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1 dead, 2 injured in suspected NPA attack in Surigao Del Norte

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

A Jehovah’s Witnesses pastor was killed and two others were injured when suspected members of the New People’s Army attacked Barangay Lahi in the town of Gigaquit, Surigao Del Norte on Wednesday.

The religious minister was identified as Jepti Asido, 32, while the wounded were identified as Virgil Ortiz and Abner Malaque, residents of Barangay Villafranca.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines condemned the attack.

“Sana mag-sorry sila doon sa family. Akalain mo ng dahil doon sa balak nilang i-harass ang barangay at iniisip nilang makaka-score sila sa army, pinagbabaril nila iyong tatlo. That is (not) accident. That is plain murder,” said BGen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, the Commander of the 402nd Infantry Bridage of the Philippine Army.

(I hope they apologize to the family. Because of their plan to harass the village in order to score against the army, they gunned down the three victims. That is [not] an accident. That is plain murder.)

According to Gacal, Jepti’s group was supposed to hold a meeting in Barangay Lahi when they were ambushed by the rebels.

Gacal said they suspect that the ambush was intended for the military troops in the area. He added that such cowardly act implies that the rebel group is not taking the government’s offer of peace seriously.

“Dapat hindi nila ginagalaw ang mga sibilyan. Hindi nila sinusunog o sinisira ang mga private properties. Iyan ang kasunduan so in this instance, nag-violate na naman sila,” Gacal added.

(They should not touch the civilians. They shouldn’t be burning or breaking private properties. That was the agreement, so in this instance, they violated again.)

Prior to Wednesday’s ambush, some rebel militants also stormed Police Station 5 in Butuan City last week. — Raymond Octobre | UNTV News & Rescue

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NPA ‘sorry’ for attack in Surigao del Norte

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines —  “Sorry sa pagkakamali ng tropa (Sorry the troop’s mistake).”

This was the statement released by Rino “Ka Oto” Colaste, spokesperson of Guerilla Front 16 of the New People’s Army for the attack last week in Barangay Lahi, Gigaquit, Surigao Del Norte that killed one and injured two others.

The incident last Wednesday, April 18, killed Jepti Acido, a pastor of Jehovah’s Witnesses while two of his companions were wounded.

“Ka Oto” said they are conducting their own investigation on the incident to find out why their men attacked civilians instead of the military in the area.

The Guerrilla Front 16 vowed to shoulder the needs of the victims’ families but the Armed Forces of the Philippines said no amount of money can pay the loss and damages the group has caused.

“Hindi mababayaran ng pera. Hindi mababayaran ng kahit anong bagay ang buhay ng isang tao. Iyon ang ikinalulungkot namin,” said Capt. Al Anthony Pueblas, Spokesperson of 402nd Infantry Brigade, PA.

(Money cannot redeem what happened. Nothing can equal the value of a human life. It’s what saddens us.)

Meanwhile, Gigaquit Mayor Elvira Egay condemned the attack.

“The attack on non-combatants was uncalled for and a clear violation of human rights,” said Mayor Egay in a statement.

The AFP is now preparing for the charges to be filed against the rebels.

“Meron na tayong coordination sa kapulisan. At the same time para serve po natin sa family noong victim ang justice na hinihingi nila, of course, iyon ding pagpasa ng kaso doon sa mga NPA na may gawa nito,” Capt. Pueblas said.

(We are coordinating with the police. At the same time we are filing charges against the NPA rebels behind the incident so that the victim’s family can have the justice they’ve been clamoring for.) — Raymond Octobre | UNTV News & Rescue



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1 NPA commander, 1 minor killed in Davao del Sur encounter

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

A New People’s Army (NPA) commander was killed in an encounter on Saturday with the members of the military in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

The NPA leader was identified as Julito “Ka Taghoy” Pueblas, a terrorist CNT leader of the NPA Guerilla Front 51.

Also killed in the incident was 15-year old John Mark Acto from North Cotabato. Authorities are still verifying if the minor was a member of rebel group.

The military seized a number of firearms, four improvised explosive devices (IEDs,) and pertinent documents from the rebel group.

Lt. General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., Commander of the AFP Eastern Mindanao Command in a statement hopes that the death of Commander Taghoy will serve justice to the victims of his group.

“We hope that this will give closure to the families of his victims. On our part as soldiers of peace our doors will continue to be open and willing to facilitate the surrender of those who want to return to the folds of the law.” Gen. Madrigal Jr. said. — Janice Ingente | UNTV News & Rescue

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Butuan PNP raises full alert over recent NPA attacks

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2018

PNP-Butuan City Police Office


The Philippine National Police (PNP) raised a full alert status in Butuan City after hundreds of suspected members of the New People’s Army stormed Butuan City Police Station 5 in Barangay, San Mateo on Thursday.

Despite the incident, Butuan police city director PSSupt. Albert Magno assured that even though the area is a stronghold of the rebel group, they have enough men to protect the station and the community.

“Enough na yung mga personnel natin doon (We have enough personnel there) and they are always ready and determined to defend the station,” Magno said.

The encounter between the police and the armed men lasted for about two hours. No one was injured among the policemen and there was no report of casualties on the side of the rebels.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines expressed dismay over the actions of the communist group.

According to Captain Anthony Pueblas, spokesperson of the 402nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, the incident just showed that the reds are not taking the peace process seriously.

“Sa nangyari kanina, nakita natin kung gaano sila hindi sinsero doon sa hinihingi nila na peace negotiation. Kasi isa doon sa mga nailatag na agreements is no attack on government forces and especially no attacks on civilians,” he said. “Hindi na nila (inisip) yung civilian na nandoon na naka-surround doon sa police station sa San Mateo.”

(With what happened earlier, we have seen how insincere they are in the peace negotiation that they’ve been clamoring for. Because among the agreements made is no attack on government forces and especially no attacks on civilians. They did not even consider the civilians who were present and were surrounding the police station.)

The PNP and the AFP encourage the public to be vigilant and to help the government in its pursuit of the militants by reporting to authorities any suspicious individuals and activities in their areas. — Raymond Octobre | UNTV News & Rescue

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