Mindanao Times » armed forces of the philippines http://mindanaotimes.net Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:00:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Army: NPA rebel population in DavOr continues to plunge http://mindanaotimes.net/army-npa-rebel-population-in-davor-continues-to-plunge/ http://mindanaotimes.net/army-npa-rebel-population-in-davor-continues-to-plunge/#comments Sun, 15 Apr 2018 14:08:35 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56747 Read more ›]]> The number of the New People’s Army in Davao Oriental dropped significantly from February 2017 up to March of 2018.

According to Lt. Col. Jacob Thaddeus Obligado, commander of the 67th Infantry Battalion, they monitored only 93 communist guerrillas operating in the area this year compared to the 299 last year.
“We have reduced them by 80 percent we could not have done that without the relationship of the governor and mayor, and the help of Barangay and municipal officials,” he said, adding that the role of the peace volunteers is instrumental in protecting the indigenous communities in the province.
On Saturday, around 150 peace volunteers graduated from the four-day training and seminar during the ceremony conducted at Sitio Batiano, Barangay Salingkumot, Caraga, Davao Oriental on Saturday.
He said they’ve proven the effectiveness of the program since there were zero atrocities committed by the NPA in the area since July of last year.
“Unlike other provinces and municipalities, the pride of the Mandaya is (evident),” he said. “Unlike other tribes, they are fighting against communism and terrorism.”
The peace volunteers came from NPA-affected areas, and the military doesn’t provide them with firearms. Instead, they will defer to the customary laws of the Lumad political structure. In this case, the protection of the ancestral domains will still be led by the baganis (warriors).
“The baganis are the defenders of the ancestral domain,” he explained.
He said the peace volunteers have their own indigenous weapons which are used only within their ancestral domain area.
“They have spears, and weapons to defend themselves against the animals, intruders. These are being used for hunting to source out their food, ” he added.
He said tribal communities should never be afraid of the NPA because the rebels are just a small band of armed men. One positive step is the fact that residents are coming forward to become peace volunteers and secure the ancestral domain. They will also serve as ambassadors to raise awareness on the need to protect and nurture the natural resources.
Tribal chief Kalig-onan said the peace and development volunteers will help establish order and security in the community.
In total, Obligado said around 700 peace development volunteers already graduated in the first district of Davao Oriental from Manay to Caraga, Baganga, Cateel, Boston, and Lingig in Surigao del Sur except in Tarragona.
The five-day training of the volunteers is divided into modules. Among these are modules in livelihood, government in action (government agencies), people empowerment (first responders when emergency), plan-making and deployment, and good citizenship.

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129 former NPA rebels complete Tesda courses http://mindanaotimes.net/129-former-npa-rebels-complete-tesda-courses/ http://mindanaotimes.net/129-former-npa-rebels-complete-tesda-courses/#comments Sun, 11 Feb 2018 14:09:44 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=54224 Read more ›]]> One hundred twenty nine former members of Militia ng Bayan (MB) received their Pangkabuhayan starter tool kits during the closing and awarding ceremony of Skills Training Caravan at Sitio Diat Palo, Barangay Napnapan, Pantukan, Compostela Valley.

Capt. Jerry Lamosao, the spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Division, said the 129 returnees are beneficiaries of the skills training caravan program of the municipal community training and employment coordinator in partnership with the LGU-Pantukan, the provincial government of Compostela Valley, Office of the Congressman District II and the 46th Infantry Battalion.

The beneficiaries, who are former members of Militia ng Bayan (MB), Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad of NPAs came from Sitio Boringot and Diat Palo of Barangay Napnapan and Sitio Panganason, Barangay Kingking, both of Pantukan, Compostela Valley.

They surrendered to 46th IB based in Pantukan, ComVal.

The participants successfully completed the training requirements of MTEC-Pantukan with National Certificate II (NCII) from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Out of the total beneficiaries, 51 completed courses on shielded metal and arc welding, 31 on motorcycle small engine repair, 28 on massage therapy, and 19 on nail care.

Present during the event were Ferdinand A Sanchez, Municipal-CTEC of Pantukan; Catherine Uy-Pangay, Executive Assistant II- Office of the Governor; Nick Bryan Patalinghug, PIO of LGU-Pantukan; Violeta D. Balani.

