caraga region

NPA surrenderee pinpoints high-powered firearm’s location

November 8, 2019

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan Del Sur – Alias Kakar, a squad leader of Platoon 1 SDG, of Weakened Guerilla Front 30 (WGF30), Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) surrendered to the 7th Special Forces “Spartans” Company (7SFC), 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn) today and pinpointed the location of one 5.56mm M4 Carbine Bushmaster Rifle at the hinterland of Purok Bombels, Awisan, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur (SDS). The said surrenderee is currently at the 7SFC headquarters in Mararag, Marihatag, SDS for proper custodial debriefing. According to Alias Kakar, 34 years old, he was recruited by a certain Otillo Galagate, a Militia ng Bayan member in barangay Tina, San Miguel, SDS 2-3 years ago. “Walay kaugmaon tungod sa korapsyon ng mga kumander (walang kinabukasan dahil corrupt ang mga kumander),” said Kakar. He said that to be with the Communist NPA Terrorists is to live in a miserable life. “Di bale lisud ang kinabuhi basta kauban na ko ang pamilya. Ang akoang anak ug asawa (Hindi na baling mahirap ang buhay basta kasama ko ang aking pamilya, ang anak at asawa ko),” he added The Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur’s all-out support to the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict has gained tremendous results and positive feedbacks all over the CARAGA region. Recently, SurSur Governor Alexander Pimentel was designated as the Regional Peace and Order Council Committee Chairman for his steadfast commitment in initiating various peace and development efforts in the province. Alias Kakar along with other new surrenderees will be enrolled to the Enhanced Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) to receive benefits for choosing the path to peace. Based on the implementing rules and regulations of Administrative Order No. 10 signed by the President on 2018, Kakar, as a former member armed rebels, is qualified to receive E-CLIP’s livelihood assistance, reintegration programs, firearms remuneration and other benefits as provided by law for NPA surrenderees.   -

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Soldiers protect student youth from CPP-NPA deception

November 7, 2019

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur – Soldiers from 26th Infantry “Ever Onward” Battalion have strengthened their efforts to prevent the student sector from being deceived and recruited by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as the troops conducted school symposium at Esperanza National High School, on Wednesday morning, October 30, 2019. A total of 450 students from grades 10 to 12 of senior high school have become aware of the CPP-NPA’s penetration to different schools nationwide by utilizing its legal organizations to poison the mind and heart of every youth, planting hatred against the government. A series of video clips were also filmed to the students regarding the past victims of CPP-NPA recruitment. The videos convey and show how the well-being of certain students are destroyed by the communist terrorists and in the end, wasted their lives. Ms. Jovelyn Tahudan, a former rebel who had just surrendered to the folds of the law, relayed her past experiences and remorsely showed  how she was deceived and recruited  by the NPAs and eventually destroyed her life as a youth. “Estudyante pud ko sa dihang girekrut ko sa mga NPA. Nailad ko sa ilang mga pasalig sa akua nga tabangan ko nga makahuman ko sa  pag eskwela. Mao nga talinguhaon gyud nako sa inyo nga dili mo maparehas sa akong kaagi. Gikan na ko didto sa sulod. Walay ayo didto mao nga ayaw na gyud mo pagtesting ug sulod” (I am also a student when I was recruited by the NPAs. I was deceived by their promises that they will help me finished my studies. I am here because I want to convince you not to follow my path. I have been there. Don’t even try to join the rebels. It’s a hard life.), Jovelyn said. Meanwhile, the commanding officer of 26th IB, Lt Col Romeo C. Jimenea expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the faculties of the Esperanza National High School for giving ample time for the soldiers to conduct symposium. He further said that it is very timely to focus the attention of giving awareness to the students because they are the main target of leftist groups. “The rebel group’s recruitment ruins the future of the students. It is our duty to inform them about the nature of the CPP-NPA and their deceptive and manipulative recruitment strategies. We must protect them (students) at all cost”, Lt Col Jimenea said.  “To all the NPA’s and other left leaning organizations, stop the recruitment for it destroys the students' chances to finish their studies, achieve their ambitions and aspirations and be successful in life. Spare them from your violent ways of life and political ambitions”, Lt Col Jimenea added.

