Thursday, September 17, 2015

Have an open mind, BPC prexy urges critics on military operations in SurSur

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 17 (PIA) - The Butuan Press Club (BPC) thru its president Consolador “Boy” Mantilla has asked the critics of the military to have at least an open mind and support the current military operations conducted against the perpetrators who were behind the killings of three lumads in Surigao del Sur recently.

“I believe the military is just doing their mandate, that is, to bring the perpetrators to justice and ensure peace and order in the area,” said Mantilla.

It can be recalled that the 4th Infantry Division’s advance command post executive director and Civil Military Operations (CMO) battalion commander Lt. Col. Rey Pasco had cried foul over what they say are "appalling allegations" of involvement in the killing of Emerito Samarca, 54, Executive Director of the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Livelihood Development (Alcadev); Dionel Campos, chair of the Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU); and Campos’ cousin, Bello Sinzo last September 1 in Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

“There’s no truth to it.  We are just performing our functions in accordance with our specified objectives including the protection of our fellow citizens and the attainment of peace and development in the community,” Pasco said.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Surigao del Sur provincial director P/SSupt Narciso Verdadero on Monday said charges of multiple murder, arson, grave coercions, robbery, and grave threats had already been filed against siblings Bobby and Loloy Tejero, Garito Layno, and 20 John Does at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.

“We are urging our authorities to investigate this properly and bring the perpetrators to justice so this will not happen again,” Mantilla concluded. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


Army, PNP activate ‘Joint Task Force Tejero'

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 17 (PIA) – The 4th Infantry "Diamond" Division, Philippine Army (4ID, PA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga acti­vated on Wednesday a joint task force to go after the suspects who are responsible for the killing of three lumad leaders in Barangay Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur last September 1, 2015.

The 'Joint Task Force (JTF) Tejero' will be headed by PNP Surigao del Sur provincial director PSSupt. Narciso Verdadero thru the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Committee or JPSCC to ensure continuity and inter-operability of operating units within Caraga region.

JTF Tejero was the result of the meeting between the PNP, AFP and the provincial government of Surigao del Sur presided by Governor Johnny Pimentel and attended by 4ID commander MGen. Oscar Lactao, PNP Caraga deputy regional director for operations PSSupt. Gregorio Pimentel, 402nd brigade comander Col. Isidro Purisima and PSSupt. Verdadero.

"The reason why we created this JTF is to immediately arrest Bobby Tejero and his group who are responsible for the killing last September 1, 2015 and also to disarm other threat groups in the province,” said Gov. Pimentel.

Earlier on Monday, cases have been filed before the Provincial Prosecutors Office in Lianga, Surigao del Sur against the suspects led by Bobby Tejero, sibling Loloy Tejero, Garito Layno, and 20 John Does who burned a cooperative and killed Emerito Samarca, executive director, Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural Development (ALCADEV); Dionel Campos, chair, Malahutayong Pakigbisug alang sa Sumusunod (Mapasu); and Aurello Sinzo, a civilian, in Brgy Diatagon. They were charged with grave coercion, multiple murder, arson, robbery, and grave threats.

"Together with the Philippine Army we will bring these suspects to the folds of law for the speedy resolution of the situation in the area,” said PNP Caraga regional director PCSupt. Vert Chavez.

MGen Lactao also said that they will provide necessary resources to support the PNP on this law enforcement operation especially on the immediate arrest of the suspects, "and to shed light on the crimes they’ve committed."

“Our presence in the area is for peacekeeping mission to prevent further bloodshed on this tribal conflict situation,” MGen Lactao added.


PCSupt. Chavez and MGen. Lactao also vowed to continually and mutually support each other in the quest for justice to the victims and the observance of the rule of law. (with reports from Cpt. Joe Patrick Martinez, SPO1 Zena Menioria Panaligan/PIA-Caraga)