NPA ‘sorry’ for attack in Surigao del Norte

Marje Pelayo   •   April 23, 2018   •   11046

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

 

 

Reds agree not to block safe, prompt delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to remote communities

Marje Pelayo   •   February 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) agrees on the importance of coronavirus vaccines reaching the intended communities without delay.

In response to the appeal of President Rodrigo Duterte, the group assured not to cause any delay in the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines to areas they consider as bulwarks of its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).

“The Communist Party of the Philippines must guarantee that the vaccines in the course of their being transported to areas where no city health officers or medical persons, huwag ninyong galawin ang medisina. Allow the vaccines to be transported freely and safely,” Duterte said during Monday’s public address.

However, CPP chief information officer Marco Balbuena said they prefer humanitarian groups to facilitate the transportation, distribution and inoculation.

“We strongly suggest that the transportation, distribution and inoculation drive of Covid-19 vaccines especially in the interior areas be handled by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Philippine Red Cross and other civilian humanitarian agencies whose personnel are properly trained and who have the facilities to undertake such missions,” Balbuena said.

They want every non-Red Cross vehicle to have proper markings during delivery and as much as possible, no military vehicles among them as there might be miscommunication that could lead to encounters.

“Non-Red Cross vehicles that will be used as Covid-19 vaccine transporters must be clearly and properly marked with a Red Cross over white background,” Balbuena noted.

But according to Malacañang, the government’s vaccine rollout program will push through as planned.

“We have a rollout plan. Iyon po ang masusunod kahit ano pang sabihin ng CPP-NPA,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

“I guess they have freedom of expression but they are tagged as a terrorist group so parang they can express their opinion but hanggang dun lang po yun,” he added. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Police station at bahay ng alkalde ng Sison, Surigao del Norte, inatake ng armadong grupo

Robie de Guzman   •   January 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Sinalakay ng mga armadong kalalakihan ang istasyon ng pulisya at ang bahay ng alkalde ng bayan ng Sison, Surigao del Norte, Huwebes nang umaga.

Ayon sa mga residenteng nakasaksi sa pangyayari, pasado alas-otso nang paulanan ng bala ng mga suspek ang bahay ni Sison Mayor Karissa Fetalvero Paronia at ang istasyon ng lokal na pulisya.

Agad umanong rumesponde ang mga pulis at sundalong malapit sa lugar at nakipagpalitan ng putok sa mga suspek.

Nakuhanan ng video ang pamamaril na sinasabing tumagal ng hanggang 20 minuto.

Wala namang napaulat na nasugatan o nasawi sa panig ng mga otoridad. Hindi pa malinaw sa inisyal na ulat kung nasa bahay si Mayor Paronia nang mangyari ang pag-atake.

“Kaba ang aming nararamdaman sir, nanginginig pa kami at may trauma kasi first time pa namin na experience ang ganyan. Pinadapa kaming lahat dito ng mga pulis at pinapasok kami sa ilalim ng stage,” ang wika ni alyas Jake na siyang kumuha ng video sa gitna ng putukan.

Hinala ng Sison Police, mga miyembro ng New People’s Army ang sumalakay dahil wala naman umanong napapaulat na armadong grupo sa kanilang lugar.

Sa ngayon ay naglagay na ng checkpoints ang mga otoridad sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bayan habang patuloy na tinutugis ang mga salarin. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Raymond Octobre)

Palace tells AFP: Be prudent in releasing list of persons linked to Reds

Robie de Guzman   •   January 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday advised the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to exercise prudence in disclosing names of individuals tied to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the suggestion after the military drew flak for erroneously identifying some alumni of the University of the Philippines (UP) as supposed members of the NPA.

“Defense Secretary Lorenzana has apologized for mistakes. Let’s leave it at that,” Roque said.

“I can only suggest that they may be prudent para hindi na po napapa-apologize ang ating Secretary of National Defense,” he added.

The AFP Civil-Military Operations Office apologized on Sunday after it posted on Facebook a list of names of UP students who supposedly joined the NPA, triggering complaints over alleged misinformation and inconsistency.

The agency said it has launched an internal investigation on how the list got published and assured that personnel involved will be held accountable. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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