Also present were Jovito M Rodriguez, barangay captain of Napnapan, 1Lt. Eric P Hernandez, commanding officer of Bravo Company, 46th Infantry (Peacemakers) Battalion.

The said beneficiaries were very grateful for the assistance provided by Peacemakers Battalion and the program accorded to them by the local government. This program is of great help for them in improving their standard of living.

“The quality education is a government mission and vision; citing some examples of how short courses have brought out millionaires among ordinary citizens who used their skills as stepping stone for progress,” Compostela Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy said in his message read by her executive assistant, Catherine Uy-Pangay.

Uy also encouraged the beneficiaries to work harder using their acquired skills to produce quality services and jobs.

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863 NPA members, supporters give up http://mindanaotimes.net/863-npa-members-supporters-give-up/ http://mindanaotimes.net/863-npa-members-supporters-give-up/#comments Sat, 10 Feb 2018 09:03:54 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=54183 ]]> At least 860 communist members and supporters have surrendered to the authorities in Davao.

The Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry (Agila) Division has recorded 64 regular members and 799 supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA) – a total of 863 — to have surrendered in the region since last month.
Capt. Jerry Lamosao, spokesperson of 10th ID, credited the continued conduct of its Community Support Program (CSP), part of its Development Support and Security Plan (DSSP) Kapayapaan, which aims not only to secure communities from violence and insurgency but also securing them from poverty, hunger, and other major social issues that slowly cripples down the marginalized sectors.

Speaking on Wednesday’s AFP- PNP press conference Lamosao said that 799 supporters who surrendered were members of Sangay sa Partido sa Lokalidad, Militiang Bayan, Underground Mass Organization and other left-leaning organizations.

They also recovered 38 surrendered firearms.

As of Feb. 7, they have recorded 15 encounters and seized 22 firearms and 26 improvised explosive devices (IED). They also discovered 17 enemy encampments.

Based on their record, there were 9 CPP-NPA killed and two other members arrested.

On the side of the government, there were two soldiers killed in action (one regular and one militiaman) and 12 wounded (five regular and seven militiamen) and lost two firearms.

“Our focused military operation continues, especially after there were two IPs killed in Talaingod (Davao del Norte),” Lamosao said. “We intensify the presence of the soldiers in that area.”

He said the army’s information dissemination continues “as we also urge the public to report to their local chief executives and AFP and police in your area the presence of any terrorist group.

“With this, we may be able to prevent atrocities.”


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Top CPP-NPA leader arrested http://mindanaotimes.net/top-cpp-npa-leader-arrested/ http://mindanaotimes.net/top-cpp-npa-leader-arrested/#comments Sat, 03 Feb 2018 15:37:51 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53900 Read more ›]]> An alleged top communist leader is now under the custody of the authorities after she was arrested in Butuan City on Friday.

Joint police and army agents conducted a law enforcement support operation that led to the arrest of New People’s Army officer Leonida Guao, alias Ka Leah/Ligaya/Laya, in Barangay Bading, Butuan City at around 2:50 p.m. on Friday.

Capt. Al Anthony Pueblas, the civil-military operations (CMO) officer of 402nd Infantry Brigade, said Guao is the finance officer of the NPA’s Komisyon Mindanao (KOMMID) who is responsible for the synchronization of the collection and distribution of extortion money in Mindanao.

The operation was participated in by the Philippine Army’s 402nd Brigade and 401st Brigade and the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and Police Regional Office 13 who were armed with a warrant of arrest.

The warrant of arrest was issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 7, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.

Guao is facing a murder case under Criminal Case number 5809.

Brig. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade commander, said in a statement that “Guao, as head of finance of KOMMID, knows a lot of the extortion activities in Caraga as well as in the entire Mindanao.”

“We hope that she will cooperate with the investigating team in identifying individuals, business establishments and organizations that are providing financial support to the CPP-NPA terrorists,” Gacal said.

“The successful Support to Law Enforcement Operation of the joint Army and PNP is the product of collaboration and partnership of the military and other law enforcement agencies,” he added.

“The government’s efforts against the CPP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines-the New People’s Army) terrorists are relentless. We will not stop here. We will continue with our anti-terrorist and counter-terrorist operation to ensure the safety and security of the Caraganons,” he further said.
The arrested leader is now under the custody of CIDG Caraga for further legal processing.

