aquino III in its ongoing transformation journey.

"We honor and recognize the support and encouragement he had given us as we began our journey towards genuine transformation in our organization. This transformation paved the way for the professionalization of our troops and the inculcation of critical ethos such as accountability, transparency, and respect for human rights that we hold and value dearly today,” said AFP chief Gen. Cirilito Sobejana as the military rendered traditional gun salute in various military camps to honor their former commander-in-chief.

The eight-gun salute rites were simultaneously fired in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City; Fort Andres Bonifacio in Taguig City; Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City; Fort Abad in Manila; Fort Gregorio del Pilar in Baguio City; and all AFP Unified Command Headquarters in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The military honors are performed throughout the day starting with the eight-gun fire during the reveille time at 5 a.m. followed by gunfire every half-hour beginning 6 a.m. until the retreat time at 5 p.m. After which, another eight-gun salute is fired.

At around 10 a.m. all troops in all military camps, stations, and bases assembled for the official reading of the notice of death of the former president.

Meanwhile, the national flag is flown at half-mast in all AFP camps.

“We give our Former President and Commander-in-Chief our snappiest salute and our pledge to continue to perform our mandate. The banner of his legacy will continue to fly on the hallowed grounds of our camps anywhere in the country,” Sobejana said.

Sobejana, speaking on behalf of the whole AFP, acknowledged and hoped to immortalize the late president’s legacy as the 15th President of the Philippines.

“With wisdom and prudence, President Aquino steadfastly steered our country towards economic stability and through the many disasters and challenges that we faced during his term as our leader,” he said.

During his term, Aquino advocated the strengthening of the country’s defense and security capabilities. Republic Act No. 10349 was enacted under his presidency to revitalize the slow-paced AFP modernization program.

With the advent of the Internal Peace and Security Plan- Bayanihan, the former president also encouraged the AFP to adopt an inclusive approach towards security, where every Filipino is a stakeholder in the goal to achieve just and lasting peace.

Meanwhile, the Department of the Interior and Local Government also joined the nation in grieving over the former president's demise.

"His passing came as a shock to the Filipino people especially in this time of pandemic where many have left us suddenly and without warning," Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement.

Año said the DILG expresses its deepest condolences to the Aquino family, loved ones, and friends at this time of bereavement.

He added that they are also requesting the public to offer prayers for the former president's eternal repose.

"We pay tribute to the former President for his legacy of service to the country and his numerous contributions to the nation. Indeed, his leadership has paved the way for the development of the DILG, LGUs, uniformed services, and the whole government bureaucracy. His legacy lives in our hearts and minds," Año said.

On Friday, the remains of the former president were taken to Ateneo's Church of the Gesu and will be available for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Aquino's inurnment will be held on Saturday beside the tombs of their parents, former senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City.

Aquino, 61, who served as president from 2010 to 2016, succumbed to renal disease secondary to diabetes at the Capitol Medical Center on Thursday morning.

FVR among 174 living Pinoy veterans of Korean War

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 25, 2021): FVR among 174 living Pinoy veterans of Korean War (By Ben Cal)

Former President Fidel Ramos (File photo)

Of the 7,420-strong Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK), who fought during the Korean War, 174 are still alive as of June 24, 2021, all in their ‘90s, including former President Fidel V. Ramos, and Maj. Maximo Young, one of only two Filipinos awarded the prestigious “Taegeuk Medal” (Medal of Valor), South Korea’s highest military award for bravery in combat.

June 25 marks the 71st anniversary of the Korean War when thousands of Chinese and North Korean forces invaded South Korea.

Defense Undersecretary Ernesto G. Carolina, administrator of the Philippine Veteran Affairs Office (PVAO) in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, furnished the Philippine News Agency (PNA) a list of the 11 oldest living Filipino Korean War veterans.

The oldest is retired Army Maj. Young, 98 years old, and still in good health as he does light exercise daily with ease such as walking around the house. He will turn 99 this coming October.

The 10 other living and oldest PEFTOK veterans are Maj. Sgt. Eleuterio S. Oplento, 97, Sgt. Amadeo P. Timbancay, 97, Sgt. Federico S. Sinagose, 96, Sgt. Luis A. Amor, 96, Sgt. Doroteo R. Viado, 95, Sgt. Miguel M. Villamor, 95, Sgt. Jaime M. Opena, 94, Sgt. Adriano B. Quevedo, 94, Sgt. Diego R. Ignacio, 94, and Gen. Fidel V. Ramos, 93.

Ramos, after he retired from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as chief of staff, he was named defense secretary when he decided to run and won the presidency in 1992 as the 12th President of the Philippines.

