SolGen to move for cancellation of bail bonds of NDFP consultants

admin   •   July 20, 2017   •   3773

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) will move for the cancellation of the bail bonds posted by the consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

Nineteen NDFP consultants were freed last year to participate in the peace talks, including the couple Wilma and Benito Tiamzon; the alleged leaders of the New People’s Army.

In his twitter post, Solicitor General Jose Calida said he will ask the courts to cancel the bail bonds and order the arrest and detention of the consultants.

This, after Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Sec. Jess Dureza announced the cancellation of the back channel talks with communist rebels, following the NPAs ambush of a Presidential Security Guard (PSG) convoy in Arakan, North Cotabato.

OSG spokesman Atty. Erik Dy said, the release of the consultants is subject to the conditions set by the Supreme Court.

One of them is that the bail is considered automatically cancelled once negotiations fail.

NDFP peace panel legal counsel Atty. Edre Olalia said, the OSG’s reaction is hasty which doesn’t help and only aggravates the situation.

He said there is still hope in the peace talks so long that President Duterte is not under the control of the military and the government negotiators would act prudently.

The backchannel negotiations should have started tomorrow until Sunday, July 23.

This is in preparation for the resumption of the fifth round of talks in August or September. —Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

 

Alleged ranking CPP-NPA official nabbed in Laguna

Robie de Guzman   •   September 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – An alleged high-ranking leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) was arrested by the military and police in Laguna.

The military on Wednesday identified the suspect as Antonia Setias Dizon alias Tonet, 60, who allegedly serves as secretary of the national organizing department the CPP-NPA, as well as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), which is the communist group’s political arm.

Dizon was allegedly designated to the post, replacing NDFP Consultants Rafael Baylosis and Adelberto Silva who were earlier arrested by the authorities for illegal possession of firearms.

The military said Dizon was arrested by virtue of a warrant for the crime of murder issued by Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur Regional Trial Court Branch 7.

They served the warrant on Dizon at her residence in a subdivision in Barangay Rosario in San Pedro, Laguna at past 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

“Itong si Dizon na ngayon na nahuli siya po yung pumalit kay Silva na kung saan nga po itong si Dizon ay may kasong murder na finile sa Agusan,” Capt. Jayrald Ternio, chief of the 2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office told UNTV News in a phone interview.

Seized from Dizon’s residence were a caliber .38 pistol, some live ammunition, 10 blasting caps, two laptops and subversive documents.

The Laguna police believes Dizon’s arrest is a big blow to the communist group’s operations.

“May significant effect ‘yan with regards doon sa benepisyo ng grupo nila mga movement organizations resources financial lahat nasa liderato ng CPP-NPA-NDF,” Laguna police director Col. Eleazar Mata said.

Dizon is currently detained at the San Pedro police station. RRD (with details from Correspondent Sherwin Culubong)

PNP, AFP ready to wage all-out war vs Reds

Robie de Guzman   •   September 11, 2019

Interoperability Exercise between the Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy, and the Philippine Army during AFP Joint Exercise (DAGIT-PA) on August 2018. | 📷Divino Lozano

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday vowed they will be relentless in their fight against communist terrorists in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to wage an all-out war against the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

“The AFP is compliant with the directive of the President and Commander-in-Chief. We are engaging the New People’s Army all out,” AFP Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said.

Arevalo said the military has been employing and using all its resources in a “focused, surgical, and deliberate lethal and non-lethal operations towards the decisive defeat of the communist terrorists.”

On Tuesday, Duterte reiterated his call on the government troops to launch a full-scale attack and end the CPP-NPA before his term ends in 2022.

“I am ordering an all-out-war against the NPA. If I can, I will end the insurgency problem within my term,” the president said during a press briefing in Malacañang on Tuesday.

“Walang hintuan. Magpalit-palit ‘yung isang battalion diyan na walang gamit na wala masyadong kalaban ‘yang ano…. Pagka-bone-weary na ang mga sundalo, palit na naman. Tuloy-tuloy. At kung maaari, lumaban sila nang husto kasi hindi ako magtanggap ng surrender,” he added.

The PNP, for its part, vowed it will launch swift and relentless police operations against communist rebels.

“The final push to end local communist armed conflict will be firm and decisive under the guidance and direction of the national leadership,” the PNP said.

“Police operations against the armed components of the communist terrorist movement will be swift and relentless just as it will be lawful and judicious,” it added. RRD (with details from Correspondents April Cenedoza & Rosalie Coz)

Inmates in rebel-held Ukraine return to school behind bars

UNTV News   •   September 3, 2019

The new school year started for 40 inmates from the Kirovskaya prison colony as they gathered on Monday (September 2) for the first school day assembly and returned to the classroom in the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

The prisoners who have not completed a school year attended a history lesson in the new prison school. They used workbooks printed by the Ministry of Education of Self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

Dmitry Pentugov, one of the inmates at the Kirovskaya prison colony, said his favourite subject was chemistry and that he hoped to pursue a future in this field.

School director Mikhail Petrischev said inmates would be attending classes at three levels – the ninth, tenth and eleventh grades – and would study the same subjects as schoolers in the Donetsk region except industrial arts, physical education and preliminary military training.

Rebellions broke out against Ukrainian government rule and set up two states in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in 2014 shortly after a pro-Russian president was toppled in Kiev in a popular revolt.

Moscow provided military help for the separatists in the east, according to evidence gathered by Reuters, though Russian officials have denied providing material support. (REUTERS)

(Production: Anastasia Adasheva, Alexander Ermochenko)

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