5 rebels yield to AFP-PNP forces in Quezon Province, Laguna, Rizal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 29, 2021   •   988

MANILA, Philippines — Five rebels have surrendered to the forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Polillo, Quezon Province.

Based on reports,  alias Gio and alias Patrick who were members of the New People’s Army (NPA), surrendered to the government forces on March 25 in Barangay Salipsip, Polilio, Quezon. They also turned in their firearms and ammunitions.

Another member of the NPA, identified as alias JM, also yielded in Sta Maria, Laguna on the same day. Meanwhile, alias Dexter and alias Joan, also remnants of NPA group in the boundaries of Rizal and Laguna, voluntarily surrendered to the AFP-PNP.

Alias JM, in an interview, said that the hardships they endured as rebels and the complete disregard for their welfare pushed them to abandon the armed struggle.

Acting Commander of 2nd Infantry Division B.Gen. Rommel Tello welcomed the rebels’ move and assured the group that the government will provide assistance to them and their families.

“Your wise decision to abandon armed struggle marks a new beginning for you and your loved ones. With your help, we shall build a better and safer country for our families and fellowmen while we ensure that you are secured from any terrorist acts of retaliation,” he said addressing the former rebels.

The 2ID already made necessary steps for the surrenderers including debriefing and medical check up with health professionals prior their subsequent enrollment to government’s program wherein they can receive up to Php700,000 in grants and benefits to help them and their families start their lives anew.

Duterte says NPA rebels may get excess supply of COVID-19 vaccine

Robie de Guzman   •   January 25, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said he will allow members of the New People’s Army (NPA) access to COVID-19 vaccine only if there is an excess supply.

During his taped meeting with some officials aired on Tuesday, Duterte said spare vaccine jabs can be given to NPA rebels so they can also get protection against the viral disease.

“Pagka may sobra, kung may sobra lang, hindi kayo puwedeng unahin kay kalaban kayo sa gobyerno,” he said.

“Tingnan lang ninyo at kung may sobra, ‘di ano. Pero tawagan ninyo na muna ako na kung may sobra, ibigay ninyo sa NPA para hindi ma-COVID-19,” he added.

During the meeting, Duterte also renewed his call on NPA rebels to surrender and avail of the government’s housing and skills training program for rebel returnees.

“This is my order to the military: If they want to surrender, give them the chance to surrender properly,” he said.

“I’ll give you a house, I’ll give you a job, temporary, may suweldo ka na. Kung wala kang alam sa skills, mag-enroll ka muna… sila ‘yung TESDA, magturo sa iyo kung anong klaseng trabaho gusto mo, technical, turuan kayo,” he added.

“Tapusin na natin ito, tutal sinubukan naman natin ‘yang barilan, wala mang nangyari,” he further said.

Mga kandidatong nagbabayad sa CPP-NPA, kakasuhan ng NICA at CIDG

Robie de Guzman   •   January 24, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang National Intelligence Coordination Council (NICA) AT PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) na hahabulin at sasampahan nila ng kaso ang mga kandidato na patuloy na nagbabayad ng permit to campaign at permit to win sa Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

Ang babala ay kasunod na rin ng mga ulat na may mga kandidatong nagbabayad sa mga rebelde para sa pangangampanya sa ilang lugar.

Ayon kay NICA director general Alex Paul Monteagudo, labag sa batas at may katapat na parusa ang pagbibigay ng pera sa mga rebeldeng komunista.

“We will not hesitate to use full force of the law to run after this people who continue to support communist terrorist just for their political and personal interest,” ani Monteagudo.

“Ang ating NICA at mga regional offices ay consolidating evidence to file terrorism, financing cases hindi lang sa mga front organization kundi lalong lalo na doon sa mga suspected na nagbibigay ng pera na mga kandidato meron tayong reports na nagbibigay pa din sila,” dagdag pa nito.

