Kin of NPA captives want to halt AFP ops in Caraga for safe release of hostages

admin   •   January 28, 2019   •   2495

Members of the New People’s Army |Photo courtesy of Kodao Phils.

It has been over a month since the abduction of Corporal Erick Manangan, Private First Class Darlino Carino Jr. and 13 members of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) by the communist rebel group, New People’s Army in Caraga region.

The two soldiers and 12 CAFGU members were abducted during their deployment at a patrol base in New Tubigon, Sibagat, Agusan del Norte under the 3rd Special Forces Battalion of the Philippine Army. Not long after, the rebel forces snatched another CAFGU member in the municipality of Remedios T. Romualdez.

Families of the hostages are grieving their uncertain fate. Elena Cariño, the mother Pfc. Cariño, laments not being able to sleep or eat because of anxiety over the safety of her child.

“Presidente maluoy ka sa amu sa mga kauban ng akong anak. Tabangan ninyo nga maka uli na akong anak (President have pity on us and my son’s companions. Help my son to return home),” she cried.

The distressed families are asking the military to suspend their operations as demanded by the rebel group for the speedy release of their loved ones.

But based on the statement issued by Major General Ronald Villanueva, commander of the 4th Infantry Division, the government is standing by its no-negotiation policy toward the New People’s Army.

He guaranteed that pursuit operations against the communist rebels who abducted the soldiers and CAFGU members will continue.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines assured the victims’ families that the military is exhausting efforts for their swift release of their abducted members. — Raymond Octobre

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Duterte asks PNP, AFP to deploy medical personnel to hospitals needing more staff

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to prepare for the deployment of their medical personnel to hospitals that are in need of additional manpower.

“Kung wala nang iba, ‘yung mga nurses sa pulis marami yan, pati sa medical corps ng army. I have to use a little of my influence sa kanila to convince them,” Duterte said in a taped public address aired late Wednesday.

“Please place your human resources on ready, on deck because talagang alam mo yun lang madali kong maasahan,” he added.

Duterte issued the statement after receiving reports that a lot of medical personnel, particularly in St. Luke’s Medical Center were unable to go on duty due to COVID-19 infection.

The AFP said it has started deploying a number of its personnel to some hospitals in Metro Manila as it continues look for more nurses from its ranks.

The PNP, for its part, said it is currently accounting the number of its medical teams that could be deployed to assist medical workers amid rising cases of COVID-19.

AFP, PNP: No terror threat in PH despite Japan warning

Robie de Guzman   •   September 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Police and military authorities on Tuesday said they have not monitored any possible terrorist threat in the country despite the warning reportedly issued by the Japanese government.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said they have not received any report of possible terror attacks but assured that they continue to be on alert  regarding this matter.

They are also working closely with their foreign counterparts on information sharing against terrorism.

“Noon pa man ay patuloy ang aming intelligence monitoring especially after the 9/11 attack in the US and the Marawi City incident. Nananatiling maigting ang ating pakikipag-ugnayan sa ibat ibang bansa laban sa terorismo through information sharing and strategic partnership in dealing with terror groups” Eleazar said.

“Kasama dito ang pagpapalakas ng ugnayan ng inyong kapulisan sa ibat ibang komunidad at stake holders upang matiyak na hindi tayo malulusutan sa ano mang plano ng mga teroristang grupo sa ano mang lugar sa ating bansa,” he added.

Foreign media reports stated that the Foreign Ministry of Japan has issued a warning for its citizens regarding a possible terror attack in six Southeast Asian nations, including the Philippines.

The Japanese ministry advised its citizens to avoid religious facilities and crowded areas in the said countries.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), for its part, said the country’s threat level remains at “moderate” based on its last review.

The military assured it is constantly validating reports relating to national security matters.

“As of now, we have not received any report. We constantly validate all reports on security matters and it is a continuous process,” AFP spokesperson Col. Ramon Zagala said in a statement.

Aside from the Philippines, the warning issued by the Japanese government also covers Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Malaysia.

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.

 

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