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Soldiers mistakenly kill 6 cops in Samar encounter

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Bodies of cops accidentally killed by members of Philippine Army 87IB Charlie Coy in a chance-encounter in Villareal, Samar (June 25) Photo courtesy of Lope Erasca Cebreros III. Courtesy: Lope erasca cebreros III.

 

SAMAR Island, Philippines – Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 87IB Charlie Coy mistakenly killed six police officers as members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in the area of Villarreal, Samar on Monday night (June 25).

Nine other cops were injured in the encounter, said Major-General Raul Farnacio, who called the incident “unfortunate.”

Farnacio, in a statement, said the AFP is coordinating with Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct a joint AFP-PNP investigation on the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“As we sincerely condole with the families of our brothers in the PNP, we assure the bereaved families that appropriate actions will be taken if there be any lapses committed in either sides. This is to ensure that the incident will not happen again,” the military officer added. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

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Duterte awaiting recommendation from AFP, PNP on Martial Law extension – Palace

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2018

 

AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez, Jr. and PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo clarified that President Rodrigo Duterte is still awaiting the recommendation from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on whether or not to extend the imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao.

It can be recalled that Congress allowed the extension of Martial Law in the region until December 31, 2018 upon request of the Duterte administration in order to eradicate Islamic State-inspired terror groups that sparked the Marawi siege.

Panelo said the President still gives utmost consideration to the information that the military provides as the soldiers are the ones monitoring the actual security situation on ground.

However, Panelo believes that another extension of Martial Law remains highly necessary to ensure the safety of the majority of citizens in all parts of the country.

“As I said, if it is helping the population – the population is not even opposing it, so to my mind, there is a need to extend it,” Panelo said. “But according to the President that will depend on the advice, the recommendation of the military because they are the ones on the ground.”

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Department of National Defense (DND) is continuously assessing the situation in Mindanao through consultations with members of the community, local government units, the business sector and civil society groups.

“We are currently assessing the situation consulting with the population, LGUs, military, police, business and civil society. We will make the recommendation in the next two months before the year ends,” Lorenzana said in a statement. –  Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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6 members of NPA-allied groups surrender in Occidental Mindoro

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2018

 

Former members of  NPA-allied groups return to the government’s fold | Courtesy of 2ID, PA, AFP

RIZAL, Philippines – Six members of the New People’s Army (NPA)-allied groups voluntarily surrendered to the military in Occidental Mindoro on Tuesday (October 16).

In a press release issued by the 2nd Infantry Division, Philippine Army dated October 17, Lt. Col. Dennis Gutierrez said his men from the 4th IB along with the local police in Occidental Mindoro facilitated their surrender.

The returnees include four members of the Milisyang Bayan (MB) and two members of the Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SKL).

“The MB is the armed component of the NPA tasked to conduct annihilatory activities against the government forces while the Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SPL) is the political organ of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in the barangay that provides mandates on the Arouse Organize Mobilize (AOM) tactics of the NPA,” the report said.

Gutierrez said the identities of the returnees were not disclosed as they are considered classified information.

The returnees admitted they have grown frustrated with NPA’s propaganda and false ideals so they decided to surrender and live peacefully with their families under the government’s care.

Brigadier General Antonio Parlade Jr, the Commander of the 203rd Infantry Brigade who has operational jurisdiction over Mindoro Island, meanwhile, credited the mass surrender to the members of the community in the area who have been cooperative of their efforts of community-based negotiations.

Major General Rhoderick Parayno, the Commander of the 2ID, PA also commended the efforts of the 4IB troops against the NPA terrorists in the area.

Gutierrez is set to formally present the returnees to the LGUs and other government agencies in Mindoro.

Returnees are entitled to a number of benefits under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) including immediate cash assistance.

Other benefits include government loan which provides educational benefits that can be extended to the returnees’ immediate family members. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jennica Cruz)

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122 NPA members surrender to authorities in Bicol region

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Rebel returnees surrender their arms for a new chance at a better life.

BICOL, Philippines (UPDATED) — A total of 122 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) have surrendered to authorities in Masbate.

They belonged to the rebel units operating in the areas of Sorsogon and Masbate.

They were presented to Secretary of National Defensse Delfin Lorenzana during the ceremonial granting of livelihood assistance to former rebels on Tuesday (October 9) under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the Duterte administration.

“Target namin kasi dito i-improve ang peace and order. Iyan talaga all over. Actually iyon naman ang kanyang utos not only in one province kundi all over the country,” Lorenzana said citing the directive from President Rodrigo Duterte.

Female returnees were given sewing machines while male returnees received welding machines for their start up business.

They will get training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on welding machine skills, small engine operations for males and rug-making for females.

The local government, meanwhile, announced that rebel returnees who are members of the E-CLIP will have their respective housing units by next year.

“If these things will materialize we can achieve peace not only in the province but in the entire country,” said Governor Antonio Kho Jr. of Masbate.

Among the rebel returnees was “Lyn” who had been a member of the NPA for two years.

She recalled how miserable her life was when she started serving the communist group at the young age of 14.

Because she is a natural achiever, she had once been entrusted with the group’s budget.

“Kalimitan po pinagbabawalan at saka pinagduduhan po ang bawa’t isa sa amin,”she said.

“Lyn” said she is now enjoying her new-found freedom though she regrets losing a part of her youth to communist service.

“Dito po nagagawa ko yung nagagawa ko pero po doon hindi po kasi… nagsisi rin ako don kasi hindi ako nakapag-aral,” she lamented.

Temporarily, all 122 rebel returnees are staying in halfway houses located within the compound of the Masbate Provincial Police Office.

Based on national statistics, the Bicol region holds the second largest number of rebel returnees in the country next to Davao province in Mindanao. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Allan Manansala)

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