Military backs Anti-Terrorism Council’s resolutions on terrorist tag

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2021   •   253

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday expressed support for the decision of the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) to publish resolutions designating some individuals as terrorists.

“The AFP supports the Anti-Terrorism Council’s Resolution Nos. 16 and 17 which designate 10 local terrorist group individuals and 19 CPP-NPA members as terrorists,” AFP chief of staff General Cirilito Sobejana said in a statement.

“The military organization further conveys its full confidence to the ATC’s decision which was carried out based on verified and validated information,” he added.

The ATC published on Thursday Resolution No. 17, designating 19 alleged leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army as terrorists.

The council also listed as terrorists in Resolution No. 16 ten members of different local terrorist groups such as the Abu Sayyaf Group, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and the Daulah Islamiyah.

These individuals are accused of conspiring, planning, and preparing for the commission of terrorism, covered by Sections 6, 7, and 10 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

With this development, the AFP said it will be able to further protect the public citizens from terrorist acts by closely working together with government law enforcement agencies and focusing resources to bring the mentioned personalities to justice.

“We are optimistic that the ATC’s resolution will continue to empower government, under the rule of law, to eradicate terrorism in our country, and maintain a peaceful and progressive nation for every Filipinos,” Sobejana said.

Under the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020, the ATC has the authority to designate individuals, groups of individuals, organizations, or associations as terrorists without a court hearing.

This measure will allow the Anti-Money Laundering Council to freeze the assets of designated personalities or organizations.

Persons designated as terrorists have 15 days to file a request for delisting.

AFP, PNP, PCG ink deal to boost operations vs terrorism, insurgency

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Friday signed a tripartite accord that seeks to further enhance interoperability during internal and external security operations.

In a statement, the PNP said the tripartite mechanism was officially adopted by the three agencies through Resolution Nr. 11-2021 which included the PCG in the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center (JPSCC).

The move is in line with the government’s ‘whole-of-nation’ approach towards peace and security; engaging the PNP, AFP, and PCG to work together in keeping the country safe and secure.

AFP Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana, PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar, and PCG commandant Admiral George Ursabia Jr. will serve as co-chairs of the National JPSCC.

As a new JPSCC member agency, the PCG will play a vital role in forming various concepts of operations that will address the country’s complex and evolving maritime threats.

“We look forward to future collaborative efforts among agency members in terms of maritime safety and security, maritime law enforcement, and the protection of the country’s marine environment,” Sobejana said in the same statement.

“The present challenges offer a great opportunity for us to enhance our coordination and interoperability. This has been a journey built from the ground by men in uniform service who selflessly serve for years and further stimulated and sustained at the policy side. For the PCG Team, we are so fortunate today that we are here to solidify the PCG as the third arm service in our lifetime,” Ursabia said.

Aside from the joint accord, the three agency heads also signed the JPSCC Letter Directive Nr. 03-2021, which called for the reorganization of the JPSCC.

In the revised structure, the National JPSCC will now be headed by the PNP Chief, AFP Chief, and PCG Commandant while PNP Directors for Integrated Police Operation, AFP Unified Commanders, and PCG Area Commanders will exercise supervision over the Regional and Provincial JPSCCs.

The accord also stipulates that cooperation and coordination among the AFP, PNP, and PCG complemented by collaboration and consultation with all stakeholders shall be the guiding principle in addressing peace and security concerns.

“Despite differences in our respective uniforms and in the scopes of our respective work and mandates, we are all bound together by our common oath to serve and protect the Filipino people and our country as well as safeguard the national interest,” Eleazar said.

“But most importantly, we all have the same faith and hope for humanity. That is, perhaps the most fundamental reason why we need to foster and strengthen our cooperation and collaboration – to promote the common good” he added.

The joint accord was signed in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

AFP vows support for further development of Pag-asa, Kalayaan Island Group

Robie de Guzman   •   July 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief General Cirilito Sobejana on Wednesday pledged the military’s support for the further development of Pag-asa Island and the protection of the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) in the West Philippine Sea.

In a statement, Sobejana said there is a need to turn the Pag-asa Island into a logistics hub to protect Kalayaan’s biodiversity and the livelihood of its fishing communities.

He said this need was acknowledged during a virtual meeting with Palawan governor and chairperson of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Jose Alvarez on Monday, July 19.

“We are glad that we are on the same page in the future of the province of Palawan, that we view it as a strategic and critical national security frontier, particularly in the interests of ecological balance and sustainable development,” Sobejana said.

Also discussed in the meeting is the further development of Pag-asa as “haven for Filipino fishermen as well as a possible tourist destination.”

“Such move will require expansion and construction of facilities that are aimed at sustaining an increase in economic activity in the island,” Sobejana said.

The AFP chief also lauded the initiatives of the Palawan provincial government to protect the nation’s interest through its proposal to declare the KIG as a protected area under the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (Republic Act 7586).

“We are at a point when we have to stick together as one nation and we are glad that the Provincial Government of Palawan is already on board,” he added.

Sobejana last visited Pag-asa Island in June over plans to convert it into a logistics hub.

AMLC issues freeze order on assets, funds related to NDFP

Robie de Guzman   •   July 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has issued a freeze order on accounts and assets related to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) after the anti-terrorism council (ATC) designated it as a terrorist group.

“The AMLC issued Resolution No. TF-42, series of 2021 directing the issuance of Sanctions Freeze Order to take effect immediately against the National Democratic Front (NDF), also known as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), pursuant to its designation as terrorist by the ATC Resolution No. 21 dated June 23, and the freezing without delay of the following property or funds, including related accounts,” the AMLC said in a notice posted on its website.

The ATC earlier designated the NDF as a terror group, citing is as an “integral and inseparable part” of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army since 1973.

The AMLC said the freeze order covers property or funds that are owned or controlled by the NDF, and its “not limited to those that are directly related or can be tied to a particular terrorist act, plot, or threat.”

Also covered are property or funds that are “wholly or jointly owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the NDF.”

Property or funds derived or generated from funds or other assets owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the NDF; and property or funds of persons and entities acting on behalf or at the direction of the NDF, are also covered by the freeze order.

The AMLC said that any person, whether natural or juridical, including covered persons, private companies, government owned or controlled corporations, and government agencies and instrumentalities shall be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law pursuant to Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012 (TFPSA) if they are found:

  • Dealing directly or indirectly, in any way and by any means, with any property or fund that he knows or has reasonable ground to believe is owned or controlled by the NDF, also known as the NDFP, including funds derived or generated from property or funds owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the NDF

 

  • Making available any property or funds, or financial services or other related services to the NDF

“All covered persons are mandated to submit as Suspicious Transaction Report all previous transactions of the NDF, also known as the NDFP, within five days from effectivity of this order,” the AMLC said.

“All persons, organizations, associations or groups of persons whose property or funds are frozen, including related accounts are hereby informed that they may avail of the remedies under Republic Act No. 11479, otherwise known as Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, and its Implementing Rules and Regulations and under the TFPSA and its Implementing Rules and Regulations,” it added.

 

 

 

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