Thursday, April 26, 2012

MILF commanders vow to strengthen unity


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MILF commanders vow to strengthen unity

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April 20, 2012 News - Valiant Commanders of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (BIAF – MILF) celebrated their vow to strengthen unity and brotherhood in a Kanduli held at Barangay Damatulan in Midsayap, Cotabato last April 18, 2012.
Commanders Adzmi KAsim, Zaid Pakiladatu, Ustads Abas Kuaranding, Hawn and Barakudah, including their field commanders and sympathizers, made the vow prompted by the peaceful resolution of their misunderstandings that had been in their midst the past few years.


Central Mindanao Front – BIAF Commander Gordon Sayfullah Khan spearheaded the disputes resolution following instructions from the BIAF Chief of Staff Sammy Al Mansur and Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Chairman of MILF Central Committee.

The Kanduli (prayerful) celebration was assisted by the The Asia Foundation (TAF), a member of the International Contact Group of the Peace Process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and MILF, through the Mindanao Actions for Peace and Development Incorporated (MAPAD).

It was attended by almost one thousands peoples from different barangays and stakeholders of peace. During the event, the Brunei contingent of the International Monitoring Team, MILF-CCCH, Mindanao Human Right Action Center (MinHRAC) and some MILF high-ranking officers from the Central Committee and the BIAF General Staff were also present.

MILF leaders and the BIAF commanders and the civilian communities and sympathizers all together held on to rope while reciting their mubayyah (pledge) for unity and brotherhood. Sheik Abdulkadir Abdullah led the mubaya and cited the passage of the Holy Qur’an “O you who believe hold fast altogether to the rope of Allah and do not separate.”

Meanwhile, the MILF CCCH, GPH CCCH and the Malaysia-led IMT together with the local government of Pikit headed by Mayor Sumulong Sultan met yesterday to facilitate the implementation of the initiative of the MILF leadership to resolve the feuds between MILF troops in Barangay Balabak, in Pikit.

An agreement was reached during the meeting presided over by Mayor Sultan allowing the initiatives of the MILF to start today.

Mayor Sultan and the ceasefire mechanisms of the GPH – MILF Peace Process expressed confidence that the MILF can resolve this misunderstanding.





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Statement of the GPH Panel in talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF on the death of 11 soldiers and 1 civilian in Ifugao


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Statement of the GPH Panel in talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF on the death of 11 soldiers and 1 civilian in Ifugao

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Posted on Wednesday, 25 April, 2012 - 09:58
We condemn the ambush today by the NPA in Ifugao that took the lives of 11 soldiers, including an officer, and the wife of a soldier. Those are 12 deaths too many in a conflict that has lasted too long and should have been settled through earnest and thoughtful negotiations.

Nothing can be gained from the loss of lives through violence. In this light, the NDF should listen to the Filipino people and return to the peace table without preconditions and talk sincerely about how to put an end to this internecine conflict.

















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CPP congratulates NPA for seizing 66 weapons in Butuan raid


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CPP congratulates NPA for seizing 66 weapons in Butuan raid

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
April 25, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) congratulates the Red fighters and commanders of the New People’s Army Front under Front 4 under the NPA North Central Mindanao Command for seizing 66 (not 50, as earlier reported) assorted high-powered firearms in a successful raid on Sunday evening of an arms storage facility being maintained by a security agency in Butuan City. The caché of firearms seized by the NPA is composed mostly of AK-47 assault rifles, several sniper rifles and hand pistols.

The high-powered firearms were seized by the NPA Red fighters from the Earthsaver Security Agency’s office in Barangay Libertad, Butuan City. The security agency is employed by mining companies.

“The Filipino people and their revolutionary forces are elated over the success of the NPA raid. They applaud the victorious tactical offensive and are more inspired to join the NPA and participate in the effort to advance the people’s revolutionary armed struggle,” said the CPP.

“All units and commands of the NPA salute the Red fighters of Front 4 for the highly successful raid and seek to learn from their experiences,” said the CPP. “Every other front command of the NPA should be inspired to emulate, match and surpass the success of the Butuan raid.”

