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Duterte’s pro-poor projects weaken NPA stronghold in Bukidnon

January 21, 2020

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon - Two top-ranking leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) based in southern part of Bukidnon has admitted that President Duterte's pro-poor projects reportedly weakened the stronghold of the NPA rebels in many towns in Bukidnon Province. “We are losing ground because people started to notice the progress of projects President Duterte has done in their respective barangays such as setting up of health centers in remote areas, construction of roads and bridges, road widening and expansion, among all other government programs where the poorest of the poor are all counted in.”   These were the pronouncements of Couple Renante Tumbalang alias “Jigger” and Resylyn Pardo aka “Jamby,” leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) of Guerilla Front 6 (GF6) who surrendered Thursday (January 16) to Valencia City local officials. The couple said President Duterte’s projects for the poor pushed them to surrender. “Jigger,” 37, from barangay Nacabuklad, San Fernando town is the commander of GF6’s Front Operational Command, while his wife “Jamby,” 28, of barangay Namnam in the same town is the GF6 Secretary and strategist who is in command in radicalizing new members.   Their Command covers the city of Valencia and six other towns, specifically San Fernando, Kitaotao, Maramag, Don Carlos, Dangcagan, and Quezon. In a press conference, she recounted their ease of recruiting “Lumad (native)” folks in previous years because no government agencies tried to visit the areas involved in their movement.   “Previously, we can easily sway our Lumad brothers to join in our group. But when President Duterte ordered to implement the ELCAC (End Local Communist Armed Conflict) program, the barrio folks felt the government is getting closer and cares for them. Newly paved highways eased the farm-to-market deliveries of their harvests. Our supporters, therefore, started to fall off. Eventually, they [mass base] withdrew their support to our group,” Jamby said. Five other NPA leaders also surrendered along with the couple, namely Shairyl Pardo aka ‘MG’, platoon group squad leader, Sentro de Grabidad; Roger Gonzales aka ‘Narra,’ platoon group team leader; Regine Pardo aka ‘Raya,’ platoon leader, Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP5); Angelito Tundag aka ‘Grob,’ Vice Commanding Officer, SYP5; and Mark Jason Pardo aka ‘Rassk’, platoon officer, Sentro de Grabidad. Asked who initiated their surrender, Jamby quickly said, “We came out on our own because we realized it was futile to pursue our cause.” In fact, Jamby repeatedly apologized to those she may have done wrong in the course of her being an NPA top officer then. The 7-man NPA leaders surrendered to Valencia City mayor Azucena Huervas and congressman Rogelio Neil Roque thru barangay Banlag councilor Saliezer Dejos. Brigadier General Edgardo De Leon, 403rd Brigade Commander said the surrender of Front Secretary is a very significant breakthrough of the Task Force ELCAC (End Local Communist Armed Conflict) efforts. He said Guerrilla Front 6 in Bukidnon is in the brink of collapse, pointing to the continued surrender of top-ranking NPA leaders and the fall of several members as indicators. “Joma [Jose Maria Sison] is singing his own praises. The rising number of Guerilla Fronts that Joma boastfully claimed is now waning. Jamby revealed that 18 KRBs (Kilusang Rebolusyonaryong Barangay or CPP ‘shadow government’) that she personally established in Bukidnon were dismantled due to the people’s withdrawal of membership in their “KalMas (Kalihokang Masa)” and “Sanga sa Partido sa Lokalidad (SPL),” BGen. De Leon said.       Jamby and Jigger, along with their five comrades, were presented by Valencia City officials to Gov. Jose Ma. Zubiri Jr as Provincial Chairman of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) Committee. After thorough profiling, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office will determine the package of assistance that would suit the needs of these FRs (former rebels), which the military now calls “Kauban sa kalinaw ug kalamboan.” Major General Franco Nemesio Gacal, 4ID Commander commended the 403rd Brigade, the 88IB, and the local government unit of Bukidnon for winning the peaceful war. "Our war is not focused on winning battles through the barrel of guns. Ours is a peaceful war involving communities in conflict-affected areas. We, together with local leaders and our constituents, join hands and commit to battle land issues, poverty, and other problems through dialogue with the right people, organization, and agency,” MGen. Gacal said. -- RLRBalistoy/PIA Bukidnon

