(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 21 April 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. π—¦π—¬π—‘π—’π—£π—¦π—œπ—¦: Trough of a Low Pressure Area (LPA) affecting southern Mindanao. Ridge of High Pressure Area extending over the eastern sections of Northern and Central Luzon. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Trough of a Low Pressure Area (LPA). Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Army celebrates human rights day with children

By 1Lt. Krisjuper Andreo Punsalan

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur, Dec. 10 -- While militant groups conduct mass rallies and protests in the streets exploiting minority groups as propaganda fronts, the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn) celebrates the Human Rights Day with the Agusanon children from all walks of life in a Christmas party held on Tuesday (Dec. 10) at the 3SFBn headquarters in Barangay Noli, this city.

“We stand to uphold human rights as we put premium to the welfare of our youth because they are the most vulnerable sector in any conflict. Last December 2, Litboy Talja Binongcasan, a grade 6 student from Gingoog City, was killed in an encounter in Agusan del Norte," said Lieutenant Colonel Joey Baybayan, 3SFBn commanding officer.
"A clear proof  that the New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists violate the international humanitarian law (IHL). We cannot afford to let this happen again to any of our children,” he added.

It can be recalled that the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) condemns the use of NPA child warriors saying that it constitutes a war crime. "The boy (Litboy) was still in his development years and should be focusing on honing his potentials so he can pursue his goals and dreams but his life was snuffed out and can no longer be taken back,” bared Jacqueline de Guia, spokesperson of CHR.

“Putting children in the battlefield imperils and endangers them. Even if they survive armed encounters, the psychological and mental impact can be lifelong," De Guia added.

“The NPA terrorists’ horrible and deceptive youth recruitment is one of the issues being addressed by the local task forces to end local communist armed conflict. We urge the nation, and even militant groups, to open their eyes and see the brutal effect of the 50 years existence of communist insurgency. If we love our country, let us support the whole-of-nation approach to end the useless communist armed and political struggle caused by NPA terrorists and their front groups,” said Colonel Allan Hambala, commander of 401st Infantry Brigade.

Meanwhile, militant and anti-government groups are again set to conduct their usual rallies to falsely accuse the government and the military of any human rights violations even, in fact, the military is currently busy spending their time bringing smiles to a hundred children through fun games and gift-giving to celebrate the Human Rights Day and stand against to those who violate it. (CMO officer, 3SFB/ PIA-Agsusan del Sur)

CDA-Caraga binigyang-diin ang kahalagahan ng kooperatiba sa mga magsasaka

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Disyembre 10 (PIA) -- Patuloy ang panawagan ng Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Caraga sa mga magsasaka, maging sa mga mangingisda na bumuo ng kooperatiba para mapaunlad pa ang kanilang kabuhayan.

Ayon kay CDA-Caraga regional director Genaro Pogata, Jr., maraming benepisyong hatid ang pagkakaroon ng kooperatiba alinsunod na rin sa Republic Act 9520 o ang Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008.

“Meron silang makukuhang pribelihiyo sa ilalim ng Republic Act 9520. Isa na diyan yung tax exemption privileges. Ang ating gobyerno rin ay nakatuon sa pagbibigay serbisyo sa mga marginalized sectors tulad ng farmers, fisherfolks at maliit na entreprenuers upang mapaunlad pa ang kanilang sektor,” saad ni Pogata.

Malaki ang aming pasalamat dahil sa malasakit ng gobyerno sa aming mga magsasaka at sa aming kooperatiba. Sa ngayon ay napapakinabangan namin ang makinaryang hatid ng gobyerno tulad ng combine harvester, four-wheel tractor at kuliglig,” pahayag ni Edwin Aluag, presidente ng Baan Integrated Farmers Association sa Butuan City.

Nanawagan din si Bertoldo Besere sa kanyang mga kasamahang magsasaka na maging aktibo sa kooperatiba upang mas lumago pa ito at makabenepisyo sa mga programa ng gobyerno.