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Army launch offensive operation to thwarts CNT extortion in Sursur

November 7, 2019

TAGO, Surigao del Sur, Nov 5 – The army’s 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion launched intensified offensive operation to thwart NPA extortion in the province of Surigao del Sur particularly in the 36IB area of operation.  The intensified offensive operation is a response to the reports from concerned citizens that a group of NPA terrorists are conducting extortion activities in the province of Surigao del sur. Ltc Jezreel Diagmel, Acting Commander, 36IB launched a series of intensified military operations to trace the hideouts and lairs of the Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs). Based on the reports, an estimated amount of 6 million pesos a month was being extorted by the Communist NPA Terrorist from the politicians, businessmen, minings, construction companies and even ordinary citizens in the area of 36IB alone which covers the municipalities of Carrascal, Cantilan, Lanuza, Carmen, Madrid, Cortes, San Miguel, Tago and Tandag City excluding Permit to Campaign (PTC) and Permit to Win (PTW) during election period. In his statement, Ltc Jezreel Diagmel, said that the army is gearing towards eradicating extortion activities to the peace-loving people of Surigao del sur. “The intensified offensive operation in the area of operation will thwart and preempt the NPA extortion activities. We will cut their resources for them to surrender and return to the folds of the law,” army official said. He also added that the success in combat operation will be a big leap for the victims of extortion activities of the Communist NPA Terrorist. We call on the public to help us in this campaign and not to support this menace of the country. As of press time, the troops of 36IB are continuing their offensive operations against the terrorist insurgents in the area. (Jonald Romorosa, CMO, 36IB)###

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Young NPA rebel surrenders; reveals CSP’s effect to IP communities

November 6, 2019

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan Del Sur – “They (NPAs) are afraid to lose their mass base and popular support”. This is the reason why NPA front militant organizations exert great effort to demand the withdrawal of Community Support teams (CSTs) in the Indigenous Peoples (IP) Communities said alias Reagan in an interview today in 7th Special Forces ”Spartans” Company headquarters, Mararag, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur (SDS). Alias Regan, 22 years old, resident of San Miguel, SDS, is a team leader of Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP)-Lumad  of WGF19A, NEMRC surrendered to the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion last October 15 bringing One M16A1 rifle with 40 mm M203 grenade launcher attached and assorted war materiel. “CSP’sinformation drives about NPA deceptive tactics enlightened me. I regretted my decision to join them because I realized I wasted my time,” Regan said.  “As a propagandist of SYP-Lumad for 4 years, I was in charge of convincing IPs to join the communist armed struggle by agitating them using the existing issues affecting the tribe. I tell them that the only way to resolve IP issues is through armed rebellion because that’s what they injected in my mind,” he added. Regan said that the militant group, Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU) and Bayan Muna party list continuously discredit the Whole-of-Nation approach to  end local communist armed conflict and the CSTs in the IP community of Sitio Simuwao (Kilometer 9), Diatagon in Lianga because Andap Valley is a strategic ground for Communist NPA terrorists. “Without the support of the masses, their (CPP/NPA) political and armed struggle will not succeed. They pretend to help the poor but the truth is they do not want the issues to be resolved by. They hamper the development of IP communities so that they will have reasons to blame the government, agitate the masses to cause endless conflict,” he said. “The Community Support Program really hurts the NPAs because it slows down their recruitment process and cut of their supplies. That is the reason why they desperately accuse the military of abuses even when there is none,” he ended.

