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AFP ready to face CHR probe on the Nasugbu, Batangas encounter

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it is ready to face the investigation of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) into a military encounter with the New People’s Army (NPA) in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Fourteen suspected rebel members were killed, including a 22-year former student, in an operation, the military conducted last November 28.

According to AFP-PAO chief Marine Gen. Edgard Arevalo, they will provide the information needed by the CHR.

“Handa pa po tayong tumulong sa kanila sa gagawing imbestigasyon. Kung meron man po tayong mga tauhan na gusto nilang tanungin ay puwede po tayong magbigay ng kooperasyon para mabigyang daan ang isang malaya at patas na imbestigasyon,” said the official.

(We are very ready to help with the investigation. If they want to question some of our men, we will cooperate to give way to a free and fair investigation.)

Arevalo said the military respects the mandate of the constitutional body, but noted that the CHR must respect the mandate of the AFP in return.

“Which is to perform our role that is to protect the people and to secure the state,” said Arevalo.

The military official reminds parents and teachers to properly guide their children and students to protect them from rebel influence.

“Ikinalulungkot nati sa AFP na kailangan itong magyari subalit kaalinsabay nito ang ating kahilingan sa mga magulang na gabayan nila ang kanilang mga anak,” said Arevalo.

(The AFP is saddened that this happened. Alongside this is our call to parents to guide their children.)

Arevalo said that the military is saddened that there are minors joining the fight of the rebels against the government. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP identify 11 suspects in Negros cops slay

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said it has identified at least 11 suspects in the brutal killing of four police officers in Ayungon town in Negros Oriental.

“Yes, we have identified, kung hindi ako nagkakamali ang report ng RD (regional director) doon at least 11 of them,” PNP chief Police General Oscar Albayalde told reporters in an interview.

Albayalde said murder charges will be filed against the suspects who are believed to members of the New People’s Army (NPA). The chief of Barangay Mabato in Ayungon where the crime took place will also face charges.

“Cases will be filed against this people… whether yung sa amin ay may reward or none, we are duty-bound to go after these people dahil pinatay nila no less than our men,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier offered a P1.3 million bounty for any information and the capture of those behind the crime, adding that he prefers to see them dead.

READ: Duterte offers P1.3-M reward for killers of 4 Negros cops

Albayalde said the reward would encourage witnesses to come forward and report to authorities what really transpired.

Reports said the four police officers were allegedly killed and tortured by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) last Thursday in Ayungon.

The victims were supposed to meet an informant who was believed to have set them up with the NPA for an ambush.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 7 said the four cops were “dragged, hogtied,” and “ganged up” by about 30 to 40 men. One officer even suffered a broken rib before they were shot kneeling down, “resembling a summary execution, more than an ambush.”

The slain cops, Cpl. Relebert Beronio and Patrolmen Raffy Callo, Roel Cabellon and Marquino de Leon were intelligence personnel from the 704th Mobile Force Company Regional Mobile Force Battalion of the PNP Central Visayas.

Albayalde said they are delving deeper into the case following initial reports that the chief of Mabato village met with the victims several hours before they were killed on July 18.

The PNP chief also doubts the local chief’s claim that he knows nothing of the communist rebels’ activities in his area of jurisdiction.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier said that police and military troops are now working to capture the alleged NPA members who were behind the crime. (with details from Lea Ylagan & Victor Cosare)

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Duterte offers P1.3-M reward for killers of 4 Negros cops

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte visits the wake of 4 cops who were allegedly killed and tortured by members of the communist New People’s Army last Thursday, July 18, in Ayungon, Negros Oriental. Photo Courtesy of Sen. Bong Go

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to give P1.3-million reward for those behind the brutal killing of four police officers in Negros Oriental.

Duterte initially offered P1-million bounty for the capture of the perpetrators of the crime that happened in Ayungon town on July 18. But on Monday (July 22), he raised the amount of the reward, adding that he prefers to see the killers dead.

“Mas gusto kong patay sila. Kung patay sila, magdagdag pa ako ng 300 [P300,000]. So, it’s one million three hundred [P1.3 million]. Just bring me the head of that idiot leader there,” the president told reporters after his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa Complex.

