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Duterte to NPA: ‘Come down, spend the holidays with your loved ones’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

A band of rebels going down the mountain (Photo screengrab from YouTube video).

A band of rebels are going down the mountain (Photo screengrab from YouTube video).

 

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a holiday ceasefire with the New People’s Army (NPA) as he invites the leftist group to leave their arms and come down to the city to spend the holidays with their loved ones.

As declared by the President, the holiday ceasefire will take effect from December 23 to 27 and on December 31st to January 2 and 3.

The President vowed that there will be no arrests on the course of the ceasefire.

“I guarantee you na walang aresto, walang oppression, wala sa lahat. At kung magsalubong kayo ng sundalo ng Pilipinas, sundalo ko, magkamay lang kayo. At pag-ayaw mo, huwag mo na lang tingnan,” he said.

(I guarantee you there will be no arrests, no oppression, no everything. And when you meet a soldier of the Philippines, my soldier, just shake hands. Or if you don’t want to, just don’t look at him.)

However, the President clarified that the ceasefire does not cover criminals, kidnappers and terrorist groups who usually operate and take advantage of the holiday season to commit lawless acts.

He also urged the Moro people to join the truce.

“It’s not your festivity…it’s ours Christians, and we would like you to share the moment with us,” invited Duterte.

The President made the declaration at the celebration of the 81st Anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Wednesday. — Bryan de Paz | UNTV News & Rescue

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1 year free MRT-3 rides for soldiers

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3)

Soldiers are given a year of free train rides, courtesy of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3.

This is in line with a memorandum of agreement to be signed Wednesday by the Department of Transportation (DOTr,) MRT-3 and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP.)

The project is a small gesture to acknowledge the efforts and sacrifices of the members of the military in order to maintain peace and national security.

For its part, the AFP in return will offer medical assistance and allow the use of its service ambulance in time of crisis and emergencies.

Last year, Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) inked a similar agreement with the AFP which takes effect until December 2018.  — Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

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Palace: Trump’s support on Duterte’s war on drugs, more important vs. reports

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has refused to pay attention to the latest report of US State Department that expresses alarm over President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”.

Based on the report, the cases of extrajudicial killings are the “chief human rights concern” in the Philippines which shows “a sharp rise with the onset of the anti-drug campaign in 2016”.

But Presidential Spokesperson  Harry Roque said the report directly contradicts US President Donald Trump’s statements which support the anti-drug war.

“Given what we heard from President Trump, let’s just say it exists but we prefer to hold on to the words of President Trump. He is, after all, the president,” Roque said. — UNTV News & Rescue

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NPA ‘sorry’ for attack in Surigao del Norte

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines —  “Sorry sa pagkakamali ng tropa (Sorry the troop’s mistake).”

This was the statement released by Rino “Ka Oto” Colaste, spokesperson of Guerilla Front 16 of the New People’s Army for the attack last week in Barangay Lahi, Gigaquit, Surigao Del Norte that killed one and injured two others.

The incident last Wednesday, April 18, killed Jepti Acido, a pastor of Jehovah’s Witnesses while two of his companions were wounded.

“Ka Oto” said they are conducting their own investigation on the incident to find out why their men attacked civilians instead of the military in the area.

The Guerrilla Front 16 vowed to shoulder the needs of the victims’ families but the Armed Forces of the Philippines said no amount of money can pay the loss and damages the group has caused.

“Hindi mababayaran ng pera. Hindi mababayaran ng kahit anong bagay ang buhay ng isang tao. Iyon ang ikinalulungkot namin,” said Capt. Al Anthony Pueblas, Spokesperson of 402nd Infantry Brigade, PA.

(Money cannot redeem what happened. Nothing can equal the value of a human life. It’s what saddens us.)

Meanwhile, Gigaquit Mayor Elvira Egay condemned the attack.

“The attack on non-combatants was uncalled for and a clear violation of human rights,” said Mayor Egay in a statement.

The AFP is now preparing for the charges to be filed against the rebels.

“Meron na tayong coordination sa kapulisan. At the same time para serve po natin sa family noong victim ang justice na hinihingi nila, of course, iyon ding pagpasa ng kaso doon sa mga NPA na may gawa nito,” Capt. Pueblas said.

(We are coordinating with the police. At the same time we are filing charges against the NPA rebels behind the incident so that the victim’s family can have the justice they’ve been clamoring for.) — Raymond Octobre | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

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