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321 NPA rebels, supporters surrender in Agusan del Sur

September 19, 2020

BANCASI, Butuan City--Some 321 members of the New People's Army (NPA) and their supporters operating in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur surrendered to the military, a report reaching the Mindanao Daily News Online said yesterday. The NPAs and their supporters surrended during the peace rally and mass withdrawal of support ceremony on September 15, 2020 held at the Esperanza National High School Gymnasium, Barangay Poblacion, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur. The former NPA members and the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) supporters have openly denounced through a march protest rally, the atrocities and continuous exploitation of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) of their communities. They expressed their sentiments against the CTG’s deception method and continuous hardship they have brought to them. the military said in a press statement. Some 32 members and supporters of the CTG composed of 29 regular NPA members, 80 Milisya ng Bayan members, 12 supporters, 151 mass organization members, 23 contacts, and 26 couriers, all residents of Esperanza have pledged allegiance to the government and vowed to eradicate the influence of the CTG in their communities, the report said. It said that Guerilla Front (GF) 88, GF89 and GF4B of North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC) are the CTGs conducting agitation, organizing and recruitment in the said municipality to include extortion and threat. Since January 2020, the miliatry said 607 CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) CNTs were already neutralized (killed, apprehended or surrendered) through combat operations, joint law enforcement operations and Community Support Program of the government.   The Municipal Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict spearheaded by  Leonida M Manpatilan through the efforts of the Community Support Teams (CSTs) of the 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion under the operational control of the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade facilitated the Signing of Manifesto entitled “Manipesto sa Among Pagbugto sa Pagka-miyembro sa Kalihukan sa CPP-NPA-NDF Organisasyong Masa ug Militar”. Mayor Manpatilan lamented the continuous threat brought about by the CNTs who sow fear by killing innocent civilians who refuse to support their movement in order to maintain control and influence in the communities. She also commended the courage and bravery of her constituents for coming back to the folds of the law and have now become peace partners of the government. Fifteen members received financial assistance worth fifteen thousand pesos (Php15, 000.00) each from the LGU of Esperanza while the rest will still undergo validation. Meanwhile, Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, the Commander of the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, said that the shift of support of the former members of the CNTs and its mass supporters were already anticipated due to the strong advocacy of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Esperanza led by their Municipal Mayor in facilitating the Whole of Nation Approach convergence to address the insurgency problem in their municipality. “Local Chief Executives need to rise up and be the voice of their people in addressing this menace plaguing our communities for several decades. We are fortunate that Mayor Manpatilan and Vice Mayor Siohan together with their Sangguniang Members have joined hands with the security sector and recognized that only in an environment of peace that use can realize peaceful and progressive communities,” Licudine said. “We call on the other Local Chief Executives to strengthen their resolve to fight these terrorists. Much is expected from our local leaders as they are the key element in leading their respective constituents in driving away the communist terrorist from their communities. Together let’s fight these pests who hamper the socio-economic development potentials of communities for the past decades," he said. Licudine also encouraged remaining members of the CTG to surrender and avail the E-CLIP that can provide opportunities for them to start a new life. Also in attendance in full support to the activity of the MTF ELCAC were Governor Santiago Cane Jr, the Provincial Governor of Agusan del Sur, Lt Col Reynald Romel A Goce, 26IB Commanding Officer, and Datu Carlos “Balubaguio” Otacan, the Municipal IP Mandatory Representative of EADS. (PR)

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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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BOC-10 anti-smuggling seizes P20m cigarettes

September 10, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The unrelenting anti-smuggling operation of the Bureau of Customs-10 (BOC-10) has resulted to the confiscation and destruction of P20.7 million worth of illegally imported cigarettes on yesterday. Among those seized bore the brand names Union, Bravo, Famous, Farstar, Septwolves, YS, San Marino, Cannon. John Simon, BOC-10 district collector, said the contraband consisted of 2,150 reams or 188,824 of various brands. The cigarettes entered the port of Ozamiz in Ozamiz City and Mindanao Container Terminal sub-port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on two occasions, on August 25, 2020 and Sept. 1, 2020, Simon said. “We don’t want cigarettes that are illegal and are sold here in Northern Mindanao,” Simon said. The confiscated cigarettes were destroyed through a shredding machine at the Greenleaf 88 non-hazardous waste disposal facility in Barangay Bayabas, this city. Simon said the items were confiscated as the consignees failed to pay duties and taxes and in violation of Republic Act 10836 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act. The BOC-10, however, has yet to identify the names of the consignees, but Simon said they will be facing charges once their identities are established. Oliver Valiente, chief of the BOC-10’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service, the contraband came from China and neighboring Asian countries that entered through the Zamboanga Peninsula. According to the Department of Finance, consignees use a new smuggling scheme to sneak the illegal cigarettes into the country. Citing a report from BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, Finance Sec. Carlos Dominguez III said P53 million-worth of cigarettes contained in two container vans that were recently confiscated in the port of Davao on July 12, 2020 came from Ningbo, China and was declared as tissue paper. When the cargo reached its final destination in the port of Davao, Guerrero said “the containers of smuggled cigarettes were not included in its inward foreign manifest despite other customs documents proving the existence of the shipment.”

