12.27.2010

PIA News Service - Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010

NPA anniversary a flop

The 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division has expressed less concern over the recent New Peoples Army (NPA) 42nd anniversary last Sunday, December 26 at Sitio Pong-on, Barangay Sto. Nino in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur.

According to Maj. Eugenio Julio C. Osias IV Commanding Officer of 4th Civil Military Operations (Masaligan) Battalion that the NPA has not come up with the desired number of attendees during the event. Of their expected 10,000, only less than 3,000 attendees were able to make it to the said event. The low turn-out of their expected personalities dampened the festive atmosphere of their celebration. It goes to show that they are now weaker and less influential than what they used to be several years ago. Most of the invited politicians did not even attend the event, except for a vice mayor and some brgy captains in the area.

Maj. Osias said that he is just wondering as to what the rebels are trying to celebrate, which was a far outcry from the reality. Maybe what they are celebrating is their successful extortion activities, killings, murders, human rights violations which are all making the lives of the people in Northern Mindanao harder. The anniversary would have been meaningful if only they will be able to prove that they had helped the communities and successfully made and improved the economic lives of the people. If they are really for the people's welfare then they should work hand in hand with the government's efforts for national unity. “We are sincerely inviting the CPP/NPA/NDF here in CARAGA Region to join the 4ID in our peace and development projects. These projects will surely benefit all our stakeholders.”

As to Jorge Madlos @ Ka Oris, he said that he will punish all the mining companies for destroying our environment and natural resources, but the fact is, the NPAs in this region are increasing the revolutionary taxes they are imposing to these investors. “They want more money to finance their armed struggle and this scheme is driving away business groups here in Mindanao,” Osias said.

Major General Victor A. Felix, Commander of the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division said that they still believe in the primacy of the peace talks. He also encourages the CPP/NPA/NDF to stay in the negotiating table for the good of the people and the entire nation. “All the rebels are welcome to join the mainstream of the society, and we are very much committed to help them.” (4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army/PIA-Caraga)


Police denounce rebels threat attacks despite looming talks

Camp Rafael C Rodriguez, Libertad, Butuan City - Caraga Police Director PCSUPT REYNALDO SERRANO RAFAL, CEO VI denounced the recent action of the Communist rebels who threatened more attacks Sunday despite looming peace talks with the government, as they marked the insurgency's 42nd anniversary by defiantly marching with their weapons in a farming village in Surigao del Sur province.
Aside from targeting government forces, the rebels also threatened to step up attacks against mining companies, accusing them of destroying the environment and exploiting workers. Amid a Christmas cease-fire, the rebels reportedly marched brandishing M16 assault rifles and other weapons to celebrate the Dec. 26, 1968, founding of the underground Communist Party of the Philippines.

RD RAFAL said that the recent action of the rebels only proves that the NPA's obvious motive is to destabilize the government by spoiling the economic opportunities in the region and the country as a whole. The trademark of the rebels is sowing terror and doing atrocities, but still the Philippine National Police together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the region are on the top of the situation. While the government and other organizations are doing good projects and activities, the CPP/NPA would like to be remembered for terror and atrocities. This belies the claim of the CPP/NPA that they are pro-people and for peace.

All pólice units in the región were directed to refrain from initiating offensive police operations against New People’s Army in observance of the traditional Yuletide ceasefire with the local communist movement effective 12:01 AM of December 16, 2010 until 12:00 MN of January 3, 2011 following the agreement between the Chairman of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) Peace Panel, Alexander Padilla with the NDF Chairman Luis Jalandoni for a Christmas Suspension of Military Operations (SOMO)/ Suspension of Police Operations (SOPO).
However, recognizing police units inherent right to self defense, Caraga Police Director PCSUPT REYNALDO SERRANO RAFAL, Ph.D, CEO VI said that all police units must remain on-guard and maintain a high state of readiness to respond to hostile actions by domestic threat groups. RD RAFAL clarified that the SOPO shall not cover normal law enforcement operations and shall be without prejudice to actions aimed at protecting the people and the communities, as well as the PNP troops and installations against insurgents/terrorist attacks that may take place during the SOPO period.

