Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Fil-Am group slams CPP-NPA’s recruitment, fundraising in US

From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 27, 2021): Fil-Am group slams CPP-NPA’s recruitment, fundraising in US (By Marita Moaje)

STOP RECRUITMENT. Members of the Filipino-Americans Against Crime and Terrorism (FACT) calls on the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army to stop its recruitment and fundraising activities in the United States on Sunday (July 25, 2021). The FACT sought justice for the victims of the communist terrorist group. (Courtesy of FACT Facebook page)

A group of Filipino Americans in New York on Sunday called on the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) to stop its recruitment activities and the fund-raising activities in the United States.

The Filipino-Americans Against Crime and Terrorism (FACT) made this appeal after groups of young Filipino Americans held a rally outside the Philippine Consulate General in New York on June 11 during the 123rd Philippine Independence Day.

FACT said the protesters were composed of Bayan-USA, Anakbayan-USA, Migrante-USA, and Malaya Movement.

Aside from denouncing the Philippine government and seeking to overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte, the youth groups also demanded the US government to stop its military support for the Philippines.

During the rally, one of the speakers extolled the CPP-NPA, saying the communist terrorist group (CTG) and its members are the true heroes the Filipinos should honor.

“We in the Filipino-Americans Against Crime and Terrorism (FACT) are aghast by the audacity of these groups to praise the CPP-NPA. They did this in open defiance of the United States government, which is one of several countries that had designated the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization,” FACT statement read.

FACT said the US Department of State listed the CPP-NPA as a foreign terrorist organization in August 2002 due to its involvement in countless atrocities not only against the military but on innocent civilians, including women and children.

It said that despite the repeated denials of Bayan-USA, Anakbayan-USA, and other organizations of their links with the CPP-NPA, the youth groups’ actions outside the Philippine Consulate reflect otherwise.

The protesters’ actions also confirmed what the FACT members have been saying all along that the CPP-NPA cadres are actively operating in the US.

“These CPP-NPA cadres are right here in our midst. They are actively recruiting members and sympathizers from the Filipino-American Community and raising funds to support their goal of overthrowing the Philippine government through their so-called armed struggle. In case the Filipino-American Community is not aware, the ultimate objective of the CPP-NPA is to install a communist dictatorship in the Philippines,” the group said.

FACT said the US-based members of Bayan, Anakbayan, and Migrante have been trying to convince the Filipino Americans to support them through deception.

“These CPP-NPA cadres conveniently omit the fact that communist terrorists in the Philippines have been involved in some of the worst atrocities committed against the Filipino people in the past five decades,” the group said.

CPP-NPA atrocities

The Fil-Am group said the CPP-NPA committed 1,506 atrocities against civilians and police and military personnel from 2010 to 2020, according to the Center for Law of Armed Conflict of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

This included the killing of 77 soldiers and 296 civilians as well as 532 incidents that resulted in damage to civilian property.

In June 2021, NPA members killed Kieth Absalon, a 21-year-old college football varsity player of the Far Eastern University, and his 40-year-old cousin in an ambush in Masbate by detonating an anti-personnel mine that is already banned.

The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs stated that “anti-personnel landmines are prohibited under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction (or Mine Ban Convention), adopted in 1997”.

The UN said more than 150 countries have joined the said treaty.

From 2010 to 2020, a total of 141 incidents that involved the use by CPP-NPA terrorists of banned anti-personnel mines against government troops and civilians were recorded.

The above atrocities still did not include the massacre initiated by CPP-NPA terrorists of 39 people—22 children, 10 women, and seven men, that belongs to the Bagobo-Tagabawa tribe while they were worshiping inside a chapel in Digos City on June 29, 1989, and the murder of several Americans in the Philippines, that include bemedaled Vietnam War veteran Col. James Rowe who was ambushed and killed by the CPP-NPA in Manila on April 21, 1989.

Disassociate your groups from CPP-NPA

FACT said if indeed Bayan-USA, Anakbayan-USA, Migrante-USA, and the Malaya Movement do not have links with the CPP-NPA as they claim, and if it is true that they are human rights defenders, they should disassociate themselves from the terrorist group.

It also urged the youth groups to denounce CPP founder Jose Ma. Sison and the atrocities the NPA terrorists have committed against the Filipino people.

“If they will not, we will be compelled to take non-violent courses of action to protect ourselves and our families here in the United States and back home from the threat posed by CPP-NPA-NDF terrorists to the Philippines and the Filipino people,” the FACT said.

The United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines also listed the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization.


