AMLC issues freeze order on assets, funds related to NDFP

Robie de Guzman   •   July 20, 2021   •   468

MANILA, Philippines – The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has issued a freeze order on accounts and assets related to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) after the anti-terrorism council (ATC) designated it as a terrorist group.

“The AMLC issued Resolution No. TF-42, series of 2021 directing the issuance of Sanctions Freeze Order to take effect immediately against the National Democratic Front (NDF), also known as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), pursuant to its designation as terrorist by the ATC Resolution No. 21 dated June 23, and the freezing without delay of the following property or funds, including related accounts,” the AMLC said in a notice posted on its website.

The ATC earlier designated the NDF as a terror group, citing is as an “integral and inseparable part” of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army since 1973.

The AMLC said the freeze order covers property or funds that are owned or controlled by the NDF, and its “not limited to those that are directly related or can be tied to a particular terrorist act, plot, or threat.”

Also covered are property or funds that are “wholly or jointly owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the NDF.”

Property or funds derived or generated from funds or other assets owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the NDF; and property or funds of persons and entities acting on behalf or at the direction of the NDF, are also covered by the freeze order.

The AMLC said that any person, whether natural or juridical, including covered persons, private companies, government owned or controlled corporations, and government agencies and instrumentalities shall be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law pursuant to Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012 (TFPSA) if they are found:

  • Dealing directly or indirectly, in any way and by any means, with any property or fund that he knows or has reasonable ground to believe is owned or controlled by the NDF, also known as the NDFP, including funds derived or generated from property or funds owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the NDF

 

  • Making available any property or funds, or financial services or other related services to the NDF

“All covered persons are mandated to submit as Suspicious Transaction Report all previous transactions of the NDF, also known as the NDFP, within five days from effectivity of this order,” the AMLC said.

“All persons, organizations, associations or groups of persons whose property or funds are frozen, including related accounts are hereby informed that they may avail of the remedies under Republic Act No. 11479, otherwise known as Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, and its Implementing Rules and Regulations and under the TFPSA and its Implementing Rules and Regulations,” it added.

 

 

 

12yo NPA ‘child warrior’, 8 others captured in Bukidnon

Marje Pelayo   •   September 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported the arrest of nine New People’s Army (NPA) members including a 12 year-old “child warrior” at a forested area in Barangay Mabuhay, San Fernando, Bukidnon on Thursday (September 9).

The arrest followed an encounter with troops of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division and members of the CPP-NPA terrorists which also resulted in the killing of four NPA rebels and the seizure of 16 high-powered firearms.

Prior to the encounter, the military received information from residents that a group of NPA rebels had been conducting recruitment and extortion activities in their community.

The elements of 88 Infantry Battalion under the operational control of the 403rd Infantry Brigade of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division immediately conducted strike operations to protect the populace in the said area.

Major General Romeo Brawner Jr., Commander of the 4ID, disclosed that the one-hour running gun battle which ensued around 8:00 a.m. Thursday,  initially resulted in the seizure of three AK47 Rifles, four M16 Rifles and one M203 grenade launcher, the killing of four unidentified NPAs, and capture of two others.

The military chased the terrorists after the initial firefight.

Brawner said the troop’s persistence during pursuit operation resulted in the subsequent capture of another seven NPAs including the 12-year-old child.

Another set of high-powered firearms composed of two AK47 rifles, three M16 rifles, one M14 rifle, and two M653 rifles were seized.

Brawner confirmed that the pursuit operations are still ongoing.

 

PNP begins manhunt ops for NPA rebels behind killing of 3 Masbate vendors

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 17, 2021

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has begun the manhunt operations against members of the New People’s Army linked to the killing of three vendors in Palanas, Masbate.

PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar said he has directed the local police to work closely with the military to ensure that the communist rebels are arrested and brought to justice.

“We will closely coordinate our manhunt operations with the military and intensify our presence in the area to ensure the safety of other innocent civilians that the communist rebels may target for attacks,” he said.

The victims: Jose Lalaguna, 51; Joey Lalaguna, 30; and Jestoni Lalaguna, 22, were on their motorcycles last August 14 in Barangay Miabas to sell mirrors, floormats, and speakers when they were flagged down by at least 20 suspected NPA rebels.

Reports said the communist rebels dragged the three vendors to a secluded place where they were killed. The victims’ two other companions were able to escape and report to authorities.

Meanwhile, the PNP Chief also urged residents to immediately report to authorities if they have information on the presence of NPA rebels in their community so that government security forces can thwart possible attacks. AAC

 

JTF Bicolandia condemns terrorist group for killing of vendors in Masbate

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 17, 2021

The Joint Task Force (JTF) Bicolandia condemned the Communist terrorist group (CTG) for perpetrating the killing of three vendors in Masbate.

According to the report,  the victims were on their motorcycles together with two others to sell mirrors, floormats, and speakers when they were flagged down by at least 20 heavily armed alleged members of the New People’s Army on August 14.

The report further said that the victims were forcibly body-searched before being dragged to a secluded area where they were executed.

Two of them, on the other hand, managed to escape.

The victims were identified as Jose Lalaguna,51 years old; Joey Lalaguna, 30 years old; and Jestoni Lalaguna, 22 years old.

Lt. Col. Siegfried Felipe Awichen, commander of 2nd Infantry Battalion (2IB), said that they are now in close coordination with the PNP to hunt down the fleeing communist insurgents.

Hindi tayo titigil hangga’t hindi natin nahuhuli at napaparusahan ang mga walang kaluluwang gumawa ng karumal-dumal na krimeng ito (We will not stop until we put those responsible for the killing behind bars),” he said.

Meanwhile, commander of JTF Bicolandia MGen Henry Robinson Jr. rebuked the CTG for its terroristic attack against the civilians.

“These crimes are purely desperate acts to threaten the people using terrorism, but this will not intimidate the Filipino people. We will not allow them to continue their five-decade exploitation and atrocities,” he said. AAC

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