Giit din ni director Pogata, nagkakaisa ang mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan para tugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng nasabing sektor. May mga programa din aniya ang gobyerno para sa tulong pinansyal at teknikal ng mga magsasaka at mangingisda.

Dagdag pa ng opisyal, sa ilalim ng programang mindanao peace and normalization, ang mga kooperatibang nakatutok sa rice production ay tinutulungan ng gobyerno upang mas mapadali ang "milling" process ng kanilang mga ani sa pamamagitan ng pagbigay makinarya at nang mas lumago pa ito.

Ito ay bahagi rin sa ginagawang hakbang ng gobyerno sa implementasyon ng Executive Order 70 ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na layong wakasan ang insurhensiya sa bansa sa pamamagitan ng mabilis na pagbibigay ng naayon na tulong sa bawat komunidad. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

House Committee approves creation of Forest Studies Center in Butuan

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 10 -- In support of the government's efforts to conserve and sustainably use our valuable forest resources, the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education approved on December 2, House Bill No. 4490 which pushes for the creation of the Forest Studies and Development Center (FSDC) at Caraga State University, this city.

According to Agusan del Norte and Butuan City Rep. Lawrence "Law" Fortun, the main proponent of the bill, the FSDC will serve as a very important complement to the Sustainable Forest Management Bill, which he too authored and was recently approved by the Committee on Natural Resources.

The FSDC will also aide the government in its ongoing National Greening Program, which Rep. Fortun thinks has failed to meet its supposed targets due to the lack of study and research.

The CSU is being pushed to host the FSDC because Caraga Region is considered the "Timber Corridor" of the Philippines. It produces about 70% of the country’s log output and is home to most forest species endemic to the country. Rep. Fortun stressed that the FSDC should be right where the forests are, that is, in Caraga Region, hence CSU is most strategic.

Rep. Fortun added: “It is safe and logical to assume that aside from its effective program and very competent faculty, one of the reasons why CSU graduates have been topping, even dominating, forestry board exams, is their wider and actual exposure to the forests in which, although already affected by decades of abuse, are still more abundant that any part of the of country.” (Lawig Katawhan/PIA Agusan del Norte)

SurSur PRLEC prepares communities for EO 70 implementation

By Lt. Krisjuper Andreo Punsalan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 10 -- The Poverty Reduction Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the Surigao del Sur Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) led by the Provincial Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) conducted a dialogue recently aimed to prepare the residents and indigenous peoples (IP) community of Barangay Mahaba in Marihatag town for the all-out implementation of Executive Order No. 70 (EO 70) next year in Andap Valley Complex.
With this activity, the residents of the conflict-affected communities would become aware of the government’s peace and development efforts towards ending the insurgency. Barangay Mahaba is one of the gateways of the Andap Valley Complex, a traditional route of the CPP-NPA terrorists (CNTs) along with the sitios of Barangay Diatagon.

The dialogue included the presentation of the community’s poverty, livelihood and employment-related issues raised by the community through the Community Support Program (CSP) conducted by the 7th Special Forces ”Spartans” Company of the 3rd Special Forces Battalion (3SFBn). CSP is a mechanism of the EO 70 to identify basic and social services delivery issues used by the CNTs to agitate, organize and mobilize the tribes to advance their terroristic activities in the hinterlands.

Present in the dialogue were support agencies from Department of Agriculture, Provincial Tourism Office, 3SFBn, Surigao Provincial Police Office, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PHILFIDA), Philippine Coconut Authority, Department of Education, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Food Authority, Marihatag local government unit (LGU) led by Mayor Justine Marc L. Pelenio and the chief of staff of the Office of Congressman Prospero “Butch” A. Pichay, Jr., Surigao’s 1st district representative.

Following dialogues to other identified peace and development zones (PDZs) will also be scheduled within this month.