CPP/NDF-Bicol: Do not use children as pawns in a dirty, brutal war

Propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Website (Jul 26, 2021): Do not use children as pawns in a dirty, brutal war


JULY 26, 2021

How vile and desperate of 2nd IBPA to use children as pawns in their corrupt and malicious surrender campaign! What did these children ever do to deserve being objectivized as trophies in this regime’s all-out war? Parading one batch of fake surrenderees after another, the 2nd IBPA has already probably made use of the entire population of legal-aged civilian Masbateños to now make use of children. But rather than bolster the credibility of the fascist regime’s surrender campaign, this recent stint of parading 18 children as child warriors in Aroroy, Masbate only further highlights how gigantic and desperate of an absurdity it has become. This orchestrated and shameful act deserves nothing short of the people’s outrage!

This is not the first time that the fascist state has endangered lives and abused children in the region. Last month, the 22nd IBPA illegally detained four children in Bulan, Sorsogon. They were illegally arrested along with their parents and relatives. In February, 83rd IBPA abducted a child in Garchitorena, Camarines Sur and, as of this writing, has not yet been located. Masbateño children have likewise been historically abused and subjected to state violence. Richlyn Luna, 12 and Reden Luna, 9, were murdered alongside their grandmother in Panan-awan, Masbate in 2017. Many are forced to evacuate their communities and stop attending school because of intense militarization. Schools and public spaces supposedly safe for children are also transformed into barracks for military units that carry out counterinsurgency operations. The list goes on and on.

Adding more insult to injury, 2nd IBPA used these children not only to orchestrate another feat in the surrender campaign, but also to thicken their pockets. Masbateño people are aware of how the Enhanced Livelihood and Integration Program (E-CLIP), Barangay Development Program (BDP) and other deceitful programs under the US-Duterte regime’s counterinsurgency campaign have only served to fatten the wallets of generals, other military officials and minions of the fascist administration. These 18 fake child warriors are equivalent to an at least additional P1,170,000 corruption money for the mercenary army.

While it is true that children should not be ignorant of the ongoing civil war between the Filipino people and the fascist state, it is never justifiable to use, threaten and murder them in the name of the state’s senseless war against the people. To do so is plainly despicable. In consecutively endangering the lives of children, the US-Duterte regime has only proven that every breathing, living creature – of whatever age, gender or class – is equally vulnerable to state violence.

NDF-Bikol calls on the Bikolano masses, as well as the international community, to highly condemn the rising number of abuses and crimes against children perpetrated by AFP-PNP-CAFGU. Relentlessly expose 2nd IBPA’s malicious use of children in the pacification campaign. At all times, remain vigilant and critical of the fake information circulated by the fascist regime and its mercenary army. More than ever, it is vital for the revolutionary movement to guide and fortify the people’s agitation and mobilize the widest and strongest anti-fascist alliance. The only way to truly provide a safe community for children and for everyone is to overthrow the system that allows the likes of Duterte to hold power and evade accountability.

Do not use children as pawns in a dirty, brutal war


Kalinaw News: Mindanawan Lass Slays United States Air Defense Artillery Course as Distinguish Honor Graduate

Posted to the Kalinaw News Website (Jul 27, 2021): Mindanawan Lass Slays United States Air Defense Artillery Course as Distinguish Honor Graduate

First Lieutenant Krescilla D Polistico, an Army Officer from Mindanao, hurdled the Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Basic Officer Leader Branch Class 003-2021 last July 23, 2021 at the United States Army ADA in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, USA.

Seventy-One young and dashing military leaders from different countries with 58 males and 13 females successfully graduated and Lt Polistico is among the 10% or seven students who slayed the course as Distinguish Honor Graduate.

Poly or Kring, as fondly called by her friends and colleagues, said that she enjoyed so much the day-to-day chance of engaging with different personalities. This also includes her interest in the various military defense systems of different countries and the unique military activities and traditions of the host country. However, while it is so, she also experienced challenges in her schooling journey and said that, “Cultural differences, language barrier, relatively significant gap in the defense systems between the host country and the Philippines are among the challenges I’ve experienced”.

She said that with the schooling opportunity abroad, she is more determined and averred, “I hope to inspire our soldiers to continue on becoming professionals, skilled and expert in every aspect of soldiery. Also, I will continue to perform my roles in the Artillery unit”. Polisticio also hopes in the future to become part of the Air Defense Artillery of the Philippine Army.