The Philippines was second among 21 Allied Forces to receive two “Taegeuk Medals” (Medal for Valor), for bravery in combat during the Korean War.

Only 15 allied troopers were awarded the coveted “Taegeuk Medal” during the three-year war that broke out on June 25, 1950 and ended on July 27, 1953.

The United States topped the list with eight “Taegeuk Medals". The Philippines was second with two, and one each for Belgium, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

The two Filipino soldiers who were recipients of the coveted “Taegeuk Medal” were retired Maj. Maximo Young and the late Capt. Conrado D. Yap, both members of the famed 10th Battalion Combat Team (BCT) of the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea.

Give up, avail of gov’t support, PRRD tells NPA rebels

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 25, 2021): Give up, avail of gov’t support, PRRD tells NPA rebels (By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos)

President Rodrigo R. Duterte (PCOO file photo)

Surrender, give up your weapons, and the government will support you.

President Rodrigo Duterte made the offer anew to New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, assuring them of free housing, financial and food assistance, in a speech delivered during the launch and oath-taking ceremony of officers of the Global Coalition of Lingkod Bayan Advocacy support groups and force multipliers at the Philippine National Police Multipurpose Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Friday.

Duterte said insurgents who want to reintegrate into mainstream society will undergo skills training under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

“Ang deal ko sa (My deal to) surrenderers, if you surrender, I will automatically give you a place to stay. Then, I will send you to Tesda under Secretary (Isidro) Lapeña. You learn the basic of whatever educational study that you can master. For the time being, I will pay you and I will support you with a food sustenance,” he said.

Duterte said members of the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) armed wing, NPA, must also “drop [their] arms.”

He stressed that “surrender without arms is not good to [him].”

“Because nothing changes the equation up in the mountains,” Duterte said. “If the firearms are still there and they come down to surrender, minus the arms, then nothing has changed in the equation, in the totality.”

Be enlightened

Duterte said the CPP’s politburo or the policymakers are earning billions of pesos at the expense of poor NPA bandits.

He said NPA guerillas must be enlightened by the “sad story of the CPP”.

“The politburo’s families and members, children are all abroad, enjoying the fat of the land from the Communist Party of the Philippines. ‘Yung mga anak nila (Their children) are studying in Europe, London. Some of them [are] traveling,” he said.

Duterte also cited intelligence reports that “a group” of politburo’s children went to Turkey upon the invitation of the government.

“And yet, their [NPA] soldiers down on the ground are dying sometimes without eating a day or two days,” he said. “Iyan ang hindi alam ng pobreng kawal ng sundalo (That’s what their poor bandits do not know). And this must be brought to life para malaman nila ang totoo (for them to know the truth).”

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

On May 29, 2018, the Department of National Defense issued the implementing rules and regulations directing Task Force “Balik Loob” to enforce the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), the government’s program for former rebels.

Under E-CLIP, former rebels will receive PHP15,000 worth of immediate assistance; PHP21,000 to defray the subsistence or meal cost; support to relocate and secure their family; PHP50,000 livelihood assistance; and other benefits like temporary shelter, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation enrolment, modified conditional cash transfer, and medical, legal, and livelihood assistance.

AFP-CRS: Former Rebels Receive Cash Assistance from the Government of Bukidnon

Posted to the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Civil Relations Service (AFP-CRS) Facebook Page (Jun 21, 2021): Former Rebels Receive Cash Assistance from the Government of Bukidnon

BETTER LIFE | In the pursuit of giving Former Communist NPA Terrorists (CNT) members a better life, the provincial government of Bukidnon gave cash assistance to four (4) Former Rebels under the 8th Infantry (Dependable) Battalion at Malaybalay City

AFP-CRS: IP Group Condemns CTG's Deception, Recruitment in Tarlac

Posted to the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Civil Relations Service (AFP-CRS) Facebook Page (Jun 21, 2021): IP Group Condemns CTG's Deception, Recruitment in Tarlac

CONDEMNED | Forced to support the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) through resource generation and recruitment in Barangay Iba, San Jose, Tarlac, 52 former members of the Aeta Tribe Association (ATA) and United Abelling Tribe (UGAT) - identified to be CTG’s front organizations - has formed a new group named Solid Indigenous New Adventure Guide (SINAG) and strongly condemned the atrocities of the CTG in a peace rally held at the aforementioned Barangay.