The PNP commends the heightened awareness on the part of the citizens for taking an active part in maintaining the peace and order of the region by being vigilant and courageous in cooperating with the law enforcers. (PCI Nelly Tabornal Villagarcia, PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)
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On CPP-NPA 42nd Anniversary
Peace and order situation in Surigao del Sur under control, Army official says
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By: Nida Grace B. Tranquilan
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TANDAG, Surigao del Sur (28 December) – 401st Brigade Commander Col. Augusto Tolentino recently informed the public that members of the lawless CPP-NPA in this province were seen on December 26, 2010 bringing with them high-powered firearms, thus, violating the ceasefire agreement with the government.
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According to Col. Tolentino, the bandits were visible during the celebration of their 42nd anniversary held at Sitio Pong-on, Brgy. Sto. Niño, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur.
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Tolentino said, as per assessment, the event was attended by about 2,000 civilians, supporters and members of NPA coming from neighboring provinces of Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Sur.
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Tolentino also said the civilian-supporters of Surigao del Sur is estimated at around 500, mostly coming from Brgy. Sto. Niño.
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This means that around 75% of the attendees were coming from the other two mentioned provinces.
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Inspite of these developments, peace and order situation in the province is still under control with the gallant leadership of Col. Tolentino and the active response of the military forces of the 401st Brigade, Philippine Army. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO2 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas


Report on shooting incident

Two (2) unidentified suspects riding in tandem on board a Honda XRM single motorcycle color red, without plate number, shot with the use of unknown caliber of short firearm a certain River Flores y Culantro, 24 years old, married, tricycle driver and a resident of P-13, Brgy. Poblacion, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur, around 6:00 O’clock in the evening, December 26, 2010 at P-4, of the said place. 
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Victim sustained one gunshot wound on his left check and was brought to New Bayugan Medical Hospital for medical treatment and later evacuated to DOP Memorial Hospital, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur for further medication. 

Investigation disclosed that while the said victim was driving his tricycle and as he stopped to unload the chairs, said suspects suddenly appear from behind and without apparent reason shot the victim and immediately fled after the incident. Bayugan MPS is still conducting follow up investigation for possible identification and apprehension of the said suspects.

On the other hand, around 12:00 O’clock midnight of December 26, 2010 at P-2, Brgy. Guinabsan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, one Junel Tejamo y Ambongan, 20 years old, single and a resident of Sitio Lomboyan, of the said Barangay, was shot with a home made shotgun (sumpak) by the suspect, identified as one Richel Bonote y Papelleras, 28 years old, single and a resident of same place. 

Investigation disclosed that prior to the incident, victim with two other companions were having a conversation inside a certain store at the said place, when the said suspect suddenly entered and without apparent reason shot the victim hitting his right wrist and immediately fled towards unknown direction after the incident, while the victim was brought to Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital for medical treatment. Brgy. Captain of the said place recovered one (1) empty cartridge of shotgun at the crime scene and subsequently turned over to the responding personnel of Buenavista MPS. Motive of the said incident is personal grudge. Appropriate case is now being prepared for filing in court against the said suspect. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on stabbing incident

On December 26, 2010 at around 1:00 O’clock in the morning, one Bimboy Sasu, 26 years old, single and a resident of Brgy. Maticdum, Tandag, Surigao del Sur was stabbed by one Gabriel Ordenario, 33 years old and a resident of same place using a sharp bladed weapon locally known as “Sundangay”. 

Initial investigation disclosed that the said victim armed with a sharp bladed weapon “Sundang” allegedly harassed the house of the suspect. Said suspect got irked, took his “sundangay” and stabbed the victim. Victim sustained three (3) stabbed wounds on the different parts of his body and was immediately brought to Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center for medicakll treatment but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician. 

Suspect voluntarily surrendered to Letecia M. Malalis, Barangay Captain of the said Barangay and subsequently turned-over to the responding elements of Tandag MPS for proper disposition. Motive-personal grudge. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)
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Korean reported missing found dead in Siargao Island

Surigao del Norte (28 December) - Elements of Gen. Luna Municipal Police finally found the South Korean national reportedly missing in Siargao Island Thursday afternoon, December 24 after he went boating to an island in the area.

A progress report from the PNP Provincial Office said while the Investigation and Detective Management Officer of the province conducted a Sea Borne Patrol on December 23 along the waters of Guyam and Daku Islands purposely to search the Korean National identified as Kim Dae-Kyu, fisherman Prudencio Rodela and wife Gertrudes came and informed the police authorities that they have found a male body at the seashore of the same island.  

Police authorities confirmed that it was from Mr. Dae-Kyu. Subsequently, they immediately brought the subject to Siargao District Hospital for autopsy examination. 
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Reports revealed that the remains of the Korean national now lies at Nilo Funeral Homes at the town of Dapa.

It may be recalled that Mr. Dae-Kyu went missing during a boat trip off in Guyam Island Sunday, December 19.

Fisherman Bernard Ticod, owner of the boat, decided to follow Mr. Kyu when he failed to return the following day, but all he found was a boat floated on the water with no one onboard instead he found a wallet with ID, cap, cellophane with notebook, coins, and suicidal notes. (FEA, PIA-Surigao del Norte)