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Malacañang tags NPA attack in Iloilo an “opportunistic act”

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 19th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has condemned the recent attack of the New People’s Army (NPA) on the municipal police station of Maasin, Iloilo and called it an “opportunistic act”.

The NPA rebels seized the arms, ammunitions and tactical radios of the municipal police.

This was despite the commitment of the government and the leftist groups not to launch offensive attacks against each other while the government has ongoing intensified military operations in Marawi City.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said, “Although the attack was not in Mindanao, the act was opportunistic in nature and disregards the nature of the NDF (National Democratic Front declaration). We ask the NDF to call on their armed comrades on the ground to walk the talk and to show genuine sincerity on the confidence-building measure initiated by the government and their side.” — UNTV News & Rescue

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DOJ collates evidence to support its petition to declare NPA as terrorist group

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confirmed that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is gathering information for the petition it will file before a court to declare the Communist rebel New People’s Army (NPA) as a terrorist organization.

Aguirre said that among the information they are gathering is the violence committed by the NPA against soldiers, policemen, and civilians.

Under the country’s human security act, the government is required to file a petition declaring a group as a terrorist before a regional trial court.

The said court will hear the case first to determine whether or not a group should be formally declared a terrorist.

Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte signed a proclamation declaring the NPA as a terrorist group. —UNTV News and Rescue

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Duterte requests Congress to extend on-going martial law for one more year

by Joniel Monton   |   Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2017


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Anti-Corruption Summit 2017: ‘Breaking Chains of Corruption 2017’ at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 28, 2017. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) submitted last week a recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the martial law in Mindanao.

Both agencies favor the extension of martial law in the region instead of lifting it on its scheduled term before the end of the year.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte will request the Congress to extend the on-going martial law for one more year.

Based on the text message of Sec. Medialdea, the letter has already been signed by the Chief Executive pending submission to Congress.

The AFP initially stated that there is still a need for martial law in Mindanao because of reports regarding remaining Maute members, Abu Sayyaf and other terrorist groups merging together.

“Those who survived that siege still remain at large and are attempting to recover by recruiting other members of the society,” said AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla.

Another reason cited for the extension is the on-going violent attacks by members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

“There was a 2,000% increase in the amount on the effect of the violent incidents on business alone,” said Padilla.

The opposition of the administration expressed their disapproval and said that the martial rule extension would only hinder the Marawi residents from returning to their homes. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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AFP ready to face CHR probe on the Nasugbu, Batangas encounter

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it is ready to face the investigation of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) into a military encounter with the New People’s Army (NPA) in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Fourteen suspected rebel members were killed, including a 22-year former student, in an operation, the military conducted last November 28.

According to AFP-PAO chief Marine Gen. Edgard Arevalo, they will provide the information needed by the CHR.

“Handa pa po tayong tumulong sa kanila sa gagawing imbestigasyon. Kung meron man po tayong mga tauhan na gusto nilang tanungin ay puwede po tayong magbigay ng kooperasyon para mabigyang daan ang isang malaya at patas na imbestigasyon,” said the official.

(We are very ready to help with the investigation. If they want to question some of our men, we will cooperate to give way to a free and fair investigation.)

Arevalo said the military respects the mandate of the constitutional body, but noted that the CHR must respect the mandate of the AFP in return.

“Which is to perform our role that is to protect the people and to secure the state,” said Arevalo.

The military official reminds parents and teachers to properly guide their children and students to protect them from rebel influence.

“Ikinalulungkot nati sa AFP na kailangan itong magyari subalit kaalinsabay nito ang ating kahilingan sa mga magulang na gabayan nila ang kanilang mga anak,” said Arevalo.

(The AFP is saddened that this happened. Alongside this is our call to parents to guide their children.)

Arevalo said that the military is saddened that there are minors joining the fight of the rebels against the government. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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