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NPA arsonist killed in an encounter with soldiers in Laguna

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 15 February 2019 10:45 AM

Recovered paraphernalia | Photo courtesy of 2ID-PAO

RIZAL, Philippines – A member of the New People’s Army communist group said to be responsible for the burning of construction equipment in Quezon province last week was killed in an encounter with the military on Thursday (February 14) at Sitio Pinamintian, Barangay San Buenaventura, Luisiana, Laguna.

BGen. Arnulfo Burgos Jr., Commander of the 202nd Brigade directly supervising the on-going Focused Military Operation (FMO) said the arsonists were forced to withdraw towards Quezon-Laguna boundary in their attempt to escape soldiers from 80IB.

Soldiers were able to recover at the encounter site two (2) M16 magazines, two (2) Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), detonators with wires, ten (10) fixed tents, one (1) tablet, eight (8) cellular phones (two of them smart phones), one (1) Baofeng radio, one (1) NPA terrorists flag, one (1) pack medicines, three (3) bags and other training materials, according to the 2ID-PAO.

While withdrawing, the rebels encountered another group of soldiers from the 1IB who were conducting complementary operations at Brgy Kalangay, Lucban, Quezon resulting in another 15-minute firefight.

According to Lt.Col. Jonathan Manio, Battalion Commander of 1IB, an informant revealed that two female NPA terrorists were killed in the first encounter.

No one was hurt on the government side.

Manio said “all available troops including K9 dogs and the local police are now conducting hot pursuit operations.”

MGen. Rhoderick Parayno, the Commander of the Philippine Army’s 2ID lauded the latest accomplishments of the troops against the NPA terrorists responsible for the arson in Quezon.

The official urged the rebels to return to the government side to live a better life and reform for the sake of their families.

“We are not ruthless. I’m offering them refuge. If they want to be with their families and live peaceful, normal and productive lives, we will welcome them to just return to the fold of the law. I guarantee their safety and I’ll make sure that they receive all the benefits due them offered by the government”, Parayno said.

Meanwhile, Manio assured that “all available troops including K9 dogs and the local police are now conducting hot pursuit operations” against the rebels. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jennica Cruz / 2ID-PAO)

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NPA extortionist nabbed in Butuan City

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:06 PM

Emiliano Bustillo Legayna, alleged NPA extortionist in Butuan City | Courtesy: Eastern Mindanao Command

MINDANAO, Philippines – Members of the 23rd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army and Butuan Police have arrested a notorious extortionist operating in North Central Mindanao.

Emiliano Bustillo Legayna, is a member of the New People’s Army (NPA) who goes by a number of aliases namely ‘Bukas’, ‘Sedoy’, ‘Turko’ and ‘Aba’.

He was arrested on Wednesday (February 13) in Barangay Nongnong, Butuan City.

Authorities recovered from Legayna a .45 caliber pistol and a hand grenade.

Aside from extortion, Legayna was also tagged as the leader of the NPA-allied group ‘Militia ng Bayan’ in West Butuan. — Marje Pelayo

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High-ranking NPA members return to gov’t fold in E. Mindanao

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 02:43 PM

NPA returnees| Photo courtesy of EastMinCom

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines – Members of the terrorist group, New People’s Army (NPA) are growing tired of the movement, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

In fact, 29 NPA fighters and 14 members of its affiliate group Militiang Bayan returned to the government from different parts of Eastern Mindanao just this month of January, 2019.

Among them were alias ‘Mylene’ who headed the rebels’ medic platoon in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental; alias ‘Jamaica’ who headed the NPA’s medical team in Bukidnon; and alias ‘Jade’, a former supply officer of the group.

With the surrender of some of the group’s high-ranking members, the AFP believes that the terrorist group’s forces are now dwindling.

Based on the assessment of the Philippine Army’s 4ID who has jurisdiction over Caraga region, rebel forces have been reduced by 53% in their area since the beginning of this year.

Meanwhile, according to 402nd IB Commander BGen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, the collaboration of the AFP, the police and the local government unit (LGU) in the region helped a lot to thwart terror plans of the NPA.

“Walang nagawang ambush. Walang nagawang land mining. Walang sinunog sa ating highway. Very unusual iyan sa Caraga. Alam naman natin (na) hotbed ng communist insurgency ang Caraga region sa buong Pilipinas,” BGen. Gacal noted.

The AFP continues to carry on with its community support program especially in the mountainous portions in the region to educate and persuade tribal communities not to join the communist group. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Raymond Octubre)

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Duterte on warrant of arrest against Reds: ‘No need’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 19 December 2018 01:34 PM



FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte | PCOO

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said there is no need to issue a warrant of arrest for the capture of the communist rebels who do “continuous crime of rebellion 24 hours a day.”

“Why do I need to have a warrant? By the fact that you are a rebel, you are a 24-hour violator of the Revised Penal Code of rebellion. Kay ang ‘pag ang rebellion — ang krimen dili mawala na kung matulog ka (With rebellion, your crimes do not stop even when you’re asleep), the President said during his speech at an event in Davao City, Tuesday evening (December 18).

The President added that he will wipe out the communist rebels along with the drug menace in the country before his term ends.

“I’ll just finish you. Why? If I don’t do it, you go again around the community asking for money and killing them if they don’t give…Iyong komunista gusto kong tapusin pati iyang droga. I want it done during my term,” he added.

Peace negotiations between the Duterte government and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) had been postponed several times until President Duterte terminated the talks in November 2017 due to the rebels’ continuous attacks against government troops.

The Duterte administration later on pushed for localized peace talks, but again, to no avail.

This led to the President’s order of creating of a national task force to work on ending the decade-long armed conflicts with the communist rebels.

Malacañang maintained that President Duterte is not declaring a holiday truce with the rebels even after the communist group declared a unilateral ceasefire expected to begin on December 24, 2018. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Marisol Montaño.)

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