Alleged CPP-NPA official arrested in Camarines Sur
Aileen Cerrudo • December 4, 2020 • 819
The Philippine Army has arrested an alleged official of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Camarines Sur.
Marilou Pascual Tan or alias Tinay is now in the custody of the Tinambac Municipal Police Station.
Authorities said Tinay is among the high-value individuals arrested for frustrated murder.
Tinay is allegedly the secretary of Komiteng Probinsya 2 of the Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC) of the CPP-NPA.
Police authorities recovered anti-personnel mines, hand grenades, .38 caliber gun, and propaganda materials.
Brigade Commander of the 902nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, Col. Jaime Abawag Jr. said they managed to track Tinay down after receiving a tip from several residents.
“This development is a manifestation of the continuous collapse of the CTG (communist terrorist groups). Their very own people are now siding with the government and exposing their own top leaders who are supposedly well-insulated,” he said.
Abawag also encourages residents to immediately report suspicious individuals in their area. -AAC (with reports from Allan Manansala)
A member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was rescued by soldiers who were conducting clearing operations in Catanauan, Quezon Province.
Captain Jayrald Ternio, head of the public affairs office of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division said the soldiers patrolling in Barangay San Roque, Agro heard a cry for help. The soldiers were conducting clearing operations after a recent encounter against NPA rebels.
Ternio said the soldiers found a wounded 24-year-old alias Marlon who was reportedly left behind by his companions.
“Ganoon pala kapag wala nang halaga. Iiwanan na lang nila. Nangako silang babalikan ako, ilang araw na, hindi naman sila bumalik (That’s how it is for them once you lose value. They will leave you. They promised to return but it has been days),” according to alias Marlon.
Ternio also acknowledged the soldier’s efforts in aiding those in need regardless of which side they are fighting for.
“Kahit sa gitna ng labanan ipinakita ng ating mga kasundaluhan ang propesyonalismo at pagrespeto sa karapatang pantao (Amid the battle our soldiers showed professionalism and respect for human rights),” he said. -AAC (with reports from Jennica Cruz)
MANILA, Philippines — The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) agrees on the importance of coronavirus vaccines reaching the intended communities without delay.
In response to the appeal of President Rodrigo Duterte, the group assured not to cause any delay in the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines to areas they consider as bulwarks of its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).
“The Communist Party of the Philippines must guarantee that the vaccines in the course of their being transported to areas where no city health officers or medical persons, huwag ninyong galawin ang medisina. Allow the vaccines to be transported freely and safely,” Duterte said during Monday’s public address.
However, CPP chief information officer Marco Balbuena said they prefer humanitarian groups to facilitate the transportation, distribution and inoculation.
“We strongly suggest that the transportation, distribution and inoculation drive of Covid-19 vaccines especially in the interior areas be handled by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Philippine Red Cross and other civilian humanitarian agencies whose personnel are properly trained and who have the facilities to undertake such missions,” Balbuena said.
They want every non-Red Cross vehicle to have proper markings during delivery and as much as possible, no military vehicles among them as there might be miscommunication that could lead to encounters.
“Non-Red Cross vehicles that will be used as Covid-19 vaccine transporters must be clearly and properly marked with a Red Cross over white background,” Balbuena noted.
But according to Malacañang, the government’s vaccine rollout program will push through as planned.
“We have a rollout plan. Iyon po ang masusunod kahit ano pang sabihin ng CPP-NPA,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
“I guess they have freedom of expression but they are tagged as a terrorist group so parang they can express their opinion but hanggang dun lang po yun,” he added. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday advised the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to exercise prudence in disclosing names of individuals tied to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the suggestion after the military drew flak for erroneously identifying some alumni of the University of the Philippines (UP) as supposed members of the NPA.
“Defense Secretary Lorenzana has apologized for mistakes. Let’s leave it at that,” Roque said.
“I can only suggest that they may be prudent para hindi na po napapa-apologize ang ating Secretary of National Defense,” he added.
The AFP Civil-Military Operations Office apologized on Sunday after it posted on Facebook a list of names of UP students who supposedly joined the NPA, triggering complaints over alleged misinformation and inconsistency.
The agency said it has launched an internal investigation on how the list got published and assured that personnel involved will be held accountable. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
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