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
MANILA, Philippines — Responding to the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte, thousands of women from Gabriela and other women advocate groups gathered for a protest in Malate, Manila.
Through poems and songs, they voiced out their dismay at the statement of President Duterte to shoot New People’s Army (NPA) women members in their private parts.
Former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo was also present to express her disapproval over the matter.
“Layunin nitong patahimikin ang kalahati ng populasyon at panatilihing mga pu** lang sila, walang silbi, pangkama, pangkusina, sunud-sunuran, kimi, (It aims to silence half of the population and to degrade them as mere genitals, useless, objectified, subservient),” said Taguiwalo.
According to Gabriela Secretary General Joms Salvador, the statement of the president is a clear attempt to trample upon all the women in the country.
“Ayaw ng kababaihan sa mga macho pasistang naghahari-harian. Kaya nating kumilos, magkaisa. Hindi naman tanga at hindi lalong mabibilog ang ulo ng mga kababaihan na alam kung ano ang sinasabi ni Pangulong Duterte,” said Salvador.
(Women don’t like macho-fascists who act like a king. We can unite and take action. We are not idiots and President Duterte definitely cannot fool women who know what he’s saying.)
The group also said that they cannot accept the answer of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque that the president did not mean it literally.
“Seryoso at literal na galit ang kababaihan sa pagtatanggol niya kay Pangulong Duterte. Hindi na tama na patuloy na magpalusot,” said the Gabriela general-secretary.
(Women are seriously and literally angry at his defense of President Duterte. It’s not right anymore to continue making excuses.)
The women advocates cut the tongue of the effigy of President Duterte.
This, they said, symbolizes their dismay over harsh jokes about women. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Two hundred fifteen New People’s Army (NPA) surrenderers went to Camp Aguinaldo on Wednesday morning to meet with Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero before going to Malacañang for their dinner with President Rodrigo Duterte.
The said numbers are just part of 683 rebel returnees who met with the president last Dec.21 at the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom).
701st Brigade Commander BGen. Reuben James Basiao reported that two of the 215 former rebels were commanding officers of the NPA operating in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.
Gen. Basiao added that 40 of them are qualified to be part of the AFP.
“Starting 2018 ini-enhance pa ho ang Comprehensive Local Integration Program ng pangulo natin so ang dagdag diyan ay meron pa tayong pabahay. Meron opportunity for employment at may opportunity din na sumali sa pagsusundalo at maging miyembro ng AFP once qualified sila,” said the brigade commander.
( Translation: Starting 2018, we will enhance the Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the president. We have free housing opportunity, for employment and to be a part of AFP once qualified.)
The former NPA members also surrendered 50 long and short firearms which the government has remunerated with cash.
Fifty thousand pesos each for the long and high powered and P15,000 -P20,000 each for the short firearms.
“Part of our program is financial remuneration for the firearms surrendered for the M16 its 50-K plus. One of the surrenderees here gave information that leads to the recovery of 4 AK47 at 1 M16. Short firearms will range to P15-20k if original,” said the commander.
Some of them spoke of their experiences and the unfulfilled promises of their organization.
“Walang pagkain at tsaka hindi nasustentuhan ang pamilya namin. Yung sinasabing mapag-aral ang mga kapatid namin hanggang kami ay nasa taas, hindi po yun natupad,” said Alias Jaylord, a political instructor.
(I surrendered to the government because of the hardship I experienced. We had no food. They did not support our families as they promised. No rice supply. They promised to send my siblings to school while we were in the organization, but nothing happened.)
“Nahikayat ako dahil sa maganda nilang propaganda, libreng edukasyon. Hindi nila natupad kasi ang ipinahawak nila ay baril hindi ballpen,” said Alias Ronron, an ex-rebel youth leader.
(I was convinced because of their good propaganda, like free education. But they didn’t fulfill it because what they made us hold were guns instead of pens.)
“Abot langit ang pasasalamat ng ina ko kasi matagal na nila akong kinumbinsi na magsurrender. Hindi nila ako mapasurrender noon kasi matigas ang ulo ko kasi ipaglaban ko ang doktrina na nasa utak ko,” said Alias Helen, an ex-rebel leader.
(My mother’s joy was sky-high because they’ve been convincing me to surrender. They couldn’t make me because I was adamant to fight for my doctrine.)
Gen. Basiao also said that the returnees are undergoing 10 days deradicalization program and 30 days livelihood program in a facility called happy home in Davao Oriental for them to develop a renewed perspective on life. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
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