Base sa nakalap na impormasyon ng NICA sa mga nakalipas na halalan ay nasa P2 milyong umano ang hinihinging bayad para sa permit to campaign at permit to win ng NPA sa mga gubernador habang P1 milyon naman sa mga tumatakbong mayor.

Sa ilalim ng Anti-Terrorism Act, itinuturing na pagsuporta sa terrorismo ang pagbibigay ng pera sa mga rebelde.

“Lalabas kasi na pag ang isang kandidato ay nagbigay ng pera sa NPA pag ang NPA ay pumatay lalo na yung kakontra ng kandidato na yun lalabas na siya ay financier, lalabas na sya ang ulo ng krimen dahil kung hindi nya binigyan ng pera ay marahil hindi napagsagawa ng krimen itong New People’s Army,” ani Monteagudo.

Sinabi rin ni CIDG director Police Major General Albert Ignacius Ferro na maaaring maharap din sa parusang pagkakakulong ang sinumang mapapatunayang tumutulong sa mga komunista.

“When you pay permit to campaign and permit to win you are tantamount to supporting their illegal activities at may kaukulang penalty po ito na reclusion temporal to reclusion perpetua and fine na P500,000 to P1 million,” ani Ferro.

Aniya, nagsasagawa na sila ng imbestigasyon at tuloy rin ang pagsasampa nila ng kaso laban sa mga miyembro ng NPA na kabilang anila sa nakasaad sa 1672 folder ng krimen at human rights violations ng rebeldeng grupo na isinumite ng Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Panawagan ng mga otoridad sa publiko na makipagtulungan sa pamahalaan upang masawata ang extortion at iba operasyon ng mga rebelde.

 

COMELEC formally deputizes PNP, AFP for conduct of 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has formally deputized the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure the conduct of “free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible” May 9, 2022 national and local elections.

Under Resolution No. 10755 promulgated on Wednesday, January 19, the COMELEC listed the following duties and functions to be performed by AFP and PNP personnel as its deputized agents:

  • Provide security to polling places, polling centers/voting centers, canvassing centers, and such other places or buildings, including election paraphernalia, equipment, forms, and supplies, that will be used in connection with the elections;
  • Provide security to the personnel of the Commission, its deputies, and other persons performing election-related functions;
  • Deploy, at the least time possible, troops for election duty in coordination with the concerned Regional Election Director, Provincial Election Supervisor, and Election Officer;
  • Make available, at the least time possible, land, air, and watercraft assets, communication systems, and other equipment, in connection with the conduct of the elections;
  • Look into the existence of any armed group organized to commit, or which is committing or attempting to commit, acts of terrorism, or threats to intimidate or coerce any person to vote for or against a candidate, and to suppress or prevent said acts of terrorism or threats;
  • Assist the Commission in implementing more effectively election laws and/ or rules and regulations, particularly the laws governing prohibition against military, policemen and provincial guards acting as bodyguards or security guards for the candidates, the use of armored vehicles and air or watercraft, and the prohibition on bearing, carrying or transporting firearms and other deadly weapons in public places;
  • Provide security escorts to candidates, subject to the conditions and restrictions on the Resolution imposing the ban on the carrying of firearms and other deadly weapons and the ban on the use of security personnel or bodyguards; provided that, the AFP can provide security escorts only in the absence of personnel of the PNP and other law enforcement agencies;
  • Conduct a periodic assessment of the peace and order conditions in critical areas and recommend measures which may be adopted by the Commission in the interest of free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections;
  • Comply with and/ or implement directives or resolutions of the Commission, which shall take precedence over and above the orders and directives issued by any other office or agency of the Government, except the Supreme Court and those issued in habeas corpus cases;
  • Render periodic reports on action taken in accordance with this Resolution

The poll body reminded that despite being deputized, soldiers shall continue with the conduct of all Internal Security Operations or its own functions and responsibilities and that no changes in the assignments of police personnel can be effected except upon prior written permission of the commission.

The resolution shall take effect after its publication in two daily newspapers of general circulation in the Philippines, the COMELEC said.

 

 

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