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Australian surgical mission treats 205 patients in Camiguin

January 4, 2020

CAMIGUIN — Treating 205 patients in a two-day surgical mission, the Share Me a Dream Australia Inc. (SMADI) partnered with Maharlika Charity Foundation, Inc. and Camiguin Medical Foundation to conduct such in Mahinog, here. Doctors of the said groups attended to 119 dental extractions, 59 minor surgeries which were mainly cysts, 15 cataract surgeries, 9 cleft lip and palate surgeries, 2 circumcisions  and 1 foreign body surgery. The members of the medical team and volunteers led by Dr. Benedict Valdez and Bernie Mendoza traveled nine hours from Davao to Camiguin to hold the mission. SMADI also extended support to earthquake victims in Kidapawan distributing medicines, 5 sacks of rice and 50 Malongs (blanket) to B’laan and Bagobo tribes. SMADI is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission.   

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PHILIPPINES, SAUDI ARABIA RENEWS COMMITMENT TO ENHANCE BILATERAL TIES

December 25, 2019

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The Philippines and Saudi Arabia on Monday reaffirmed shared commitment to intensify cooperation as the two nations celebrate this year the 50th anniversary of bilateral ties.   Chief of Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Robert Borje paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud at the Foreign Ministry here with the Saudi official underscoring the importance of the Philippine-Saudi Arabia bilateral relations.   Also during the Undersecretary Borje’s call, he conveyed President Rodrigo Duterte’s gratitude to Saudi Arabia for ensuring the welfare of Filipinos working in the kingdom.   He also relayed President Duterte’s invitation to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to visit the Philippines.   And with the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Borje asked the Saudi Arabia government to extend assistance for the development of the region. The kingdom played a key role in Mindanao peace initiatives in the past.   Under President Duterte’s Build, Build, Build program, Saudi Arabia companies could invest in the Philippines particularly in Mindanao, according to Borje.   As a response, Prince Faisal said Saudi Arabia is pleased with the progress of the Mindanao peace efforts and expressed the kingdom’s willingness to help the region.   He assured the Philippine official that Saudi Arabia will contribute to BARMM’s development.   Borje also raised the issue of Saudi-born Filipino minors awaiting repatriation to the Philippines. The prince said his government will try to accelerate the process so that the Filipino minors could be sent home. PND

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RIYADH OFWS GREET PRESIDENT DUTERTE MERRY CHRISTMAS

December 25, 2019

About a million Filipinos are in Saudi Arabia who have become an important of part of the Kingdom’s socio-economic development for decades.   With that number, Saudi Arabia becomes one of the countries in the Gulf region to host the largest number of Filipino diaspora.   Here are the greetings of OFWs in Saudi Arabia, extending their warmest Yuletide message to the President and their wishes for themselves and the country:   “Ang wish ko po sa sarili ko at sa pamilya ko ay sana makasama ko na ang pamilya ko sa Pilipinas at sana para sa aming mga OFW ay magkaroon kami ng kabuhayan pag-uwi namin sa Pilipinas. Alam ko po na hindi papabayaan ni Tatay Digong at Senator Bong Go ang ating bansa. Merry Christmas po!   Oscar Ramos Caduyac, Davao City Crew, Jollibee Riyadh     “Mula po sa Riyadh, KSA, binabati po namin si Tatay Digong ng Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon. Tatay Digong, ipagpatuloy n’yo po ang inyong magandang ginagawa para sa ating bansa. Kami po dito sa Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ay sumusuporta sa inyong administrasyon.   “Binabati ko rin po ang aking nanay, tatay sa Bicol. Ang aking mga kapatid at ang aking dalawang anak ng isang Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon. Sana next year ay magkasama-sama tayo sa Pilipinas.”   Boogie Salcedo Moya Restaurant manager, Jollibee, Riyadh     “Nagpapasalamat po ako kay Pangulong Duterte at sa lahat po ng bumubuo sa embassy. Maraming maraming salamat po. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”   -Mary Jane Cartia, Bulacan, Female ward, Lotuston Hotel, Riyadh     “Ang Christmas wish ko po para sa akin sarili at sa pamilya at para sa aking sarili ay makauwi na ako sa Pilipinas upang makapiling ko ang aking pamilya. Para po sa ating Pangulo, sana magkaroon siya ng magandang kalusugan at malinaw na kaisipan para magabayan n’ya nang maayos ang ating bansa. Wish ko rin po na sana ay bumuti na ang kalagayan sa Pilipinas upang hindi na po mangibang-bansa ang mga Pilipino at magtrabaho na lamang sa sariling bayan kapiling ang kanilang mga pamilya. Maraming salamat po!”   Elizabeth Paulino, 27 years old, Nueva Viscaya Awaiting repatriation in Bahay-Kalinga, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia     “Sa panahon pong ito ng Kapaskuhan ang hiling ko po, kagaya ng maraming naririto ay makauwi na po ako sa aking pamilya sa Davao City at makapagpagamot po ako ng aking sakit sa kidney. Para po kay Tatay Digong, hiling ko na maging malusog siya sa darating na taon para magampanan niya ang kanyang mga tungkulin bilang Pangulo. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”   Jennifer Gabaitan, Davao City Female ward, Bahay-Kalinga, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. PND