AFP-CRS: Legal Team vs CPP-NPA

Posted to the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Civil Relations Service (AFP-CRS) Facebook Page (Jun 23, 2021): Legal Team vs CPP-NPA

LEGAL TEAM VS CPP-NPA | To “add teeth” to the government’s campaign against the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in Western Visayas formed the Joint Focused Legal Action Team (JFLAT).

AFP-CRS: CPP-NPA kinondena ng mga dating miyembro

Posted to the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Civil Relations Service (AFP-CRS) Facebook Page (Jun 23, 2021): CPP-NPA kinondena ng mga dating miyembro

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Kalinaw News: Daughter of suicide bombers rescued; ASG bandit killed in Sulu

From Kalinaw News (Jun 24, 2021): Daughter of suicide bombers rescued; ASG bandit killed in Sulu

June 24, 2021, Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Jolo, Sulu – In a joint law enforcement with the PNP, troops of the 11th Infantry “Alakdan” Division figured in a shootout with four Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members in Brgy Bangkal, Patikul, Sulu.

“They were supposed to serve a warrant of arrest around 11:55pm yesterday against ASG member Rudymar Habib Jihiiran alias Gulam when our troops under 1102 Infantry Brigade were shot at by him and his comrades. A firefight ensued, which resulted to the death of an alias Sawi – a bandit under subleader Amah Patit. Further, the security forces were able to rescue an individual later identified as Sitti Aisyah Rullie also known as Maryam Israni. She is an Indonesian who is being indoctrinated in conducting bombings and also the wife of Jihiiran,” said 11th Infantry Division Commander MGen William N Gonzales.

Authorities from the Scene of the Crime Operation of PNP are currently conducting a forensic investigation on the location. Recovered inside the house was an olive green backpack containing an electric blasting cap, a 12 inches long blue detonating cord , a pair of 9 volts battery and cellphones.

According to 45th Infantry Battalion Commander Ltc Vicente B Mabborang Jr who was part of last night’s operation, the residents of Barangay Bakung reported the presence of the group. “Nag- Community Support Program kami roon kaya talagang naging kapalagayan namin ng loob ang mga tao. Noong nagkaputukan na yung mga CAFGU naman ng 5th Special Forces Company ang naging reinforcement. Lahat ito ay dahil din sa suporta rin ng LGU.”

Ltc Mabborang also revealed that Aisya Rullie is a daughter of an Indonesian couple who were the perpetrators of 2019 Jolo Cathedral Bombing. “Anak siya nina foreign terrorist Rullie Rian Zeke at Ulfa Handayani Saleh, ‘yung suicide bombers sa Cathedral. Yung kapatid naman nito na si Rezky Fantasya Rullie alias Cici, naaresto sa isang raid sa Jolo noong October 2020. Doon kay Gulam at sa isa pang nakatakas ngayon. Tuloy-tuloy ang pursuit operations,” Ltc Mabborang stated.

Likewise, authorities disclosed that Siti Aisya Rullie is still a minor. “We are on the process of validating but she is estimated to be 13 years of age. Still, we in the security sector have no choice but to coordinate with concerned agencies and act on this. She is married to a full pledged ASG, her older brother is an armed member under the Daulah Islamiyah group, and per intel reports she is being groomed as a suicide bomber. There is a risk here,” MGen Gonzales said.

“With regards her disposition, of course, we will just abide by what is prescribe by the law. We sincerely hope that she could be deracialized and have another chance on a decent life. Involving children in this kind of terroristic act is outright shameful and a clear violation of our existing laws,” he added

To note, there were seven foreign terrorists in Sulu on the year 2019. Today, there are only two remaining foreign terrorists in the province- Indonesian Ahmad Ibrahim Rullie, and Egyptian identified as alias Abdurahman- both of them minors.

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Kalinaw News: Community tip-off leads to recovery of abandoned CTG lair with war materiel in Aurora

From Kalinaw News (Jun 24, 2021): Community tip-off leads to recovery of abandoned CTG lair with war materiel in Aurora

Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – An abandoned Communist Terrorist Group’s (CTG) lair and assorted war materiel were discovered by the troops of the 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion, Philippine Army following the information given by the community at the vicinity of Sitio Tordil, Barangay San Ildefonso, Casiguran, Aurora on June 23, 2021.

Lieutenant Colonel Reandrew P. Rubio, Commanding Officer of 91IB, said that the abandoned lair was believed to be owned by Platoon North of the Aurora Provincial Committee of the NPA.
Acting on the tip-off, the troops of Bravo Company, 91IB led by 1st Lieutenant Jevie J. Sagragao, immediately conducted an operation at the said area at around 7:30 in the morning.