“Let the successful raid and seizure of 66 high powered firearms now serve as a bar to be exceeded by all other units of the NPA in the rest of the country,” said the CPP. “The NPA needs to seize more and more firearms from the AFP, the PNP and their paramilitary groups and private armies, including special armed units posing as security agencies.”

“There are thousands upon thousands who wish to join the New People’s Army or its auxiliary militias,” said the CPP. “The NPA should be able to seize an increasing number of firearms in order to build, arm and train new companies and platoons of Red fighters.”















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Thursday, April 19, 2012

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PNP CRISIS ACTION FORCE

Chief PNP PDG Nicanor A Bartolome inspecting the sniper riffle of a PNP-SAF during the Opening of the Crisis Action Force last April 10, 2012 at the Heritage Park, Camp Crame. The CAF exercises involved Water-Based Scenario, Land-Based Scenario and Combined Scenario which was held in Lipa and Batangas City last April 11- 13, 2012 to evaluate the PNP personnel's responsiveness to help raise the standard of police service.(PNP PIO)






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GPH Panel Press Statement on the Arrest of Mr. Reynante Gamara, Alleged NDF Consultant under JASIG


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GPH Panel Press Statement on the Arrest of Mr. Reynante Gamara, Alleged NDF Consultant under JASIG

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Posted on Monday, 16 April, 2012 - 18:17


This refers to the allegation by Mr. Luis Jaladoni that the GPH illegally arrested Mr. Reynante Gamara whom he claims to be an NDF Consultant under the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

Mr. Gamara’s arrest on 3 April 2012 was a police action based on an outstanding warrant for kidnapping with murder (Criminal Cases No. 11-3248 and 11-3249) issued on 23 March 2012 by Judge Rodolfo D. Obnamia, Jr. of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 64 in Mauban, Quezon.

We reiterate our position that as a logical consequence of the NDF’s failure to comply with the terms of the verification mechanism, JASIG has been rendered inoperative. As such, there is currently no basis to verify if the alleged consultant Reynante Gamara who used the pseudonym “Siling Perez” is supposed to be covered by an immunity guarantee.




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Oppose Aquino policy of greater US military presence through "Balikatan" exercises--CPP


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links:  http://theprwcblogs.blogspot.com/2012/04/oppose-aquino-policy-of-greater-us.html#more



Oppose Aquino policy of greater US military presence through "Balikatan" exercises--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
April 14, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) urged the Filipino people to oppose the Aquino regime's policy of national treachery in calling for increasing American military presence in the Phlippines through the Balikatan "joint exercises." The CPP issued this statement as around 4,500 US soldiers are set to arrive in the Philippines to hold naval and other maneuvers starting tomorrow along the South China Sea off the coast of Palawan, in the general vicinity of the disputed Spratly islands.

"The so-called joint military exercises to be carried out this year by the US and Philippine governments are clear acts of power projection and military muscle flexing by the imperialist US government directed at China whose rising economic power, political influence and military strength are perceived by the US as threats to its aims of expanding and strengthening its hegemony over the Asia-Pacific region," said the CPP.

The CPP denounced the Aquino regime for "deceiving the Filipino people into believing that allowing more American military troops in the Philippines will help enhance Philippine naval defense and capability to defend sovereignty. Aquino has stooped to the lowest levels of colonial submission in declaring that the Philippines can more effectively defend its sovereignty by putting it in the hands of his imperialist masters," said the CPP.

"Aquino is revealing himself more and more to be a mendicant colonial vassal in allowing the US military to use Philippine territory as their own in exchange for a few discarded and obsolete US military surplus hardware and war materiél," added the CPP. The CPP said further that the bargain sale of military surplus to the Philippines is being done by the US not because it seeks to help defend Philippine sovereignty. "The US military-industrial capitalists stand to benefit in the US-instigated push to build-up military strength by the Philippines and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region."

"In outright violation of its own constitution, the Aquino regime allows the US military to carry out combat operations in the Philippines by allowing it to fly surveillance drones to guide ground operations of the AFP, embed American troops in operating units of the AFP, deploy teams of American military advisers in AFP tactical command centers, carry out civilian-military operations and psywar activities, set up satellite and communications infrastructure and undertake other counterguerrilla-related activities."

