Gabriela stages protest against Duterte’s statement about NPA female members

admin   •   February 15, 2018   •   5119

Gabriela and other women advocate groups’ protest

MANILA, Philippines — Responding to the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte, thousands of women from Gabriela and other women advocate groups gathered for a protest in Malate, Manila.

Through poems and songs, they voiced out their dismay at the statement of President Duterte to shoot New People’s Army (NPA) women members in their private parts.

Former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo was also present to express her disapproval over the matter.

“Layunin nitong patahimikin ang kalahati ng populasyon at panatilihing mga pu** lang sila, walang silbi, pangkama, pangkusina, sunud-sunuran, kimi, (It aims to silence half of the population and to degrade them as mere genitals, useless, objectified, subservient),” said Taguiwalo.

According to Gabriela Secretary General Joms Salvador, the statement of the president is a clear attempt to trample upon all the women in the country.

“Ayaw ng kababaihan sa mga macho pasistang naghahari-harian. Kaya nating kumilos, magkaisa. Hindi naman tanga at hindi lalong mabibilog ang ulo ng mga kababaihan na alam kung ano ang sinasabi ni Pangulong Duterte,” said Salvador.

(Women don’t like macho-fascists who act like a king. We can unite and take action. We are not idiots and President Duterte definitely cannot fool women who know what he’s saying.)

The group also said that they cannot accept the answer of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque that the president did not mean it literally.

“Seryoso at literal na galit ang kababaihan sa pagtatanggol niya kay Pangulong Duterte. Hindi na tama na patuloy na magpalusot,” said the Gabriela general-secretary.

(Women are seriously and literally angry at his defense of President Duterte. It’s not right anymore to continue making excuses.)

The women advocates cut the tongue of the effigy of President Duterte.

This, they said, symbolizes their dismay over harsh jokes about women. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

1 cop killed, 5 others injured in Eastern Samar ambush

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 13, 2019

One cop was killed and five others were injured in an ambush on Friday afternoon (December 13) in Eastern Samar by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

A large explosion followed by a relatively large fire was reported around 3:00 p.m. at Barangay Libutan, in Borongan City, Eastern Samar.

Authorities said the seven personnel were on board a Hi-lux patrol car en route to Eastern Samar Provincial Police Office (ESPPO) Headquarters when a suspected IED exploded.

One member of the Eastern Samar’s 1st Police Mobile Force Company was killed, injuring five other policemen.

Ten civilians were also affected by the explosion.

Authorities have yet to report further details on the incident.—AAC

PNP to tighten security ahead of CPP anniversary on Dec. 26

Maris Federez   •   December 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is ready for any threats and attacks that may be staged by the New Peoples Army (NPA) prior to the anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP) on December 26.

PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said the threats by the rebel group against high-ranking government officials are not new to them.

Banac was referring to what Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) deputy chief of staff for Civil-Military Operation MGen. Antonio Parlade, Jr. said on Wednesday (Nov. 4) that DILG Sec. Eduardo Año, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, and National Commission on Indigenous People Chairman Allen Capuyan are now on the NPA hitlist.

“Sa nagdaang panahon ay ganito rin naman ang mga banta sa seguridad na tinatanggap ng ating mga pinuno kaya hindi naman tayo nagpapabaya sa ating seguridad lalo na yung mga security detail natin,” Banac said.

Banac added that, this early, they are already tightening the security in the soft target areas such as police stations and vital installation facilities in the country.

“Palagi tayong  nananatiling alerto at mapagmatyag sa anumang maaaring criminal activities na gagawin ng kanilang mga kasapi. At wala naman tayong dapat ikabahala dahil ang lahat ng mga tumatayo sa batas ay nasa panig ng batas at ang lahat ng lalabag dito ay mapapanagot din natin sa batas,” Banac said further.

Banac also underscored that the PNP and the AFP are exerting all efforts in implementing Executive Order (EO) No. 70 that aims at curbing the local communist armed conflict in the country. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

NPA leader Jaime Padilla nabbed in San Juan City

Marje Pelayo   •   November 26, 2019

(FILE) Jaime ‘Ka Diego’ Padilla, spokesperson of the Melito Glor Command of the New People’s Army (NPA) poses for a photo inside a makeshift hut during their 50th founding anniversary celebration at an undisclosed location in the mountains of Sierra Madre, Philippines, 31 March 2019 (issued 05 April 2019).  EPA-EFE/ALECS ONGCAL

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) have arrested New People’s Army (NPA) leader, Jaime Padilla in San Juan City.

Acting Director Debold Sinas of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Padilla was rushed to the Cardinal Santos Medical Center due to hypertension following his arrest.

Padilla has a standing warrant of arrest for charges of multiple murder and kidnapping.

He was also identified as the spokesperson of the NPA Southern Tagalog unit and a member of National Information Bureau of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Center Committee.

The NPA leader has a P4.4 million bounty on his head.

Also arrested were three of Padilla’s men who will face charges for harboring of criminals.

They are all under the custody of CIDG in Camp Crame. — MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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