Among the recovered items at the abandoned lair were 30 rounds of ammunition for M14 rifle; 6 magazines for M14; 1 poncho; 3 load cards (1 smart, 2 globe); 1 CD; 1 bandoleer for M14; and 4pcs topographic maps.

“We are very thankful to the community for providing us information that led to the recovery of war items. I am commending the effort of our soldiers for their immediate action, and our troops are scouring the area,” LTC Rubio said.

Meanwhile, the Commander of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, Philippine Army, Major General Alfredo V. Rosario Jr., lauded the support of the community, emphasizing that the tip-off is the result of the effective implementation of the Community Support Program (CSP) in their Barangays where the Army is pouring effort to inform communities on how CTGs disrupt their peace and development.

“Ang mga tao na mismo ang ayaw sa kanilang presensya dahil hindi na sila ngayon matatakot pa ng mga teroristang grupo. Narito kami upang kayo ay protektahan. Kaya nananatili ang aming panawagan sa patuloy ninyong pagsuporta sa mga kasundaluhan. Dahil sa pagkakaisa lamang tayo magiging malaya sa kamay ng mga terorista,” MGEN Rosario said.

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Kalinaw News: 60 IPs undergo Youth Awareness Program in Aurora town

From Kalinaw News (Jun 24, 2021): 60 IPs undergo Youth Awareness Program in Aurora town

BALER, Aurora – Some 60 youths from an Indigenous People’s Community attended the IP Youth Awareness Program (IPYAP) facilitated by the Philippine Army’s 91st Infantry ‘Sinagtala’ Battalion (91IB), 7th Infantry ‘Kaugnay’ Division, Philippine Army in collaboration with the Local Government Unit of Dingalan at the Gymnasium, Barangay Poblacion, Dingalan, Aurora, on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Lieutenant Colonel Reandrew P Rubio, Battalion Commander of 91IB said in an interview that personnel of Alpha Company 91IB 7ID PA, led by 1st Lieutenant Roberto G Apelado Jr, Civil Military Operation Officer, facilitated the activity together with Mayor Shierwin Taay’s administrator Shiella H. Taay who served as Guest of Honor and Speaker.

Lieutenant Colonel Rubio said that Mayor Taay lauded the activity and manifested his full support to the plans and programs of 91IB, saying that the program would develop the talents, skills and the youth role in nation-building as “Ang Kabataan ang Pag-asa ng Bayan”.

“Our youth is considered as the most vulnerable from manipulation and deception of the terrorists, hence, we teach and train them to know their rights in order not to be deceived by lies and propaganda of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG). Our government, through the whole-of-nation approach, has been filling the gaps to our IPs, the convergence of our efforts and resources will help them to be much better and defeat insurgency,” Lieutenant Colonel Rubio said.

Also attended as lecturers were Police Lieutenant Jetro Amengan, OIC of Dingalan Municipal Police Station; Jan Michael A. Rigdao, representative from Community and Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO); Hannah Marie A. Dizon MLGOO/DILG; Dr. Lani Veronica N. Cebedo, municipal health office (MHO); Willilen S. Padio, Chief/AO IV NCIP representative and personnel of the municipal disaster risk reduction and management office (MDRRMO) as medical team headed by Ruel T. Gonzales.

The activity was participated by 6 Students IP Youth from Barangay Ibona, 22 Students IP Youth from Barangay Umiray, 5 students from barangay Dikapanikian, 21 Students IP Youth from Barangay Matawe, 6 Students IP Youth from Barangay Caragsacan, all in Dingalan town.

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Kalinaw News: Western Mindanao Command, OPAMA strengthen collaboration to expedite peace process with MNLF

From Kalinaw News (Jun 25, 2021): Western Mindanao Command, OPAMA strengthen collaboration to expedite peace process with MNLF

Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – June 25, 2021, The Western Mindanao Command hosted the Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaign held at the Eisenhower Hall, Camp Navarro, Calarian, this city on Wednesday, June 24, 2021.

The said activity was spearheaded by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs (OPAMA) represented by Undersecretary Arthur Tabaquero, Chairman, Security Sub-Committee; Undersecretary Cesar Yano, Chairman, Socio-Economic Sub-Committee; and Assistant Secretary Andres Aguinaldo, Jr., Chairman, Community Healing and Reconciliation Sub-Committee.

The purpose of the activity was to brief the members of the WestMinCom on the updates of the engagement of the government with MNLF groups and to formulate a transformation program for the ex-militants to expedite the peace process with the peace-inclined group.

Also present during the activity were Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan, Jr., WestMinCom Commander; Brigadier General Francisco Ariel Felicidario III, Chief of the AFP Peace and Development Office; Brigadier General Domingo Gobway, Commander, Joint Task Force Basilan; and Colonel Randolph Rojas, Commander, Joint Task Force Zamboanga.

