JTF Bicolandia condemns terrorist group for killing of vendors in Masbate

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 17, 2021   •   409

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

Duterte urges NPAs to return to government fold before his term ends

Maris Federez   •   January 26, 2022

 

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates his call on the members of the New People’s Army (NPA) to surrender and return to the fold of the government before his administration term ends.  

“Magusurrender na kayo bago ako umalis sa trabaho ko,” Duterte said.

As the Armed Forces of the Philippines Commander in Chief, Duterte said he ordered the military, particularly the Philippine Army, to facilitate the surrender.

“This is my order to the military, if they want to surrender, give them the chance to surrender properly. If they surrender the firearms, the next trip down from the mountains you accompany them,” he said.

Duterte assured that surrenderers will be granted benefits for their return. He also stressed that fighting the government will not do them good.

“I can give you a house, bahay na parang appartment, marami akong maibigay. I’ll give you a house, I’ll give you a job, temporary may sweldo ka na,” the President said.

“Sinubukan naman natin na mga barilan, wala naman nangyari. Pinatay lang ang mga Pilipino,” he added.

The President further said that instead of disrupting government projects and activities, particularly after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, NPA members must help in rebuilding heavily devastated areas.

By doing so, rebel returnees will receive compensation coming from the budget of the Office of the President.

 —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent JP Nuñez)

Duterte says NPA rebels may get excess supply of COVID-19 vaccine

Robie de Guzman   •   January 25, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said he will allow members of the New People’s Army (NPA) access to COVID-19 vaccine only if there is an excess supply.

During his taped meeting with some officials aired on Tuesday, Duterte said spare vaccine jabs can be given to NPA rebels so they can also get protection against the viral disease.

“Pagka may sobra, kung may sobra lang, hindi kayo puwedeng unahin kay kalaban kayo sa gobyerno,” he said.

“Tingnan lang ninyo at kung may sobra, ‘di ano. Pero tawagan ninyo na muna ako na kung may sobra, ibigay ninyo sa NPA para hindi ma-COVID-19,” he added.

During the meeting, Duterte also renewed his call on NPA rebels to surrender and avail of the government’s housing and skills training program for rebel returnees.

“This is my order to the military: If they want to surrender, give them the chance to surrender properly,” he said.

“I’ll give you a house, I’ll give you a job, temporary, may suweldo ka na. Kung wala kang alam sa skills, mag-enroll ka muna… sila ‘yung TESDA, magturo sa iyo kung anong klaseng trabaho gusto mo, technical, turuan kayo,” he added.

“Tapusin na natin ito, tutal sinubukan naman natin ‘yang barilan, wala mang nangyari,” he further said.

Mga kandidatong nagbabayad sa CPP-NPA, kakasuhan ng NICA at CIDG

Robie de Guzman   •   January 24, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang National Intelligence Coordination Council (NICA) AT PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) na hahabulin at sasampahan nila ng kaso ang mga kandidato na patuloy na nagbabayad ng permit to campaign at permit to win sa Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

Ang babala ay kasunod na rin ng mga ulat na may mga kandidatong nagbabayad sa mga rebelde para sa pangangampanya sa ilang lugar.

Ayon kay NICA director general Alex Paul Monteagudo, labag sa batas at may katapat na parusa ang pagbibigay ng pera sa mga rebeldeng komunista.

“We will not hesitate to use full force of the law to run after this people who continue to support communist terrorist just for their political and personal interest,” ani Monteagudo.

“Ang ating NICA at mga regional offices ay consolidating evidence to file terrorism, financing cases hindi lang sa mga front organization kundi lalong lalo na doon sa mga suspected na nagbibigay ng pera na mga kandidato meron tayong reports na nagbibigay pa din sila,” dagdag pa nito.

Base sa nakalap na impormasyon ng NICA sa mga nakalipas na halalan ay nasa P2 milyong umano ang hinihinging bayad para sa permit to campaign at permit to win ng NPA sa mga gubernador habang P1 milyon naman sa mga tumatakbong mayor.

Sa ilalim ng Anti-Terrorism Act, itinuturing na pagsuporta sa terrorismo ang pagbibigay ng pera sa mga rebelde.

“Lalabas kasi na pag ang isang kandidato ay nagbigay ng pera sa NPA pag ang NPA ay pumatay lalo na yung kakontra ng kandidato na yun lalabas na siya ay financier, lalabas na sya ang ulo ng krimen dahil kung hindi nya binigyan ng pera ay marahil hindi napagsagawa ng krimen itong New People’s Army,” ani Monteagudo.

Sinabi rin ni CIDG director Police Major General Albert Ignacius Ferro na maaaring maharap din sa parusang pagkakakulong ang sinumang mapapatunayang tumutulong sa mga komunista.

“When you pay permit to campaign and permit to win you are tantamount to supporting their illegal activities at may kaukulang penalty po ito na reclusion temporal to reclusion perpetua and fine na P500,000 to P1 million,” ani Ferro.

Aniya, nagsasagawa na sila ng imbestigasyon at tuloy rin ang pagsasampa nila ng kaso laban sa mga miyembro ng NPA na kabilang anila sa nakasaad sa 1672 folder ng krimen at human rights violations ng rebeldeng grupo na isinumite ng Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Panawagan ng mga otoridad sa publiko na makipagtulungan sa pamahalaan upang masawata ang extortion at iba operasyon ng mga rebelde.

 

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