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DILG warns candidates paying campaign fees to rebels

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will file charges against candidates proven to be paying campaign fees to communist rebels.

According to DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya these candidates will be liable if they have enough evidence to prove that these candidates are paying extortion money to communist rebels.

“They will be held liable even after the elections if we are able to gather evidence that they are aiding, financing, supporting or conniving with these communist terrorist groups and their allies who are out to trample our democracy and oust our duly constituted authorities,” he said during a press briefing on Thursday (May 2).

DILG said the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) were able to collect over P100 million from various extortion activities nationwide from 2016-2018.

Election candidates will pay a certain amount of money to communist rebels in order allow them to campaign in their area.

Meanwhile, Malaya said there is already a decline in the number of local candidates paying extortion money to communist rebels for this election compared in 2016.

However, for those candidates who continue to pay rebels for a campaign permit, they will be in violation of Republic Act no. 10168 or the Financing of Terrorism, Disloyalty and Co-conspirator in Crime of Rebellion.

According to Malaya they received reports about negotiations with the rebel groups in parts of Cordillera, Quezon, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Eastern Mindanao. (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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DILG chief commends new Metro Manila mayors for good performance

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

(L-R) Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto, Makati Mayor Abby Binay and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has commended Metro Manila mayors for their good performance in their first 100 days.

Año has lauded Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso for his political will in solving several problems in Manila. This includes the clean-up in Divisoria and waste-management program.

“I’m pleased that in the first weeks of his administration, Mayor Isko has already shown that the challenges of the city are not insurmountable and can be addressed with political will and commitment,” he said.

Año also lauds Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto and Makati Mayor Abby Binay for their good performance. He assured to support these young leaders.

“Our young leaders can count on our support to implement their good governance agenda. That is why the DILG is here. We are not only your supervisors, we are also your partners and mentors, your guidance counselors and your cheerleaders. Your success is our success as well,” he said.—AAC

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Duterte orders speedy process of P50-M monthly support to war veterans

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Filipino war veterans | Courtesy : PCOO/RTVM

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, announced on Tuesday (April 9) that President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a directive for the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) to speed up the processing of monthly pensions of veterans.

Secretary Año represented the President at the 77th commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan or the Day of Valor at the Mount Samat National Shrine in Bataan.

Año announced that a P50-million monthly support will be given to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center and the pension increase from P5,000 to P20,000 has been set.

Vice President Leni Robredo addressed some 4,000 people, including surviving war veterans and their relatives, during the commemoration.

President Duterte led the commemoration of the Day of Valor at Camp General Teodulfo Bautista Headquarters in Barangay Busbus in Jolo, Sulu.

In his speech during the commemoration, the President said that, while the country remembers the gallantry of thousands of Filipino soldiers who defended Bataan in 1942, the administration honors and acknowledges the Filipino soldiers of today for their relentless efforts to fight lawless elements that threaten the country’s security.

“I salute you and give you honor…to the valiant soldiers who were injured or who gave their lives during the recent military operations here in Sulu. Let me assure you that you have — the government [will] continue to prioritize your welfare and that of your families,” the President said.

Last year, the President also failed to attend the rites in Bataan due to a business forum in China. – Maris Federez

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PH warns countries against CPP-NPA’s ‘relief fund scam’

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2019

MGen Antonio Parlade Jr at the MiliPol Asia-Pacific Conference held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Singapore on April 4, 2019.

SINGAPORE – Major General Antonio Parlade Jr. on Thursday (April 4) warned countries in the Asia Pacific region against the relief funding scheme that terrorist-linked organizations are doing to support their insurgency plans.

Speaking before Asian and European delegates to the Military-Police (Milipol) Asia Pacific 2019 Conference, Parlade expressed the Philippines’ intention to reach out and engage with international law enforcement agencies in order to fully eradicate the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) that has been sowing terror in the country all throughout their 50-long-years of operation.

“We want to make sure that these countries are aware na itong fund scheming scam…scam ito at pwede itong mag mutate, maging hybrid transnational crime, mga syndicated groups, (We want to make sure that these countries are aware of this funding scheme, a scam which could mutate and develop into hybrid transnational crime involving syndicated groups),”
General Parlade said.

Last month, Parlade exposed documents that allegedly prove that non-governmental organizations in the Philippines actually serve as communist fronts.

He also revealed from intelligence gathered that these NGO’s are disguised as relief groups collecting funds from international sponsors to fund their terroristic activities.

“We have to inform the donor countries, donor organizations, that these cannot go on,” the general argued.

“At the moment we are still collecting more evidence, more testimonies, even videos of these activities that they’ve done in the past to support our position that these funding coming from European donors, other countries should stop because they are serving the purpose that these funds are intended for,” he added.

The AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations said the Belgian and EU governments have already given their assurance that as soon as they have completed the review of the documents that the AFP forwarded to them about these organizations, they will immediately cut the funding.

Parlade warned countries like New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong who are joining the assembly of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) to be vigilant in engaging with organizations as they might have terrorist links.

The 6th ILPS Assembly is set to be held in Hong Kong on June 29, 2019.

“We have to alert all these countries who will be attending in this assembly that they are attending an assembly of terrorists because these are terrorist organizations,” Parlade warned.

Meanwhile, the official noted that the CPP is now losing its grip on its ground forces in the Philippines because the government’s program on localized peace talks with the rebels is yielding positive results.

In fact, Parlade said, the military has accepted a total of 1,906 rebel returnees in the past two months or around 12,000 to 13,000 rebel returnees just a few months since the localized peace talks began.

With this, Parlade said, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is confident that in two years’ time, the armed conflict with the Reds in the country will soon be over.

“Maaring ang Communist Party (of the Philippines) nandyan pa pero wala na silang following, wala na silang armed component especially now na meron tayong national task force to end local armed conflict, (The Communist Party (of the Philippines) may still be there but they no longer have a following. They are losing their armed component especially now that we have a national task force to end local armed conflict,) he said.

“Hindi lang military ito (Ending insurgency is not the job of the military alone). In fact, 5% lang dito ang military and police solution. Ang 95% dito is about good governance, basic services, livelihood. Ito ang tatapos dito sa (These are factors that would end) insurgency especially now that this Task Force is being led by the president himself. He’s leading the charge,” he added.

He clarified that though President Rodrigo Duterte decided to terminate the peace process with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the political arm of the CPP-NPA, the government is still working to restore peace and order in the country.

What the government is asking for is the people’s continued trust and support for the current administration.

“They just have to trust the government because this time we have a very sincere leader who is trying to end this armed conflict para ang development, tuloy tuloy. Ito [kasi ang ] nagpapa-delay sa ating economic progress, ang insurgency, ( This insurgency is what’s slowing down our economic progress,)” Major General Parlade concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Robert Navoa)

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