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Eight wounded in an ambush by NPA rebels in General Luna, Quezon

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

The military truck ambushed by the alleged NPA rebels in Quezon 

QUEZON, Philippines —Five soldiers and three civilians were wounded in an ambush by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in General Luna, Quezon Province, Tuesday.

The military said the soldiers of the 514th Engineering Construction Battalion of the Philippine Army 51st Brigade were on board a truck when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded Barangay Bacong, General Luna, Quezon.

Shortly afterward, armed men shot them multiple times.

The wounded military troops were identified as Pfc. Marlon Mercaida, Pvt. King Philip Villalva, Pfc. Addy Mayor, Pfc. Jorge Assistin Jr. and Pfc. Banjodel Rosario.

Three civilians on board a passing jeep were also injured.

“Ang nangyari po sa amin, yung sinasakyan po nila saka yung sinasakyan namin ay nagkatapatan, then sumabog tapos nagkaputukan na (Our vehicles were parallel to each other when the explosion occurred),” said Hazel Macalalad, one of the victims.

“Yun pong sakay po ng Philippine Army ay kasalukuyang ginagamot po dito sa Bondoc Peninsula, Catanauan, Quezon at sila naman po ay nasa maayos na kalagayan at ligtas sa anumang kapahamakan,” said Gen. Luna police chief PSI. Eliezer Cayco.

(Those on board the Philippine Army vehicle are being treated at the Bondoc Peninsula, Catanauan, Quezon. They are now in good condition and are safe from any danger.)

Authorities are now pursuing the group responsible for the attack. —Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

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NPA rebels free six ranch workers abducted in Quezon

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

The ranch in Barangay Tumbaga, San Francisco, Quezon Province where six workers were abducted by the members of the New People’s Army.

MANILA, Philippines — Six workers at a ranch in Baranggay Tumbaga, San Francisco, Quezon province were abducted by alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) at around six in the evening, Monday.

However, the kidnap suspects immediately released the victims the next day.

“Wala pang report kung nagkaroon ng negosasyon o pano but initially pinakawalan din sila bandang 9:30 noong gabi (There are no reports yet if the ransom was paid. But they were released at around 9:30 in the evening),” said Philippine National Police (PNP) PIO PRO4A chief Supt. Chitadel Gaoiran.

Among those kidnapped were two members of the Citizen’s Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) assigned in Barangay Huyon-Huyon.

Around 50 to 60 rebels stormed the ranch, which is owned by the family of a certain James Murray.

The said ranch is located inside the so-called Hacienda Belt in the Bondoc Peninsula, where many NPA members are believed to be hiding.

This is the third time suspected members of the armed group stormed the said ranch.

Soldiers are still patrolling the area. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Duterte counters Sison’s threat: Kill 5 NPA rebels for every soldier killed

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is unshaken by the threat of Communist Party of the Philippines founding chair, Jose Maria Sison that New People’s Army (NPA) rebels can kill one soldier every day.

In his meeting over snacks with 215 former NPA rebels in Malacañang on Wednesday night, the President said he would have five NPA rebels killed for every soldier slain.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Sison should not belittle what the government can do against the communist rebels.

“I think the message is: you don’t threaten us, Joma Sison. We are the state, if we haven’t eradicated you, it’s because we opted not to eradicate you as Filipinos. But if you want war, we are ready to go to war,” said Roque.

Meanwhile, President Duterte wants the 48 former female rebels to tour Hong Kong and China and be exposed to capitalism.

He will bring them with him on his next visit in China where he will discuss with the Chinese government the Philippines’ concerns about the Philippine Rise.

Meanwhile, 683 former NPA rebels from various parts of Eastern Mindanao have returned to the fold of the law and the first batch of them has toured Rizal Park, Intramuros and Malacañang.

President Duterte promised them security, shelter, jobs and education for their children. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Albay vegetables increase in prices due to low supply

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 26th, 2018


ALBAY, Philippines — The farmlands within the permanent danger zone are now covered with thick ash falling from the crater of Mayon Volcano.

Because of this, Albay province is experiencing a shortage of vegetable supplies like bitter gourd or ampalaya, eggplants, legumes, and taro.

This prompted some vendors to buy vegetables from the nearby Quezon Province, while others opted to go to Baguio City to replenish their supplies.

With this, some vendors have no choice but to sell their vegetables at higher prices.

“The vegetables were damaged by ash fall. That’s why we are getting our supply from Sariaya. That way we could still buy some although it’s expensive,” vegetable vendor, Marjorie said.

Vegetable prices in the province have increased by P20 to P40.

Such was the case for bitter gourd (ampalaya) which increased to P60 from the previous price of P40 per kilogram.

Prices of eggplants also increased from P40 per kilogram to P70.

Even the prices of taro or gabi leaves, chayote, and cabbage have also risen.

There are also fears of losses in the earnings of vegetable vendors due to the continuous abnormal volcanic activities of Mt. Mayon.

 

Despite the high prices of vegetables, there have been no movements in the prices of other major commodities in the province like rice, sugar, canned goods, and others.

There is an existing price freeze in the entire province of Albay after it was placed under a state of calamity.

Aside from ash-laden vegetables, many worry that farm animals in areas near the volcano are getting sick due to the ashfall.

This prompted the residents to also evacuate their cows and carabaos from areas reached by the falling ash. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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