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Young NPA bomb maker surrenders; reveals arms cache in AgSur

November 20, 2019

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – An NPA combatant who surrendered to the troops of 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion has revealed the location of three (3 high-powered firearms cache in the hinter area of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur on November 08, 2019 at around 11:30 in the morning. A certain alias Marco (not his true name), a former member of Sandatahang Yunit Propaganda (SYP) 21C, Guerilla Front (GF) 21, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC), under the leadership of @ MACOY (True Name: Anthony Sagdon Dagium) revealed that they have high powered firearms buried in the hinter area of Brgy Padiay, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur. He also disclosed significant information which pointed to the exact location of the firearms to include several war materials and assorted personal belongings. Immediately, the troops of 23rd Infantry Battalion, under the operational control of 402nd Bde, led by LTC FRANCISCO L MOLINA JR, Commanding Officer, 23IB organized a team to validate the information where the firearms are purportedly hidden. Upon reaching the area, the troops recovered three (3) M14 rifles (serviceable), thirty-five (35) meters electrical wire, two (2) blasting caps with detonating cord, one (1) pair Handguard for M16, one (1) pair AR 18 Handguard and one (1) improvised anti-personal mine which was still planted inside CPP-NPA hideout. Alias Marco was used as a courier by the CPP-NPA as young as 14 years old. He became fulltime NPA combatant at the age of 16. He was also taught how to plant and disposed landmines.  Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Francisco L Molina Jr, Commanding Officer, 23IB lauded the Former Rebels (FRs) for helping the unit in maintaining peace and order situation in the AO. “With the help of the FRs, we located the NPA arms cache and recovered war materiel which they can possibly be used in conducting atrocities anytime. Likewise, we save another young victim of the CPP-NPA whom they have indoctrinated with destructive ideology. We also encourage the parents and the elders to take care of their children so that they will not become prey to the hands of the CPPNPA terrorists.”-Molina ended.  

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Two Female NPA Minors Surrender to Army

November 20, 2019

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – Another two female members of the New People’s Army (NPA), who are minors, voluntarily surrendered to the 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion (23IB) in the months of September to October 2019.  The two surrenderees were identified as alias "Gethel" (Political Guide), 17 years old and alias "Christine" (Medic), 17 years old. They were recruited by alias "Ron-ron", a member of Sub-Regional Command (SRC) 3, SAGAY, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) thru black propaganda regarding the present situation of the country. They were deceived and promised to be given a brighter future including their families once they join in their group. Prior the recruitment, these two surrenderees were studying, but they were not able to finish their studies because of the exploitation, deception and manipulation of the NPAs. They were not clearly informed that they will be joining the armed movement. Contradictory to their promises, they only suffered from loneliness, exhaustion and starvation until they find an opportunity to escape from the said group. Meanwhile, alias "Gethel" expressed her resentment against the CNTs. “I was a student by the time I was recruited by the CNTs. Due to the hardship and hunger I experienced inside the movement, I decided to go back to the folds of the law. I am also afraid to lose my dreams, future and precious life because of the continuous military operation. At first, I was afraid because our leader told us that there’s a big possibility that the military will torture and kill me upon knowing that I am an NPA member, but I stand firm with my decision. I am so glad that the soldiers of 23IB never fail to help me and they assisted me to start a new life," she bared. Moreover, alias "Christine" also revealed the struggle she encountered inside the armed movement. “I didn’t know that I am going to be a member of CPP-NPA. My parents also do not know that I became a member of the NPA. We were not allowed to visit our parents, and even to contact them is strictly prohibited. Later, I knew that my family received death threat telling them that once they will report to the authorities regarding my situation, they will be killed. They were also forced to leave our home and stay away from our Barangay," she recalled. Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Molina Jr, commanding officer of 23IB continuously reminds the youth to be vigilant to the alarming NPA recruitment. "Some of the Leaders of the NPAs have already surrendered to the folds of the law, but it was so alarming that even the female youths are also fighting against the government troops just like what happened to "Gethel" and "Christine".  They were recruiting the young ones to be victims of their false ideology and these innocent youths will be suffering their entire life being enslaved by the CNT leaders. The recruitment of the youth is a big violation to the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Republic Act 7610 (Special Protection of Children against Abuse Exploitation and Discrimination Act)," he said. LTC Molina further reminded the youths to become active peace advocates towards a brighter future. "Be vigilant! Do not fall victim to their trap," he said.

