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P18.6 Billion for peace, development projects in Region 10 underway

December 15, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The peace and development accomplishments highlighted the Regional Task Force-End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) Region X year-end meeting conducted at the City Hall of El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental on Friday, December 13, 2019. The meeting was hosted by El Salvador city mayor Edgar Lignes. Communications Secretary Jose Ruperto Martin M Andanar, the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for Northern Mindanao, presided the meeting which was attended by various heads of government agencies from the region led by MGen Franco Nemesio M Gacal, 4th Infantry Division Commander and RTF-ELCAC Technical Working Group chairperson. Among the accomplishment discussed was the P18.6 Billion worth of programs and projects for the 765 barangays in Region 10 under the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPev) wherein P15.87 Billion was already obligated and disbursed. The recipient of those programs and projects are those barangays in the Conflict-Affected Areas (CONAAs) wherein troops of 4th ID and 1st ID conducted its Community Support Program (CSP). It can be recalled that a total of P58.7 Million worth of program and projects from the National Government Agencies and Local Government Units were turned over to the communities in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental during the launching of RTF-ELCAC at Brgy Iba, Cabanglasan Bukidnon last June 28, 2019 and Misamis Oriental Task Force-ELCAC at Sitio Moya, Barangay Eureka, Gingoog City last September 26, 2019.  Secretary Andanar lauded the accomplishments of RTF-ELCAC Region 10. He further emphasized the importance of convergence in achieving the goals of the RTF-ELCAC. “Together as one, through our convergence, we can win this game," Andanar said. Meanwhile, MGen. Gacal said, “We must sustain our gains and continue to push the needed programs and projects in the conflict-affected areas in the region." "With our convergence through the execution of the 12 task groups implementation plans, we can do more to address the root causes of insurgency and finally end the local communist armed conflict in order to establish an inclusive, sustainable and durable peace and development in Region 10," he added. (4ID,PA)

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Army troopers recover "contraceptive pills" in NPA hideouts

December 15, 2019

MALAYBALAY CITY -- Government troops scouring the hideout left by the  New People's Army (NPA) after a raid by government troops last December 10 in Mt. Obulan along Mt Balatucan Mt. Range in Misamis Oriental found boxes of contraceptive pills on the personal belongings of terrorist members.  It can be recalled that last October 22, a former NPA member belonging to Sub Regional Command 2, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee known as alias Michelle confessed that there are abusive NPA leaders having sex with female members. "Naa gyud mga abusadong lider nga gapanggamit ug mga babayi sa hukbo. Bisan minyo ang mga babayi basta batan-on, makighilawas sila. Ug nahadlok man ang mga babayi kay basin pasakiton ug patyon ug file musugot," she said.  (There are really abusive NPA leaders that are having sex with female members. Even if they are married, as long as the woman is young, they will want to have sex with them. And these women are afraid to get hurt to killed if they refuse).  Republic Act (RA) 7877 or Anti Sexual Harassment Act of 1995 and RA 8353 or Anti Rape law of 1997 protect women from harassment and sexual exploitation.  Asst Regional Director Yvette Sunga of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) X said, "the effect of sexual exploitation is immeasurable, it shatters the complete well being of a woman having been violated and abused. They will remain prisoners especially if they are living with their perpetrators." "If they cannot respect their own colleagues, how can they respect other people. We condemn in strongest terms the exploitation of women for political agenda much more for sexual pleasure. It is simply unacceptable," said 403rd Brigade commander, Brigadier General Edgardo De Leon.   He said the big number of contraceptives that are constantly being discovered among the personal belongings of the NPA clearly indicates that NPA members are not pro-life.  "The medical tools that were found with the contraceptives even suggest that abortion is possibly being performed by NPA medics to their pregnant colleagues. I remember a female former rebel telling me that she purposely asked his boyfriend to impregnate her so she would have the reason to go home. Thus, NPA commanders could be ordering their medics to perform abortion on their pregnant colleagues so they will not have the reason to go home. " he added. (403rd Brigade)

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Lanao del Sur Prosecutor recommends measures to ensure tight drug cases