(I prefer them dead. If they are dead, I would add P300,000. So, it’s P1.3 million.)

Reports said the four police officers were allegedly killed and tortured by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) last Thursday in Ayungon.

The victims were supposed to meet an informant who was believed to have set them up with the NPA for an ambush.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 7 said the four cops were “dragged, hogtied,” and “ganged up” by about 30 to 40 men. One officer also suffered a broken rib before they were shot kneeling down, “resembling a summary execution, more than an ambush.”

The president has expressed outrage over the incident.

“Kasi masama ang loob ko kung bakit ganoon? For all of the years… I’ve been mayor in Davao and for the many times that I went to the mountains to retrieve captured soldiers and policemen, ni wala akong nakita ni isang trauma sa. Ito dito, pinatay nila, pinaghampas-hampas nila at ginulgol ‘yung leeg. Kaya galit ako,” he said.

The slain cops, Cpl. Relebert Beronio and Patrolmen Raffy Callo, Roel Cabellon and Marquino de Leon were intelligence personnel from the 704th Mobile Force Company Regional Mobile Force Battalion of the PNP Central Visayas.

The president visited their wake last Saturday and conferred them with the Order of Lapu-Lapu Rank of Kalasag medals. This award is bestowed to government officials and private individuals who lost their lives as a direct result of their participation in the campaign or advocacy of the President.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), for its part, said the PNP is now working with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the capture of the alleged NPA members who were behind the crime.

The DILG also assured to extend financial assistance to the family of the slain cops. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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Police, military hospitals on standby amid national dengue alert

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has tapped the service of military hospitals amid following the declaration of national dengue alert.

According to DOH Spokesperson Eric Domingo, they have asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to be on standby in case the number of dengue cases increases beyond government hospitals’ capacity.

“Ang PNP at ang AFP natin may mga hospitals din naman sila and we have to network with them in case na talagang dumami ang pasyente (The PNP and the AFP also have hospitals and we have to network with them in case the number of patients increases),” Domingo said.

“Halimbawa may mga lugar na malayo sa amin tapos sila may hospital maari kaming makipagtulungan para ma- admit din ang mga pasyente sa mga hospitals nila (There are certain areas beyond our reach where military hospitals are located. We can ask for help to admit the patients there in their hospitals),” he added.

On Wednesday (July 17), Health Secretary Francisco Duque III met with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Health Cluster to discuss measures to curb the sudden rise of dengue infections in the country.

The DOH is in cooperation with other agencies like the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in implementing actions in schools to prevent dengue, in educating the public on the dangers of dengue infection, and in coordinating with the local government units in destroying potential breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes in different areas in the country.

“Kailangan talaga sa schools maglinis tayo, ma- educate natin iyong children at iyong parents kung paano iyong dapat natin gawin to prevent itong dengue at tsaka meron tayong changes sa mga patakaran sa school, (We need to have regularly clean up drive in schools and we need to educate the children and the parents on what to do to prevent dengue. Also, we have changes in school regulations,)” the DOH Spokesperson said.

Likewise, among the agencies’ action plans include designation of additional hospital rooms for dengue patients through Philippine Red Cross and the construction of extra hospital tents which can be used for emergency.

Domingo stressed the need to always be alert in providing the medical needs of dengue patients in order to prevent further deaths caused by dengue infection this year.

The DOH advises households to dispose stagnant water and dirty containers where dengue mosquitoes may breed.

Install protections such as window and door screens.

Likewise, do not let your child play or come near areas where mosquitoes are breeding.

Maganda pa rin talaga naka- pantalon at long sleeves ang mga bata para hindi siya makakagat ng lamok (It is better to have your child wear long pants and long sleeves to prevent mosquito bites),” Domingo advised.

The DOH, as always, reminds the public to immediately bring the patient to the nearest hospital if symptoms of dengue manifest.

The agency can be reached through the DOH hotline numbers 711-1001 and 711-1002 for inquiry about dengue. — with reports from Aiko Miguel

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