Initial livelihood support to the community will be the provision of abaca seedlings to help increase their farm production and output. Falcata and coffee farming will also be provided by the concerned agencies. Aside from farming, TESDA and PHILFIDA will provide livelihood skills training to further increase their productivity and to make them more resilient.

On other concerns, the community requested the DepEd to speed-up the process for the construction of IP government schools so that they can transfer and abandon the alleged CNT-affiliated schools of Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS) and Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV).

DepEd representative Danilo Alcantara said that the IP communities in Andap Valley Complex were included in their Last Mile School Program which will facilitate the construction of complete school facilities which will provide a better quality education for the IPs.

According to a rebel surrenderee, the MAPASU group, a left-leaning organization and an alleged front organization of CNTs with their underground contacts in some LGUs, continuously hampers the implementation of EO 70 because the CNTs will lose their mass base making it difficult to sustain their food supplies and makes them more easily detected by the government forces.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) continuously reminds elected and appointed government officials on Republic Act 10168 known as the “Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012" prohibiting any political, moral and financial support to the communist rebels. If elected officials are found guilty, penalties and sanctions will be imposed as prescribed by law. (3SFBn., CMO/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Free quality seeds to Butuan rice farmers

By Rhea C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 10 -- Quality rice production starts with quality seeds.
The use of high-quality seeds is what the Department of Agriculture (DA), its bureaus and agencies see as a key factor for sufficiency, profitability, and competitiveness of rice production.

The DA – Philippine Rice Research Institute – Agusan distributed the 8,590 bags (20kg/bag) certified rice seeds for free to rice farmers in Butuan City in cooperation with the City Agriculture Office.

The distribution is headed by Dr. Genevieve A. NemeΓ±o, DA-PhilRice RCEF Focal Person and Engr. Pierre Anthony Joven, Butuan City Agriculturist.

A total of 4,295 hectares of rice land in the city is expected to be planted with quality seeds.

Having a disability did not stop Jerry M. Libago, 47, from being present during the second batch of the seed's distribution.

Four years ago, Jerry, had an accident while he is on the farm which affects his ability to walk.

According to him, he spent around 1,500 to buy 40 kg rice seeds for a hectare.

"The low buying price of palay, which is 15 16 and the high cost of farm inputs affected our income. But through the free certified seeds we availed, this is a big help for us, rice farmers," he shared.

In time, for this cropping season, farmers like Jerry will breathe a sigh of relief as they receive free certified seeds under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) – a support mechanism for our rice farmers affected by Rice Tarrification Law.

In Caraga, 27 cities and municipalities from the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Surigao del Sur will receive a total of 79,818 bags of certified seeds.  The three provinces are among the top 57 provinces with high potential for improving competitiveness.

Rice farmers registered in Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) will be given the top five high performing varieties accepted in the region such as NSIC Rc 222, 216, 160, 18 and 286.

According to Dr. NemeΓ±o same activity has been conducted in the three provinces which started in November until January 2020. (DA Caraga RAFIS/PIA Caraga)

Another rebel killed, firearms recovered in AgNor clash

By 1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 10 -- A New People’s Army (NPA) terrorist was killed in a clash in the hinter area of Sitio San Jose, Barangay Durian, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte at 8:05 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

At the same time, several high-powered firearms, food supplies, medicines, and subversive documents were recovered by troops of the 23rd Infantry Battalion (23IB), Philippine Army.

The 23IB troopers under the supervision of Lt. Col. Francisco Molina Jr., commanding officer, encountered more or less 40 NPA terrorists believed to be members of Guerilla Front 4A, North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC) under Eddie Mangubat alias "Weds."

The firefight lasted for about 15 minutes, after which the enemies scampered towards Northeast direction. The said encounter resulted in the recovery of one NPA dead, one AK-47 Rifle, two M16 Rifle, four Laptops, one Generator, 21 backpacks, two sacks of rice, food supplies, medicines, subversive documents and other personal belongings. Traces of heavy bloodstains are also visible in the withdrawal route which indicates that there were members of Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) who suffered severe wounds.