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Christmas tree garden in Centrio Mall-Cagayan de Oro

November 20, 2019

Shoppers take photos of the Christmas tree in the garden of Centrio Mall located along Claro M. Recto in the city of Cagayan de Oro.

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Building officials inspect high-rise buildings in Oro

November 20, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Other than hairline cracks, the Office of the Building Official (OBO) did not find any structural deficiencies among the high-rise buildings that it has already inspected. The inspection will continue despite the lack of qualified personnel, said Engr. Isidro Obligado, OBO head. In a phone interview, Obligado said only 25 of the 87 personnel assigned in his department are qualified to conduct structural inspections. The inspection on all high-rise buildings, including those under construction, in the city was conducted in the wake of destructive earthquakes that struck Mindanao in the past few months. Obligado, however, said the OBO inspection team prioritizes those 911 callers who have reported cracks in their residential, office and commercial vicinities since the latest quake that struck Monday night. So far, OBO has not found any structural deficiencies in any building here in the city, including the high rises that they have inspected. "Most of these are hairline cracks sa walling. Of course, they still need to be corrected immediately but they do not affect the integrity of the whole structure at all," Obligado pointed out. He added that they are requiring these establishments to submit a certificate from a structural engineer once they have complied with the corrections. High rises that have already been inspected include Avida Aspira Tower 1, Centrio Tower, Seda Centrio, Teleperformance, Limketkai Luxe Hotel, G-Galyx, New Dawn Plus, Primavera Residences and Primavera City. All of these have passed structural integrity tests, according to Obligado. High rises calendared for inspection include CoHo's The Loop North Tower, One Oasis Cagayan de Oro, CUMC and One Providence. High rises under construction that are to be inspected include The Loop South Tower, Avida Aspira Tower 2, Mesaverte Garden Residences, ACE Medical Center, Tuscania Towers and Limketkai Cyberpark Building.

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Police arrest fish vendor in Iligan on sexual assault

November 20, 2019

ILIGAN City--Police arrested Tuesday evening a fish vendor for allegedly sexually molesting his 15-year old neighbor in Barangay Tambacan this city. Police Major Abogado Mautin, chief of Iligan City Police Station 4, identified the suspect as Joel Madrazo, 30, a resident of Purok 4, Barangay Tambacan. Mautin said the victim, who is a neighbor, reported to the police after she was able to escape from the suspect’s house where the crime happened. “The victim was invited by the suspect for a drinking spree, when she got dizzy, she was dragged into the suspect’s house and started molesting and allegedly raping her,” the police report said. The suspect was arrested from his house and is now detained Police Station 4 waiting for the charges to be filed against him while the victim was advised to undergo a medical examination.

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Revoke China’s stake in NGCP now!

November 20, 2019

DURING a  Senate  budget hearing, the  Department of  Energy (DOE) has confirmed that the State Grid Corporation of China which has a 40 percent stake in the power transmission system  can switch off  power grid remotely with devastating effect on the country’s national security. Reports revealed  that the State Grid of China allegedly changed portions of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines' (NGCP) system instructions into Chinese and allowed Chinese nationals to operate the transmission system - freely and with gusto! That said, the Movement for Brown out Free Mindanao is now urging the  Senate  for the immediate revocation of China’s 40 percent stake in the the country’s lone power transmission facility.   If the State Grid of China will go berserk, and  would want to jeopardize the country’s economy, it  will just have to switch off the entire transmission facilities - from Luzon to Visayas and Mindanao. This scenario  is not far-fetched because State Grid of China has a technical staff are embedded  at the very nerve of the transmission grid. Helpless as it were, what the DOE has been doing through the years is just  applying  the ‘wait and see’ security measures  — monitor and record  from a distance China's stake in the country's vital power infrastructure. The entry of foreign partner into the country’s energy sector, in this case the power transmission facility was a product of shortsightedness  on the part of lawmakers who penned the RA 9316 otherwise known as the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 and RA 9511, granting franchise to NGCP, a consortium of Filipino and Chinese power players.   For whatever reason, NGCP  has again justified its existence by setting aside fears that its business alliance and technical partner State Grid of China would shut down the country’s  transmission highway. But the Senate message is loud and clear: it’s not about business, it’s all about the national security of the state. (ruffy44_ph2000@yahoo.com)

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