Government peace talks with CPP-NPA-NDF begins today

admin   •   August 22, 2016   •   3423

Government peace talks with CPP NPA NDF begins today

OSLO, Norway — The formal peace negotiation between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines in Olso, Norway begins today and will run until August 26.

Both parties are hoping to end the four decades of atrocities between the government and the rebel group.

Beginning midnight of August 21, the unilateral ceasefire declared by the government has taken effect and the offensive operations of government security forces against the rebel groups have been deferred as directed by President Duterte in respect to the peace process.

This was announced before the departure of the government peace panel headed by presidential adviser on the peace process Secretary Jess Dureza on Saturday bound for Norway.

“I am pleased to announce that President Rodrigo Duterte has restored the effects if the unilateral ceasefire with CPP/NPA/NDF effective 12 midnight tonight, 21 August, 2016. The duration of the ceasefire will last for as long as necessary to bring peace in the land and also in order to provide an enabling environment for the success of the peace negotiations that will start in Oslo, Norway on August 22,” he said. (ROSALIE COZ/UNTV News and Rescue)

12yo NPA ‘child warrior’, 8 others captured in Bukidnon

Marje Pelayo   •   September 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported the arrest of nine New People’s Army (NPA) members including a 12 year-old “child warrior” at a forested area in Barangay Mabuhay, San Fernando, Bukidnon on Thursday (September 9).

The arrest followed an encounter with troops of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division and members of the CPP-NPA terrorists which also resulted in the killing of four NPA rebels and the seizure of 16 high-powered firearms.

Prior to the encounter, the military received information from residents that a group of NPA rebels had been conducting recruitment and extortion activities in their community.

The elements of 88 Infantry Battalion under the operational control of the 403rd Infantry Brigade of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division immediately conducted strike operations to protect the populace in the said area.

Major General Romeo Brawner Jr., Commander of the 4ID, disclosed that the one-hour running gun battle which ensued around 8:00 a.m. Thursday,  initially resulted in the seizure of three AK47 Rifles, four M16 Rifles and one M203 grenade launcher, the killing of four unidentified NPAs, and capture of two others.

The military chased the terrorists after the initial firefight.

Brawner said the troop’s persistence during pursuit operation resulted in the subsequent capture of another seven NPAs including the 12-year-old child.

Another set of high-powered firearms composed of two AK47 rifles, three M16 rifles, one M14 rifle, and two M653 rifles were seized.

Brawner confirmed that the pursuit operations are still ongoing.


PNP begins manhunt ops for NPA rebels behind killing of 3 Masbate vendors

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 17, 2021

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has begun the manhunt operations against members of the New People’s Army linked to the killing of three vendors in Palanas, Masbate.

PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar said he has directed the local police to work closely with the military to ensure that the communist rebels are arrested and brought to justice.

“We will closely coordinate our manhunt operations with the military and intensify our presence in the area to ensure the safety of other innocent civilians that the communist rebels may target for attacks,” he said.

The victims: Jose Lalaguna, 51; Joey Lalaguna, 30; and Jestoni Lalaguna, 22, were on their motorcycles last August 14 in Barangay Miabas to sell mirrors, floormats, and speakers when they were flagged down by at least 20 suspected NPA rebels.

Reports said the communist rebels dragged the three vendors to a secluded place where they were killed. The victims’ two other companions were able to escape and report to authorities.

Meanwhile, the PNP Chief also urged residents to immediately report to authorities if they have information on the presence of NPA rebels in their community so that government security forces can thwart possible attacks. AAC


JTF Bicolandia condemns terrorist group for killing of vendors in Masbate

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 17, 2021

The Joint Task Force (JTF) Bicolandia condemned the Communist terrorist group (CTG) for perpetrating the killing of three vendors in Masbate.

According to the report,  the victims were on their motorcycles together with two others to sell mirrors, floormats, and speakers when they were flagged down by at least 20 heavily armed alleged members of the New People’s Army on August 14.

The report further said that the victims were forcibly body-searched before being dragged to a secluded area where they were executed.

Two of them, on the other hand, managed to escape.

The victims were identified as Jose Lalaguna,51 years old; Joey Lalaguna, 30 years old; and Jestoni Lalaguna, 22 years old.

Lt. Col. Siegfried Felipe Awichen, commander of 2nd Infantry Battalion (2IB), said that they are now in close coordination with the PNP to hunt down the fleeing communist insurgents.

Hindi tayo titigil hangga’t hindi natin nahuhuli at napaparusahan ang mga walang kaluluwang gumawa ng karumal-dumal na krimeng ito (We will not stop until we put those responsible for the killing behind bars),” he said.

Meanwhile, commander of JTF Bicolandia MGen Henry Robinson Jr. rebuked the CTG for its terroristic attack against the civilians.

“These crimes are purely desperate acts to threaten the people using terrorism, but this will not intimidate the Filipino people. We will not allow them to continue their five-decade exploitation and atrocities,” he said. AAC


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