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VP Robredo calls for lifting of martial law declaration in Mindanao

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo said she is not against the proclamation of martial law in Mindanao, especially since it was the Supreme Court itself that declared it constitutional.

However, the Vice President believes the administration should lift the declaration of military rule in Mindanao, and immediately begin the rehabilitation of strife-torn Marawi City.

“Nung sinusulong ito ang sabi niya necessary lang. Sana sa lalong madaling panahon ma-lift na ito kasi marami din yung nagrereklamo na naaapektuhan ang turismo, hanap buhay at maraming umaasa ditong hanap buhay, (When he [Duterte] was pushing for this, he said it was necessary. I hope that he could lift it at the soonest possible time because many are complaining that their tourism, their livelihood are affected. Many livelihoods are depending it)” said the vice president.

According to Robredo, the Office of the Vice President will help in the conduct of rehabilitation in the heavily damaged area.

She noted many of their Angat Buhay partners have already expressed readiness to build infrastructures for the affected residents.

“Marami na kaming kausap na partners na willing to help magbigay ng ng school buildings gamit sa paaralan yung shelter kits para sa mga nawalan ng bahay. Marami na nag-pledge. Lahat lang naghihintay para magkaron na ng clearance (We are in talks with many partners who are willing to help build school buildings, provide school supplies, shelter kits for those who were displaced. Many have pledged. They are waiting for clearance)”, said Robredo.

However, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesman Major General Restituto Padilla believes a consultation will take place first before the government releases a decision on the lifting of martial law in the entire Mindanao.

Although the matter is a political concern, Padilla said the AFP will create recommendations regarding the lifting of the military rule in the region.

Padilla also assured the public that the situation in every part of Mindanao will soon return to normal.

“But there is a greater threat here that needs to be addressed and the need for the maintenance of martial law in some parts is really important because of the network, the existence of the network of all these terrorist groups,” said Padilla. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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HOR backs extension on encashment of Martial Law reparation pay

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The House Committee on Human Rights approved on first reading a resolution seeking to extend the deadline for the encashment of claims granted to recognized Martial Law victims.

This gives recognized victims of abuse during the Marcos regime a sliver of hope in claiming their reparation pay as they will be allowed more time in processing the necessary documents to prove that they are indeed the recognized recipients.

The deadline for encashment of claims is until August 10, 20,18 as set by the Human Rights Claims Board (HRCB).

Though the committee will not be able to complete the passage of the resolution before the said date, Committee chairperson Cheryl Deloso-Montanilla, assured that once the bill is signed the fund can still be withdrawn.

The HRCB has earlier said that the money allotted for the compensation would be returned to the national treasury if it is not claimed within the deadline.

“Kung ma-second reading ngayong week na ito may possibility na ma-third reading by next week. Kung wala namang complications sa versions so hindi na aabot ng bicam. Generally ipe-present na lang sa Presidente for signature,” Deloso-Montilla said.

(If it passes second reading this week, there’s a possibility that it will pass third reading next week. If there are no complications in the versions, it won’t reach the bicameral committee anymore. Generally, it only needs to be presented to the president for his signature.)

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Chito Gascon, meanwhile, hopes the reparation efforts would serve its purpose.

“This cheque represent state reparation for violations occurred during Martial Law. And ultimately we should not allow technicalities to undermine the principle that claimants should be compensated,” Gascon said.

Gascon is also pushing for the recognition of other human rights violation victims even beyond the Martial Law era and be entitled “to some other form of reparation.” – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte set to lead BOL signing ceremony today

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a draft of the newly proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in a turnover ceremony at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on July 17, 2017. Joining the President are (from left) Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Murad Ebrahim, Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chair Ghazali Jaafar, and MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO


The ceremonial signing of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) is set to be held today, August 6 at Malacañang Palace — almost two weeks after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the landmark law.

The BOL seeks to end decades of conflict in Mindanao through the establishment of a new Bangsamoro political entity that will be more more self-governing than the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement that the signing of the law cannot be “underplayed” as it is a “momentous step towards building the foundation of a lasting peace in Mindanao.”

Malacañang also thanked those who pushed for the law’s approval.

“We therefore would like to express our gratitude to all those who worked hard to enable the passage of this landmark law,” Roque said. “We look forward to working with our countrymen in Mindanao in bringing the much-needed development to the island.

Meanwhile, Presidential Peace Adviser Jess Dureza said, “The challenge is now for the country to work hard to achieve the Bangsamoro Organic Law’s vision to bring peace and development and rectify past injustices to be able to work together in the days ahead.”

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim confirmed earlier that their group has officially accepted the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

Members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, MILF and other leaders from Mindanao are expected to attend the ceremonial signing. — Rosalie Coz

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Troops find abandoned remains of NPA rebel in Batangas

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018


The abandoned body of an NPA rebel covered with dried coconut leaves in an attempt by the NPA to conceal the body. (Photo courtesy of the AFP)


CAMP GENERAL MATEO CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal — Government troops on Wednesday, August 1, found the abandoned remains of a New People’s Army (NPA) member at Sitio Sampaloc, Brgy Bulsa, San Juan, Batangas during a pursuit and tracking operation following an encounter with the rebels.

The body was later identified as alias “Jepoy” of the Kilusang Larangang Gerilya Silangan.

Jepoy is believed to have been killed in an armed encounter against soldiers last Monday where he suffered two fatal gunshot wounds in the chest.

The rotting remains of the rebel were tracked by K9 dogs that followed the blood stains from the encounter site.

The body was found in a grassy area one kilometer away from the encounter site. It was covered with dried coconut leaves in an attempt by the NPA to conceal the body.

Major General Rhoderick M. Parayno AFP, Commander, 2ID condemned the NPAs treatment of their dead combatants.

“They should provide proper medication to those that are wounded. But the most unacceptable thing is to leave a comrade behind and conceal the body by covering it with dried leaves”, he added.

He also appealed to the rebels to, “Give up your arms and join us in local peace talks.”

Meanwhile, the cadaver has been transported to the municipal police station for proper disposition while waiting for possible claimant.

Aside from the previous recovered items such as M16 rifle, backpacks, bandoleers and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) during the firefight, the troops also recovered additional IEDs, blasting cap, hand grenade, assorted ammunition, MacBook laptop, cellphones and other subversive documents.

The government troops are continuing massive pursuit operations against the terrorists in an attempt to locate the other wounded NPA reported by the civilians.

Check points are also being expanded in the area. — UNTV News & Rescue

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