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Trough of Typhoon Paeng affects parts of Visayas, Mindanao

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Satellite imagery as of September 25, 2018 9:30 a.m. | PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines — Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will be experienced over Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, ARMM and Soccsksargen. This is due to the trough of Typhoon Paeng.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country may expect cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

At 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday (September 25), PAGASA has observed the eye of Typhoon Paeng at 740 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.

It packs maximum sustained winds of 200 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center of and gustiness of up to 240 kilometers per hour (kph).
It is currently moving west-northwestward at a speed of 10 kilometers per hour (kph).

Gale warning has been raised in the northern and eastern sections of Luzon and eastern section of Visayas and Mindanao. Fishermen are advised not to  venture out into the sea due  to the very rough condition of coastal waters. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Makabayan bloc to question martial extension before SC

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2018

Lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc plan to elevate to the Supreme Court the third extension of martial law in Mindanao which Congress approved on Wednesday.

The group said the government and concerned agencies failed to prove there is on-going rebellion in the region that would warrant a yearlong extension of martial law.

“We will definitely still maximize an arena where we can present our case,” said Anakpawis partylist representative, Ariel Casilao. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Progressive groups in Davao, Butuan slam martial law extension in Mindanao

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2018

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Some progressive groups in Mindanao have denounced Congress’ move to approve the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend the implementation of martial law in the region for the third time.

According to Carlo Olalo of Kilusang Mayo Uno Southern Mindanao chapter, extending martial law will not stop atrocities but will only further embolden state forces to suppress and oppress the masses.

Olalo said that in Compostella Valley alone, there are more than 100 cases of political killings since the implementation of martial law in May 2017.

Olalo believes that imposing military rule will not help in addressing security threats in Mindanao.

“Ang kining martial law sa Mindanao dili para sa pagdepensa sa security sa katawhang Pilipino kung dili mas gipundar kini kay tungod gusting protektahan ang mga agreements nga musulod diri sa Mindanao. Ilabinanga naay Build Build Build program ni Pres. Rodrigo Duterte nga gipondohan sa Chinese government,” Olalo said.

(The martial law in Mindanao is not meant to protect the Filipino people but to protect the agreements that will enter Mindanao.  Among these is the Build Build Build program of President Rodrigo Duterte which is being funded by the Chinese government.)

The KMU-Southern Mindanao chapter also claims that implementing martial law in Mindanao is Duterte’s way of putting his plans into gradual action, such as his proposal to shift into a federal form of government.

Jay-R Aypag of Karapatan-Southern Mindanao also claims that cases of human rights violations in the region have soared since the imposition of martial law. Aypag also slammed the move to close down community schools for Lumads, especially in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

“Ang pinaka recent na hinahawakan naming ngayon ay yung mismong pagpapalayas at pagpapasara ng Lumad schools sa Talaingod.  In fact, ito yung pinaka common narratives sa mga Lumad at peasant na talagang nagkakampo sa kanilang mga komunidad na wala silang karapatan dahil mayroong martial law declaration sa isla ng Mindanao,” added Aypag.

Isaias Geñorga, a representative of the group PISTON-Caraga, fears that the government will only use martial law to silence its critics.

“Ang critic sa mga progrisibo, dili gusto rehiming Duterte ni ini, suko siya ni ini, ang unsa man nai critic nimu sa rehiming Duterte…..unsa mabdiay gusto ipasabot?  Ang gusto badiay ipasabot nga ang tanan niya nagginahimu ang tanan niyang ginaplano sakto? Pasalamat ngani sya adunay mga kritiko,”Geñorga said.

(The Duterte regime hates to hear the criticisms of progressive groups. What is he trying to say? That everything he does and all his plans are always right? He should be grateful he has critics!)

The left-leaning groups believe that martial law is not the answer to the growing security problems in Mindanao and that the president should just focus on addressing the country’s pressing problems such as providing quality education, high unemployment rate and food sufficiency. — 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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