December 15, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur -- The Office of Provincial Prosecutor (OPP) here said weak case buildup especially those in violation of the Republic Act (RA) 9165 will lead to dismissals. During the Joint Provincial Peace and Order Council and Provincial Anti Drug Abuse Council 4th Quarter Meeting, Lawyer Basari Mapupuno of the OPP reported that the number of cases on violation of RA 9165 filed before the OPP continues to increase brought about by the strong anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Duterte administration.  However, he said many cases were also dismissed due to non-compliance of Section 21 of the said law.  To ensure a strong case, he reminded the Philippine National Police in the province to strictly comply with the provisions of Section 21 of RA 9165. He also recommended trainings for the local PNP personnel on warrantless arrests, on preparing affidavits, and gathering evidence and marking of evidence, among others. In the same meeting, the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the province reported that it has conducted 90 anti-drug operations from January 2019 to November 5, 2019. In these operations, 94 persons were arrested and 124 cases were filed. A total of 6,817.214 grams of drugs with an estimated value of P47 million were also seized. Moreover, 709 out of 1,159 barangays in Lanao del Sur were identified as drug-affected barangays.  Eighty-one barangays were declared drug-cleared while 19 are drug-free barangays.   The town of Calanogas was also declared as drug-cleared municipalities.  (APB/PIA10)

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26 local government units in Lanao Sur declare CPP-NPA rebels persona non-grata

December 15, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur -- The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) are not welcome in 26 municipalities of Lanao del Sur, according to the 103rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army. Brigade Commander Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II said 26 out of the 32 municipalities under the area of operations of the 103rd Brigade have declared the CPP-NPA persona non-grata. During the Joint Provincial Peace and Order Council and Provincial Anti Drug Abuse Council 4th Quarter Meeting, Cuerpo encouraged the local chief executives of the remaining municipalities to do the same and join the other LGUs in supporting the efforts of the national government to rid the country of these communist-terrorist group. Meanwhile, the Provincial Police Office reported that the peace and order situation in the province is generally peaceful and "has been positively progressing."  It also announced the resumption of mobile lake patrol operation which was put on hold during the holy month of Ramadhan. One of the highlights of the meeting was the discussion on the extension of Martial Law in Lanao del Sur. Both the police and the army in the province recommended for the extension to sustain the peace and order in the province. Expressing support to the extension was the League of Municipalities of the Philippines LDS Chapter.  The city government of Marawi, on the other hand, bared that its 96 barangays have manifested their support to the extension with the appeal that the curfew be adjusted. (APB/PIA-10)

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Bangsamoro Govt plans to create Bangsamoro Youth Commission

December 15, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur -- The Bangsamoro Government is set to create the Bangsamoro Youth Commission as a replacement for the Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA). Dr. Marjanie Macasalong, concurrent executive director of OBYA  said the bill for the creation of the Bangsamoro Youth Commission, is now on its second reading in the Bangsamoro Parliament. “The BYC will be patterned to National Youth Commission and will also exercise the autonomous privilege given to the BARMM,” Macasalong said. He further said there will be minor changes in BYC’s mandate, powers, and functions in order to widen and strengthen its scope. OBYA was created under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to plan, prepare, and implement development programs that will address the concerns of the region’s youth sector. Macasalong said the BYC will address one of the main challenges of the previous administration which was the coordination of OBYA with other departments in the ARMM. “We would strengthen the coordination of our office with the other ministries in order to maximize the programs and activities related to the youth. (Bureau of Public Information)  

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Camiguin still insurgency-free; criminality is manageable

December 15, 2019

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin — Even with its ability to remain free of insurgency, Camiguin still steps up its campaign on upholding peace and order through implementing the Retool Community Support Program (RCSP). Ranking first in the anti-illegal drugs performance evaluation in the region and recording only 27 index crimes, 80 non-index crimes, and 36 public safety index crimes, Camiguin is still named a secured and peaceful area, where criminality is manageable based on the assessment of the 58th Infantry Battalion presented during the Fourth Quarter Joint Full Council Meeting, December 12, here.  To further maintain peace and order in the province, Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said once funds are available, all residents of Camiguin will be issued with an identification card making sure that the populace is well accounted for and terror group infiltration will not take place in the island. As to managing sea vessels, Romualdo said all pump boats would be color and number coded based on the municipality where operators have registered their units. Such will aid the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) or even mere residents to determine the sudden entry of vessels with questionable identities or purpose.  Noting how the province enforces peace and order in keeping its people safe, Capt. Ryan Layug of the 403rd Infantry Brigade said the RCSP, designed to know the conditions of the communities where government workers themselves listen and take action to lessen problems, will help Camiguin sustain peace and attain development.  For their part, the 58th Infantry Battalion recommends the local government units to impose their authority to ensure that their constituents will not be exploited as the former continue their active deterrence and preemptive troop projection, intelligence monitoring and timely report closure, and partnership with groups and communities. (Recthie T. Paculba/PIA10)

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