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NPA ‘sorry’ for attack in Surigao del Norte

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines —  “Sorry sa pagkakamali ng tropa (Sorry the troop’s mistake).”

This was the statement released by Rino “Ka Oto” Colaste, spokesperson of Guerilla Front 16 of the New People’s Army for the attack last week in Barangay Lahi, Gigaquit, Surigao Del Norte that killed one and injured two others.

The incident last Wednesday, April 18, killed Jepti Acido, a pastor of Jehovah’s Witnesses while two of his companions were wounded.

“Ka Oto” said they are conducting their own investigation on the incident to find out why their men attacked civilians instead of the military in the area.

The Guerrilla Front 16 vowed to shoulder the needs of the victims’ families but the Armed Forces of the Philippines said no amount of money can pay the loss and damages the group has caused.

“Hindi mababayaran ng pera. Hindi mababayaran ng kahit anong bagay ang buhay ng isang tao. Iyon ang ikinalulungkot namin,” said Capt. Al Anthony Pueblas, Spokesperson of 402nd Infantry Brigade, PA.

(Money cannot redeem what happened. Nothing can equal the value of a human life. It’s what saddens us.)

Meanwhile, Gigaquit Mayor Elvira Egay condemned the attack.

“The attack on non-combatants was uncalled for and a clear violation of human rights,” said Mayor Egay in a statement.

The AFP is now preparing for the charges to be filed against the rebels.

“Meron na tayong coordination sa kapulisan. At the same time para serve po natin sa family noong victim ang justice na hinihingi nila, of course, iyon ding pagpasa ng kaso doon sa mga NPA na may gawa nito,” Capt. Pueblas said.

(We are coordinating with the police. At the same time we are filing charges against the NPA rebels behind the incident so that the victim’s family can have the justice they’ve been clamoring for.) — Raymond Octobre | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

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‘We are not NPA members’ — Lumad group to PNP

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Lipatuan Unad, chairperson of Mindanao Indigenous Peoples Coalition for Cultural, Justice and Integrity

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — A group of Lumads from Mindanao arrived at Camp Crame to meet with Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde seeking to clear their name and prove that they are not members of the New People’s Army.

The group said their traditional costumes and culture are often used and imitated at anti-government rallies, but these protesters are not members of their tribe.

“Maliwanag na ngayon na ang mga yun ay di katutubo at di nila ka-tribo, ginagamit lang yung mga damit, yung kanilang tradisyon,” said PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde.

According to Lipatuan Unad, chairperson of Mindanao Indigenous Peoples Coalition for Cultural, Justice and Integrity, many of their members have been killed by the NPA for refusing to give in to the rebel group’s  demands.

“Yung ginagawa ng CPP-NPA na kapag yung mga tribal leaders o IP (indigenous people) sa komunidad pag di sumama sa kanila ay marami ang mga pinapatay. May ilibing sa isang butas may apat at may lima,” Unad said.

The group is seeking police protection from the rebel group that teaches children to fight against the government.

“Ang sinabi naman ng NPA at ng organization na front nila na, ‘Sige magtulong kami sa inyo, lagyan namin ng eskwelahan ito.’ Pero ang problema naman, ang nilagay na eskwelahan, ang tinuturo ay yung pag dismantle sa baril at kanilang national anthem,” Unad revealed.

Although the PNP cannot grant the group’s request for arms, Gen. Albayalde promised to provide security.

“Mabigyan lang siguro natin sila ng karampatang proteksyon by way of patrolling in the area.  Binibisita natin yung kanilang lugar, hindi lang yung AFP pati na yung PNP lalong lalo na yung mobile groups natin,” he said.

The Armed Force of the Philippines previously reported that the NPA plans to carry out a “Lakbay-Lumad Europe” in November as part of the ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte after their so-called Red October failed to happen in September.  — Lea Ylagan

 

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PNP: Faculty members linked to NPA recruitment in schools will face charges

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Young rallyists during the anniversary of the EDSA People Power on February 25, 2016 | PVI/Kenneth Valladolid

MANILA, Philippines — Following reports that 18 schools in Metro Manila are being infiltrated by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the PNP warned of filing charges against faculty members who will be caught conniving with the communist rebels by feeding students anti-government propaganda and allowing them to be recruited by the New People’s Army (NPA).

“Inciting to sedition at inciting to rebellion ang possible [charges] kung merong ebidensya na makukuha. Pero ang lahat ng ito ay kung may paglabag sa batas, “ said NCRPO Director PDir. Guillermo Eleazar. “Ang ating kapulisan ay andiyan para mag-imbestiga kung meron man silang ginagawang ganun.”

Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde expressed readiness to speak with the officials of the institutions, whose students are allegedly being tapped by the CPP-NPA.

Albayalde said there is a need to correct the views of students against the government possibly instilled in them by communist rebels.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) earlier said that rebels are using some schools to indoctrinate students into joining their organization through the screening of films that show the ‘dark years’ of martial law under former President Ferdinand Marcos and projecting President Rodrigo Duterte as the new emerging dictator.

The AFP said these films are designed to incite resentment against the government and urge them to join protest rallies.

“Pag meron silang mga doubt especially so yung mga students, pag meron silang kailangang matutunan, meron silang mga question at doubt sa pag-iisip, puwede natin silang mabigyan ng liwanag kung ano talaga ang dapat matutunan ng isang estudyante para ma-develop na rin ang sense of nationalism at love of country,” said the PNP chief.

Albayalde also expressed a sense of loss over the actions of some youth leaders who choose to join left-leaning groups to criticize the government that funded their schooling.

“They’re supposed to be the cream of the crop, the hope of the land and yet ‘di ka pa graduate, you are already going against the same government that gives you free education. So ‘yun lang ang tanong natin: why? ” said Albayalde.

Police said schools are the second home of the youth and molding them into better individuals is among the important roles of teachers who are considered as their second parents. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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AFP names 18 schools tagged in ouster plot

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2018

An official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines has revealed the universities and colleges in Metro Manila where the New People’s Army are allegedly recruiting members from.

AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Bgen. Antonio Parlade named the schools as:

1. UP Diliman
2. UP Manila
3. PUP Sta. Mesa
4. Ateneo
5. Dela Salle University
6. UST
7. FEU
8. UE Recto
9. UE Caloocan
10. Adamson University
11. Emilio Aguinaldo College
12. Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology
13. San Beda College
14. Lyceum Of The Philippines
15. University Of Makati
16. Caloocan City College
17. University Of Manila
18. Philippine Normal University

Parlade said the school officials are possibly unaware of the activities in their respective institutions that are being used by communist groups to indoctrinate the students into joining their organization.

Parlade cited the screening of films that show the “dark years” of martial law under Marcos and projecting President Rodrigo Duterte as the new emerging dictator.

He said the films are designed to incite resentment against the government and urge students to join protest rallies.

The AFP reminds parents to keep an eye on their children to prevent them from being recruited by insurgents.

The report about a group of students conniving with the CPP-NPA to oust the president was first revealed last Tuesday during the Senate’s deliberation on the proposed budget of the Department of National Defense.

The AFP added that they also have documents on the frequent conferences of Communist Party of the Philippines founder Joma Sison with the University of the Philippines. — Asher Cadapan Jr.

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