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AL KHOBAR WARDS GET TIMELY CHRISTMAS PRESENT FROM PRESIDENT DUTERTE

December 25, 2019

AL KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia — In time for Christmas, distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) here received Christmas presents from President Rodrigo Duterte and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday, December 24.   The female and male wards at the Al Khobar shelters were given care packages and special financial assistance.   Chief of Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola and Ambassador Adnan Alonto handed over the care products to the female and male wards awaiting repatriation.   A special video message was also played with the President extending his Yuletide greetings to the OFWs and at the same time expressing his gratitude for their hard work, loyalty to the country and for their support to the government.   “More than anything, we want you home. We want you live frutiful and meaningful lives close to your loved ones. Maraming salamat po. Hinding-hindi ko kayo malilimutan. Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon!”   The President’s message was warmly received by the OFWs.   Undersecretary Borje also relayed President Duterte’s continuing concern for the plight of Filipinos working abroad noting the Duterte administration is working relentlessly to address the  concerns of OFWs and strives to improve the economic condition in the Philippines to create more jobs.   After providing assistance to the female and male wards, Undersecretaries Borje and Arriola also met the members of the Filipino community in International Philippine School in Al Khobar.   The President’s representative relayed the message of the chief executive for his continuing commitment to ensure the welfare of OFWs.   Undersecretary Borje, also President Duterte’s Special Envoy to Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, was sent to North Africa and the Middle East to assess the situation of Filipinos in those regions.  PND

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Speech of President Rodrigo Duterte during the CLOA distribution in Cotabato (first part)

