caraga region

Farmers point location of anti-personnel mine in Agsur

November 17, 2019

Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur--- Concerned civilians, mostly farmers, reported to the 8th Special Forces “Dragoons” Company (8SFC), 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn), a Claymore-type improvised explosive device (IED) emplaced by the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in their farmlands at Purok 7, barangay Mabuhay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur yesterday. The Mabuhay CAFGU (Citizen Armed Force Force Geographical Unit) Patrol Base under the 8SFC immediately composed a team to disable, recover and dispose the IED to prevent any damages from both the civilians and government troops. The Municipality of Prosperidad, Mabuhay Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the farmers strongly condemned the terroristic act of the CNTs citing that they (NPAs) are the reason why there is a decrease of farm production in some of their areas.   “The NPAs are the reason why most of the farmers don’t attend to their farmlands anymore. We are worried because we might become victims if the IEDs explode anytime. The NPA terrorists severely disturb our farming activities because aside from planting IEDs they always ask for their share during harvests even if they did not work hard for it. The farmers get less than what they deserve, “said Jun (true name undisclosed).   The NPA terrorists and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) are declared by the Philippine government as terrorist organizations in 2017 and declared by the U.S. State Department, European Union Common Foreign and Security Policy as a foreign terrorist group.   Meanwhile, the 3SFBn under the 401st Infantry “Unite and Fight” Brigade (401BDE) lauded the efforts of the citizens who acted promptly to prevent further damage to any potential targets of opportunities of the CNTs.   Colonel Allan D. Hambala INF (MNSA) PA, 401BDE Commander, said that this is the positive effect of the Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict. “The peoples’ support greatly hurts these terrorists because they have nowhere to run. This is the reason why they try so hard to discredit the EO 70, military’s presence and the construction of Patrol Bases in the conflict-affected communities. The masses, whom they can terrorize before, already found their genuine ally towards ending the NPAs’ atrocities through the Task Forces to end communist insurgency,” Colonel Hambala, ended.    

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Youth for Peace movement intensified in Agusan, Surigao Sur

November 15, 2019

Marihatag, Surigao del Sur –In a span of a month, an increasing number of youth participants joined the campaign to end local communist armed conflict to become advocates of positive activism through the Youth Leadership Summits (YLS) held at Bayugan City and Prosperidad Agusan del Sur and at Surigao del Sur municipalities of Marihatag, Bayabas. The most recent is the 3rd Tago YLS that culminated last Sunday in the Municipality of Tago. In October alone, around 500 youths graduated from YLS. YLS is  a three-day, live-in inter-agency activity organized by the LGUs, the Army  and the national line agencies aimed at providing an avenue for the youth to enhance their leadership skills, good citizenship and patriotism, cooperation and participation through various peace-building activities. It is a tool to providing the youth a balanced perspective towards approaching social issues affecting the society and equips them to think critically and get rid of radicalized youth groups which could poison their minds.  Joma Sison’s Philippine Society and Revolution emphasized that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) must recruit the youth to ensure the continuous flow of successors in the revolutionary movement and that communist revolution cannot be advanced without the participation of young revolutionary intellectuals. This is the rationale why militant youth groups invest so much on youth recruitment. Youth radicalization leading to rebellion is their mantra. YLS exemplifies a Whole-of-Nation approach to end the deceptive recruitment strategies of the CNTs. The nationwide outbursts of parents whose children became victims of the recruitment of Kabataan Partylist, Anakpawis and other alleged CPP affiliated militant youth groups exposed the alleged links to the NPAs. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the Filipino Nation calls on the CPP/NPA/NDF to have a bit of remorse and conscience to end the communist armed conflict and stop deceiving the youth. “Communist Insurgency must end. We cannot afford to pass it on the next generations,” the President said.  

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ROTC students visit Army camp

November 8, 2019

TAGO, Surigao del Sur, Oct 29 (36IB) – The Philippine Air Force ROTC students of Saint Theresa College, Tandag City, visited the army’s 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion camp in Barangay Dayoan, Tago town, this province, as part of their educational tour.  The said activity formed part of the house training of Cadet Officer Qualifying Course (COQC) Class 2019 with thirty-nine (39) aspiring ROTC Cadets/Cadette, purposely to enhance the student’s basic knowledge and awareness about the AFP units and organization.  The unit provided a static display of squad organization, orientation/actual on how to assemble/dis-assemble the armaments and with astonishing scenario/drama which made them knowledgeable in responding to every situation.  The activity continued with a lecture regarding Security Awareness for the ROTC to be aware of the deceptive and propaganda tactics of the CPP-NPA-NDF particularly on youth and campus infiltration. The students were very interactive during the lecture as they were able to share their thoughts and express distinctive ideas as well. Hence, as young aspirants, they are encouraged to pursue and be of one of the catalysts towards welfare for the next generations.  One of the aspiring PAF ROTC Cadets/Cadette said “ It’s a great opportunity that we are blessed to experience this activity and we are fortunate that we are taught by 36IB on the deceptive recruitment of CNTs," TSg Lakibul PAF, MTI Personnel added “on behalf of School we are thankful to the 36IB for their sincere welcome to us that made this activity possible not only today but in the future, and that they are always willing to impart their knowledge.”  Ltc Jezreel Diagmel, Acting Commanding Officer of 36IB also delivered his inspirational piece to the Cadets/Cadette by encouraging them to develop their knowledge.  “We the 36IB, as your ARMY in this Province, we will continue the advocacy to protect, help and support the activity of every ROTC in School. The youth is one of the fundamental keys to stop insurgency”. Ltc Diagmel added.   The said activity ended with great motivations and inspirational messages to lead the aspiring PAF ROTC for their benefits, carrying the readiness and full of hope. (J. Romorosa, CMO, 36IB) ###  

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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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