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Death toll of military C-130 crash rises to 52

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The death toll of the military’s C-130 cargo plane that went down in Patikul, Jolo, Sulu, has risen to 52, Maj. Gen. Romeo Brawner, Jr. said Tuesday.

Brawner was officially installed as the new Commanding General of the army’s Fourth Infantry “Diamond” Division Monday amid a solemn rites following the crash of the C-130 cargo plane that transported soldiers from the 4ID to Jolo Sumday morning.
Instead  of beaming smiles and congratulatory remarks, Brawner and rhe selected officers and guests were holding candles with now heads for  silent prayers for those who perished in the cargo plane crash.
In his acceptance remarks, however, Brawner vowed to fight and pursue the outlawed communjst New People’s Army (NPA) on his area of responsibility that covers the North and Northeastern regions while urging the NPA to lay down their arms.
“I am not asking you (NPA) to surrender, but to come down from the hills and join the mainstream society to be able to live peacefully and enjoy a productive life,” Brawner said.
Brawner also asks the CPP-NPA to stop recruiting students, specially the indigenous people (IP) and their children who only want to live peacefully in their ancestral lands.
He said that the top officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) are living luxuriously in other countries while the NPA combatants are living miserably.
According to Brawner, the CPP-NPA is the largest corporation in the country collecting billions of extorted money from big  companies in North and Northeastern Mindanao.
Saying that large companies in Northern Mindanao are the biggest contributors to the CPP-NPA, Brawner appealed for the  cooperation of the businessmen to stop supporting the NPAs.
He said that with the cooperation of the businessmen, the military was able to arrest the NPAs and the plain extortionists from collecting money from the businessmen in Bohol.
“If we succeeded in asking for the cooperation of the businessmen in Bohol, we can also do the same in North and Northeastern Mindanao,” Brawner said. -0-
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