"In order to accomodate the US plan to increase the number of its troops rotating permanently across several countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the Aquino regime is currently seeking to provide the US with military facilities for the regular docking of American warships, for the operation and stationing of US military drones, for rest and recreation of thousands of US soldiers and to address the other needs of the US military."

The CPP urged the Filipino people "to untiringly push for the abrogation of the Mutual Defense Treaty of 1951, the Visiting Forces Agreement and other similar one-sided military agreements which violate the country's national sovereignty."

"The Filipino people must wage information and study campaigns to heighten the patriotic awareness of their history of anti-colonial and national liberation struggle. They must expose how the US military and government continue to trample on Philippine sovereingty in order to extend its hegemony over the Philippines and the entire Asia-Pacific."

The CPP added: "They must wage mass campaigns in their communities, schools, factories and offices in order to collectively demonstrate their opposition to the puppetry of the Aquino regime and demand a stop to US military intervention in the Philippines."

"The CPP further calls on all revolutionary forces to stand ground in defense of national sovereignty and raise the Filipino people's determination to wage a patriotic armed resistance against the interventionist troops of the US imperialists."
















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Thursday, April 12, 2012

People's war reaps major victories in Mindanao


From Website of PRWC - CPP/NPA/NDF
links:  http://theprwcblogs.blogspot.com/2012/04/peoples-war-reaps-major-victories-in.html#more



People's war reaps major victories in Mindanao


ANG BAYAN
7 April 2012

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People's war in Mindanao continues to advance and reap victories despite Oplan Bayanihan's violent war of suppression.

The New People's Army (NPA) operates in 42 guerrilla fronts all over Mindanao. The number of company-size guerrilla fronts increased in 2011.

Through self-reliance and assistance from relatively more advanced regions, the relatively weaker regions were able to expand and consolidate their subregions and guerrilla fronts. In the next year or two, they can be expected to march in step with the other regions nationwide.

More platoons were formed, with the NPA's armed strength growing by 20%. The NPA further expanded and gained strength, raising its capability to launch more extensive and intensive tactical offensives.

From January 2011 to March 2012, the NPA was able to launch about 600 tactical offensives all over Mindanao, 140% more than the 250 tactical offensives launched in 2010. The offensives, which were launched at an average of one to two per day dealt more than a battalion of casualties on troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Two hundred of the casualties were killed in action while a hundred were wounded in action.

The NPA was able to punish notoriously exploitative, oppressive and environmentally destructive big mining and logging companies as well as plantations run by imperialists, big comprador bourgeoisie and landlords such as the Sumitomo Metals-owned Tag-anito Nickel Mines, SMI-Xstrata, Toronto Ventures, Russell Mining, Dole-Stanfilco, Sumifru and Del Monte, among others.

More barrios were also reached by the Party and people's army's organizing efforts, thus raising the size of the revolutionary mass base in Mindanao to about a million strong. The Party and people's army were also able to establish organs of political power, expand their united front work and consolidate guerrilla zones and base areas. These conditions have provided the NPA with opportunities to launch more extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare based on an ever expanding and deepening mass base.

Agrarian revolution is expanding in scope throughout the island. From the village level, agrarian struggles are now being conducted on the town, inter-municipal, provincial and regional levels. Hundreds of thousands of peasants are enjoying the fruits of agrarian revolution, strengthening the political power of the Party and the NPA in the countryside.

Open antifascist, antifeudal and anti-imperialist mass struggles against the US-Aquino regime are gaining strength. Fuelling the people's rage are the brutality and human rights violations committed by the state's fascist machinery. Protest actions are being launched against extrajudicial killings, oil price hikes, destructive mining and logging, the seizure of farmers' lands, the US Balikatan exercises and destruction wrought by the presence of American troops.

Militarization by the fascist regime is intensifying in peasant and Lumad communities through indiscriminate bombings, firing and strafing which have caused dislocation and evacuations and worsened the poverty of people in the CARAGA region, the Davao provinces, in Bukidnon and other areas of Mindanao.