Meanwhile, Lt. General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command, expressed his appreciation for the cooperation of the different government agencies and the community that led to the arrest.

“The arrest gave justice to the victims of their atrocities, particularly those Indigenous Peoples they brutally killed, the common people who have been victimized by their extortion and terrorist activities, and those who have lost their livelihood brought about by their arson and sabotage activities,” Madrigal said.

“This arrest is a result of the cooperation of the whole community and the different law enforcement agencies. It also proves that the terrorists cannot run away from the long arm of the law,” the commander added.

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683 ex-rebels to dine with PRRD, AFP chief http://mindanaotimes.net/683-ex-rebels-to-dine-with-prrd-afp-chief/ http://mindanaotimes.net/683-ex-rebels-to-dine-with-prrd-afp-chief/#comments Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:32:05 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53665 ]]> Around 700 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who surrendered in December last year will get the opportunity to have dinner with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacanang.

Col. Ernesto Torres, the commander of 1003rd Infantry (Raptor) Brigade  and also the newly appointed spokesperson of Martial law in Eastern Mindanao, said the 683 identified rebel returnees coming from the different battalions of Eastern Mindanao Command will be flown to Manila as part of their educational tour.

“So we expect that  the objective of what we call the educational tour is to  encourage active participation  of our former rebels  in nation- and peace-building,” he said.

The brigade commander said the former rebels will be brought to Manila in three batches (more than 200 per batch) from Feb. 6 to 10, 2018 via C-130 Air Force plane while the other two batches will be announced later.

“For the first batch there will be more than 200 they will be transported using C-130 and they will be housed and billeted … accommodation will be provided,” he said.

There will  be two scheduled dinners for the 683 rebel returnees:  first is with the AFP Chief of Staff Rey Leonardo Guerrero, and second with President Duterte in Malacanang.

“We also expect that the President will talk to them and update them on the progress of the programs that are being offered to them,” Torres said.

“This will be  sense of history because they will be toured to Intramuros, Malacanang  and other  historic spots in the Philippines,” he added.

Hopefully, he said, the rebel returnees will also be able to convince their former comrades to come down from the mountains.

“That’s how serious we are in increasing the awareness  of our Lumad brothers  who we know  are victimized by the recruitment of the NPA,” he added.

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3 NPAs bring rifles as they surrender to military   http://mindanaotimes.net/3-npas-bring-rifles-as-they-surrender-to-military/ http://mindanaotimes.net/3-npas-bring-rifles-as-they-surrender-to-military/#comments Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:26:37 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53669 ]]> Three members of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to the soldiers of 73rd Infantry battalion in Barangay Lun Masla, Malapatan, Sarangani Province on Monday, Jan. 29.

Capt. Mc Gary Dida, the civil-military operations (CMO) officer of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade, said alias Mike, 24, resident of Barangay Kihan, Malapatan, surrendered along with his .30 M2 folded carbine rifle. He belonged to the Guerrilla Front 71, Far South Mindanao Region (FSMR).

“He’s tired of hiding in the jungle, most of the time the troops engaged us in an armed encounter,” Dida quoted Mike as saying.

It can be recalled that last Jan. 25, a series of encounters transpired in Malapatan and forced two NPA rebels to surrender to the 73rd IB in Upper Suyan, Malapatan, Sarangani Province.

They were identified  as brothers Hermes, 20, and Sabes, 35, both residents of the area, who brought along their M16 rifles when they gave up.

Dida said the NPA returnees belonged to Guerrilla Front 71, Far South Mindanao Regino ( FSMR).

“We left the armed group because of the series of encounters against the government troops, we can’t even afford to prepare and eat our meals because we are always on the run,” Hermes said.

“At this moment, the former rebels did the right thing and that is to surrender because our troops will continue to intensify security operations in the area,” Lt. Col. Marion Angcao, the  73rd IB commander, said.

The three rebels will be enrolled in the Comprehensive Local Integration Program. They will also receive additional cash for the rifles they turned over.

“Once again we are calling the attention of the remaining NPA terrorists who are still hiding to grab this opportunity to surrender. You deserve to live happily with your family,” Col. Roberto Ancan, 1002nd Brigade Commander, said.


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