DUTERTE: Allow gov’t to operate ‘if you can’t help’

 President Rodrigo Duterte urged the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), to allow the government to operate amid the pandemic and calamities.

“I am directing this [message] to the Communist Party of the Philippines. This time of our national life, we are having a serious problem. If you cannot cooperate, if you cannot help, then, maybe you can stand aside and allow the government to operate,” Duterte told the CPP-NPA during his prerecorded Talk to the People aired Thursday night.

This, after Duterte received reports that the NPA terrorists continue to extort the people’s cash assistance from the government

“Kasi yung ayuda ng gobyerno, balita ko lang pinupuntahan ninyo (I heard that you are going after the assistance from the government),” Duterte said. “That’s stupid, tulong yan sa kapwa tao, maghingi lang kayo maski PHP500. Okay na iyan, huwag niyo na kunin ang lahat ng pera ng tao (that’s assistance for the people, you can ask them PHP500. That’s fine, but don’t take all their money).”

In a report in government-owned PNA, Duterte offered the communist groups to partake in the government’s program for the sake of the people on the ground.

Duterte visits wake of slain soldiers in Eastern Samar


President Rodrigo Duterte  postponed his scheduled meeting with farmers in North Cotabato on Friday, to first visit the slain and wounded soldiers who engaged New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in a firefight in Eastern Samar last Monday.

“President Rodrigo Duterte postponed his meeting with North Cotabato farmers on Friday to visit six dead and 20 wounded soldiers attacked by NPA (rebels) in Eastern Samar,” Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said on Thursday.

Duterte visited the wake of the slain soldiers at Camp General Vicente Lukban in Catbalogan City.

At least six soldiers were killed and 20 others were wounded when the NPA detonated six explosives in Pinanag-an village in Borongan City, Eastern Samar on Monday.

The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

The President also visited the 20 wounded soldiers who were confined at the Camp Lukban hospital at the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division in Catbalogan City.

The President has conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu, rank of Kalasag, on the slain soldiers, and the Order of Lapu-Lapu, rank of Kampilan, on the wounded soldiers.

The soldiers who were killed in action were Sgt. Rex Jadulco, corporals Ronald Go and Limar Banug; and privates 1st Class Kent Loyd Agullo, Charlie del Rosario, and Junmar Buranday.

The Order of Lapu-Lapu is awarded to a government worker or a private individual who has rendered extraordinary service or made exceptional contributions to the success of the President’s campaign or advocacy. The Kalasag Medal is conferred on an individual who lost his life as a direct result of his participation in an activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President, while the Kampilan Medal is given to a person who was seriously wounded or suffered great loss of property as a direct result of his participation in such action.

Malacañang said the dependents of the slain soldiers, as well as the wounded soldiers, would also get financial support from the government through the Comprehensive Social Benefit Program.

Participating in the program are the local governments; the departments of trade and health; the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; the National Housing Authority; the Armed Forces of the Philippines; the Commission on Higher Education; and the National Police Commission.

62 militants nabbed, guns seized in Bacolod raids

At least 62 persons, including several minors, were arrested while firearms were seized in simultaneous raids launched by police and military operatives in the offices of progressive groups here late Thursday afternoon.


The operations, supported by search warrants issued by a Regional Trial Court in Quezon City, were conducted in the local headquarters of Kilusang Mayo Uno, Gabriela, and Anakpawis in Barangay Bata, and two other offices, including the one occupied by the National Federation of Sugar Workers, in Barangay 33.
Col. Henry Biñas, director of Bacolod City Police Office, said on Friday the operations were part of the implementation of the national government’s initiative to end local communist armed conflict.
“We are preparing to file the cases,” he added.

SEIZED FIREARMS. Capt. Cenon Pancito III (center), public affairs chief of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, presents the firearms, ammunition, and explosives seized from the offices of progressive groups in raids conducted on Thursday (Oct. 31, 2019), during a press conference held at the Negros Occidental Police headquarters in Bacolod City on Friday afternoon (Nov. 1, 2019). With him are Col. Romeo Baleros (left), police provincial director; and Col. Benliner Capili, director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group 6 (Western Visayas). (PNA photo by Nanette L. Guadalquiver)

Bacolod raids, result of thorough intel operations: Army exec


Those arrested were believed to be members of the so-called legal fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
Capt. Cenon Pancito III, public affairs head of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, said they have received reports from concerned citizens that people occupying these offices have firearms and explosives.
Search warrants were then obtained by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Western Visayas.
At the KMU office in Barangay Bata, operatives apprehended 49 persons, of whom at least 13 were minors. Four were identified as leaders of progressive groups.
Pancito said the site serves as a “training center” of young people who could later become NPA combatants and part of liquidation squads.
Based on the police report, operatives seized 14 caliber .45 pistols, nine caliber .38 revolvers, and a hand grenade.
The structure has a conference room and a library, where subversive documents were found.
At the Gabriela Negros Center, nine persons were rounded up, and four others in the other offices.
The minors were endorsed to the local social welfare office while the other arrested persons were placed under the custody of the police.
Reacting to the arrest of his colleagues, Michael de la Concepcion, secretary-general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Negros, claimed that the recovered firearms and explosive were planted.
He also said the arrested persons do not have links to the CPP-NPA. (PNA)