The recovered cadaver of the dead CNT was turned over to the Barangay Council of Brgy. Durian, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte for identification and proper disposition.

Meanwhile, LTC Molina extended his deepest sympathy to the bereaved family of the dead CNT. “This is the result of the deception and manipulation of CNT leaders to their members. The members risk their lives fighting for the false ideologies and propaganda, but their comrades just left them when they needed them the most," he said.

"Once again, we urge the remaining members of the CNTs to go back to the mainstream society while you still have a chance. We are always willing to help you to live a normal life and we will never hesitate to assist you in availing the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for you to start a new life. But if you will just neglect our call, your 23IB soldiers will never stop pursuing you as we want peace to prevail in the communities who wish to live peacefully," he added. (CMO Officer, 23IB, PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Minor NPA killed, high-powered firearms recovered in Army clash in AgNor

By 1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 10 - The army troopers of 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion (23IB), Philippine Army under the operational control of 402nd Infantry Brigade encountered recently a group of CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNTs) in the hinter area of So. Salvacion, Brgy Manila de Bugabos, this city.

The army troopers received reports coming from the concerned civilian residents about the presence of armed men in their barangay. The responding troops immediately proceeded to the area and conducted focus military operation and encountered more or less 20 CNTs believed to be members of Guerilla Front 4A, North Central Mindanao Regional Command. The firefight lasted for about 15 minutes after which the enemies scampered towards Southwest direction.

The said encounter resulted in the recovery of one dead body, two AK-47 rifles, one M16A1 rifle, one M16A1-RMC rifle, five civilian backpacks, two bandoleers, six magazines of AK-47 rifle, five magazines of M653 rifle subversive documents and other personal belongings. Heavy bloodstains were also visible in the withdrawal route which indicates that there are still members of CNTs who suffered severe wounds while there is no casualty in the government side.

Moreover, the recovered cadaver of the slain NPA was turned-over to the Barangay Council of Barangay Manila de Bugabos, Butuan City headed by Punong Barangay Jhonryl B. Denuro for proper disposition and burial. Unfortunately, the slain rebel identified as Litboy Binungcasan, 16 years old, and a resident of Sitio Siohan, Barangay Malinao, Gingoog City.

Emalyn Binungcasan, sister of late Litboy, expresses her resentment to the CNTs for recruiting her brother. “I was saddened because he said he will just apply for a job but he did not come back for a couple of months. We didn’t know that he was already recruited by the CNTs. I hope that the leaders of CNTs will stop recruiting and deceiving innocent civilians for their personal interest," she said.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Francisco Molina, Commanding Officer, 23IB, extends his deepest sympathy to the bereaved family of the slain CNT. “Another young innocent life was lost because of the deception done by the heartless NPAs. If only the members of the CNTs heed to our call for them to go back to the mainstream society, this incident should not have happened," he said.

He also extends his gratitude to the concerned residents who provide information regarding the whereabouts of the CNTs. “I am so glad that many of the civilians support us in ending insurgency. Your 23IB soldiers will never get tired in pursuing the remaining members of the CNTs and we will assure you that we will do our best to dismantle the said group so that the civilian populace will have the chance to live peacefully especially this yuletide season," he said.

"The CNT group must be dismantled so that they can no longer celebrate another anniversary of implicating and deceiving innocent civilians. These CNTs who claims to be an 'Army for the poor' did no good to our nation, instead, they impoverish the people and leads them to suffer real poverty,” Molina added. (CMO Officer, 23IB, PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Former rebels regret joining the Reds

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 10 (PIA) -- In the implementation of the Executive Order 70 or the whole-of-nation approach to end local communist armed conflict (ELCAC), there is an increasing number of former rebels who chose to return to the folds of the law, and decided to live a peaceful life with their families.

