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NPA leader in Mindanao surrenders to military

September 18, 2020

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte--One of the  highest commanders of the New People's Army (NPA) operating in North Central Mindanao surrendered recently, the military said Friday. Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, commander of 23rd Ifantry Battalion, identified the rebel returnee as a certain Alias DANSOY/KEVIN, 40, the Political Instructor (PI) of Sentro de Grabidad (SDG) CAOCAO, Guerilla Front (GF) 4A of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC). After years of serving the group which he thought would give him and his family a better life, alias DANSOY/KEVIN finally made up his mind and called off his association with the communist movement and returned to the folds of the law, said Paulo in a press statement.   Paulo welcomed Alias DANSOY/KEVIN and received the high-powered firearms and ammunition he surrendered, to include one  M16 Rifle with an attached grenade launcher, 40mm M203, one M4 Rifle and one Carbine Rifle which is all serviceable.   Alias DANSOY/KEVIN said he was recruited and joined the movement because of their propaganda and promises, the military said. “Human sa lima ka tuig nako nga pag lihok sa walhong grupo, nakadisisyon ko nga mobalik sa sabakan sa gobyerno tungod kay wala nako kasabot sa paamagi sa sulod sa kalihukan. Wala na mi nagkasinabot, nag sige na me ug bangi tungod kay nag isig pataasay na ang matag usa sa tahas. Grabe ang krisis nga among natagamtaman sa sulod, pirme nalang mi mapasmo, usahay maayo nalang ug maka kaon me ug kan-on kausa sa matag adlaw ug sili lang ug asin ang among isud-an,” DANSOY/KEVIN said.   He added: “Usa usab sa rason nga mibiya ko sa kalihukan tungod kay gimingaw nako sa akong pamilya ug mga anak. Miabot ang panahon nga mikontak ang akong asawa sa ako ug mihangyo nga pahawaon na ko sa kalihukan tungod kay wala nay nag atiman sa among mga anak labi na niining panahon sa pandemya. Nangita dayon kog higayon nga makaikyas ko dala ang tag-as nga armas. Tungod kay gigukod man ko sa akong mga kauban, ako lang sang gitago ang mga armas sa kalasangan aron ba;likan lang dayon kauban ang kasundaluhan”.     Paulo assured the former Political Instructor of GF-4A that the government will provide help to his family through the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).   “The surrender of this high-ranking CNT member is a manifestation that their weakened group is slowly attenuating. Aside from that, they can no longer move from place to place because our troops are visible anywhere. We have deployed our joint Community Support Program Teams of the army and Community Action Teams of the PNP in vulnerable areas and we are also relentlessly conducting our focused military operations to clear the areas that were commonly known as CNT lairs. Clearly, these CNTs have nowhere to hide now, and they will surely suffer from great hunger due to less access to food supplies. As you can see, Alias DANSOY also starved even though he was ranked higher than his comrades, and his family whom he left behind also suffered because the CNT does not regularly provide food to them,” Paulo said.   He also reiterated his call to the remaining CNT members to lay down their arms and go back to their family and to the government.   “Real victory will only be felt once you leave the armed group. They will never help nor value you. Our government is waiting for your return and is always willing to help you to change your lives in order for you and your family to have a brighter future,” Paulo said. (PR)

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La Viña assumes Phividec top post

September 17, 2020

MANILA --Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña has assumed another government post,  this time as Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of PHIVIDEC Industrial Authority.      La Viña took his oath before Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a ceremony held at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 10 AM. He replaced Lawyer Franklin Quijano who was transferred to the National Commission of Senior Citizens as Chairman and CEO  under the Office of the President.       President Rodrigo Duterte earlier signed his appointment paper as Phividec Administrator and Chief Executive Officer.      La Viña said he will uphold the gains of his predecessor and vowed to reinvigorate further the mandate of PHIVIDEC Industrial Authority as the premier investment hub of  Mindanao.       PHIVIDEC-IA manages, administers, and supervises the 3,000-hectare Phividec Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental (PIE-MO).       PIE-MO, a government-controlled corporation is located in the municipalities of Tagoloan and Villanueva in Misamis Oriental.       PIE-MO is one of the country’s largest industrial estates.      La Viña is an alumnus of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), graduating Magnan Cum Laude with a degree in Philosophy.       He  holds a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship (Superior Performance) from the Asian Institute of Management.       In June 2017, La Vina attended the Leaders in Development Program in John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.      He spent more than three decades in private firms in various industries, including real estate, cooperative banking, automobile sales , supply chain management, music entertainment, among others.       One of Duterte’s staunchest supporters, La Viña served as the Social  Media  Director of his presidential campaign and was also a member of the Media  Central and Communications  Group.       As Composer/Arranger/Record Producer, he was responsible in the production of  the video “Duterte Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago” performed by Freddie Aguilar.       He helped craft Duterte’s social media strategy for the presidential campaign.       La Vina had served as SSS Commissioner where he chaired the Investment Oversight and Media and Communications Committees and was a member of the IT and Risk Committees. He also represented the SSS as Board Director of Philex Mining Corp and Philex Energy Corp.      He also had a short stint as the DOT Undersecretary assigned to oversee the Regional Offices, China Foreign Offices, Ecotourism, Farm Tourism nd  Faith Tourism.      La Vina was also appointed Undersecretary of the Department of Agriculture where he served as Chair of the Honorary Advisory of the Belt and Road International Food Expo in Hongkong.

