PIA News Service - Monday, Aug. 23, 2010

Cebuano News: Hepe sa Lianga, Surigao del Sur, gi-ambush

Ni Michael Imbo

BUTUAN CITY – Gi-ambush ang grupo sa kapulisan, tropa sa kasundalohan ug sakop sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) niadtong Sabado (August 21, 2010) hinungdan sa kamatayon sa hepe sa Lianga ug pipila ang mga samaran human kini gipaulanan sa bala sa wala mailhing armadong grupo, didto sa Sitio Danao, Brgy Buhisan, Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

Giila sa kapulisan ang biktima nga si P/Insp. Christopher Mazo, hepe sa Lianga Municipal Police Station.

Sumala sa nakuhang pulis report gikan sa PNP 13, nasayran nga samtang nag escort ang grupo ni P/Insp Mazo sa nakumpiska nga mga illegal nga kahoy samtang paingon kini sa ilang headquarter, kalit kining gi-atngan sa mga armadong grupo didto sa Km.22 Brgy. Danao sa maong lungsod pasado ala 1:00 ang takna sa hapon.

Matud sa report nga girakrakan ang grupo nga milungtad sa pinusilay 30 minutos ang nakalabay hinungdan sa hinanali nga kamatayon sa hepe tungod sa naangkon niini nga samad tumong sa ulo gamit ang wala pa matinong kalibre sa armas.

Dugang sa taho nga apil nga gi-ambush ang tropa sa 58th Infantry Batallion Philippine Army, 1st platoon sa Regional Public Safety Company ug mga personahe sa DENR Caraga.

Gituhuang mga rebeldeng grupo nga sakop sa Guerilla Front 19A nga naglihok sa Surigao del Sur ang matud pa naka-engkwentro sa habig sa gobyerno.

Gilusad na ang hot pursuit operation sa mga sakop sa Regional Public Safety Company ug 75th IB Philippine Army uban ang elemento sa kapulisan alang sa imbestigasyon.
(PIA-Caraga)


NPA in Surigao lied


The 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion based in Upper Mambago, Brgy Dayo-an, Tago, Surigao del Sur totally disagrees with the NPA’s claim that three of its soldiers died in a sniping incident when they identified themselves as “Bagong Hukbong Bayan” or BHB in the area of San Isidro, Marihatag, of same province.

“There were gun shots heard in the far-flung area of San Isidro, Marihatag on 16 August 2010 and the unit’s monitoring team together with the local populace confirmed that 2 NPAs died and 3 of them wounded. It is quite possible that these communist terrorists had a mis-encounter killing and wounding their own comrades. They are in a state of paranoia since the local populace are the ones turning them over to the military to include the hunger and fear for life they are experiencing as of the moment. They themselves are not capable of monitoring the movements in other front committees which makes all of them vulnerable in cross fires during their extortion, and criminal activities.” LTC RENE CAÑETE (GSC) PA, Battalion Commander of 36IB.

The communist terrorists’ claim about the unit having a “private” embalmer so as to hide their casualties is so preposterous. “This is so absurd since the AFP is an organization which gives credence to all soldiers who died in combat for the protection of Philippine Democracy. These soldiers are heroes, they are awarded with honors, a burial where their families can decently mourn for their love ones and the privilege of a 21-gun salute. To top this all, the family of these brave soldiers are given cash assistance, scholarship for one of their children and housing projects for a brighter future for those they have left behind. To all Filipinos, this brings us back to their purging activities in late 80’s where they nitiated “Kampanyang Ahos” and “Oplan Zombie” where they unscrupulously killed their own comrades once they are suspected to be military informants and spies without due process of law. They suffered in the arms of their own comrades leaving their loved ones with nothing to look forward to. Such a painful way to die and their families still can’t have the justice they so deserve.” LTC CAÑETE added.

To all members of the CPP-NPA-NDF it is better to bring your casualties out for them to experience a decent burial and those wounded be given ample medical care. The government will welcome you to include the Local Government Units and those from the religious sectors. It is not yet late to surrender peacefully to the military or the police. (6IB GABATIN/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Basilan children, continue to receive aids from NGOs 


Aid for Basilan children withstood recurring violence that haunt the island province as it continue to send to school 535 indigent youngsters at Lamitan National High School in Basilan. One hundred seventy-five (175) of them will be finishing secondary education this school year, while 292 are in 3rd year and 68 in the 2nd year high school respectively.
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“I was still in Grade II when ABC included me and other classmates in the project. Now, with barely months to go, we will be finishing high school with excitement and joy,” Geejay Paculdo disclosed. She was among the 535 school children assisted under the ABC Project of PhilAm Foundation in the aftermath of the Abu Sayyaf’s violent siege of Lamitan in June 2001. “In behalf of the children of Lamitan, I say thank you very much to PhilAm Foundation for the ABC Project,” Geejay added.

Several civilians, military men and Abu Sayyafs were killed during the siege of the town, aside from properties destroyed including St. Peter’s Parish Church that was badly damaged as a result of the destructive attack of the extremist group. Classes were also suspended forcing children to stay at home for safety purposes. 

Just recently, a PhP1.5M check has been turned over by Philam Chair Jose Cuisia to PBSP Chair Manuel V. Pangilinan to fund the 9th year Aid for Basilan Children or ABC project being implemented by PBSP (Philippine Business for Social Progress) in Basilan Island. (Danny Escabarte/PIA-Caraga)