During the site visit and assessment of government agencies in Zapanta Valley, Barangay Bangonay in the municipality of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte, several former rebels have revealed their worst experiences, and regretted the time they joined and supported the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) terrorist group.

According to Lando Adlangan, former courier and supporter of the NPA he felt sorry for his own family because instead of spending quality time with them, he wasted his life serving the CPP-NPA. He said, joining in the terrorist organization has not brought any good for him, but only sufferings and hardships. 

He also called on the other members of the tribe who were deceived by the NPAs and are still involved in the communist-terrorist movement to surrender to the government and live a normal life with their respective families.

“Living in a simple life with my wife and kids is more fulfilling than what I used to do before when I was still part of the NPA. A peaceful life is what I longed for my family to experience in our community,” said Adlangan.

A certain Ging-Ging Adlangan, former secretary of the Kasalo group, also conveyed her regrets upon realizing that she was only manipulated and exploited especially during rallies and ‘operation bakwit’ of the NPA.

“We’ve seen a lot of changes in our community that truly help us cope with life, especially with all the programs and livelihood provided to former rebels like us from the government,” Adlangan shared.

Many of the former rebels and local residents in Zapanta Valley have also expressed their gratitude to the government for implementing projects and programs that they can benefit from.

“We are now benefitting from the farm-to-market road and other projects that were established in our community for us to have better way of living and enjoy the programs and services from the government,” said Brando Fernandez, chairperson of Zapanta Bisaya Organization.

Meanwhile, regional director Manuel OrduΓ±a of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) gave emphasis that the government continuous to provide the basic needs of the communities particularly in the rebel-infested areas. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

More than 200 youths participate in 1st AgNor YLS

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 10 (PIA) -- Government agencies have stepped up its effort in addressing the needs of the locals in different communities, particularly the youths of Caraga region.

This is still part of the ongoing implementation of the Executive Order 70 or the whole-of-nation approach to end the insurgency of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The extensive conduct of the Youth Leadership Summit is one of the priority activities of the Philippine Army to help the youths in enhancing their skills as they are potential leaders in their respective municipalities.

Jerwen Escalania was one of the grateful participants who shared the values and experiences that he gained during the 3-Day Youth Leadership Summit.

He was thankful to the concerned government agencies, together with the 23rd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army for generously and seriously providing them the needed assistance and guidance.

“We’ve learned a lot of new ideas from our resource persons and our leadership skills were enhanced and we will apply all of these in our life and our community,” said Escalania.

“We were taught to be more responsible while the organizers and facilitators emphasized to us that we should always respect our parents and elders, as well as contribute to nation-building,” shared Roniel Yongco.

According to Roberto Laurente, president of the Propelling Our Inherited Nation Through Our Youth (POINTY) organization, they also aim to help the youths to become more responsible and wiser in using the social media. he cited that there have already been many people who became victims of fake news.
“The youth should be able to determine whether an information they read or hear is factual or not, so they would not be deceived and become victims of fake news,” cited Laurente.

“When using the social media, the aim should be helping other people become well-aware of what is happening in the country and being able to contribute to its development,” said Ma. Leaneth Penarejo.

As the honored guest speaker, 2Lt. Gianmatteo Vittorio Guidicelli, Reservist – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), called on the Caraganon youths to get involved in the government’s activities leading towards lasting peace and development.

“Let us unite and pool our resources and help the government towards attaining lasting peace. We could use the social media to promote a peaceful environment and inspiring other people to contribute to peace-building efforts of the government,” highlighted Guidicelli.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Molina Jr., stressed the vital role of parents in rearing their children well; ensuring them to grow without vices; and preventing them from the recruitment of the New People’s Army (NPAs). (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Muslim community welcomes various stakeholders to MWOP

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 10 (PIA) -- In celebration of this year’s Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP), the Muslim Community welcomed the Christian and indigenous people (IP) participants to their community in Narra Road, Brgy. 26 New Society Village, this city on November 29, 2019.