Meanwhile, Captain Alvin P Abella, Spokesperson of 2nd Field Artillery Battalion (2FAB) said, “Prior to the schooling abroad of Kring, she was performing duties with the 2FAB, Army Artillery Regiment (AAR), Philippine Army (PA) as Executive Officer and Platoon Leader of Alpha Battery directly supporting the Infantry Battalions under 1001st Infantry Brigade based in Davao de Oro and 701st Infantry Brigade based in Davao Oriental”. He added that she was only an alternate candidate to said course, “Fate dictated her chance when she passed the qualifying exams with aplomb and flying colors and was able to submit all her requirements with the limited time given and amid CoViD19 threat.”

Kring’s message to the youth, “Seize every moment. Opportunities are boundless during youthful years, so, be ready to take on”.

The Army Artillery Regiment, Philippine Army is set to recognize Lt Polistico upon her return to the Philippines and expected to report back to her unit, 2FAB, anytime soon to continue perform her duties.

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Kalinaw News: Military thwarts terror ploys of Daulah Islamiyah in South Cotabato

Posted to the Kalinaw News Website (Jul 27, 2021): Military thwarts terror ploys of Daulah Islamiyah in South Cotabato

Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – July 27, 2021 , Troops of the Joint Task Force Central thwarted terror ploys and seized explosives in South Cotabato on July 24, 2021.

According to Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command, soldiers were conducting focused military operations when they encountered undetermined number of Daulah Islamiyah-Maguid Group members under Jaiden Jade Nilong, a.k.a. Aliboy, in Barangay Lumakil, Polomolok, South Cotabato.Firefight ensued which lasted for 20 minutes after which the enemy withdrew bringing along their casualties with them.

While scouring the encounter site, soldiers recovered 15 improvised explosive devices, five blasting caps, one IED remote detonator, three batteries, one hand grenade, 94 rounds 5.56mm ammunition, 65 rounds 7.62mm ammunition, one magazine, two Nokia analog cellphone, one smartphone, four civilian backpacks, four hammocks, one Commander Muslim book, one electric tester, one roll nylon, and nine meters rope. “There are possible casualties as evident on the bloodstains that scampered in the area,” said Brig. Gen. Roy Galido, Commander of 601st Infantry Brigade.

Meanwhile, Major General Juvymax Uy, Commander of Joint Task Force Central said the successful operation is attributable to the strong coordination between the intelligence and operating units. “Congratulations to the operating troops for successfully preempting the local terrorists from executing their terror plan,” said Major General Uy. Follow-up operations are being conducted to block the withdrawal route of the fleeing enemies.“Our ground troops will keep guard in order to preempt any terror ploy of the terrorist. We will also sustain our offensives to neutralize the remaining terrorists and protect the communities,” said Lieutenant General Vinluan, Jr.

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Kalinaw News: BIFF officer, 6 cohorts yield amid intensified operations in Maguindanao

Posted to the Kalinaw News Website (Jul 27, 2021): BIFF officer, 6 cohorts yield amid intensified operations in Maguindanao

Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – July 27, 2021 ,A deputy field commander of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and six of his cohorts yielded to the military in Maguindanao on Monday afternoon, July 26, 2021.

“Based on the report from the ground, the BIFF officer known as Commander Binladen and six others submitted themselves to the troops of the troops of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade and handed over two M14 rifles, one M16 rifle, one Barret with tripod and magazine, one Garand rifle, one M79 Grenade Launcher, one rocket-propelled grenade, one 20 rounds cap magazine for M14, one 30 rounds cap magazine for M16, and one RPG ammunition,” said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Commander of Western Mindanao Command.

They were subsequently presented to the Brigade Commander Col. Pedro Balisi, Jr., at the unit headquarters in Barangay Kamasi, Ampatuan, Maguindanao.“The successful surrender of the seven BIFF personalities under Bungos Faction was made possible through the concerted efforts of the 2nd Mechanized Battalion and our intelligence units,” said Col. Balisi.

During the initial debriefing, the surrendered personalities revealed that the focused military operations of the military units in central Mindanao forced them to lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law. Joint Task Force Central Commander, Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy said the military will continue to hunt and pound the remaining terrorists.

“Nevertheless, all the military units under my command are always ready to welcome those who wish to surrender and end their armed struggle peacefully,” said Major General Uy. Since January 2021, 134 BIFF personalities were neutralized, of which 69 were killed, 63 surrendered, and two were apprehended.

“I commend the troops of the Joint Task Force Central for their numerous accomplishments,” said Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. “All our successes are attributable to our stakeholders and the civilians who continue to support and cooperate with us as we endeavor towards achieving our common goal,” the commander added. The surrendered personalities are still undergoing custodial debriefing as of this writing.

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