Government declares 6-day suspension of offensive military operations vs NPA

admin   •   December 22, 2017   •   3883

The declared 6-day suspension of offensive military operations vs NPA

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang reiterated the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte declaring unilateral ceasefire or suspension of offensive military operations against the New People’s Army (NPA) this holiday season for the benefit of the Filipino people.

It means the police and military will not launch offensive operations against the NPA but will remain in defensive mode against the enemies.

“The cessation of combat operation would simply mean there would be no fighting but they could still apprehend members of the NPA. And of course, there’s no backing out from the declaration that the NPA is a terrorist group,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

This will start at 6:00 p.m. of December 23 until 6:00 p.m. of December 26 and will resume at 6 pm of December 30 until 6 pm of January 2, 2018.

Malacañang did not offer any explanation for reducing the schedule of the unilateral ceasefire from 10 days to six days as announced on Thursday as well as the three days in between.

“The President doesn’t have to explain. In fact, Joma Sison is calling it a sham. We should be thankful that the President is pushing through with the unilateral ceasefire altogether. He could have ignored it completely and not declared anything,” said Roque.

Meanwhile, Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Jess Dureza still hopes that the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing will extend reciprocity to President Duterte’s recent pronouncement.

And though there is already a cancellation of peace negotiations with CPP-NPA-NDF, it shows the President’s desire to attain peace in the country. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

 

Roque questions court order to release Pemberton

Robie de Guzman   •   September 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has questioned a local court’s decision to grant the appeal of US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton for an early release through good conduct time allowance (GCTA) credits.

Roque, who was the former private legal counsel of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude’s family, said the Bureau of Corrections, which has the authority to grant GCTA credits, did not recommend any allowance for good conduct for Pemberton.

“Yung ginawa po ni Judge na siya na ang nagdesisyon kung paano siya bibigyan ng credit for good conduct is an instance of judicial overreach,” he said.

The Olongapo City Regional Trial Court Branch 74 in an order dated September 1 said Pemberton should be released over good behavior.

Pemberton was sentenced six to 10 years in prison for homicide over the slay of Laude at a motel in Olongapo City in 2014. He has been held at a facility in Camp Aguinaldo pursuant to provisions of the Visiting Forces Agreement between the United States and the Philippines.

The court credited to him a good conduct time allowance (GCTA) of 1,548 days or more than 4 years plus a total of 2,142 days in detention which amounts to more than 10 years of the maximum penalty imposed on him.

The Palace official said that the court’s decision on Pemberton’s release is unjust.

“Very bad po, kasi parang pinapakita na di mahalaga ang buhay ng Pilipino. 5 taon lang sa ginuntuang hawla ang pwedeng maging parusa. Huwag naman po,” he said.

He also denied the claim of Pemberton’s lawyer that he and Laude’s family agreed to release the convicted American soldier on parole.

Roque added that the motion for reconsideration filed by Laude’s family should be resolved first, as well as the appeal that will be lodged by the government’s prosecutors.

The Department of Justice said it has directed the Bureau of Corrections to wait for the court’s resolution on the Laude family’s motion for reconsideration. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Duterte to consider recommended Sulu-wide martial law —Palace

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 26, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte is considering the recommendation of the Philippine Army to put Sulu under martial law after the recent twin blasts in Jolo, Malacañang said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President is awaiting the official report and request of the police and military.

Aside from the Philippine Army, the Philippine National Police (PNP) also supports the idea of putting the province under martial law.

However, Roque said the decision to reimpose martial law in Sulu needs further study and the approval of both the legislative and judicial branches of government before it can be implemented.

“Iyan naman po ay kinukunsidera ng ating Presidente, subject siyempre doon sa legal and factual basis. So, kapag ang report naman ay nagtugma na sapat na dahilan ito sa martial law, ikukunsidera naman po iyan ng Preisdente, (That is what the President is taking into consideration, of course it will be subject to legal and factual basis. So if the report is verified and there is a reason to declare martial law, it will be considered by the President),” he said.

The twin explosions in Jolo on Monday (August 24) left at least 15 people dead with 77 injured. Among those killed were seven soldiers and a police officer. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Pamahalaan, tiniyak ang ayuda sa mga naapektuhan ng lindol sa Masbate

Marje Pelayo   •   August 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Tiniyak ng Malacañang na mabibigyan ng tulong ang mga residenteng naapektuhan ng malakas na lindol sa Masbate at ilang bahagi ng Visayas.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, nakahanda na ang mga sangay ng gobyerno na magbibigay ng relief goods sa mga pamilyang nasa evacuation centers.

“Pagdating po sa ayuda ay huwag po kayong mag-alala — mga pagkain, mga blanket, mga resettlement area — lahat po iyan ay naka-preposition na po at sanay na sanay na po tayong magbigay ng ganiyang tulong sa ating mga kababayan,” pahayag ni Roque.

Samantala, wala pang detalye ang Palasyo kung dadalaw ng personal si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa lugar.

“Siguradong-sigurado po ako na gusto ni Presidenteng pumunta,” ayon kay Roque.

“Whether or not he will be allowed ay tingnan po natin,” pagtatapos nito. MNP (sa ulat ni Rosalie Coz)

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