The non-Muslim guests were made to witness the tradition and customs commonly followed by the Muslims.

Sultan Gamal Amerol, Sultan of Caraga Administrative Region, along with Brgy. Captain Ibrahim T. Abdulahim and Datu Muna Datu S. Ebra of the Bangsamoro-MNLF Caraga welcomed Most Rev. Fr. Cosme Damian Almedilla, Bishop of the Diocese of Butuan, Datu Revise Mandahinog of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, and other leaders and members of the Christian and IP communities in Caraga to the brief immersion that was scheduled by the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) as its activity for the third day of the weeklong celebration of MWOP.

The activity commenced with non-Muslim participants witnessing the khutba, an Islamic tradition equivalent to a Sunday mass performed by the Catholic church which is observed during the duhr (noon) congregation prayer every Friday.

This was succeeded by a feast prepared by the women of the community where exotic Maranao dishes were served in a tabak, a traditional Maranao silverware that serves as a tray for the dishes. The guests were also encouraged to observe Maranao table manners such as sitting on the floor during meals and using one’s hands when eating.

A program was then hosted after a shared meal. Leaders of the various participating communities praised the hospitality of the community, acknowledging the uniqueness of their manner of welcoming their guests and providing them an opportunity to experience their traditions.

Barangay captain Ibrahim T. Abdulahim remarked on the holiness of the occasion since it was held on a Friday. “Friday is a holy day in Islam which therefore makes this event even more blessed,” he said.

Reverend Father Carlito P. Clase, executive director of CCPD, took the chance to apologize on behalf of the whole non-Muslim communities for perpetuating the negative stereotypes against the Muslims, which are primarily rooted on ignorance and indifference.

To signify the reconciliation between the Muslims and the members of the non-Muslim communities, the leaders exchanged bahandi – a century-old malong was gifted by the Muslims to the Christian and IP communities while the latter gifted the Muslims an ancient pottery.

On behalf of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) regional director Monaim Guro, chief of Settling Division Norlain Balt delivered a speech to conclude the program.

“We try our best to extend our understanding for our non-Muslim siblings when they mock our traditions such as our manner of praying. We take into consideration the fact that they still do not possess a deep understanding of the customs we observe, which is why an inter-religious dialogue is necessary,” she emphasized. (DMNR/VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Mga dating rebelde, nagsisisi sa pagsali sa teroristang CPP-NPA

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Disyembre 10 (PIA) -- Patuloy ang pagsuko at pagbabalik-loob sa gobyerno ng ilan pang miyembro ng rebeldeng grupong Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) sa rehiyon ng Caraga.

Ito ay sa harap ng pagpapatupad ng Executive Order 70 o ang whole-of-nation approach sa pagsugpo ng insuhensiya sa rehiyon.

Sa pagbisita ng mga kawani ng gobyerno sa Zapanta Valley, Barangay Bangonay sa bayan ng Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte, isiniwalat ng mga dating miyembro ng rebeldeng grupo ang kanilang mapait na karanasan at paghihinayang sa mahabang panahon na kanilang iginugol sa nasabing grupo. 

Ayon kay Datu Lando Adlangan, dating courier at supporter ng NPA, nanghihinayang siya sa panahong inilaan niya sa rebeldeng grupo na sana ay naibigay niya sa kanyang pamilya.

Dagsag pa ni Adlangan, walang magandang naidulot sa kanyang buhay ang pag-anib sa makakaliwang grupo.

Nanawagan din siya sa iba niyang kasama sa tribu na nalinlang ng NPA na sumuko na at mamuhay ng mapayapa kasama ang kani-kanilang pamilya at magkaroon ng maayos na hanapbuhay.

“Kung makikita ko lang yung mga kasama ko sa tribu na sumusuporta pa sa NPA ngayon, kokombinsihin ko talaga silang bumaba na at mamuhay na nang tahimik kasama ang pamilya nila,” sabi ni Adlangan.

