Alleged NPA rebels killed in Rizal part of Joma Sison’s ‘death squad’, DILG says
Robie de Guzman • January 5, 2021 • 936
MANILA, Philippines – The five suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) killed in a shootout in Baras, Rizal in December 2020 were part of the death squads allegedly deployed by Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said on Tuesday.
Año said the slain group of rebels were deployed in Southern Luzon to assassinate top national and local government leaders, and police and military officers over “blood debts.”
“We can now confirm that the five NPA members killed in Barangay San Juan, Baras, Rizal were part of a death squad that was supposed to carry out the directive of Joma Sison to assassinate government and civilian leaders,” the DILG chief said in a statement.
“Isang tagumpay para sa atin na napigilan ang mga ganitong mga operasyon ng NPA lalo pa’t ito’y isang tuwirang pagbabanta sa buhay ng mga pinuno ng bansa at maging ng mga sibilyan,” he added.
The shootout allegedly occurred as government troops were about to serve a warrant of arrest against Antonio “Dads” Cule for frustrated murder charges issued by the Regional Trial Court branch 65 in Infanta, Quezon Province.
Cule was tagged as the finance officer of an NPA unit that collected revolutionary taxes in Southern Tagalog.
CPP Central Committee Information Officer Marcos Valduena earlier said that “there is a standing order for the NPA to form partisan teams to meet out punishment against enemy units and officers who have committed bloody crimes against the people.”
Año said Sison’s move to deploy communist death squads to urban areas “intends to bring the NPA’s reign of terror in the countryside to the cities. “The PNP and AFP will do its utmost to protect the people from these terrorists in sheep’s clothing. We will crush these urban terrorist cells before they can begin their reign of terror,” he said.
The DILG chief urged the Commission on Human Rights and even the so-called Makabayan Bloc to condemn the deployment of NPA death squads in urban areas to prove that they are truly not members or fronts of the Communist Party.
He said that assassinations perpetrated by the NPA Death Squads are clearly extra-judicial killing “which the CPP is now bringing to the urban areas after decades of perfecting armed terrorism in the mountains.” Año said the supposed deployment of NPA partisan units is a “clear and convincing proof that the Anti-Terrorism Council did the right thing in designating CPP and NPA as ‘terrorist organizations.’”
“Ngayon ay hindi na nila maikakaila ang kanilang tunay na kulay at motibo. Sila ay mga terorista na kailanman ay hindi naghangad ng kapayapaan kundi ang maghasik ng kaguluhan, pumatay ng mga puwersa ng gobyerno, para pabagsakin ang gobyerno,” he said.
In the 1980s, the CPP-NPA first deployed its “sparrow units” in urban centers and murdered hundreds of policemen, military officers, and civilians in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, and other areas to speed up its protracted people’s war, sow chaos, and bring down the government, the DILG said.
MANILA, Philippines — Various high-powered firearms, ammunition, and explosives have been confiscated in a raid in Laguna, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.
In a statement, PNP chief Police General Debold Sinas said elements from the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, along with local CALABARZON Police units conducted an operation on Tuesday in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
The subject of the operation was a suspected “armorer” of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) Special Partisan Unit (SPARU).
The team was armed with a search warrant issued against respondent Maritess Santos David alias Teacher Laly by Tanauan City, Batangas Regional Trial Court Branch 66 Presiding Judge Charito Macalintal-Sawali, Sinas said.
The respondent was not present, but the PNP said the orderly search was witnessed by barangay officials who duly acknowledged the inventory of the following seized weapons and war materials:
One M1 cal. 30 carbine
One M2 cal.30 automatic carbine
One Bushmaster rifle One unit M16 ELISCO Rifle
Three Cal .45 Pistols
38 rounds of live ammunition
Nine rounds of 40mm grenade
15 Pieces of Improvised Anti-personnel mine
One Improvised Anti-troop carrier mine
Three pieces improvised Claymore Mine
One pc. Claymore mine
One unit Laptop (SAMSUNG) with charger
Four envelopes containing Subversive Documents and streamers
Different materials for making IED such as wires, switches, blasting caps, and detonating cord.
The police search team also found some documents that contain 19 CPP-NPA-NDF internal publications and training materials on the fundamental communist course and advanced revolutionary warfare.
Also found among the cache of weapons were several subversive streamers and campaign paraphernalia, the PNP added.
“The discovery of this clandestine communist terrorist armory bolsters earlier assessment by CIDG that the CPP-NPA is maintaining staging areas and weapons storage in CALABARZON for its urban hit squads to launch attacks in Metro Manila,” Sinas said.
MANILA, Philippines – Two suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in an armed encounter with police troops in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday.
PNP chief Police General Debold Sinas said the clash ensued on Monday between the members of the PNP Special Action Force Commando Course Class 105-2019 on a test mission and an undetermined number of NPA rebels.
Sinas said the encounter occurred while police troops were conducting combat operations in the areas of Barangay Nagbinlod, Alangilan, and Nagbalaye, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental.
“The gun battle resulted in the death of two NPA terrorists while no casualties were reported on the government side,” the PNP chief said in a statement.
Police troops recovered the following items from the encounter site:
One chamber loaded M16 Rifle with serial number 9623781
One Caliber .22 Revolver Magnum loaded with six pieces live ammunition
Three pieces M16 short steel magazines loaded with 40 pieces live ammunitions
13 pieces 12 gauge shotgun ammunition
One magazine of caliber .45 pistol loaded with one piece live ammunition
One magazine of KG-9 Sub-machine gun loaded with 16 pieces of live ammunition
16 pieces of live ammunition of caliber 9mm. Pistol
One magazine pouch of caliber .45 pistol
Six pieces cellphone (1 android phone and 5 keypad phone, one of the keypad phone was wired suspected to be used as triggering device)
17 Sim cards
One handheld radio (Baofeng)
Eight pairs of boots
Other CPP-NPA documents of intelligence value
“The Philippine National Police is determined to end the communist insurgency, including all fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army,” Sinas said.
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.
UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.