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Captured NPA rebel in Agusan Norte recruited as minor

November 6, 2019

Bancasi, Butuan City – “I was recruited as a Minor”, revealed by the wounded CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) who was treated and rescued by the Army soldiers after an encounter between the troops of the 29th Infantry Battalion under the 402nd Infantry Brigade and CNTs members of Sentro De Gravidad (SDG) 16, Guerilla Front (GF) 16 of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) on November 2, 2019 around 10 o’clock in the morning at the hinterlands of Barangay San Isidro, Santiago, Agusan del Norte.  The fifteen (15) minute firefight yielded two (2) firearms and various war materials and resulted to the killing of one (1) NPA and the capture of alias Kent, 19 years of age from Negros Oriental. He revealed that he was recruited as a minor by the CNT and deceived through false hope and bigger income by the CNTs. “17 pako atong marekrut ko isip myembro sa NPA. Apan bag-o pako nisampa, pipila na ka beses nga ila kong duaw-duawon aron makatambong sa mga pagtulun-an. Pobre lagi ta og nangandoy makasapi, misugot nalang ko nga moapil kay ilaha man kuno ko sweldohan og kana mag gikan sa mga minahan,” alias Kent said. Also, alias Kent disclosed that the CNTs are targeting the youth for recruitment because they are idealistic, adventurous and can be easily swayed and agitated by issues against the government. The CNTs recruitment of minors clearly is a violation of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Col Maurito L Licudine, Commander of 402nd Brigade said, “Kent is another addition to the proof that the CNTs recruit minors and have blatantly disregarded the International Humanitarian Law. While parents are working very hard to send their children to schools and raise them well, the CNTs take them away and make them as revolutionary fighters arming them with hatred against the government”.  “We deplore this unending IHL violations of the CNTs using children to advance their lost cause. CNTs must stop using the youth as they belong to schools and not in the company of armed terrorists. I call on to all Caraganons particularly the parents to monitor your children. Do not allow them to be recruited. Let’s join hands and together we can prevent our youth from wasting their lives”, Col Licudine added.  

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Army clash with NPA terrorists in Agusan del Sur

November 6, 2019

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur- Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr, Brgy Maharlika, Bislig City (Stn) – Operating troops of 75IB encountered undetermined number of CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNTs) believed to be members of Platoon 1, Weakened Guerilla Front 14, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (WGF14, NEMRC) under Arnold Orlanes Y Conejar @ JORLAN at Barangay Sta Cruz, Rosario, Agusan del Sur yesterday, November 3, 2019 at 3:14 in the afternoon. This is a proof that the people of Rosario are sincere to end the insurgency in their community wherein numerous tips were feed and received by the 75IB regarding the presence of the armed group roaming around conducting extortion activity to the poor farmers and other constituent at said locality and forcing them to join and support their worthless ideology. There are reports that the CNTs intent to recover the support of the masses and to disrupt the joint efforts of the Philippine Army and the local government units to end the decades insurgency problem.  With these reports, Lieutenant Colonel Warren C Munda, the Commanding Officer of 75IB, immediately sent his men in the nearby community to secure the populace. While the troops are moving torwards Sitio Maputi of said barangay, the CNTs fired upon the troops forcing them to retaliate which scampered the enemies to different direction leaving some bloodstain on their way out. The firefight lasted more or less five minutes. Recovered at the encounter site after scouring were one (1) M16A1 rifle bushmaster with serial number TP6003373, one M14 rifle with serial number 14201011, one magazine loaded with 20 rounds of serviceable ammo, electrical wire, improvised power bank, jungle pack and other personal belongings. Through the Post Community Support Program (CSP) activities, intensified Intelligence and Focus Military Operations (FMO) and with the implementation of Executive Order No. 70 which is the Whole-Of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in attaining sustainable peace and development, the Philippine Army will keep the CNTs on the run and make the ground hostile for them. These will make them weary and would lead the rebels to surrender. Lt Col Munda expressed his gratitude to the “Rosarionon” for their preventive and courageous actions taken against these terrorist NPAs who hampered the peace and development of the community and it is a clear manifestation that they wanted a lasting peace, live without fear of the CNTs and free from insurgents.   "As we recall, these NPAs were declared Persona Non-grata in Brgy Sta Cruz and denounced their atrocities, thus, their presence and activities are violations to the Brgy Resolution number 022 dated July 17, 2019. Now the remnants of WGF 14, NEMRC has no place to hide in the area. I commend the populace for their serious efforts to end insurgency, and their support to the sustainable peace and development agenda to address root causes of insurgency." Munda ended.          

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