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BJMP police disarmed, CDO files criminal raps

September 17, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) said that the police officers, who reportedly “harassed” the medical workers here, were disarmed pending results of the investigation. Jail Inspector Danilo Delgado, the spokesperson of the BJMP in Northern Mindanao, said that the BJMP is waiting for the result of the investigation as the basis for their action while the police personnel are confined to their barracks at the BMJP compound in Lumbia. “The BJMP wants to know what really transpired before it could take action,” Delgado said. The BJMP’s statement came as Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno instructed the City Legal Department to file the appropriate criminal and administrative charges against the BJMP personnel. Moreno said that he will not let the incident pass until the police officers are punished accordingly. The city government sent medical technologists to conduct “swab testing” among inmates and personnel at the city jail in Lumbia as part of the city’s effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the city jail when the incident reportedly took place. The medical workers formally filed a complaint with the Lumbia police about the alleged harassment of BJMP personnel who reportedly demanded that the result of the “swab tests” taken on them be given priority. The medical workers, who admitted that it would take time before the result is processed, alleged that the BMJP personnel were angered and leveled a loaded gun on them.

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Oro dad: Discipline needed in battle vs Covid-19

September 17, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A lady councilor yesterday stressed the importance of "people's discipline" in the fight against the deadly Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “Ang ako lang hangyo disiplina sa katawhan para masumpo nato ang Covid-19,” stressed Councilor Maria Lourdes S. Gaane, chair of the City Council committee on health and health insurance, during the radio program  “Kaabag ni Mayor Moreno” aired over Magnum Radio on Tuesday. In her interview, Councilor Gaane said the public should always practice proper hygiene and follow health protocols to avoid the spread of the virus. “Disiplina ang atong dapat buhaton kay gihimo na sa gobyerno ang angay natong buhaton,” she stressed. Gaane appealed to residents of Cagayan de Oro and those in neighboring cities for unity  to support governments’ efforts to contain the virus. “Ang akong hangyo nga matag usa kanato katawhan sa CDO ug mga silingan nga moanhi dinhi nga magpakabana kita ug mo-disiplna kita para ma-contain ang virus”, she said. NON-PHARMACEUTICAL INTERVENTIONS During the program, Councilor Gaane explained the importance and effectiveness of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPI) in the fight against COVID-19. She explained that the mandatory wearing of face mask as well as face shield, frequent hand washing, and social distancing, are collectively called as NPI. NPI also includes proper cough etiquette and covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing, Gaane said. “Laway ra ang kontra ani. Hangyo lang gyud nga naa lang atong social distancing,” she added. She said it is important to practice NPI within the household, not necessarily to wear face mask and face shield but maintain social distancing of at least one to two meters away from each other. “Simple ra man kaayo ang NPI. Kita na mismo ang mo-comply. Hangyo sa katawhan nga atong sundon. Ayaw isalig tanan sa gobyerno kay kita tanan possible carrier sa COVID-19,” Gaane pointed out. (SP/JBDacer)

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CDO mayor to file raps against law enforcers

September 16, 2020

CAGAYAN de de Oro City--Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno is filling charges against law enforcers for alleged “harassment” of medial workers here. A visibly irked Moreno ordered a probe of law enforcers who reportedly threatened medical workers in a holding area while conducting “swab testing” on clients. “We will not let this incident pass,” Moreno said on Tuesday. He said he also wants to confirm whether the law enforcers reportedly threatened the medical personnel with their guns. Moreno said that the medical technologists were conducting “swab testing” on inmates and personnel at the city jail when the incident allegedly took place. One of the law enforcers was allegedly angered because he wanted the result of his “swab test” to be given preference, Moreno said. The medical technologists made a formal complaint by reporting the incident to the police, Moreno said. “If these allegations were true, the city government will file appropriate charges against the law enforcers involved and work for their dismissal in service,” Moreno said.

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DILG turns over halfwayhouse for rebel returnees

September 16, 2020

SURIGAO del Sur--The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) turned over a newly constructed halfway house to the provincial government of Surigao del Sur last September 15. DILG Provincial Director Pedrito Alacaba spearheaded the turn over of the facility to Surigao del Sur Governor Alexander T. Pimentel in a simple ceremony at Barangay Dayoan, in Tago town. In his acceptance message, Pimentel thanked the national government through the DILG for providing funds for the construction of the halfway house that will benefit former rebels in the province. The DILG provided P5 million for the construction of the building while the Local Government Unit provided the lot. Pimentel added that with the active support of all the members of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC), he is optimistic that the insurgency problem in his province will end within the President's term. Meanwhile, Major General Andres C Centino, Commander of  the 4th Infantry Division/JTF Diamond, underscored the role of the LGU in operationalizing the halfway house. "We are looking forward for the operationalization of this facility. It will greatly help the deradicalization and rehabilitization of our FRs prior to their integration to the mainstream society," Centino said.   "The halfway house will serve as a processing center for surfacing rebels. They will temporary stay in this facility while their benefits under the Enhanced Comprensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) are being processed," He added. Centino also reiterated his call to the remaining CPP-NPA members to return to the folds of the law and avail of the government programs under the E-CLIP so they will have a productive life with their families. (PR)

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