Party membership grew in all five regional committees of Mindanao by more than 30%. The Party continues to strengthen its ideological, political and organizational leadership among NPA units, in the barrios, communities, factories, mass organizations and alliances.

More than 90% of Party members in NPA units have finished the Basic Party Course. The campaign to conduct the Intermediate Party Course among cadres in the regional, subregional, provincial, front and some section levels continues.

The Advanced Party Course is being given at the regional level and will be taken by cadres at the subregional, provincial and front levels in the next two years.

On the whole, the revolutionary forces in Mindanao have maintained initiative and flexibility against the concentrated and sustained encirclement campaigns of the enemy in two regions. On the other hand, the revolutionary forces in the three other regions have contained the enemy's attacks.

The CPP and NPA's brilliant victories in Mindanao are proof of Oplan Bayanihan's failure to stop the advance of people's war in the island.















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IDPs hit new Army Special Forces outpost in Basilan town


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IDPs hit new Army Special Forces outpost in Basilan town

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April 6, 2012 – Hundreds of internally displaced persons (IDPs) had been raising complaints on the putting up of a detachment by the Philippine Army Special Forces adjacent to a school in Barangay Baiwas, Sumisip, Basilan recently.

Reports from the area said hundreds of men of the Philippine Army Special Forces had been seen deployed in the new detachment with several military vehicles and armor assets.
“The Special Forces had been deployed there for a month now, more or less, in connection with ongoing pursuit operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG),” the report said.

“This operation has been continuing for the past months but this that they put up an outpost or detachment,” it said.

Accordingly, there are already around 1000 individuals, including children, women and aged, displaced by the continuing operations.

But with the recent establishment of the detachment, the IPs had been refusing calls for them to return back to the respective communities of origin.

“Everyone is being seen indiscriminately as members of the ASG,” said, adding that information said the Special Forces have no intention so far to remove the outpost.
IDPs also hit the putting up of this detachment near Baiwas Elementary School, saying it was totally improper and infringement of human rights law.

“These Moro civilians are afraid of military presence due to various human rights violations committed by the military in Basilan such as arbitrary arrests, killings and torture indiscriminately and with impunity, including against innocent civilians who were baselessly accused as members of ASG.”

The MILF CCCH, when sought for comment, said “there was no coordination made on any establishment of a detachment by the Special Forces in Baiwas.”

“Certainly, this action is devoid of respect to the primacy of the peace process and the ceasefire accord between the government and MILF, and international humanitarian laws. Certainly, the complaints and concerns of the IDPs must be considered foremost,” the MILF CCCH said.



MILF doubts peace deal under present administration

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March 31, 2012 – “We are very doubtful now whether we can sign a peace deal with government under this present administration.”
That was the statement of Ghazali Jaafar, Vice Chairman for Political Affairs of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), when interviewed after a meeting of the top officials of the Political Committees of MILF from all over Mindanao.

More than 200 MILF political officers from all over Mindanao convened for an assessment meeting with the Vice Chairman and the MILF Peace Negotiating Panel few days ago in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

“The assessment of the political officers under our Office was the recently concluded peace talks between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Malaysia last March 19 to 21 (2012) was very disappointing,” Jaafar said.

“What the government peace panel headed by Marvic Leonen did in the last talks was never our immediate expectation which is the reason why we are very much disappointed.”

He said the MILF, of course, was not expecting that there will be signing of a comprehensive peace compact with the government during the last meeting but at least there be a significant breakthrough that can strongly move forward the negotiations.
Recalling that the government and Leonen had been blunt in saying to the world their expectation of a peace deal signed with MILF in the first quarter of 2012.

On the contrary, Leonen in his Opening Statement during the last talks forthrightly stated the peace talk is nearing to a stalemate.

Surprisingly or not, that was a 180 degrees spin from the government shallow propaganda of a negotiated peace compact with MILF in the first quarter. “Now the world can see clearly what was mere propaganda and the truthful stand of the government on the peace negotiations.”

Leonen’s statement of a stalemate in the offing was not properly advised for purposes of bluff and whatsoever, Jaafar said.