December 24, 2019

Kindly sit down. Salamat po.   Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones; the other members of the Cabinet; Senator Bong Go, ang tinulungan ninyo [applause]. Tao ninyo ito maniwala kayo. Ako na ang nagsasabi. He is serving the interest of the Moro people. Matagal siya sa akin. BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim; beneficiaries of the Agrarian Reform Land Ownership Program; my brothers and sisters from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; mga kababayan ko; mga mahal kong kababayan na Moro. [applause]   Alam mo may prepared speech ako. It’s only two pages pero babasahin ko kung may panahon pa tayo. ‘Pag nandito pa ako hanggang alas-siyete nakatindig, babasahin ko na ito.   Iyong may gusto akong sabihin sa inyo. Alam ninyo na hindi ako nagbobola ng tao lalo na ang kapwa Moro. Kung ayaw ninyong maniwala, kayo. It’s fine with me. But ganito ‘yan sinabi ko kay Kagi Murad na, “Alam mo I have two years left and I want the BARMM to really evolve into something that is a functional regional autonomous government.” Ngayon na.   Sabi ko kay brother na ‘pag… Wala naman akong sinabi na ako lang ang marunong, ako lang ang ano. But we do not have an idea --- the imponderables of life kung sino ang susunod sa akin.   Tutal napag-usapan na rin ‘yan nang matagal, nakipagpatayan kayo sa gobyerno. Alam mo sa totoo lang after the war and the loss of lives and everything, at the end of the day maghawak ka ng baril, it has no meaning at all. Kung ilan ang napatay mo o ilan ang natakot mo o ilan ang pinasabog  na mukha. Hawakan mo ‘yan pagkatapos sasabihin at the end of the day, anong maibigay nito? Ang maibigay ng baril, baril rin. Walang katapusan na. Ang Moro nagtitiis.   Pagdating ng mga Espanyol, iyon ang perdition ninyo. Walang… Ang mga kapatid man ninyo walang kasalanan ‘yan. Iyong mga Tagalog na… Eh binola tayo ng Amerikano eh. “Go to Mindanao because it is the land of promise,” kasi ang Moro ayaw makipagtrabaho sa kanila.   It was a… Alam mo maraming mahirap noon pa. Ang tatay ko nagpunta dito kasi --- ano abugado siya pero alam niya walang mangyari sa buhay niya doon. So pumunta siya ng Mindanao dinala niya kami. Hindi naman namin alam kung ano ang history na inagaw tayo ng… Well, sinabi lang… Iyang who discovered the Philippines. T***… Anong discover? Nandito na tayo. They occupied this land for 350 years more. So ginawa tayong alipin. Wala tayong magawa, wala tayong baril, wala tayong gunpowder. Pagputok niyan, takbo lahat. Maski na gaano katapang na Moro kung hawak mo lang ang iyong sundang, ah patay.   That is why ang history natin is full of repression. Ang Christianity was imposed on the Visayan, the tribe, the Hiligaynon. Ang Bisaya, ang Cebu is Sugbuanon ang tribe nila. Iyon ang pangalan nila. Hindi ‘yon Cebu. It’s Sugbu. At ang mga tao doon Sugbuanon. Kaya lahat tayo and it was a --- at a cause.   Noon ‘pag ayaw mong mag-convert, firing squad ka talaga. If you do not swear allegiance to Jesus Christ or God, patay ka. Anong magagawa ng kapatid natin? Anong magawa namin noon? Ang mga ninuno ko, ang mga lolo ko, anong magawa niya? Puro naman tayo Malay, Indonesia, we come from a same stock.   Ngayon, this continued until today. Alam mo may sabihin ako sa inyo ha. Iraq was invaded by America on an excuse or pretext that there weapons of mass destruction. Pumunta sila doon at pinatay nila si Saddam. Walang weapons of mass destruction. Kaya lang ‘yung mga sundalo noon na tumakbo, natakot sa bomba, walang laban eh. Nag-grupo-grupo ‘yan, kaya ‘yang ISIS, Iraq pati Syria. Iyan ‘yang mga sundalo na bata at pumasok na lahat, at galit sila.   Pero nandiyan na kasi itong mga Amerikano dinadala nila sa eleksyon. You will not begrudge me because I am one. Ang Muslim is a feudal setup. Kaya kung magtawag ka ng eleksyon doon, magulo talaga. Iyang eleksyon is a sham. Puppet ‘yan ng mga lider nila ng Amerika. And it has not brought peace.   Tignan mo ang Iraq ngayon, then Syria and Afghan. Binobomba ‘yung… Alam mo sa totoo lang when you are already evolved into something which is really a regional at meron kayong sariling armed forces or police, payag ako. Mag-armas kayo but you know you have to kill the terrorists. Hindi madala ‘yan sa pausapan. Mag-llamano lang kayo ‘pag magsabi “brother peace, salaam.”   Hindi ‘yan naniniwala because they have interpreted itong Qur’an in a very atrocious, monstrous interpretation na magpatay ka ng tao. ‘Pag magpatay ka ng tao maski dito o sa Iraq, o Syria, Libya, ubos, puro dysfunctional talaga.   Now, if we are not careful, we should avoid --- the BARMM government should assert its authority at kung ayaw nila patayin ninyo because those were --- they are the guys that will create trouble in the future. Wala nang katapusan. Pareho na tayo ng Syria. At baka hindi ako ang Presidente magkalat. ‘Pag kalat niyan, bomba dito, bomba doon. Eh ‘yung mga terorista bomba dito. Eh kung matapos ‘yung pasensiya ng national government? Eh kung gamitin ‘yang ilang jet ‘yan diyan na FA-50? Tapos bombahan dito, bombahan doon. You think that the tribe of Maguindanao will survive?   -more-  

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