Other participants, including the commanders of the joint task forces and brigades under WestMinCom as well as the representatives from the PNP, joined through video teleconferencing (VTC)

Lieutenant General Vinluan, Jr. expressed his gratitude to the OPAMA for this initiative.

“This campaign proposes the steps we must undertake as we endeavor to further enhance the security posture here in Mindanao and accommodate the former Moro National Liberation Front combatants to return into the mainstream society,” said Lieutenant General Vinluan, Jr.

Meanwhile, Director Jana Jill Gallardo, Head, GPH Secretariat, presented the updates on the GPH-MNLF Peace Process.

Also discussed during the open forum was the profiling of the MNLF members who will benefit from the transformation program.

According to Usec Tabaquero, the profiling is quite challenging hence the support from the military and the PNP is imperative.

“The former rebels must be monitored for the peace efforts to succeed,” USec Tabaquero stated.

Brigadier General Felicidario III said that all those who will be reintegrated into mainstream society will receive economic package from the GPH.

Sec. Carlito Galvez, Jr., the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity and Chair of the GPH Coordinating Committee for Misuari Group, through USec Yano, extended his gratitude to Lieutenant General Vinluan, Jr. and to all the participants for taking time to attend the activity.

“This activity has served as a venue not only to be updated on the latest development on the peace process but also to exchange ideas based on our personal experiences on the ground,” said Sec. Galvez, Jr.

The activity culminated around noon of the same day.

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Kalinaw News: CTG Kills Civilian and Destroys Privately-owned Equipment in Surigao del Sur

From Kalinaw News (Jun 25, 2021): CTG Kills Civilian and Destroys Privately-owned Equipment in Surigao del Sur

PLACER, Surigao del Norte— Another grave violation of International Humanitarian Law was committed by Communist NPA Terrorists after they desperately destroyed the civilian-owned construction equipment and inhumanely killed and severely wounded the caretakers in Lanuza town, Thursday evening, June 24. 

The said incident was perpetrated by more or less 15 members of Guerilla Front 30 under Noel Tumarlas Alacre alias Meagan of Guerilla Front 30, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee. 

The troops of 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion immediately responded to the said incident and briefly engaged the CTG. Two backhoes owned by a certain Mr. Paulo Lopez were damaged while three (3) other equipment were safely salvaged by the responding troops. 

Accordingly, the communist NPA terrorists harassed Lanuza Municipal Police Station as a ploy in order to deliberately burn the target equipment located in a privately established construction base are about 350 meters away from the police station. 

The perpetrators sporadically exchange gunfire with PNP personnel for about 20 minutes while their cohorts simultaneously torched the heavy equipment being rented by JLMCI Construction for the bypass road construction in the said municipality. 

Initial report stated that a watchman was mercilessly killed by the CTG while another one was reportedly wounded during the course of the attack. 

The victims were identified as Aldren Daraman, 27, married, and Melvin Buniel, 28 both residents of Barangay San Roque of Madrid town. Daraman was killed on the spot while Buniel was been rushed to Adela Serra Ty Memorial Center in Tandag City for immediate medical treatment. 

In the statement of Lt. Col. Michael Rey S Reuyan, Commanding Officer of the 36IB said that the unfortunate incident was a desperate attempt of the communist NPA terrorists to disrupt the peace and development efforts of the government. 

He further said that it was a treacherous act and anti-development tactics of the CTG to sow fear on the locals in order to survive their senseless revolution. 

On the hand, Brig. Gen. George L Banzon PA, Commander of 901st Infantry (Fight’Em) Brigade said that the destruction of civilian owned heavy equipment that were not use for any military purpose perpetrated by the communist NPA terrorists was meant to pressure the companies to give in to their extortion demands. 

He also cited that the destruction of privately-owned property and murder of noncombatants are all included in the provision that the Geneva Convention prohibits. 

“What happened in Lanuza town manifests the true colors CPP-NPA-NDF. Their action affirmed their inclusion to the list of terrorist groups by the international community such as United States, New Zealand, and by the European Union composed of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden. The incident will be added to the long list of war crimes they committed against our people over the years”, he said.

 In addition, Brig. Gen. Banzon offered the sincerest condolences to the bereaved family of the killed victim. 

He said that continuous operation is being conducted to go after the perpetrators. “We will press the fight against these ruthless murderers and violators of human rights in order to bring justice to our innocent people and to shield the peace-loving communities”, he added.

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