He said the MILF political officers took that statement as if giving an ultimatum to the MILF, but the response was “MILF is never moved by bluff.”

As revolutionaries, Jaafar said “negotiation is much harder of a task than fighting. Our business is fighting. The Bangsamoro people and our forebears had been fighting injustices and oppression for nearly five centuries now since the time of Spanish colonialism in defense of homeland, identity, freedom, and self-rule.”

Jaafar pointed out, without details, during the last talks, instead of moving forward the government peace panel was moving on reversal on agreed principles and substantial agenda, a clear indication of the insincerity and diminishing commitment to the peace talks of the government.

Since the assumption of President Noy Aquino in 2010, the MILF and the Bangsamoro people was upbeat in optimism for a comprehensive peace deal with the government banking on the fact that he is the son of late Senator Ninoy Aquino and President Corazon Aquino.
“There is really a problem now with the government policy. The MILF just can’t tell with certainty whether it is with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and/or Government Peace Negotiating Panel headed by Dean Leonen, or in other departments of the government,” he said.














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Thursday, April 05, 2012

GPH tells MILF to stop infighting, control forces as 2 more ridos erupt in south


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GPH tells MILF to stop infighting, control forces as 2 more ridos erupt in south

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Posted on Friday, 6 April, 2012 - 09:54


We urge the MILF to work with the government in bringing peace in Mindanao.
Brigadier General Leo Cresente Ferrer 
 
Sharif Aguak, Maguindanao, Apr. 6 - While more ridos (clan wars) continue to break out between and among members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), government senior military adviser Brigadier General Leo Cresente Ferrer reiterated his call to the MILF to discipline their troops and put an end to internal armed conflicts.


"We will never stop urging the MILF to control their warring forces and help settle family disputes even before they can escalate to violence," he said during the aftermath of two separate rido clashes in Barangay Damalibi of this town and Brgy. Balabac in Pikit, North Cotabato on Thursday morning.

Approximately 100 families fled their homes and were led to safety by the Phil. Army's 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion (IB) and the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade of the Light Armor Division, currently deployed in the area to help win the peace.

Reports from the Government of the Philippines (GPH) Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) said that the first encounter was between the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) led by Commander Rutin and the MILF's 118th Base Command (BC), Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) led by Commander Otok.
The clashes were allegedly caused by land dispute which led to murder. Apparently, Otok's nephew, a farmer, was killed by the group of Rutin due to land squabbles. April 5's attack was believed to be Otok's retaliation for his nephew's murder.

"The GPH-CCCH has already informed the army unit and the MILF-CCCH about the fighting," Ferrer related. "They have already requested the MILF-CCCH to direct the 118th BC to cease the fighting and leave the area once the BIFF elements have withdrawn."
The BIFF is a breakaway group of the MILF led by rogue commander Ustadz Ameril Umra Kato. The BIAF is the official armed wing of the MILF.

Ferrer added that army troops were also requested to establish checkpoints along the highway to deter encroachment of reinforcing troops from both sides.

Meanwhile, the second wave of rido violence broke out around two hours after the first encounter. This time it was between the group of Mando Mandalait, and a certain Commander Lugom of the MILF 108th BC, BIAF, with reinforcement from one Ibrahim Tan-ao under Kagui Samir of the MILF National Guard Front Command.

Reasons of the clashes are personal grudge and politics, which are among the many causes of rido as well.

According to an MILF source, “initiatives to resolve the feud were done by the MILF but it was not sustained due to personal grudge and political connections that has been long been rooted in patayan or murder”.

According to the GPH-CCCH, coordination with the local government unit, MILF-CCCH, Cotabato Local Monitoring Team and the 6th ID, of the Philippine Army to stop the fighting and restore peace in the affected area is ongoing.



MILF sincerity

The military adviser said that the MILF should maintain peace on the ground as a show of sincerity to the peace process.

"We urge the MILF to work with the government in bringing peace in Mindanao. We would like to believe that the MILF is as sincere as the government when it comes to the peace negotiations," Ferrer said. "We would like to see that sincerity reflected on the ground as well, by knowing that the MILF can control their troops from going into armed clashes again in the future."