Pagsisisi rin ang naramdaman ni Ging-Ging Adlagan, dating secretary ng grupong Kasalo dahil sa kanyang pagiging aktibo nuon sa kalakaran ng grupo. Walang katuturan aniya ang kanyang pagsali sa rally at ‘operation bakwit’ ng NPA.

Masaya na siya ngayon kasama ang kanyang pamilya at sa tulong na ibinigay ng gobyerno sa mga katulad niyang former rebel. “Marami na talagang magandang pagbabago sa aming lugar at marami na ring naibigay na tulong ang pamahalaan ditto sa pamamagitan ng mga programa’t proyekto dito sa Zapanta Valley,” pahayag ni Adlangan.

Marami rin sa mga dating rebelde at mga lokal na residente ang nagpasalamat sa mga programa’t proyektong nailunsad ng gobyerno sa Zapanta Valley na ngayon ay napapakinabangan na nila.

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa malasakit at sa patuloy na pagtulong ng gobyerno sa aming luagr at sa tribu. Maganda na an gaming buhay mula nang tumiwalag na kami sa NPA,” sabi ni Brando Fernandez, chairperson ng Zapanta Bisaya Organization.

Samantala, binigyang-diin ni regional director Manuel OrdΓ±a ng National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) na layon ng gobyerno na matugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng mga mamamayan partikular na sa mga rebel-infested areas. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Kuta ng mga NPA sa Agusan Norte, nadiskobre

By Nora L. Molde

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Disyembre 10 (PIA) -- Natunton ng mga militar ang malaking kweba na pinagkukutaan ng mga miyembro ng CPP-NPA sa sitio San Jose, barangay Durian sa bayan ng Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.

Nadiskubre ito matapos ang 15 minutong bakbakan sa pagitan ng 23rd Infantry Battalion (23IB), Philippine Army at mahigit apat napong (40) CPP-NPAs na pinaniniwalaang myembro ng SDG CAOCAO, GF4A, North Central Mindanao Regional Command.

Sa naturang kweba ay nakuha ang tatlong high-powered firearms, laptops, generator set, medisina, pagkain at marami pang iba.

Iniwan lang ng mga rebelde ang isa nilang kasamahang napatay sa engkwentro at agad naman itong itinurn-over ng mga militar sa barangay officials sa nasabing lugar.

Nakompiska rin ang mga kagamitang pambabae tulad ng mga underwear, feminine napkins  at  contraceptives pills.

 Ayon kay Ltc. Francisco Molina, Jr, commander officer ng 23IB, posibleng pinapainom ang mga contraceptives sa mga myembrong babae dahil ayon na din sa mga rebelasyon ng mga naging myembro ng CPP-NPA, kinomperma nilang ginagamit ng mga nakakataas sa kanilang grupo ang mga babaeng kasapi.

Samantala, sa isa pang bakbakan sa Sitio Salvacion, barangay Manila de Bugabos sa Butuan City, isang 16 na taong gulang na myiembro ng CPP-NPA ang namatay at ilang high-powered firearms din ang nakompiska.

Ang naturang menor de edad na miyembro ng NPA ay kinilalang si Litboy Binungcasan na residente ng Malinao, lungsod ng Gingoog.

Ayon sa kanyang kapatid na si Emalyn, nagpaalam lamang si Litboy na magtatrabaho sa isang lugar ng Agusan del Norte subalit hindi na ito nakabalik pa. Nalaman nalang din nila na siya ay patay na sa engkwentro sa lungsod ng Butuan.

Malaki ang pasasalamat ni Ltc. Molina sa mga sibilyan na nagbigay agad ng impormasyon sa mga militar upang makaresponde sa lugar at nang mahinto na ang mga gawaing terorismo ng mga CPP-NPAs.

Nanawagan din ang opisyal sa mga CPP-NPAs na ihinto na ang pagrerecruit ng mga menor de edad at magbalik-loob na sa gobyerno. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)