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Govt troops capture NPA finance officer in Misor

September 7, 2020

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental--The military backed by the local police arrestd the finance officer of the New People's Army (NPA) on Saturday (September 5). In a press statement, 1Lt. Jefferson M. Mariano identified the arrested NPA rebel as a certain Jenalyn Arcillas Ganzan alias Macky, 34 years old and a resident of Zone 4, Poblacion, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. Mariano said Arcillas served as the finance officer of the HQ Nelsay, Sub-Regional Committee 1 (SRC1), Northern Central Mindanao Region Command (NCMRC). He said the suspect was arrested through a search and seizure warrant issued by Hon. Judge Fernando R Fudalan Jr. of Regional Trial Court, Branch 7, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur for the criminal cases of Destructive Arson under CC No. 6624, and Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention under CC No. 6527. No bail bond was recommended by the court for his cases. The success of the operation is the result of the continuous efforts of the Army’s 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion and 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion, together with the personnel of Provincial Intelligence Unit of Misamis Oriental, 1001st MC, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 10 and Tagoloan Municipal Police Station in ending local communist armed conflict in the said province. In his statement, Lt. Col. Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB said, “The AFP and PNP will continue to jointly operate in pursuing the terrorist group so that we can put an end to the influence of the terrorists in every community. We will remain vigilant against anyone who will try to disrupt the peace and order of the community.”   “This arrest proves that the terrorists cannot run away from the long arm of the government. So, I urge the remaining remnants of the NPA to return to the folds of the law, avail the government program under Enhanced Comprehensive and Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), and live with your families peacefully,"said Canatoy ended. The arrested person was brought and held at Tagoloan MPS and to be brought to the issuing court of origin for proper disposition. (PR)

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Andanar commends 4ID for doing a great job

September 6, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Secretary Martin Andanar has commended the 4th Infantry (DIAMOND) Division (4ID), Philippine Army for for doing a great job. Andanar, Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security for Northern Mindanao, extended the commendation to the 4ID after it got the highest rating in Bukidnon latest survey conducted by the Northern Bukidnon Community College (NBCC) in Region 10. CAMP Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City--The 4th Infantry (DIAMOND) Division (4ID), Philippine Army got a “very satisfied” rating on the latest Client Satisfaction Survey (CSC) conducted by the Northern Bukidnon Community College (NBCC) in Region 10. Based on the school's latest Client Satisfaction Survey (CSC), the 4ID got "very satisfied" rating, said Dr. Catherine Roween C Almaden, the head of the research team who presented the survey result during the Northern Mindanao Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC 10) meeting held at Pearlmont Hotel, Cagayan de Oro on Thursday Morning, September 3. Dr. Almaden reported that 4ID received an average rating of 4 with 5 being the highest or “Very Satisfied” from the people of Region 10 for all its services that aimed to ensure peace and security, and facilitate the delivery of government services in conflict-affected and geographically isolated and disadvantage areas. The people are particularly grateful to 4ID and its operationally controlled units for their services rendered to the people especially in maintaining peace and security in the communities and by facilitating the delivery of the needed services such as medical and dental services, livelihood, infrastructure, education, health, personal services and disaster preparedness, she said. Secretary Martin Andanar, Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security for Northern Mindanao, who presided the meeting, commends the 4ID and all its soldiers for doing a great job. “To Major General Centino, you are doing a great job. May you continue to lead your forces and steer the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict Technical Working Group (RTF-ELCAC TWG) to accomplish its mission to end the communist armed conflict in the region before the President’s term ends in 2022,” said Andanar.   The NBCC conducted the client satisfaction survey to respondents from different municipalities and cities of Northern Mindanao to determine their level of satisfaction on the services provided by 4ID and 1ID. (PR)

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‘Ardot” Parojinog died 'naturally,' says police

September 5, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A senior police official, leading the probe into the death of former Ozamiz City councilor Ricardo ‘Ardot" Parojinog, suggested that Parojinog might have died of natural death following initial findings released by doctors of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO). Col. Danilo Tumanda, the provincial police director of the Misamis Occidental, who was one of the senior police officers tasked to look into the death of Parojinog Friday, said the initial findings showed “no physical struggle” and other marks that might suggest that the victim was killed. He said that all the police personnel and the police station commander in the Ozamiz police station were ordered restricted at the police station’s second story building and are not allowed to come out. Tumanda said that 20 policemen from the provincial mobile force unit were sent to the Ozamiz City police station to temporarily replace the entire police force of the Ozamiz City Police Station pending result of the probe into Parojinog’s death. Interviewed lived by a Magnum Radio reporter in Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday morning, Tumanda said that there were initial reports that Parojinog have a weak heart and that he is allergen to some foods. “On his arrival Thursday, Parojinog declined to partake the chicken and rice lunch offered by his two escorts from Camp Crame saying that he has “allergy” with chicken meat and preferred a beef instead,” Tumanda said. Tumanda said that he has no idea if he has taken a beef for lunch, but was informed that Parojinog complained of uneasiness when he took a “siomay” (a pork or beef laced rice) Thursday night. According to Tumanda, it is not easy to bring in food for Parojinog who was temporarily detained in the Ozamis Police Sation, because he was closely guarded and the escorts from Camp Crame would always check all foods allowed by Parojinog to come in. On Thursday night, the police personnel of the Ozamiz City Police Station took charge in guarding Parojinog while the escorts from Manila took a rest. Parojinog was flown in to Ozamiz City from Manila onThusday to attend a scheduled hearing Friday where he is reportedly facing nine different cases involving various criminal offenses. Police found Parojinog dead in his jail bed after he refused to respond to an early morning head count of inmates. Police regional director Rolando Anduyan ordered a probe of Parojinog’s death, the brother of former Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” Parojinog. The late Ozamiz City Mayor Aldong Parojinog was killed along with his wife Susan and brother board member Octavio, Jr. on a “controversial raid” of his residence in Barangay Baybay, Ozamiz City on July 30, 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier tagged the Parojinogs as among the high profile personalities listed in the illegal drug trade in the country.

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