Recently, news reports surfaced that some elements of the MILF doubt the possibility of a peace pact under the Aquino administration.

"The government wants a peace agreement with the MILF, but we also want to see them prove that they can work with us in keeping the peace," Ferrer added.
Both parties are set to meet again for another round of formal exploratory talks this month in Kuala Lumpur. #











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Red fighters counter intensive SOT operations by 57th IB, 8th IB AFP troops in two separate ambush, command detonated explosive blast


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Red fighters counter intensive SOT operations by 57th IB, 8th IB AFP troops in two separate ambush, command detonated explosive blast


Isabel Santiago
Herminio Alfonso Command, Front 53, NPA-Southern Mindanao
4 April 2012


Offensive Special Operations Team (SOT), psychological warfare activities and series of indiscriminate bombing operations by the 57th Infantry Battalion and 8th Infantry Battalion in Magpet, North Cotabato and Kibawe, Bukidnon have led to the dislocation of civilians and a host of other human rights abuses.

Acting in active defense and to counter the destructive operations under the Oplan Bayanihan, Guerilla Front 53 operations command-Herminio Alfonso Command-NPA ambushed the 57th IB forces March 29, 11 am in Sitio Bantaan, Bagumbayan, Magpet town killing one of the AFP troops and wounding another. The HAC-NPA's active defense martyred one Red fighter, Ka Nonoy. In retaliation, the AFP directed its two bomber planes and OV 10 and indiscriminately bombed civilian communities for two days in Bagumbayan, Magpet resulting to the dislocation of 122 families. It positioned its two 105 howitzer canyon behind the Bagumbayan public school and along a bridge in Kabacan river in Barangay Binay, Magpet town.

As the 57th IB-AFP troops continued with the offensive operations, on April 1, the Red fighters directed its command detonated explosive to prevent the entry of a 6x6 military truck in Purok 4, Mateo, Kidapawan city along the national highway. The NPA action temporarily prevented a further military assault.

That same day, between 5:30 to 7:00 am, the Red fighters ambushed an SOT of the 8th IB-AFP in Barangay Sampaguita, Kibawe town, Bukidnon, killing two AFP troops. After the battle, the AFP dropped eight bombs, one civilian, Jenis Maguate was wounded on the face and back. The civilian's cow and carabao were hit and killed with the bombing assault.

To justify its offensive bombing and ground operations in conditioning the minds of the public, the AFP spread the wild rumor of the presence of Ka Parago of the 1st Pulang Bagani Company-NPA in the North Cotabato-Bukidnon range. The military operations was also an act of desperation to pursue the NPA for the capital punishment it imposed on Patrick Wineger, a prized possession of the AFP who masterminded the killing of beloved Italian missionary and people's advocate Fr. Fausto "Pops" Tentorio.

602nd Brigade Commander Col. Cesar Sedillo and 57th IB Civil Military Operations chief Lt. Manuel Gatus bared their stark ignorance when they immediately condemned the command detonated explosive blast as a violation to the international humanitarian law. The command-detonated explosives of the type used by the NPA are not covered by the Mine Ban Treaty nor do they violate international laws governing armed conflicts. The NPA only uses command-detonated explosives against the intruding forces of the AFP/PNP. Command-detonated explosives are anti-personnel and anti-tank mines that fundamentally differ from mines that are designed to be exploded
by the presence, proximity or contact of a person which are specifically covered by the 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and Their Destruction.

The AFP further attempts to score a propaganda point and fails miserably when it diverts its own abusive and offensive military operations that has left a string of extra-judicial killings of civilians like Fr. Tentorio and Ramon Batoy, and the psychological warfare against civilian peasants and indigenous peoples in North Cotabato and Bukidnon provinces. It attempts to deodorize its rotten self by extending civilian social services to the victims of its military operations.

All the more, the NPA is on a moral high ground in actively defending the civilians from intruding military forces by acting against legitimate military targets and mounting offensive military actions against the abusive AFP.

(Sgd.) Isabel Santiago
Spokesperson
Herminio Alfonso Command
Guerilla Front 53 Operations Command
New People's Army-Southern Mindanao









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