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PNP chief cautions OFWs against fake news on PH war on drugs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_120617_DELA ROSA IN NEW YORK

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa believes the problems in illegal drugs in the country should stop, hopefully under the current administration. Otherwise, the Philippines will remain under the grip of such social menace.

In his official business trip to the United States, the PNP chief has advised Filipino community to be wary against fake news circulating on social media about the government’s war on drugs.

“Kawawa ang Pilipinas talaga. Alam ko kayo dito, hindi kayo mapapalagay habang nandito kayo, mga mahal niyo sa buhay nandoon sa Pilipinas. Kaya sana magtulungan tayo. Huwag kayong masyadong magpadala sa mga fake news na nakakarating dito, mga paninira,” said the chief.

(The Philippines is really pitiful. I know that you are uneasy living here while your loved ones are back in the Philippines. That’s why we should help each other. Do not get carried away by damaging fake news that reaches you.)

Dela Rosa assured the Filipino community in the US that the PNP will be more cautious in its operations now that it is reinstated as a support group to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in executing anti-illegal drugs operations.

This has prompted the PNP to call for support in order to acquire the needed body cameras for their operations.

Meanwhile, the PNP chief guarantees the police’s support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its pursuit of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Dela Rosa warned organizations supportive of the NPA which is now officially declared a terrorist group by the Philippine government.

“Well, pagbasehan natin ‘yung Constitution at tsaka ‘yung Revised Penal Code. Kung meron silang nagawa dun na labag dun then, they are punishable by their crimes. At kami naman sa pulis palagi kaming actively supporting the Armed Forces of the Philippines when it comes to internal security operations. So pagtutulong-tulungan namin yan sa AFP yung laban natin na against sa NPA,” said Dela Rosa

(Well, let’s base it on the Constitution and the Revised Penal Code. If they have committed violations of these, then they are punishable by their crimes. We at the PNP are actively supporting the Armed Forces of the Philippines when it comes to internal security operations. So we will be working together with AFP against the NPA.) — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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NPA’s holiday ceasefire a sham — Año

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: New People’s Army

MANILA, Philippines — The unilateral ceasefire declared by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is meaningless and for propaganda only, according to Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año.

Ano added that the real reason for the declaration is to give the CPP’s armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), a chance to beef up their forces.

“Ito po ay isang malaking kalokohan. Huwag na nilang gamiting dahilan ang kapaskuhan sa pagkukunwari nila na magtitigil-putukan sila sa panahong iyon gayong alam naman nating magpapalakas lang sila ng puwersa (This is a big sham. They should not use the Christmas season for their supposed truce when we know they’re just reinforcing their group),” he said.

Just like the Department of National Defense (DND), the DILG is also not keen on recommending to President Rodrigo Duterte the declaration of a holiday ceasefire with the communist rebels.

Año said the NPA would also just use the truce to launch an attack against government troops.

“Hindi natin pahihintulutan na muli naman tayong mahulog sa bitag. Nakita na natin sa mga nagdaang panahon ang kawalan ng sinseridad ng mga komunista at ng kanilang front organizations (We will not allow ourselves to fall into the same trap again. We have seen time and again the insincerity of the Communists and their front organizations),” he said.

The DILG Chief insists that if the CPP is truly sincere on pursuing peace, its founding chair, Joma Sison, should return to the Philippines and meet with the President. — UNTV News & Rescue

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More than just a holiday truce, gov’t seeks permanent truce with the NPA — Malacañang

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: New People’s Army in formation

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s meeting with his Cabinet may include the reported recommendation of the defense department not to declare a holiday truce with the communist rebels or the New People’s Army (NPA) this holiday season.

Based on reports, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is not inclined to have holiday truce for the reason that the NPA rebels might just use the chance to reinforce their group; especially now that the number of rebels surrendering to the government continues to increase.

Meanwhile, Malacañang says the government wants a permanent truce and not just a holiday truce.

“There should be permanent truce. There should be no bloodshed, as far as the government is concerned. It’s time to stop this bloodshed, it’s been 50 years,” presidential spokesperson & chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said.

Last year, both the government and the NPA rebels declared a six -day suspension of offensive operations against each other’s camp to give way to the holiday season.

On December 26 , the NPA will be celebrating their 50th anniversary. The military and police are expected to intensify their security operations to prepare for any eventualities that the communist rebels are planning in relation to their anniversary. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Indigenous leaders seek probe into alleged rights abuses by NPA rebels

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Mindanao Indigenous Peoples Council of Elders and Leaders chairman Lipatuan Joel Unad and Datu Gibang Apuga

The leaders of the indigenous people (IP) of Mindanao have united to form a resolution that calls on authorities to investigate the continuous human rights violation committed by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) against members of the Lumad tribe.

On Monday (December 3), more than 20 IP leaders from different areas of Mindanao gathered to sign the said resolution.

Among the issues the group wants investigated is the NPA’s massive recruitment among tribal communities which usually targets the youth.

They also want a probe into the rebel group’s successive killings of Lumad leaders; the number of which has reached 1,000 based on the records of the Mindanao Indigenous Peoples Council of Elders and Leaders (MIPCEL).

The group also alleged that the indigenous community has suffered17 incidents of violence at the hands of the NPA.

According to MIPCEL chairman, Lipatuan Joel Unad, they will continue their campaign until the communist rebels are kicked out of their community.

“Kami nagpadayun pud dili mi mag undang hangtod nga ang CPP-NPA mawala sa teritoryo ng tribu tungod kay ngano man? Kinsa may nagadala ug kalisod didto karun?,” he said.

(We will not stop until the CPP-NPA is finally gone from the Lumad territory. Why? Who do you think brought suffering to our community?)

The resolution also prohibits non-government organizations from entering indigenous communities without permission.

“Mula ngayon, bukas wala ng mga institutions or NGO kahit government institutions papasukin sa ancestral domain na walang proper process ng NCIP,” Unad said.

(Starting today, no NGO’s or government institutions will be allowed entry into the ancestral domain without proper processing from the NCIP.)

Meanwhile, the resolution includes a call to the Department of Education to investigate what exactly is being taught at the Lumad schools.

It will be recalled that on Wednesday (November 28), the group of former Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo was arrested at a checkpoint in Talaingod Davao del Norte for allegedly kidnapping Lumad children.

“Ito yung malaking question mark talaga sa amin sa tribu. Sa buong Mindanao, ano ba yung ginagawa nila? Bakit nagtravel ng gabi tapos binibitbit yung mga 14 na minor na mga kabataan ng IP na kung tanungin natin yung mga parents nila wala namang pahintulot; walang alam kung saan sila binibitbit,” Unad said.

The group is hoping that through the united effort of the IP leaders in the region, the Lumads will finally achieve peace in their community. — Janice Ingente | UNTV News & Rescue

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